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The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 12:42am

The White House has issued a stern warning to Syrian President Bashar Assad, claiming "potential" evidence that Syria was preparing for another chemical weapons attack. In an ominous statement issued with no supporting evidence or further explanation, Press Secretary Sean Spicer says the U.S. "has identified potential preparations for another chemical weapons attack by the Assad regime that would likely result in the mass murder of civilians, including innocent children."

Israel strikes Gaza militant sites after projectile fired

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 11:40pm

The Israeli military says it has struck a pair of Hamas militant sites in Gaza after a projectile fired from the seaside territory landed in southern Israel.

14-year-old excites Japan with record chess debut

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 11:11pm

A 14-year-old boy is taking his country by storm with a record-breaking start to his pro career in the Japanese version of chess.

Second landslide hits stricken site in southwest China

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 10:52pm

A second landslide has struck the village in southwest China where rescue workers have been looking for nearly 100 people buried over the weekend by a massive wave of rocks and debris.

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 9:43pm

Threats of opposition from three Republican senators are casting doubt on whether GOP leaders have enough support to move ahead on the Senate health care bill. The Senate has to hold a procedural vote to move forward, most likely on Wednesday. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and Rand Paul of Kentucky are all expressing reservations.

China's jailed Nobel Peace laureate given medical parole

Didi Tang, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 7:50pm

Imprisoned Chinese Nobel Peace Prize laureate and dissident Liu Xiaobo has been transferred to a hospital after being diagnosed with late-stage liver cancer, authorities and his friends say.

Charred body identified as missing Mexican journalist

Mark Stevenson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 7:31pm

A charred body found in western Mexico has been identified as the owner and director of a local television station abducted in May, the seventh journalist killed so far this year in the country.

Brazil's crisis deepens as president accused of corruption

Peter Prengaman and Mauricio Savarese, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 7:11pm

Brazil's attorney general formally accused President Michel Temer of corruption on Monday, making him the first sitting president in Latin America's largest nation to face criminal charges.

The Latest: Brazil's attorney general formally accuses Temer

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 6:17pm

The Latest on Brazil's political crisis and President Michel Temer (all times local):

UN: Colombian rebels have handed over almost all weapons

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 5:33pm

Leftist rebels in Colombia have turned over almost all of their fighters' individual weapons as part of a historic peace deal reached with the government last year to end a half century of conflict, the United Nations said Monday.

Brazil's attorney general accuses President Michel Temer of corruption; Congress to consider possible trial

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 5:30pm

Brazil's attorney general accuses President Michel Temer of corruption; Congress to consider possible trial.

Company curbs sale of panels used on burned London high-rise

Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 4:24pm

Arconic, the metal products maker that was once part of Alcoa Inc., said Monday it will stop selling one type of aluminum composite paneling for use on high-rise buildings after speculation that the material contributed to the spread of a deadly fire at a London apartment tower.

Canada nurse gets life for killing 8 people in her care

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 4:14pm

A former nurse convicted of killing eight elderly people in her care was sentenced Monday to life imprisonment without possibility of parole for 25 years.

Merkel: Gay marriage could get 'question of conscience' vote

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 2:50pm

German Chancellor Angela Merkel for the first time seems to have softened her previous opposition toward legalizing same-sex marriages.

9 still missing after tourist boat sinks in Colombia

Luis Benavides and Christine Armario, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 2:44pm

Scuba divers on Monday continued their search for bodies from a submerged boat in Colombia as authorities turned their attention to what led the tourist ferry to sink with more than 150 passengers on board, leaving at least seven people dead and nine missing.

Israel: Projectile from Gaza lands in southern Israel

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 1:52pm

The Israeli military says a projectile fired from the Gaza Strip has landed in southern Israel.

Germany's Merkel doesn't tweet, but checks Trump on Twitter

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 1:50pm

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she doesn't really do Twitter, but sometimes visits the site to check out what U.S. President Donald Trump has to say.

Argentine officials: at least 15 die when bus flips, 21 hurt

Almudena Calatrava, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 1:42pm

A bus carrying students, parents and teachers from a dance school flipped on a provincial highway in Argentina, killing at least 15 people, officials said on Monday.

Jewish groups cancel meetings with Netanyahu in protest

Aron Heller, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 1:12pm

Two high-profile groups of Jewish leaders on Monday canceled meetings with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to protest his government's decision to scrap plans for a mixed-gender prayer area at Jerusalem's Western Wall.