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Rights groups ask Duterte to retract threat to bomb schools

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 7:16am

Human rights groups asked the Philippine president on Wednesday to retract a threat of airstrikes against tribal schools he accused of teaching students to become communist rebels, warning that such attacks would constitute war crimes.

Pakistani police arrest 20 villagers over 'honor' rape

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 7:16am

Pakistani police say they have arrested 20 members of a village council over instructing a man to rape a 17-year-old girl to avenge the rape of his sister.

Floods hit northern Germany, force some evacuations

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 7:10am

Heavy rains led to flooding Wednesday in some parts of northern Germany, forcing some evacuations and prompting residents to pile sandbags in front of their homes to protect themselves from a swollen river.

European Commission keeps door open to sanctions on Poland

Vanessa Gera, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 7:04am

The European Commission said Wednesday it is keeping the door open to triggering sanctions against Poland for limiting judicial independence, despite the Polish president's surprise decision to veto parts of a controversial legal overhaul.

Tourists among 22 injured after boats collide in Puerto Rico

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 6:59am

Puerto Rico authorities say more than 20 people have been injured, three of them seriously, in a boat crash off the island's southwest coast.

Critic of Cambodian leader defiant in defamation trial

Sopheng Cheang, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 6:59am

A political analyst in Cambodia who faces up to two years in prison and a penalty of half a million dollars in a defamation case brought by Prime Minister Hun Sen took a defiant stance in court Wednesday, demanding that the leader confront him in person.

5 Indonesian provinces declare emergencies over forest fires

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 6:59am

Five Indonesian provinces have declared states of emergency as peatlands burn in Aceh and the risk of fires spreading elsewhere increases during the annual dry season.

The Latest: Police block journalists from parts of Old City

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 6:51am

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

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 6:42am

President Donald Trump is attacking a Republican senator who opposed moving forward with long-promised legislation to repeal and replace "Obamacare." Trump says on Twitter Wednesday that Sen. Lisa Murkowski, of Alaska, "really let the Republicans, and our country, down yesterday. Too bad!" Murkowski was one of two Republicans who on Tuesday voted against allowing debate of GOP legislation to repeal much of the Affordable Care Act.

Fires force evacuation of 12,000 in 3 French Riviera towns

Claude Paris, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 6:42am

French authorities ordered the evacuation of up to 12,000 people around a picturesque hilltop town in the southern Cote d'Azur region as fires hopscotched around the Mediterranean coast for a third day Wednesday.

Philippines: top N. Korean diplomat to join security meeting

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 6:30am

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

2 Moroccan peacekeepers killed in Central African Republic

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 6:30am

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 Sunday.

At least 8 dead in building collapse in Nigeria's Lagos

Sunday Alamba and Lekan Oyekanmi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 6:20am

A four-story residential building collapsed in Nigeria's largest city and killed at least eight people, including a child, emergency officials and an Associated Press photographer in Lagos said Wednesday.

UN says Congo military 'elements' dug dozens of mass graves

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 6:10am

The United Nations says Congo military "elements" are responsible for digging at least 42 mass graves in three Kasai provinces following clashes with alleged militia members in recent months.

US-Somalia mission detains suspected al-Shabab associate

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 5:50am

The U.S. military says a mission in Somalia has detained a suspected associate of the al-Shabab extremist group who once lived in the United States.

Chief Justice Roberts: Technology poses challenge for court

Nick Perry, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 5:50am

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

Spanish PM Rajoy denies knowing about graft deals in party

Aritz Parra, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 5:50am

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy told the country's National Court that he didn't know anything about the ruling Popular Party's accounting practices when a kickbacks-for-contracts scheme allegedly helped fund the party.

EU court advised to reject Hungary, Slovakia refugee case

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 5:40am

The European Court of Justice should dismiss lawsuits filed by Hungary and Slovakia challenging a European Council decision that the countries have to mandatorily take in hundreds of asylum-seekers, a court adviser said Wednesday.

48 dead as heavy monsoon rains lash western India

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 5:30am

At least 48 people have been killed as large swaths of western India have been lashed by heavy monsoon rains and flooding over the last week, officials said Wednesday.