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  • Vatican doesn't rule out pope might chew Bolivian coca
    Associated Press | June 30, 2015 6:40 am
    The Vatican isn't ruling out that Pope Francis might chew coca leaves -- or at least sip tea made from them -- to fend off altitude sickness when he arrives in Bolivia next week.
  • Czech minister cleared of allegations he was secret agent
    Associated Press | June 30, 2015 6:36 am
    An appeals court in the Slovak capital has upheld a lower court ruling that Czech Finance Minister Andrej Babis did not collaborate with the communist-era secret police.
  • 2 dead after man sets self on fire on Japanese bullet train
    Associated Press | June 30, 2015 6:12 am
    A man set himself on fire on a high-speed bullet train in Japan on Tuesday, killing himself and another passenger as the coach filled with smoke, a fire official said.
  • Poland to support, develop industrial, coal mining region
    Associated Press | June 30, 2015 5:44 am
    Poland's government is holding its first ever away session in the coal mining region of Silesia, where it is to approve a major plan to stimulate industry and the job market.
  • Belarus sets presidential election for Oct. 11
    Associated Press | June 30, 2015 5:44 am
    The parliament of Belarus decided Tuesday to set the next presidential election for Oct. 11, about a month earlier than originally planned.
  • Investigators still have no suspects in downing of MH17
    Associated Press | June 30, 2015 5:40 am
    Prosecutors involved in the international investigation into the downing last year of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 say they do not yet have specific suspects for possible prosecution.
  • EU official: Hungary's immigrant flow like in Italy, Greece
    Associated Press | June 30, 2015 5:36 am
    The pressure faced by Hungary from flows of migrants and refugees is similar to what Greece and Italy are facing with migration across the Mediterranean Sea, the European Union's top migration official said Tuesday.
  • France links beheading, gas plant attack to Islamic State
    Associated Press | June 30, 2015 5:32 am
    French investigators have uncovered links between Islamic State militants and the man who hung his employer's severed head at a gas plant he was attacking, a prosecutor said Tuesday.
  • Spain: Child among 4 killed in gas canister blast at house
    Associated Press | June 30, 2015 5:04 am
    Authorities in eastern Spain say at least four people, including a baby girl, have died in a gas canister blast that ripped through a house.
  • Turkey concerned by reports of fasting bans on Uighurs
    Associated Press | June 30, 2015 4:57 am
    Turkey says it has conveyed "deep concerns" to China over reports that minority Chinese Uighur Muslims were being prevented from worship and fasting during the Muslim month of Ramadan.
  • Top Philippine police chief ordered dismissed over contract
    Associated Press | June 30, 2015 4:52 am
    The Philippines' anti-graft prosecutor on Tuesday ordered the national police chief and 10 other officers dismissed from the service for approving a contract to deliver gun licenses with a courier company that had no track record.
  • Syria puts into circulation new 1,000-pound note
    Associated Press | June 30, 2015 4:44 am
    The Central Bank of Syria has put into circulation a new 1,000-pound banknote, one that doesn't include the image of President Bashar Assad's father and the country's former president, Hafez Assad.
  • German prosecutors charge man with Islamic State membership
    Associated Press | June 30, 2015 4:41 am
    German prosecutors say they've charged a 22-year-old German-Turkish dual national with murder and membership in a terrorist organization on allegations he fought with the radical Islamic State group in Syria.
  • Benedict XVI escapes heat wave, heads to Castel Gandolfo
    Associated Press | June 30, 2015 4:40 am
    Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI is leaving the Vatican for his first sojourn since retiring. He's escaping an impending heat wave by heading to the papal summer residence at Castel Gandolfo.
  • A year after Gaza war, Hamas entrenched as frustration grows
    Associated Press | June 30, 2015 4:36 am
    Emad Firi is angry. During last summer's Israel-Hamas war, a shell slammed through the roof of his house and shredded his right leg. Unable to work, Firi's son now drives his taxi but the family struggles to survive.