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Nepal's Oli resigns as prime minister
08:28 AM, 07.24.2016

Just before a no-confidence motion in parliament, K. P. Sharma Oli resigned as Nepal's prime minister on July 24, 2016Nepal's K.P. Sharma Oli resigned as prime minister on Sunday, minutes before facing a no-confidence motion in parliament he was certain to lose, plunging the impoverished nation into fresh turmoil. "I have decided to open the road to elect a new prime minister in this parliament and presented my resignation to the president," Oli told lawmakers who were set to vote on the no-confidence motion. Oli's resignation is the latest crisis to hit Nepal which has been struggling to rebuild the quake last April that claimed almost 9,000 lives.


 
The Latest: Sanders prefers someone like Sen. Warren as VP
08:27 AM, 07.24.2016

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton stands together with Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., during a rally at Florida International University Panther Arena in Miami, Saturday, July 23, 2016. Clinton has chosen Kaine to be her running mate. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the 2016 presidential race (all times EDT):


 
Nepal's prime minister resigns after losing majority support
08:23 AM, 07.24.2016

FILE- In this Oct. 11, 2015 file photo, Nepal's Khadga Prasad Oli addresses the parliament before being appointed as the new Prime Minister in Kathmandu, Nepal. Oli has resigned before facing a confidence vote in parliament that he expected to lose. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha, File)KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepal's prime minister resigned on Sunday shortly before he was to face a confidence vote in parliament that he expected to lose, further aggravating political instability in the Himalayan country.


 
IOC will not impose blanket ban on Russia for Rio Olympics
08:22 AM, 07.24.2016

A man walks out of the Russian Olympic Committee headquarters building in MoscowThe International Olympic Committee (IOC) will not impose a blanket ban on Russia for next month's Rio Olympics over the nation's doping record but will leave decisions on individual athletes' participation with their sports federations, it said on Sunday. The IOC's announcement follows the World Anti-Doping Agency's (WADA) call for a Rio ban in response to the independent McLaren report that found evidence of widespread state-sponsored doping by Russian athletes at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.


 
No blanket ban on Russian athletes in Rio - IOC
08:18 AM, 07.24.2016

The IAAF, athletics' governing body, suspended all Russian track and field competitors after an inquiry found widespread, state-sponsored dopingGeneva (AFP) - The International Olympic Committee on Sunday decided not to hit Russia with a blanket for the Rio Games over state-run doping, but said each sports federation needed to establish an athlete's individual eligibility.


 
Rio Olympics: Leaks, electrical outages as teams arrive
08:06 AM, 07.24.2016

The Olympic Village stands ready in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, July 23, 2016. The brand new complex of residential towers are where nearly 11,000 athletes and some 6,000 coaches and other handlers will sleep, eat and train during the upcoming games, that will kickoff on Aug. 5(AP Photo/Leo Correa)RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Thousands of athletes arriving for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics could find major plumbing and electrical problems in their rooms at the Athletes Village with the games opening in just under two weeks.


 
Hamilton wins Hungarian GP to take overall lead from Rosberg
07:59 AM, 07.24.2016

British Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes AMG GP steers his car during the Formula One Hungarian Grand Prix on the Hungaroring circuit, in Mogyorod, north-east of Budapest, Hungary, Sunday, July 24, 2016. (Tamas Kovacs /MTI via AP)BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton won the Hungarian Grand Prix for a record fifth time on Sunday to take the championship lead from teammate Nico Rosberg, who finished second.


 
Clinton's turn: Guide to the Democratic National Convention
07:53 AM, 07.24.2016

The outside of the Well Fargo Center is seen before the Democratic National Convention, Saturday, July 23, 2016 in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)WASHINGTON (AP) — It's Hillary Clinton's turn.


 
Prosecutor: Venezuela first lady's nephews confess drug deal
07:51 AM, 07.24.2016

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Two nephews of Venezuela's powerful first lady confessed to trying to smuggle 800 kilograms (1,763 pounds) of cocaine into the U.S., according to prosecutors in the politically-charged case.

 
Egypt cleric says too much Pokemon Go could be dangerous
07:48 AM, 07.24.2016

CAIRO (AP) — A leading Egyptian Sunni Muslim cleric has warned against the dangers of playing too much of the wildly popular mobile phone application "Pokemon Go," adding to Mideast religious voices that have sometimes been sterner in their critique of the game.

