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The Latest: Israeli intel chief in Jordan to heal rift

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 24th - 1:02pm

The Latest on the escalation in Israel and the Palestinian territories over a contested Jerusalem holy site (all times local):

Pakistan: Suicide bombing in Lahore kills 26, wounds 54

Zaheeruddin Babar, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 24th - 1:02pm

A suicide bomber struck near a police team in the eastern city of Lahore Monday killing at least 26 and wounding another 54, many of them police officers. An outlawed Taliban faction claimed responsibility.

Duterte vows end to uprising, 'jail or hell' in drug war

Jim Gomez and Teresa Cerojano, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 24th - 12:51pm

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte vowed Monday to continue his bloody war on illegal drugs despite international and domestic criticism and warned that offenders will end up in "jail or hell." In his second state of the nation speech, Duterte also insisted he would not hold peace talks with communist rebels because of continuing attacks.

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 2:40 p.m. EDT

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 24th - 12:44pm

White House senior adviser and President Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner says he did not collude with Russia. Kushner spoke to reporters at the White House Monday after meeting with Senate investigators probing Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and possible ties to the Trump campaign.

Amid protests, Polish leader puts brakes on judicial shakeup

Vanessa Gera, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 24th - 12:37pm

Poland's president unexpectedly announced Monday that he will veto two bills that would have sharply curtailed the independence of the judiciary, a victory for peaceful protesters who had gathered by candlelight every night for more than a week.

Getting stuck in the icy Arctic means you're on your own

Frank Jordans, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 24th - 12:37pm

The MSV Nordica is as robust a ship as you can find, but striking out to sea —especially in the remote and icy Arctic— always carries a risk. What if something goes wrong? Who do we call for help? The short answer is: we're on our own.

East Timor's main parties able to form gov't but lose ground

Raimundos Oki, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 24th - 12:31pm

East Timor's two main political parties won enough votes in a weekend parliamentary election to form another national unity government but lost ground to opposition forces in a sign of frustration with slow economic progress.

Albania's new president is sworn in, vows to back democracy

Llazar Semini, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 24th - 12:11pm

Albania's new president has been sworn in during an extraordinary session of parliament.

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Charlie Gard parents drop legal fight, agree to let him die

Caroline Spiezio, Jill Lawless and Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 24th - 12:11pm

The parents of Charlie Gard, whose battle to get their critically ill baby experimental treatment stirred international sympathy and controversy, dropped their legal effort Monday, saying tearfully that it was time to let their son die.

Red Cross chief visits besieged city on Yemen's front lines

Maggie Michael, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 24th - 12:02pm

The chief of the international Red Cross made a rare visit to the front lines in Yemen Monday, taking a dirt road to reach the besieged western city of Taiz, devastated by more than two years of fighting.

UN envoy: Cyprus peace talks unlikely to resume anytime soon

Menelaos Hadjicostis, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 24th - 11:51am

A United Nations envoy said Monday that he sees little chance that talks to reunify ethnically split Cyprus would restart anytime soon after their collapse in Switzerland earlier this month.

Hurricane Hilary forms in Pacific off Mexico, far from land

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 24th - 11:41am

Hurricane Hilary formed in the Pacific Ocean off Mexico on Monday, but forecasters said the storm did not pose any imminent threat to land.

The Latest: Pope prays for ill baby Charlie Gard and parents

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 24th - 11:41am

The Latest on the legal battle over critically ill baby Charlie Gard (all times local):

Maldives opposition says lawmakers storm locked parliament

Bharatha Mallawarachi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 24th - 11:33am

The Maldivian president ordered the military to lock down parliament Monday in a bid to prevent lawmakers from taking part in a vote to impeach the parliamentary speaker, the country's opposition party said, leading to clashes after opposition lawmakers stormed the compound.

Israel Embassy shooting in Jordan complicates shrine crisis

Aron Heller and Karin Laub, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 24th - 11:21am

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 a major Jerusalem shrine, including mass Muslim prayer protests and Israeli-Palestinian violence.

Afghan security scrutinized after suicide bomber kills 24

Kathy Gannon and Amir Shah, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 24th - 11:02am

A Taliban suicide bomber killed 24 people in a horrific early morning assault in a neighborhood where prominent politicians reside, causing residents and analysts to question the government's ability to protect Afghanistan's capital.

Fire on Danube River cruise ship: 8 suffer smoke inhalation

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 24th - 10:57am

Austrian emergency crews say a fire has broken out on a Danube River cruise ship, forcing the evacuation of nearly 200 people. They say eight people had to be treated for smoke inhalation.

France bringing top Libyan rivals together in new initiative

Elaine Ganley, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 24th - 10:42am

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," which is feeding Islamic militants, people traffickers preying on migrants and instability in the region.

Hunt is on for chainsaw attacker who wounded 5 in Swiss city

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 24th - 10:42am

A man armed with a chainsaw wounded five people at a health insurer's office Monday in the northern Swiss city of Schaffhausen, police said, triggering a manhunt for a suspect described as aggressive and psychologically unstable.