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Iraqi court endorses manual recount for May election

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 2:44am

Iraq's Supreme Court has 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 the conflict with the Islamic State.

Iran lists demands for improving relations with US

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 2:41am

Iran has announced a list of 15 demands for improving relations with the United States, including a U.S. return to the 2015 nuclear accord, in response to a similar list of demands made by Washington last month.

Turkey's Erdogan seeks new term with greater powers

Suzan Fraser, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 2:29am

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.

Sydney police find car driven by Thai who was found dead

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 2:26am

Australian police say they have found a car that had been driven by a Thai national whose battered body was discovered bound and gagged on the side of a Sydney road.

Japan to scrap evacuation drills for NKorean missile threat

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 1:49am

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.

Merkel visits refugee host Jordan amid migration row at home

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 1:43am

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday visited Jordan, a major refugee host country, amid an escalating domestic conflict over migration that has shaken her coalition government.

Trudeau: Canada to legalize marijuana on Oct. 17

Rob Gillies, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 1:10am

Marijuana will be legal nationwide in Canada starting Oct. 17 in a move that should take market share away from organized crime and protect the country's youth, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Wednesday.

Australia court convicts woman of murdering mom to gain kids

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 1:06am

An Australian jury convicted an infertile woman on Thursday of murdering a mother-of-four in a plot to gain custody of the children.

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

Karin Laub and Mohammed Daraghmeh, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 12:34am

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.

Afghan official says Taliban kill 8 police

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 12:28am

The Taliban killed eight police in two separate attacks in Afghanistan on Thursday, officials said.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern gives birth to a girl at Auckland City Hospital

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 12:26am

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern gives birth to a girl at Auckland City Hospital.

North Korean summits bring sense of peace along DMZ border

Eric Talmadge, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 11:30pm

Lt. Col. Hwang Myong Jin has been a guide on the northern side of the Demilitarized Zone that divides the two Koreas for five years. He says it's gotten quieter here since the summits between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and the presidents of South Korea and the United States, in perhaps the last place on earth where the Cold War still burns hot.

Cuba slightly loosens controls on state media

Andrea Rodriguez, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 10:04pm

Minutes after a plane carrying 113 people crashed on takeoff from Havana airport, Cuban state media filled with minute-by-minute updates, cellphone video from the accident and an interview from the scene with newly named President Miguel Diaz-Canel.

Sexual abuses rampant in UAE-controlled prisons in Yemen

Maggie Michael, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 9:02pm

The torturers followed a schedule.

Detainees held without charges decry Emiratis' sexual abuses

Maggie Michael, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 9:00pm

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.

Mexico court upholds ruling against presidential candidate

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 8:27pm

Mexico's federal Electoral Tribunal has upheld a finding of campaign irregularities by independent presidential candidate Jaime Rodriguez.

UK's May defeats Brexit rebels, but divisions still reign

Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 8:08pm

The British government saw its flagship Brexit legislation pass through Parliament on Wednesday, but remains locked in a tussle with lawmakers over the direction of the country's departure from the European Union.

International groups invited to document Nicaragua violence

Luis Manuel Galeano, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 5:34pm

International organizations said Wednesday they have received the go-ahead to travel to Nicaragua to investigate violence that has killed more than 170 people, apparently solving an impasse that halted talks on resolving the nation's political crisis.

ICC prosecutor says UN fails to promote justice in Sudan

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 20th - 5:29pm

The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court accused the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday of failing to take action against countries that didn't arrest Sudan's president to face charges of genocide in his country's Darfur region.