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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.

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

Sunday Alamba, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 2:50am

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

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 4:40 a.m. EDT

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 2:50am

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.

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.

Maldives urged to restore parliament's independence

Bharatha Mallawarachi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 1:30am

Outside governments on Wednesday asked the Maldives to restore its legislature's independence, days after the opposition said parliament was locked down on orders from the president in an attempt to prevent a vote to impeach the parliamentary speaker.

AP Interview: China to lead in organ transplants by 2020

Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 1:20am

China is on track to lead the world in organ transplant surgeries by 2020 following its abandonment of the much-criticized practice of using organs from executed prisoners, the architect of the country's transplant program said Wednesday.

Senior Muslim official: Worshippers won't return to Jerusalem shrine until Israel removes new railings and cameras

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 1:14am

Senior Muslim official: Worshippers won't return to Jerusalem shrine until Israel removes new railings and cameras.

Thai ex-prime minister vows to fight negligence charge

Kaweewit Kaewjinda, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 11:41pm

Former Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, whose bank accounts were frozen this week, says she will fight to prove her innocence as a trial that could put her in prison for 10 years enters its final stages.

UK's Boris Johnson tours Sydney Opera House before meetings

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 11:20pm

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson toured the Sydney Opera House on Wednesday ahead of high-level bilateral security talks with Australian officials.

US ambassador calls for release of jailed Vietnam activist

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 11:11pm

The U.S ambassador in Vietnam called on the Communist government Wednesday to release an activist who was sentenced to nine years in prison on what the envoy says are vague charges of propaganda against the state.

AP Photos: Mexico City's 'Barrio Bravo' embraces frontball

Gustavo Martinez Contreras, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 10:21pm

Residents of Mexico City's legendarily tough neighborhood of Tepito are embracing a new form of handball known as frontball after promoters chose it for the sport's first international tourney.

2 hurricanes roar in Pacific far off Mexico coast

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 9:30pm

Two hurricanes and a tropical storm are moving through the Pacific Ocean off Mexico late Tuesday, but forecasters say they do not pose an immediate threat to land.

Kurdish official says US role essential in post-IS Syria

Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 9:07pm

The Kurdish-led effort to secure Raqqa once it is liberated from the Islamic State group will require long-term U.S. political and financial support for the battered city's governance and reconstruction, a senior Syrian Kurdish official said Tuesday.

US Navy fires warning shots near Iran ship in Persian Gulf

Jon Gambrell, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 8:41pm

A U.S. Navy patrol boat fired warning shots Tuesday near an Iranian vessel that American sailors said came dangerously close to them during a tense encounter in the Persian Gulf, the first such incident to happen under President Donald Trump. Iran's hard-line Revolutionary Guard later blamed the American ship for provoking the situation.

EU-Turkey talks fail to ease friction over detentions

Mike Corder, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 7:48pm

High-level talks that European Union officials had with Turkey's foreign minister Tuesday did not appear to ease tensions between the 28-nation bloc and Ankara over a wave of detentions of human rights defenders, journalists and others.