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  • Thousands watch the sun rise over Stonehenge

    LONDON (AP) — Thousands have watched the sun glint over the horizon at Stonehenge, celebrating the summer solstice at the Neolithic stone circle. The sun rose behind the Heel Stone, which traditionally marks the spot on the horizon for the sunrise, at 4.52 a.m. Thursday (0352 GMT; 23:52 EDT Wednesday). Crowds cheered and raised mobile […]
  • German court quashes far-right politician’s arson conviction

    BERLIN (AP) — A German federal court has overturned a far-right politician’s conviction for burning down a building intended as refugee housing, and ordered a retrial. In a ruling published Thursday, the Federal Court of Justice quashed the February 2017 conviction of Maik Schneider, a local politician with the National Democratic Party. It said that, […]
  • Voting machines raise worries in Congo ahead of elections

    DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Congo’s government is moving forward with plans to use electronic voting machines in this year’s highly anticipated presidential election despite warnings from watchdog groups that transparency and credibility could suffer. The vast, mineral-rich nation is under pressure to ensure a fair election in December amid concerns that President Joseph Kabila, in […]
  • EU says tax on Harleys aimed to ‘make noise’ in trade debate

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — European Union Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom said Thursday that the grouping has targeted some iconic American imports like Harley-Davidson motorcycles and bourbon for tariffs in hopes that it will “make noise” and put pressure on U.S. leaders amid a trade dispute. The EU announced this week it would begin taxing […]
  • Treasury chief to outline UK plan to remain a finance hub

    LONDON (AP) — Britain’s Treasury chief is expected to outline plans to ensure the nation’s financial services industry can thrive after the U.K. leaves the European Union when he delivers a speech to top business executives Thursday night. Philip Hammond says in excerpts released ahead of his annual Mansion House speech that London will remain […]
  • Report: Ukrainian filmmaker on hunger strike is well

    MOSCOW (AP) — A state news agency is quoting a Russian human rights official as saying that jailed Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov is in satisfactory condition despite a monthlong hunger strike. Sentsov, a vocal opponent of Russia’s annexation of Crimea, has been refusing food since mid-May. He was sentenced in 2015 to 20 years for […]
  • European human rights court rejects Breivik appeal

    COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The European Court of Human Rights on Thursday rejected an appeal by Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik. who claimed his incarceration in Norway violates his rights. The Strasbourg, France-based court said the case “doesn’t reveal any violations” of the 1950 European Convention on Human Rights, and “rejected the application as […]
  • Sydney police find car driven by Thai who was found dead

    SYDNEY (AP) — Australian police have found a car that had been driven by a Thai national whose battered body was discovered bound and gagged on the side of a Sydney road, an official said Thursday. Wachira “Mario” Phetmang, 33, was last seen alive on May 25 at a gas station in the Sydney suburb […]
  • Turkey’s Erdogan seeks new term with greater powers

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Since he took office in 2003, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has given a name to each stage in his consolidation of power in Turkey. First he called himself the apprentice; then the journeyman; and latterly the master. Now, he says a new five-year term would elevate him to the role of […]
  • Pope, in Geneva, says Christians can work together on peace

    GENEVA (AP) — Pope Francis on Thursday encouraged Christians to work together to further peace and justice in the world and resist the temptation to use religious differences as excuses to thwart unity as he made a visit to Geneva, one of the first cities to embrace the Protestant Reformation. Francis pitched for greater togetherness […]