- UN rights body backs call for accountability in Gaza war
BERLIN (AP) — The U.N.'s top human rights body backed calls Friday for accountability in last year's conflict in Gaza, in which hundreds of Palestinian civilians and six Israeli civilians were killed.
- Lion cubs en route to Jordan sanctuary check into Gaza hotel
RAFAH, Gaza Strip (AP) — Gaza's militant Hamas rulers on Friday allowed a pair of lion cubs en route to a wildlife sanctuary in Jordan back into the Palestinian coastal strip after the animals and their entourage had been stuck for several hours on no-man's land at a Gaza-Israel border crossing.
- UN leader offers assistance in Guyana-Venezuela dispute
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday offered assistance to resolve an escalating border dispute between Guyana and Venezuela.
- European temps climb, pope gives thanks for some rain
PARIS (AP) — Europeans struggled Friday to find relief from unusually high temperatures, but the U.N. weather agency said the continent is better prepared than ever to avoid major heat casualties.
- Woman injured after bomb explodes at Canadian law firm
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — A woman has been sent to a hospital with serious injuries after a bomb exploded at a law firm in Winnipeg.
- Militants, rebels in Syria announce new push for Aleppo
BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic militants and rebels in Syria launched fresh attacks on government-held neighborhoods in Aleppo on Friday, setting off some of the heaviest fighting in months in the contested northern city, activists and state media said.
- Meditating Portuguese actor suspected of terror plot
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — A Portuguese actor says he was detained on suspicion of terrorism after meditating and chanting Buddhist texts aboard a plane at Paris Orly airport.
- Yes or no? What Greece's landmark vote might bring
LONDON (AP) — On his 10-year trip home, the Greek hero Odysseus at one point had to steer his ship and crew down a narrow stretch of water menaced on opposite sides by two sea monsters, Scylla and Charybdis.
- The Latest: 25,000 supporters of 'no' vote rally in Athens
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The latest news on Greece's financial woes and its upcoming referendum on Sunday (all times local):
- Rocket fired from Sinai hits southern Israel, no one hurt
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's military says a rocket fired from neighboring Sinai, where Egyptian troops are battling Islamic State militants, has struck southern Israel. There was no damage and no one was hurt.
- Greek campaigns neck and neck before crucial referendum
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The brief but intense campaign in Greece's critical bailout referendum ends Friday, with simultaneous rallies in Athens supporting "yes" and "no" answers to a murky question in what opinion polls suggests will be a very close vote.
- Surrogate children granted legal recognition in France
PARIS (AP) — France's highest court has granted legal recognition to surrogate children, in a major turnaround that will make their daily lives easier and could lead to greater acceptance of new forms of families.
- Russian MiG fighter crashes in southern Russia, pilot lives
MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian Defense Ministry says a Russian air force fighter jet has crashed in the south but its pilot ejected safely.
- Colombian man dies of euthanasia with government backing
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A 79-year old man suffering from incurable throat cancer has become the first Colombian to die of euthanasia with the full backing of the government.
- Putin: Western sanctions fail to split Russian society
MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin says the West has sought to split Russian society with economic sanctions but has failed to reach its goal.