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The Latest: Police block journalists from parts of Old City

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 12:47:54 GMT2017-07-26T12:47:54Z

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



Germany, Sweden protest to Turkey over jailing of activists

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 12:42:13 GMT2017-07-26T12:42:13Z

BERLIN (AP) -- Germany and Sweden made a joint protest to Turkey on Wednesday about the jailing of two human rights activists, demanding that the men be told what exactly they are accused of, the foreign ministry in Berlin said....



Nintendo records quarterly profit on Switch sales success

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 12:28:16 GMT2017-07-26T12:28:16Z

TOKYO (AP) -- Japanese video-game maker Nintendo Co. has reversed into profit for the April-June quarter from losses the previous year, boosted by the popularity of its Switch hybrid game machine....



2 Moroccan peacekeepers killed in Central African Republic

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 12:27:23 GMT2017-07-26T12:27:23Z

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- 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....



Philippines: top N. Korean diplomat to join security meeting

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 12:25:12 GMT2017-07-26T12:25:12Z

MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- 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....



At least 8 dead in building collapse in Nigeria's Lagos

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 12:11:27 GMT2017-07-26T12:11:27Z

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) -- A four-story residential building collapsed in Nigeria's largest city and killed at least eight people, including a child, emergency officials and an Associated Press photographer in Lagos said Wednesday....



Global stocks rise on corporate earnings, ahead of Fed

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 12:09:31 GMT2017-07-26T12:09:31Z

HONG KONG (AP) -- World stock markets rose Wednesday, lifted by generally positive corporate earnings and as investors kept a cautious eye on the Fed's upcoming interest rate decision....



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

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 12:05:32 GMT2017-07-26T12:05:32Z

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- The United Nations says Congo military "elements" are responsible for digging at least 42 mass graves in three Kasai provinces following clashes with alleged militia members in recent months....



Germany to examine US-Russia sanctions package

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 12:02:24 GMT2017-07-26T12:02:24Z

BERLIN (AP) -- Germany says it will examine a new package of U.S. sanctions against Russia approved by the House of Representatives amid concerns that the measures could affect European businesses....



Drugmaker GSK reviewing its R&D programs under new CEO

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 11:58:15 GMT2017-07-26T11:58:15Z

LONDON (AP) -- Drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline says it will halt some 30 clinical and pre-clinical programs as it reviews its research and development pipeline and focuses on improving efficiency....



The Latest: Wildfires in Italy fueled by drought, high temps

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 11:55:19 GMT2017-07-26T11:55:19Z

PARIS (AP) -- The Latest on wildfires in southern France and Portugal (all times local):...



Chief Justice Roberts: Technology poses challenge for court

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 11:46:25 GMT2017-07-26T11:46:25Z

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts said Wednesday he thinks rapidly advancing technology poses one of the biggest challenges for the high court....



Spanish PM Rajoy denies knowing about graft deals in party

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 11:44:36 GMT2017-07-26T11:44:36Z

SAN FERNANDO DE HENARES, Spain (AP) -- Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy told the country's National Court that he didn't know anything about the ruling Popular Party's accounting practices when a kickbacks-for-contracts scheme allegedly helped fund the party....



US-Somalia mission detains suspected al-Shabab associate

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 11:41:27 GMT2017-07-26T11:41:27Z

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- 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....



Muslim cleric: Protest to go on despite Israeli concession

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 11:40:04 GMT2017-07-26T11:40:04Z

JERUSALEM (AP) -- A senior Muslim official in Jerusalem said Wednesday that worshippers would not return to a contested shrine until Israel removes the new railings and cameras it installed after a deadly attack there, prolonging a crisis that Israel hoped it had resolved by making concessions at the site....



EU court advised to reject Hungary, Slovakia refugee case

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 11:37:44 GMT2017-07-26T11:37:44Z

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) -- The European Court of Justice 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, a court adviser said Wednesday....



