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June 2, 2015 - 4:56pm
9 hours 36 min ago

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A British non-governmental organization is threatening legal action against the Israeli government over its accusation that the organization is linked to the militant group Hamas.

The Palestinian Return Center this week was granted consultative status at the United Nations, prompting Israel's U.N. mission to protest that the organization is associated with Hamas and "promotes anti-Israel propaganda."

The NGO says the claim that...

June 2, 2015 - 4:21pm
9 hours 56 min ago

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — El Salvador recorded a grisly milestone with 635 homicides in May, an average of about 20 a day.

It is believed to be the most violent deaths for a single month since the Central American nation's civil war ended in 1992.

Justice Minister Benito Lara attributes the violence to gang turf wars.

National police director Mauricio Ramirez Landaverde also points to what he calls a deliberate attempt by...

June 2, 2015 - 4:19pm
9 hours 56 min ago

MOSCOW (AP) — The wife of a prominent Russian opposition figure who has been hospitalized for a week with a mysterious illness says he has regained consciousness.

Vladimir Kara-Murza, a journalist and a close associate of the murdered opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, was hospitalized in a grave condition last week after suddenly falling ill. He reportedly was suffering kidney failure.

No cause for the illness has been determined. But in light of the...

June 2, 2015 - 3:57pm
9 hours 46 min ago

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A wildlife conservation group says the sharp decline of the elephant population in Tanzania, most likely due to poaching, is catastrophic.

The Tanzanian government on Monday estimated that 65,721 elephants have died in the country in the last five years.

Steve Broad, the executive directors of wildlife conservation group TRAFFIC, said Tuesday it is incredible that poaching on such an industrial scale had not been identified and...

June 2, 2015 - 3:37pm
9 hours 56 min ago

JERUSALEM (AP) — President Barack Obama says remarks made by Israel's prime minister before an election earlier this year have reinforced a belief in the international community that Israel is not committed to peace.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in March that there would not be a Palestinian state on his watch. That prompted Obama to say he would reassess U.S. policy toward Israel. Netanyahu has since walked back his remarks, saying he is committed to a...

June 2, 2015 - 3:30pm
9 hours 56 min ago

PARIS (AP) — Despite the recent gains by Islamic State militants in Iraq and in Syria, the U.S.-led coalition that is fighting the extremists is planning to stay the course it set last year.

Iraq's prime minister called for more support from the 25 countries in the coalition at a conference in Paris today. But the conference offered no strategy beyond the one that has yet to bear fruit, and none had been expected.

Deputy Secretary of State Tony...

June 2, 2015 - 3:26pm
9 hours 56 min ago

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's legislature is taking three small measures against Russian officials in retaliation for Moscow's banning of 89 politicians from 17 European countries from entering the nation.

EU Parliament President Martin Schulz said Tuesday that pending the lifting of the blacklist, the EU parliament will restrict access to its premises for two top Russian diplomats, assess access to the legislature of members of Russia's Duma and the Federation...

June 2, 2015 - 3:14pm
10 hours 6 min ago

JIANLI, China (AP) — China's premier is urging divers to keep searching for more survivors in a cruise ship that overturned last night in the Yangtze River.

The vessel had been listing heavily amid pounding rain before capsizing with 458 people aboard. Most are still missing. The country's official news agency says five people are confirmed dead, and at least 15 others were rescued -- including three who were pulled from the hull of the overturned ship....

June 2, 2015 - 3:00pm
10 hours 26 min ago

RIGA, Latvia (AP) — The Ukraine crisis will be top of the agenda as Latvia's Parliament votes for a new president.

Four candidates have put their names forward in a bid to win a four-year term in the vote Wednesday, with regional security a big talking point.

The former Soviet republic has been put on edge by Russia's intervention in Ukraine and welcomed a build-up of NATO forces in the region amid what they see as a threat from Moscow....

June 2, 2015 - 2:37pm
10 hours 36 min ago

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Swedish police say the motorcade of visiting Indian President Pranab Mukherjee was involved in a traffic accident that left nine people with minor injuries.

Uppsala police spokesman Christer Nordstrom says the president and other top dignitaries were unharmed in Tuesday's accident, which happened as Mukherjee was heading to an event at Uppsala University.

Nordstrom said "shortly after they left the highway, four cars in the motorcade...

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