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The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 15th - 10:40pm

Unidentified hackers have broken into the Twitter accounts of technology moguls, politicians, celebrities and major companies in an apparent Bitcoin scam. The ruse discovered Wednesday included bogus tweets from Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Mike Bloomberg and a number of tech billionaires including Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and Tesla CEO Elon Musk. The fake tweets offered to send $2,000 for every $1,000 sent to a bitcoin address. Twitter said it was aware of a “security incident impacting accounts on Twitter" and was working to fix it. The FBI also said it was aware of Twitter’s security breach, but declined further comment.

US backs France in standoff with Turkey over warships

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 15th - 2:57pm

The White House national security adviser says the U.S. is “very sympathetic” to France in its dispute with Turkey over a naval standoff in the Mediterranean Sea between the two NATO allies.

Okinawa urges US to do more to stop virus outbreak at bases

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 15th - 8:18am

The governor of the southern Japanese island of Okinawa urged the government on Wednesday to pressure the U.S. military to do more to stop an escalating coronavirus outbreak at American bases there that has infected more than 130 Marines.

France tourism: Disneyland, Eiffel Tower top floor reopen

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 15th - 3:47am

The French tourist industry received a further boost Wednesday with the partial reopening of Disneyland Paris and the opening up of the top floor of the Eiffel Tower.

Statue of Black protester replaces toppled UK slave trader

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 15th - 1:35am

An artist has erected a statue of a Black Lives Matter protester atop the plinth in the English city of Bristol formerly occupied by a statue of a slave trader.

Mongolian teenager dies of bubonic plague

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 14th - 11:22pm

A 15-year-old boy has died in western Mongolia of bubonic plague after eating an infected marmot, the country's health ministry announced.

Lives Lost: London's Hackney Marshes will miss head referee

Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 14th - 11:20pm

The best referees are largely invisible, maintaining order unobtrusively and letting the players decide the game. Their absence — when things can spin out of control — is often more obvious than when they are quietly going about their duties.

Man blamed for nearly half Sri Lanka virus cases speaks out

Bharatha Mallawarachi and Emily Schmall, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 14th - 10:36pm

For months he’s been anonymous, but now Prasad Dinesh, linked by Sri Lankan authorities to nearly half of the country's more than 2,600 coronavirus cases, is trying to clear his name, and shed some of the stigma of a heroin addiction at the root of his ordeal.

Mexico's president turns attention to cartel-plagued states

Mark Stevenson, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 14th - 10:02pm

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador is traveling to three of Mexico’s most violent states this week to counter what many call a “hands-off” strategy toward drug cartels that has exacerbated tensions with state governors.

Young activists, localists top Hong Kong pro-democracy polls

Zen Soo, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 14th - 9:58pm

Young activists and localist candidates dominated Hong Kong’s unofficial pro-democracy primaries over the weekend, with hundreds of thousands of people voting despite warnings the election could violate the territory's new security law imposed by Beijing.

Over 1 million marooned in Bangladesh as floods worsen

Julhas Alam, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 14th - 6:26pm

Heavy flooding is worsening in parts of Bangladesh, with over 1 million villagers marooned or leaving their homes for higher ground along with their cattle and other belongings, officials and volunteers said Tuesday.

South Africa surpasses the UK in confirmed coronavirus cases

Cara Anna, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 14th - 1:56pm

South Africa on Tuesday surpassed the U.K. in its number of confirmed coronavirus cases as the country's president warns of "the gravest crisis in the history of our democracy.”

South Africa surpasses the UK in confirmed coronavirus cases, according to the Health Ministry and Johns Hopkins data

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 14th - 1:50pm

South Africa surpasses the UK in confirmed coronavirus cases, according to the Health Ministry and Johns Hopkins data.

British journalist Jo Tuckman dies in Mexico after illness

Christopher Torchia, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 14th - 11:11am

Soon after arriving in Mexico in 2000, British journalist Jo Tuckman reported on what many Mexicans could scarcely have imagined: the election defeat of the political party that had governed autocratically for 71 years.

Jewish groups urge US to step up pressure on Jordan

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 14th - 10:27am

A coalition of Jewish American groups has called on the U.S. government to press Jordan to extradite a Palestinian woman who helped carry out a 2001 suicide bombing that killed 15 people, including two Americans, in Jerusalem.

Armenia-Azerbaijan border fighting escalates; 16 killed

Avet Demourian, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 14th - 7:43am

Armenia and Azerbaijan forces fought Tuesday with heavy artillery and drones, leaving at least 16 people killed on both sides, including an Azerbaijani general, in the worst outbreak of hostilities in years.

Ethiopia enters 3rd week of internet shutdown after unrest

Cara Anna, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 14th - 7:27am

Ethiopia is entering its third week without internet service for almost everyone after days of deadly unrest, as the government in Africa’s diplomatic and aviation hub says it’s trying to prevent speech that could further inflame ethnic tensions.

UN commission warns new Burundi leader needs watching

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 14th - 5:44am

A United Nations commission of inquiry warns that it will take more than a new president to reverse the trend of repression in the East African country of Burundi.

Japan: US military coronavirus policy has multiple problems

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 14th - 3:52am

Japan's defense minister said Tuesday that officials have discovered "a number of problems” with U.S. military measures to guard against the coronavirus among service members stationed in Japan after 95 Marines tested positive at several bases on the southern island of Okinawa.