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After rescue, Thai soccer boys pray for fortune at temple

Tassanee Vejpongsa and Kaweewit Kaewjinda, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 1:24am

The Thai soccer boys and their coach began their first day back home with their families since they were rescued from a flooded cave with a trip to a Buddhist temple on Thursday to pray for protection from misfortunes.

Macedonian PM reveals question for referendum on name change

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 1:18am

Macedonia's prime minister has announced the question his country's citizens will face in a referendum this fall on a recent deal with Greece changing the country's name to "North Macedonia".

In Syria, evacuation underway of pro-government villages

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 1:09am

Syrian state media are reporting that over 7,000 people from two pro-government villages in the country's northwest besieged by the rebels for three years have started to leave their homes.

Rights group details lead-up to Myanmar attacks on Rohingya

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 12:58am

The Myanmar military has systematically prepared for attacks on Rohingya Muslims, confiscating knives and other sharp-edged tools, arming and training non-Muslim civilians and forcing Rohingya families to remove protective fencing from around their homes, the independent group Fortify Rights said Thursday.

Rescuers find 9 bodies after 2 buildings collapse in India

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 11:37pm

Rescuers found nine bodies as they almost finished clearing a mound of rubble after the collapse of two multistory buildings east of New Delhi, an official said Thursday.

Under Assad's grip, uneasy co-existence with Syria ex-rebels

Bassem Mroue, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 11:24pm

Former Syrian rebel commander Omar Melhem has nearly come full circle.

The Latest: Thai soccer boys attend religious ceremony

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 9:13pm

The Latest on Thai youth soccer players and their coach who were rescued after being trapped in a cave (all times local):

Mexico electoral authority issues $10 million fine

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 6:37pm

Mexico's electoral authority has levied a $10 million fine on the party of President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador for allegedly establishing a trust fund for victims of last year's earthquake that had unusual movement of funds.

In battle for Putin's affections, cupid favors Xi over Trump

Yanan Wang, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 6:33pm

In the race to woo Vladimir Putin, China's Xi Jinping is beating Donald Trump.

Thai boys recount cave rescue: Voices in dark, then 'hello'

Tassanee Vejpongsa and Kaweewit Kaewjinda, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 5:17pm

Trapped in the recesses of a flooded cave, the 12 boys and their soccer coach were trying to dig their way out when they heard voices in the darkness. Their coach quickly told everyone to be quiet.

Japan's Princess Mako sees Rio's Christ the Redeemer statue

Beatrice Christofaro, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 5:14pm

Japan's Princess Mako has visited Rio de Janeiro's iconic Christ the Redeemer statue to celebrate 110 years of immigration from her country to Brazil, home to the largest Japanese diaspora in the world.

Djibouti asks UN help to end border dispute with Eritrea

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 4:50pm

Djibouti is asking Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to help peacefully resolve a border dispute with Eritrea following the recent end to that nation's 20-year border dispute with Ethiopia.

Mexico: Self-defense militia boss cleared of weapons charges

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 4:39pm

The lawyer for a self-defense movement leader in Mexico is hailing his client's acquittal on charges of illegal weapons possession.

Palestinians protest US visa denial to experts to come to UN

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 3:53pm

The Palestinians are protesting the U.S. refusal to grant visas to six experts from the prime minister's office to come to the United Nations to present a report on Palestinian implementation of U.N. goals for 2030.

As state of emergency ends, Turkey mulls new terror laws

Suzan Fraser, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 3:35pm

As Turkey's two-year state of emergency comes to an end, the government is set to introduce new anti-terrorism laws it says are needed to deal with continued security threats. The opposition insists the laws are just as oppressive as the emergency powers they will replace.

Brazil reports at least 744 infected with measles

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 3:01pm

Brazil's Health Ministry says at least 744 people have been infected with measles in a growing outbreak linked to cases imported from neighboring Venezuela.

Russia: Greece taking part in 'dirty provocations' for NATO

Angela Charlton and Derek Gatopoulos, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 2:59pm

Russia stepped up its criticism of Greece over the expulsion of two of its diplomats, accusing the Greek government Wednesday of participating in "dirty provocations" around Macedonia's plan to become a NATO member.

Mere gun lover, or Siberian spy? Maria Butina's curious path

Angela Charlton, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 2:33pm

Maria Butina seemed destined for bigger things than her Siberian outpost of a hometown. In her early 20s, she built a budding political career, a mini furniture empire and a Russian gun rights movement — and she's now in jail on suspicion of spying on the United States.

Mexico president-elect gives "blank check" for peace

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 18th - 1:57pm

Mexico's future interior secretary says President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has given her "a blank check" to seek ways to pacify the violence-wracked country.