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Greek far-right lawmaker freed pending treason-related trial

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 8:36am

Greek authorities have released from police custody an extreme far-right lawmaker pending his trial on treason-related charges.

Tip from public helped Germany foil ricin attack plot

Frank Jordans, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 8:32am

A call from the public was key to foiling an Islamic extremist's plan to use the toxin ricin to carry out a deadly attack in Germany, security officials said Wednesday.

Allies disappointed by 'big bang' of US walkout from UN body

Jamey Keaten, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 8:28am

The U.N.'s Human Rights Council resumed work Wednesday after a U.S. pullout that one Western diplomat called a "Big Bang" for the Geneva body, as Russia blasted the move by the Trump administration and key allies expressed disappointment.

Canada to announce marijuana legalization date soon

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 8:23am

The Canadian government says it will soon announce the date of when cannabis will become legal — but warns it will remain illegal until then.

Study: Airstrikes kill 240 Libyan civilians since 2012

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 8:17am

A new report says airstrikes have killed at least 242 civilians in Libya since September 2012.

EU adopts package to Lebanon to help it cope with refugees

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 8:13am

The European Union has adopted a support package to Lebanon of 165 million euros ($191 million) to help the country cope with hosting Syrian refugees.

Rights groups warn Gambia after 2 shot dead in protest

Abdoulie John, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 8:09am

Human rights groups on Wednesday pressured Gambia to hold accountable those who ordered police to "shoot and kill" two protesters this week, warning that the excessive force brings up painful memories of the previous government.

The Latest: US exit from UN body about 'self-government'

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 7:58am

The Latest on the U.S. decision to pull out of the United Nations' Human Rights Council (all times local):

Groundhog Day for May as UK Brexit bill faces new challenge

Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 7:58am

The British government faced another knife-edge vote in Parliament on its flagship Brexit legislation Wednesday, as pro-EU lawmakers tried to wrest more control over the country's departure from the European Union.

Romania: Protesters stage demo in Parliament building

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 7:55am

Protesters gained access to Romania's Parliament building Wednesday and staged a noisy protest against recent legislation they say will facilitate high-level corruption.

Hungary amends constitution to tighten asylum rules; new bill allows incarceration of people aiding asylum-seekers

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 7:35am

Hungary amends constitution to tighten asylum rules; new bill allows incarceration of people aiding asylum-seekers.

Rocket attack in southeast Turkey kills 2 soldiers

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 7:26am

A rocket attack by Kurdish rebels on a military vehicle in southeast Turkey has killed two soldiers and wounded one other, Turkish officials said Wednesday.

Detainees held without charges decry Emiratis' sexual abuses

Maggie Michael, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 7:24am

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 cellphones.

Russia defense chief: Weapons in Crimea can repel any attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 7:22am

Amid tensions between Russia and the West, the Russian defense minister has warned that weapons deployed to Crimea are capable of fending off any attack.

Road accidents kill 15 in Pakistan

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 7:16am

Police in Pakistan say 15 people have died in two road accidents.

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

Elias Meseret, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 7:04am

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.

Russia says US plans for space force herald new arms race

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 6:56am

The Russian Foreign Ministry has expressed concern about U.S. plans to create a separate space force, saying that taking weapons into space could trigger a new arms race.

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 6:51am

The United Nations said Wednesday that the Syrian government and rebel forces both committed war crimes during the five-year government siege of the eastern Ghouta suburbs of Damascus and the two-month offensive to retake the area from insurgents earlier this year.

Macedonian parliament ratifies name deal with Greece

Konstantin Testorides, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 6:46am

Macedonia's parliament on Wednesday comfortably ratified a deal with neighboring Greece signed last weekend to end a decades-long dispute over Macedonia's name.