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Charlie Gard's parents ask court to let him die at home
LONDON (AP) -- Charlie Gard's parents know their treasured son is about to die. They have one final wish - to take him home, put him to bed and kiss him goodbye....

Muslims keep up shrine boycott despite Israeli concessions
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Muslim leaders urged the faithful Tuesday to keep up their prayer protests and avoid entering a contested Jerusalem shrine, even after Israel dismantled metal detectors that initially triggered the tensions....

Trump message manager ready to clean house to stop leaks
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump's new communications director says he's prepared to clean house in order to stop information leaks which have plagued the administration....

US Navy fires warning shots near Iran ship in Persian Gulf
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- 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....

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

Al-Qaida in Syria snuffs out competition in northwest
BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian rebels and activists are warning that an al-Qaida-linked jihadi group is on the verge of snuffing out what remains of the country's uprising in northwestern Syria, after the extremists seized control of the opposition-held regional capital, Idlib, last weekend....

Top Vatican official to face Australian court on sex charges
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- The most senior Vatican official ever charged in the Catholic Church sex abuse crisis is expected to make his first court appearance in Australia on Wednesday, as he vows to clear his name in a scandal that has rattled Rome....

Reporter Q&A: A look at Duterte's state of the nation speech
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte delivered his second state of the nation speech to a joint session of Congress on Monday, vowing to continue his bloody war on illegal drugs despite international and domestic criticism. The tough-talking president also insisted he would not hold peace talks with communist rebels because of continuing attacks....

US ambassador reports progress on new North Korea sanctions
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The United States and China are making progress on a new U.N. resolution that would impose additional sanctions against North Korea following its test of an intercontinental ballistic missile, U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said Tuesday....

Lawmakers accuse Japan's Abe of false testimony in scandal
TOKYO (AP) -- Japanese lawmakers questioned Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in parliament for a second day Tuesday about a cronyism scandal, with some opposition members accusing him of testifying falsely a day earlier when he denied using his influence to help a friend....

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Swiss police say the suspect in the chainsaw attack that wounded five people has been arrested

Latin America/Caribbean
Blast damages Catholic Bishops Council's Mexico headquarters

Middle East
US Navy fires warning shots near Iran ship in Persian Gulf