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Moldovan court considers appeal from winner of voided ballot

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 6:11am

A Moldovan court is examining an appeal submitted by a pro-European politician elected mayor of Chisinau, the capital of Moldova, after it invalidated the ballot.

Syria shells rebel-held areas ahead of possible offensive

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 6:11am

Syrian government forces shelled rebel-held areas in the south on Thursday, further undermining an international "de-escalation" agreement backed by the United States ahead of a threatened offensive.

Iraqi court endorses manual recount for May election

Philip Issa, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 6:09am

Iraq's Supreme Court on Thursday endorsed a manual recount of all ballots from last month's national elections, but rejected the invalidation of ballots from abroad and from voters displaced by recent conflict.

BBC: Former MSF staff accuse aid workers of sexual misdeeds

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 5:58am

The BBC says former aid workers are accusing staff of charity Doctors Without Borders of using prostitutes and swapping medicine for sex while working in Africa.

Trump's Mideast team gets close-up view of peace obstacles

Karin Laub and Mohammed Daraghmeh, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 5:40am

On their current Mideast tour, senior Trump administration officials are getting a close-up view of some of the towering obstacles to their yet-to-be-released blueprint for an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal.

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

Graham Dunbar, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 5:36am

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 5:33am

Israeli prosecutors have charged Sara Netanyahu, the prime minister's wife, with a series of crimes including fraud and breach of trust.

Official: Polish leader's ill health not sparking infighting

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 5:30am

A government official is denying rumors that the illness of Jaroslaw Kaczynski, Poland's powerful ruling party leader, has sparked infighting at highest political levels.

NATO head: No guarantee trans-Atlantic alliance will survive

Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 5:28am

Bonds between Europe and North America are under strain and there's no guarantee the trans-Atlantic alliance will survive, the head of NATO warned Thursday.

Lion euthanized after escape from cage in Belgian zoo

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 5:18am

A female lion has been euthanized after escaping from its cage in a Belgian zoo.

Sara Netanyahu, Israeli prime minister's wife, charged with fraud, breach of trust

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 5:12am

Sara Netanyahu, Israeli prime minister's wife, charged with fraud, breach of trust.

Merkel pledges $100M loan for troubled Jordan

Karin Laub, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 5:10am

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.

Tens of thousands join Indian leader for world yoga day

Manish Swarup, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 5:02am

Some 50,000 people gathered with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday in the Himalayan foothills to salute the power of yoga.

Estonia says Russian government aircraft violated airspace

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 4:43am

Estonia says a Russian government aircraft has violated its airspace near the island of Vaindloo in the Gulf of Finland — the second such violation this year.

Sexual abuses rampant in UAE-controlled prisons in Yemen

Maggie Michael, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 4:42am

The torturers followed a schedule.

Yemeni prisoners say Emirati officers sexually torture them

Maggie Michael, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 4:38am

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.

EU seeks to screen migrants in Africa, stop boat crossings

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 4:34am

The European Union's top migration official says the EU wants to screen migrants in centers in northern Africa to see whether they are eligible for asylum and prevent people trying to enter Europe by boat.

Japan to scrap evacuation drills for NKorean missile threat

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 4:28am

Japan plans to suspend the civilian evacuation drills it started last year while North Korea was repeatedly test-firing missiles near and over Japanese islands, officials said Thursday, citing diplomatic overtures from Pyongyang.

Kremlin: Trump's national security adviser set to visit

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 4:02am

The Kremlin says that U.S. President Donald Trump's national security adviser is to visit Russia.