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White House rejects Putin idea for Ukraine referendum

Jul. 20, 2018 6:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House rejected on Friday a Vladimir Putin-backed effort to hold a referendum in eastern Ukraine on the region's future, distancing itself from the idea in the aftermath of President Donald Trump's controversial summit with the Russian leader. Russia's ambassador to the U.S.,...

The Latest: Trump slams media for coverage of Putin summit

Jul. 20, 2018 6:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin (all times local): 6 p.m. President Donald Trump is again lashing out at media coverage of his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. After arriving Friday at his New Jersey home for the weekend, Trump...

Israeli soldier killed by Palestinian fire near Gaza

Jul. 20, 2018 4:33 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli airstrikes pummeled Hamas targets in Gaza, killing four Palestinians, mostly Hamas operatives, after Palestinian snipers killed an Israeli soldier near the border Friday, officials said. The military said a "terrorist squad" fired at troops, and one soldier was severely injured and...

The Latest: Macedonian police find 44 migrants inside truck

Jul. 20, 2018 3:48 PM EDT

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — The Latest on the influx of migrants in Europe (all times local): 10:44 p.m. Macedonian police say they have found 44 migrants hidden in a truck on a highway in center of the country. Police said Friday they had pursued the vehicle late Wednesday until the driver stopped the van...

Israeli military says Palestinian fire kills soldier near Gaza border, first Israeli killed there in months of violence

Jul. 20, 2018 3:39 PM EDT
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli military says Palestinian fire kills soldier near Gaza border, first Israeli killed there in months of violence.

Iraqis take to the streets again to demand better services

Jul. 20, 2018 3:13 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Thousands have once again taken to the streets in the capital and the southern city of Basra demanding better public services and jobs. In Baghdad, the protesters gathered Friday at Tahrir Square and tried to breach the Green Zone where the government sits. Security forces fired water...

Israel carries out airstrikes after Palestinians fire shots from Gaza's border, killing at least three Hamas fighters

Jul. 20, 2018 1:37 PM EDT
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israel carries out airstrikes after Palestinians fire shots from Gaza's border, killing at least three Hamas fighters.

Syria: Rebels give up positions near Golan Heights

Jul. 20, 2018 12:54 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian rebels laid down their weapons and started evacuating their positions near the Golan Heights on Friday, paving the way for President Bashar Assad's forces to retake their positions along the Israeli frontier for the first time since 2011. Buses carried the first batch of rebels, their...

Fans getting out of control on Tour de France climbs

Jul. 20, 2018 12:15 PM EDT

BOURG D'OISANS, France (AP) — A spectator threw a smoke bomb into the Tour de France peloton as it passed by on Friday. Nobody came to any harm. Unlike on Thursday, when a fan's camera strap appeared to snag Vincenzo Nibali's handlebars on Alpe d'Huez, he slammed to the ground and broke a vertebra. The...

Egypt, Sudan seek to bolster ties after yearslong tension

Jul. 20, 2018 11:34 AM EDT

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — The leaders of Egypt and Sudan have agreed to mend ties, frayed by repeated failures to reach a deal over an upstream Nile dam being built by Ethiopia, and the revival of a longstanding dispute over a border territory held by Cairo and claimed by Khartoum. In a two-day visit to...