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Spanish court lifts ban on book about drug trafficking

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 22nd - 5:02am

A Madrid court has lifted a ban on the sale of a book that investigates drug trafficking in Spain, saying that it comes within laws on the right to inform.

Cyprus, Israel, Greece pledge deeper military ties

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 22nd - 5:01am

The defense ministers of Cyprus, Israel and Greece are pledging to forge deeper military ties in order to better counter common threats and to help bolster security in a tumultuous region.

A look at dual elections in Turkey testing Erdogan's power

Zeynep Bilginsoy, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 22nd - 5:00am

Turkish voters will vote Sunday in a historic double election for the presidency and parliament.

AP Explains: Reunions between Korean families divided by war

Hyung-Jin Kim, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 22nd - 4:56am

North and South Korean officials agreed Friday to hold highly emotional temporary reunions in August of families separated since the 1950-53 Korean War. A look at key issues:

Reporter calls out Italian minister over police protection

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 22nd - 4:53am

An anti-mafia journalist under police protection has lashed out at Italy's hard-line interior minister for insinuating that not everyone who receives government protection is deserving.

Belgian gets life for cocaine smuggling in Cambodia

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 22nd - 4:52am

A Cambodian court has sentenced a Belgian man to life in prison for smuggling cocaine into the country.

Italy's interior minister says Malta should take rescue boat

Colleen Barry, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 22nd - 4:50am

Italy's populist, anti-migrant interior minister said Friday that Malta should allow a Dutch-flagged rescue ship carrying hundreds of migrants rescued from rubber dinghies off the Libyan coast to make port there because the ship is now in Maltese waters.

Rival Koreas agree to reunions of war-separated families

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 22nd - 4:48am

North and South Korea have agreed to hold temporary reunions of families divided by the 1950-53 Korean War in August as they boost reconciliation efforts amid a diplomatic push to resolve the North Korean nuclear crisis.

German chancellor visits Lebanon school with Syrian refugees

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 22nd - 4:34am

German Chancellor Angela Merkel tossed a ball with students and passed out jerseys from Germany's national soccer team Friday during a visit to a public school in the Lebanese capital, where many of the students are Syrian refugees.

Activists: Syrian government steps up offensive in southwest

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 22nd - 4:32am

Syrian activists say government forces are keeping up their pressure on the country's strategic southwest, using artillery, airstrikes and barrel bombs to target rebel-held parts of the region.

The Latest: 2 OSCE observers refused entry to Turkey

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 22nd - 4:32am

The Latest on the Turkish presidential and parliamentary elections (all times local):

Seoul says rival Koreas agree to hold reunions of war-separated families on Aug. 20-26

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 22nd - 4:28am

Seoul says rival Koreas agree to hold reunions of war-separated families on Aug. 20-26.

'He cried and hugged me': Brazilian still separated from son

Peter Prengaman, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 22nd - 4:09am

Twenty-six days after being apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border with his son, a Brazilian man in detention says he has no idea when he may see his 9-year-old, who he fears is distraught and having difficulty communicating because he only speaks Portuguese.

New East Timor government marred by corruption allegations

Oki Raimundos, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 22nd - 4:03am

East Timor's president has refused to swear in 11 Cabinet ministers because of corruption investigations in a rocky beginning for a new government formed after a protracted political stalemate in the young nation.

Pakistan's former dictator Musharraf resigns from his party

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 22nd - 4:02am

Pakistan's former military ruler and dictator Pervez Musharraf has resigned from his political party, an indication he has no immediate plans to return home or support his party's bid in the upcoming July elections.

Afghan official says16 militia killed in Taliban attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 22nd - 3:47am

An Afghan official says Taliban fighters killed 16 militia loyal to the government in an early morning ambush in northern Badghis province.

US imposes visa bans on several unnamed Congo officials

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 22nd - 3:43am

The United States has announced visa bans on several senior Congolese officials and family members for their involvement in "significant corruption" related to Congo's electoral process.

Russia says evidence of Syria chemical attacks was faked

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 22nd - 3:23am

Russia says the U.S. and its allies have relied on fabricated evidence to accuse the Syrian government of launching chemical attacks against civilians.

UN dismayed by reports of 220 migrants drowning off Libya

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 22nd - 2:57am

The U.N. refugee agency says survivors have reported that some 220 migrants drowned off the coast of Libya in recent days and is expressing shock at the mass drownings.