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Indonesia raises number of ferry sinking missing to 166

Binsar Bakkara and Niniek Karmini, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 19th - 9:49pm

Indonesian officials said that 166 people are missing from a ferry sinking early this week at a popular lake on Sumatra, a much higher number than previously believed, as distraught and angry relatives pleaded Wednesday for a bigger search effort.

North Korea's Kim thanks China for support with Trump summit

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 19th - 9:16pm

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un thanked Chinese President Xi Jinping for his support in last week's groundbreaking summit with President Donald Trump, the North's official media reported Wednesday.

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.

Bahrain's opposition slams case against leading figure

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 19th - 12:42pm

A Bahraini opposition group and human rights organizations warned Tuesday that the government's case against the country's leading Shiite opposition figure contains "tampered evidence."

Macedonian parliament starts debate on name deal with Greece

Konstantin Testorides, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 19th - 12:28pm

Macedonia's parliament on Tuesday started debating a law ratifying an agreement with neighboring Greece designed to end a decades-long dispute over Macedonia's name.

Residents accuse Mali army of killing at least 25 civilians

Baba Ahmed and Carley Petesch, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 19th - 12:03pm

Malian soldiers killed at least 25 civilians in the central Mopti region last week, a civic association and residents said Tuesday, as concerns rose over alleged abuses during counterterror operations in an area where extremists linked to al-Qaida and the Islamic State group have carried out attacks.

Scything Zen: Ancient way to cut grass also a state of mind

Cain Burdeau, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 19th - 11:39am

Spring is ending and summer approaches. The grass is now long, finished growing. For us, it's time to scythe.

German, French leaders propose Eurozone budget

David Rising, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 19th - 11:00am

The leaders of Germany and France agreed Tuesday to create a Eurozone budget they hope will boost investment and provide a safety mechanism for the 19 nations using the euro currency, and also to seek a European solution to migration issues.

Romania: human rights group slams secret phone tapping deal

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 19th - 10:27am

A human rights group on Tuesday criticized a phone tapping agreement between Romania's intelligence agency and the high court, saying it exposes ordinary citizens to potential abuse.