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The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 2:46pm

Republicans are weighing how to deploy President Donald Trump in the high-stakes debate over health care. Trump has a unique ability to command and control attention. But some Republicans privately bemoan his thin grasp of the bill's principles, and worry that his difficulty staying on message might do more harm than good.

The Latest: Syrian fire hits Golan during Netanyahu visit

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 2:40pm

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Greek authorities ban clashing police union, anarchist meets

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 2:12pm

Hoping to defuse a highly explosive mix in central Athens, Greek authorities have banned separate gatherings planned by police unionists and anarchists — both ostensibly themed against violence.

Israeli troops kill Palestinian who shot at them, army says

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 2:00pm

Israel's military says its forces have shot and killed a Palestinian who opened fire on them in the West Bank.

Iraqis fight house to house for costly victory in Mosul

Maya Alleruzzo, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 1:33pm

Gunfire echoes through the pockmarked streets as Maj. Ihab Jalil al-Aboudi's soldiers fight block by block for the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, occasionally pausing to help terrified families flee to safety across the rubble.

5 things to know about Venezuela's political crisis

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 1:25pm

Five things to know about Venezuela's escalating political crisis:

A look at key moments on the road to Mosul

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 1:25pm

The Islamic State group's hold on Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city, has shrunk to just two square kilometers (about one square mile). After more than eight months of some of the most intense fighting against the extremist group, Iraq's Prime Minister has pledged that victory is near.

Airstrike kills at least 15 in eastern Syria

Philip Issa, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 1:15pm

At least 15 people were killed in an airstrike in eastern Syria on Wednesday, activists said, in the second attack in three days reported to kill civilians in the Islamic State-held Euphrates River valley.

Italy threatens to close ports to NGO migrant rescue ships

Nicole Winfield and Lorne Cook, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 12:43pm

Italy threatened Wednesday to close its ports to aid groups rescuing migrants off Libya's coast as it struggles to cope with the highest rate of rescues this year, officials said.

Libyan official says gunmen capture, release 2 UN staffers

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

The deputy interior minister of Libya's internationally recognized government says a U.N. convoy was attacked by bandits on the road from Tunis to Tripoli, and that two U.N. staffers were briefly detained.

The Latest: Haley warns of stronger crackdown in Venezuela

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 12:03pm

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Stabbed London Bridge officer tells of fighting attackers

Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 11:25am

A British Transport Police officer who fought off three extremists in London's Borough Market with only a baton thought he was going to die after being stabbed multiple times.

Mattis says Syria's government taking US threat seriously

Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 11:16am

Syria's government is taking seriously the U.S. warning against launching another chemical weapons attack, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Wednesday.

Police raise likely death toll in London high-rise blaze

Gregory Katz and Caroline Spiezio, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 10:47am

The number of people killed or presumed dead in the London high-rise fire has inched up to 80, but the final death toll may not be known for months, British police said at a grim briefing Wednesday.

Police detain 6 IS suspects in Spain, Britain and Germany

Ciaran Giles, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 10:47am

Police on Wednesday arrested six suspected members of the Islamic State group, four in Spain and one each in Britain and Germany, Spain's Interior Ministry said.

Right-wing basks, leftists regroup after local vote in Italy

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 10:26am

Italy's ruling center-left Democratic Party is picking up the pieces after a weekend drubbing in local elections while former Premier Silvio Berlusconi is basking in his latest political rebound and an alliance with an anti-immigrant right-wing party.

Targeted Shiites take their protest to Pakistani capital

Kathy Gannon, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 10:16am

Battered by bombings that have killed scores of people, Pakistan's Shiite Muslims on Wednesday took their protests to the Pakistani capital. Meanwhile in the majority Shiite Kurram tribal region, thousands of residents have been staging daily sit-ins.

The Latest: 6-month-old baby among London fire dead

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 9:38am

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Philippine leader tells troops not to fear civilian deaths

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 9:27am

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte assured troops on Wednesday that he would protect them from any legal action if they accidently kill civilians while battling militants who have besieged a southern city.