 
Turkey ruling, opposition parties to rally together after coup
07:47 AM, 07.24.2016

Turkish President Erdogan addresses his supporters after the Friday prayers in AnkaraBy Gareth Jones ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Supporters of Turkey's ruling and main opposition parties, usually bitter foes, were set to rally together on Sunday in support of democracy following a failed military coup as President Tayyip Erdogan tightens his grip on the country. In another demonstration of unity after the coup, which was staged by a faction within the armed forces, the head of Turkey's air force issued a rare statement stressing "absolute obedience" to the chief of the military General Staff. The chief of the military General Staff, Hulusi Akar, who was held hostage by the plotters on the night of July 15, condemned the plotters on Sunday as "cowards in uniform" who had greatly harmed the nation and the army.


 
Democrats converge on Philadelphia for Clinton nomination
07:40 AM, 07.24.2016

Hillary Clinton will be formally crowned the party's White House candidate at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia this coming weekUS Democrats are converging on Philadelphia this coming week to elevate Hillary Clinton as the party's nominee to battle Republican Donald Trump in 2016's presidential election. The Democratic National Convention kicks off on Monday in the northeastern city, with the party more unified than the Republicans, whose fissures were laid bare this week as they confirmed brash billionaire Trump as their flag-bearer. "Next week in Philadelphia we will offer a very different vision for our country," she pledged.


 
Turkey readies cross-party 'unity' rally to condemn coup attempt
07:20 AM, 07.24.2016

Supporters of President Erdogan hold Turkish national flags and a portrait of the president during a rally against the military coup on Taksim square in Istanbul on July 23, 2016Turkey readied Sunday for its first cross-party rally to condemn the bloody coup attempt against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as his government pressed on with a purge of suspected state enemies. The mass pro-democracy event, to be held under tight security on Istanbul's iconic Taksim square from 1500 GMT, was called for by the biggest opposition group, the secular and centre-left Republican People's Party. Prime Minister Binali Yildirim tweeted that "this country's Turks, Kurds, Alevis" and supporters of the major opposition parties "united together and gave the lesson needed to the putschists".


 
Obama: Trump's NATO comments show 'lack of preparedness'
08:34 AM, 07.24.2016

President Barack Obama speaks to law enforcement officers from around the country at the Advancing 21st Century Policing Briefing in the South Court Auditorium of the White House complex in Washington, Friday, July 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says GOP nominee Donald Trump's recent suggestion that the U.S. might not come to the defense of NATO allies is another sign of Trump's "lack of preparedness" on foreign policy.


 
The Latest: 3 hurt in Virginia shooting, suspect sought
06:54 AM, 07.24.2016

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Latest on a shooting in Virginia that left three people injured early Sunday (all times local):

 
Roll call: Clinton heads to convention with 2,814 delegates
06:44 AM, 07.24.2016

Work continues inside the convention hall before the Democratic National Convention, Saturday, July 23, 2016, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)WASHINGTON (AP) — It's become a bit easier for Hillary Clinton to formally claim the nomination at the upcoming Democratic National Convention.


 
California fires threaten thousands of homes; 1 body found
06:02 AM, 07.24.2016

The morning sun over Pasadena, Calif., is reduced to an orange disk by smoke from a wildfire burning north of Los Angeles on Saturday, July 23, 2016. The fire erupted Friday afternoon amid a withering heat wave and spread over thousands of acres while sending up a plume of smoke that spread widely and dropped ash across the region. (AP Photo/John Antczak)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Thousands of homes remained evacuated Sunday as two massive wildfires raged in tinder-dry California hills and canyons, and authorities said a burned body was found in one neighborhood swept by the flames.


 
Soldiers in coup have badly harmed Turkey: chief of General Staff
05:59 AM, 07.24.2016

The chief of Turkey's military General Staff said on Sunday soldiers involved in last weekend's failed coup had done great harm to the country and would face "the most severe punishment", private broadcaster NTV reported. Hulusi Akar, who was briefly taken hostage by the plotters on the night of the coup, also said the armed forces would continue to perform their duties with determination. Akar was due to meet President Tayyip Erdogan later on Sunday, Turkish media reported.

 
Southern California fire mushrooms, residents evacuated
05:54 AM, 07.24.2016

Residents flee their home as flames from the blaze dubbed "Sand Fire" rages, on July 23 2016 near Santa Clarita, CaliforniaA fire burning out of control in Southern California has grown to a massive 20,000 acres, officials said Sunday, as residents in an area north of Los Angeles were forced to evacuate. The blaze, which has been dubbed the "Sand Fire" after a nearby neighborhood, is only 10 percent contained, according to the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG). Local media reported that a burned body had been recovered in the city of Santa Clarita, located some 35 miles (55 kilometers) from downtown Los Angeles, although it was unclear if the individual had died in the blaze.


