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Critic of Cambodian leader defiant in defamation trial

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 5:23am

A political analyst in Cambodia who faces up to two years in prison and a penalty of half a million dollars in a defamation case brought by Prime Minister Hun Sen has taken a defiant stance in court, demanding that the leader confront him in person.

European Commission keeping door open to sanctions on Poland

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 5:16am

The European Commission says it is keeping the door open to possibly triggering sanctions against Poland despite the Polish president's rejection of parts of a legal overhaul that limits the independence of the courts.

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 5:10am

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

EU court advised to reject Hungary, Slovakia refugee case

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 4:56am

The European Court of Justice should dismiss lawsuits filed by Hungary and Slovakia challenging a European Council decision that the countries have to mandatorily take in hundreds of asylum-seekers, a court adviser said Wednesday.

Cambodia deports telephone fraud suspects to China

Sopheng Cheang, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 4:50am

Police in Cambodia have deported to China 17 telephone fraud suspects, among hundreds of alleged scam artists who have been caught and expelled in recent years.

Chief Justice Roberts: Technology poses challenge for court

Nick Perry, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 4:50am

U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts said Wednesday he thinks rapidly advancing technology poses one of the biggest challenges for the high court.

The Latest: Turkey, Israel trade barbs over holy site

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 4:50am

The Latest on the escalation in Israel and the Palestinian territories over a contested Jerusalem holy site (all times local):

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The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 4:45am

The Senate has taken initial votes on the Republican effort to demolish the Obama health care law. Where it ends up is anyone's guess. But the early indication is the GOP will have a hard time approving sweeping changes in President Barack Obama's statute. That's because the Senate voted 57-43 late Tuesday against a wide-ranging proposal by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to rewrite Obama's law _ a vote that saw nine GOP defections.

At least 8 dead in building collapse in Nigeria's Lagos

Sunday Alamba, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 4:45am

A four-story residential building collapsed in Nigeria's largest city and killed at least eight people, emergency officials and an Associated Press photographer in Lagos said Wednesday.

The Latest: 600 firefighters battling flames in Cote d'Azur

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 4:45am

The Latest on wildfires in southern France and Portugal (all times local):

Swedish parties plan no-confidence vote over security leak

Matti Huuhtanen, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 4:40am

Sweden's right-wing opposition parties said Wednesday they are planning a motion of no confidence in three government ministers over one of the largest security breaches in the country. If passed, the vote could shake up the ruling minority coalition.

President says Iran will 'respond' if US missile law passes

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 4:40am

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday his country will respond if a bill in the U.S. Congress imposing sanctions on people involved in Iran's ballistic missile program becomes law.

Burundi's exiles call world's attention to deadly crisis

Ignatius Ssuuna and Rodney Muhumuza, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 4:26am

Burundi-born Eric Ndayisenga and his friends in exile religiously listen to a radio station that urges liberation from the deadly political violence back home. One day the report brought grief instead.

Spain's Rajoy denies knowing graft deals in the ruling party

Aritz Parra, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 4:26am

Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy told Spain's National Court on Wednesday that he didn't know anything about the ruling Popular Party's accounting when a kickbacks-for-contracts scheme allegedly helped its funding.

US sets world record in prelims of mixed medley relay

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 4:15am

The United States set a world record in the preliminaries of the 4x100 mixed medley relay at the world championships on Wednesday.

Philippines: N. Korea's top diplomat to join security summit

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 4:11am

North Korea's top diplomat will attend an annual Asian security conference next week in Manila, where concern over the North's nuclear weapons program is expected to be high on the agenda, Philippine officials said.

Top EU court moves to restore Hamas terror listing

Mike Corder, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 4:11am

The European Union's top court ruled Wednesday that Islamic militant group Hamas should stay on the EU terror list, saying a lower court should not have ordered the group removed from the EU's terror list and sending the case back to the lower court for reconsideration.

Official: 26 Afghan soldiers killed in Taliban assault

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 3:50am

An Afghan official says 26 soldiers have been killed in a blistering Taliban assault on an Afghan National Security base in southern Kandahar province.

Heavy rain leads to flooding in parts of Germany

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 3:50am

Heavy rain in Germany has led to flooding in some areas, with people in one northern city piling sand bags in front of their homes to protect themselves against a swollen river.