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Making Ivanka Trump shoes: Long hours, low pay and abuse

18 min 57 sec ago
Workers at a Chinese factory used by Ivanka Trump and other fashion brands tell The Associated Press of overtime that stretches past midnight, steep production quotas and crude verbal abuse. The low point, however, was when a manager hit a worker on the head with a high heel, drawing blood.

UN envoy: Liberia’s democratic future hinges of elections

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 23:50
The U.N. envoy in Liberia says the country’s future as a stable democracy hinges on successful presidential and legislative elections in October and broad acceptance that they are free and fair.

Mexican ex-governor accepts extradition from Guatemala

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 23:30
The fugitive former governor of Mexico’s Gulf coast state of Veracruz has accepted extradition from Guatemala to face some corruption charges.

How a 91-year-old imam came to symbolize the feud between Qatar and its neighbors

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 22:48
This hard-line cleric has riled neighbors for years. Will Qatar be forced to shut him down?

Massive cyberattack hits Europe with widespread ransom demands

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 22:44
The hack hit Ukraine hardest Tuesday, but it also affected computers from Russia to Britain. 

The Latest: Brazil president: corruption charge a ‘fiction’

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 22:18
The Latest on Brazil’s political crisis (all times local):

Mossad launches fund to invest in firms developing spy tech

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 21:28
Israel’s Mossad is launching an investment fund for start-ups developing “groundbreaking” technologies that could be used by the spy agency.

UN envoy hopes key new meetings will spur Syria peace talks

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 21:18
The U.N. special envoy for Syria expressed hope Tuesday that a first-ever U.N. meeting of feuding opposition groups and an upcoming meeting to put “de-escalation zones” into operation will spur progress at next month’s peace talks in Geneva.

Brazil president calls corruption charge against him “fiction,” says no proof he received bribes

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 21:18
Brazil president calls corruption charge against him “fiction,” says no proof he received bribes.

Macron invites Trump to Bastille Day to honor US WWI troops

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 20:58
French President Emmanuel Macron has invited U.S. President Donald Trump to a Bastille Day celebration next month to celebrate the arrival 100 years ago of the American troops who fought alongside the French during World War I.

Romania: US soldier critically injured after electric shock

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 20:48
U.S. military officials say an American soldier has been hospitalized in Romania in critical condition after suffering an electric shock while working at a railway station near the Hungarian border.

Greek weapons enthusiast charged over balcony shooting range

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 20:30
Greek police say they have arrested an elderly man for allegedly setting up an improvised firing range on his balcony in a densely populated area and using guns he owned illegally for target practice.

Yellen says reforms have made financial system safer

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 20:30
Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen says banking reforms now in place have made the financial system safer, and the world should be able to avoid the type of devastating crisis that struck the global economy in 2008.

German city evacuates 11-story building, fearing repeat of Grenfell blaze

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 20:04
Its exterior insulation is similar to materials that allowed the deadly fire that torched London’s Grenfell Tower to spread.

Protests, looting, gov’t offices burned in Venezuela

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 19:58
A total of 68 stores have been looted and several government offices have been burned following anti-government protests in the city of Maracay, west of Venezuela’s capital of Caracas.

A look at some of the firms, agencies hit by the cyberattack

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 19:38
As a new cyberattack hits companies and government agencies around the world, here is a look at some of those that have confirmed they are affected.

Kissinger: Chaos in the west could give boost to Russia

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 19:18
Former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger on Tuesday warned of Russia’s simmering alienation from its western neighbors but said he believed that President Vladimir Putin will ultimately work toward cooperative relationships with countries on its borders.

UK doctors’ union calls for change in abortion law

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 19:18
The British Medical Association, which represents the country’s doctors, says abortions should not be a criminal offense and is calling for them to be regulated in the same way as other health procedures.

Mali bishop pledges to make cardinal’s ceremony amid scandal

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 19:10
An ailing Mali archbishop facing allegations of financial impropriety has assured the Vatican he plans to show up at St. Peter’s Basilica to be made a cardinal by Pope Francis.

German city evacuates apartment block over insulation worry

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 18:48
A western German city decided Tuesday to evacuate an 11-story apartment block because of concerns over exterior insulation similar to that of London’s Grenfell Tower.