 
Melker Schorling, Sweden's quiet tycoon with the Midas touch
05:53 AM, 07.24.2016

Swedish businessman Melker Schorling, major shareholder of the security companies Securitas and Assa Abloy, is seen in this file photo taken in StockholmBy Mia Shanley and Niklas Pollard STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Business tycoon Melker Schorling, one of Sweden's most prominent investors, says he is well-positioned to expand his 60 billion crown ($7 billion) investment empire even as he prepares to hand over affairs to his daughters. MSAB, the holding company he set up in 1999 which spans a diverse set of companies from measurement technology to locks and guards, has consistently outperformed larger rivals. Investors attribute Schorling's success to a knack for picking small specialists which go on to become global market leaders.


 
Intense airstrikes in Syria Aleppo province hit clinics
05:52 AM, 07.24.2016

BEIRUT (AP) — Government air raids struck five medical clinics Sunday in the northern province of Aleppo, where violence has intensified in recent weeks, Syrian opposition activists said.

 
Iraq: Suicide attack in Baghdad kills at least 14 people
05:44 AM, 07.24.2016

Residents and Iraqi security forces inspect the site where a suicide bomber detonated his explosive vest at the entrance to Kadhimiya, a mostly Shi'ite Muslim district in northwest BaghdadBAGHDAD (AP) — A suicide bomber attacked a security check point in northern Baghdad on Sunday, killing at least 14 people, Iraqi officials said.


 
Kabul in mourning after deadliest attack in 15 years
05:38 AM, 07.24.2016

A man at a mosque in Kabul on July 24, 2016, grieves the death of a relative after the IS group claimed responsibility for twin explosions the day before that ripped through crowds of Shiite Hazaras in the Afghan capital killing at least 80 peopleKabul was plunged into mourning Sunday after its deadliest attack for 15 years killed 80 people and left hundreds maimed, reigniting concern that the Islamic State group was seeking to expand its foothold in Afghanistan. Tempers were frayed a day after the twin bombings that tore through crowds of Shiite Hazara protesters, as many anxiously searched hospitals and morgues, looking among the mutilated bodies for missing relatives. "I promise you that I will avenge the blood of our loved ones on the perpetrators of this crime, wherever they are," President Ashraf Ghani said, declaring Sunday a national day of mourning.


 
ASEAN deadlocked on South China Sea after Cambodia blocks statement
05:26 AM, 07.24.2016

Still image from United States Navy video purportedly shows Chinese dredging vessels in the waters around Mischief Reef in the disputed Spratly IslandsBy Manuel Mogato and Simon Webb VIENTIANE (Reuters) - Southeast Asian nations failed to find common ground on maritime disputes in the South China Sea on Sunday after Cambodia stuck to its demand the group make no reference to an international court ruling against Beijing in a statement, diplomats said. Foreign ministers from the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) met for the first time since the U.N.-backed Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague handed an emphatic legal victory to the Philippines in the maritime dispute earlier this month. The ruling denied China's sweeping claims in the strategic seaway, through which more than $5 trillion in global trade passes each year.


 
Conservative Party chairman says Brexit must be binding
05:16 AM, 07.24.2016

Patrick McLoughlin, chairman of Britain's Conservative Party is seen speaking on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show in this photograph received via the BBC in LondonBy Jemima Kelly LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's vote to leave the European Union must be binding, the chairman of Britain's ruling Conservative Party said on Sunday, and Article 50, which formally starts the exit process from the bloc, would be triggered before the next election. Patrick McLoughlin, who was made party chairman by new Prime Minister Theresa May last week, told the BBC's Marr Show that the vote for Brexit meant Britain must now get control of its own borders and that immigration must be reduced. Asked about a report in the Observer newspaper that an "emergency brake" on the free movement of people was being discussed, which would allow Britain to keep access to the European single market, McLoughlin said: "let us see." "I'm quite clear that the referendum result is binding on parliament," he said.


 
Burned body found as wildfire burns near Los Angeles
05:15 AM, 07.24.2016

The morning sun over Pasadena, Calif., is reduced to an orange disk by smoke from a wildfire burning north of Los Angeles on Saturday, July 23, 2016. The fire erupted Friday afternoon amid a withering heat wave and spread over thousands of acres while sending up a plume of smoke that spread widely and dropped ash across the region. (AP Photo/John Antczak)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Thousands of homes remained evacuated Sunday as two massive wildfires raged in tinder-dry California hills and canyons, and authorities said a burned body was found in one neighborhood swept by the flames.