The Arctic is unforgiving; Riding in this icebreaker isn't

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 11:33:19 GMT2017-07-26T11:33:19Z

THE ARCTIC CIRCLE (AP) -- While it may be frigid and wet on deck, the crew of a modern icebreaker can expect creature comforts inside the ship, even saunas....



The Latest: EU migrant relocation reached record in June

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 11:27:59 GMT2017-07-26T11:27:59Z

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) -- The Latest on asylum-seekers and migrants in Europe (all times local):...



48 dead as heavy monsoon rains lash western India

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 11:23:08 GMT2017-07-26T11:23:08Z

NEW DELHI (AP) -- 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....



Critic of Cambodian leader defiant in defamation trial

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 11:21:17 GMT2017-07-26T11:21:17Z

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) -- 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 has taken a defiant stance in court, demanding that the leader confront him in person....



European Commission keeping door open to sanctions on Poland

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 11:12:08 GMT2017-07-26T11:12:08Z

BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Commission says it is keeping the door open to possibly triggering sanctions against Poland despite the Polish president's rejection of parts of a legal overhaul that limits the independence of the courts....



Daimler stands by diesel despite growing controversy

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 11:02:14 GMT2017-07-26T11:02:14Z

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- German automaker Daimler's profits barely rose and were short of market expectations as its Mercedes-Benz luxury car division boomed while earnings lagged at its truck, van and bus businesses....



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

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 11:00:09 GMT2017-07-26T11:00:09Z

MOSCOW (AP) -- 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 "uncharted territory."...



Cambodia deports telephone fraud suspects to China

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 10:48:30 GMT2017-07-26T10:48:30Z

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) -- Police in Cambodia have deported to China 17 telephone fraud suspects, among hundreds of alleged scam artists who have been caught and expelled in recent years....



Britain to ban sale of new diesel and gasoline cars by 2040

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 10:44:24 GMT2017-07-26T10:44:24Z

LONDON (AP) -- Britain's government says it will ban the sale of new cars and vans using diesel and gasoline starting in 2040 as authorities move to tackle air pollution....



Russian wanted in US caught in Greece for money laundering

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 10:37:54 GMT2017-07-26T10:37:54Z

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) -- Greek authorities say they have arrested a Russian man wanted in the United States on suspicion of masterminding a money laundering operation involving at least $4 billion through bitcoin transactions....



Italian bank says 400,000 loan account details hacked

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 10:36:14 GMT2017-07-26T10:36:14Z

MILAN (AP) -- The accounts of some 400,000 customers at Italy's largest bank have been hacked, with the loss of data on personal loans, but not account passwords....



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

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 10:36:05 GMT2017-07-26T10:36:05Z

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday his country will respond if a bill in the U.S. Congress imposing sanctions on people involved in Iran's ballistic missile program becomes law....



The Latest: 3 more bodies found in Nigeria building collapse

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 10:35:04 GMT2017-07-26T10:35:04Z

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) -- The Latest on the collapse of a four-story residential building in Nigeria's largest city, Lagos (all times local):...



The Latest: Tanker operators end strike in Pakistan

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 10:34:36 GMT2017-07-26T10:34:36Z

ISLAMABAD (AP) -- The Latest on developments in Pakistan (all times local):...



Swedish parties plan no-confidence vote over security leak

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 10:34:15 GMT2017-07-26T10:34:15Z

HELSINKI (AP) -- Sweden's right-wing opposition parties said Wednesday they are planning a motion of no confidence in three government ministers over one of the largest security breaches in the country. If passed, the vote could shake up the ruling minority coalition....



Spain's Rajoy denies knowing graft deals in the ruling party

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 10:19:36 GMT2017-07-26T10:19:36Z

SAN FERNANDO DE HENARES, Spain (AP) -- Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy told Spain's National Court on Wednesday that he didn't know anything about the ruling Popular Party's accounting when a kickbacks-for-contracts scheme allegedly helped its funding....



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

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 10:18:24 GMT2017-07-26T10:18:24Z

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) -- 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....