Amnesty International won’t comply with Hungary NGO law

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 18:48
Amnesty International has joined a boycott of new, mandatory reporting rules for foreign-funded civic groups in Hungary.

United Nations says it has concluded rebel disarmament process in Colombia

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 18:30
United Nations says it has concluded rebel disarmament process in Colombia.

At least 13 killed in violence in southeast Turkey

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 18:30
Turkey’s military says 10 Kurdish militants have been killed in aerial operation in southeast Turkey. Three soldiers meanwhile, died in an attack by suspected Kurdish insurgents.

Road bomb in Kenya’s Lamu County kills 8, including 4 kids

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 18:10
A senior Kenyan police official says four policemen and four children were killed when a lorry they were traveling in ran over an improvised bomb in Kenya’s southern coastal area.

‘Embarrassing’ Berlin police removed from G20 security duty

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 18:00
A group of Berlin police officers helping with security ahead of next week’s Group of 20 summit in Hamburg has been sent home after some reportedly partied excessively at the barracks where they were staying.

German city of Wuppertal to evacuate 11-story building because of exterior insulation similar to London’s Grenfell Tower

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 18:00
German city of Wuppertal to evacuate 11-story building because of exterior insulation similar to London’s Grenfell Tower.

FIFA has published investigator Michael Garcia’s report into World Cup bidding won by Russia and Qatar

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 17:26
FIFA has published investigator Michael Garcia’s report into World Cup bidding won by Russia and Qatar.

More Australians now identify as nonreligious than anything else

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 17:24
For the first time down under, Catholics are outnumbered.

Mexico consumer agency targets airline bag fees, delays

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 17:18
Mexico’s consumer agency has announced fines and new rules meant to protect travelers from airlines, especially in the areas of bag fees and delays.

South Africa re-opens apartheid-era case of activist’s death

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 17:10
A South African court has re-opened an inquiry into the 1971 death of an anti-apartheid activist whose family believes he was tortured and killed by police and did not commit suicide by jumping from a 10th-floor window as authorities said at the time.

Egypt army: 12 vehicles destroyed crossing from Libya

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 17:10
Egypt’s military says its air force destroyed 12 vehicles loaded with weapons, ammunitions and explosives, after receiving intelligence that “criminal elements” were attempting to cross the western border with Libya.

Pakistan holds collective burial for 130 killed in fuel fire

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 16:50
Thousands of mourners in Pakistan have attended the collective funeral for 130 victims of a massive fuel tanker fire on a central highway earlier this week.

The Latest: Man held in Italy for alleged migrant torture

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 16:50
The Latest on Europe’s response to the large numbers of migrants and refugees trying to reach the continent (all times local):

Chemical weapons activity monitored at Syrian air base, U.S. officials say

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 16:34
The announcement follows a White House warning that the Syrian government would paya  “heavy price” for fresh strike

Merkel ally becomes governor of most populous German state

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 16:28
A senior member of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative party has been elected governor of Germany’s most populous state following an election last month that produced an unexpected center-right majority.

Ukraine’s government, key infrastructure hit in massive cyberattack

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 16:26
The hack spread through government ministries, banks, airports and mobile providers in the country of 45 million.

For the seventh time this year, a Mexican journalist is slain

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 16:26
Armed men abducted local television journalist Salvador Adame Pardo in the violent Mexican state of Michoacán last month.

Polish police chief fired after far-right attack

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 16:16
Poland’s government has fired a local police chief following a weekend clash in which far-right nationalists attacked an anti-government protest.

Colombia takes big step to peace as rebels lay down guns

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 16:16
Guerrillas from Colombia’s largest rebel army no longer carry their guns along the road miles from the nearest city, a byway with mud so deep that even earth-moving equipment are paralyzed when it rains.

UK Treasury chief: keep British economy ‘anchored’ in Europe

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 16:06
Britain’s Treasury chief has told a German audience that his country wants to keep its economy “anchored” in the European mainstream as it leaves the European Union.

The Latest: Scottish leader delays second independence vote

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 16:06
The Latest on Scotland’s relationship with Britain amid the country’s departure from the European Union (all times local):

Hackers strike across Europe, sparking widespread disruption

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 15:58
Hackers have caused widespread disruption across Europe, hitting Ukraine especially hard.

Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon delays legislation that would have sought a second independence referendum

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 15:58
Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon delays legislation that would have sought a second independence referendum.

Shipping company A.P. Moller-Maersk says its IT systems have been disrupted by hacking

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 15:36
Shipping company A.P. Moller-Maersk says its IT systems have been disrupted by hacking.

Thai court reverses verdict against alleged ‘Popcorn Gunman’

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 15:36
Thailand’s Appeals Court has overturned the guilty verdict of man convicted of wounding four people, one fatally, by opening fire with an assault rifle concealed in a sack during a political confrontation in 2014.

Germany, Iran call for negotiations in crisis with Qatar

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 15:36
Germany’s foreign minister says the crisis over Gulf Arab state’s dispute with Qatar will only get worse the longer it lasts, and appeals on all sides to engage in direct dialogue.

Indian PM Modi meets his Dutch counterpart for talks

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 15:26
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has met his Dutch counterpart during a brief stop in the Netherlands on his way home from meeting President Donald Trump in Washington, D.C.

51 migrants presumed dead after abandonment in Niger desert

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 15:26
The International Organization for Migration says 51 migrants are presumed dead in the Sahara Desert in Niger after smugglers abandoned them during their journey north to Libya.

Jury to deliberate in Nemtsov murder case

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 14:46
A jury is expected to begin deliberating in the trial of five men accused of involvement in the murder of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov.

Germany praises nuclear deal with Iran

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 14:46
German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel says a nuclear deal with Iran has helped lower the risk of a major conflict in the Mideast and that Germany will do whatever is possible to hold all parties to it.

Israel is still floating a plan for Gaza island. And now there’s a video.

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 14:34
Israeli minister Israel Katz says an artificial island for Gaza would provide Palestinians with a "humanitarian, economic and transportation gateway to the world."

Scottish leader to speak on 2nd independence referendum

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 14:28
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is set to outline her position on holding a second independence referendum at the Scottish Parliament later Tuesday.

AP Explains: Who is Salahuddin, rebel named terrorist by US?

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 14:28
Hours before the United States designated Kashmir rebel leader Syed Salahuddin a global terrorist, he appeared in a video calling for strikes in the Himalayan territory in remembrance of another rebel leader whose killing by Indian forces last July triggered months of deadly protests.

The Latest: May calls for major investigation of cladding

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 14:06
The Latest on the deadly tower block fire in London (all times local):

UK leader: ‘major national investigation’ into use of high-rise cladding should take place after London high-rise fire

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 14:06
UK leader: ‘major national investigation’ into use of high-rise cladding should take place after London high-rise fire.

10 more mass graves uncovered in restive central Congo

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 13:56
Authorities say 10 more mass graves have been uncovered in the restive region of central Congo where the Catholic church has estimated more than 3,300 people have died.

2 leopard cubs make public debut in Germany, names sought

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 13:56
Two Amur leopard cubs have made their public debut at the zoo in the German city of Leipzig. Now the search is on for their names.

Draghi: Considerable stimulus still needed despite recovery

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 13:56
European Central Bank head Mario Draghi says the bank’s stimulus efforts are still needed even as the economy gathers speed and that any scaling back will come gradually.

Merkel’s pivot boosts hopes for gay marriage in Germany

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 13:26
Under pressure from coalition partners and popular opinion, Merkel’s view of gay marriage appears to be shifting.

UN envoy: Up to Cyprus leaders to make most of peace summit

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 13:26
A United Nations envoy says Cyprus’ rival leaders have to step up, take responsibility and make the best of a peace summit aiming at a breakthrough deal reunifying the ethnically divided island.

IS counterattacks in retaken parts of Mosul stall Iraq push

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 13:16
An Iraqi officer says counterattacks by Islamic State militants on the western edge of Mosul have stalled Iraqi forces’ push in the Old City — the last IS stronghold in the city.

Spain: Poor English may have caused bungee-jumping death

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 13:06
A Spanish court says a bungee jumping instructor’s poor English may have led a 17-year-old Dutch woman to jump to her death without being connected by rope to a viaduct in northern Spain two years ago.

