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New al-Shabab video calls Trump 'brainless billionaire'

Abdi Guled, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 24th - 4:20am

The Somalia-based al-Shabab is mocking President Donald Trump in a new video that calls him a "brainless billionaire" as his administration steps up military efforts against what has become the deadliest Islamic extremist group in Africa.

Maldives opposition says government locks down parliament

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 24th - 4:17am

The Maldivian opposition says the military has locked down parliament on the orders of the country's president in a bid to prevent lawmakers from taking part in a vote to impeach the parliamentary speaker.

Israel Embassy shooting in Jordan complicates shrine crisis

Aron Heller and Karin Laub, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 24th - 4:00am

A deadly shooting at Israel's Embassy in Jordan further complicated Israeli government efforts on Monday to find a way out of an escalating crisis over Jerusalem's most contested holy site, including mass Muslim prayer protests and Israeli-Palestinian violence.

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 5:40 a.m. EDT

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 24th - 3:45am

Congressional investigators probing Russia's meddling in the U.S. election will this week have their first opportunity to hear from someone in President Donald Trump's innermost circle: son-in-law Jared Kushner. Kushner, who is married to Trump's daughter, Ivanka, will talk to staff on the Senate Intelligence Committee Monday behind closed doors. On Tuesday, he'll talk privately to members of the House Intelligence Committee.

South Sudan sexual violence on 'massive scale,' report says

Sam Mednick, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 24th - 3:30am

It's been five months since the shy, frail 13-year-old was snatched from his bed, drugged and raped in the middle of the night. The boy hasn't been able to say much since.

France bringing top Libyan rivals together in new initiative

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 24th - 3:30am

French President Emmanuel Macron will host a meeting of the two main rival leaders of chaotic Libya, his office said Monday, to try to "contribute to an end to the Libyan crisis."

Polish president to veto 2 bills seen as moves on judiciary

Monika Scislowska and Vanessa Gera, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 24th - 3:20am

Poland's president announced Monday that he will veto two contentious bills seen as assaults on the independence of the judicial system by the ruling party and which have sparked days of nationwide protests.

Taliban suicide car bombing in Kabul kills 24 people

Amir Shah, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 24th - 3:10am

A suicide bomber rammed his car packed with explosives into a bus carrying government employees in the Afghan capital early on Monday, killing 24 people and wounding 42 others, Kabul's police chief spokesman said. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the assault.

Japan ends probe of US Navy ship collision; no input from US

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 24th - 3:10am

Japanese authorities say they're wrapping up their investigation into last month's collision of a freighter and a U.S. naval destroyer without any verdict into what caused the accident, which left seven Navy sailors dead.

At least 8 dead after suicide bombers hit camps in Nigeria

Haruna Umar, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 24th - 2:54am

At least eight people are dead after female suicide bombers attacked two displaced persons camps in northeastern Nigeria's main city, a civilian self-defense group said Monday. It was the first major attack on a displaced persons camp in Maiduguri, the birthplace of the Boko Haram extremist insurgency.

China opens movie theater on disputed South China Sea island

Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 24th - 2:54am

A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons in waters crucial for global commerce and rich in fish and potential oil and gas reserves:

Nigeria releases 1st new photo of absent leader in 2 months

Bashir Adigun, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 24th - 2:40am

Nigeria's government has released a photo of President Muhammadu Buhari more than two months after he left for London for medical treatment amid growing health concerns.

Parents prepare to return to court in Charlie Gard case

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 24th - 2:40am

The parents of a critically ill infant are returning to court for the latest stage in their effort to seek permission to take the child to the United States for medical treatment.

Turkish opposition journalists on trial for aiding 'terror'

Neyran Elden, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 24th - 2:30am

Journalists and staff from a Turkish newspaper staunchly opposed to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan have gone on trial in Istanbul, accused of aiding terror organizations — a case that has added to concerns over rights and freedoms in Turkey.

A look at major issues Duterte confronting in his 2nd year

Jim Gomez and Teresa Cerojano, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 24th - 2:02am

A year ago Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte promised to cleanse his Southeast Asian nation of illegal drugs in three to six months. He said he would tame corruption and began a profanity-spiked tongue lashing of America — which he called "lousy" last week. Those "shock and awe" declarations of a year ago have collided with reality. Drugs and corruption have persisted and he grudgingly thanked the United States recently for helping to quell a disastrous siege in the south by pro-Islamic State group militants.

China warns India of its 'resolve' amid border standoff

Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 24th - 1:06am

China on Monday warned India not to "push your luck" by underestimating Beijing's determination to safeguard what it considers sovereign Chinese territory, amid an ongoing standoff between the two neighbors over a contested region high in the Himalayas.

The Latest: Taliban claim responsibility for Kabul bombing

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 24th - 1:00am

The Latest on the suicide car attack in a western neighborhood of Kabul (all times local):

Taliban claim responsibility in a statement to the media for the early morning suicide attack in Kabul that killed 24

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 24th - 12:50am

Taliban claim responsibility in a statement to the media for the early morning suicide attack in Kabul that killed 24.

Japan's Abe denies abusing influence in favoritism scandal

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 24th - 12:50am

Grilled by opposition lawmakers as approval ratings for his Cabinet sink, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday repeated his denials that he misused his influence to help a friend in a growing favoritism scandal.