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Colombia takes big step to peace as rebels lay down guns

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 19:19:37 GMT2017-06-27T19:19:37Z

MESETAS, Colombia (AP) -- Colombia reached a major milestone on its road to peace Tuesday as leftist rebels relinquished some of their last weapons and declared an end to their half-century insurgency....



Brazil's President says corruption charge is 'fiction'

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 19:13:41 GMT2017-06-27T19:13:41Z

SAO PAULO (AP) -- Brazil's president is calling a corruption charge against him fiction, saying there is no proof that he took bribes....



Albania Socialists win election, can govern without partner

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 19:12:40 GMT2017-06-27T19:12:40Z

TIRANA, Albania (AP) -- Albania's left-wing Socialist Party has secured a second mandate in a general election, winning a majority of seats in parliament, election results showed Tuesday....



Mossad launches fund to invest in firms developing spy tech

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 19:03:33 GMT2017-06-27T19:03:33Z

JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's Mossad is launching an investment fund for start-ups developing "groundbreaking" technologies that could be used by the spy agency....



UN envoy hopes key new meetings will spur Syria peace talks

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 19:02:19 GMT2017-06-27T19:02:19Z

UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. special envoy for Syria expressed hope Tuesday that a first-ever U.N. meeting of feuding opposition groups and an upcoming meeting to put "de-escalation zones" into operation will spur progress at next month's peace talks in Geneva....



Brazil president calls corruption charge against him "fiction," says no proof he received ...

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 18:59:41 GMT2017-06-27T18:59:41Z

SAO PAULO (AP) -- Brazil president calls corruption charge against him "fiction," says no proof he received bribes....



The Latest: Aid group fears for migrants at Italy border

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 18:56:49 GMT2017-06-27T18:56:49Z

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- The Latest on Europe's response to the large numbers of migrants and refugees trying to reach the continent (all times local):...



Macron invites Trump to Bastille Day to honor US WWI troops

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 18:50:11 GMT2017-06-27T18:50:11Z

PARIS (AP) -- French President Emmanuel Macron has invited U.S. President Donald Trump to a Bastille Day celebration next month to celebrate the arrival 100 years ago of the American troops who fought alongside the French during World War I....



Yellen says reforms have made financial system safer

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 18:49:18 GMT2017-06-27T18:49:18Z

LONDON (AP) -- Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Tuesday that banking reforms now in place have made the financial system safer, and the world should be able to avoid the type of devastating crisis that struck the global economy in 2008....



FIFA publishes Garcia report on 2018-2022 World Cup bidding

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 18:45:58 GMT2017-06-27T18:45:58Z

SOCHI, Russia (AP) -- After years of intrigue about allegedly corrupt World Cup bidding, FIFA published an investigation report Tuesday that showed how voters exploited the murky system yet allowed Russia and Qatar to host the 2018 and 2022 tournaments....



Romania: US soldier critically injured after electric shock

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 18:26:31 GMT2017-06-27T18:26:31Z

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- U.S. military officials say an American soldier has been hospitalized in Romania in critical condition after suffering an electric shock while working at a railway station near the Hungarian border....



Greek weapons enthusiast charged over balcony shooting range

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 18:11:29 GMT2017-06-27T18:11:29Z

ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greek police say they have arrested an elderly man for allegedly setting up an improvised firing range on his balcony in a densely populated area and using guns he owned illegally for target practice....



Brazil markets steady after scathing indictment of president

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 18:02:54 GMT2017-06-27T18:02:54Z

SAO PAULO (AP) -- A day after Brazil's top prosecutor formally accused President Michel Temer of corruption in a scathing indictment, markets largely shrugged off the news Tuesday in a sign that the leader's departure may not be imminent....



Mali bishop pledges to make cardinal's ceremony amid scandal

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 17:58:48 GMT2017-06-27T17:58:48Z

ROME (AP) -- An ailing Mali archbishop facing allegations of financial impropriety assured the Vatican on Tuesday he plans to show up at St. Peter's Basilica to be made a cardinal by Pope Francis....



Protests, looting, gov't offices burned in Venezuela

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 17:55:41 GMT2017-06-27T17:55:41Z

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- A total of 68 stores were looted and several government offices were burned following anti-government protests late Monday and Tuesday in the city of Maracay, west of Venezuela's capital of Caracas....



UK doctors' union calls for change in abortion law

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 17:34:10 GMT2017-06-27T17:34:10Z

LONDON (AP) -- The British Medical Association, which represents the country's doctors, said Tuesday abortions should not be a criminal offense and called for them to be regulated in the same way as other health procedures....



Amnesty International won't comply with Hungary NGO law

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 17:22:51 GMT2017-06-27T17:22:51Z

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) -- Amnesty International has joined a boycott of new, mandatory reporting rules for foreign-funded civic groups in Hungary, the group said Tuesday....



