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Activists blast Rio gov comment about slum missile strike

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 15th - 6:19pm

A human rights official and community activists are criticizing the governor of Rio de Janeiro state for saying that a missile could be sent to "blow up" drug traffickers in a local slum.

Guam Catholic group protests recruitment of abortion doctors

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 15th - 4:41pm

A Catholic group has protested the governor of Guam's plan to recruit abortion providers to the U.S. territory where no doctors are currently willing to terminate pregnancies.

Brazil's Moro questions authenticity of leaked messages

Marcelo Silva By Sousa, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 15th - 4:27pm

Brazil's justice minister on Saturday questioned the authenticity of leaked personal messages published by a news website that appear to show him when he was still a judge improperly advising prosecutors in a case against former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.

Mexico vows to help Central American migrants amid crackdown

Amy Guthrie, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 15th - 2:44pm

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Saturday his country must help Central Americans fleeing poverty and violence, even as it increases security and revisions to deter migrants from passing through Mexico on route to the U.S.

Hobby horse fans show off their skills in Finland

Jari Tanner, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 15th - 12:27pm

The 400 contestants at a sports arena in Finland show jumped, barrel raced and pranced in a dressage competition. They just didn't do it with live horses.

Diplomats: Europeans weigh sanctions on Venezuela's Maduro

Joshua Goodman and Aritz Parra, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 15th - 10:44am

Major European nations are considering imposing sanctions on Venezuela's Nicolás Maduro and several top officials for their recent crackdown on political opponents, although divisions remain over the timing of any action for fear of derailing a negotiated exit to the country's crisis, The Associated Press has learned.

Diplomats: Europeans weigh sanctions on Venezuela's Maduro

Joshua Goodman and Aritz Parra, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 15th - 10:30am

The Associated Press has learned that major European nations are considering imposing sanctions on Venezuela's Nicolás Maduro and several top officials for their recent crackdown on political opponents.

8 killed, at least 16 wounded as explosions rock Somalia's capital

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 15th - 8:57am

8 killed, at least 16 wounded as explosions rock Somalia's capital.

After bill fiasco, Hong Kong chief fights for political life

Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 15th - 8:43am

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam steadily climbed her way up bureaucratic ranks to capture the top position in the former British colony, relying on sheer intelligence, ambition, canny networking and an astute deference to authority.

Peru starts demanding passports, visas from Venezuelans

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 15th - 8:27am

Dozens of riot police stood guard at Peru's northern border on Saturday, hours after new entry measures requiring Venezuelan migrants to hold a passport and humanitarian visa took effect.

Syria violence kills dozens of troops and civilians in north

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 15th - 8:17am

Government airstrikes, intense shelling and fighting on the ground in rebel-held areas in northwest Syria claimed the lives of dozens of people Saturday, Syrian opposition activists said.

German Jewish group applauds museum director's resignation

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 15th - 6:19am

Germany's Central Council of Jews is welcoming the resignation of the director of Berlin's Jewish Museum amid accusations he promoted views critical of Israel.

"Romeo and Juliet" director Franco Zeffirelli dies at 96

Colleen Barry, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 15th - 5:34am

Italian director Franco Zeffirelli, who delighted audiences around the world with his romantic vision and extravagant productions, most famously captured in his cinematic "Romeo and Juliet" and the miniseries "Jesus of Nazareth," died Saturday at 96.

10 Kenyan police officers killed in blast near Somalia

Tom Odula, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 15th - 5:32am

At least 10 Kenyan police officers died after their vehicle struck an improvised explosive device near the Somali border in a suspected extremist attack on Saturday, officials said.

Officials say 10 Kenyan police officers are killed when vehicle strikes explosives near Somali border

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 15th - 5:31am

Officials say 10 Kenyan police officers are killed when vehicle strikes explosives near Somali border.

German stunt pilot killed as plane plunges into Polish river

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 15th - 5:28am

A German pilot of a small stunt plane was killed Saturday after his aircraft plunged into the Vistula River during a performance at an air show in central Poland, firefighters said.

US diplomat wants 'credible' probe into Sudan crackdown

Hussein Mallah and Samy Magdy, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 15th - 5:27am

The top U.S. diplomat to Africa said there must be an "independent and credible" investigation into the Sudanese military's violent dispersal of a protest camp in the capital earlier this month, as the ruling military council failed to announce the findings of its own investigation on Saturday as promised.

Husband says British woman held in Iran begins hunger strike

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 15th - 4:50am

A British-Iranian woman jailed in Tehran for more than three years has begun a hunger strike to protest her detention, her husband said Saturday.

Rights group: Houthi attack on airport 'apparent war crime'

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 15th - 4:50am

A leading rights group has called the recent drone attack by Yemen's Houthi rebels on an airport in Saudi Arabia an "apparent war crime."