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Iran executes defense ministry staffer as alleged CIA spy

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 14th - 3:48am

Iran has executed a former employee of the defense ministry who was convicted of spying on behalf of the Central Intelligence Agency, the country's judiciary said Tuesday. It was the second such execution in the past month.

Pakistan to resume polio campaign as COVID-19 cases decline

Munir Ahmed, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 14th - 3:14am

Pakistan announced Tuesday it would resume vaccinations against polio next week, months after the drive against this crippling children’s disease was halted because the novel coronavirus had overwhelmed the country's health system.

Defense: Alleged Timbuktu jihadi may be unfit for ICC trial

Mike Corder, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 14th - 3:11am

The trial of an alleged Islamic extremist charged with policing a brutal Islamic regime in Timbuktu after al-Qaida linked rebels overran the historic Malian desert city in 2012 opened Tuesday at the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

France says 'merci' to virus heroes on poignant Bastille Day

Angela Charlton, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 14th - 12:48am

Ambulance drivers, supermarket cashiers, postal workers. Medics who died fighting COVID-19. France is honoring them all on its biggest national holiday Tuesday, recalibrating Bastille Day’s usual grandiose military parade to celebrate heroes of the coronavirus pandemic instead.

China accuses US of sowing discord in South China Sea

Ken Moritsugu, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 13th - 11:11pm

The Trump administration's rejection of broad Chinese claims to much of the South China Sea came across in Asia as an election-year political move, with some appealing for calm amid fears of greater tensions.

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 6:40 a.m. EDT

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 13th - 10:40pm

A new White House-backed ad campaign aims to encourage people who are unemployed or unhappy in their jobs or careers to “find something new.” The campaign's opening ad for Tuesday's roll out features ordinary people sharing their stories. A companion website provides links to training and other resources. The Trump administration has long emphasized skills-based job and vocational training, arguing that many jobs don't require a college degree. The new ad campaign has been in the works for some time but has taken on new urgency after the coronavirus pandemic cost millions of people their jobs.

Thousands in Russia's Far East protest governor's jailing

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 13th - 10:37am

Thousands of protesters gathered Monday for a third straight day of massive rallies in Russia's Far East against the jailing of a provincial governor accused of involvement in multiple murders.

American woman freed after being held captive in Nigeria

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 13th - 9:23am

An American woman who was lured to Nigeria by a man she met on Facebook has been rescued after spending more than a year in captivity, authorities said.

UN: Pandemic could push tens of millions into chronic hunger

Frances D'Emilio, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 13th - 8:50am

The United Nations says the ranks of the world’s hungry grew by 10 million last year and warns that the coronavirus pandemic could push as many as 130 million more people into chronic hunger this year.

Somalia's army chief survives bombing of his convoy; 1 dead

Abdi Guled, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 13th - 8:32am

Somalia’s army chief has survived an assassination attempt when a suicide car bomber targeted his convoy in the Somali capital Monday, officials said. At least one person was killed by the blast, they said.

Manhunt in Germany for man who disarmed 4 police officers

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 13th - 4:13am

Hundreds of German police were involved in a manhunt Monday for a 31-year-old man in camouflage clothing who disarmed four officers at gunpoint a day earlier and then fled into the forest with a pistol, knife and a bow and arrow.

Families of Italy's virus dead seek answers, solace, justice

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 13th - 1:51am

It started out as way for grief-struck families to mourn their coronavirus dead online: a Facebook group where relatives who were denied a funeral because of Italy’s stringent lockdowns could share photos, memories and sorrow that their loved ones had died all alone.

Malaysia PM wins test of support, ousts house speaker

Eileen Ng, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 13th - 1:24am

Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin narrowly won a motion to remove the speaker of parliament on Monday, scraping through the first test of his support nearly five months after taking power.

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 12th - 10:40pm

A federal judge is demanding more information about President Donald Trump’s decision to commute the prison sentence of longtime ally Roger Stone. U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson ordered that the parties provide her with a copy of the executive order that commuted Stone’s sentence. She also asked for clarity about the scope of the clemency, including whether it covers just his 40-month prison sentence or also the two-year period of supervised release that was part of his sentence. Hours after the judge’s directive, the Justice Department submitted to the court a two-page order making clear that the clemency extended to both Stone’s prison sentence and his supervised release. 

China reports 141 dead or missing in flooding since June

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 12th - 10:24pm

The Yangtze River region has seen its second highest rainfall in more than a half-century so far this year as deadly flooding strikes much of China.

Boy, 12, arrested after Palace player Zaha gets racist posts

Rob Harris, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 12th - 12:56pm

A 12-year-old boy was arrested by police after Crystal Palace player Wilfried Zaha highlighted racist abuse he received ahead of Sunday's Premier League match at Aston Villa.

F1 star Hamilton raises right fist in fight against racism

Jerome Pugmire, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 12th - 11:04am

Standing on the podium to celebrate his latest win, Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton raised a clenched right fist and then delivered a message to his fellow drivers not to slow down in the fight against racism.

South Africa returns to ban on alcohol sales as virus surges

Mogomotsi Magome and Andrew Meldrum, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 12th - 7:45am

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa says the country will immediately return to a ban on the sale of alcohol to reduce the volume of trauma patients so that hospitals have more beds open to treat COVID-19 patients.

As US grapples with virus, Florida hits record case increase

Tamara Lush and Pablo Gorondi, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 12th - 5:51am

With the United States grappling with the worst coronavirus outbreak in the world, Florida hit a grim milestone Sunday, shattering the national record for a state's largest single-day increase in positive cases.