• US same-sex marriage ruling likely to impact other countries

    Updated: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    LONDON (AP) — The landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favor of same-sex marriages has no legal force outside the United States, but gay rights activists in many parts of the world believe the court ruling will help their cause. In the Philippines, in India, in Australia and elsewhere, gay rights advocates think the U.S. ruling may help change attitudes, just as American activists — and judges, educators and legislators — had earlier been influenced by the easy acceptance of same-sex marriage in some European countries, where the laws were changed smoothly without much fuss.

  • Activists: IS fighters kill 200 civilians in Syrian town

    Updated: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State fighters who launched a surprise attack on a Syrian border town massacred more than 200 civilians, including women and children, before they were killed or driven out by Kurdish forces, activists said on Saturday. Kurdish activist Mustafa Bali, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and Kurdish official Idris Naasan put at 40-50 the number of elite IS fighters killed in the two days of fighting since the militants sneaked into the town of Kobani before dawn on Thursday. Clashes, however, continued to the south and west of the predominantly Kurdish town on the Turkish border on Saturday, they said, although the fighting in the south quietened down by nightfall.

  • Egypt sees sandstorm and earthquake on the same day

    Updated: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt faced treacherous weather conditions Saturday as a sandstorm blanketed the north of the country and a magnitude-5.2 earthquake centered in the Sinai peninsula shook buildings more than 200 miles away in the capital, Cairo. The epicenter of the quake was 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) southeast of the beachside town of Nuweiba in the Sinai, and about 75 kilometers (46 miles) south of Egypt's border with Israel, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Airports near Alexandria and Marsa Matrouh, along the Mediterranean coast, closed and diverted flights to Cairo due to poor visibility from the day's sandstorm, Civil Aviation Minister Hossam Kamel said in a statement. Visibility reached as low as 500 meters at th

  • Diplomats: Iran considers shipping, selling enriched uranium

    Updated: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    VIENNA (AP) — Nuclear negotiators for Iran, obligated to dispose tons of enriched uranium under an approaching deal, are focusing on a U.S.-backed plan for Iran to send the material to another country for sale as reactor fuel, diplomats told The Associated Press on Saturday. While Iran says it does not want nuclear arms, it has more than 8 tons that could be turned into the fissile core of a dozen or more atomic bombs if the material was further enriched to weapons-grade levels. The export-and-sell option has been floated before, and the diplomats emphasized that the sides have not agreed on that solution in the search for what to do with the low-enriched uranium stockpile.

  • Once unheard of, US-Iran talks become the new normal

    Updated: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    VIENNA (AP) — The top American and Iranian diplomats faced each other across a square table in a 19th century Viennese palace, the room austerely decorated and the atmosphere calm as they started the final push for a generation-defining nuclear agreement on Saturday. Running up against a Tuesday deadline for a deal, their declarations of optimism and pledges of diligence sounded routine. After two years of high-pressure gatherings, a sense of predictability has emerged in the negotiations between U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. Neither is letting the pressure show even as they and other global powers are at the cusp of an agreement that could redefine security in t

  • Bomb blasts in Iraqi capital leave 12 dead, dozens wounded

    Updated: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    BAGHDAD (AP) — A series of attacks targeting public places killed 12 people in Baghdad on Saturday, said Iraqi authorities, as the prime minister announced the arrest of an aide to Saddam Hussein. Police officials say a car bomb went off about noon Saturday near shops selling car parts in southeastern Baghdad, killing five people and wounding 13 others. Another bomb blast at an outdoor market killed three shoppers and wounded eight in the city's eastern suburbs. Also, police said a bomb exploded near a row of shops in the capital's western neighborhood of Baiyaa, killing two and wounding 10. Later on, a bomb blast near a vegetable and fruit wholesale market in southern Baghdad killed two people and wounded three other

  • Significant obstacles lie ahead for nuclear talks with Iran

    Updated: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    VIENNA (AP) — World powers and Iran are back in nuclear talks, and this round may be the deciding one. After nearly a decade of international diplomacy, negotiators are trying to reach a final agreement by Tuesday that would curb Iran's nuclear activities for a decade and put tens of billions of dollars back into the Iranian economy through the easing of financial sanctions. The deadline is a bit soft; if they reach a deal any time in the next couple of weeks, negotiators will consider it a victory. But significant obstacles remain. Iran says it won't allow inspectors to visit military sites and interview scientists to ensure Iranian compliance.

