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By The Associated Press | Posted - Jul. 30, 2017 at 9:44 p.m.



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MOSCOW (AP) — The U.S. State Department is calling Russia's decision to cut hundreds from its diplomatic staff in Russia "a regrettable and uncalled for act." Russian President Vladimir Putin says the U.S. will have to cut its embassy and consulate staff in Russia by 755. Russian officials earlier linked the decision to new sanctions against Russia approved by the U.S. Congress.

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The U.S. State Department is officially condemning Venezuela government for holding a vote to elect a powerful National Constituent Assembly, calling it a step toward authoritarian rule. The new assembly would concentrate near-total power in the hands of socialist President Nicolas Maduro and his supporters. In a statement released Sunday night, the State Department says the new body seems designed to "undermine the Venezuelan people's right to self-determination."

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's new chief of staff will be sworn in Monday. The president is hoping that retired Gen. John Kelly can bring some order to the White House. At the same time, Trump is still clinging to an old battle, refusing to give up on health care. The president tweeted on Sunday: "Don't give up Republican Senators, the World is watching: Repeal & Replace."

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Security remains heightened in airports around Australia with more intense screening of luggage after law enforcement officials said they had thwarted what a police chief described as a "credible attempt to attack an aircraft." Officials declined to comment on media reports that Islamist extremists planned to kill the occupants of a plane with poison gas and that a homemade bomb was to be disguised as a kitchen mincer.

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — "Pudge" Rodriguez couldn't hide the glee or the tears, and neither could Tim Raines and Jeff Bagwell on the culmination of their baseball journey. All three were inducted Sunday into the Baseball Hall of Fame along with former commissioner Bud Selig and front-office guru John Schuerholz on a picture-perfect summer day, and the ceremony was filled with emotion as every inductee stared out at family members that were so important to their success.

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