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South Sudan president replaces rival as vice president

Jason Patinkin, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 26th - 5:40am

South Sudan's president on Tuesday replaced his deputy and opposition leader Riek Machar, who fled into hiding this month amid renewed clashes with government forces. The move threatens an already fragile peace deal in a country ravaged by civil war.

Northeast India rains kill 7, force 1.2 million from homes

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 26th - 5:31am

Heavy rains and floods have killed at least seven people and forced around 1.2 million to leave their water-logged homes in India's northeastern state of Assam.

German who killed 2 young boys sentenced to life in prison

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 26th - 5:31am

A court near Berlin on Tuesday convicted a 33-year-old German security guard of kidnapping, abusing and murdering two small boys — including a child refugee — and sentenced the man to life in prison.

The Latest: Archbishop of Rouen: Slain priest was 84

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 26th - 5:20am

The Latest on the hostage-taking in the French region of Normandy. (all times local):

Obama aide to China: S. China Sea tensions should be reduced

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 26th - 5:11am

A senior U.S. government official says National Security Adviser Susan Rice told Chinese officials that countries should work to reduce tensions in the South China Sea, but that the U.S. would continue to carry out military operations there that have angered Beijing.

Kerry says N. Korea should learn from Iran, end nuclear arms

Vijay Joshi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 26th - 5:10am

North Korea's pursuit of nuclear weapons — when the world is trying to rid itself of them — is "very provocative and deeply concerning," U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday, warning that there will be consequences if it does not stop.

Indonesia readies prison island for drug convict executions

Niniek Karmini, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 26th - 5:00am

Indonesia has beefed up security at Nusa Kambangan prison island as authorities prepare to execute people convicted of drug crimes for the third time since President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo was elected in 2014.

Afghan official says major offensive against IS underway

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 26th - 4:50am

An Afghan official says a military offensive has been launched against the Islamic State group in the country's far eastern region.

German officials vow more checking of migrants after attacks

Kirsten Grieshaber, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 26th - 4:50am

Top security officials in Germany called Tuesday for tougher security screening of asylum-seekers and also announced that more police officers will be hired following four attacks in the country in the span of a week — two of them claimed by the extremist Islamic State group.

Letter foretold Japan rampage that killed 19 disabled people

Mari Yamaguchi and Yuri Kageyama, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 26th - 4:50am

A young Japanese man went on a stabbing rampage Tuesday at a facility for the mentally disabled where he had been fired, officials said, killing 19 people months after he gave a letter to Parliament outlining the bloody plan and saying all disabled people should be put to death.

Italian rightwing leader compares female pol to blow-up doll

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 26th - 4:40am

The outspoken leader of Italy's right-wing, anti-EU Northern League party has refused to apologize for comparing the lower house speaker to a blow-up sex doll.

The Latest: Prosecutors look at accomplices in Ansbach

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 26th - 4:30am

The Latest on a series of attacks in Germany (all times local):

2 Turkish generals, former Istanbul governor detained

Suzan Fraser, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 26th - 4:30am

Two Turkish generals serving in Afghanistan and a former Istanbul governor have been detained as part of a crackdown in the wake of Turkey's July 15 failed coup.

Slovenia says 12 migrants found on cargo ship from Turkey

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 26th - 3:50am

Slovenian police say they have found 12 migrants hidden on a cargo ship from Turkey.

2 suicide car bombs near UN offices kill 13 in Somalia

Abdi Guled, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 26th - 3:50am

Two suicide bombers detonated explosives-laden cars on Tuesday outside the U.N. Mine Action Service offices and a Somali army checkpoint in Mogadishu, killing 13 people, including seven U.N. guards, Somali police officials said.

UN weather agency: 54 Celsius in Kuwait may be Asian record

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 26th - 3:40am

The U.N. weather agency says it suspects a 54-degree Celsius (129.2 Fahrenheit) temperature recorded in Kuwait has set a record for the eastern hemisphere.

Conservation work completed on Auschwitz barracks

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 26th - 3:30am

The Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum says conservation work has been completed on half of a wooden barracks that housed prisoners at the former Nazi German death camp during World War II.

Palestinians to sue Britain over 1917 pledge on Jewish state

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 26th - 3:20am

The Palestinian president says he will sue Great Britain over the 1917 Balfour Declaration and its support for a Jewish national home in the Holy Land.

Spanish king meets with parties in new bid to break deadlock

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 26th - 3:20am

Spain's king has begun meeting party leaders with the aim of selecting one to try to form a government and avoid a third election, but no candidate appears to have enough parliamentary backing to do so.