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More samples from U.K. high-rise towers fail fire safety tests

The list of high-rise apartment towers in Britain that have failed fire safety tests grew to 60, officials said today, revealing the mounting challenge the government faces in the aftermath of London’s Grenfell Tower fire tragedy. Read More

Italy giving 5.2B euros in resources to keep 2 banks open

The Italian government today made 5.2 billion euros ($5.8 billion) of resources immediately available to keep operative two banks that the European Central Bank has deemed “failing or about to fail,” sending them into insolvency procedures. Read More

Turkish police halt pride march

Updated on  June 25, 2017 at 12:39 pm
Turkish police stopped activists for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex rights from gathering in large numbers for LGBT pride in Istanbul on Sunday, but smaller groups made impromptu press statements defying a ban imposed by the governor. Read More

U.K. police: 6 hurt as vehicle crashes into pedestrians

British police say they have arrested a woman after a car collided with pedestrians outside a Newcastle sports center. Police say the incident is not believed to be terror-related. Read More
Updated on  June 25, 2017 at 6:37 am

Serbia gays say election of gay PM to be historic

Updated on  June 24, 2017 at 8:43 pm
Several dozen Serbian gays, lesbians and transgender people marched today in Belgrade, hailing the expected election of a first openly gay prime minister as historic for the Balkan country. Read More

Philippine troops declare 8-hour cease-fire in besieged city

The Philippine military on Sunday began observing an eight-hour halt in its air and ground offensive against Islamic militants in southern Marawi city to allow residents, most of them displaced by the monthlong fighting, to celebrate the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. Read More

15 bodies found after landslide buries scores in China

Updated on  June 24, 2017 at 3:16 pm
Crews searching through the night in the rubble left by a landslide that buried a mountain village in southwestern China found 15 bodies, but more than 110 more people remained missing. Read More

Turkey bans Istanbul Pride, organizers vow to march anyway

Turkish authorities announced today they will not allow the Istanbul Pride march to take place on Sunday — the third year in a row the celebration has been banned. The move prompted criticism from rights groups and fears of possible violence, as Pride organizers said they would defy the ban. Read More

Berlin gives celebrity welcome to giant pandas from China

Two giant pandas — Meng Meng and Jiao Qing — received a celebrity welcome today in Berlin from the German capital’s mayor and the Chinese ambassador after they safely weathered a long flight from China. Read More

U.K. Parliament investigating cyberattack on user accounts

Updated on  June 24, 2017 at 12:19 pm
British officials are investigating a cyberattack on the country’s Parliament after discovering “unauthorized attempts to access parliamentary user accounts.” Read More

‘Superhero’ 3D printed hands help kids dream in Argentina

Updated on  June 23, 2017 at 8:09 pm
Being born without fingers can be tough for any child. Getting new ones — especially red and blue superhero themed digits — has made 8-year-old Kaori Misue a vibrant playground star. Read More

Evacuated London residents express anger, fear

Updated on  June 23, 2017 at 8:00 pm
One London community is evacuating some 800 households from five publicly owned apartment towers because of safety concerns following the devastating fire that killed 79 people in a west London high-rise last week. Read More

Suicide bomber blows himself up as Saudis foil Mecca plot

Updated on  June 23, 2017 at 7:43 pm
A suicide bomber blew himself up near the Grand Mosque at Mecca as police disrupted a plot to target the holiest site in Islam just as the fasting month of Ramadan ends, Saudi security forces said Saturday. Read More

Philippines: IS funded siege through Malaysian militant

The Islamic State group helped fund the monthlong siege of a southern Philippine city through a Malaysian militant who was reportedly killed by troops, the Philippine military chief said today. Read More

Incoming Hawaii Navy commander to investigate fatal collision off Japan

Updated on  June 23, 2017 at 9:20 am
A change of command for Navy Region Hawaii scheduled for today has been postponed with the selection of the incoming commander, Rear Adm. Brian Fort, to lead the investigation into the June 17 collision of the guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald with the Philippine-flagged merchant vessel ACX Crystal. Read More

U.S. releases photos of ‘unsafe’ Russian jet intercept

The U.S. European Command has released dramatic photos of a Russian jet coming within a few feet of a U.S. Air Force reconnaissance jet over the Baltic Sea in a maneuver that has been criticized as unsafe. Read More