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The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 2:51pm

Former Democratic Sen. Carl Levin is providing information to special counsel Robert Mueller and Senate intelligence investigators about Ike Kaveladze _ a man with Russian business ties who attended a 2016 meeting with senior Trump officials. Levin has called Kaveladze a "poster child" for using hidden ownership of American corporations to launder money.

Wildfires force evacuation of 12,000 in French Riviera towns

Claude Paris, Nadine Achoui-Lesage and Barry Hatton, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 2:23pm

Backed by planes dropping water and fire retardant, more than 1,000 firefighters battled wildfires Wednesday that billowed smoke into the sky over France's southern Cote d'Azur coast and forced the evacuation of 12,000 people.

The Latest: Poor visibility hurts wildfire fight in Portugal

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 2:23pm

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

The Latest: Man slain at protest in western Venezuela

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 2:02pm

The latest on Venezuela, where a two-day national strike has been called beginning Wednesday to protest President Nicolas Maduro's plans to rewrite the country's constitution (all times local):

Rolling Stone cover asks why can't Canada PM be US president

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 1:02pm

Rolling Stone magazine has put liberal Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on the cover of its latest issue and asks: "Why Can't He Be Our President?"

The Latest: Palestinians call for protests against Israel

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 1:02pm

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

Ukraine strips citizenship of ex-Georgia leader Saakashvili

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 1:02pm

Ukraine's president has rescinded the citizenship of Mikheil Saakashvili, the former president of Georgia who moved to Ukraine to become leader of one of its most corruption-plagued regions and later resigned, the country's migration service announced Wednesday.

Judge: Baby Charlie Gard will end life in hospice, not home

Caroline Spiezio, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 12:41pm

Critically ill baby Charlie Gard will be transferred to a hospice and taken off life support unless his parents and a hospital agree on a plan that could potentially keep the child alive for a bit longer, a British judge ruled Wednesday.

Top EU court moves to restore Hamas terror listing

Mike Corder, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 12:41pm

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 sent the case back to the lower court for reconsideration.

Maronites can return to Cyprus villages held by Turkish army

Menelaos Hadjicostis, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 12:31pm

Turkish Cypriot authorities in the breakaway north of ethnically divided Cyprus said Wednesday they have lifted restrictions on Maronite Christians reclaiming homes and property in villages that have been under Turkish military control for over four decades.

2 Germans missing after helicopter crash in north Mali

Baba Ahmed, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 12:11pm

A U.N. peacekeeping helicopter crashed Wednesday in the desert in northern Mali and two German citizens are unaccounted for, U.N. officials said.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump misfires on Mideast

Zeina Karam, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 11:53am

President Donald Trump is not up to speed on who's fighting whom in the Middle East.

Afghan forces rescue 2 abducted Pakistani diplomats

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 11:53am

Pakistan's foreign ministry says Afghan forces have rescued two Pakistani diplomats who were abducted in Afghanistan last month.

Poles protest EU comments and govt moves against top court

Vanessa Gera, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 11:22am

The European Union's executive remains open to triggering sanctions against Poland for limiting judicial independence despite the Polish president's veto of parts of a controversial legal overhaul, a top EU official said Wednesday.

UN urges Congo to hold elections by Dec. 31 deadline

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 11:22am

The U.N. Security Council urged Congo's government on Wednesday to swiftly implement an agreement to hold presidential elections by the end of the year, warning that failure to do so will increase the risk of insecurity and instability in the country and the region.

UN says 80 percent of Yemeni children need humanitarian aid

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

Three U.N agencies say nearly 80 percent of Yemeni children need immediate humanitarian assistance amid the collapse of the country's health system in the face of the two-year-long civil war.

The Latest: Judge sets deadline for moving baby to hospice

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 10:41am

The Latest on the legal case over the care of critically ill British baby Charlie Gard (all times local):

UK judge says critically ill baby Charlie Gard will be transferred to hospice if an end-of-life agreement is not reached

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 10:36am

UK judge says critically ill baby Charlie Gard will be transferred to hospice if an end-of-life agreement is not reached.

UN says Congo military 'elements' dug dozens of mass graves

Carley Petesch, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 10:32am

Congo military "elements" are responsible for digging at least 42 mass graves in three Kasai provinces after clashes with alleged militia members in recent months, the United Nations said as experts were appointed Wednesday to look into a growing crisis that has killed hundreds and displaced more than a million people.