Afghan leader backs away from Taliban talks Wed, 19 Jun 2013 09:32:11 -0400 KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's president said Wednesday he will not pursue peace talks with the Taliban unless the United States steps out of the negotiations, while also insisting the militant group stop its violent attacks on the ground after it claimed responsibility for a rocket attack that killed four Americans.
Flood damages Austrian UNESCO heritage site Wed, 19 Jun 2013 09:27:46 -0400 VIENNA (AP) — A flash flood unleashed by a major thunderstorm has inundated the Austrian village of Hallstatt, which has been awarded special status by the U.N. because of its unique beauty.
Neighbors: Couple killed waited for order to leave Wed, 19 Jun 2013 09:18:22 -0400 DENVER (AP) — Bob and Barbara Schmidt dashed to their home on a dirt road in a heavily wooded area northeast of Colorado Springs as smoke from what would become the most destructive wildfire in Colorado history filled the air.
FBI hunt for Jimmy Hoffa's remains enters 3rd day Wed, 19 Jun 2013 09:15:37 -0400 OAKLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — FBI agents in suburban Detroit began a third day of digging Wednesday in the search for the remains of former Teamsters union leader Jimmy Hoffa, who disappeared 38 years ago.
North Korea says is willing to return to nuclear talks Wed, 19 Jun 2013 09:11:46 -0400 BEIJING (Reuters) - North Korea is willing to resolve the dispute over its nuclear program peacefully through talks, including returning to stalled six-party talks process, China's Foreign Ministry cited a senior North Korean diplomat as saying on Wednesday. The ministry carried the remarks of First Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye-gwan, who has represented North Korea at previous international talks to get it to halt its nuclear program, after his meeting with Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Yesui in Beijing. (Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Robert Birsel)