New cyberattack causes mass disruption globally

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 17:22:14 GMT2017-06-27T17:22:14Z

PARIS (AP) -- A new and highly virulent outbreak of malicious data-scrambling software appears to be causing mass disruption across the world, hitting companies and governments in Europe especially hard....



Greek garbage collectors reject compromise as trash piles up

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 17:19:39 GMT2017-06-27T17:19:39Z

ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece's municipal garbage collectors on Tuesday rejected a government compromise offer and decided to continue an 11-day protest that has left mounds of festering refuse piled up across Athens amid high temperatures during the key summer tourism season....



A look at some of the firms, agencies hit by the cyberattack

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 17:15:56 GMT2017-06-27T17:15:56Z

LONDON (AP) -- As a new cyberattack hits companies and government agencies around the world, here is a look at some of those that have confirmed they are affected....



Kissinger: Chaos in the west could give boost to Russia

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 17:10:40 GMT2017-06-27T17:10:40Z

LONDON (AP) -- Former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger on Tuesday warned of Russia's simmering alienation from its western neighbors but said he believed that President Vladimir Putin will ultimately work toward cooperative relationships with countries on its borders....



British leader seeks fire inquiry; German building evacuated

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 16:59:30 GMT2017-06-27T16:59:30Z

LONDON (AP) -- Britain's prime minister said Tuesday there must be a "major national investigation" of potentially flammable cladding on high-rise towers, while a German city evacuated an 11-story building because of safety concerns prompted by the fatal fire in London....



Road bomb in Kenya's Lamu County kills 8, including 4 kids

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 16:44:18 GMT2017-06-27T16:44:18Z

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- A roadside bomb in Kenya's southern coastal area killed four policemen and four children Tuesday, a senior Kenyan police official said....



The Latest: Syria rebels say new chemical attack possible

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 16:36:56 GMT2017-06-27T16:36:56Z

BEIRUT (AP) -- The Latest on the White House saying it has "potential" evidence that Syria's government is preparing another chemical weapons attack (all times local):...



German city evacuates apartment block over insulation worry

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 16:26:16 GMT2017-06-27T16:26:16Z

BERLIN (AP) -- A western German city decided Tuesday to evacuate an 11-story apartment block because of concerns over exterior insulation similar to that of London's Grenfell Tower....



IS counterattacks in retaken parts of Mosul stall Iraq push

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 16:24:19 GMT2017-06-27T16:24:19Z

MOSUL, Iraq (AP) -- Counterattacks by Islamic State militants on the western edge of Mosul have stalled Iraqi forces' push in the Old City, the last IS stronghold in the battle, an Iraqi officer said Tuesday....



Greek garbage collectors extend protest as trash mounds grow

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 16:19:59 GMT2017-06-27T16:19:59Z

ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece's municipal garbage collectors are extending an 11-day protest that has left mounds of festering refuse piled up across Athens amid high summer temperatures....



At least 13 killed in violence in southeast Turkey

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 16:15:57 GMT2017-06-27T16:15:57Z

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkey's military says 10 Kurdish militants have been killed in aerial operation in southeast Turkey. Three soldiers meanwhile, died in an attack by suspected Kurdish insurgents....



France's new lawmakers open first parliament session

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 16:10:14 GMT2017-06-27T16:10:14Z

PARIS (AP) -- France's newly elected lawmakers, most of them from President Emmanuel Macron's centrist party, took part in their first parliamentary session Tuesday....



Russia: Jury out to deliberate slaying of opposition leader

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 16:05:12 GMT2017-06-27T16:05:12Z

MOSCOW (AP) -- A jury on Tuesday began deliberating its verdict in the case of five men accused of being involved in the murder of a Russian opposition leader who was a top opponent of President Vladimir Putin before he was shot outside the Kremlin....



Trump organization ends management of Toronto tower

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 15:57:08 GMT2017-06-27T15:57:08Z

TORONTO (AP) -- A high-end hotel and condominium tower in Toronto will no longer bear the Trump brand name....



UN chief: Seize the chance for Cyprus peace deal at summit

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 15:36:40 GMT2017-06-27T15:36:40Z

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) -- United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday urged Cyprus' rival leaders as well as Turkey, Greece and Britain to rise to the occasion at a peace summit and seize the chance for a breakthrough deal reunifying the ethnically divided island....



'Embarrassing' Berlin police removed from G20 security duty

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 15:35:18 GMT2017-06-27T15:35:18Z

BERLIN (AP) -- A group of Berlin police officers helping with security ahead of next week's Group of 20 summit in Hamburg has been sent home after some reportedly partied excessively at the barracks where they were staying....



Google hit with record fine by EU, told to change its ways

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 15:34:23 GMT2017-06-27T15:34:23Z

BRUSSELS (AP) -- After a seven-year legal battle, European authorities came down hard on Google on Tuesday for taking advantage of its dominance in online searches to direct customers to its own businesses, fining the tech giant a record 2.42 billion euros ($2.72 billion) and raising the prospect of more....