5-year-old boy identified as victim in London inferno

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 12:46
British police have formally identified a 5-year-old boy as a victim in London’s Grenfell Tower fire tragedy. An official says he died of smoke inhalation.

Syrian activists say airstrike on Islamic State-run jail kills at least 42 prisoners in eastern Syria

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 12:46
Syrian activists say airstrike on Islamic State-run jail kills at least 42 prisoners in eastern Syria.

U.S. urges China to allow jailed Nobel laureate get cancer treatment abroad, but is it too late?

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 12:44
The case of Liu Xiaobo could test U.S.-China ties as Trump charts Asia strategy.

A look back at the EU’s 7 years of legal battle with Google

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 12:38
As the European Union fines Google for abusing its dominance in online searches, here is a look back at the key dates in the bloc’s legal tussle with the technology company.

E.U. announces record $2.7 billion antitrust fine on Google over search results

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 12:20
European regulators claim Google illegally steered users toward its shopping website. The company is expected to appeal.

The Latest: Syria rejects US chemical attack allegations

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 12:06
The Latest on the White House saying it has “potential” evidence that Syria’s government is preparing another chemical weapons attack (all times local):

China hits back at US on human trafficking downgrade

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 11:46
China has pre-emptively hit back at the United States for “speaking irresponsibly” ahead of an expected Trump administration move to declare China is among the world’s worst human trafficking offenders.

Dutch government partially liable in 300 Srebrenica deaths

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 11:36
A Dutch appeals court has ruled that the government was partially liable in the deaths of some 300 Muslim men murdered by Bosnian Serb forces in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre.

Dutch appeals court rules that government partially liable in 1995 deaths of about 300 Muslim men killed in Srebrenica

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 11:26
Dutch appeals court rules that government partially liable in 1995 deaths of about 300 Muslim men killed in Srebrenica.

Germany: Merkel’s challenger calls for vote on gay marriage

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 11:16
Chancellor Angela Merkel’s election challenger is calling for a vote on legalizing gay marriage after the German leader ditched her conservatives’ long-standing refusal to budge on the issue.

Senior Russian lawmaker accuses US of provocation over Syria

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 11:16
A senior Russian lawmaker has dismissed the United States’ warning about a potential chemical weapons attack in Syria as “provocation.”

Mattis: US arms for Syrian Kurds will continue after Raqqa

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 11:16
U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says America will continue to provide weapons to Syrian Kurdish fighters after the battle to oust Islamic State militants from Raqqa, Syria.

US Navy holds memorial service for 7 sailors killed in crash

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 11:16
The U.S. Navy has paid tribute to the seven sailors killed when their warship collided with a merchant ship off Japan.

France’s new lawmakers open first parliament session

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 11:06
France’s newly elected lawmakers, most of them from President Emmanuel Macron’s centrist party, are attending their first parliament session.

Spain says fire that threatened Donana park “under control”

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 10:46
Spain’s interior minister says firefighters have brought under control a wildfire that threatened Donana National Park, a celebrated conservation wetland and home to the endangered Iberian lynx.

Ukrainian serviceman killed in car bomb

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 10:26
A Ukrainian serviceman has been killed in a car bomb in the country’s capital Kiev.

Modi meets Trump with his usual greeting — bear hugs

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 10:26
President Donald Trump should have been ready as he met with India’s prime minister, an unabashed hugger.

Albania Socialists win polls, can govern without partner

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 09:56
Nearly complete election results show that Albania’s left-wing Socialist Party has secured a second mandate in a general election seen as a key benchmark to the country’s bid to launch membership negotiations with the European Union.

German leaders, lawmakers pay tribute to Kohl at Berlin Mass

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 09:26
German leaders and lawmakers are paying tribute to former Chancellor Helmut Kohl, who spearheaded the country’s reunification during 16 years at the helm, in a requiem Mass at Berlin’s Roman Catholic cathedral.

Ultra-Orthodox lawmaker: Reform Jews don’t believe in Temple

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 09:16
A senior ultra-Orthodox lawmaker says protestations of liberal Jews over alternative access to Jerusalem’s Western Wall are merely provocation since they don’t even believe in the sanctity of the site.

