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

Elias Meseret and Sam Mednick, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 10:19am

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.

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.

Merkel pledges $100 million loan for troubled Jordan

Karin Laub, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 10:04am

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.

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.

Thousands celebrate summer solstice at Stonehenge

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 9:29am

Thousands watched the sun glint over the horizon at Stonehenge on Thursday, celebrating the summer solstice at the Neolithic stone circle.

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

Graham Dunbar, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 9:26am

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.  

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

Josef Federman, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 9:16am

The wife of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was charged Thursday with misusing some $100,000 in public funds to order lavish meals from celebrity chefs, dealing an embarrassing blow to the country's first family and drawing fresh attention to a series of separate corruption investigations plaguing the prime minister.

Human rights court rejects Norway mass killer's appeal

Jan M. Olsen, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 9:08am

The European Court of Human Rights rejected an appeal Thursday by Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik, who claimed his incarceration violated his rights.

BBC: Former MSF staff accuse aid workers of sexual misdeeds

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 9:08am

Former aid workers have accused staff of charity Doctors Without Borders of using prostitutes and boasting of exchanging medicine for sex while working in Africa, the BBC reported Thursday.

UN, Russia call on US to rethink Human Rights Council move

Maria Danilova and Frank Jordans, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 8:58am

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged the United States on Thursday to rethink its decision to pull out of the world's top human rights body, calling it a "key tool" in efforts to combat abuse.

Gambia national police chief resigns after protest shootings

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 8:58am

Gambia's police say the national police inspector general has resigned after two civilians were shot dead this week during a demonstration against sand mining.

Turkey's Erdogan seeks new term with greater powers

Suzan Fraser, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 8:52am

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.

Turkey says 35 Kurd leaders killed in airstrikes in Iraq

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 8:50am

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has again asserted that Turkish jets have dealt a heavy blow on the outlawed Kurdish rebels' leadership in Iraq, saying some 35 high-level militants were killed.

The Latest: Turkish FM: Kurds to withdraw from Manbij July 4

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 8:41am

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Algerian PM calls on ailing president to seek 5th term

Aomar Ouali, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 8:26am

Algeria's prime minister called on the country's president Thursday to seek a fifth term next year despite his age and partial paralysis.

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.

EU seeks to screen migrants in Africa, stop boat crossings

Lorne Cook, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 7:49am

Unwilling to share responsibility for tens of thousands of people arriving each year in search of better or safer lives, European Union leaders are preparing in coming days to take more steps to keep migrants out.

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.