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Gunman shot dead in German theater

posted: 06/24/2016 2:49 a.m. Discuss

BERLIN — A masked man was shot dead Thursday after entering a movie theater in southwestern Germany with a firearm and taking several captives, authorities said. No one else was hurt.

Utah militia leader jailed in bomb plot

posted: 06/24/2016 2:42 a.m. Discuss

SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah militia group leader with ties to Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy has been arrested and charged in an attempt to blow up a rural, federally owned cabin in Arizona, federal authorities said Thursday.

Next Fallujah push called hardest

updated: 06/24/2016 2:39 a.m. Discuss

FALLUJAH, Iraq -- Iraqi commanders are preparing to dislodge Islamic State fighters from pockets of territory in Fallujah's northern and western neighborhoods where the militants have dug in after largely fleeing their positions in the city center last week.

Colombians unveil details of cease-fire

updated: 06/24/2016 2:38 a.m. Discuss

HAVANA -- Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and the head of the country's leftist rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia, or FARC, agreed Thursday on a cease-fire and rebel disarmament deal that moves the country toward the end of a 52-year war that has left more than 220,000 people dead.

Province allots Taliban-linked seminary $3M

updated: 06/24/2016 2:37 a.m. Discuss

PESHAWAR, Pakistan -- A Pakistani provincial government allocated $3 million to a Taliban-linked seminary in a volatile region bordering Afghanistan, a local official said Thursday, sparking criticism from the central government in Islamabad and secular groups.

Syrian fighters backed by U.S. enter ISIS hub

posted: 06/24/2016 2:36 a.m. Discuss

BEIRUT -- The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces pushed into the outskirts of the Islamic State group's stronghold of Manbij in northern Syria on Thursday and were advancing slowly to the center of the city, an adviser to the predominantly Kurdish force and a monitoring group said.

The world in brief

updated: 06/24/2016 4:19 a.m. Discuss

So far, EgyptAir black boxes grip data

Tornado kills at least 98 in China

posted: 06/24/2016 1 a.m. Discuss

BEIJING -- A powerful tornado and hailstorm struck the outskirts of an eastern Chinese city on Thursday, killing at least 98 people, destroying buildings, smashing trees and flipping vehicles on their roofs.

Toxic runner tracks sicken China pupils

posted: 06/24/2016 1 a.m. Discuss

BEIJING — Schools across China have been ordered to remove running tracks made from toxic materials that have been blamed for sickening students, in the latest in a long line of product scandals blamed on corruption and weak oversight.

Ex-UN General Assembly president died weightlifting, examiner rules

posted: 06/23/2016 3:20 p.m. Discuss

NEW YORK — A New York medical examiner says a former president of the U.N. General Assembly awaiting trial in a bribery scandal died in a weightlifting accident.

Powerful tornado strikes east China; 78 reportedly dead

posted: 06/23/2016 10:36 a.m. Discuss

BEIJING — A powerful tornado and hailstorm struck the outskirts of an eastern Chinese city Thursday, killing at least 78 people and destroying buildings, smashing trees and flipping vehicles on their roofs.

Brits hear final EU appeals

posted: 06/23/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Campaigners, from the prime minister on down, covering both sides of the debate over the United Kingdom's place in the European Union, blanketed the country Wednesday trying to convert the undecided on the final day before the vote.

N. Korea missile test rankles foes

posted: 06/23/2016 3:47 a.m. Discuss

North Korea's launch of an intermediate-range ballistic missile into high altitude Wednesday demonstrated that the country was making progress after a series of failures in the past two months, South Korean analysts said.

Study: Abortion queries rise in areas hit by Zika

updated: 06/23/2016 3:46 a.m. Comment 1

Online requests for abortion pills spiked this year in Brazil, Ecuador and some other Latin American countries that ban abortions, as those countries continue to face an outbreak of the Zika virus, which can cause severe birth defects.

Activists: Airstrikes kill 18 in Syrian city

updated: 06/23/2016 3:44 a.m. Discuss

Airstrikes in Syria targeting the Islamic State extremist group's declared capital of Raqqa killed at least 18 civilians, including two children, activists said Wednesday.

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