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Greek debt activist who urged tax disobedience is jailed

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 7:53am

An activist who urged Greeks not to pay their taxes, claiming he had access to enough money to pay off the country's enormous debt, has been remanded in custody pending trial on criminal fraud charges.

Turkey's Erdogan seeks new term with greater powers

Suzan Fraser, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 7:48am

Since he took office in 2003, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has given a name to each stage in his consolidation of power in Turkey. First he called himself the apprentice; then the journeyman; and latterly the master. Now, he says a new five-year term would elevate him to the role of "grandmaster" and help him make Turkey one of the world's top powers by the time the republic marks its centenary in 2023.

Libyan coast guard rescues 380 Europe-bound African migrants

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 7:30am

Libya's coast guard has rescued two groups of more than 380 African migrants, including seven women and 48 children, in the Mediterranean Sea east of the capital, Tripoli, a spokesman said Thursday.

German lawmaker says Turkey bars him as election observer

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 7:20am

A German lawmaker says the Turkish government is denying him entry to the country as an international observer in this weekend's elections.

UN, Russia call on US to rethink human rights body move

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 7:12am

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is urging the United States to rethink its decision to pull out of the organization's human rights body.

Violence keeps Central Americans coming to US despite Trump

Marcos Aleman and Joshua Goodman, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 7:10am

Nightfall in El Salvador's capital was fast approaching and Ernesto Pena was waiting for a bus that never arrived. His work day delivering rice and cooking oil to street vendors in the bustling district of Santa Tecla had ended and like most people he was anxious to get home before the gangs that control the poor neighborhood where he lives enforce an informal curfew.

Iraqi court endorses manual recount for May election

Philip Issa, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 6:48am

Iraq's Supreme Court on Thursday endorsed a manual recount of all ballots from last month's national elections, but rejected the invalidation of ballots from abroad and from voters displaced by recent conflict.

Israeli PM's wife charged with fraud, breach of trust

Ilan Ben Zion, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 6:48am

Israeli prosecutors on Thursday charged the wife of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with misusing over $100,000 in public funds to order lavish meals from some of the country's most famous chefs.

Report: Ukrainian filmmaker on hunger strike is well

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 6:46am

A state news agency is quoting a Russian human rights official as saying that jailed Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov is in satisfactory condition despite a monthlong hunger strike.

Algerian PM calls on President Bouteflika to seek 5th term

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 6:43am

Algeria's prime minister has called on President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to seek a fifth term in April 2019, despite his age and partial paralysis.

Official: Polish leader's ill health not sparking infighting

Vanessa Gera and Monika Scislowska, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 6:42am

A government official denied rumors Thursday that the illness of Jaroslaw Kaczynski, Poland's powerful ruling party leader, has sparked infighting at the highest political levels.

The Latest: EU scrutinizing Hungary's new anti-migrant laws

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 6:32am

The Latest on the influx of migrants in Europe (all times local):

Moldovan court considers appeal from winner of voided ballot

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 6:11am

A Moldovan court is examining an appeal submitted by a pro-European politician elected mayor of Chisinau, the capital of Moldova, after it invalidated the ballot.

Syria shells rebel-held areas ahead of possible offensive

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 6:11am

Syrian government forces shelled rebel-held areas in the south on Thursday, further undermining an international "de-escalation" agreement backed by the United States ahead of a threatened offensive.

Military vows to recover bodies from sunken Indonesia ferry

Binsar Bakkara and Niniek Karmini, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 5:59am

Indonesia's military chief said Thursday that specialist navy equipment will be deployed to pinpoint a ferry that sank in the crater lake of an ancient supervolcano, offering a glimmer of hope to distraught relatives that the bodies of more than 180 people presumed drowned will be recovered.

BBC: Former MSF staff accuse aid workers of sexual misdeeds

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 5:58am

The BBC says former aid workers are accusing staff of charity Doctors Without Borders of using prostitutes and swapping medicine for sex while working in Africa.

Trump's Mideast team gets close-up view of peace obstacles

Karin Laub and Mohammed Daraghmeh, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 5:40am

On their current Mideast tour, senior Trump administration officials are getting a close-up view of some of the towering obstacles to their yet-to-be-released blueprint for an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal.

Former FIFA boss Blatter revels in visit to Putin, World Cup

Graham Dunbar, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 5:36am

Sepp Blatter came to Moscow and saw Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin, defying FIFA's wish that its suspended former president's visit to the World Cup would attract little attention.  

NATO head: No guarantee trans-Atlantic alliance will survive

Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 5:28am

Bonds between Europe and North America are under strain and there's no guarantee the trans-Atlantic alliance will survive, the head of NATO warned Thursday.