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Venezuelan migrants wait at an immigration control point on the Ecuador-Peru border, before the end of a special visa program and tightened entry requirements that demand passports, in Tumbes, Peru, June 14, 2019. Peru unexpectedly became the country with the second-highest number of asylum requests globally last year. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)
June 19, 2019 - 1:48 pm
LIMA, Peru (AP) — A United Nations report has found that Venezuelans represent the largest group worldwide filing new asylum claims. The report released Wednesday says that those fleeing the troubled South American nation made more than one in five of all asylum requests in 2018. That's higher than...
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FILE - In this Aug. 6, 2017, file photo, provided by NOAA Fisheries a North Pacific right whale swims in the Bering Sea west of Bristol Bay. Federal scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have recorded singing by a rare right whale for the first time. Researchers used moored acoustic recorders to capture patterned calls made by male North Pacific right whales. Researchers detected four distinct songs over eight years at five locations in the southeast Bering Sea. (NOAA Fisheries via AP, File)
June 19, 2019 - 1:44 pm
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration say they have recorded singing by a rare right whale for the first time. Researchers used moored acoustic recorders to capture patterned calls made by male North Pacific right whales. Researchers detected...
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Peter Tuchman, center, works with fellow traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Wednesday, June 19, 2019. Investors are in wait-and-see mode hours ahead of a widely anticipated Federal Reserve decision on interest rates. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
June 19, 2019 - 1:42 pm
U.S. stock indexes moved sideways in afternoon trading Wednesday on Wall Street ahead of a highly anticipated Federal Reserve statement on interest rates. The muted trading follows two days of gains that are driving a June rebound in stocks after a dismal sell-off in May. The broad S&P 500...
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COMBO FILE - In this file four-photo combo image of various recent dates, showing the contenders still placed to become leader of the Conservative Party, Wednesday June 19, 2019, with from left: Michael Gove, Boris Johnson, Jeremy Hunt, Sajid Javid. Rory Stewart has dropped out of the contest Wednesday. Britain's Conservative Party will continue to hold elimination votes until the final two contenders will be put to a vote of party members nationwide, with the winner due to replace Prime Minister Theresa May as party leader and prime minister. (AP FILE Photo combo)
June 19, 2019 - 1:35 pm
LONDON (AP) — The race to become Britain's next prime minister is down to the final four on Wednesday, as Boris Johnson stretched his lead among Conservative lawmakers and upstart Rory Stewart was eliminated from the contest. Johnson, a former London mayor and U.K. foreign secretary, won 143 of 313...
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FILE - In this April 30, 2007, file photo, a shovel prepares to dump a load of coal into a 320-ton truck at the Arch Coal Inc.-owned Black Thunder mine in Wright, Wyo. Two of the world's largest coal producers have announced a plan to combine their mining operations in Wyoming and Colorado in a bid to improve their competitiveness against growing natural gas and renewable energy sources. Arch Coal and Peabody Energy, both based in St. Louis on Wednesday, June 19, 2019, announced the joint venture. It will be 66.5% owned by Peabody and 33.5% owned by Arch. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File)
June 19, 2019 - 1:26 pm
Two of the world's largest coal producers have announced they will combine mining operations in Wyoming and Colorado in an attempt to improve their competitiveness against natural gas and renewable energy sources. Arch Coal and Peabody Energy are based in St. Louis and announced the joint venture...
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June 19, 2019 - 1:26 pm
BERLIN (AP) — Vienna's famous Dominican Church was saved from possible disaster after a tourist spotted two confessional boxes on fire and doused the flames with holy water. Austria's KAP Catholic news agency reported Wednesday the extent of the damage from the suspected arson at the church, also...
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In this Wednesday, March 15, 2017 file photo, a worker fixes roof on Holy Sunday church in the 'Tsar's Village' complex near Sveti Stefan peninsula in Montenegro. A Serb official has branded Montenegro a "criminal" state and threatened a "fierce" response over the neighboring country's plans to introduce a church law. The draft law calls for all religious communities in Montenegro to provide proof that they owned their property before 1918 when the small Adriatic state lost its independence and became part of the Serb-dominated Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes. If they don't, the property becomes state owned. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic, File)
June 19, 2019 - 1:23 pm
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — A Serbian government official on Wednesday branded Montenegro a "criminal" state and urged a "fierce" response over the neighboring country's plans to introduce a new church law that has strained relations between the two former Balkan allies. The Montenegrin draft church...
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June 19, 2019 - 1:13 pm
MADRID (AP) — Spain's maritime rescue service said Wednesday that 22 migrants were missing in the Mediterranean Sea after their boat got into difficulties while crossing from North Africa to southern Europe. A ferry alerted Spanish authorities that it had rescued 27 people from a small boat, the...
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British ruling Conservative party leadership and Prime Minister contender Rory Stewart speaks to the media as he leaves television news network studios in London, Wednesday, June 19, 2019. Britain's Conservative Party are set to kick one more candidate out of the contest to become the country's next prime minister, as rivals scramble to catch front-runner Boris Johnson. The five-strong field will be narrowed in elimination votes by Tory lawmakers Wednesday and Thursday, with the two top candidates going to a runoff of party members across the country. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
June 19, 2019 - 1:10 pm
LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Conservative Party voting to pick Britain's next prime minister (all times local): 6:05 p.m. The contest to become Britain's next prime minister is down to four candidates, with Boris Johnson building on his commanding lead in a Conservative Party vote. Johnson gained...
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This undated photo provided by Netflix shows a scene from the series "Jinn." By global Netflix standards, its first original Arabic series “Jinn” hardly pushes the envelope. But when the show debuted worldwide last week, many Jordanians were shocked and appalled by a program that they say violates the country’s conservative norms. The outrage has shaken Jordan’s self-image as a bastion of tolerance in a turbulent region and reflects a cultural gap between the country’s Western-allied ruling elite and deeply conservative Muslim public. (Netflix via AP)
June 19, 2019 - 1:04 pm
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — On a high school trip to Jordan's ancient city of Petra, a group of teenagers sneak out at night to drink beer, smoke weed and gossip around a bonfire. A girl asks her frisky boyfriend to take things slow. By global Netflix standards, its first original Arabic series "Jinn"...
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