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Angola's president returns from Spain amid health concerns

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 9:11am

Angolan media say President Jose Eduardo dos Santos has returned to the country from Spain, where he has received medical treatment this year.

Venezuela's Maduro, foes head into crucial showdown

Michael Weissenstein and Fabiola Sanchez, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 8:51am

Large swaths of Venezuela's capital were shuttered and silent Thursday as opponents of President Nicolas Maduro called the first major national strike since a 2002 stoppage that failed to topple Maduro's predecessor Hugo Chavez.

Polish lawmakers OK law on political control of top court

Monika Scislowska, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 8:51am

Polish lawmakers voted Thursday to approve a contentious law that gives control of the nation's Supreme Court to the president instead of to judges, sparking new protests outside parliament in Warsaw.

Kuwait shuts Iran cultural mission, expels some diplomats

Hussain Al-Qatari, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 8:51am

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

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The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 8:43am

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says cancer-stricken Sen. John McCain "has never shied away from a fight" and will "confront this challenge with the same extraordinary courage that has characterized his entire life." McConnell says he hopes McCain will be back in the Senate in the very near future.

Russian president pays visit to one of his fiercest critics

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 8:41am

President Vladimir Putin has paid a rare visit to a Russian human rights icon to congratulate her on her 90th birthday.

The Latest: Poland opposition slams contentious court bill

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 8:41am

The Latest on Poland's parliamentary vote (all times local):

Bus falls into gorge in north Indian hill state, killing 28

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 8:21am

An inter-city bus plunged into a deep gorge in a northern Indian hill state on Thursday, killing 28 people and injuring 10 others, officials said.

Fidget spinners as campaign goodies? Russia probes claims

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 8:01am

Russian authorities are investigating fidget spinners after state television reported that opposition activists are using them to attract supporters.

Duterte flies to besieged city, warns of other attacks

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 8:01am

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.

The Latest: Hamas calls for 'day of rage' over holy site

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 7:51am

The Latest on the dispute over increased Israeli security measures at a Jerusalem holy site that were imposed after Palestinian gunmen killed two police there (all times local):

Parents of US reporter missing in Syria believe he is alive

Bassem Mroue, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 7:21am

The parents of an American journalist who has been missing in Syria for the past five years said on Thursday that they believe he is still alive — and that the U.S. and Syrian governments have assured them they are doing all they can to secure his safe release.

Lawyer: Russian programmer sought by US is political victim

Aritz Parra, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 7:21am

The lawyer defending a Russian computer programmer arrested in Spain says flaws in the extradition request by the United States signal a political motivation behind the prosecution.

Watchdog renews calls for Lebanese probe in Syrian deaths

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 7:00am

An international watchdog has renewed its calls for an independent and transparent investigation into the recent deaths of at least four Syrians in Lebanese army custody, as well as allegations of torture and ill-treatment of the detained.

Israel and Palestinians dig in over Jerusalem site security

Aron Heller, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 6:51am

Israelis and Palestinians dug in over new security measures at a contested Jerusalem shrine after a deadly attack there, as international efforts were underway to try and stave off a major conflagration after Muslim clerics called for mass protests at the site on Friday.

Kenya court says Dubai firm can print presidential ballot

Tom Odula, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 6:51am

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.

Court convicts more than 40 in Rome corruption trial

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 6:51am

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.

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.