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Brazil defense minister: Troops to fight violence in Rio

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 10:11pm

Brazil's defense minister said Thursday that the military will take an increasingly aggressive role in fighting drug trafficking in Rio de Janeiro.

'Big hunt' for Russian hackers, but no obvious election link

Howard Amos, Raphael Satter and Aritz Parra, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 10:11pm

The U.S. has orchestrated the arrest of five suspected Russian cybercriminals across Europe in the past nine months.

China closes sea for war games but information scarce

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 9:54pm

China has closed off a swath of ocean off its east coast for what it says are war games, but has provided no additional information on what is taking place there.

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 9:44pm

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has released the text of his pared-down bill to repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act. It's a legislative maneuver so the Senate can pass a bill that a House-Senate conference committee can use as the base to try to work out a comprehensive "repeal and replace" measure.

Japan's defense chief quits over alleged document cover-up

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 9:29pm

Japan's beleaguered defense minister resigned Friday over an alleged cover-up of military documents from U.N. peacekeeping operations, the latest blow to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's scandal-ridden government.

Al-Qaida says it has group in Kashmir to fight Indian rule

Aijaz Hussain, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 9:29pm

Al-Qaida said for the first time it is active in the Indian-controlled portion of Kashmir, announcing on a linked propaganda network that a militant from an indigenous rebel group would lead a new outfit of fighters opposing Indian rule in the disputed region.

Japanese defense minister resigns over an alleged cover-up of military documents from U.N. peacekeeping operations

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 7:58pm

Japanese defense minister resigns over an alleged cover-up of military documents from U.N. peacekeeping operations.

Judge approves plan for Charlie Gard to be sent to hospice

Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 6:45pm

A British judge ordered Thursday that critically ill infant Charlie Gard should be moved from a hospital to a hospice, where he will "inevitably" die within a short time.

On anniversary of war, young North Koreans talk of tensions

Eric Talmadge, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 6:41pm

Are the United States and North Korea moving closer to another war?

Deaths in Venezuela unrest hit 102 as polarizing vote nears

Fabiola Sanchez and Christine Armario, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 6:21pm

Days before a polarizing vote to start rewriting its constitution, Venezuela is convulsing to a rhythm of daytime strikes and nocturnal clashes. The most recent violence drove the death toll from nearly four months of unrest above 100 Thursday.

Hurricane Hilary weakening in Pacific west of Mexico

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 5:58pm

Hurricane Hilary has weakened to a Category 1 storm as it heads farther out into the Pacific Ocean away from the west coast of Mexico.

Hundreds of street gang members rounded up in El Salvador

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 4:35pm

Salvadoran authorities have announced the detentions of 442 members of the transnational Mara Salvatrucha street gang.

UN: Cyprus rivals need to keep commitment to reunification

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 4:23pm

The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved a resolution Thursday encouraging rival Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots "to sustain their commitment" to reunifying the divided Mediterranean island following the collapse of talks earlier this month.

Iran claims launch of satellite-carrying rocket into space

Amir Vahdat and Adam Schreck, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 3:41pm

Iran successfully launched its most advanced satellite-carrying rocket into space, the country's state media reported Thursday, in what is likely the most significant step yet for the launch vehicle.

Polish prosecutors summon EU leader Tusk for questioning

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 3:22pm

A lawyer for Donald Tusk says the European Union leader has been summoned for questioning as a witness in a Polish investigation next week and intends to appear.

US-backed Syrian fighters now control almost half of IS city

Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 3:12pm

Heavy fighting broke out Thursday as U.S.-backed Syrian fighters captured almost half of the Islamic State group's de facto capital of Raqqa. But the push into the city in northern Syria slowed due to stiff resistance and large amounts of explosives planted by the extremists, a spokeswoman for the fighters and monitors said.

The Latest: Fire evacuations lifted in southern France

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 2:52pm

The Latest on the wildfires blazing in France and elsewhere in Europe (all times local):

Evacuations lifted in southern France; fire risk still high

Thomas Adamson and Nadine Achoui-Lesage, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 2:42pm

More than 12,000 evacuated residents and tourists in the south of France were told they could return to their homes and holiday places after firefighters tamed one of the fiercest blazes to break out during four days of wildfires.

Italian, French leaders look to work in Libya on migration

Frances D'Emilio, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 2:32pm

Sending Italian naval units to help Libya's coast guard could prove to be a "turning point" in efforts to stop traffickers from sending hundreds of thousands of migrants toward Italy's southern shores, Premier Paolo Gentiloni said Thursday.