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Afghan official: Pakistani mortars kill 4 Afghan civilians

Jul. 15, 2020 1:32 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Several mortar shells fired by Pakistani troops landed in a border village in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday, killing four civilians and wounding nine others, an Afghan provincial spokesman said. In Pakistan, police accused Afghan forces of initiating an exchange of fire a day...

Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador gives his daily, morning news conference at the presidential palace, Palacio Nacional, in Mexico City, Monday, July 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

Mexico's president turns attention to cartel-plagued states

Jul. 15, 2020 11:10 AM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — President Andrés Manuel López Obrador is traveling to three of Mexico’s most violent states this week to counter what many call a “hands-off” strategy toward drug cartels that has exacerbated tensions with state governors. A surge in cartel killings in...

Okinawa Gov. Denny Tamaki, center, and Japanese Defense Minister Taro Kono, right, hold Okinawa's request document during their meeting at the Defense Ministry in Tokyo, Wednesday, July 15, 2020.  Gov. Tamaki urged Japan's government to pressure the U.S. military to better guard against an escalating coronavirus outbreak that has infected more than 130 Marines stationed on the southern Japanese island, triggering fear of infections spreading outside of the bases.(Ren Onuma/Kyodo News via AP)

Okinawa urges US to do more to stop virus outbreak at bases

Jul. 15, 2020 10:18 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The governor of the southern Japanese island of Okinawa urged the government on Wednesday to pressure the U.S. military to do more to stop an escalating coronavirus outbreak at American bases there that has infected more than 130 Marines. Gov. Denny Tamaki flew to Tokyo to ask Defense Minister...

FILE - In this April 24, 2018 file photo, Ronny Jackson leaves a Senate office building on Capitol Hill in Washington. Jackson, President Donald Trump’s former White House physician and onetime pick to head the Department of Veterans Affairs, won the Republican nomination for a U.S. House seat in Texas on Tuesday, July 14, 2020, in an election that unfolded amid an alarming spread of the coronavirus.  The retired Navy rear admiral defeated agriculture advocate Josh Winegarner in a primary runoff in the deeply red Texas Panhandle. Jackson will face Gus Trujillo, who won Tuesday's Democratic nomination for the 13th congressional district in Texas, in the November general election. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Trump's former doctor wins House GOP nomination in Texas

Jul. 15, 2020 9:29 AM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — President Donald Trump’s former White House physician and onetime pick to head the Department of Veterans Affairs won the Republican nomination for a U.S. House seat in Texas in an election that unfolded amid an alarming spread of the coronavirus. Ronny Jackson, a retired Navy...

The copies of The New York Times newspaper are displayed for sale at a news stand in Hong Kong, Wednesday, July 15, 2020. The New York Times said Tuesday it will transfer some of its staff out of Hong Kong because of the uncertainties about practicing journalism in the Chinese territory under its newly imposed national security law. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

NY Times to move some staff from Hong Kong, citing new law

Jul. 15, 2020 8:56 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — The New York Times said Tuesday it will transfer some of its staff out of Hong Kong because of uncertainties about practicing journalism in the Chinese territory under its newly imposed national security law. The Times reported that it will move its digital team of journalists, about a...

Pro-democracy activists who elected from unofficial pro-democracy primaries attend a press conference in Hong Kong, Wednesday, July 15, 2020. Young activists and localist candidates dominated Hong Kong's unofficial pro-democracy primaries over the weekend, with hundreds of thousands of people voting despite warnings the election could violate the territory's new security law imposed by Beijing. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Young activists, localists top Hong Kong pro-democracy polls

Jul. 15, 2020 7:44 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Young activists and localist candidates dominated Hong Kong’s unofficial pro-democracy primaries over the weekend, with hundreds of thousands of people voting despite warnings the election could violate the territory's new security law imposed by Beijing. Candidates who topped the...

China says progress made in latest border talks with India

Jul. 15, 2020 5:48 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China and India made progress in their latest talks on a long-running border dispute that turned deadly last month, a Chinese spokesperson said Wednesday. Top commanders from the two sides held their fourth round of talks on Tuesday, a month after the deadly clash between their soldiers in...

President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the Rose Garden of the White House, Tuesday, July 14, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump signs bill, order rebuking China, and slams Biden

Jul. 15, 2020 12:27 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump signed legislation and an executive order on Tuesday that he said will hold China accountable for its oppressive actions against the people of Hong Kong, then quickly shifted his policy speech into a political one, hurling broadsides against Democratic rival Joe...

Fire crews spray water from the dock onto the side of the USS Bonhomme Richard, Tuesday, July 14, 2020, in San Diego. The battle to save the ship from a ravaging fire entered a third day in San Diego Bay on Tuesday with indications that the situation aboard the amphibious assault ship was improving. The U.S. Navy said in a statement late Monday that firefighters were making significant progress with the assistance of water drops by helicopters. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Navy: Progress on warship fire, but ship's fate uncertain

Jul. 14, 2020 7:03 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Marking significant progress, firefighters were able to move deeper inside the fire-engulfed USS Bonhomme Richard on Tuesday on their third day of battling the flames. But a top Navy official said it was too soon to say if the 23-year-old ship that is burning on opposite ends will be...

This photo released Tuesday, July 14, 2020, by the West Virginia Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority shows Reta Mays, a former nursing assistant at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center in Clarksburg, W.Va. Mays, pleaded guilty Tuesday to intentionally killing seven patients with fatal doses of insulin. She was charged with seven counts of second-degree murder and one count of assault with the intent to commit murder of an eighth person. She faces life sentences for each murder. (West Virginia Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority via AP)

Fired VA staffer admits to murdering 7 patients with insulin

Jul. 14, 2020 6:32 PM EDT

A former staffer at a veterans hospital in West Virginia pleaded guilty Tuesday to intentionally killing seven patients with fatal doses of insulin, capping a sweeping federal investigation into a series of mysterious deaths at the medical center. Reta Mays, a former nursing assistant at the Louis A. Johnson VA...