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Venezuela crisis enters new phase with Sunday vote

Michael Weissenstein, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 29th - 7:15am

Despite four months of deadly protests and the threat of U.S. sanctions, Venezuela on Saturday found itself 24 hours away from a consolidation of government power that appeared certain to drag the OPEC nation deeper into a crisis that has entire neighborhoods battling police and paramilitaries while the poor root for scraps in piles of trash.

Iran says US Navy fires warning shots near its vessels

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 29th - 7:01am

Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard said Saturday a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier fired a warning shot in an "unprofessional" confrontation with Iranian vessels, the official IRNA news agency reported.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 29th - 6:51am

The man President Donald Trump is putting in charge of his White House staff brings a military bearing to the job. Retired Marine Gen. John Kelly is a battle-hardened veteran of three tours in Iraq. He's leaving his job as secretary of Homeland Security to replace Reince Priebus. Trump tweets that Kelly "has been a true star of my administration."

The Latest: Sharif supporters in rally in Pakistani capital

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 29th - 6:38am

The Latest on developments in Pakistan politics (all times local):

Egypt sentences 8 to death in police killings

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 29th - 6:38am

An Egyptian criminal court has preliminarily sentenced eight people to death over charges of murder during an attack on a police station in a Cairo suburb in 2013.

7 staff members of opposition newspaper leave Turkish jail

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 29th - 6:10am

Seven staff members of an opposition newspaper were released from a Turkish jail early Saturday pending the outcome of their trial on charges of allegedly aiding terror organizations.

Hamburg stabbing suspect known as radical, mentally unstable

Geir Moulson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 29th - 5:47am

A Palestinian man who allegedly stabbed one person to death and wounded six others in Hamburg was known to authorities as a suspected Islamic radical but also was psychologically unstable, German officials said Saturday.

Protesters clash with London riot police over man's death

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 29th - 5:47am

Protesters angry over the death of a young black man following a police chase have clashed with riot police in London, throwing bottles and fireworks and setting garbage cans on fire.

Century-old battle in Belgium sums up horrors of World War I

Raf Casert, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 29th - 5:01am

Dismembered soldiers sucked into cesspools of mud. Shattered tree trunks and the waft of poison gas hovering around the wounded waiting for their fates on the scarred soil of Flanders Fields.

Spokesman: Palestinian leader in hospital for routine tests

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 29th - 4:15am

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' spokesman said Saturday the 82-year-old leader has been hospitalized for a routine checkup and will be discharged in a matter of hours.

Sessions and Trump talk need to fight transnational gang

Sadie Gurman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 29th - 4:15am

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is eager to use his aggressive work against the MS-13 street gang to help mend his tattered relationship with President Donald Trump. "I hope so," he said Friday, trying to turn the corner from a week of sour performance reviews from his boss.

Spokesman: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas hospitalized for routine checkup

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 29th - 3:50am

Spokesman: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas hospitalized for routine checkup.

Pakistan ruling party meets to consider PM successor

Munir Ahmed, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 29th - 3:50am

The ruling party of deposed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will choose his successor Saturday, a day after Pakistan's Supreme Court removed the premier from office after finding that he and his family concealed their assets, officials said.

Spain: 300 evacuated as forest fire burns 1,000 hectares

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 29th - 3:33am

Regional government authorities in southeastern Spain say a wildfire has forced the evacuation of 300 people and burned 1,000 hectares (2,471 acres) of pine forest.

North Korean ICBM launches dim South's hopes for talks

Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 29th - 1:38am

North Korea's rapidly accelerating nuclear weapons program is beginning to pose a grave challenge for liberal South Korean President Moon Jae-in, whose dovish proposals for engagement have been met by silence and two intercontinental ballistic missile tests in less than a month.

The Latest: Seoul, Washington to talk over missile limits

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 29th - 1:30am

The Latest on North Korea's launch of its second intercontinental ballistic missile (all times local):

Roadside bomb in southwest Pakistan kills 4, wounds 5

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 29th - 12:50am

A Pakistan government official says a roadside bomb has struck a vehicle carrying villagers in a southwestern border town near Iran, killing four people and wounding five others.

North Korea says 2nd ICBM test puts 'entire' US in range

Eric Talmadge and Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 10:21pm

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said Saturday the second flight test of an intercontinental ballistic missile demonstrated his country can hit the U.S. mainland, hours after the launch left analysts concluding that a wide swath of the United States, including Los Angeles and Chicago, is now in range of North Korean weapons.

Few heed call for mass protest in Venezuela's capital

Fabiola Sanchez, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 10:01pm

Few demonstrators heeded opposition calls for a mass protest Friday in Venezuela's capital against President Nicolas Maduro's divisive push to rewrite the constitution by a constituent assembly to be elected Sunday.