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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.

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.

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.

The Latest: Wildfires in Italy fueled by drought, high temps

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 6:00am

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

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.

Critic of Cambodian leader defiant in defamation trial

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 5:23am

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 has taken a defiant stance in court, demanding that the leader confront him in person.

European Commission keeping door open to sanctions on Poland

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 5:16am

The European Commission says it is keeping the door open to possibly triggering sanctions against Poland despite the Polish president's rejection of parts of a legal overhaul that limits the independence of the courts.

Russian diplomat: new US sanctions won't help to mend ties

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 5:10am

A senior Russian diplomat said Wednesday a new package of U.S. sanctions against Russia harms chances for improving the ties between the two countries, pushing them into "uncharted territory."

Cambodia deports telephone fraud suspects to China

Sopheng Cheang, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 4:50am

Police in Cambodia have deported to China 17 telephone fraud suspects, among hundreds of alleged scam artists who have been caught and expelled in recent years.

The Latest: Turkey, Israel trade barbs over holy site

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 4:50am

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

Swedish parties plan no-confidence vote over security leak

Matti Huuhtanen, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 4:40am

Sweden's right-wing opposition parties said Wednesday they are planning a motion of no confidence in three government ministers over one of the largest security breaches in the country. If passed, the vote could shake up the ruling minority coalition.

President says Iran will 'respond' if US missile law passes

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 4:40am

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday his country will respond if a bill in the U.S. Congress imposing sanctions on people involved in Iran's ballistic missile program becomes law.

Burundi's exiles call world's attention to deadly crisis

Ignatius Ssuuna and Rodney Muhumuza, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 4:26am

Burundi-born Eric Ndayisenga and his friends in exile religiously listen to a radio station that urges liberation from the deadly political violence back home. One day the report brought grief instead.

US sets world record in prelims of mixed medley relay

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 4:15am

The United States set a world record in the preliminaries of the 4x100 mixed medley relay at the world championships on Wednesday.