Britain's economy stuck in low gear amid Brexit concerns

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 10:12:28 GMT2017-07-26T10:12:28Z

LONDON (AP) -- Britain's economy hobbled along in the second quarter, barely recovering from a weak start to the year as industrial production and construction flagged amid uncertainties over the country's exit from the European Union....



Top EU court moves to restore Hamas terror listing

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 10:04:36 GMT2017-07-26T10:04:36Z

BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Union's top court ruled Wednesday that Islamic militant group Hamas should stay on the EU terror list, saying a lower court should not have ordered the group removed from the EU's terror list and sending the case back to the lower court for reconsideration....



Heavy rain leads to flooding in parts of Germany

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 09:48:20 GMT2017-07-26T09:48:20Z

BERLIN (AP) -- 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....



Official: 26 Afghan soldiers killed in Taliban assault

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 09:40:53 GMT2017-07-26T09:40:53Z

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- An Afghan official says 26 soldiers have been killed in a blistering Taliban assault on an Afghan National Security base in southern Kandahar province....



Chainsaw attack suspect was armed, but didn't resist arrest

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 09:34:23 GMT2017-07-26T09:34:23Z

BERLIN (AP) -- The suspect in a chainsaw attack on a health insurer's office in Switzerland was carrying a bag with two crossbows when he was detained, but didn't resist arrest, police and prosecutors said Wednesday....



Judge set to decide on Charlie Gard's last days

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 09:31:54 GMT2017-07-26T09:31:54Z

LONDON (AP) -- 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....



Strike by oil tanker owners causes fuel shortage in Pakistan

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 09:19:13 GMT2017-07-26T09:19:13Z

ISLAMABAD (AP) -- A strike by oil tanker operators has created a shortage of petroleum products in Pakistan, causing panic among people who are lining up at gas stations to make bulk purchases of petrol and diesel....



Death toll in building collapse in India rises to 17

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 09:14:42 GMT2017-07-26T09:14:42Z

NEW DELHI (AP) -- 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....



World shares mostly higher as markets await Fed's decision

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 09:05:08 GMT2017-07-26T09:05:08Z

HONG KONG (AP) -- World stock markets were mostly higher Wednesday, lifted by another record day on Wall Street and buoyant oil prices. Investors were keeping a cautious eye on the Fed's upcoming interest rate decision....



Boko Haram ambushes oil convoy in Nigeria, killing soldiers

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 09:04:40 GMT2017-07-26T09:04:40Z

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) -- 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

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 08:58:10 GMT2017-07-26T08:58:10Z

MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- 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....



EU court: EU-Canada passenger data deal breaches privacy

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 08:56:49 GMT2017-07-26T08:56:49Z

BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Union's top court says in an advisory opinion that a deal between the EU and Canada on sharing airline passenger data breaches citizens' privacy and cannot be concluded in its current form....



Britain's economy picked up only slightly in second quarter

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 08:44:47 GMT2017-07-26T08:44:47Z

LONDON (AP) -- Britain's economy picked up only slightly in the second quarter, expanding by 0.3 percent between April and June compared with the paltry 0.2 percent of the first three months of the year....



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

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 08:43:22 GMT2017-07-26T08:43:22Z

BORMES-LES-MIMOSAS, France (AP) -- 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....



UK's Boris Johnson welcomes Australian tech entrepreneurs

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 08:32:58 GMT2017-07-26T08:32:58Z

SYDNEY (AP) -- British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson assured concerned Australian tech entrepreneurs on Wednesday that they will be welcome to continue working in his country after it leaves the European Union....



EU's top court says lower court should not have removed Hamas from terror list, sends case...

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 07:53:41 GMT2017-07-26T07:53:41Z

BRUSSELS (AP) -- EU's top court says lower court should not have removed Hamas from terror list, sends case back for reconsideration....



US Navy fires warning shots near Iran ship in Persian Gulf

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 07:38:26 GMT2017-07-26T07:38:26Z

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- A U.S. Navy patrol boat fired warning shots 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....