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In major blow to Brazil, US suspends meat product imports

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 01:39:51 GMT2017-06-23T01:39:51Z

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- In a major blow to Brazil, the United States on Thursday announced the immediate suspension of all imports of beef products from Latin America's largest nation because of safety concerns....



US envoy: Guatemala lawmakers who hired lobby firm 'idiots'

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 01:30:50 GMT2017-06-23T01:30:50Z

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) -- A Guatemalan congressman demanded an apology from the U.S. ambassador after the diplomat called him and three colleagues "idiots" in an audio recording that was made public Thursday....



Mexican president dismisses spying, wants fast investigation

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 01:28:23 GMT2017-06-23T01:28:23Z

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto says he wants a rapid investigation into reports of high-tech spying against journalists and human rights defenders, while he dismisses allegations that his government was responsible....



US, Cuba still cooperating on stopping drug smugglers

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 00:49:00 GMT2017-06-23T00:49:00Z

HAVANA (AP) -- The U.S. and Cuba are still cooperating to intercept drug smugglers even through the Trump administration has halted high-level meetings on stopping the flow of narcotics through the Caribbean, a top Cuban anti-drug official said Thursday....



Inside Yemen's secret prisons: 'We could hear the screams'

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 00:47:46 GMT2017-06-23T00:47:46Z

MUKALLA, Yemen (AP) -- They call it the "grill": The victim is tied to a spit like a roast and spun furiously within a circle of fire. It is just one of the terrors inflicted by interrogators on detainees in Yemen who are routinely beaten with wires, kept in filthy shipping containers, and blindfolded for months - all by one of America's closest counterterrorism allies....



Pemex says damaged Mexican refinery to reopen July 30

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 00:38:57 GMT2017-06-23T00:38:57Z

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexico's state-owned oil company Pemex says a refinery that flooded and caught fire last week during rains produced by former Tropical Storm Calvin will reopen July 30....



US envoy urges global action on worsening Venezuela crisis

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 23:02:55 GMT2017-06-22T23:02:55Z

UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley on Thursday urged the international community to take action to deal with the worsening crisis in Venezuela as the South American nation's embattled president railed against attempts by the U.S. and others to allegedly foment violence in the country....



Magnitude 6.8 earthquake recorded off Guatemalan coast

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 22:50:44 GMT2017-06-22T22:50:44Z

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) -- A magnitude 6.8 earthquake hit off Guatemala's Pacific coast Thursday, shaking much of the country and neighboring El Salvador. Officials said four people were injured and only minor damage was reported....



Brexit: May offers hope for EU citizens, wins guarded praise

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 22:46:59 GMT2017-06-22T22:46:59Z

BRUSSELS (AP) -- British Prime Minister Theresa May promised Thursday that EU citizens will not be immediately kicked out of Britain when it leaves the union and says their fate will be a top priority in Brexit negotiations - prompting guarded praise from other EU leaders at a tense time for the continent....



Clash at Canadian-owned mine in Suriname leaves 4 injured

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 22:20:22 GMT2017-06-22T22:20:22Z

PARAMARIBO, Suriname (AP) -- A gold mine in Suriname that is majority-owned by a Canadian company says four people were injured when independent miners tried to occupy a portion of its concession in the South American company....



Mexico raises key interest rate to 7 pct to combat inflation

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 22:17:24 GMT2017-06-22T22:17:24Z

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexico's central bank has raised its benchmark interest rate a quarter-point to 7 percent in an effort to limit inflation....



Chile police declassify World War II-era files on Nazi plots

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 22:06:15 GMT2017-06-22T22:06:15Z

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) -- The Chilean equivalent of the FBI declassified World War II-era files on Thursday that show Nazi agents in the South American country's main port of Valparaiso plotted to destroy the Panama Canal....



World Court opinion sought on UK-Mauritius islands dispute

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 21:55:04 GMT2017-06-22T21:55:04Z

UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- In a setback for the United Kingdom, the General Assembly voted Tuesday to seek an opinion from the top U.N. court on Mauritius' claim that Britain illegally maintains sovereignty over the Chagos Islands, including Diego Garcia, where the United States has a major military base in the Indian Ocean....



Guatemala high court denies bid to probe president in fire

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 21:45:16 GMT2017-06-22T21:45:16Z

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) -- Guatemala's Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a request to have President Jimmy Morales' immunity of office lifted to permit an investigation of him in connection with a fire that killed 41 girls at a home for troubled youth....



The Latest: Merkel calls UK's residency stance 'good start'

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 21:32:29 GMT2017-06-22T21:32:29Z

BRUSSELS (AP) -- The Latest on the European Union summit (all times local):...



German Chancellor Angela Merkel call U.K.'s offer on post-Brexit rights of EU citizens "a ...

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 21:22:56 GMT2017-06-22T21:22:56Z

BRUSSELS (AP) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel call U.K.'s offer on post-Brexit rights of EU citizens "a good start."...