 
UK seeks to assuage global worries over path to Brexit
05:04 AM, 07.24.2016

Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond walks to a meeting during the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors conference held in Chengdu in Southwestern China's Sichuan provinceBy William Schomberg CHENGDU, China (Reuters) - Britain's new finance minister Philip Hammond, under pressure from his peers from around the world, said on Sunday there could be more clarity later this year on how the country will exit the European Union. Several nations called on Britain during weekend talks on the world economy to explain how the politically fraught Brexit process will unfold in order to avoid adding a new drag on the long and slow recovery from the financial crisis. "It's a new factor affecting the global economic outlook and it has increased the uncertainty which the world economy faces." Britain was plunged into its biggest political crisis in decades by the June 23 Brexit vote and so far it has resisted calls from some other EU countries to trigger quickly the two-year process for negotiating its exit from the bloc.


 
French president's approval rating inches up despite Nice attack: polls
04:45 AM, 07.24.2016

French President Hollande visits an exhinition during a ceremony marking the first anniversary of the energy transition law at the Elysee Palace in ParisFrench President Francois Hollande's popularity rating has inched up from near record lows this month, despite heavy criticism he received over security issues since the Bastille Day attack in Nice, two polls showed. Nineteen percent of those surveyed in a BVA poll published on Saturday said they had a favourable opinion of Hollande, up from a record low of 18 percent in June. A July 22-23 Ifop poll for the Journal du Dimanche published on Sunday showed a bigger improvement, with those satisfied with the president rising three percentage points to a five-month high of 17 percent.


 
Ceremony marks 4 years to go before Tokyo hosts Olympics
04:40 AM, 07.24.2016

Hozuki or Chinese lantern plants are sold at a local summer fair in Tokyo, Sunday, July 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)TOKYO (AP) — Organizers held a ceremony on Sunday to mark four years to go before Tokyo hosts the 2020 Olympics.


 
Former Mexican drug kingpin denies killing US agent
04:39 AM, 07.24.2016

Members of Mexico's Federal Preventive Police (PFP) guard drug trafficker Rafael Caro Quintero (C) after an operation in the Puente Grande in prison in Guadalajara on January 29, 2005One of Mexico's most notorious drug lords, wanted by the United States for the 1985 murder of an undercover agent, spoke out from hiding in an article Sunday to deny involvement in the killing. Rafael Caro Quintero, founder of the now defunct Guadalajara cartel, the country's most powerful drug trafficking network in the 1980s, denied murdering the Drug Enforcement Administration officer and apologized for involvement in trafficking during an interview with prominent news magazine Proceso. Caro Quintero, who served 28 years of a 40-year sentence in a Mexican prison for the murder, was freed over a legal technicality in 2013 and then vanished.


 
IOC leaders meet to consider Olympic ban on Russia
04:37 AM, 07.24.2016

FILE - In this Aug. 10, 2012 file photo a gold medalist from Russia participates in a medals ceremony at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. The IOC's ruling 15-member executive board will meet Sunday, July 24, 2016 via teleconference to weigh the unprecedented step of excluding Russia as a whole from the 2016 Rio Olympic Games because of systematic, state-sponsored cheating. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, file)LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Olympic leaders are meeting to consider whether to impose a total ban on Russian athletes from the Rio de Janeiro Games because of state-sponsored doping.


 
Tim Kaine wows crowds on day one as Clinton running mate
04:37 AM, 07.24.2016

US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and running mate Tim Kaine greet supporters at a campaign rally in Miami on July 23, 2016Tim Kaine made a big splash in his first appearance as Hillary Clinton's running mate for the White House, savaging Donald Trump's foreign policy ideas as dangerous and wowing a Miami crowd with fluent Spanish. Kaine, a 58-year-old senator from the battleground state of Virginia, won many a cheer and laugh and frequent applause as he addressed a campaign rally late Saturday, one day after being tapped for the Democratic ticket. Clinton beamed as she sat behind Kaine during his rousing speech, after introducing the political veteran as the antithesis of the Republican ticket of Trump and Mike Pence.


 
U.S. Treasury's Lew: underscored U.S. economy as source of strength at G20
04:36 AM, 07.24.2016

CHENGDU, China (Reuters) - U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said he told a meeting of policymakers from the Group of 20 economies that the United States's economy was strong and its job market was healthy.

