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The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 7:55am

President Donald Trump is barring transgender people from serving in the military "in any capacity," citing "tremendous medical costs and disruption." Trump's announcement Wednesday morning on Twitter did not say what would happen to transgender people already in the military.

The Latest: Drought, heat fuel wildfires in central Portugal

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 7:55am

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

5 Indonesian provinces declare emergencies over forest fires

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 7:51am

Five Indonesian provinces have declared states of emergency as peatlands burn in Aceh and the risk of fires spreading elsewhere increases during the annual dry season, an official said Wednesday.

Egypt says shootout with police kills 4 suspected militants

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 7:38am

Egypt's Interior Ministry says security forces have killed four suspects who were behind the killing of five policemen earlier this month in an attack near Cairo.

48 dead as heavy monsoon rains lash western India

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 7:31am

At least 48 people have been killed as large swaths of western India have been lashed by heavy monsoon rains and flooding over the last week, officials said Wednesday.

Philippines: top N. Korean diplomat to join security meeting

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 7:31am

North Korea's top diplomat will attend an annual Asian security conference in Manila, where concern over the North's nuclear weapons program is expected to be high on the agenda, Philippine officials said.

Swedish parties plan no-confidence vote over security leak

Matti Huuhtanen, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 7:31am

Sweden's left-leaning minority government faced a crisis Wednesday after a populist party said it would support four opposition parties in a no-confidence vote against it over one of the largest security breaches in the country.

Kremlin holds off on responding to new US sanctions

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 7:31am

The Kremlin on Wednesday refrained from discussing its possible response to a new package of U.S. sanctions against Russia before President Donald Trump signs them into law.

Rights groups ask Duterte to retract threat to bomb schools

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 7:16am

Human rights groups asked the Philippine president on Wednesday to retract a threat of airstrikes against tribal schools he accused of teaching students to become communist rebels, warning that such attacks would constitute war crimes.

Pakistani police arrest 20 villagers over 'honor' rape

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 7:16am

Pakistani police say they have arrested 20 members of a village council over instructing a man to rape a 17-year-old girl to avenge the rape of his sister.

Floods hit northern Germany, force some evacuations

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 7:10am

Heavy rains led to flooding Wednesday in some parts of northern Germany, forcing some evacuations and prompting residents to pile sandbags in front of their homes to protect themselves from a swollen river.

European Commission keeps door open to sanctions on Poland

Vanessa Gera, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 7:04am

The European Commission said Wednesday it is keeping the door open to triggering sanctions against Poland for limiting judicial independence, despite the Polish president's surprise decision to veto parts of a controversial legal overhaul.

Tourists among 22 injured after boats collide in Puerto Rico

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 6:59am

Puerto Rico authorities say more than 20 people have been injured, three of them seriously, in a boat crash off the island's southwest coast.

Critic of Cambodian leader defiant in defamation trial

Sopheng Cheang, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 6:59am

A political analyst in Cambodia who faces up to two years in prison and a penalty of half a million dollars in a defamation case brought by Prime Minister Hun Sen took a defiant stance in court Wednesday, demanding that the leader confront him in person.

The Latest: Police block journalists from parts of Old City

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 6:51am

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

Fires force evacuation of 12,000 in 3 French Riviera towns

Claude Paris, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 6:42am

French authorities ordered the evacuation of up to 12,000 people around a picturesque hilltop town in the southern Cote d'Azur region as fires hopscotched around the Mediterranean coast for a third day Wednesday.

2 Moroccan peacekeepers killed in Central African Republic

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 6:30am

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 Sunday.

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

Carley Petesch, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 6:10am

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.

US-Somalia mission detains suspected al-Shabab associate

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 5:50am

The U.S. military says a mission in Somalia has detained a suspected associate of the al-Shabab extremist group who once lived in the United States.