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Iran claims launch of satellite-carrying rocket into space

Amir Vahdat and Adam Schreck, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 9:41am

Iran successfully launched its most advanced satellite-carrying rocket into space on Thursday, the country's state media reported, in what is likely the most significant step yet for the launch vehicle.

AP Count: Death toll in Venezuela civil unrest hits 100

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 9:41am

An AP tally of official reports shows that the death toll in nearly 4 months of civil unrest in Venezuela has reached 100.

Moldova court nixes vote on increasing president's powers

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 9:35am

Moldova's Constitutional Court has ruled that a referendum that planned to ask voters whether the country's pro-Russian president should have greater powers is unconstitutional.

Judge approves plan for Charlie Gard to be sent to hospice

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 9:35am

A British judge has ordered that critically ill infant Charlie Gard should be moved from a hospital to a hospice, where he will "inevitably" die within a short time.

Wife of Zimbabwe's leader says Mugabe should name successor

Farai Mutsaka, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 9:21am

Zimbabwe's first lady said Thursday her 93-year-old husband should name a successor, wading into a subject that President Robert Mugabe has regarded as taboo.

The Latest: Portugal makes progress on 5-day-old wildfire

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 9:11am

The Latest on the wildfires blazing in France and elsewhere in Europe (all times local):

Pakistan arrests head of village council over girl's rape

Shazia Bhatti and Iram Asim, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 9:11am

Police on Thursday arrested the head of a village council in central Pakistan for allegedly sanctioning the rape of a teenage girl, a police spokeswoman said, as Amnesty International urged for a ban on such village councils that incite to crimes against women.

Report: Kashmir militant to head al-Qaida-linked group

Aijaz Hussain, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 9:11am

An al-Qaida-linked propaganda network announced Thursday that a militant leader in the Indian-controlled portion of Kashmir will head a new group that will fight against Indian rule in the disputed region.

French crews tame dramatic wildfire on Mediterranean coast

Thomas Adamson and Nadine Achoui-Lesage, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 9:01am

French firefighters have tamed one of the fiercest blazes to break out during four days of wildfires in the country's southeast Mediterranean coast that led to the evacuation of more than 12,000 people.

Poacher in DiCaprio documentary acquitted of several charges

Sylivester Domasa, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 8:01am

A Tanzanian poacher who was a subject of a documentary co-produced by Leonardo DiCaprio has been acquitted of several wildlife trafficking charges, though he is in prison for a related crime.

Q&A: A look at why the Taliban seem to be unstoppable

Kathy Gannon, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 7:57am

In the last week, the Taliban have overrun two districts in the north and west of the capital Kabul, temporarily cut a key highway linking the city to the north and staged a suicide bombing targeting government workers — many of whom represented the new, educated generation on whom the hopes for Afghanistan's future are pinned.

Indonesian expert tapped as new head of UN Myanmar team

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 7:16am

A prominent Indonesian human rights expert has been appointed the new chairman of a U.N. fact-finding mission to Myanmar, which the government has said it will bar from entering.

Italy ponders Libyan request for help in fight trafficking

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 6:55am

Italian Premier Paolo Gentiloni says sending Italian naval units to help Libya's coast guard could be a "turning point" in combating migrant trafficking.

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 6:49am

Senate Republicans are lowering their expectations on repealing and replacing "Obamacare." They're making plans to try to pass a narrowly focused bill undoing just a few of the most unpopular elements of Barack Obama's landmark healthcare reform law. After successive failed votes on other plans, Republicans are coming to believe that what's being called a "skinny repeal" may be the only thing that can pass and keep the process moving. And it's not even clear if that will pass.

Iranian semi-official media say that Iran has successfully launched a rocket carrying a satellite into space

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 6:49am

Iranian semi-official media say that Iran has successfully launched a rocket carrying a satellite into space.

Putin in Finland on centenary of independence from Russia

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 6:36am

Russian President Vladimir Putin is visiting Finland as the small nation celebrates 100 years of independence from its huge eastern neighbor.

Hurricane Hilary loses strength in Pacific west of Mexico

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 6:36am

Forecasters have downgraded Hurricane Hilary to a Category 1 storm as it loses strength and heads through the Pacific Ocean away from the west coast of Mexico.

Japanese, Sri Lankan among 2017 winners of Magsaysay awards

Teresa Cerojano, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 6:00am

A Japanese historian who helped Cambodians preserve the Angkor temples and a Sri Lankan teacher who counseled war widows and orphans to overcome their nightmares are among the six winners of this year's Ramon Magsaysay Awards, regarded as Asia's version of the Nobel Prize.

Japan opposition head quits as PM Abe suffers scandal

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 5:41am

The leader of Japan's main opposition party said Thursday she is stepping down, citing her failure to regain voter support despite a series of scandals buffeting the ruling party.