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Russia: Don't blame Syria for chemical attack without visit

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 6:31pm

Russia says the United States and its Western allies rushed to judgment and blamed the Syrian government for using sarin nerve gas in an attack on an opposition-held town in Syria without ever visiting the site and ignoring two witnesses presented by Damascus.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 5:49pm

President Donald Trump said he was "hearing good things" on health care hours after the Senate rejected legislation he backed that would repeal major portions of former President Barack Obama's health care law. Speaking at a jobs announcement at the White House, Trump praised Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson for his support of the measure, adding: "I think we're doing OK, Ron. I'm hearing good things."

Venezuela leader's foes levy new sanctions and fresh strike

Michael Weissenstein, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 5:22pm

Opponents of President Nicolas Maduro at home and abroad tried again Wednesday to pressure the socialist leader into halting his plans to rewrite Venezuela's constitution though there was no public sign their efforts were working.

The Latest: UN chief urges no provocative action, restraint

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 5:22pm

The Latest on the escalation in Israel and the Palestinian territories over a contested Jerusalem holy site (all times local):

Boko Haram ambushes oil convoy in Nigeria, killing 10

Ismail Alfa Abdulrahim and Haruna Umar, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 4:14pm

Boko Haram extremists ambushed an oil exploration convoy in northern Nigeria, killing at least 10 people and abducting several others who were later rescued, officials said Wednesday. They said insurgents also had been killed, but gave no numbers.

Congo rebel leader, wanted for crimes, surrenders

Saleh Mwanamilongo and Carley Petesch, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 3:57pm

The founder and leader of a Congo rebel group who is wanted for crimes against humanity surrendered Wednesday in the country's North Kivu province, the United Nations mission in Congo said.

2 Germans peacekeepers dead in helicopter crash in Mali

Baba Ahmed, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 3:57pm

A U.N. peacekeeping helicopter crashed Wednesday in the desert in northern Mali and two German peacekeepers were killed, U.N. officials said.

Wildfires threaten French Riviera, inadequate aircraft cited

Claude Paris, Nadine Achoui-Lesage and Barry Hatton, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 3:43pm

Backed by planes dropping water and fire retardant, more than 1,000 firefighters battled wildfires Wednesday that billowed smoke into the sky over France's southern Cote d'Azur coast and forced the evacuation of at least 12,000 people.

The Latest: Poor visibility hurts wildfire fight in Portugal

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 2:23pm

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

The Latest: Man slain at protest in western Venezuela

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 2:02pm

The latest on Venezuela, where a two-day national strike has been called beginning Wednesday to protest President Nicolas Maduro's plans to rewrite the country's constitution (all times local):

Rolling Stone cover asks why can't Canada PM be US president

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 1:02pm

Rolling Stone magazine has put liberal Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on the cover of its latest issue and asks: "Why Can't He Be Our President?"

Ukraine strips citizenship of ex-Georgia leader Saakashvili

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 1:02pm

Ukraine's president has rescinded the citizenship of Mikheil Saakashvili, the former president of Georgia who moved to Ukraine to become leader of one of its most corruption-plagued regions and later resigned, the country's migration service announced Wednesday.

Top EU court moves to restore Hamas terror listing

Mike Corder, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 12:41pm

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 sent the case back to the lower court for reconsideration.

Maronites can return to Cyprus villages held by Turkish army

Menelaos Hadjicostis, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 12:31pm

Turkish Cypriot authorities in the breakaway north of ethnically divided Cyprus said Wednesday they have lifted restrictions on Maronite Christians reclaiming homes and property in villages that have been under Turkish military control for over four decades.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump misfires on Mideast

Zeina Karam, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 11:53am

President Donald Trump is not up to speed on who's fighting whom in the Middle East.

Afghan forces rescue 2 abducted Pakistani diplomats

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 11:53am

Pakistan's foreign ministry says Afghan forces have rescued two Pakistani diplomats who were abducted in Afghanistan last month.

Poles protest EU comments and govt moves against top court

Vanessa Gera, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 11:22am

The European Union's executive remains open to triggering sanctions against Poland for limiting judicial independence despite the Polish president's veto of parts of a controversial legal overhaul, a top EU official said Wednesday.

UN urges Congo to hold elections by Dec. 31 deadline

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 11:22am

The U.N. Security Council urged Congo's government on Wednesday to swiftly implement an agreement to hold presidential elections by the end of the year, warning that failure to do so will increase the risk of insecurity and instability in the country and the region.

UN says 80 percent of Yemeni children need humanitarian aid

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 11:11am

Three U.N agencies say nearly 80 percent of Yemeni children need immediate humanitarian assistance amid the collapse of the country's health system in the face of the two-year-long civil war.