German city of Wuppertal to evacuate 11-story building because of exterior insulation simi...

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 15:32:36 GMT2017-06-27T15:32:36Z

BERLIN (AP) -- German city of Wuppertal to evacuate 11-story building because of exterior insulation similar to London's Grenfell Tower....



Kremlin dismisses US warning of chemical attack in Syria

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 15:26:35 GMT2017-06-27T15:26:35Z

MOSCOW (AP) -- The Kremlin on Tuesday dismissed the White House's warning that the Syrian government is preparing a new chemical attack and that President Bashar Assad and his military "will pay a heavy price" if it goes ahead, while the Syrian leader visited the Russian military base in Syria and met with Russia's chief military officer....



Scottish leader puts second independence referendum on hold

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 15:10:38 GMT2017-06-27T15:10:38Z

LONDON (AP) -- Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon told lawmakers Tuesday she was postponing plans to seek a second independence referendum, saying she would revisit the issue when the terms of Britain's departure from the European Union become clearer....



FIFA has published investigator Michael Garcia's report into World Cup bidding won by Russ...

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 15:06:30 GMT2017-06-27T15:06:30Z

ZURICH (AP) -- FIFA has published investigator Michael Garcia's report into World Cup bidding won by Russia and Qatar....



Dutch government partially liable in 300 Srebrenica deaths

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 15:02:01 GMT2017-06-27T15:02:01Z

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- A Dutch appeals court ruled Tuesday that the government was partially liable in the deaths of more than 300 Muslim men killed by Bosnian Serb forces in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre....



Treasury chief says UK wants economy 'anchored' in Europe

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 15:00:21 GMT2017-06-27T15:00:21Z

BERLIN (AP) -- Britain's Treasury chief told a German audience on Tuesday that his country wants to keep its economy "anchored" in the European mainstream as it leaves the European Union. He called for an early deal on transitional arrangements....



Israel security chief: Agency strikes back at online hackers

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 14:59:05 GMT2017-06-27T14:59:05Z

JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's security chief says his agency, the Shin Bet, has gone on the offensive against hackers trying to carry out cyberattacks against Israel on the internet....



Mexico consumer agency targets airline bag fees, delays

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 14:56:06 GMT2017-06-27T14:56:06Z

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexico's consumer agency has announced fines and new rules meant to protect travelers from airlines, especially in the areas of bag fees and delays....



South Africa re-opens apartheid-era case of activist's death

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 14:50:42 GMT2017-06-27T14:50:42Z

JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- A South African court has re-opened an inquiry into the 1971 death of an anti-apartheid activist whose family believes he was tortured and killed by police and did not commit suicide by jumping from a 10th-floor window as authorities said at the time....



Egypt army: 12 vehicles destroyed crossing from Libya

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 14:47:19 GMT2017-06-27T14:47:19Z

CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's military says its air force destroyed 12 vehicles loaded with weapons, ammunitions and explosives, after receiving intelligence that "criminal elements" were attempting to cross the western border with Libya....



Google fined a record 2.4 billion euros in EU antitrust case

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 14:46:11 GMT2017-06-27T14:46:11Z

BRUSSELS (AP) -- After a seven-year legal battle, European authorities came down hard on Google on Tuesday for taking advantage of its dominance in online searches to direct customers to its own businesses, fining the tech giant a record 2.42 billion euros ($2.72 billion) and raising the prospect of more....



German museum presents artworks from collector's trove

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 14:25:37 GMT2017-06-27T14:25:37Z

BERLIN (AP) -- A small number of artworks from a reclusive German collector's trove have been presented in Bonn in preparation for a wider exhibition....



Thai court reverses verdict against alleged 'Popcorn Gunman'

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 14:24:15 GMT2017-06-27T14:24:15Z

BANGKOK (AP) -- An appeals court in Thailand on Tuesday overturned the guilty verdict of a man convicted of shooting four people, one fatally, by opening fire with an assault rifle concealed in a sack during a political confrontation in February 2014....



Merkel ally becomes governor of most populous German state

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 14:22:47 GMT2017-06-27T14:22:47Z

BERLIN (AP) -- A senior member of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative party has been elected governor of Germany's most populous state following an election last month that produced an unexpected center-right majority....



Openly gay Serbia premier-designate to head pro-Russia gov't

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 14:17:09 GMT2017-06-27T14:17:09Z

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) -- Serbia's future prime minister on Tuesday proposed a staunchly pro-Russia official as the defense minister, dampening hopes in the West that her nomination signaled a shift away from Moscow's influence....



Polish police chief fired after far-right attack

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 13:59:11 GMT2017-06-27T13:59:11Z

WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Poland's government has fired a local police chief following a weekend clash in which far-right nationalists attacked an anti-government protest....