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The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 6:43am

The junior senator from Arizona says Sen. John McCain told him about his brain tumor only at the end of a telephone conversation, saying he was "feeling fine, but I might have some chemotherapy in my future." Sen. Jeff Flake says his colleague is "optimistic obviously. He's John McCain, that's what we'd expect."

Afghan official: Taliban ambush police convoy, killing 2

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 6:43am

An Afghan official says the Taliban ambushed a police convoy in the country's volatile south, killing two policemen and wounding three others.

American student detained in China after dispute with cabbie

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 6:41am

Police in central China have arrested an American college student on charges of intentional injury following an altercation with a taxi driver, a family friend said Thursday.

Some 250 residents join US-trained security force for Raqqa

Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 6:31am

Some 250 residents of Syria's Raqqa province Thursday became the latest batch to graduate from a brief U.S. training course, part of an internal security force to hold and secure areas as they are captured from Islamic State group militants.

Court convicts more than 40 in Rome corruption trial

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 6:31am

A Rome court on Thursday convicted dozens of defendants in a wide-ranging corruption trial that revealed a system of kickbacks and intimidation to gain control of city contracts, but acquitted all of the defendants on key charges of mafia-style association.

Germany cautions citizens on Turkey after activist jailed

Geir Moulson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 6:31am

Germany on Thursday told all citizens traveling to Turkey to exercise caution following the jailing of a human rights activist, which the foreign minister said shows that "every German citizen in Turkey" could suffer the same fate.

The Latest: Turkish president criticizes German minister

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 6:20am

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Polish lawmakers to vote on law to control top court

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 6:20am

A Polish parliamentary commission has summarily rejected 1,300 opposition amendments to a bill reorganizing the nation's top court and has sent it back to lawmakers for a vote.

Kenya court says Dubai firm can print presidential ballot

Tom Odula, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 6:01am

Kenya's Court of Appeal on Thursday overturned a High Court decision that stopped the printing of ballots by a Dubai-based company for next month's presidential election.

The Latest: Israel military says Palestinian attacker killed

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 6:01am

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Venezuela's Maduro, foes head into crucial showdown

Michael Weissenstein and Jorge Rueda, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 5:51am

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and his opponents face a crucial showdown Thursday as the country's opposition calls the first national strike since a 2002 stoppage that failed to topple Maduro's predecessor Hugo Chavez.

India ready for talks with China on border standoff

Ashok Sharma, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 5:51am

India said Thursday it is ready to hold talks with China if both sides pull back their forces to end a standoff along a disputed territory high in the Himalayan mountains.

UK archives show Churchill blocked release of Nazi memos

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 5:41am

Britain's National Archives have released records showing then Prime Minister Winston Churchill's attempts to cover up a Nazi plot to collaborate with members of the British royal family.

For 1st time, over half of people with HIV taking AIDS drugs

Maria Cheng, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 5:41am

For the first time in the global AIDS epidemic that has spanned four decades and killed 35 million people, more than half of all those infected with HIV are on drugs to treat the virus, the United Nations said in a report released Thursday.

Duterte flies to besieged city, warns of other attacks

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 5:41am

The Philippine president flew for the first time Thursday to a besieged southern city to cheer troops who have been trying to quell a nearly two-month uprising by Islamic State group-linked militants, who he warned were plotting to attack other cities.

Cameroon torturing suspects in Boko Haram fight: New report

Carley Petesch, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 5:31am

More than 100 people have been tortured by Cameroon security forces and held incommunicado in the past four years on suspicion of involvement with the Nigeria-based Islamic extremist group Boko Haram, according to a report released Thursday by Amnesty International.

Kuwait shuts Iran cultural mission, expels some diplomats

Hussain Al-Qatari, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 5:31am

Kuwait said Thursday it is shutting the Iranian cultural mission to the country and calling for a reduction in the number of Iranian diplomats stationed there, deepening a rift between the Gulf Arab states and Tehran.

Burundi's president goes abroad for 1st time since coup plot

Eloge Willy Kaneza, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 5:20am

Burundi's president is traveling out of the country for the first time since the failed coup attempt of May 2015, a government official said Thursday.

Portugal admits to outdated security in army weapon theft

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 5:10am

Portugal's defense minister says the army national armory where hand grenades, ammunition and other weapons were stolen last month was vulnerable due to its "obsolete" electronic surveillance system.