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Vietnamese activist sentenced to 9 years in prison

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 6:00am

A Vietnamese court on Tuesday sentenced an activist to nine years in prison on charges of producing videos that defamed the country's leadership, in the latest crackdown on dissent.

Closing arguments start in marathon German far-right trial

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 5:46am

Prosecutors started closing arguments in Germany's biggest neo-Nazi murder trial on Tuesday after more than four years of evidence.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 5:46am

President Donald Trump says "we will soon see whether or not Republicans are willing to step up to the plate!" on health care. Trump has been pressuring Senate Republicans to vote on a health care bill "after 7 years of talking." Trump says on Twitter Tuesday morning that Obamacare is "torturing" Americans. He says "I have pen in hand" to sign a bill and is urging a vote either to repeal, or to repeal and replace the Obama law.

Lawyers in Charlie Gard case to be back in UK court

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 5:46am

Lawyers in the case involving critically ill infant Charlie Gard are to returning to Britain's High Court for a hearing, a day after the baby's parents said they were dropping their long legal battle to get him experimental treatment.

President Erdogan ramps up rhetoric ahead of Turkey-EU talks

Mike Corder, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 5:40am

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ramped up his anti-Western rhetoric Tuesday ahead of a meeting between his foreign minister and top European Union officials, saying the era of a submissive Turkey bowing to every Western demand is over.

Australia minister quits Cabinet because he might be Italian

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 5:30am

An Australian government minister has quit the Cabinet because his mother told him he might be Italian and therefore ineligible to be a lawmaker.

Russia, China hold naval exercise in Baltic

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 5:30am

Ships of the Russian and Chinese navies have begun exercises in the Baltic Sea, watched from afar by neighboring NATO countries uneasy about Russia's growing military assertiveness.

Hungary: 3 Romanians killed, 6 injured in minibus crash

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 5:20am

Police say two women and a man were killed when a minibus crashed into the back of a truck that had stopped on the shoulder on a Hungarian highway.

Polish president signs 1 of 3 contested laws on judiciary

Monika Scislowska, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 5:01am

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.

Lawmakers accuse Japan's Abe of false testimony in scandal

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 4:49am

Japanese lawmakers questioned Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in parliament for a second day Tuesday about a cronyism scandal, with some opposition members accusing him of testifying falsely a day earlier when he denied using his influence to help a friend.

China fires back at US accusations over aerial encounter

Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 4:49am

China on Tuesday denied its fighter jet pilots operated dangerously during an encounter with a U.S. surveillance plane in international airspace in which the American pilot took evasive action to avoid a possible collision.

Reporter Q&A: A look at Duterte's state of the nation speech

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 4:49am

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte delivered his second state of the nation speech to a joint session of Congress on Monday, vowing to continue his bloody war on illegal drugs despite international and domestic criticism. The tough-talking president also insisted he would not hold peace talks with communist rebels because of continuing attacks.

2 men in critical condition after fatal Cyprus boat accident

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 4:49am

A Cyprus police spokesman says two men, a Greek Cypriot and a Chinese national, are being treated in critical condition after a boating accident that killed a Chinese woman.

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.

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.