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Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 12:40 a.m. EDT

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 10:46pm

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.

Maduro says helicopter fired on Venezuela's Supreme Court

Joshua Goodman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 10:33pm

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.

'Farm boy' from Iowa tasked with bridging US-China divisions

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 10:22pm

A self-described "farm boy from Iowa" has arrived as the new U.S. ambassador to China at a time of greater unpredictability in American foreign diplomacy under President Donald Trump.

US envoy: China should allow Nobel laureate treatment abroad

Matthew Brown, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 9:54pm

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.

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.

The Latest: Aid group fears for migrants at Italy border

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 1:00pm

The Latest on Europe's response to the large numbers of migrants and refugees trying to reach the continent (all times local):

Protests, looting, gov't offices burned in Venezuela

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 12:07pm

A total of 68 stores were looted and several government offices were burned following anti-government protests late Monday and Tuesday in the city of Maracay, west of Venezuela's capital of Caracas.

Amnesty International won't comply with Hungary NGO law

Pablo Gorondi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 11:25am

Amnesty International has joined a boycott of new, mandatory reporting rules for foreign-funded civic groups in Hungary, the group said Tuesday.