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The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 7:44am

The junior senator from Arizona says Sen. John McCain told him about his brain tumor only at the end of a telephone conversation, saying he was "feeling fine, but I might have some chemotherapy in my future." Sen. Jeff Flake says his colleague is "optimistic obviously. He's John McCain, that's what we'd expect."

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 7:21am

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.

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.

The Latest: Europe rights body condemns activists' arrests

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

The Latest on relations between Turkey and Germany (all times local):

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.

Saudi prince arrested after videos appear to show abuse

Aya Batrawy, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 6:41am

A Saudi prince has been arrested after a video emerged online purporting to show him abusing someone and pointing a rifle at another.

Some 250 residents join US-trained security force for Raqqa

Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 6:31am

Some 250 residents of Syria's Raqqa province Thursday became the latest batch to graduate from a brief U.S. training course, part of an internal security force to hold and secure areas as they are captured from Islamic State group militants.

Germany cautions citizens on Turkey after activist jailed

Geir Moulson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 6:31am

Germany on Thursday told all citizens traveling to Turkey to exercise caution following the jailing of a human rights activist, which the foreign minister said shows that "every German citizen in Turkey" could suffer the same fate.

Polish lawmakers to vote on law to control top court

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

A Polish parliamentary commission has summarily rejected 1,300 opposition amendments to a bill reorganizing the nation's top court and has sent it back to lawmakers for a vote.

The Latest: Israel military says Palestinian attacker killed

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 6:01am

The Latest on developments in Israel (all times local):

Venezuela's Maduro, foes head into crucial showdown

Michael Weissenstein and Jorge Rueda, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 5:51am

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and his opponents face a crucial showdown Thursday as the country's opposition calls the first national strike since a 2002 stoppage that failed to topple Maduro's predecessor Hugo Chavez.

India ready for talks with China on border standoff

Ashok Sharma, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 5:51am

India said Thursday it is ready to hold talks with China if both sides pull back their forces to end a standoff along a disputed territory high in the Himalayan mountains.

UK archives show Churchill blocked release of Nazi memos

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 5:41am

Britain's National Archives have released records showing then Prime Minister Winston Churchill's attempts to cover up a Nazi plot to collaborate with members of the British royal family.