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Out of hospital, Thai boys recount moment they were found

Tassanee Vejpongsa and Kaweewit Kaewjinda, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 8:47am

The 12 boys and their soccer coach rescued from a cave in northern Thailand described the moment they realized they finally had been found, as they appeared at a news conference Wednesday after leaving the hospital where they had been recuperating.

Afghan officials: Gunmen abduct 12 de-miners in the east

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 8:47am

Afghan officials say gunmen have abducted a team of 12 mine-clearing workers in eastern Kunar province.

1st commercial flight from Ethiopia to ex-rival Eritrea

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 8:32am

Hailed as "the bird of peace," the first commercial flight from Ethiopia to former rival Eritrea landed on Wednesday as air links resumed after the swift and stunning end of a 20-year state of war.

The Latest: Germany to bring back mistakenly deported man

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 8:31am

The Latest on the influx of migrants into Europe (all times local):

In battle for Putin's affections, cupid favors Xi over Trump

Yanan Wang, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 8:19am

In the race to woo Vladimir Putin, China's Xi Jinping is beating Donald Trump.

Government bombing intense in south Syria opposition holdout

Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 7:52am

Talks to cede the largest opposition holdout in southwestern Syria to government forces have failed, triggering an intense overnight bombing campaign on the densely populated town of Nawa that killed over a dozen people and wounded over a hundred, activists and rescuers said Wednesday.

Armenia seeks Red Cross help over man held in Azerbaijan

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 7:36am

Armenia is seeking international help in securing the return of a man accused of crossing illegally into neighboring Azerbaijan and being a spy.

Turkish Cypriot official: 16 drowned, 105 rescued, up to 30 missing after migrant boat capsizes off Cyprus' north coast

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 7:07am

Turkish Cypriot official: 16 drowned, 105 rescued, up to 30 missing after migrant boat capsizes off Cyprus' north coast.

Soviet-era fighter jet crashes in India; pilot killed

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 6:37am

An Indian air force MiG-21 fighter jet crashed in a village field in northern India on Wednesday, killing its pilot.

Curious path of Siberian gun lover accused of spying on US

Angela Charlton, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 6:34am

By her early 20s, Maria Butina appeared to have a budding political career and a mini furniture empire in her remote Siberian hometown. Then she abandoned both to pursue her passion for gun rights — and, prosecutors say, to spy on the United States.

Pakistan reverses order to try ex-PM Sharif in jail

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 6:24am

Pakistani authorities have reversed this week's controversial order that former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif be tried on corruption charges in jail for security reasons.

South Africa, Obama mark Mandela centennial with charity

Andrew Meldrum, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 6:15am

South Africans along with former U.S. President Barack Obama were marking the centennial of anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela's birth on Wednesday with acts of charity in a country still struggling with deep economic inequality 24 years after the end of white minority rule.

Australia succeeds in stopping migrants but many in limbo

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 6:07am

When Abdul Aziz reached Australia's Christmas Island aboard a smuggler's boat in 2013, he had no idea that weeks earlier his fate as a refugee from Sudan seeking a new life in a new world had been sealed.

The Latest: Thai youth soccer team meets with the media

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 5:51am

The Latest on Thai youth soccer players and their coach who were rescued after being trapped in a cave (all times local):

Russia extends house arrest of acclaimed film director

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 3:55am

An acclaimed Russian filmmaker and theater director accused of embezzlement must stay under house arrest for another month.

Historians say Trump upends norms of presidential behavior

Jill Colvin, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 3:19am

Plenty of U.S. presidents have created commotion in their travels abroad, but none as much as President Donald Trump.

Claiming to mistrust Italy, aid group sets sail for Spain

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 3:09am

An aid group says it won't dock its boat in an Italian port and that instead it's seeking a go-ahead to disembark in Spain with the woman who survived a migrant boat wreck and the dead bodies of another woman and a toddler.

As state of emergency ends, Turkey mulls new terror laws

Suzan Fraser, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 3:03am

As Turkey's controversial two-year-long state of emergency comes to an end, the government is set to introduce new anti-terrorism laws it says are needed to deal with continued security threats. The opposition insists the laws are just as oppressive as the emergency powers they will replace.

Australia succeeds in stopping migrants but many in limbo

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 3:01am

When Aziz Abdul reached Australia's Christmas Island aboard a smuggler's boat, he had no idea that weeks earlier in 2013, his fate as a refugee from Sudan seeking a new life in a new world had been sealed.