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Eritrea sending delegation to rival Ethiopia for peace talks

Elias Meseret, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 5:16am

Eritrea's president announced Wednesday he is sending a rare delegation to neighboring Ethiopia for peace talks, days after Ethiopia's new prime minister took a major step toward calming deadly tensions with its decades-long rival.

UN Human Rights Council back to work with US seats empty

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 5:09am

The United Nations' Human Rights Council returned to business as usual Wednesday despite the U.S. pulling out a day earlier. Russia blasted the American move, calling it "boorish" and saying the U.S. "inflicted a powerful blow to its human rights reputation."

Israel strikes Hamas after heavy rocket attacks from Gaza

Ian Deitch, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 5:09am

Israeli warplanes struck Hamas positions in Gaza after Palestinian militants there fired dozens of rockets and mortars at southern communities early Wednesday, the military said.

Yemeni forces say they seized Hodeida airport runway

Ahmed Al-Haj, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 5:04am

Yemeni fighters backed by the United Arab Emirates said they seized the southern runway of the international airport near the key Yemeni city of Hodeida, as fighting raged Wednesday between pro-government forces backed by a Saudi-led coalition and Iranian-backed Shiite Houthi rebels.

UK panel finds 450 lives shortened by hospital's opioid use

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 5:04am

A British panel has found at least 450 had their lives shortened by a hospital's institutionalized regime of administering opioids without medical justification.

UN: State, rebels committed war crimes in Syria's Ghouta

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 4:56am

The United Nations says that during a five-year government siege and two months of fighting earlier this year in which government forces captured eastern suburbs of the capital Damascus from rebels both sides committed war crimes.

South Korea leader urges denuclearization steps from North

Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 4:46am

South Korea's president urged North Korea on Wednesday to present a plan with concrete steps toward denuclearization, raising the pressure on its leader Kim Jong Un during his visit to Beijing to discuss the outcome of his summit with U.S. President Donald Trump.

Authorities arrest man in subway explosion probe

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 4:40am

British Transport Police have arrested a 23-year-old man in connection with a small explosion at a London Underground station that injured five people.

Divers search Indonesian lake for 192 missing after sinking

Binsar Bakkara and Niniek Karmini, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 4:38am

Distraught relatives slammed Indonesia's government for not enforcing basic safety measures on passenger boats and pleaded Wednesday for a bigger search effort for more than 190 people presumed drowned after a ferry sank on a picturesque Sumatran lake early this week.

Tip from public helped Germany foil ricin attack plot

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 4:13am

German security officials say a call from the public helped foil an Islamic extremist's plan to use the toxin ricin to carry out a deadly attack.

Germany, France, other key EU nations to hold mini summit on migration Sunday

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 4:12am

Germany, France, other key EU nations to hold mini summit on migration Sunday .

South Sudan's warring leaders set to meet face to face

Elias Meseret, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 3:46am

South Sudan's warring leaders were set to meet face-to-face for the first time in almost two years on Wednesday amid efforts to end a five-year civil war.

Taliban strikes Afghan army checkpoints, killing 30 troops

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 3:32am

Taliban fighters have killed at least 30 Afghan soldiers in an attack on two checkpoints in western Badghis province, a provincial official said.

Gunmen kill police officer's son, uncle in SW Pakistan

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 3:22am

Police in Pakistan say gunmen have opened fire on a police officer's car in the northwestern city of Quetta, killing his minor son and uncle and injuring the officer critically.

Drawings expose sexual abuses in UAE-run prisons in Yemen

Maggie Michael, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 3:02am

The 15 officers who arrived at the prison in southern Yemen hid their faces behind head dresses, but their accents were clearly foreign — from the United Arab Emirates. They lined up the detainees and ordered them to undress and lie down. The officers then searched the anal cavity of each prisoner, claiming that they were looking for contraband cell phones.

Moldova court invalidates election win of pro-European mayor

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 2:39am

A Moldovan court has invalidated the election victory of a pro-European candidate to the post of mayor of the Moldovan capital.

Burning kites from Gaza damage Israeli farms, wildlife

Aron Heller, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 12:26am

After years of rocket attacks and militant infiltrations from Gaza, residents of southern Israel are now coping with a new kind of threat: incendiary kites and balloons that have damaged farmlands and nature reserves.

Sexual abuses rampant in UAE-controlled prisons in Yemen

Maggie Michael, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 12:18am

The torturers followed a schedule.

Many in Puerto Rico still under tarps as storm threat looms

Ben Fox, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 19th - 10:04pm

Hurricane Maria ripped away part of the steel roof from Carmen Lidia Torres Mercado's home in the Puerto Rican capital. Nine months later, she is still relying on a blue plastic tarp to protect her home, even with a new storm season already two weeks old.