  • Dozens killed in attacks in Tunisia, Kuwait and France

    Updated: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    SOUSSE, Tunisia (AP) — A young man pulled a Kalashnikov from a beach umbrella and sprayed gunfire at European sunbathers at a Tunisian resort, killing at least 39 people — one of three deadly attacks Friday from Europe to North Africa to the Middle East that followed a call to violence by Islamic State extremists. The shootings in the Tunisian resort of Sousse happened at about the same time as a bombing at a Shiite mosque in Kuwait and an attack on a U.S.-owned factory in France that included a beheading. It was unclear if the violence was linked but it came days after the IS militants urged their followers "to make Ramadan a month of calamities for the nonbelievers." In all, the assailants killed at least 65 people.

  • IS affiliate hits Shiite mosque in Kuwait, killing 27 people

    Updated: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    KUWAIT CITY (AP) — A suicide bomber purportedly from an Islamic State affiliate unleashed the first terrorist attack in Kuwait in more than two decades on Friday, killing at least 27 people and wounding scores more in a bombing that targeted Shiite worshippers after midday prayers. The attack, which hit the capital of Kuwait City, was one of three deadly attacks from Europe to the Middle East on Friday that followed the Islamic State group's call for violence during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

  • Senior Iranian official: progress slow at nuclear talks

    Updated: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    VIENNA (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Vienna Friday to launch a top-level push to meet next week's deadline for talks on Iran's nuclear program, which aim to curb Teheran's nuclear activities in exchange for sanction relief. But a senior Iranian official warned that negotiations are hampered by differences not only between Tehran and the six other countries it is bargaining with but internally among the six as well. Kerry was the first to arrive Friday evening, with diplomats from Iran, Britain, Germany, Russia, France and China expected in the Austrian capital over the coming days. Negotiations could spill over into early July, despite the extra diplomatic muscle packed by the senior diplomats.

  • Beheading, attack at US factory in France; suspect detained

    Updated: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    SAINT-QUENTIN-FALLAVIER, France (AP) — A truck driver once under surveillance for radical Islamic ties crashed into an American-owned chemical warehouse in southeastern France on Friday and hung his employer's severed head on a factory gate, along with banners with Arabic inscriptions. The attack, which triggered an explosion that wounded two people, came on a day of violence that spanned three continents. The suspect is the latest French citizen implicated in extremist bloodshed in recent years after being flagged to authorities, then falling off the radar. Police were put on higher alert in the Lyon area after the assault, which revived fearful memories of attacks in January on a kosher market and satirical newspaper that

  • Amid new IS offensive, scores die in Syrian town

    Updated: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    BEIRUT (AP) — Fighting raged into the night Friday between Kurdish fighters and Islamic State militants in the Syrian border town of Kobani, as reports mounted that at least 120 civilians, including women and children, have been killed by the extremist group since it launched a new offensive on the strategic town the previous day. The fighting came amid deadly terror attacks across continents — from shootings in a Tunisian beach resort, to an attack on a U.S.-owned factory in France and a suicide bombing by an Islamic State affiliate at a Shiite mosque in Kuwait that killed at least 27 worshippers — all following the IS group's call for violence during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

  • The Latest: US condemns attacks in France, Kuwait, Tunisia

    Updated: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    SAINT-QUENTIN-FALLAVIER, France (AP) — The latest on the attack in southeastern France (all times local): ___ 8:25 p.m. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest says "the United States condemns in the strongest terms the terrorist attacks in France, Kuwait and Tunisia today." Attacks Friday in those three countries as well as Somalia left over 80 people dead. In a statement, Earnest said "our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of these heinous attacks, their loved ones, and the people of all three countries." The spokesman added that "terrorism has no place in any society, and the United States will continue to work closely with our international partners to combat terrorist actors and counter

  • The Latest: Homeland Security urges vigilance after attacks

    Updated: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — The latest news from an attack on a beach resort in Tunisia (all times local): ___ 7.15 p.m Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says his department is encouraging law enforcement "to be vigilant and prepared" ahead of the July 4th holiday in the U.S. following attacks in France, Tunisia and Kuwait. Johnson says people should attend Independence Day events as planned but "remain vigilant" and report any suspicious activity. He says U.S. authorities will adjust security measures, including those unseen by the public, as necessary. A gunman killed at least 37 people and wounded 36 in an attack on a beach resort in Tunisia Friday.

