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Violence keeps Central Americans coming to US despite Trump

Marcos Aleman and Joshua Goodman, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 3:08pm

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.

Stray bullets kill 2 14-year-olds as Rio violence rises

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 3:00pm

Two 14-year-olds have been killed by stray bullets in Rio de Janeiro as violence and police efforts to contain it increase in the Brazilian city.

Moldovan court rejects appeal from winner of voided election

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 2:52pm

A Moldovan court rejected an appeal Thursday of its ruling to invalidate the results of a local election in the former Soviet republic's capital city.

Syria shells rebel-held areas ahead of possible offensive

Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 1:06pm

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, prompting a warning from the U.S. of "serious repercussions" for the violations.

Italy interior minister refuses port to migrant rescue ship

Colleen Barry, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 1:02pm

Italy's hard-line interior minister on Thursday refused port to a Dutch-flagged rescue boat with 224 migrants on board, a week after turning away another foreign ship, the Aquarius, carrying 630 migrants.

The Latest: UN 'deeply concerned' about Syrians in the south

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 12:58pm

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Lion euthanized after escape in Belgian zoo

Bishr El-Touni, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 12:11pm

A lion on the loose forced the evacuation of one Belgium's most famous zoos Thursday, and the animal had to be killed after several failed attempts to sedate it.

2 mayoral candidates killed in Mexico, 18 dead so far

Mark Stevenson, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 11:36am

Two mayoral candidates in two different Mexican towns have been killed in less than 24 hours, marking a total of at least 18 candidates killed so far in campaigns leading up to the July 1 elections.

The Latest: 4 Eastern Europe nations to skip migrant meeting

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 11:16am

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NATO head: No guarantee trans-Atlantic alliance will survive

Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 11:14am

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

South Sudan's armed opposition rejects 'imposition' of peace

Elias Meseret and Sam Mednick, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 11:10am

South Sudan's armed opposition on Thursday rejected any "imposition" of a peace deal and asked for more time after the first face-to-face meeting between President Salva Kiir and rival Riek Machar in almost two years.

Spanish court bails men in sex case, sparking more outrage

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 11:01am

A Spanish court triggered a new wave of outrage Thursday by granting bail to five men acquitted of gang rape and convicted instead on a lesser felony of sexual abuse.

Nigeria offers reward for suspected bomb-making factory

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 10:52am

Nigeria's military says it is offering a reward for information on a suspected bomb-making factory in the northern city that is the birthplace of the Boko Haram extremist group.

Merkel pledges $100 million loan for troubled Jordan

Karin Laub, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 10:48am

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday promised a $100 million loan to troubled Jordan, where mass protests over austerity measures forced the prime minister to resign earlier this month.

Trump's adviser to visit Moscow to discuss US-Russian summit

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 10:43am

U.S. President Donald Trump's national security adviser is heading to Moscow to pave the way for a possible U.S.-Russian summit, a spokesman said Thursday.

Libyan coast guard rescues over 520 Europe-bound migrants

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 10:34am

Libya's coast guard has rescued three groups of more than 520 African migrants, including at least 10 women and 49 children, and recovered four bodies in the Mediterranean Sea east of the capital, Tripoli, over two days, a spokesman said Thursday.

Israel strikes Gaza sites in response to airborne fire bombs

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 10:16am

Israel's military says it has struck Gaza after Palestinians tried to launch flaming kites into its territory.

Envoy: Filmmaker on hunger strike has heart, kidney problems

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 9:49am

Ukraine's human rights envoy said Thursday that jailed Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov has heart and kidney problems after a hunger strike lasting more than a month.

German lawmaker says Turkey bars him as election observer

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 9:44am

A German lawmaker said Thursday the Turkish government is denying him entry to the country as an international observer in the country's upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections.