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Venezuela's socialist boss to head Constitutional Assembly

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 19th - 4:17pm

Venezuela's all-powerful National Constitutional Assembly has named as its new chief a man deemed by U.S. officials to be an international drug trafficker.

UN chief spotlights forgotten kids of wartime rape victims

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 19th - 4:16pm

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres put a spotlight on the forgotten children born to wartime rape victims who are often shamed and excluded, issuing a cautionary statement Tuesday on the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict.

Twin brothers reunited 74 years after WWII death at Normandy

Mark D. Carlson and Virginia Mayo, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 19th - 2:54pm

For decades, he was known only as Unknown X-9352 at a World War II American cemetery in Belgium where he was interred.

3 more killed as Nicaragua's political unrest hits 2 months

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 19th - 2:51pm

A Nicaraguan rights group says three people have been killed in the city of Masaya as authorities try to regain control on the two-month anniversary of political unrest that has shaken the nation.

Yemeni officials say fighting rages around Hodeida airport

Ahmed Al-Haj, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 19th - 2:16pm

Fierce fighting raged Tuesday outside the airport of the crucial Yemeni city of Hodeida as thousands of pro-government fighters backed by a Saudi-led coalition battled Iranian-allied Shiite rebels for control of the Red Sea port — the main passageway for food and aid supplies in a country teetering on the brink of famine.

UN envoy: Palestinian refugees 'weeks away' from major cuts

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 19th - 12:43pm

The U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees is "weeks away from painful cuts" to its emergency assistance for Gaza and refugees elsewhere because of an unprecedented gap in its budget of more than $250 million, the U.N. Mideast envoy said Tuesday.

Bahrain's opposition slams case against leading figure

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 19th - 12:42pm

A Bahraini opposition group and human rights organizations warned Tuesday that the government's case against the country's leading Shiite opposition figure contains "tampered evidence."

Macedonian parliament starts debate on name deal with Greece

Konstantin Testorides, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 19th - 12:28pm

Macedonia's parliament on Tuesday started debating a law ratifying an agreement with neighboring Greece designed to end a decades-long dispute over Macedonia's name.

Residents accuse Mali army of killing at least 25 civilians

Baba Ahmed and Carley Petesch, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 19th - 12:03pm

Malian soldiers killed at least 25 civilians in the central Mopti region last week, a civic association and residents said Tuesday, as concerns rose over alleged abuses during counterterror operations in an area where extremists linked to al-Qaida and the Islamic State group have carried out attacks.

Scything Zen: Ancient way to cut grass also a state of mind

Cain Burdeau, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 19th - 11:39am

Spring is ending and summer approaches. The grass is now long, finished growing. For us, it's time to scythe.

German, French leaders propose Eurozone budget

David Rising, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 19th - 11:00am

The leaders of Germany and France agreed Tuesday to create a Eurozone budget they hope will boost investment and provide a safety mechanism for the 19 nations using the euro currency, and also to seek a European solution to migration issues.

Saudi-led coalition displays Yemeni arms allegedly from Iran

Jon Gambrell, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 19th - 10:44am

Officials in a Saudi-led coalition now battling Shiite rebels for control of a crucial port in Yemen on Tuesday displayed weapons captured on the battlefield that they say show Iran is arming the insurgents.

Romania: human rights group slams secret phone tapping deal

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 19th - 10:27am

A human rights group on Tuesday criticized a phone tapping agreement between Romania's intelligence agency and the high court, saying it exposes ordinary citizens to potential abuse.

White House Mideast team holds talks with Jordanian king

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 19th - 10:12am

President Donald Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, kicked off a swing through the Middle East on Tuesday, meeting with Jordan's king as part of a broader effort to lay the groundwork for an expected Israeli-Palestinian peace plan.

Blurring the border, Turkey deepens roots in northern Syria

Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 19th - 10:09am

A newly paved road links the Turkish town of Elbeyli to the Syrian town of al-Bab, across the border. In al-Bab, Turkish and Syrian flags line the streets, and signs on government buildings are in Arabic and Turkish. One of the first billboards honors Turkish soldiers killed in the battle to liberate this town from Islamic State militants.

Prince Harry, Meghan join queen at Royal Ascot

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 19th - 10:06am

The former Meghan Markle visited Britain's Royal Ascot for the first time Tuesday, receiving a rapturous welcome as she and Prince Harry joined Queen Elizabeth II for the opening day's carriage procession.

The Latest: Coalition says Iran is arming Yemen rebels

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 19th - 9:08am

The Latest on the battle for the Yemeni port town of Hodeida (all times local):

Afghan officials in Pakistan for talks on peace efforts

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 19th - 9:02am

An Afghan official says top security officials are in Pakistan for talks on reviving the peace process with the Taliban.

UN chief: Highest number of conflicts globally in 30 years

Jan M. Olsen, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 19th - 8:46am

The number of countries involved in "violent conflicts" is the highest in 30 years, while the number of people killed in conflicts has risen tenfold since 2005, the U.N. secretary-general said Tuesday.