 
IOC faces historic call on Russia Rio ban
04:29 AM, 07.24.2016

International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach pictured in Lausanne in JuneThe International Olympic Committee held showdown talks Sunday on whether to ban Russia from the Rio Games over state-run doping, an unprecedented decision that could spark the Olympic movement's worst crisis in decades. An independent report from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) said Russia's sports ministry directed a vast doping programme with support from the state intelligence agency that saw thousands of tainted urine samples destroyed or swapped for clean ones. The cheating affected 30 sports and went on during the 2014 Sochi Games and other major Olympic and international events, according to the WADA report released last week by Canadian law professor Richard McLaren.


 
G20 will use 'all policy tools' to lift growth as Brexit weighs
04:19 AM, 07.24.2016

G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors pose for a group photo during a conference held in Chengdu in Southwestern China's Sichuan provinceBy William Schomberg and Elias Glenn CHENGDU, China (Reuters) - The world's biggest economies will work to support global growth and better share the benefits of trade, policymakers said on Sunday after a meeting dominated by the impact of Britain's exit from Europe and fears of rising protectionism. Philip Hammond, Britain's new finance minister, said the uncertainty about Brexit would begin to abate once Britain laid out a vision for a future relationship with Europe, which could become clearer later this year.


 
Libya oil exports threatened as NOC warns against port deal
04:06 AM, 07.24.2016

Mustafa Sanalla, the head of the National Oil Corporation (NOC), speaks during an interview with Reuters at the headquarters of the NOC in Tripoli, LibyaBy Ahmad Ghaddar, Libby George and Aidan Lewis LONDON/TUNIS (Reuters) - Libya's hopes to boost crude exports have been dealt a blow after the head of the National Oil Corporation (NOC) objected to a deal between the government and local guards to reopen key ports.  In a letter seen by Reuters to U.N. Libya envoy Martin Kobler and a number of oil and diplomatic officials, NOC chairman Mustafa Sanalla said it was a mistake to reward Ibrahim Jathran, head of the Petroleum Facilities Guard (PFG), for a blockade of the oil ports of Ras Lanuf, Es Sider and Zueitina. The PFG confirmed on Friday that it would implement an agreement with Libya's U.N.-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) to reopen the ports within days, following a visit by Kobler to meet Jathran in Ras Lanuf.


 
Decision time: IOC poised to rule on Russia's status for Rio
03:56 AM, 07.24.2016

ALTERNATIVE CROP - Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting of Russia's cabinet in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Friday, July 22, 2016. President Vladimir Putin on Friday called for a new anti-doping commission to be created to shape Russia's future strategy, as the country faces possible exclusion from the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. (Alexei Nikolsky/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)LONDON (AP) — As the clock ticks down to the opening ceremony in Rio de Janeiro, international Olympic leaders are facing a seminal moment.


 
China imposes anti-dumping duties on Japan, Korean, EU steel
03:50 AM, 07.24.2016

BEIJING (AP) — China's Ministry of Commerce said Sunday that it has imposed anti-dumping duties on steel imports from Japan, South Korea and the European Union.

 
SE Asia deadlocked as S. China Sea split deepens
03:36 AM, 07.24.2016

Staunch China ally Cambodia is preventing Southeast Asia from reaching a consensus on the South China Sea after an international tribunal rejected Beijing's territorial claims to the waters, a diplomat said in Vientiane on July 23Southeast Asian nations were deadlocked Sunday about how to confront China's territorial claims in the South China Sea as pressure from Beijing again drove a wedge between countries on the region's toughest security challenge. The 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) boasts four countries who have competing claims with Beijing to parts of the sea, and is fiercely divided on the issue. Rival claimants have accused China of deftly forging alliances with smaller member countries like Laos, this year's host, and Cambodia through aid and loans to divide the once consensus-driven bloc.


 
G-20 countries pledge to protect against Brexit shock
03:10 AM, 07.24.2016

G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors prepare for a group photo session in Chengdu in Southwestern China's Sichuan province, Sunday, July 24, 2016. Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors of the 20 most developed economies met in the southwestern city of Chengdu ahead of a G20 leaders meeting in September hosted by China. Participants in the front row are, from left are: World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, an unidentified member, Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Simsek, China's Finance Minister Lou Jiwei, China's People's Bank of China Governor Zhou Xiaochuan and Germany's Federal Minister of Finance Wolfgang Schauble. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, Pool)BEIJING (AP) — Global finance officials promised Sunday to protect the world economy from the shockwaves of Britain's European Union referendum and to boost sluggish growth.


 
 
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