House GOP on health care: For repeal, not replace

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three years after campaigning on a vow to “repeal and replace” President Barack Obama’s health care law, House Republicans have yet to advance an alternative for the system they have voted more than three dozen…

Mortar shells hit market in Syria, killing 18

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Syrian state television claims that a pro-government group has hacked into two social messaging networks and seized records of local users. Such a hack could expose Syrian rebels and other activists who depend on…

Bahrain: 3 arrested in connection to bombing

MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Bahrain says authorities have arrested three suspects in connection with a bombing last week outside a mosque near the royal residences in the Gulf kingdom. The blast pointed to a widening campaign by more…

Iran invites Western leaders to inauguration

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s foreign ministry says the Islamic Republic has sent invitations to all the world’s leaders to attend the Aug. 4 inauguration of its new president. Spokesman Abbas Araghchi was quoted by the semiofficial ISNA…

Westwood takes 2-stroke lead to Open’s final round

GULLANE, Scotland (AP) — Lee Westwood has never been in better position to win his first major championship. The 40-year-old from England takes a two-stroke lead into the final round of the British Open at Muirfield, where the…

Mali official says election workers freed in north

TIMBUKTU, Mali (AP) — A group of election workers, who were kidnapped over the weekend in northern Mali’s troubled Kidal region where they had gone to distribute voter ID cards, were released Sunday, officials said. The incident comes…

Jordan court rejects bail for militant cleric

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — A Jordanian prosecutor says the country’s military court has refused a bail request by a radical Muslim preacher who was deported from Britain to be retried at home on terrorism charges. The 53-year-old preacher…

Russian region says militants flocking to Syria

MAKHACHKALA, Russia (AP) — The leader of a restive province in Russia’s Caucasus Mountains says local Islamic militants are fighting alongside rebels in Syria and could further destabilize their home region when they return. Ramazan Abdulatipov, the acting…

Japan’s ruling bloc wins upper house elections

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese broadcasters projected that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling coalition won a majority of seats in the upper house of parliament in elections Sunday, giving it control of both chambers for the first time in…

Militant attacks on north Sinai city kill 5

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s official news agency says a panel charged with amending the constitution in the aftermath of the ouster of President Mohammed Morsi is meeting for the first time. MENA says the panel, made up of…

Bus carrying Egypt soldiers hits truck, 16 killed

CAIRO (AP) — A bus carrying Egyptian soldiers crashed into a truck on a highway near the Mediterranean coast early Sunday, killing 16, a security official said. The accident took place on the highway between Cairo and the…

Pope prays for World Youth Day

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis thanked pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square for their good wishes for his impending journey to Brazil for World Youth Day. The pope departed from his prepared text during the traditional Sunday Angelus…

US Treasury Secretary Lew in Greece for talks

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew has arrived in Athens to discuss Greece’s efforts to overcome a deep debt crisis. Greek officials say Lew is meeting with Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras and will later on…

Boehner: ‘Judge us by how many laws we repeal’

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner says Congress “ought to be judged on how many laws we repeal.” The Ohio Republican makes the comments on an interview aired Sunday on CBS “Face the Nation.” He was responding…