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The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 10:55am

Sen. Rand Paul says he will vote "yes" on a pivotal health care vote Tuesday afternoon after receiving assurances from Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Paul had been a holdout against McConnell's plans for legislation to repeal and replace "Obamacare." He argued it did not go far enough in getting rid of the Obama law.

Police injured as knife-wielding man arrested in Spain

Aritz Parra, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 10:41am

A man was arrested after he held a large knife against his abdomen and shouted "Allahu Akbar" — "God is Great" in Arabic — at a busy Spanish frontier with Morocco, authorities in the Spanish enclave of Melilla said Tuesday.

Spanish rescue group says it has found 167 migrants alive and 13 dead in a rubber boat in the Mediterranean

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 10:36am

Spanish rescue group says it has found 167 migrants alive and 13 dead in a rubber boat in the Mediterranean.

Wind-driven fires hopscotch through south of France, Corsica

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 10:32am

Hundreds of firefighters in the Riviera region of southern France and on the island of Corsica battled wind-whipped blazes Tuesday that have left first responders injured.

The Latest: Austria: Deeper EU-Turkey ties are up to Ankara

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 10:11am

The Latest on talks between Turkish and European Union officials in Brussels Tuesday (all times local):

Parents ask court to let them take Charlie Gard home to die

Jill Lawless and Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 10:11am

Charlie Gard's mother returned to a London court Tuesday to ask a judge to let her and the baby's father take their critically ill son home to die.

Polish president signs 1 of 3 contested laws on judiciary

Monika Scislowska, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 9:21am

The office of Poland's president said Tuesday that he has signed into law one of three contested bills that critics say limit the independence of the judiciary.

Swiss police still looking for chainsaw attack suspect

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 9:17am

A man suspected of wounding five people with a chainsaw was still on the loose Tuesday, Swiss police said, issuing an international arrest warrant amid a huge manhunt near the Swiss-German border.

Thai ex-prime minister vows to fight negligence charge

Kaweewit Kaewjinda, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 9:11am

Former Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, whose bank accounts were frozen this week, says she will fight to prove her innocence as a trial that could put her in prison for 10 years enters its final stages.

EU enlargement commissioner voices "very strong concern" about detentions of journalists, academics, lawyers in Turkey.

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 9:08am

EU enlargement commissioner voices "very strong concern" about detentions of journalists, academics, lawyers in Turkey.

Albania's premier urges Serbia to recognize breakaway Kosovo

Llazar Semini, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 9:02am

Albania's prime minister is urging Serbia to recognize Kosovo as a separate country, saying the acknowledgement would help stabilize the Balkan region.

The Latest: Vatican: Too late to start care for Charlie Gard

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 8:51am

The Latest on the court hearing on critically ill British baby Charlie Gard (all times local):

A Vatican hospital says experimental therapy "could have been an opportunity" to help Charlie Gard, but it was too late

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 8:32am

A Vatican hospital says experimental therapy "could have been an opportunity" to help Charlie Gard, but it was too late .

Macedonian court rejects custody for former prime minister

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 8:32am

A Macedonian appeals court has rejected a prosecutor's bid for former prime minister Nikola Gruevski to be remanded in custody pending trial on charges connected with a wiretapping scandal.

French leader plays peacemaker, hosting top Libyan rivals

Elaine Ganley and Nicholas Garriga, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 8:32am

President Emmanuel Macron opened meetings on Tuesday with the two main rival leaders of chaotic Libya, trying to play peacemaker for a country where the stakes are high for both Europe and Africa.

Kurdish official says US role essential in post-IS Syria

Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 8:13am

The Kurdish-led effort to secure Raqqa once it is liberated from the Islamic State group will require long-term U.S. political and financial support for the battered city's governance and reconstruction, a senior Syrian Kurdish official said Tuesday.

Heavy monsoon rains lash western India, killing 16

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 7:44am

At least 16 people have been killed this week in heavy monsoon rains that have lashed western India, including the desert state of Rajasthan, with more than 24,000 villagers evacuated to higher ground, officials said Tuesday.

AP PHOTOS: Icebreaker leaves behind jagged Arctic icescape

Frank Jordans, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 7:29am

There's ice, and then there's ice.

Pakistani minister orders probe after reporters mistreated

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 7:29am

Pakistan's interior minister has ordered a probe after three journalists were reported to have been mistreated by federal agents at a hospital in Islamabad.