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South Africa, Obama mark Mandela centennial with charity

Andrew Meldrum, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 4:13am

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.

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.

Soviet-era fighter jet crashes in India; pilot missing

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 3:43am

An Indian air force MiG-21 fighter jet has crashed in a village field in northern India and its pilot is missing.

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.

Intense government bombing of south Syria opposition holdout

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 3:17am

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

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.

1st commercial flight goes from Ethiopia to ex-rival Eritrea

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 2:42am

The first commercial flight from Ethiopia to Eritrea has taken off as air links are restored after the end of a 20-year state of war.

Suspect arrested in attack on home of Gerry Adams

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 2:27am

Police in Northern Ireland have arrested a man in connection with an attack on the home of former Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams.

German court releases man convicted in far-right trial

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 2:23am

A German court has ordered the release of a man convicted last week as an accessory to the murder of nine victims of a neo-Nazi group that targeted immigrants.

Curious path of Siberian gun lover accused of spying on US

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 2:03am

By her early 20s, Maria Butina appeared to have a budding political career and a mini furniture empire in her remote Siberian hometown.

Soccer team rescued from cave expected to leave hospital

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 1:39am

The youth soccer teammates rescued after 18 days trapped in a flooded cave in Thailand are expected to be released from the hospital Wednesday and to speak about their ordeal.

Nicaraguan forces violently retake symbolic city

Luis Manuel Galeano and Christopher Sherman, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 9:23pm

Nicaraguan police and armed pro-government civilians on Tuesday laid siege to and then retook a symbolically important neighborhood that had recently become a center of resistance to President Daniel Ortega's government.

Trump backs down, says he misspoke on Russia meddling

Zeke Miller and Lisa Mascaro, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 7:11pm

Blistered by bipartisan condemnation of his embrace of a longtime U.S. enemy, President Donald Trump on Tuesday backed away from his public undermining of American intelligence agencies, saying he simply misspoke when he said he saw no reason to believe Russia had interfered in the 2016 U.S. election.

Nowhere to run: Rohingya hunker down as monsoon arrives

Kristen Gelineau, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 6:57pm

The hill on which the young woman's shelter is being built is so unstable that the earth crumbles under your feet. The threat of landslides is so dire that her neighbors have evacuated. Though living here could spell doom as the monsoon rains fall, she will live here anyway.

Rights groups urges Myanmar to make amends for seized land

Victoria Milko, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 6:51pm

Myanmar's government should expedite restitution for past illegal confiscations of land, an international human rights group said Tuesday, detailing how previous land seizures there are still harming farmers under the civilian-led government of Aung San Suu Kyi.

ICC anniversary: Support for court, concern at challenges

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 6:05pm

On the 20th anniversary of the statute that created the International Criminal Court, supporters praised the tribunal's actions to punish perpetrators of the world's worst atrocities and expressed concerns about the enormous challenges and political attacks it faces.

Tumult of Trump's Europe trip smashes presidential precedent

Jill Colvin, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 5:31pm

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