Could this man be Israel's next prime minister?

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 09:12
After a two-year hiatus, Gideon Saar has announced his return to politics and looks set to challenge Netanyahu for the leadership.

North Korea at the top of agenda as South Korea’s new president comes to D.C.

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 09:10
Much will depend on the rapport between Trump and Moon during their first meeting.

Saudi demolition of historic Shiite homes stokes violence

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 08:56
Saudi Arabia is demolishing centuries-old homes in a Shiite town, leveling a historic district that officials say has become a hideout for local militants. The destruction has sparked shootouts in the streets between Saudi security forces and Shiite gunmen and stoked sectarian tensions that resonate around the region.

Jordan’s ‘pay as you like’ bookstore saved by crowd-funding

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 08:56
For years, Hamzeh AlMaaytah nurtured a community of book lovers in Jordan, keeping his bookstore in Amman’s old center open around the clock, encouraging customers to linger over rare treasures and often allowing them to set the price for a purchase.

Papua New Guinea votes with corruption and economic woes key

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 07:54
Papua New Guinea voters are going to the polls in elections dominated by corruption allegations hanging over their prime minister and the South Pacific island nation’s deepening economic woes.

Second landslide hits stricken site in southwest China

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 07:14
A second landslide has struck the village in southwest China where rescue workers have been looking for nearly 100 people buried over the weekend by a massive wave of rocks and debris.

Trump's travel ban still doesn't make any sense

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 07:12
The Supreme Court's decision on Monday doesn't strip away the moral validity of the arguments posed by the ban's critics.

What’s next for Brazil’s Temer following corruption charge?

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 06:34
Embattled in Congress and unpopular on the streets, President Michel Temer has now been charged with corruption by Brazil’s top prosecutor in the wake of a plea bargain signed by executives of meatpacking company JBS. It is the first time that a sitting Brazilian president has been charged, but Temer has pledged to stay in office. In less than two months, he could be suspended from office, raising even more doubts about Brazil’s future until October 2018 general elections.

14-year-old excites country with record Japanese chess debut

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 06:22
A 14-year-old boy is taking his country by storm with a record-breaking debut in Japanese chess.

Finding comfort, and North Korea, in a tiny restaurant

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 06:04
The little restaurant isn’t much to look at. It’s across the street from an empty lot in a city where bland high-rise apartment buildings sprawl in every direction. Boxes of dried fish are stacked by the front window. A dirty mop stands in the corner. The walls are painted a vomitous green.

Asian stocks mostly higher after Wall Street closed mixed

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 06:04
Asian stocks were mostly higher in range-bound trade on Tuesday after Wall Street closed mixed.

Pay of new Australian postal service boss more than halved

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 05:26
The new boss of Australia’s postal service will be paid less than half the 5.6 million Australian dollar ($4.3 million) salary package that made her predecessor Australia’s highest-paid public servant.

Brother of boxer Julio Cesar Chavez slain in home in Mexico

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 04:14
The brother of legendary boxer Julio Cesar Chavez was killed in his home in western Mexico, state authorities said Monday.

China’s jailed Nobel Peace laureate given medical parole

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 04:04
Imprisoned Chinese Nobel Peace Prize laureate and dissident Liu Xiaobo has been transferred to a hospital after being diagnosed with late-stage liver cancer, authorities and his friends say.

Mongolia’s presidential election tightens, runoff likely

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 03:56
Mongolia’s presidential election appeared headed for a runoff with the latest vote count early Tuesday showing a business tycoon leading the ruling party’s candidate and a nationalist wanting the country to benefit more from its mineral wealth.

Brazil’s president formally accused of corruption

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 03:24
Case against Michel Temer now goes to lower Chamber of Deputies in Congress.

Brazil’s crisis deepens as president accused of corruption

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 03:14
Brazil’s attorney general formally accused President Michel Temer of corruption on Monday, making him the first sitting president in Latin America’s largest nation to face criminal charges.

Hurricane Dora moving away from Mexico’s southwest coast

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 02:34
Hurricane Dora strengthened off Mexico’s Pacific coast on Monday, but posed little threat as it spun out into the ocean away from land.