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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.

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

Ignatius Ssuuna and Rodney Muhumuza, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 4:05am

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.

EU court advised to reject Hungary, Slovakia refugee case

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 4:05am

An adviser to the European Court of Justice says the court 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.

Cambodia deports telephone fraud suspects to China

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 4:05am

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

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.

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 5:40 a.m. EDT

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 3:44am

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.

Chief Justice Roberts: Technology poses challenge for court

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 3:44am

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

The Latest: 1,700 firefighters tackling Portugal wildfires

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 3:44am

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

Judge set to decide on Charlie Gard's last days

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 3:34am

A British judge is set to rule on where Charlie Gard, a baby with a rare genetic disease, will spend the last days of his life.

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 3:30am

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani says his country will respond if U.S. legislation imposing sanctions on people involved in Iran's ballistic missile program becomes law.

At least 5 dead in building collapse in Nigeria's Lagos

Sunday Alamba, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 3:17am

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

Death toll in building collapse in India rises to 17

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 3:17am

The death toll in a building collapse in the western Indian city of Mumbai rose to 17 Wednesday, a day after the accident occurred, the fire department said.

Boko Haram ambushes oil convoy in Nigeria, killing soldiers

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 3:08am

Authorities in northern Nigeria say roughly 10 military personnel have been killed and a similar number of university workers are unaccounted for after Boko Haram extremists attacked their convoy.

Rights groups ask Duterte to retract threat to bomb schools

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 3:00am

Human rights groups asked the Philippine president Wednesday to retract a threat to order airstrikes against tribal schools he accused of teaching students to become communist rebels, warning such an attack would constitute a war crime.

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 3:00am

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 "unchartered territory."

Fires force evacuation of 10,000 in 3 French Riviera towns

Claude Paris, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 2:50am

Authorities ordered the evacuation of 10,000 people as fires hopscotched around the Riviera for a third day Wednesday, tearing through the forest of La Londe-les-Maures.

Spain's Rajoy testifies as witness in major graft trial

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 2:30am

Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is standing Wednesday as a witness in a major trial of some 40 people accused of involvement in a kickbacks-for-contracts scheme that helped finance his ruling Popular Party.

2 Moroccan peacekeepers killed in Central African Republic

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 1:54am

The U.N. peacekeeping mission in Central African Republic says two Moroccan peacekeepers have been killed in a southeastern town where another Moroccan was killed on Sunday.