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North Korea says it's 'biggest victim' in US student's death

In this Feb. 29, 2016 file photo, American student Otto Warmbier speaks to reporters in Pyongyang, North Korea.

North Korea on Friday called itself the "biggest victim" in the death of an American student who was detained for more than a year and died days after being released in a coma.

London council evacuates residents amid fire safety concerns

Grenfell Tower in west London after a fire engulfed the 24-storey building on Wednesday morning, Saturday, June 17, 2017. Public fury over the London high-rise fire is mounting as exhausted London firefighters continue their grim search Saturday for victims of the inferno that killed at least 30 people.

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.


Suicide bomber blows himself up as Saudis foil Mecca plot

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.


The Latest: Evacuated London residents express anger, fear

The Latest on London's public housing tower fire on June 14 that has killed at least 79 people (all times local):


The Latest: Saudi TV shows footage of blasted house in Mecca

The Latest on a foiled plot targeting the Grand Mosque in the holy Muslim city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia (all times local):


Teenage boy from Mumbai slum dances way to NY ballet school

The son of a welder from this city's slums had a dream few Indians dared to dream — to dance with the New York City Ballet.


Germany voids men's convictions under anti-gay law

– In what Justice Minister Heiko Maas called a “belated act of justice,” the German Parliament has voted unanimously to void the convictions…


Depp's 'assassin' comments the latest in celebrity anger

Johnny Depp apologized Friday for joking about assassinating Donald Trump during an appearance at a large festival in Britain, the latest example of artists using violent imagery when dealing with the president.


Moody's upgrades Greece rating after bailout deal

Moody's has upgraded Greece's bond rating after the country reached a deal this month with bailout lenders for continued rescue fund payments.


Obama struggled to punish Russia for election assault

In political terms, Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election was the crime of the century, an unprecedented and largely successful destabilizing attack on American democracy. And yet, because of the divergent ways Barack Obama and Donald Trump have handled the matter, Moscow appears unlikely to face proportionate consequences.


40 people killed in bomb, gun attacks in 3 Pakistani cities

At least 40 people were killed and nearly 100 wounded Friday in four separate bomb and gun attacks in three major Pakistani cities, officials said.


Actress Mira Sorvino urges support for trafficking victims

Oscar-winning actress Mira Sorvino urged all nations and the business community on Friday to ramp up financial support for victims of human trafficking, saying the services such funds provide "mean the difference between life and death."


Fireworks explosion kills 1, injures 9 in central Mexico

One person was killed and nine more suffered injuries when fireworks being carried in a pickup truck exploded Friday in central Mexico.


UN rights body votes to send experts to deadly Congo region

The United Nations' main human rights body has voted to send international experts to look into abuses and killings in central Congo, where thousands of deaths and mutilations have been reported in recent months.


Albania heads to polls, vows end to confrontational politics

Albania holds parliamentary elections Sunday after the country's two largest political parties set aside decades of bitter rivalry and reached a landmark agreement aimed at furthering efforts to eventually join the European Union.


ECB: 2 troubled Italian banks failing, to face insolvency

The European Central Bank has pulled the plug on two troubled Italian banks, sending them into insolvency proceedings as it pushes ahead with efforts to clean up weak banks holding back the economy.


The Latest: Envoy says Qatar feeling no economic pressure

The latest on the crisis between Gulf Arab states and Qatar (all times local):


Anguish as trapped workers call for help in Peru fire

As the flames engulfed the room where Luis Huaman was trapped inside a warehouse in Peru's capital, he made a call to his mother in a desperate plea for help.


Trump struggles to stay calm on Russia, one morning call at a time

Interviews with 22 senior administration officials, outside advisers, and Trump confidants and allies reveal a White House still trying, after five months of halting progress, to establish a steady rhythm of governance.