Messi to marry childhood sweetheart in Argentina hometown

June 30, 2017

Lionel Messi and his childhood sweetheart are getting ready for their marriage in his Argentine hometown of Rosario at a ceremony attended by some of the biggest names in world…

Canada PM meets aboriginal protesters ahead of Canada Day

June 30, 2017

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with aboriginal activists Friday who set up a demonstration teepee on Parliament Hill ahead of Canada Day celebrations.…

Suitcase with human remains dumped in Mexico’s Los Cabos

June 30, 2017

Mexican authorities say a suitcase containing human remains has been found in the resort city of Cabo San Lucas, continuing a wave of violence that has hit the state of…

UN agrees to cut peacekeeping budget, a reduction US sought

June 30, 2017

The U.N. General Assembly has agreed to a significant cut in the budget for the United Nations’ far-flung peacekeeping missions, a reduction the Trump administration fought hard to achieve though…

The Latest: Venezuela VP defends officials in abuse probe

June 30, 2017

The latest on Venezuela’s political crisis (all times local):…

Labor strike hits major Mexican newspaper La Jornada

June 30, 2017

Workers at one of Mexico’s main national newspapers have gone on strike to demand better wages and conditions.…

Publicist to AP: Venus Williams will play at Wimbledon

June 30, 2017

Venus Williams’ publicist says the five-time Wimbledon champion will play at the Grand Slam tournament after a police report emerged in Florida saying the tennis star caused a car crash…

Venezuela’s defiant chief prosecutor requests protection

June 30, 2017

Venezuela’s chief prosecutor asked the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights for protection Friday, days after the Supreme Court barred her from leaving the country and ordered her bank accounts frozen.…

Private farmers now work 30 pct of Cuban farmland

June 30, 2017

Cuban officials say more than 30 percent of the country’s farmland is now worked by private farmers under one of the key market-oriented reforms adopted by President Raul Castro to…

Simone Veil, iconic European feminist politician, dies at 89

June 30, 2017

Simone Veil, a survivor of Nazi death camps and a European Parliament president who spearheaded abortion rights as one of France’s most prominent female politicians, died Friday at 89, her…

Mother and daughter killed in crossfire in Rio slum

June 30, 2017

A 76-year-old woman and her daughter were killed Friday during a shootout between police and drug traffickers in a Rio de Janeiro slum, apparently hit by stray bullets.…

Germany tells social media companies to erase hate — or face fines up to $57 million

June 30, 2017

Germany has taken a muscular stance on fake news and posts that contravene its strict hate-speech statute. Now it will fine social media companies up to $57 million for failing…

Overwhelmed by immigrants, Italy threatens to bar the door to rescue ships

June 30, 2017

The threat comes after pro-immigration politicians lost local elections on Sunday.…

This terminally ill infant will be allowed to die. But first, his parents will say goodbye.

June 30, 2017

British courts ruled that Charlie Gard should be allowed to die. But Great Ormond Street Hospital says his parents will have more time to say goodbye.…

French far-right leader charged with alleged E.U. funds misuse

June 30, 2017

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen was charged Friday with allegedly misusing European Parliament funds to pay two parliamentary aides who also work at her National Front headquarters. Her lawyer…

Sarin was used in April attack on Syrian civilians, global watchdog confirms

June 30, 2017

The report comes as Washington warns Syria once again not to use chemical weapons.…

Germany approves same-sex marriage, bringing it in line with much of Western Europe

June 30, 2017

The breakthrough came after leader Angela Merkel told her center-right party’s members to vote their “conscience.”…

BA rents Qatar Airways jets for use during cabin crew strike

June 30, 2017

British Airways has leased nine jets and crews from a Middle Eastern airline so it can continue running services during a cabin crew strike.…

Shiite Muslims end week-long daily protest in NW Pakistan

June 30, 2017

Prominent Pakistani Shiite leader Muzzamal Hussain announced Friday the end of week-long daily protests following army chief Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa’s visit to the northwestern tribal town of Parachinar where…

Abused 4-year-old rescued in Mexico City may be US citizen

June 30, 2017

Mexico City’s prosecutor’s office says that a 4-year-old boy who was found chained, malnourished and beaten in an apartment may be a U.S. citizen.…

Israeli PM wants bill that irked liberal Jews delayed

June 30, 2017

A bill that would enshrine ultra-Orthodox monopoly over Jewish conversions in Israel will hopefully be postponed to allow time for the thorny issue to be resolved, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu…

Board: Court could decide Puerto Rico power company debt

June 30, 2017

A federal control board overseeing Puerto Rico’s finances announced Friday that it will allow the U.S. territory to ask a court to restructure roughly $9 billion in debt held by…

Why won’t Macron talk to the media? His ‘complex thought process’ may be to blame.

