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Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 2:40 a.m. EDT

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 12:44am

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is steadfastly speaking in upbeat terms about the Republican Party's health care overhaul bill, which is hanging in limbo as Congress prepares for a Fourth of July recess. McConnell postponed a key floor procedural vote because of a lack of sufficient support, even within the ranks of the GOP caucus. But he still He claimed "good progress" after a strategy session Tuesday at the White House with President Donald Trump.

Millions in Nepal vote in second phase of local elections

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 12:35am

Millions of people in Nepal were voting Wednesday in the second phase of local elections to choose municipal and village councils despite threats from ethnic groups that oppose the polls.

Turkey says it returns fire after attack by Syrian Kurds

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 12:26am

Turkey's military says it has returned fire after a cross-border attack by Syrian Kurdish forces.

Rising violence takes huge psychological toll in Rio favelas

Yesica Fisch and Leo Correa, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 11:54pm

Almir Arruda rode his bicycle quickly across the City of God slum in Rio de Janeiro when he heard there was shootout between drug traffickers and police near his 4-year-old daughter's preschool.

US envoy: China should allow Nobel laureate treatment abroad

Matthew Brown, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 11:12pm

The new U.S. ambassador to Beijing said Wednesday that Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo should be allowed to receive treatment outside China after he was diagnosed with cancer while in prison for advocating democratic reforms.

Maduro says helicopter fired on Venezuela's Supreme Court

Joshua Goodman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 10:56pm

President Nicolas Maduro said a stolen police helicopter fired on Venezuela's Supreme Court Tuesday in what he called a thwarted "terrorist attack" aimed at ousting him from power.

AP PHOTOS: A peek at The Peak in Hong Kong

Photos By Kin Cheung, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 10:40pm

Visitors to The Peak on Hong Kong island look out over Victoria Harbor, beyond which lies the Kowloon district and the border with mainland China.

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 9:43pm

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says "good progress" was made during a White House meeting between President Donald Trump and Republican senators. Trump invited them to meet after McConnell decided to delay a vote on a Senate health care bill because there aren't enough votes to pass it. McConnell says there's a "really good chance" of passing the bill, but it won't happen before July Fourth as he originally planned.

Iran accuses US of 'brazen' plan to change its government

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 9:04pm

Iran is accusing U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson of "a brazen interventionist plan" to change the current government that violates international law and the U.N. Charter.

One Hong Kong, two sentiments after 20 years of Chinese rule

Kelvin Chan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 8:04pm

Hong Kong is planning a big party as it marks 20 years under Chinese rule. But many people in the former British colony are not in the mood to celebrate.

UN envoy: Liberia's democratic future hinges of elections

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 4:47pm

Liberia's future as a stable democracy hinges on successful presidential and legislative elections in October and broad acceptance that they are free and fair followed by a smooth transfer of power, the U.N. envoy to the West African nation said Tuesday.

Ex-Mexican governor accepts extradition from Guatemala

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 4:04pm

A fugitive former governor of Mexico's Gulf coast state of Veracruz accepted on Tuesday extradition from Guatemala to face some corruption charges at home.

Colombia takes big step to peace as rebels lay down guns

Christine Armario, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 3:24pm

Colombia reached a major milestone on its road to peace Tuesday as leftist rebels relinquished some of their last weapons and declared an end to their half-century insurgency.

The Latest: US warns Syria against chemical attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 3:00pm

The Latest on the White House saying it has "potential" evidence that Syria's government is preparing another chemical weapons attack (all times local):

The Latest: Brazil president: corruption charge a 'fiction'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 2:07pm

The Latest on Brazil's political crisis (all times local):

Scottish leader puts second independence referendum on hold

Sylvia Hui, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 1:57pm

Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon told lawmakers Tuesday she was postponing plans to seek a second independence referendum, saying she would revisit the issue when the terms of Britain's departure from the European Union become clearer.

Macron invites Trump to Bastille Day to honor US WWI troops

Sylvie Corbet, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 1:57pm

French President Emmanuel Macron has invited U.S. President Donald Trump to a Bastille Day celebration next month to celebrate the arrival 100 years ago of the American troops who fought alongside the French during World War I.

UN envoy hopes key new meetings will spur Syria peace talks

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 1:37pm

The U.N. special envoy for Syria is expressing hope that a first-ever U.N. meeting of feuding opposition groups and an upcoming meeting to put "de-escalation zones" into operation will spur progress at next month's peace talks in Geneva.

Albania Socialists win election, can govern without partner

Llazar Semini, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 1:15pm

Albania's left-wing Socialist Party has secured a second mandate in a general election, winning a majority of seats in parliament, election results showed Tuesday.