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Spain's Rajoy testifies as witness in major graft trial

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 2:30am

Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is standing Wednesday as a witness in a major trial of some 40 people accused of involvement in a kickbacks-for-contracts scheme that helped finance his ruling Popular Party.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 1:54am

The Senate has blocked a wide-ranging proposal by Republicans to repeal much of former President Barack Obama's health care law and replace it with a more restrictive plan. Senators voted 57-43 late Tuesday to reject the plan in the first vote on an amendment to the bill. Those voting "no" included nine defecting Republicans. The vote underscored problems Republicans will have in winning enough votes to recast Obama's statute.

2 Moroccan peacekeepers killed in Central African Republic

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 1:54am

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 on Sunday.

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 1:54am

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

Fires force evacuation of 10,000 in 3 French Riviera towns

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 1:50am

The top official of France's Var region on the Mediterranean coast says that 10,000 people were evacuated as blazes hopscotching around the Riviera tore through the town of La Londe-les-Maures.

Maldives urged to restore parliament's independence

Bharatha Mallawarachi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 1:30am

Outside governments on Wednesday asked the Maldives to restore its legislature's independence, days after the opposition said parliament was locked down on orders from the president in an attempt to prevent a vote to impeach the parliamentary speaker.

AP Interview: China to lead in organ transplants by 2020

Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 1:20am

China is on track to lead the world in organ transplant surgeries by 2020 following its abandonment of the much-criticized practice of using organs from executed prisoners, the architect of the country's transplant program said Wednesday.

Senior Muslim official: Worshippers won't return to Jerusalem shrine until Israel removes new railings and cameras

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 1:14am

Senior Muslim official: Worshippers won't return to Jerusalem shrine until Israel removes new railings and cameras.

Thai ex-prime minister vows to fight negligence charge

Kaweewit Kaewjinda, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 11:41pm

Former Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, whose bank accounts were frozen this week, says she will fight to prove her innocence as a trial that could put her in prison for 10 years enters its final stages.

UK's Boris Johnson tours Sydney Opera House before meetings

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 11:20pm

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson toured the Sydney Opera House on Wednesday ahead of high-level bilateral security talks with Australian officials.

US ambassador calls for release of jailed Vietnam activist

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 11:11pm

The U.S ambassador in Vietnam called on the Communist government Wednesday to release an activist who was sentenced to nine years in prison on what the envoy says are vague charges of propaganda against the state.

Rights groups ask Duterte to retract threat to bomb schools

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 10:40pm

Human rights groups asked the Philippine president Wednesday to retract a threat to order airstrikes against tribal schools he accused of teaching students to become communist rebels, warning such an attack would constitute a war crime.

AP Photos: Mexico City's 'Barrio Bravo' embraces frontball

Gustavo Martinez Contreras, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 10:21pm

Residents of Mexico City's legendarily tough neighborhood of Tepito are embracing a new form of handball known as frontball after promoters chose it for the sport's first international tourney.

2 hurricanes roar in Pacific far off Mexico coast

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 9:30pm

Two hurricanes and a tropical storm are moving through the Pacific Ocean off Mexico late Tuesday, but forecasters say they do not pose an immediate threat to land.

Kurdish official says US role essential in post-IS Syria

Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 9:07pm

The Kurdish-led effort to secure Raqqa once it is liberated from the Islamic State group will require long-term U.S. political and financial support for the battered city's governance and reconstruction, a senior Syrian Kurdish official said Tuesday.

US Navy fires warning shots near Iran ship in Persian Gulf

Jon Gambrell, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 8:41pm

A U.S. Navy patrol boat fired warning shots Tuesday near an Iranian vessel that American sailors said came dangerously close to them during a tense encounter in the Persian Gulf, the first such incident to happen under President Donald Trump. Iran's hard-line Revolutionary Guard later blamed the American ship for provoking the situation.

EU-Turkey talks fail to ease friction over detentions

Mike Corder, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 7:48pm

High-level talks that European Union officials had with Turkey's foreign minister Tuesday did not appear to ease tensions between the 28-nation bloc and Ankara over a wave of detentions of human rights defenders, journalists and others.

China denies its jets operated dangerously in US encounter

Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 6:51pm

China on Tuesday denied its fighter jet pilots operated dangerously during an encounter with a U.S. surveillance plane in international airspace in which the American pilot took evasive action to avoid a possible collision.

US and China report progress on new North Korea sanctions

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 6:21pm

The United States and China said Tuesday they are making progress on a new U.N. resolution that would impose additional sanctions against North Korea following its test of an intercontinental ballistic missile.