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Eritrea sends delegation to rival Ethiopia for peace talks

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 1:35am

Eritrean diplomats say the reclusive nation's president is sending a rare delegation to neighboring Ethiopia for peace talks days after Ethiopia's new prime minister took a major step toward calming deadly tensions with its decades-long rival.

Official: Taliban targets army checkpoints killing 30 troops

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 1:33am

An Afghan official says at least 30 soldiers were killed when Taliban fighters targeted two checkpoints in western Badghis province.

Israel strikes Hamas after heavy rocket attacks from Gaza

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 1:17am

Israeli warplanes struck Hamas positions in Gaza after Palestinian militants there fired dozens of rockets and mortars at southern communities early Wednesday, the military said.

South Korea leader urges denuclearization steps from North

Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 12:54am

South Korea's president on Wednesday urged Pyongyang to show a plan for concrete steps toward denuclearization, raising the pressure on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during his visit to Beijing to discuss the outcome of his summit with President Donald Trump.

Burning kites from Gaza damage Israeli farms, wildlife

Aron Heller, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 12:26am

After years of rocket attacks and militant infiltrations from Gaza, residents of southern Israel are now coping with a new kind of threat: incendiary kites and balloons that have damaged farmlands and nature reserves.

Sexual abuses rampant in UAE-controlled prisons in Yemen

Maggie Michael, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 12:18am

The torturers followed a schedule.

Families plea for bigger search for 178 from Indonesia ferry

Binsar Bakkara and Niniek Karmini, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 12:06am

Distraught relatives slammed Indonesia's government for not enforcing basic safety measures on passenger boats and pleaded Wednesday for a bigger search effort for at least 178 people missing since a ferry sank on a picturesque Sumatran lake early this week.

Many in Puerto Rico still under tarps as storm threat looms

Ben Fox, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 19th - 10:04pm

Hurricane Maria ripped away part of the steel roof from Carmen Lidia Torres Mercado's home in the Puerto Rican capital. Nine months later, she is still relying on a blue plastic tarp to protect her home, even with a new storm season already two weeks old.

Indonesian officials raise number of people missing from ferry sinking in Sumatra on Monday evening to 166

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 19th - 8:26pm

Indonesian officials raise number of people missing from ferry sinking in Sumatra on Monday evening to 166.

Saudi-led coalition displays Yemeni arms allegedly from Iran

Jon Gambrell, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 19th - 7:59pm

Officials in a Saudi-led coalition battling Shiite rebels for control of a crucial port in Yemen on Tuesday displayed weapons captured on the battlefield that they say show Iran is arming the insurgents.

Coronation plans threaten poll delay in junta-ruled Thailand

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 19th - 6:58pm

Thailand's prime minister said Tuesday his military government will hold elections only after a coronation ceremony for the new Thai king, casting fresh doubt on promises the polls will be held by next February.

Halting S.Korea-US drills risks weakening N.Korea deterrence

Hyung-Jin Kim and Kim Hyung-Jyung, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 19th - 6:46pm

U.S. and South Korean officials are hoping the suspension of a major joint military exercise helps advance nuclear negotiations with North Korea. It's a bold gamble that could trigger a serious security crisis if the talks falter and the allies are forced to resume the drills, infuriating North Korea, analysts say.

3 more killed as Nicaragua's political unrest hits 2 months

Luis Manuel Galeano, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 19th - 5:12pm

Three people were shot dead in the city of Masaya as security forces and allied groups tried to regain control of the area, a human rights group reported Tuesday, the two-month anniversary of political unrest that has shaken Nicaragua.

Venezuela's socialist boss to head Constitutional Assembly

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 19th - 4:17pm

Venezuela's all-powerful National Constitutional Assembly has named as its new chief a man deemed by U.S. officials to be an international drug trafficker.

UN chief spotlights forgotten kids of wartime rape victims

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 19th - 4:16pm

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres put a spotlight on the forgotten children born to wartime rape victims who are often shamed and excluded, issuing a cautionary statement Tuesday on the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict.

London police say short circuit caused minor subway blast

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 19th - 3:32pm

A battery short circuit caused a small explosion at a London Underground station that injured five people Tuesday evening, authorities said.

Twin brothers reunited 74 years after WWII death at Normandy

Mark D. Carlson and Virginia Mayo, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 19th - 2:54pm

For decades, he was known only as Unknown X-9352 at a World War II American cemetery in Belgium where he was interred.

Yemeni officials say fighting rages around Hodeida airport

Ahmed Al-Haj, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 19th - 2:16pm

Fierce fighting raged Tuesday outside the airport of the crucial Yemeni city of Hodeida as thousands of pro-government fighters backed by a Saudi-led coalition battled Iranian-allied Shiite rebels for control of the Red Sea port — the main passageway for food and aid supplies in a country teetering on the brink of famine.

UN envoy: Palestinian refugees 'weeks away' from major cuts

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 19th - 12:43pm

The U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees is "weeks away from painful cuts" to its emergency assistance for Gaza and refugees elsewhere because of an unprecedented gap in its budget of more than $250 million, the U.N. Mideast envoy said Tuesday.