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Catalan secessionists cut formal ties with Spanish monarchy

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 22nd - 5:33am

Catalonia's pro-independence political leaders are snubbing the Spanish king in their latest public challenge to rule from Madrid.

Rival Koreas agree to August reunions of war-split families

Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 22nd - 5:24am

North and South Korea agreed Friday to hold temporary reunions of families divided by the 1950-53 Korean War as they boost reconciliation efforts amid a diplomatic push to resolve the North Korean nuclear crisis.

Polish local police chief fired over colleague's death

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 22nd - 5:24am

Poland's Interior Ministry says a regional police chief and one of his deputies have been fired after they attended a party during which a senior anti-terrorist investigator fell from a window and died.

German chancellor says migration meeting a 'first exchange'

Maggie Hyde, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 22nd - 5:22am

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.

Russia says evidence of Syria chemical attacks was faked

Vladimir Isachenkov, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 22nd - 5:20am

Russia said Friday that the U.S. and its allies have relied on fabricated evidence to accuse the Syrian government of launching chemical attacks against civilians.

South Sudan peace deal attempt fails as Kiir rejects Machar

Sam Mednick and Elias Meseret, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 22nd - 5:08am

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.

Spanish court lifts ban on book about drug trafficking

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 22nd - 5:02am

A Madrid court has lifted a ban on the sale of a book that investigates drug trafficking in Spain, saying that it comes within laws on the right to inform.

Cyprus, Israel, Greece pledge deeper military ties

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 22nd - 5:01am

The defense ministers of Cyprus, Israel and Greece are pledging to forge deeper military ties in order to better counter common threats and to help bolster security in a tumultuous region.

A look at dual elections in Turkey testing Erdogan's power

Zeynep Bilginsoy, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 22nd - 5:00am

Turkish voters will vote Sunday in a historic double election for the presidency and parliament.

AP Explains: Reunions between Korean families divided by war

Hyung-Jin Kim, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 22nd - 4:56am

North and South Korean officials agreed Friday to hold highly emotional temporary reunions in August of families separated since the 1950-53 Korean War. A look at key issues:

Reporter calls out Italian minister over police protection

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 22nd - 4:53am

An anti-mafia journalist under police protection has lashed out at Italy's hard-line interior minister for insinuating that not everyone who receives government protection is deserving.

Belgian gets life for cocaine smuggling in Cambodia

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 22nd - 4:52am

A Cambodian court has sentenced a Belgian man to life in prison for smuggling cocaine into the country.

Italy's interior minister says Malta should take rescue boat

Colleen Barry, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 22nd - 4:50am

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.

Rival Koreas agree to reunions of war-separated families

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 22nd - 4:48am

North and South Korea have agreed to hold temporary reunions of families divided by the 1950-53 Korean War in August as they boost reconciliation efforts amid a diplomatic push to resolve the North Korean nuclear crisis.

Activists: Syrian government steps up offensive in southwest

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 22nd - 4:32am

Syrian activists say government forces are keeping up their pressure on the country's strategic southwest, using artillery, airstrikes and barrel bombs to target rebel-held parts of the region.

The Latest: 2 OSCE observers refused entry to Turkey

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 22nd - 4:32am

The Latest on the Turkish presidential and parliamentary elections (all times local):

Seoul says rival Koreas agree to hold reunions of war-separated families on Aug. 20-26

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 22nd - 4:28am

Seoul says rival Koreas agree to hold reunions of war-separated families on Aug. 20-26.

'He cried and hugged me': Brazilian still separated from son

Peter Prengaman, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 22nd - 4:09am

Twenty-six days after being apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border with his son, a Brazilian man in detention says he has no idea when he may see his 9-year-old, who he fears is distraught and having difficulty communicating because he only speaks Portuguese.

New East Timor government marred by corruption allegations

Oki Raimundos, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 22nd - 4:03am

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.