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The Latest: Turkey: Muslim ministers to meet over Jerusalem

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 7:09am

The Latest on developments at a contested shrine in Jerusalem (all times local):

Spain moves to block Catalan bid to fast-track independence

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 7:09am

Spain says it has appealed to the Constitutional Court to block a measure passed by the regional parliament of Catalonia that would allow it to fast-track a declaration of independence if its voters choose to secede from Spain in a planned Oct. 1 referendum.

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 8:40 a.m. EDT

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 6:53am

Rep. Mo Brooks says the "failure" of the GOP health care overhaul is ultimately Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's responsibility. The Alabama Republican said Friday on CNN that McConnell should press the Senate to pass a rewrite of President Barack Obama's signature law _ or step aside.

2 boys in custody suspected of arson over French wildfires

Thomas Adamson and Nadine Achoui-Lesage, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 6:51am

Two adolescent boys will go before a judge Friday on suspicion of deliberately starting one of the wildfires that devastated parts of southeastern France and Corsica this week, an official said.

In Zimbabwe, Mugabe's wife positions as possible successor

Farai Mutsaka, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 6:31am

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's wife once said the 93-year-old leader should run "as a corpse" in the 2018 elections if he dies before the vote. Now politically ambitious Grace Mugabe is positioning herself as a possible successor, saying one of the ruling party's two vice presidents should be a woman.

Nepal woodcarvers inspired to restore quake-toppled temples

Niranjan Shrestha, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 6:19am

In the rubble of Nepal's 2015 earthquake, a team of dedicated woodworkers is finding inspiration to recreate what was lost.

British driver totals Ferrari an hour after purchase

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 6:19am

A British driver has survived a major crash in his Ferrari, an hour after he bought it. Local police called it a "miracle escape," but the car was not so lucky.

Pakistani court disqualifies PM on corruption allegations

Munir Ahmed and Zarar Khan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 6:11am

A five-judge panel of Pakistan's Supreme Court on Friday disqualified thrice-elected Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from holding office over allegations of corruption and ordered criminal charges be filed against him and his family.

IS claims deadly attack in north against US-backed force

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 6:07am

A Syrian opposition monitor and a news agency linked to the Islamic State group say the extremists have carried out a deadly attack against U.S.-backed forces near the northern city of Raqqa.

Italy approves hotly contested vaccine program

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 5:40am

Italy's parliament has given final approval to a new program making a slate of childhood vaccinations mandatory for school children up to age 16.

EU to spend millions training, equipping Libyan coast guards

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 5:40am

The European Union has announced 46 million euros ($53 million) in funding to help boost Libya's border and coast guards, as part of moves to stem the flow of migrants leaving the country's shores heading for Europe.

China gives villager death sentence over massacre of 19

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 5:30am

A court in southwest China said Friday it has sentenced to death a man who killed 19 people, including his parents and several other relatives, in a bloody rampage with a pickaxe.

Authorities seize 3 tons of pangolin scales in Ivory Coast

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 5:03am

Authorities in Ivory Coast say they have seized some three tons of scales from pangolins, the world's most heavily trafficked mammal.

A look at alleged Russian cybercriminals arrested in Europe

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 5:01am

Five alleged Russian cybercriminals have been arrested across Europe in American-initiated operations in the past nine months. Here's a look at who they are, how they were caught and what they're accused of doing.

Indonesia watchdog says execution of Nigerian was unlawful

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 4:21am

Indonesia's state watchdog said Friday the execution last year of a Nigerian man for drug offenses should not have been carried out and was the result of institutional negligence.

An official says two adolescents are in custody on suspicion of arson over the wildfires in the southeast of France

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 3:39am

An official says two adolescents are in custody on suspicion of arson over the wildfires in the southeast of France.

Russia's Foreign Ministry orders number of US diplomats cut, seizes recreational retreat in response to U.S. sanctions.

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 3:39am

Russia's Foreign Ministry orders number of US diplomats cut, seizes recreational retreat in response to U.S. sanctions.

Sessions says he's staying, will fight for Trump's agenda

Sadie Gurman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 3:21am

His loyalty to the boss severely tested but seemingly intact, Attorney General Jeff Sessions says he will stay in the job for as long as President Donald Trump wants him to serve.

Suspected Afghan Taliban member indicted in Germany

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 3:20am

German prosecutors have filed terrorism and murder charges against a suspected member of Afghanistan's Taliban whom they accuse of participating in an attack in which an American soldier was killed.