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Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 3:40 a.m. EDT

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 1:44am

The office of Sen. John McCain says the ailing Arizona Republican will return to the Senate on Tuesday, the day of the health care vote. In a statement Monday night, McCain's office says he looks forward to continuing work on "important legislation." It cites specifically health care reform, the National Defense Authorization Act and new sanctions on Russia, Iran and North Korea. McCain has been diagnosed with cancer. His return to the Senate had been uncertain.

Polish president signs 1 of 3 contested laws on judiciary

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 1:20am

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.

Swiss chainsaw attacker still being sought

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 1:10am

Swiss police say a man who injured five people with a chainsaw is still on the loose and a massive manhunt is underway on the Swiss-German border.

Lawmakers accuse Japan PM of false denial in school scandal

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 12:33am

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is being questioned in Parliament about a cronyism scandal after opposition lawmakers alleged he testified falsely a day earlier when he denied using his influence to help a friend.

Al-Qaida in Syria close to snuffing out competition in north

Bassem Mroue and Philip Issa, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 12:25am

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.

Indonesia navy denies wounding 4 Vietnam fishermen in clash

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 24th - 11:22pm

Indonesia's navy has disputed reports that four Vietnamese fishermen were wounded in a weekend incident that was the second clash between the two countries in the South China Sea in two months.

EU plans delegation in Mongolian capital to enhance ties

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 24th - 10:55pm

The European Union plans to open a delegation in Mongolia this year, the 28-nation group said Tuesday, in a move that will expand its relationship with the resource-rich country wedged between China and Russia.

Australia denies reneging on a UNHCR deal to accept refugees

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 24th - 10:20pm

The Australian foreign minister on Tuesday rejected the United Nations refugee agency's allegation that her government reneged on a deal to resettle some refugees who attempted to reach Australia by boat.

Vietnam court tries woman for posting anti-state content

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 24th - 10:05pm

A Vietnamese court was holding a trial Tuesday of a woman who posted articles and videos online that were described as anti-state propaganda.

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 24th - 9:53pm

The office of Sen. John McCain says the ailing Arizona Republican will return to the Senate on Tuesday, the day of the health care vote. In a statement Monday night, McCain's office says he looks forward to continuing work on "important legislation." It cites specifically health care reform, the National Defense Authorization Act and new sanctions on Russia, Iran and North Korea. McCain has been diagnosed with cancer. His return to the Senate had been uncertain.

The Latest: Israel begins removing metal detectors from site

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 24th - 9:53pm

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

Hurricane Hilary forms in Pacific off Mexico, far from land

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 24th - 9:19pm

Hurricane Hilary formed in the Pacific Ocean off Mexico on Monday, but forecasters said the storm did not pose any imminent threat to land.

Security forces shut Maldives Parliament, leading to clashes

Bharatha Mallawarachi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 24th - 9:01pm

Maldivian security forces locked down parliament on orders from the president Monday, leading to clashes after opposition lawmakers stormed the compound in an attempt to vote on whether to impeach the parliamentary speaker.

Ex-Gitmo detainee deported from Morocco, returns to Uruguay

Leonardo Haberkorn, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 24th - 8:58pm

The strange tale of a former Guantanamo Bay inmate who resettled in Uruguay, staged a hunger strike to leave and sparked a regional alarm when he went missing, took another unexpected twist when he was deported back from Morocco - even though officials here were unaware that he had ever left.

Duterte vows end to uprising, 'jail or hell' in drug war

Jim Gomez and Teresa Cerojano, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 24th - 8:20pm

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte vowed Monday to continue his bloody war on illegal drugs despite international and domestic criticism and warned that offenders will end up in "jail or hell." In his second state of the nation speech, Duterte also insisted he would not hold peace talks with communist rebels because of continuing attacks.

Pakistan: Suicide bombing in Lahore kills 26, wounds 54

Zaheeruddin Babar, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 24th - 8:01pm

A suicide bomber struck near a police team in the eastern city of Lahore Monday killing at least 26 and wounding another 54, many of them police officers. An outlawed Taliban faction claimed responsibility.

Afghan security scrutinized after suicide bomber kills 24

Kathy Gannon and Amir Shah, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 24th - 7:51pm

A Taliban suicide bomber killed 24 people in a horrific early morning assault in a neighborhood where prominent politicians reside, causing residents and analysts to question the government's ability to protect Afghanistan's capital.

Getting stuck in the icy Arctic means you're on your own

Frank Jordans, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 24th - 7:44pm

The MSV Nordica is as robust a ship as you can find, but striking out to sea —especially in the remote and icy Arctic— always carries a risk. What if something goes wrong? Who do we call for help? The short answer is: we're on our own.

Israel removes metal detectors from holy site entrance

Karin Laub and Ian Deitch, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 24th - 6:21pm

Israel began removing metal detectors from entrances to a major Jerusalem shrine early Tuesday morning to defuse a crisis over the site that angered the Muslim world and triggered some of the worst Israeli-Palestinian clashes in years.