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The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 10:41pm

Energy experts say recent seizures and attacks aimed at oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz will raise insurance rates for shipping companies and, if unchecked, could reduce tanker traffic in the vital waterway. Britain's foreign secretary said Friday that Iranian authorities seized two ships, one flying under the British flag, the other registered in Liberia. The events occurred in a passageway that carries one-fifth of the world's crude exports.

Guatemala's highest court blocks proposed amnesty law

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 2:39pm

Guatemala's highest court has ruled against a legislative proposal to grant amnesty for human rights abuses during the country's 1960-1996 civil war.

El Salvador files graft charges against ex-justice minister

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 2:17pm

Prosecutors on Friday accused a former minister of justice and public security of illicit enrichment and said they are seeking restitution of over $1 million in allegedly misappropriated government funds.

Pilot whales strand on Iceland beach in group of 50 or more

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 2:04pm

Tourists and a pilot on a helicopter sightseeing tour of Iceland have found dozens of dead whales on a remote beach in Iceland.

British foreign secretary says a second vessel has been seized by Iranian authorities in the Strait of Hormuz.

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 2:01pm

British foreign secretary says a second vessel has been seized by Iranian authorities in the Strait of Hormuz.

Man climbs onto plane wing before takeoff at Nigeria airport

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 1:49pm

Nigerian aviation authorities say an intruder who climbed onto the wing of a commercial plane that was preparing to fly from the country's busiest airport has been detained.

Thieves stage armed robbery at Mexico's ex-first lady's home

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 1:45pm

A gang of at least seven gunmen burst into the Mexico City home of former first lady Angelica Rivera and forced employees to hand over valuables.

Venezuelan teen blinded by police fire still wants to study

Christopher Torchia, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 1:01pm

A Venezuelan teenager who lost his eyesight when he was hit by police buckshot during a protest said Friday that he wants to continue studying.

Artists struggle to save Haiti museum after 2010 earthquake

DÁnica Coto, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 11:04am

Franck Louissaint sighed and frowned as he stepped onto his patio and flung aside shower curtains protecting a painting by a former voodoo priest who became a renowned Haitian artist.

Aid group says 1 dead, 6 seized in Nigeria extremist ambush

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 11:03am

An international aid group says a driver is dead and six people are missing after suspected extremists ambushed a convoy in northeastern Nigeria.

Iran's Revolutionary Guard releases video it claims proves U.S. warship didn't destroy Iranian drone near Persian Gulf.

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 10:53am

Iran's Revolutionary Guard releases video it claims proves U.S. warship didn't destroy Iranian drone near Persian Gulf. .

Bedbugs, bad food at Mexico migrant detention center

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 9:30am

Mexico's National Human Rights Commission says a migrant detention center in the capital suffers from bedbugs, bad food and overcrowding.

Drone targets base for Iran-backed militia in northern Iraq

Khalid Mohammed, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 9:16am

An unmanned drone dropped explosives on a base belonging to Iran-backed paramilitary forces in northern Iraq early Friday, wounding two people, Iraqi security officials and a military statement said, amid regional tensions between the United States and Iran.

Kosovo PM resigns following Hague war crimes court summons

Florent Bajrami and Llazar Semini, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 8:55am

Kosovo's prime minister resigned Friday after being invited for questioning by a Hague-based court investigating crimes against ethnic Serbs during and after the country's 1998-99 war.

Egypt: At least 20 killed in airstrikes in northern Sinai

Ashraf Sweilam, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 8:47am

Egyptian security officials say airstrikes targeting Islamic militants are underway in the restive northern Sinai Peninsula, killing at least 20 insurgents.

Remains of at least 6 people found in Bosnia mass grave

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 8:36am

Bosnian prosecutors say the remains of at least six people have been unearthed from a mass grave in eastern Bosnia.

German government seeks to cut funding for far-right party

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 8:32am

The German government and parliament have petitioned the country's highest court to cut off public funding for a far-right party that authorities tried unsuccessfully to ban.

UK's home secretary calls for calming of political rhetoric

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 8:28am

Britain's home secretary has pleaded for the calming of extreme political rhetoric and empathized with four U.S. congresswomen of color who were the target of President Donald Trump's tweets.

Tripoli parliament warns of airstrikes by Hifter's allies

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 7:48am

Libya's parliament based in the west says it has gathered intelligence warning of the use of possible airstrikes on Tripoli by allies of commander Khalifa Hifter, who launched a military offensive in April to capture the capital from the U.N.-backed government.