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June 20, 2016 - 7:13am
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JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The family of Oscar Pistorius says he and other relatives have been threatened in an extortion attempt ahead of the former track star's sentencing on July 6 for the murder of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

South African police said Monday that they are investigating alleged threats of violence made in WhatsApp messages to Arnoldus Pistorius, a cousin of the double-amputee Olympian.

Anneliese Burgess, a Pistorius family spokeswoman,...

June 20, 2016 - 7:04am
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CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian rights activists are posting photos on social media showing themselves behind symbolic bars to demand an end to what they say is the expanding and illegal use of solitary confinement for political detainees.

The photos are part of a month-long campaign launched on June 12, calling on relatives of detainees subjected to solitary confinement to file complaints over the issue to parliament and the chief prosecutor against the country's Prisons...

June 20, 2016 - 7:04am
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JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The death toll from landslides and flooding on Indonesia's Java island has risen to 47 after rescue workers discovered more bodies.

Dozens of houses were buried in the landslides and thousands of homes were inundated by floods in 16 districts and towns in Central Java province over the weekend.

National Disaster Management Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho says rescuers found 12 more bodies on Monday, including four in...

June 20, 2016 - 7:03am
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ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Croatian lawmakers have voted to dissolve Parliament, paving the way for early elections after the government fell in a no-confidence vote last week.

Legislators on Monday voted with 137 in favor of dissolving Parliament, two against and one abstention.

The move follows weeks of political deadlock which has stalled economic reforms in the European Union's newest member country.

The dissolving takes effect...

June 20, 2016 - 6:50am
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NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — A top Cypriot fire official says 13 aircraft, including two Greek and three Israeli planes, are helping with efforts to extinguish a large forest fire that has so far scorched 15 square kilometers (5.8 sq. miles) of trees and wild growth.

Marcos Tragkolas told the Associated Press at least three villages were being evacuated Monday as a precautionary measure. He said one firefighter is in critical but stable condition after suffering head injuries...

June 20, 2016 - 6:40am
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PARIS (AP) — Belgian lawmakers are joining forces with their French counterparts in examining the Islamic State cell that carried out deadly attacks in both Brussels and Paris.

Patrick Dewael, head of the Belgian commission of inquiry, called Monday for a common judicial investigation and more cooperation on a European level.

Tensions remain high in France, which is currently hosting the Euro 2016 soccer championship, and in Belgium where authorities...

June 20, 2016 - 6:35am
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ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has condemned Friday's attack against a Radiohead listening event at a record store in central Istanbul. About 20 local residents assaulted the attendees, allegedly for drinking beer during the holy month of Ramadan.

He accused both sides of being at fault. "Using brute force to interfere is as wrong as organizing an event spilling over to the street during Ramadan," Erdogan said in remarks transmitted by his office...

June 20, 2016 - 6:29am
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VIENNA (AP) — A senior U.N. official says that Israel's prime minister has said his country is prepared to ratify a treaty banning nuclear tests, a move that would be significant for Mideast peace.

Lassina Zerbo, who heads the U.N. organization created to implement the treaty, told The Associated Press that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu considers the issue of ratifying the treaty a matter of "when, rather than if."

Israeli ratification...

June 20, 2016 - 6:21am
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ROME (AP) — An anti-establishment party founded by a comic has triumphed in Italian mayoral runoff elections, trouncing Premier Matteo Renzi's candidates in Rome and elsewhere.

The 5-Star Movement candidate in Rome, Virginia Raggi, snared 67.2 percent of the vote in a two-person runoff Sunday, becoming the city's first female mayor and, at 37, its youngest. Another 5-Star candidate won in Turin.

Renzi's Democratic Party has been weakened by...

June 20, 2016 - 6:00am
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MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia have agreed to take possible coordinated actions, including sea and air patrols, to stop an alarming wave of cross-border kidnappings and boat attacks by Abu Sayyaf extremists.

Philippine Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin says no agreement was signed during talks with his Malaysian and Indonesian counterparts in Manila on Monday because he wanted the administration of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte, who...

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