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Summer storm hits Istanbul, causing floods and traffic jams

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 10:35am

A severe summer storm has hit Istanbul, with reports of heavy rains flooding the Turkish city's streets and underpasses and hail damaging windows and knocking down trees.

Iran claims launch of satellite-carrying rocket into space

Amir Vahdat and Adam Schreck, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 10:13am

Iran successfully launched its most advanced satellite-carrying rocket into space, the country's state media reported on Thursday, in what is likely the most significant step yet for the launch vehicle.

Ethiopia to give ID cards to Rastafarians long stateless

Elias Meseret, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 10:13am

Ethiopia will issue national identity cards for the nearly 1,000 Rastafarians who long have been seen as stateless in the East African nation, the government announced Thursday.

Judge approves plan for Charlie Gard to be sent to hospice

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 10:13am

A British judge ordered Thursday that critically ill infant Charlie Gard should be moved from a hospital to a hospice, where he will "inevitably" die within a short time.

The Latest: Italy PM: Fears for migrants in Libya resolvable

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 9:58am

The Latest on Europe's response to the large numbers of migrants and refugees trying to reach the continent (all times local):

Israel's Netanyahu calls for death penalty for Palestinian who killed 3 Israelis in attack on West Bank settlement

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 9:58am

Israel's Netanyahu calls for death penalty for Palestinian who killed 3 Israelis in attack on West Bank settlement.

UN: Cyprus rivals need to keep commitment to reunification

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 9:51am

The U.N. Security Council has unanimously approved a resolution encouraging Greek and Turkish Cypriots "to sustain their commitment" to reunifying the divided Mediterranean island following the collapse of talks earlier this month.

AP Count: Death toll in Venezuela civil unrest hits 100

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 9:41am

An AP tally of official reports shows that the death toll in nearly 4 months of civil unrest in Venezuela has reached 100.

US-backed Syrian fighters now control almost half of IS city

Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 9:41am

U.S.-backed Syrian fighters have captured almost half of the Islamic State group's de facto capital of Raqqa, but the push into the city in northern Syria has slowed due to stiff resistance and large amounts of explosives planted by the extremists, a spokeswoman for the fighters and monitors said Thursday.

Moldova court nixes vote on increasing president's powers

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 9:35am

Moldova's Constitutional Court has ruled that a referendum that planned to ask voters whether the country's pro-Russian president should have greater powers is unconstitutional.

The Latest: Portugal makes progress on 5-day-old wildfire

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 9:11am

The Latest on the wildfires blazing in France and elsewhere in Europe (all times local):

Pakistan arrests head of village council over girl's rape

Shazia Bhatti and Iram Asim, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 9:11am

Police on Thursday arrested the head of a village council in central Pakistan for allegedly sanctioning the rape of a teenage girl, a police spokeswoman said, as Amnesty International urged for a ban on such village councils that incite to crimes against women.

Report: Kashmir militant to head al-Qaida-linked group

Aijaz Hussain, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 9:11am

An al-Qaida-linked propaganda network announced Thursday that a militant leader in the Indian-controlled portion of Kashmir will head a new group that will fight against Indian rule in the disputed region.

French crews tame dramatic wildfire on Mediterranean coast

Thomas Adamson and Nadine Achoui-Lesage, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 9:01am

French firefighters have tamed one of the fiercest blazes to break out during four days of wildfires in the country's southeast Mediterranean coast that led to the evacuation of more than 12,000 people.

Poacher in DiCaprio documentary acquitted of several charges

Sylivester Domasa, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 8:01am

A Tanzanian poacher who was a subject of a documentary co-produced by Leonardo DiCaprio has been acquitted of several wildlife trafficking charges, though he is in prison for a related crime.

Q&A: A look at why the Taliban seem to be unstoppable

Kathy Gannon, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 7:57am

In the last week, the Taliban have overrun two districts in the north and west of the capital Kabul, temporarily cut a key highway linking the city to the north and staged a suicide bombing targeting government workers — many of whom represented the new, educated generation on whom the hopes for Afghanistan's future are pinned.

Indonesian expert tapped as new head of UN Myanmar team

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 7:16am

A prominent Indonesian human rights expert has been appointed the new chairman of a U.N. fact-finding mission to Myanmar, which the government has said it will bar from entering.

Italy ponders Libyan request for help in fight trafficking

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 6:55am

Italian Premier Paolo Gentiloni says sending Italian naval units to help Libya's coast guard could be a "turning point" in combating migrant trafficking.

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 8:40 a.m. EDT

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 6:49am

Senate Republicans are lowering their expectations on repealing and replacing "Obamacare." They're making plans to try to pass a narrowly focused bill undoing just a few of the most unpopular elements of Barack Obama's landmark healthcare reform law. After successive failed votes on other plans, Republicans are coming to believe that what's being called a "skinny repeal" may be the only thing that can pass and keep the process moving. And it's not even clear if that will pass.