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Australia minister quits Cabinet because he might be Italian

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 5:30am

An Australian government minister has quit the Cabinet because his mother told him he might be Italian and therefore ineligible to be a lawmaker.

Russia, China hold naval exercise in Baltic

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 5:30am

Ships of the Russian and Chinese navies have begun exercises in the Baltic Sea, watched from afar by neighboring NATO countries uneasy about Russia's growing military assertiveness.

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 6:40 a.m. EDT

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 5:21am

Republican leaders are steering the Senate toward a crucial vote on their health care bill with a fresh burst of drama and optimism. That's thanks to Sen. John McCain's declaration that he'll return to the Capitol for the roll call. Before the announcement by the cancer-stricken McCain, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had already planned an initial vote for Tuesday on beginning debate on the Republican effort. McCain's presence will be a big boost for the GOP drive.

Hungary: 3 Romanians killed, 6 injured in minibus crash

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 5:20am

Police say two women and a man were killed when a minibus crashed into the back of a truck that had stopped on the shoulder on a Hungarian highway.

Polish president signs 1 of 3 contested laws on judiciary

Monika Scislowska, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 5:01am

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.

Lawmakers accuse Japan's Abe of false testimony in scandal

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 4:49am

Japanese lawmakers questioned Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in parliament for a second day Tuesday about a cronyism scandal, with some opposition members accusing him of testifying falsely a day earlier when he denied using his influence to help a friend.

China fires back at US accusations over aerial encounter

Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 4:49am

China on Tuesday denied its fighter jet pilots operated dangerously during an encounter with a U.S. surveillance plane in international airspace in which the American pilot took evasive action to avoid a possible collision.

Reporter Q&A: A look at Duterte's state of the nation speech

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 4:49am

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte delivered his second state of the nation speech to a joint session of Congress on Monday, vowing to continue his bloody war on illegal drugs despite international and domestic criticism. The tough-talking president also insisted he would not hold peace talks with communist rebels because of continuing attacks.

2 men in critical condition after fatal Cyprus boat accident

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 4:49am

A Cyprus police spokesman says two men, a Greek Cypriot and a Chinese national, are being treated in critical condition after a boating accident that killed a Chinese woman.

Romanian court rules release of woman wanted in Turkey

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 4:20am

Romania's Supreme Court has upheld a decision to release from custody a Turkish woman wanted in Turkey for alleged links to Kurdish militants.

The Latest: Turkey's Erdogan ramps up anti-Western rhetoric

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 4:20am

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

At least 17 dead in 2 sea accidents in Indonesia

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 4:20am

At least 17 people have been killed and 12 others are missing in two sea accidents in eastern and central Indonesia since the weekend.

EU, Turkey to hold talks amid strained relations

Mike Corder, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 4:10am

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ramped up his anti-Western rhetoric Tuesday ahead of a meeting between his foreign minister and top European Union officials, saying the era of a submissive Turkey bowing to every Western demand is over.

Fires hopscotch through touristic southern coast of France

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 3:40am

Hundreds of firefighters are battling blazes fanned by high winds in more than a dozen zones in the Riviera region of southern France. Four firefighters have been injured.

Al-Qaida in Syria snuffs out competition in northwest

Bassem Mroue and Philip Issa, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 3:34am

Syrian rebels and activists are warning that an al-Qaida-linked jihadi group is on the verge of snuffing out what remains of the country's uprising in northwestern Syria, after the extremists seized control of the opposition-held regional capital, Idlib, last weekend.

Tokyo to begin seeking names for star giant panda cub

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 3:34am

Japan's capital says it will start collecting suggestions this week for the name of a recently born giant panda cub.

5-story building collapses in India, killing at least 3

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 3:20am

A five-story building came crashing down Tuesday in Mumbai, India's financial and entertainment capital, killing at least three people and injuring nine others, a state official said. About two dozen people were feared trapped under the rubble.

Swiss chainsaw attack suspect still being sought

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 3:00am

A man suspected of wounding five people with a chainsaw was still on the loose Tuesday, and a massive manhunt was taking place on the Swiss-German border.

Pakistan buries more victims from deadly Taliban bombing

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 2:30am

Pakistan is burying the last victims from a Taliban suicide bombing the previous day that killed 26 people in the eastern city of Lahore.