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China accuses US of sowing discord in South China Sea

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

China on Tuesday described a U.S. rejection of its maritime claims in the South China Sea as completely unjustified and accused the U.S. of attempting to sow discord between China and the Southeast Asian countries with which it has territorial disputes.

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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.

Iran blames bad communication, alignment for jet shootdown

Amir Vahdat and Jon Gambrell, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 12th - 4:49am

A misaligned missile battery, miscommunication between troops and their commanders and a decision to fire without authorization all led to Iran's Revolutionary Guard shooting down a Ukrainian jetliner in January, killing all 176 people on board, a new report says.

Iran investigators blame shootdown of Ukranian flight on misaligned missile battery, no communication with commanders

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 12th - 4:27am

Iran investigators blame shootdown of Ukranian flight on misaligned missile battery, no communication with commanders.

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 11th - 10:40pm

President Donald Trump is slowly coming to accept that the Republican National Convention won't be the four-night infomercial for his reelection that he'd anticipated. Already the late August event has moved from North Carolina to Florida, and now coronavirus cases are spiking and there's an economic recession. Trump aides and allies are increasingly questioning whether the convention will be worth the trouble. Some are advocating that it be scrapped altogether. They reason that conventions are meant to lay out a candidate’s vision for the coming four years, not spark months of intrigue over the health and safety those who attend. Ultimately, the call on whether to move forward will be Trump’s alone.

Okinawa governor wants tougher action as 61 Marines infected

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 11th - 8:37pm

The governor of Japan's Okinawa island demanded a top U.S. military commander take tougher prevention measures and more transparency hours after officials were told that more than 60 Marines at two bases have been infected with the coronavirus over the past few days.