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Detainees held without charges decry Emiratis' sexual abuses

Maggie Michael, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 3:04pm

The 15 officers who arrived at the prison in southern Yemen hid their faces behind headdresses, but their accents were clearly foreign — from the United Arab Emirates. They lined up the detainees and ordered them to undress and lie down. The officers then searched the anal cavity of each prisoner, claiming that they were looking for contraband cellphones.

Top Brazil court acquits head of Workers' Party of graft

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 2:48pm

Justices on Brazil's highest court acquitted the Workers' Party president of corruption and money-laundering charges in a case stemming from the country's mammoth graft investigation.

Thousands protest Romania diluting fight against corruption

Alison Mutler, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 2:42pm

Anti-government protesters in Romania who are angry about new legislation they say will facilitate high-level corruption briefly scuffled Wednesday with police, who detained a German journalist.

The Latest: UN says human rights are 'pillar' of its work

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 2:20pm

The Latest on the U.S. decision to pull out of the United Nations' Human Rights Council (all times local):

UK's May defeats Brexit rebels, but divisions still reign

Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 1:49pm

The British government saw its flagship Brexit legislation pass through Parliament on Wednesday, but remains locked in a tussle with lawmakers over the direction of the country's departure from the European Union.

Canada to legalize marijuana on Oct. 17

Rob Gillies, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 1:38pm

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Wednesday marijuana will be legal nationwide on October 17.

Putin and UN leader Guterres show mutual respect in Moscow

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 1:27pm

The United Nations' secretary-general has told Russian President Vladimir Putin that he regards Russia as "an irreplaceable element" in international diplomacy.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says marijuana will be legal nationwide on October 17

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 1:04pm

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says marijuana will be legal nationwide on October 17.

Eritrea sending delegation to rival Ethiopia for peace talks

Elias Meseret, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 12:38pm

Eritrea's president announced Wednesday he 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.

Italy, Austria signal new hard-line axis on migration

Colleen Barry, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 12:14pm

A meeting of Italy's anti-migrant interior minister with like-minded Austrian populist leaders on Wednesday in Rome heralded a new hard-line axis forming in Europe on migration issues with pledges to more firmly protect Europe's southern border.

Cameroon: 84 soldiers, police killed in separatist clashes

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 11:55am

Cameroon's prime minister says 84 soldiers and police have been killed during months of fighting with separatists who seek an English-language state.

Laws to deter asylum-seekers, aid workers passed in Hungary

Pablo Gorondi, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 11:40am

Hungarian lawmakers voted to tighten the country's asylum eligibility rules and threatened Wednesday to incarcerate people who help asylum-seekers, votes that coincided with a United Nations' observance dedicated to refugees.

Yemeni forces claim progress in battle for Hodeida's airport

Ahmed Al-Haj, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 11:22am

Yemeni fighters backed by the United Arab Emirates said they seized the southern runway of the international airport near Yemen's port city of Hodeida, as fighting raged Wednesday between pro-government forces backed by a Saudi-led coalition and Iranian-backed rebels.

Israel strikes Hamas after heavy rocket attacks from Gaza

Ian Deitch, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 11:22am

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.

Protests in Moldova after court voids pro-Europe mayor's win

Corneliu Rusnac, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 10:54am

Thousands of protesters gathered in the Moldovan capital Wednesday after a court invalidated the election victory of a pro-European candidate to the post of mayor of Chisinau without providing a reason.

Gunmen kill police officer's son, uncle in Pakistan

Abdul Sattar, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 10:47am

Gunmen opened fire on a police officer's car in the Pakistani city of Quetta early Wednesday, killing his young son and uncle, and critically wounding the officer, police said.

Rocket attack in southeast Turkey kills 2 soldiers

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 10:41am

A rocket attack by Kurdish rebels on a military vehicle in southeast Turkey has killed two soldiers and wounded one other, Turkish officials said Wednesday.

Sexual abuses rampant in UAE-controlled prisons in Yemen

Maggie Michael, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 10:34am

The torturers followed a schedule.

At least 10 miners killed in collapse in Zambia, police say

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 10:21am

Police in Zambia say at least 10 miners are dead after a mine dump collapsed about 500 kilometers (310 miles) from the capital, Lusaka.