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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.

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 7:40 a.m. EDT

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 5:54am

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.

US-backed Syrian fighters control almost half of Raqqa

Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 5:41am

U.S.-backed Syrian fighters have captured almost half of Raqqa from the Islamic State group, but the push into the northern city has slowed due to large amounts of explosives planted by the extremists and their counteroffensives, a spokeswoman for the fighters and a monitoring group said Thursday.

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.

Poacher in DiCaprio documentary acquitted of several charges

Sylivester Domasa, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 5:31am

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.

Egypt's el-Sissi announces terror-fighting council

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 5:20am

Egypt's president has announced the formation of a new body to confront terrorism and extremism that includes the country's top officials.

EU announces new emergency support for Greek refugee crisis

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 4:50am

The European Commission announced a new emergency support package for Greece Thursday to help it deal with the refugee crisis that has seen tens of thousands of migrants and refugees stuck in the country.

2 ministers leave Swedish Cabinet in wake of security breach

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 4:30am

In a bid to avert a government crisis, Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven on Thursday reshuffled his minority Cabinet, replacing two members, after opposition parties demanded the ouster of three government ministers over one of the largest security breaches in the country's history.

AP Interview: UN faces war, rains in Yemen cholera spread

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 3:04am

The head of the U.N. child agency says trying to slow the spread of cholera in war-ravaged Yemen is "a race between us, and the rains and the continuing destruction and the fighting."

Czech woman injured in Egypt knife attack dies

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 3:01am

The Czech Foreign Ministry says a Czech woman who was wounded in a knife attack at a hotel in the popular Egyptian Red Sea resort of Hurghada earlier in July has died.

Germany probes Mali crash, suspends helicopter flights

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 2:00am

German experts are investigating the cause of the crash of a German military helicopter taking part in U.N. peacekeeping activities in northern Mali, killing the two crew. Germany has suspended routine flights with similar helicopters.

US admiral stands ready to obey a Trump nuclear strike order

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 1:40am

The U.S. Pacific Fleet commander said Thursday he would launch a nuclear strike against China next week if President Donald Trump ordered it, and warned against the military ever shifting its allegiance from its commander in chief.

Ex-Georgia leader vows to regain Ukrainian citizenship

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 1:30am

Former Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili, who moved to Ukraine to lead one of the country's most corruption-ridden regions, says he will fight to keep his Ukrainian citizenship.

Pakistan arrests head of village council over girl's rape

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 1:17am

A police spokeswoman says officers have arrested the head of a village council for allegedly sanctioning the rape of a teenage girl in central Pakistan.

Police: Office worker kills 3 in central China knife rampage

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 11:12pm

Police said three people were killed and four injured in a rampage by a knife-wielding man in central China on Thursday morning.

New Zealander shot dead in central Philippines

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 11:01pm

Police have arrested the suspected gunman in the fatal shooting of a New Zealander on a central Philippine island, officials said Thursday. Another suspect is being sought.

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 11:40 p.m. EDT

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 9:55pm

A group of 10 Republican and Democratic governors are calling on Senate leaders to heed John McCain's plea for bipartisan work on overhauling Obamacare. In a letter late Wednesday, the governors urged the leaders, particularly top Republican Mitch McConnell, to set aside "this flawed bill" and work with them on making health care more available and affordable for every American.