Iraqis: IS blew up mosque in 'formal declaration of defeat'

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 21:03:09 GMT2017-06-22T21:03:09Z

MOSUL, Iraq (AP) -- With their control of Mosul slipping away, Islamic State militants decided to send a message of defiance: They blew up the 12th century al-Nuri Mosque, along with its famous leaning minaret....



Ex-Canada ski coach found guilty on 37 charges in sex trial

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 20:56:13 GMT2017-06-22T20:56:13Z

SAINT-JEROME, Quebec (AP) -- A Quebec judge has found a former high-performance Canadian ski coach guilty of 37 charges related to the exploitation and sexual assault of young female students, calling him a sexual predator....



Holocaust survivor wins gender base case against El Al

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 20:37:12 GMT2017-06-22T20:37:12Z

JERUSALEM (AP) -- An advocacy group said Thursday that it has won a case against Israel's national airline that will make it illegal to ask females passengers to move their seats at the request of ultra-Orthodox males....



Burkina Faso to invest $700 million to fight extremism

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 20:20:41 GMT2017-06-22T20:20:41Z

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) -- Burkina Faso's government has announced it will invest more than $700 million over four years to eradicate poverty in the Sahel and northern region of the West African country to prevent youth from joining jihadi groups....



Report: Israel gearing up to build in east Jerusalem

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 19:51:31 GMT2017-06-22T19:51:31Z

JERUSALEM (AP) -- An Israeli newspaper says the government is preparing to authorize construction of 7,000 new homes in Jewish areas of east Jerusalem - a move that could complicate the efforts of U.S. envoy Jared Kushner to restart peace talks....



Lebanese man detained after returning from Israel

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 19:40:19 GMT2017-06-22T19:40:19Z

BEIRUT (AP) -- Lebanon's state news agency says the military has detained a Lebanese national crossing into the country from Israel....



Israel: Hezbollah uses NGO to conceal border posts

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 19:27:10 GMT2017-06-22T19:27:10Z

JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel has filed a complaint with the U.N. Security Council accusing the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah of setting up observation outposts along the border on land purportedly used by an environmental advocacy group....



German parliament votes to annul gay men's convictions

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 18:57:50 GMT2017-06-22T18:57:50Z

BERLIN (AP) -- German lawmakers on Thursday approved a plan to annul the convictions of thousands of gay men under a law criminalizing homosexuality that was enforced enthusiastically in post-World War II West Germany....



EU moves to boost military cooperation

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 18:47:35 GMT2017-06-22T18:47:35Z

BRUSSELS (AP) -- Weeks after being berated by U.S. President Donald Trump for failing to spend enough on defense, European nations vowed Thursday to boost military cooperation in their part of the world....



German lawmakers OK plan to put messages under surveillance

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 18:02:54 GMT2017-06-22T18:02:54Z

BERLIN (AP) -- Germany's parliament has approved a plan to allow for the surveillance of suspects' communications on messaging services such as WhatsApp....



The Latest: Lavrov criticizes US in call with Tillerson

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 17:53:05 GMT2017-06-22T17:53:05Z

BEIRUT (AP) -- The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local):...



Congo rights group: Army kills 13 rebels after Beni attacks

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 17:32:22 GMT2017-06-22T17:32:22Z

BENI, Congo (AP) -- Congo's army fought off attacks in and around the eastern city of Beni on Thursday, killing at least 13 assailants and capturing 15, a local human rights group said....



London fire: Tests show other high-rises have suspect panels

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 17:14:43 GMT2017-06-22T17:14:43Z

LONDON (AP) -- Tests so far have found that at least seven high-rise apartment buildings in England have combustible external panels like the ones believed to have contributed to a fire that killed 79 people in London, Prime Minister Theresa May's office said Thursday....



South Sudan must end war, UN chief says on refugee visit

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 17:09:29 GMT2017-06-22T17:09:29Z

ARUA, Uganda (AP) -- South Sudan's leaders must end a civil war that has killed tens of thousands and displaced millions, the United Nations secretary-general said Thursday while visiting what has become the world's fastest-growing refugee crisis....



Egypt says 7 militants killed in raid on desert camp

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 17:02:53 GMT2017-06-22T17:02:53Z

CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's Interior Ministry says it has killed seven people in connection with recent attacks on the country's embattled Christian minority, including three church bombings and a deadly bus shooting, all claimed by the Islamic State group....



Scandal-hit South Africa leader says doing job 'very well'

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 17:01:45 GMT2017-06-22T17:01:45Z

JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- South African President Jacob Zuma on Thursday sparred with opposition lawmakers in a parliamentary debate over presidential scandals and an economy in recession, laughing dismissively at criticism and declaring of his job performance: "I'm fit and I'm doing it very well."...



'Imagine' if Britain stays in EU? Discord at EU summit

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:54:28 GMT2017-06-22T16:54:28Z

BRUSSELS (AP) -- While European Union chief Donald Tusk may still be "a dreamer" hoping that Britain is having second thoughts on leaving the EU, other leaders at Thursday's EU summit tried to shake him back to reality....



