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Iraqi forces launch anti-IS operation north of Baghdad

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 20th - 7:50am

Iraq's military says its troops are partnering with security agencies and paramilitary forces to clear remnants of the Islamic State group north of Baghdad and surrounding areas.

Women, children among 10 dead in airstrikes in Afghanistan

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 20th - 7:22am

Afghan officials say at least 10 civilians have been killed in separate airstrikes by Afghan security forces in western Badghis province.

Hifter calls on youth to help with battle for Tripoli

Noha Elhennawy, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 20th - 6:25am

The commander of the self-styled Libyan National Army has called on young people in Tripoli to join its offensive to capture the capital from the U.N.- backed government based there amid warnings from the international community of military escalation and targeting of civilians.

Ahead of vote, Ukrainian museum shows 'election trash'

Yuras Karmanau, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 20th - 6:23am

A Darth Vader costume, playground equipment, pastries and boxes of food all are part of an exhibit at Ukraine's National History Museum displaying the colorful behavior and sometime-questionable practices that characterize the country's elections.

Sheila Dikshit, Delhi's longest-serving chief minister, dies

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 20th - 5:51am

Veteran Indian politician Sheila Dikshit, New Delhi's longest-serving chief minister, died on Saturday after a prolonged illness. She was 81.

Milan magistrate Borrelli, led '90s kickback probes, dies

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 20th - 4:38am

Francesco Saverio Borrelli, who as Milan chief prosecutor led the 1990s corruption probes which toppled Italy's long-ruling political class, has died. He was 89.

Spain's Socialists 'convinced' new government deal is near

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 20th - 4:12am

The No. 2 in Spain's Socialist Party says she is optimistic caretaker Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez will strike a last-minute deal with the far-left United We Can party to form a coalition government before next week's confidence vote.

Serbia's president says Kosovo PM's resignation is a 'trick'

Jovana Gec, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 20th - 3:48am

The surprise decision by Kosovo's prime minister to step down over a call for questioning from a Hague-based court has been slammed as a "political trick" by Serbia's president.

War-weakened South Sudan tries to prepare for Ebola

Sam Mednick, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 20th - 3:38am

With the deadly Ebola outbreak in Congo now an international emergency , neighboring South Sudan and its war-weakened health system is a major concern, especially after one case was confirmed near its border. Health experts say there is an urgent need to increase prevention efforts.

Hong Kong police seize explosives ahead of weekend protests

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 20th - 3:38am

Police in Hong Kong discovered a stash of a powerful homemade explosive as the semi-autonomous Chinese city readied for another major pro-democracy protest on Sunday.

Germany marks 75th anniversary of plot to kill Hitler

David Rising, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 20th - 2:30am

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has urged Europeans to confront populism, nationalism, racism and anti-Semitism as she paid tribute to the Nazi resistance in her own country.

Pakistan's northwest tribal areas hold 1st local polls

Riaz Khan, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 20th - 1:34am

Pakistan's northwestern tribal areas held their first-ever provincial elections Saturday, in a region on the Afghan border that was once a stronghold for the Taliban, al-Qaida and other militant groups.

Monsoon flooding death toll climbs to 164 in South Asia

Wasbir Hussain and Anupam Nath, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 20th - 1:18am

The death toll in monsoon flooding in South Asia has climbed past 160 as millions of people and animals continue to face the brunt in three countries, officials said Saturday.

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 12:40 p.m. EDT

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 10:41pm

The Algerian state oil and gas company Sonatrach says that the Iranian coast guard forced one of its tankers to head into Iranian waters before a confrontation ended. Algeria's state-run news agency APS, quoting Sonatrach, said Saturday the empty tanker "MESDAR" was forced into Iranian waters Friday night as it moved through the Strait of Hormuz.

Besieged Puerto Rico governor goes quiet amid protests

Michael Weissenstein, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 2:39pm

In the Spanish colonial fortress that serves as his official residence, Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló is under siege.

Guatemala's highest court blocks proposed amnesty law

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 2:39pm

Guatemala's highest court has ruled against a legislative proposal to grant amnesty for human rights abuses during the country's 1960-1996 civil war.

El Salvador files graft charges against ex-justice minister

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 2:17pm

Prosecutors on Friday accused a former minister of justice and public security of illicit enrichment and said they are seeking restitution of over $1 million in allegedly misappropriated government funds.

Pilot whales strand on Iceland beach in group of 50 or more

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 2:04pm

Tourists and a pilot on a helicopter sightseeing tour of Iceland have found dozens of dead whales on a remote beach in Iceland.

British foreign secretary says a second vessel has been seized by Iranian authorities in the Strait of Hormuz.

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 2:01pm

British foreign secretary says a second vessel has been seized by Iranian authorities in the Strait of Hormuz.