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China gives villager death sentence over massacre of 19

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 5:30am

A court in southwest China said Friday it has sentenced to death a man who killed 19 people, including his parents and several other relatives, in a bloody rampage with a pickaxe.

Authorities seize 3 tons of pangolin scales in Ivory Coast

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 5:03am

Authorities in Ivory Coast say they have seized some three tons of scales from pangolins, the world's most heavily trafficked mammal.

A look at alleged Russian cybercriminals arrested in Europe

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 5:01am

Five alleged Russian cybercriminals have been arrested across Europe in American-initiated operations in the past nine months. Here's a look at who they are, how they were caught and what they're accused of doing.

The Latest: Iranians hold anti-Israel protest in Tehran

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 4:55am

The Latest on developments at a contested shrine in Jerusalem (all times local):

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 6:40 a.m. EDT

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 4:47am

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has taken comfort in the defeat in the Senate of a Republican-pushed measure aimed at scaling back, or partially repealing, former President Back Obama's Affordable Care Act. In a statement following defeat of the measure on a 49-51 vote, the California Democrat says, "The American people have spoken loud and clear against the higher costs and monstrous cruelty of Trumpcare."

Indonesia watchdog says execution of Nigerian was unlawful

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 4:21am

Indonesia's state watchdog said Friday the execution last year of a Nigerian man for drug offenses should not have been carried out and was the result of institutional negligence.

Pakistani court disqualifies PM on allegation of corruption

Munir Ahmed and Zarar Khan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 4:11am

A five-judge panel of Pakistan's Supreme Court on Friday disqualified thrice-elected Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from holding office over allegations of corruption against him and his family.

'Big hunt' for Russian hackers, but no obvious election link

Howard Amos, Raphael Satter and Aritz Parra, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 3:39am

Pyotr Levashov appeared to be just another comfortable member of Russia's rising middle-class — an IT entrepreneur with a taste for upmarket restaurants, Thai massages and foreign travel.

Nepal woodcarvers inspired to restore quake-toppled temples

Niranjan Shrestha, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 3:39am

In the rubble of Nepal's 2015 earthquake, a team of dedicated woodworkers is finding inspiration to recreate what was lost.

An official says two adolescents are in custody on suspicion of arson over the wildfires in the southeast of France

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 3:39am

An official says two adolescents are in custody on suspicion of arson over the wildfires in the southeast of France.

Russia's Foreign Ministry orders number of US diplomats cut, seizes recreational retreat in response to U.S. sanctions.

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 3:39am

Russia's Foreign Ministry orders number of US diplomats cut, seizes recreational retreat in response to U.S. sanctions.

Sessions says he's staying, will fight for Trump's agenda

Sadie Gurman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 3:21am

His loyalty to the boss severely tested but seemingly intact, Attorney General Jeff Sessions says he will stay in the job for as long as President Donald Trump wants him to serve.

Suspected Afghan Taliban member indicted in Germany

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 3:20am

German prosecutors have filed terrorism and murder charges against a suspected member of Afghanistan's Taliban whom they accuse of participating in an attack in which an American soldier was killed.

Japan defense minister quits over peacekeepers' cover-up

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 2:51am

Japan's defense minister resigned Friday, saying she accepted the responsibility for a cover-up in which her ministry concealed records of Japanese U.N. peacekeepers' activities and dangers they faced in South Sudan.

New Zealand warns against synthetic marijuana after 9 deaths

Nick Perry, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 12:00am

New Zealand officials on Friday were urging people to stop smoking synthetic marijuana after finding nine people had died after using the drug this month in the nation's largest city.

Duterte says only empty tribal schools would be bombed

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 11:14pm

The Philippine president said his threat to launch airstrikes against tribal schools because they allegedly teach subversion would apply only when the buildings are empty, a clarification that still raised concern he was advocating a war crime.

China closes east seas for military drills but says little

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 10:41pm

China has closed off a swath of ocean off its east coast for military activities, but has said little about what the exercises entail.

Deaths in Venezuela unrest hit 103 as polarizing vote nears

Fabiola Sanchez and Christine Armario, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 10:12pm

Days before a polarizing vote to start rewriting its constitution, Venezuela is convulsing to a rhythm of daytime strikes and nocturnal clashes. Five deaths reported from violence in the 24 hours through late Thursday drove the death toll from nearly four months of unrest above 100.

Brazil defense minister: Troops to fight violence in Rio

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 10:11pm

Brazil's defense minister said Thursday that the military will take an increasingly aggressive role in fighting drug trafficking in Rio de Janeiro.