Desperate Venezuelans set sights on Colombia as worry mounts

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:51:30 GMT2017-06-22T16:51:30Z

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- As the first hint of dawn stretches over a Colombian neighborhood known as "Little Mene Grande" after the warm, Venezuelan city where so many recent arrivals are from, six men and women rise from worn, flattened mattresses....



7 dead in suicide blast at police station in Somalia capital

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:45:10 GMT2017-06-22T16:45:10Z

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- At least seven people are dead and a dozen wounded after a suicide car bomb blast at a police station in Somalia's capital, police and an ambulance service said Thursday....



Archbishop: Church of England 'colluded' to hide sex abuse

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:38:49 GMT2017-06-22T16:38:49Z

LONDON (AP) -- The Church of England "colluded" with and helped to hide the long-term sexual abuse of young men by one of its former bishops, the head of the church said Thursday....



Prosecutor: Paris attacker asked family to see him as martyr

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:38:36 GMT2017-06-22T16:38:36Z

PARIS (AP) -- The Frenchman killed when he drove a car packed with arms and explosives into a Paris police convoy in a failed attack had pledged allegiance to the leader of the Islamic State group and asked his family to remember him as a martyr, France's anti-terrorism prosecutor said Thursday....



US reassures Turkey over arms provided to Syrian Kurds

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:33:16 GMT2017-06-22T16:33:16Z

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkish officials said Thursday that U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has written to his Turkish counterpart, reassuring him that arms provided to Syrian Kurdish fighters would be taken back once Islamic State militants are ousted from their main stronghold in Syria, the city of Raqqa....



Turkey, Saudi Arabia to try to reduce tensions over Qatar

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:28:44 GMT2017-06-22T16:28:44Z

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has agreed with Saudi Arabia's King Salman and the new crown prince to "increase efforts" to end tensions in the region related to the dispute with Qatar, Turkish officials said Thursday....



Ghana: Decision on Guantanamo detainees 'unconstitutional'

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:08:44 GMT2017-06-22T16:08:44Z

ACCRA, Ghana (AP) -- Ghana's Supreme Court has declared "unconstitutional" the decision by former President John Mahama to allow two former Guantanamo Bay detainees entry into the West African country....



UN urges Egypt to halt execution of 6 men in 'flawed' trials

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:05:00 GMT2017-06-22T16:05:00Z

CAIRO (AP) -- U.N. human rights experts urged Egypt on Thursday to halt the execution of six men, sentenced to death over killing a policeman, saying that their trials were "flawed" and "did not meet international standards of fairness."...



In Yemen's secret prisons, UAE tortures and US interrogates

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:02:16 GMT2017-06-22T16:02:16Z

MUKALLA, Yemen (AP) -- Hundreds of men swept up in the hunt for al-Qaida militants have disappeared into a secret network of prisons in southern Yemen where abuse is routine and torture extreme - including the "grill," in which the victim is tied to a spit like a roast and spun in a circle of fire, an Associated Press investigation has found....



British schoolboys don skirts amid shorts ban in heatwave

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:01:40 GMT2017-06-22T16:01:40Z

LONDON (AP) -- Boys at a British high school have found a novel way around strict uniform rules banning shorts, as the country swelters through a heatwave....



The Latest: 7 UK buildings found with combustible cladding

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 15:51:05 GMT2017-06-22T15:51:05Z

LONDON (AP) -- The Latest on the London high-rise fire (all times local):...



Indian convicted of spying seeks pardon from Pakistan

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 15:49:34 GMT2017-06-22T15:49:34Z

ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistan's military says an Indian naval officer who was sentenced to death by a military court on charges of espionage and sabotage has submitted a petition for mercy to the country's army chief, seeking a pardon....



German lawmakers vote to deny far-right party state funding

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 15:37:14 GMT2017-06-22T15:37:14Z

BERLIN (AP) -- Germany's parliament voted Thursday to cut off public funding for parties with anti-constitutional aims, a move aimed at a far-right party that authorities tried unsuccessfully to ban....



AP PHOTOS: Peruvian woman provides home for 70 stray dogs

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 15:31:58 GMT2017-06-22T15:31:58Z

LIMA, Peru (AP) -- Sara Moran never thought her home in a poor part of Peru's capital would become a makeshift shelter for 70 strays when she first rescued a dog after it was run over by a car in 2007....



France probes death reportedly from exploding cream canister

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 15:31:54 GMT2017-06-22T15:31:54Z

PARIS (AP) -- French authorities are investigating the death of a fitness blogger reportedly hit by an exploding whipped cream canister that was withdrawn from the market in 2013, officials and the company that makes the product said Thursday....



Egypt urges closer cooperation among Nile basin nations

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 14:44:43 GMT2017-06-22T14:44:43Z

CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's president on Thursday laid out concerns over his country's share of the Nile waters, urging leaders of the river's basin countries to work together toward a more efficient use of their resources....



Leftist rebels in Colombia: Dutch journalists will be freed

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 14:41:08 GMT2017-06-22T14:41:08Z

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- Leftist rebels say they will free two Dutch journalists kidnapped while reporting in a restive region of northeastern Colombia....