June 30, 2017

Macron barely talks to the media — and an explanation as to why is leaving journalists seething.…

America has abandoned its role as a global leader, says a top U.S. ally

June 30, 2017

Iraq’s vice president says the United States is “absent” from the Middle East and lacks an international strategy.…

Believe in the motherland, China’s leader tells Hong Kong people — and respect its might

June 30, 2017

China stages Hong Kong’s largest-ever military parade to mark anniversary of handover from British rule.…

UN commends achievements in Ivory Coast as UN troops leave

June 30, 2017

The U.N. Security Council is commending “the remarkable achievements” in Ivory Coast since it sent peacekeepers to the West African nation in 2004 to implement a cease-fire after civil war.…

Germany’s vote to OK gay marriage likely to benefit Merkel

June 30, 2017

Chancellor Angela Merkel has dominated German politics for over a decade thanks to a combination of flexibility, tactical savvy and luck — and she looks likely to benefit from Germany’s…

UN cites ‘notable trend’ of people returning home in Syria

June 30, 2017

The U.N. refugee agency said Friday that nearly a half-million people who were displaced within Syria due to its civil war have returned to their homes, pointing to a “notable…

Suspected militant stabs 2 Indonesian police inside mosque

June 30, 2017

Indonesian police say a suspected Islamic militant has stabbed two policemen inside a mosque before being fatally shot by another officer.…

Germany to limit foreign election rallies after Turkey spat

June 30, 2017

Germany is clamping down on election rallies by foreign officials following a spat with Turkey ahead of that country’s constitutional referendum, the government said Friday.…

Pakistan pivots to China amid fresh concerns over U.S. ties with India

June 30, 2017

A bear hug between Trump and the Indian prime minister set off alarm bells in Islamabad.…

Taiwan arms sale, North Korea sanctions outrage Beijing in test of U.S.-China ties under Trump

June 30, 2017

The Mar-a-Lago honeymoon is over as a White House win on beef is overshadowed by other moves.…

Taliban kill 6 Afghan police in west; roadside bomb kills 7

June 30, 2017

The Taliban stormed an Afghan security post in the western Farah province, killing at least six policemen and wounding three, officials said on Friday while a pickup truck hit a…

China flexes military muscle in Hong Kong during Xi’s visit

June 30, 2017

President Xi Jinping inspected troops based in Hong Kong on Friday as he asserted China’s authority over the former British colony, where anti-China sentiment has been on the rise since…

Thai customs seizes 15 luxury cars reported stolen in UK

June 30, 2017

Thai customs officials said Friday they have seized 15 of 42 luxury cars that British authorities said were stolen and sent to Thailand.…

Putin signs decree to extend ban on Western food imports

June 30, 2017

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree to extend a ban on Western food imports for another 18 months after the European Union extended economic sanctions against Russia.…

Germany legalizes same-sex marriage after Merkel U-turn

June 30, 2017

German lawmakers voted Friday to legalize same-sex marriage, a move widely supported across the country that brings Germany in line with many of its Western peers. Chancellor Angela Merkel voted…

Why Angela Merkel, known for embracing liberal values, voted against same-sex marriage

June 30, 2017

Merkel is at once an exponent of a liberal Western vision and the leader of a country, and party, tied to more conservative values.…

UK man jailed after hitting Muslim teen with bacon

June 30, 2017

A British man has been jailed after hitting a Muslim teen with a slab of bacon after hurling insults at her and her mother.…

Grenades, ammo stolen in daring raid at Portugal army depot

June 30, 2017

Defense officials in Portugal say they are compiling a list of weapons and ammunition stolen from the national armory in a brazen daytime raid.…

OPCW probe: Sarin used in deadly April 5 attack in Syria

June 30, 2017

An investigation by the international chemical weapons watchdog confirmed Friday that sarin nerve gas was used in a deadly April 4 attack on a Syrian town, the latest confirmation of…

Body of German hiker retrieved from Indonesian volcano

June 30, 2017

Indonesian rescuers have retrieved the body of a German hiker who went missing last week on a dormant volcano in western Indonesia, an official said Friday.…

UN chief joins Cyprus peace talks to help clear logjam

June 30, 2017

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday joined high-level talks to reunify ethnically-divided Cyprus in a bid to brush aside obstacles standing in the way of a peace deal.…

Junker warns after French election: far-right still exists

June 30, 2017

Although far-right leader Marine Le Pen didn’t win the presidential elections in France, “the extreme right forces still exist,” the head of the EU’s executive Commission said Friday.…

BBC journalist detained, deported from Turkey

June 30, 2017

A BBC journalist says he was detained on his arrival at Istanbul airport and deported from Turkey over his reports.…

Report: Flammable tower cladding used to save money

June 30, 2017

A published report says a London local government council chose to use flammable aluminum cladding as a money-saver on the tower bloc where an inferno killed at least 80 people.…

Austrian court upholds government seizure of Hitler house

June 30, 2017

Austria’s highest court has ruled the government was within its rights to seize the house where Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler was born in 1889 after its owner refused to sell…

As Burmese journalists are arrested, Aung San Suu Kyi isn’t doing much to help

June 30, 2017

Some journalists think Burma’s de facto leader is ignoring them now that she doesn’t need them to spread her story.…

German parliament debates online hate-speech law

June 30, 2017

German parliament is debating a new measure to crack down on hate speech on social networks, which critics say could have drastic consequences for free speech online.…

Indians hit stores in shopping frenzy ahead of new sales tax

June 30, 2017

At a crowded New Delhi market plastered with posters announcing massive sales, shoppers were vacuuming up household gadgets and high-end electronics in the last days before India’s new sales tax…

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