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July 20, 2016 - 3:31am
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ATHENS, Greece (AP) — US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew is to visit Greece to discuss the country's progress in meeting reforms required under its third international bailout.

Lew, scheduled to arrive Wednesday, was to meet on Thursday with Greek Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos and Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to discuss the reforms package, which includes labor, pension and social security reforms, tax hikes and privatizations.

Greece has been...

July 20, 2016 - 3:11am
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MOSCOW (AP) — A prominent journalist has been killed in a car bombing in Ukraine's capital, Kiev.

The country's top online publication Ukrainska Pravda said on Wednesday its top journalist Pavel Sheremet died in an explosion as he got into his car to drive to work in the morning. The publication said the car was owned by its editor-in-chief.

The 44-year old Belarusian-born journalist irked officials in Belarus and Russia before he moved to Ukraine,...

July 20, 2016 - 2:47am
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ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's state-run news agency says Turkish jets have carried out cross-border strikes against Kurdish rebel positions in northern Iraq, killing 20 alleged militants.

Wednesday's strikes come as Turkey's military is reeling from a failed coup by a faction within the armed forces and appear to be an attempt to show that the forces are on top of security matters.

Authorities have rounded up close to 9,000 people — including 115...

July 20, 2016 - 2:06am
1 week 3 days ago

BAGHDAD (AP) — Dozens of men were watching a soccer match at the "Smile" cafe when the blast hit in the street below. Within minutes, a fire ripped through the Baghdad shopping mall where they were gathered, trapping them in a crowd on the second floor.

There were no fire exits, no firefighters. An iron gate to the roof was padlocked.

One of those watching the match, Majid Toamah, kicked a hole in an aluminum wall in the cafe and leaped 20 meters (...

July 20, 2016 - 12:39am
1 week 3 days ago

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The son of a 65-year-old Russian adventurer says his father is battling sleep deprivation, freezing temperatures and ice in his oxygen mask as he nears the end of his record attempt to fly solo in a balloon around the world nonstop.

Fedor Konyukhov drifted more than half way around the world by Wednesday since he lifted off from Northam in Western Australia state on July 12 in a helium and hot-air balloon.

Oscar Konyukhov...

July 20, 2016 - 12:11am
1 week 3 days ago

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnamese Communist Party-dominated National Assembly has opened its first session to elect the country's top leaders following May elections.

The 494 deputies are widely expected to reappoint President Tran Dai Quang, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and the assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan. They were elected to their positions by the outgoing assembly in April.

Only 20 of the deputies are not members of the ruling...

July 19, 2016 - 11:55pm
1 week 3 days ago

SYDNEY (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden has told Australians not to worry about the divisive U.S. election because the "better angels in America will prevail."

Biden made the comments in a speech on Wednesday punctuating his four-day trip Down Under. While in Australia, he met with the nation's leaders and troops in a bid to reassert America's standing as a so-called Pacific power in the region.

In his speech, the vice president said that while both...

July 19, 2016 - 11:52pm
1 week 3 days ago

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea says it has test-fired ballistic rockets as part of a simulated pre-emptive attack on South Korea.

The tests were an apparent reference to the three ballistic missile launches that Seoul says North Korea conducted Tuesday.

Pyongyang's state media said Wednesday that the launches examined "the operational features of the detonating devices of nuclear warheads mounted on the ballistic rockets."

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July 19, 2016 - 10:28pm
1 week 3 days ago

BEIJING (AP) — China's state media is criticizing scattered street protests by young people angry over an international tribunal's ruling last week that denied Beijing's claim to virtually the entire South China Sea.

Over recent days, protesters have gathered outside KFC restaurants in several cities, unfurling banners and calling for a boycott of the U.S. chain.

The official China Daily said Wednesday such actions interfered with legitimate business...

July 19, 2016 - 7:18pm
1 week 3 days ago

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says Islamic State fighters in Libya are facing the "distinct possibility" of defeat in their last stronghold and are likely to scatter elsewhere in the North African country and the region.

The U.N. chief said in a new report to the U.N. Security Council that member states estimate there are between 2,000 and 7,000 IS fighters from Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt, Mali, Morocco and Mauritania.

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