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

Jim Gomez and Teresa Cerojano, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 24th - 12:30am

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.

The Latest: Trump's Mideast envoy expected in Israel

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 24th - 12:30am

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

Suicide car bombing kills 24, wounds 42 in Afghan capital

Amir Shah, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 24th - 12:00am

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.

Israel says guard at Amman embassy shot after being attacked

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 23rd - 11:41pm

Israel's Foreign Ministry said on Monday that a security guard at the country's embassy in Jordan opened fire, killing two Jordanians, after being attacked by one of them with a screwdriver.

Britain's Boris Johnson jokes about New Zealand greeting

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 23rd - 11:39pm

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson joked on his visit to New Zealand on Monday that a traditional Maori greeting could be misinterpreted as a head butt elsewhere.

China: India must pull back its troops amid border standoff

Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 23rd - 11:30pm

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.

Abe denies abusing influence in Japan favoritism scandal

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 23rd - 11:14pm

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.

Afghan government official: Death toll in Kabul suicide bombing increases to 24; number of wounded now at 42

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 23rd - 11:14pm

Afghan government official: Death toll in Kabul suicide bombing increases to 24; number of wounded now at 42.

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 12:40 a.m. EDT

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 23rd - 10:52pm

A Mexican official says some Mexican nationals were among the survivors and those who died on a tractor-trailer found at a San Antonio Walmart. Mexican Consul General in San Antonio Reyna Torres says consulate officials are working to identify the survivors and notify family members. Guatemala's foreign ministry, meanwhile, says at least two Guatemalans were on the abandoned rig. The two survivors told officials they crossed the border by foot at Laredo.

64 years after Korean War, North still digging up bombs

Eric Talmadge, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 23rd - 10:34pm

In the 10 years he has been digging up ordnance from the Korean War, Maj. Jong Il Hyon has lost five colleagues to explosions. He carries a lighter one gave him before he died. He also bears a scar on his left cheek from a bomb disposal mission gone wrong.

2 Jordanians killed, 1 Israeli wounded at Israeli embassy

Omar Akour, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 23rd - 10:01pm

Two Jordanians were killed and an Israeli was wounded by gunfire Sunday in a residential building at the Israeli embassy compound in Jordan's capital, the kingdom's Public Security Directorate said.

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 11:40 p.m. EDT

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 23rd - 9:44pm

A Mexican official says some Mexican nationals were among the survivors and those who died on a tractor-trailer found at a San Antonio Walmart. Mexican Consul General in San Antonio Reyna Torres says consulate officials are working to identify the survivors and notify family members. Guatemala's foreign ministry, meanwhile, says at least two Guatemalans were on the abandoned rig. The two survivors told officials they crossed the border by foot at Laredo.

An Afghan health ministry official says 2 people were killed and another 2 injured in suicide car bombing in Kabul

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 23rd - 9:30pm

An Afghan health ministry official says 2 people were killed and another 2 injured in suicide car bombing in Kabul.

Police say an explosion has occurred in western neighborhood of Kabul but no reports yet of casualties or cause

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 23rd - 8:50pm

Police say an explosion has occurred in western neighborhood of Kabul but no reports yet of casualties or cause.

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

Raimundos Oki, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 23rd - 8:40pm

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.

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

Sam Mednick, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 23rd - 5:25pm

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.

Poles protest for 8th day over contentious judicial changes

Vanessa Gera, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 23rd - 3:21pm

Poles protested in cities and towns across Poland for the eighth day Sunday over new rules passed by the ruling party that would drastically limit the independence of the judiciary.

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 4:40 p.m. EDT

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 23rd - 3:06pm

A U.S. official says the death toll from people found in the back of a sweltering tractor-trailer in the parking lot of a San Antonio Walmart has risen to 10. Thomas Homan, acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, told The Associated Press that two people died in a hospital. Eight dead bodies were found in the truck.

Cuba's public face of diplomacy with US leaving post

Michael Weissenstein and Andrea Rodriguez, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 23rd - 2:20pm

The public face of Cuba's diplomatic opening with the United States is leaving her post to become ambassador to Canada, officials said Sunday.