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UN envoy: Goal now must be Afghan-Taliban peace negotiations

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 19th - 3:53pm

All peace efforts in Afghanistan including a new initiative by Germany and Qatar for talks among Afghans must be aimed at starting formal negotiations between the government and the Taliban, the U.N. envoy for the war-torn country said Wednesday.

UN human rights chief makes first visit to Venezuela

Scott Smith and Joshua Goodman, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 19th - 1:32pm

The United Nations' top human rights official arrived in Venezuela Wednesday for a visit that comes amid heightened international pressure on President Nicolás Maduro for allegedly silencing opponents with jail, torture and excessive violence.

Mexico's migrant shelters overwhelmed in crackdown

MarÍa Verza, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 19th - 1:24pm

Thin mattresses cover every inch of floor each night at the Good Shepherd shelter near the Mexico-Guatemala border, even spilling into the kitchen and the chapel, as an over-capacity crowd of migrants tries to find space to sleep.

ICC prosecutor: Sudan authorities should hand over ex-leader

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 19th - 1:08pm

The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court urged Sudan's transitional authorities on Wednesday to hand over or prosecute ousted President Omar al-Bashir and four others for alleged war crimes in Darfur.

75 rescued migrants allowed to dock in Tunisian port

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 19th - 12:02pm

The International Organization for Migration said an Egyptian ship carrying 75 migrants rescued from the Mediterranean Sea docked in Tunisia's southern port of Zarziz.

UN: Venezuelans now file 1 in 5 of all new asylum claims

Christine Armario and Franklin BriceÑo, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 19th - 11:49am

When Johan Álvarez was unable to provide more than one meal a day for his young family he knew it was time to leave Venezuela.

Tourist douses fire in Austrian church with holy water

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 19th - 11:27am

Vienna's famous Dominican Church was saved from possible disaster after a tourist spotted two confessional boxes on fire and doused the flames with holy water.

Boris Johnson increases lead in race to be next UK prime minister as field of Conservative contenders cut to 4

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 19th - 11:08am

Boris Johnson increases lead in race to be next UK prime minister as field of Conservative contenders cut to 4.

Media in Russia's south protest journalist's arrest

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 19th - 10:59am

Journalists in southern Russia are protesting the arrest of a newspaper editor on terrorism charges they say were trumped up as part of an official campaign to silence independent media.

3 guilty in Kenya Garissa University attack that killed 148

Tom Odula, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 19th - 10:35am

A Kenyan court Wednesday found three people guilty of conspiracy to commit a terror attack after phone records and handwriting linked them to the 2015 Garissa University assault that killed 148 people.

'Joints will be separated': Jamal Khashoggi's murder, retold

Jamey Keaten and Aya Batrawy, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 19th - 10:00am

The gathering on the second floor of the Saudi consulate featured an unlikely collection: a forensic doctor, intelligence and security officers, agents of the crown prince's office. As they waited for their target to arrive, one asked how they would carry out the body.

Netflix's first Arabic original sparks backlash on home turf

Laure Van Ruymbeke and Isabel Debre, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 19th - 9:09am

On a high school trip to Jordan's ancient city of Petra, a group of teenagers sneak out at night to drink beer, smoke weed and gossip around a bonfire. A girl asks her frisky boyfriend to take things slow.

Spain says 22 migrants missing in the Mediterranean

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 19th - 8:48am

Spain's maritime rescue service said Wednesday that 22 migrants were missing in the Mediterranean Sea after their boat got into difficulties while crossing from North Africa to southern Europe.

Spanish Socialists woo far-left party, offer no Cabinet jobs

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 19th - 8:14am

A senior official in Spain's center-left Socialist party says her party has offered "important administrative posts" to the far-left We Can party to secure its parliamentary support for a new government.

Merkel: Feeling better after shaking raised health questions

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 19th - 8:12am

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she's doing fine, a day after concerns over her health were raised when she appeared unsteady and visibly shaking while meeting the Ukrainian president outside her Berlin office.

Lebanon to attend Russia-backed talks on Syria

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 19th - 8:04am

Lebanon's president says his country is eager to take part in Russia-backed political meetings on the Syrian war because it wants to monitor efforts that may accelerate the return of hundreds of thousands of refugees in living in Lebanon.

Albanian government vows to punish election disruption

Llazar Semini, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 19th - 8:01am

Albanian police said Wednesday they arrested five opposition supporters for allegedly damaging ballot boxes and documents to prevent upcoming municipal elections, while the government proposed punishing people convicted of election interference by prohibiting them to leave the country.

New German justice minister as outgoing moves to EU politics

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 19th - 8:00am

Chancellor Angela Merkel's government has appointed a new justice minister, to succeed Katarina Barley who is moving on to serve in the European Parliament.

Turkey's Erdogan claims ex-Egyptian president was killed

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 19th - 7:36am

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has claimed that former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi didn't die of natural causes, but that he was killed.