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The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 26th - 10:40pm

Bill de Blasio is making no apologies for his aggressive style during the first Democratic debate. The New York mayor says Democrats shouldn't "be afraid to mix it up" and argues it's a "giant turnoff to the voters" when politicians mince their words. De Blasio notably went after former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke for his opposition to eliminating private insurance in favor of nationalized health care.

NKorea urges South to stop mediating between North, US

Hyung-Jin Kim, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 26th - 7:32pm

North Korea said Thursday that South Korea must stop trying to mediate between Pyongyang and Washington, as it stepped up its pressure on the United States to work out new proposals to salvage deadlocked nuclear diplomacy.

North Korea says South Korea must stop trying to work as a mediator in talks between Pyongyang and Washington

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 26th - 7:29pm

North Korea says South Korea must stop trying to work as a mediator in talks between Pyongyang and Washington.

Australia probes reports of citizen detained in North Korea

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 26th - 6:57pm

The Australian government said Thursday it was "urgently seeking clarification" on reports that an Australian had been detained in North Korea, which the attorney-general described as a "matter of the utmost seriousness."

UN Security Council to visit Colombia in July

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 26th - 3:28pm

The U.N. Security Council will be heading to Colombia in July for a firsthand look at implementation of the 2016 peace agreement between the government and the country's main rebel group.

Venezuela gov't says it thwarted plot seeking to kill Maduro

Scott Smith, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 26th - 2:40pm

Venezuelan officials said Wednesday they foiled a plot to overthrow the government that included assassinating President Nicolás Maduro and his closest political allies.

Stadium stampede in Madagascar's capital kills 15, wounds 80

Laetitia Bezain, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 26th - 12:33pm

A stampede at a concert in Madagascar's capital by a popular singer killed at least 15 people Wednesday night.

Guatemalan authorities raid electoral offices amid recount

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 26th - 12:14pm

Guatemala's Attorney General's Office says it has searched the offices of the country's election commission following supposed inconsistencies in the vote count in the June 16 general elections. The search led to the suspension of a planned vote-by-vote recount.

Russia hails return European body amid objections

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 26th - 12:09pm

Russian officials are hailing the decision by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe to ratify credentials of the country's delegation, restoring Russia's participation five years after being stripped of voting rights.

AP Interview: Russia hails Norway-brokered Venezuela talks

Kate By Pury and Vladimir Isachenkov, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 26th - 12:04pm

Russia's envoy on Venezuela said Wednesday that an international mediation effort between Nicolas Maduro's government and the opposition have raised a glimmer of hope for settling the crisis, strongly warning the U.S. against using force.

Season's 1st tropical storm forms in Eastern Pacific

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 26th - 12:02pm

The first tropical storm of the Eastern Pacific hurricane season has formed off the coast of Mexico. But the U.S. National Hurricane Center says it poses no threat to land.

First tropical storm of the East Pacific season forms off Mexico; poses no threat to land

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 26th - 11:55am

First tropical storm of the East Pacific season forms off Mexico; poses no threat to land.

Brazil's Bolsonaro tries new tactic to loosen gun laws

C.h. Gardiner, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 26th - 11:48am

President Jair Bolsonaro has issued several new decrees to loosen Brazil's strict gun laws, moving to rescue a signature campaign promise after the Senate rejected his earlier effort.

UN envoy meets Yemen's vice president to discuss peace

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 26th - 10:59am

The U.N. envoy for Yemen says he has met with officials from the internationally recognized government on the implementation of peace deals with the Houthi rebels.

Spain nabs Brazilian air force officer with cocaine in bag

Barry Hatton, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 26th - 10:47am

Spanish police say they have arrested a Brazilian air force officer at Seville airport with 39 kilograms (86 pounds) of cocaine in his suitcase.

A grim border drowning underlines peril facing many migrants

Peter Orsi and Amy Guthrie, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 26th - 10:30am

The man and his 23-month-old daughter lay face down in shallow water along the bank of the Rio Grande, his black shirt hiked up to his chest with the girl tucked inside. Her arm was draped around his neck suggesting she clung to him in her final moments.

Former Israeli PM Barak stages return to 'topple Netanyahu'

Ilan Ben Zion, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 26th - 10:22am

Israel's former Prime Minister Ehud Barak announced Wednesday that he is returning to politics and forming a new party that will aim to unseat Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in upcoming elections.

'They died in each other's arms,' migrant's mother says

Marcos AlemÁn and Peter Orsi, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 26th - 10:14am

The mother of a man who drowned alongside his 23-month-old daughter while trying to cross the Rio Grande into Texas says she finds a heartbreaking photograph of their bodies hard to look at but takes some comfort in knowing "they died in each other's arms."

Building explosion in Austrian capital leaves 12 injured

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 26th - 9:30am

A suspected gas explosion blew a gaping hole in a building in central Vienna on Wednesday, injuring at least 12 people, two of them seriously, according to police and images from the scene.