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Official: 26 Afghan soldiers killed in Taliban assault

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

An Afghan official says 26 soldiers have been killed in a blistering Taliban assault on an Afghan National Security base in southern Kandahar province.

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 5:40 a.m. EDT

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 3:44am

The Senate has taken initial votes on the Republican effort to demolish the Obama health care law. Where it ends up is anyone's guess. But the early indication is the GOP will have a hard time approving sweeping changes in President Barack Obama's statute. That's because the Senate voted 57-43 late Tuesday against a wide-ranging proposal by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to rewrite Obama's law _ a vote that saw nine GOP defections.

Chief Justice Roberts: Technology poses challenge for court

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 3:44am

U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts says he thinks rapidly advancing technology poses one of the biggest challenges for the high court.

The Latest: 1,700 firefighters tackling Portugal wildfires

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 3:44am

The Latest on wildfires in southern France and Portugal (all times local):

Judge set to decide on Charlie Gard's last days

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 3:34am

A British judge is set to rule on where Charlie Gard, a baby with a rare genetic disease, will spend the last days of his life.

President says Iran will 'respond' if US missile law passes

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

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani says his country will respond if U.S. legislation imposing sanctions on people involved in Iran's ballistic missile program becomes law.

At least 5 dead in building collapse in Nigeria's Lagos

Sunday Alamba, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 3:17am

A four-story residential building collapsed in Nigeria's largest city and killed at least five people, emergency officials in Lagos said Wednesday.

Philippines: N. Korea's top diplomat to join security summit

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 3:17am

Philippine officials say North Korea's top diplomat will be attending an annual Asian security conference next week in Manila where concern over the North's nuclear weapons program is expected to be high on the agenda.

Death toll in building collapse in India rises to 17

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 3:17am

The death toll in a building collapse in the western Indian city of Mumbai rose to 17 Wednesday, a day after the accident occurred, the fire department said.

Top EU court says it was wrong to end Hamas terror listing

Mike Corder, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 3:08am

The European Union's top court ruled Wednesday that Islamic militant group Hamas should stay on the EU terror list, saying a lower court should not have ordered the group removed from the EU's terror list and sending the case back to the lower court for reconsideration.

Boko Haram ambushes oil convoy in Nigeria, killing soldiers

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 3:08am

Authorities in northern Nigeria say roughly 10 military personnel have been killed and a similar number of university workers are unaccounted for after Boko Haram extremists attacked their convoy.

Rights groups ask Duterte to retract threat to bomb schools

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 3:00am

Human rights groups asked the Philippine president Wednesday to retract a threat to order airstrikes against tribal schools he accused of teaching students to become communist rebels, warning such an attack would constitute a war crime.

Russian diplomat: new US sanctions won't help to mend ties

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 3:00am

A senior Russian diplomat said Wednesday a new package of U.S. sanctions against Russia harms chances for improving the ties between the two countries, pushing them into "unchartered territory."

Fires force evacuation of 10,000 in 3 French Riviera towns

Claude Paris, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 2:50am

Authorities ordered the evacuation of 10,000 people as fires hopscotched around the Riviera for a third day Wednesday, tearing through the forest of La Londe-les-Maures.

Spain's Rajoy testifies as witness in major graft trial

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 2:30am

Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is standing Wednesday as a witness in a major trial of some 40 people accused of involvement in a kickbacks-for-contracts scheme that helped finance his ruling Popular Party.

2 Moroccan peacekeepers killed in Central African Republic

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 1:54am

The U.N. peacekeeping mission in Central African Republic says two Moroccan peacekeepers have been killed in a southeastern town where another Moroccan was killed on Sunday.

Maldives urged to restore parliament's independence

Bharatha Mallawarachi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 1:30am

Outside governments on Wednesday asked the Maldives to restore its legislature's independence, days after the opposition said parliament was locked down on orders from the president in an attempt to prevent a vote to impeach the parliamentary speaker.

AP Interview: China to lead in organ transplants by 2020

Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 1:20am

China is on track to lead the world in organ transplant surgeries by 2020 following its abandonment of the much-criticized practice of using organs from executed prisoners, the architect of the country's transplant program said Wednesday.

Senior Muslim official: Worshippers won't return to Jerusalem shrine until Israel removes new railings and cameras

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 1:14am

Senior Muslim official: Worshippers won't return to Jerusalem shrine until Israel removes new railings and cameras.