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UN-backed experts point to new war crimes in Syria conflict

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 7th - 10:09am

Investigators commissioned by the U.N.’s top human rights body say Syrian government forces and their Russian allies bombarded civilian sites in Idlib province indiscriminately, while rebels tortured and executed civilians in recent months, acts amounting to war crimes on both sides.

Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro says he has tested positive for COVID-19

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 7th - 9:19am

Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro says he has tested positive for COVID-19.

Women's rights groups protest French ministers' appointments

Angela Charlton and Arno Pedram, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 7th - 8:00am

One of French President Emmanuel Macron’s new government ministers has been accused of rape. Another is a lawyer who ridiculed the #MeToo movement and defended a top official accused of rape.

Slovakia drug bust yields huge shipment of methamphetamines

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 7th - 7:06am

Slovakia has seized 1.5 tons of methamphetamines, with an estimated street value of some 2 billion euros ($2.26 billion), which was being smuggled into the country and originated in Mexico, officials said Thursday.

Dutch police arrest 6 men, uncover makeshift torture chamber

Mike Corder, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 7th - 6:56am

Dutch police arrested six men after discovering sea containers that had been converted into a makeshift prison and sound-proofed “torture chamber” complete with a dentist's chair, tools including pliers and scalpels and handcuffs, a high ranking officer announced Tuesday.

Tear gas, arrests as Kenyans protest police brutality

Tom Odula, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 7th - 5:28am

Kenyan police on Tuesday fired tear gas and detained protesters demanding an end to police brutality.

Germany presses for EU deal on taking in rescued migrants

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 7th - 3:10am

Germany's interior minister called on his European Union colleagues Tuesday to agree on a better and more just solution for the distribution of migrants rescued while attempting to cross the Mediterranean.

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 2:40 p.m. EDT

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 6th - 10:40pm

Joe Biden is promising to shift production of medical equipment and other key pandemic-fighting products “back to U.S. soil,” creating jobs and bolstering a domestic supply chain he says has been exposed as inadequate and vulnerable by the coronavirus outbreak. The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee’s campaign released a plan Tuesday to reinforce stockpiles of a “range of critical products on which the U.S. is dangerously dependent on foreign suppliers.” That includes medical equipment and pharmaceuticals. It also includes energy and grid resilience technologies, semiconductors and key electronics as well as telecommunications infrastructure and raw materials. Biden's camp hasn't said how much his plan would cost.

Death toll from flooding in Japan reaches 55, dozen missing

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 6th - 8:09pm

Soldiers used boats to rescue residents as floodwaters flowed down streets in southern Japanese towns hit by heavy rains that were expanding across the region on Tuesday. At least 55 people have died and a dozen remain missing.

Brazil's Bolsonaro says he will be tested for COVID-19

Mauricio Savarese, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 6th - 7:55pm

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro said he will be tested for COVID-19 after having an X-ray of his lungs on Monday. He didn't say whether he was showing symptoms of the new coronavirus.

Disaster agency says death toll from flooding in southern Japan has risen to 50 and at least a dozen are missing

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 6th - 7:53pm

Disaster agency says death toll from flooding in southern Japan has risen to 50 and at least a dozen are missing.

UN chief warns COVID-19 provides opportunity for terrorists

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 6th - 6:22pm

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned Monday that the COVID-19 pandemic provides new opportunities for the Islamic State extremist group, al-Qaida and their affiliates as well as neo-Nazis, white supremacists and hate groups.

Malawi's new president urges all to root out corruption

Gregory Gondwe, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 6th - 2:02pm

Malawi’s newly elected President Lazarus Chakwera has been inaugurated Monday in a small ceremony, following a last-minute change from a stadium event in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Burundi starts taking COVID-19 seriously, begins screening

Eloge Willy Kaneza, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 6th - 12:14pm

Burundi launched a campaign of mass screening for COVID-19 on Monday, indicating that the new president is changing policies to more assertively combat the spread of the disease.

Tokyo Olympics seek COVID-19 defenses, but what exactly?

Stephen Wade, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 6th - 10:53am

As the president of the Tokyo Olympics, Yoshiro Mori knows experts will have to come up with defenses against COVID-19 for the postponed games to open a year from now.

Man arrested in Germany after estranged wife killed on bus

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 6th - 10:42am

Police in southern Germany say a 37-year-old man has been arrested after allegedly stabbing his estranged wife to death on a public bus.

Kenyans protest cop who allegedly killed man over sanitizer

Tom Odula, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 6th - 8:24am

Residents of a small town in western Kenya set fire to a police station and damaged several vehicles after a police officer allegedly killed a man over a dispute about hand sanitizer, according to an official report.

Germany: 3-year sentence sought for former SS camp guard

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 6th - 7:40am

German prosecutors say the trial of a 93-year-old former guard at the Nazis' Stutthof concentration camp proved he was an accessory to murder, and they called Monday for him to be given a three-year sentence.

Austria: bachelor party ends with snake-bitten tongue

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 6th - 6:25am

A German man's bachelor party in the Austrian Alps ended with a snake bite on the tongue and a trip to a hospital.