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After US, Israel also backs away from UN human rights body

Jamey Keaten, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 22nd - 8:55am

Diplomats said Friday that Israel has temporarily reduced its participation with the U.N.'s main human rights body, days after the United States pulled out largely over its allegation that the Human Rights Council is biased against Israel.

Gorbachev: Putin, Trump should focus on arms control

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 22nd - 8:44am

Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev says if Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump hold a summit, they should focus on curbing the U.S.-Russia arms race and ensuring strategic stability.

Trump's Mideast team meets Israeli premier over peace plan

Ian Deitch, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 22nd - 8:44am

President Donald Trump's Mideast team met Friday with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Israel as part of a visit with regional leaders to discuss the U.S. plan for peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

UN: Basic human rights being 'chiseled away' in Venezuela

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 22nd - 8:32am

Government security forces in Venezuela carry out unjustified killings without any apparent consequences as the rule of law in the country quickly vanishes, a United Nations report charged Friday.

UK service celebrates 'Windrush generation' from Caribbean

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 22nd - 8:24am

British Prime Minister Theresa May joined more than 2,000 people at London's Westminster Abbey on Friday to celebrate the contribution of immigrants from the Caribbean, 70 years to the day after hundreds of West Indians arrived to help rebuild war-scarred Britain.

Rights group warns blocking aid in Yemen endangers millions

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 22nd - 8:12am

An international rights group says Yemen's warring parties are obstructing crucial aid to the Red Sea port of Hodeida endangering millions in what is already the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

German chancellor says migration meeting a 'first exchange'

Maggie Hyde, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 22nd - 8:10am

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday said an upcoming meeting of European leaders in Brussels would be a "first exchange" toward finding solutions and agreements to problems connected with migration.

Activists: Syrian government steps up offensive in southwest

Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 22nd - 8:05am

Syrian government forces kept up their pressure on the country's strategic southwest on Friday, using artillery, airstrikes and dropping barrel bombs that targeted rebel-held parts of the region, activists said.

Cyprus, Israel, Greece pledge deeper military ties

Menelaos Hadjicostis, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 22nd - 8:02am

Cyprus, Israel and Greece must forge deeper military ties to bolster security and more effectively counter common threats in a turbulent region, the three countries' defense ministers said Friday.

Council of Europe experts: Hungary must repeal anti-NGO law

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 22nd - 7:58am

A group of experts advising the Council of Europe is calling on Hungary to repeal its so-called "Stop Soros" law, which threatens to incarcerate people helping refugees.

Italy's interior minister says Malta should take rescue boat

Colleen Barry, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 22nd - 7:54am

Italy's populist, anti-migrant interior minister said Friday that Malta should allow a Dutch-flagged rescue ship carrying hundreds of migrants rescued from rubber dinghies off the Libyan coast to make port there because the ship is now in Maltese waters.

The Latest: 12 hurt when van with migrants flips in Croatia

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 22nd - 7:48am

The Latest on the influx of migrants in Europe (all times local):

New East Timor government marred by corruption allegations

Oki Raimundos, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 22nd - 7:08am

East Timor's president has refused to swear in 11 Cabinet ministers because of corruption investigations in a rocky beginning for a new government formed after a protracted political stalemate in the young nation.

Fatal fight sets off anti-India protests, clashes in Kashmir

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 22nd - 6:44am

At least four rebels, a counterinsurgency police official and a civilian were killed during a gunbattle in disputed Kashmir on Friday, triggering anti-India protests and clashes in which several people were injured.

Romania: Party rallies around leader convicted of graft

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 22nd - 6:26am

Leaders of Romania's ruling Social Democratic Party rallied Friday around their powerful leader after he was handed a 3½-year jail sentence for abuse of office.

Belgian gets life on cocaine smuggling charges in Cambodia

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 22nd - 6:16am

A Cambodian court sentenced a Belgian man to life in prison on Friday on charges of smuggling cocaine into the country.

Spanish prosecutors appeal against men's release in sex case

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 22nd - 6:14am

Spanish prosecutors are filing an appeal against a court decision granting bail to five men acquitted of gang rape and convicted instead of sexual abuse, a lesser felony.

Ethiopia unblocks more than 200 websites as reforms continue

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 22nd - 6:12am

Ethiopia says it has unblocked 246 websites and TV channels in the latest reform under its new prime minster, whose chief of staff says "freedom of expression is a foundational right."

South Sudan peace deal attempt fails as Kiir rejects Machar

Sam Mednick and Elias Meseret, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 22nd - 5:59am

The latest attempt at ending South Sudan's five-year civil war failed Friday as President Salva Kiir rejected working again with rival Riek Machar after their first face-to-face meeting in almost two years.