Kerry: Progress with Russia on Syria despite military doubts

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, left, talks with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry during the 6th East Asia Summit Foreign Minister's meeting in Vientiane, Laos, Tuesday, July 26, 2016. (AP photo/Sakchai Lalit)VIENTIANE, Laos (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said progress is being made with Russia on a potential military partnership that could strengthen a faltering truce in Syria despite grave doubts expressed by the Pentagon and joint chiefs of staff.



Los Angeles police officer wounded in city housing project

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities say a Los Angeles police officer was shot and wounded late Monday night at a city housing project.
Brexit rewrites UK budget rules as borrowing set for first big rise since 2010

File photo of Philip Hammond attending a roundtable at the Bank of China head office building in BeijingBy David Milliken LONDON (Reuters) - Britain could borrow nearly 65 billion pounds more than planned in the next couple of years as new Chancellor Philip Hammond seeks to 'reset' government budget policy to ease the shock of last month's vote to leave the European Union. Ratings agencies and economists widely expect borrowing to rise materially next year for the first time since 2010, as Hammond has to call time - temporarily - on the austerity which dominated his predecessor George Osborne's six years in office. After taking office two weeks ago, Hammond said the darker post-Brexit outlook meant policies the Conservative government had pursued since 2010 needed to change - and economists are now starting to put numbers on what this might mean.



U.S. says backs resumption of China-Philippines talks on South China Sea

A Philippine flag flutters from BRP Sierra Madre, a dilapidated Philippine Navy ship that has been aground since 1999 and became a Philippine military detachment on the disputed Second Thomas ShoalBy Simon Webb and Manuel Mogato VIENTIANE (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday he supported the resumption of bilateral talks between China and the Philippines over the South China Sea, following a ruling against Beijing over the dispute earlier this month. China did not participate in and has refused to accept the July 12 ruling by the U.N.-backed Permanent Court of Arbitration, in which U.S. ally Manila won an emphatic legal victory. China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi had asked Kerry to lend his support for talks to restart between Manila and Beijing in a meeting between the two in the Laos capital of Vientiane on Monday.



The Latest: Officials seek stronger border control, police

Flowers and candles have been placed in front of the main entrance of the Olympia-Einkaufszentrum (Olympia Shopping Mall) in Munich, Germany, Monday, July 25, 2016, after a rampage that left numerous people dead and injured. (Peter Kneffel/dpa via AP)BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on a series of attacks in Germany (all times local):





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