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Romania: Criminal justice revisions worsen graft worries

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 18th - 3:24pm

Romanian lawmakers approved revised criminal justice statutes Monday that critics called a setback for prosecuting corruption, votes that took place hours after an American diplomat urged Romania to keep fighting official corruption to prevent "hostile powers" from undermining the country.

Report says over 1 billion small arms in world, up from 2007

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 18th - 3:10pm

There are over 1 billion firearms in the world today, including 857 million in civilian hands — with American men and women the dominant owners, according to a study released Monday.

Spanish PM vows to exhume Franco from controversial site

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 18th - 3:06pm

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez says he wants to remove the remains of the late dictator Francisco Franco from a controversial mausoleum and turn the site into a monument for reconciliation.

AP PHOTOS: European teams sweep Day 5 of World Cup

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 18th - 3:02pm

Day 5 of the World Cup was a European sweep.

Turkey charges father of NBA's Kanter as terror group member

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 18th - 2:36pm

A Turkish court has accepted an indictment charging the father of NBA player Enes Kanter with "membership in a terror group," the country's official news agency reported Monday.

Shooting in Sweden leaves 5 men injured

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 18th - 1:56pm

Swedish police say several people have been injured after shots were fired in Sweden's third-largest city Monday.

Russia, Egypt match at World Cup could test close ties

Hamza Hendawi, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 18th - 1:44pm

Not since the Cold War days of the 1950s and 1960s has Egypt been as close to Russia as it is now.

Audi CEO detained in diesel emissions case

Frank Jordans, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 18th - 1:39pm

German authorities on Monday detained the chief executive of Volkswagen's Audi division, Rupert Stadler, as part of a probe into the manipulation of emissions controls.

Israel PM, Jordan king meet after months of strained ties

Karin Laub, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 18th - 1:36pm

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Jordan's King Abdullah II that he is committed to the status quo at holy sites in contested Jerusalem, trying to reassure the monarch in a rare meeting after months of strained relations.

US serial sperm donor banned from donating in Israel

Caron Creighton, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 18th - 12:47pm

Serial sperm donor Ari Nagel, an American who has fathered 33 children, with 10 more on the way, has been banned from donating his sperm in Israel, where he first fathered a child using artificial insemination.

Greece: 2 face racism charges over beatings of immigrants

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 18th - 12:45pm

Greek police say they have arrested one suspected extreme nationalist and are seeking a second as suspects in a pair of attacks on immigrants in Athens.

Merkel, allies avert collision for now in German migrant row

Geir Moulson, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 18th - 12:34pm

Chancellor Angela Merkel's allies in Bavaria averted an immediate collision Monday with the German leader, giving her two weeks to make deals on migrants with other European countries instead of turning them back unilaterally at Germany's border.

Mexico arrests ex-prosecutor in disappearance cases

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 18th - 11:58am

Mexican police have arrested a former state prosecutor in the forced disappearance of over a dozen people.

UN says over 25,000 people fled Yemen fighting at Hodeida

Ahmed Al-Haj, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 18th - 11:56am

The U.N. spokesman said on Monday that tens of thousands of residents have fled the fighting along Yemen's western coastline where Yemeni fighters backed by a Saudi-led coalition are engaged in fierce battles with Iranian-backed Houthi rebels.

Italy's interior minister turns gaze to 'Roma question'

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 18th - 11:54am

Italy's hard-line interior minister, who recently sparked a multinational showdown by refusing entry to a Mediterranean Sea rescue boat packed with 630 migrants, is now taking aim at Italy's minority Roma community.

The United Nations says over 25,000 people have fled the fighting at Yemen's port city of Hodeida

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 18th - 11:38am

The United Nations says over 25,000 people have fled the fighting at Yemen's port city of Hodeida.

Israel arrests former government minister for Iran spying

Ian Deitch, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 18th - 11:36am

A former Israeli government minister, once imprisoned for trying to smuggle drugs, is back behind bars after being charged with spying for archenemy Iran, the country's internal security agency said Monday.

Macedonian government submits deal on new name to parliament

Jasmina Mironski and Nicholas Paphitis, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 18th - 11:29am

Macedonia's government set in motion Monday the process of ratifying a pending agreement to change the country's name to "North Macedonia" in hopes of ending a bitter 27-year dispute with southern neighbor Greece.

Bosnian police block 100 migrants from reaching Croatia

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 18th - 11:06am

Bosnian border police on Monday stopped about 100 migrants from reaching the border with European Union member Croatia amid a rise in the influx of people heading through the Balkans toward Western Europe.