  • The Iran deal: A look at what it does and problems remaining

    Updated: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    VIENNA (AP) — World powers and Iran are back in nuclear talks, and this round may be the deciding one. After nearly a decade of international diplomacy, negotiators are trying to reach a final agreement by June 30 that would curb Iran's nuclear activities for a decade and put tens of billions of dollars back into the Iranian economy through the easing of financial sanctions. The deadline is a bit soft; if they reach a deal any time in the next couple of weeks, negotiators will consider it a victory. But significant obstacles remain. Iran says it won't allow inspectors to visit military sites and interview scientists to ensure Iranian compliance.

  • AP PHOTOS: Years of revolt, turmoil haunt Egypt's children

    Updated: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    CAIRO (AP) — In Egypt, the years of turmoil following its 2011 uprising have seen revolutionary graffiti fade away as the country slowly tries to move on, but hidden scars remain for children who grew up during the chaos and lost loved ones. The grief touches children of all kinds in this country, cutting across Christian and Muslim families, the sons of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group to the daughters of police officers and soldiers. And how they process the sorrow varies widely. "Kids have different understandings for what they experience, and they are psychologically affected by different things than adults," says psychiatrist Eman Gaber, who leads a rehabilitation program for traumatized children.

  • Iraq confirms its pilot died in Arizona military plane crash

    Updated: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    BAGHDAD (AP) — The body of an Iraqi pilot whose military plane crashed during a training mission in the United States has been found at the crash site, Iraq's Defense Ministry said on Friday, as violence continues to strike around the capital, Baghdad. The ministry statement said search teams found the body of Brig. Gen. Rasid Mohammed Sadeeq at the crash site in southern Arizona. He was the only person aboard when the F-16 Fighting Falcon plane went down during a Wednesday night training mission with the Arizona Air National Guard's 162nd Wing, the ministry said. The crash site was 8 kilometers (5 miles) east of Douglas Municipal Airport, southeast of Tucson.

  • Palestinian killed after opening fire at Israeli army

    Updated: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli troops shot and killed a Palestinian man after he opened fire at soldiers at a military checkpoint in the West Bank on Friday, the army said. According to the military, a car approached the checkpoint in the Jordan Valley and a gunman from inside the car opened fire at the soldiers. The army said soldiers returned fire, killing the man. No soldiers were wounded in the incident. The military provided no other details on the identity of the attacker beyond saying that he was Palestinian. Officials in the West Bank had no immediate details and no militant group has claimed responsibility for the attack. The man's body remained on the side of the road at the scene of the shooting, and a military a

  • EU refugee response exposes divisions, meagre ambitions

    Updated: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union decided Friday to share 40,000 of the refugees landing in Italy and Greece but foot-dragging and verbal sniping over the move exposed deep divisions about how to deal with Europe's massive migrant influx. While the size of the challenge is daunting, the EU's response has been underwhelming. More than 114,000 migrants fleeing wars or poverty have been plucked from the Mediterranean so far this year as they try to cross in unseaworthy smugglers' boats. Some 2,600 have died or are missing along the route, according to the International Organization for Migration.

  • Former Russian PM Yevgeny Primakov dies at 85

    Updated: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    MOSCOW (AP) — Former Russian Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov, whose career included desperate but unsuccessful diplomatic efforts to avert wars in Iraq and NATO's bombing of Yugoslavia, has died. He was 85. President Vladimir Putin on Friday offered condolences to Primakov's family, Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. He added that the president saw Primakov as "a statesman, an academic and a politician who has left a very big heritage" and that he always wanted to hear Primakov's view on global issues. The cause of death wasn't immediately known.




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