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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

Human rights activists on Tuesday urged the European Union to use a meeting with Turkey's foreign minister to put pressure on Ankara to release rights workers who have been detained as part of Turkey's crackdown on the opposition in the aftermath of last year's failed coup.

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 5:40 a.m. EDT

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 3:42am

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.

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.

French leader plays peacemaker, hosting top Libyan rivals

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 2:08am

President Emmanuel Macron is hosting a meeting of the two main rival leaders of chaotic Libya, trying to play peacemaker in a country where the stakes are high for both Europe and Africa.

Australia denies reneging on a UNHCR deal to accept refugees

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 2:00am

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.

Syria activists: Despite truce, strikes near Damascus kill 8

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 1:56am

Syrian opposition activists and a paramedic group say that airstrikes in a Damascus suburb have killed eight people, including children.

Polish president signs 1 of 3 contested laws on judiciary

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 1:50am

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.

Heavy monsoon rains lash western India, killing 16

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 1:40am

At least 16 people have been killed this week in heavy monsoon rains that have lashed western India, including the desert state of Rajasthan, with more than 24,000 villagers evacuated to higher ground, officials said Tuesday.

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.

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.