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Russia skeptical about nuclear pact extension prospects

Vladimir Isachenkov, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 10th - 7:46am

Russia's top diplomat said Friday he's not very optimistic about prospects for an extension of the last remaining U.S.-Russia arms control agreement because of Washington's focus on making China sign up to the pact.

Dutch government to take Russia to European court over MH17

Mike Corder, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 10th - 7:19am

The Dutch government is taking Russia to the European Court of Human Rights for its alleged role in the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine six years ago, the foreign minister announced Friday.

Serbia's leader not worried about losing power amid protests

Dusan Stojanovic, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 10th - 7:15am

Serbia's president said Friday he's not worried about losing political power amid large protests against his handling of the coronavirus crisis and hard-line rule, but instead expressed his fear about the spread of the virus by the demonstrators.

Russia and West in showdown over aid to Syria's rebel area

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 10th - 12:38am

Russia and the West are in a showdown over continuing the delivery of humanitarian aid to Syria’s mainly rebel-held northwest after the current U.N. mandate expires on Friday.

US envoy, after Seoul visit, reassures Japan of alliance

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 10th - 12:30am

A U.S. envoy reassured top Japanese officials Friday of the importance of their alliance in dealing with regional security threats, just as the North Korean leader's sister expressed low expectations of a summit between her brother and President Donald Trump this year.

Tapping into crime fears, GOP conflates mayhem with protests

Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 9th - 11:45pm

Apocalyptic images of blazing buildings and window-smashing protesters pop on the TV screen as a caller to a 911 emergency line reaches voicemail. The computer offers to take reports of rapes, murders or home invasions, adding, “Our estimated wait time is five days.”

Homeland Security gets new role under Trump monument order

Ben Fox and Gillian Flaccus, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 9th - 11:41pm

Protesters who have clashed with authorities in the Pacific Northwest are not just confronting local police. Some are also facing off against federal officers whose presence reflects President Donald Trump's decision to make cracking down on “violent mayhem” a federal priority.

Trump postpones New Hampshire rally over tropical storm

Jonathan Lemire and Bill Barrow, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 9th - 11:30pm

President Donald Trump's campaign reboot is getting a reboot.

Biden's Iowa hires signal tightening in state Trump won big

Thomas Beaumont, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 9th - 10:09pm

Joe Biden's presidential campaign has lined up a senior team in Iowa, a sign Democrats see the state where Republican Donald Trump beat them handily in 2016 as within reach.

North Korean leader's sister says Kim-Trump summit unlikely

Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 9th - 8:46pm

The powerful sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said Friday she doesn’t expect her brother to meet President Donald Trump this year, saying there’s no reason for the North to gift Trump high-profile meetings when it’s not being substantially rewarded in return.

Watchdog details storm of political pressure in Sharpiegate

Seth Borenstein, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 9th - 7:20pm

that is, for doing their jobs,” the report concluded.

Bolivian president has COVID-19 as virus hits region's elite

Paola Flores, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 9th - 4:37pm

Bolivia’s interim president and Venezuela’s No. 2 leader announced Thursday that they have been infected with the new coronavirus, just days after Brazil’s leader tested positive as the pandemic hits hard at some of Latin America’s political elite.

Milley: Confederate names on Army bases divide the military

Robert Burns, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 9th - 2:42pm

Confederate Army symbols within the military, including prominent Army bases named for rebel generals, are divisive and can be offensive to Black people in uniform, the nation's top officer said Thursday.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump team distortions on Biden and police

Hope Yen, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 9th - 2:32pm

President Donald Trump's campaign team is misrepresenting Democratic rival Joe Biden's stance on improving police practices following George Floyd's death.

For 1st time, female soldier set to join a Green Beret team

Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 9th - 11:27am

For the first time, a female soldier has graduated from the Army's elite Special Forces course and will join one of the all-male Green Beret teams, capping a yearslong campaign to move women into the military's front-line combat jobs.

Turkish Cypriots urge probe over gunshots at migrant boat

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 10th - 9:50am

Turkish Cypriot human rights groups on Friday called for an investigation after police reportedly fired their weapons at a boat that had ferried 30 Syrian refugees to ethnically split Cyprus’ breakaway north.

Wisconsin Supreme Court strikes down three vetoes, upholds one in mixed ruling for Democratic governor

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 10th - 7:17am

Wisconsin Supreme Court strikes down three vetoes, upholds one in mixed ruling for Democratic governor.

China rejects prospect of joining arms control talks with US

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 10th - 5:04am

China on Friday rejected any prospect of joining in nuclear arms limitation talks with the U.S., calling reports from Washington that it would do so a distortion of its stated position.

Utah governor issues face mask mandate for schools amid coronavirus surge concerns

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 9th - 12:53pm

Utah governor issues face mask mandate for schools amid coronavirus surge concerns.