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Trump open to signing Russia sanctions legislation -official

WASHINGTON – The White House says U.S. President Donald Trump is open to signing legislation toughening sanctions on Russia after Senate and House leaders reached agreement on a bill for stronger action against Moscow. (USA-RUSSIA/SANCTIONS (UPDATE 5), moving shortly, by Idrees Ali, 760 words)

Nine found dead in Texas truck, human traffickers blamed

SAN ANTONIO – At least nine men are found dead alongside dozens of people discovered inside a sweltering tractor trailer parked at a Walmart store in San Antonio in what authorities called a case of “ruthless” human trafficking.(TEXAS-BODIES/ (UPDATE 5, PIX, TV), expect by 0000 GMT/ 8 PM ET, by Jim Forsyth, 680 words)

Israel says Jerusalem mosque metal detectors to stay

JERUSALEM – Israel says it will not remove metal detectors whose installation outside a major Jerusalem mosque has triggered the bloodiest clashes with the Palestinians in years, but could eventually reduce their use. (ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS/ (UPDATE 2, TV, PIX), moved, by Dan Williams, 737 words)

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– ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS/VIOLENCE-ARABS, moved, 225 words

– ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS/POPE (PIX, TV), moved, 130 words

Venezuela congress going ahead despite “imperial” threat -Maduro

CARACAS – Defying pressure from abroad and at home, Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro says an election will go ahead next weekend for a new congress his foes fear will institutionalize dictatorship. (VENEZUELA-POLITICS/ (UPDATE 3, PIX), moved, by Andrew Cawthorne, 515 words)

UNITED STATES

Republican strategy on U.S. healthcare bill in flux ahead of vote

WASHINGTON – U.S. Republican Senate leaders aim to hold a procedural vote as early as Tuesday to take up legislation to repeal or replace Obamacare, but it remains unclear which version of the bill senators will vote on. (USA-HEALTHCARE/ (PIX), moved, by Amanda Becker, 387 words)

New Trump communications director promises crackdown on media leaks

WASHINGTON – Anthony Scaramucci, President Donald Trump’s new communications director, says one of his first tasks will be to halt leaks and that staff on his team will be fired if the leaks do not stop.(USA-TRUMP/SCARAMUCCI, moved, by Timothy Gardner, 400 words)

AMERICAS

Brazil farm minister’s family firm reaps corn subsidy

SAO PAULO – Trading firm owned by Agriculture Minister Blairo Maggi’s family has been the biggest winner from Brazil’s corn subsidies this year, underscoring tensions between the billionaire farm magnate’s political responsibilities and his investments. (BRAZIL-CORN/SUBSIDIES (EXCLUSIVE, PIX), moved, by Roberto Samora, 724 words)

U.S. Cuba tour operators gird for Trump travel crackdown

HAVANA/NEW YORK – U.S. tour operators that send Americans to Cuba are banding together to try to limit damage to business from tighter restrictions on travel to the Communist-run island expected in September from Trump administration. (USA-CUBA/TRAVEL (PIX), moved, by Marc Frank and Sophia Kunthara, 712 words)

MIDDLE EAST

Jordanian man killed, two people wounded at Israeli embassy in Jordan -police

AMMAN – One Jordanian is killed and two people, a Jordanian and an Israeli, are wounded in a shooting incident in a building inside the Israeli embassy complex in Jordan’s capital, Amman, police say. (JORDAN-ISRAEL/SECURITY (UPDATE 2 PIX, TV), moved, by Suleiman Al-Khalidi, 319 words)

‘I just want to go home, says German girl who joined IS -media

BERLIN – A German teenager who joined Islamic State is now being held in detention in Iraq and says she regrets joining the jihadist group and just wants to come home to her family, media reports. (MIDEAST-CRISIS/IRAQ-GERMANY (moved), moved, 352 words)

EUROPE

Russia to blame for “hot war” in Ukraine: U.S. special envoy

KIEV – Russian aggression is to blame for violence in eastern Ukraine, where people are dying in what should be seen as a “hot war” rather than a “frozen conflict”, the U.S. special envoy to the Ukraine peace talks says on a visit to Ukraine. (UKRAINE-CRISIS/VOLKER (TV), moved, by Natalia Zinets and Matthias Williams, moved, 381 words)

Top Merkel aide says Turkey’s conduct ‘unacceptable’

BERLIN – Turkey’s behaviour is “unacceptable” and Germany has a duty to protect its citizens and companies but also wants to maintain strong ties with Ankara, German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s chief of staff says. (GERMANY-TURKEY/ (UPDATE 1), moved, by Michelle Martin, 500 words)

Headstrong Renzi struggles to find political touch

ROME – Matteo Renzi is struggling to regain the political initiative after a disastrous spell during which he lost his job as prime minister and his party fractured. (ITALY-RENZI/ (ANALYSIS, PIX), moved, by Crispian Balmer, 1020 words)

British princes regret rushed conversation with mother Diana

LONDON – Britain’s Prince William and Harry have spoken of their regret over their last conversation with their mother Princess Diana before she died, saying the telephone call was “desperately rushed”. (FILM-DIANA/DOCUMENTARY (UPDATE 1, TV, PIX), moved, 430 words)

ASIA

Marawi standoff enters third month, underlining crisis in Philippines

MANILA – Two months after Islamist militants launched an assault on one of the biggest southern cities in the Philippines, the fighting is dragging on and President Rodrigo Duterte says he is prepared to wait a year for it to end. (PHILIPPINES-MILITANTS/ (PIX, GRAPHIC), moved, by Martin Petty, 770 words)

Support for Japanese PM slides before parliament appearance

TOKYO – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s support falls 10 points to 26 percent in a poll published a day before he will be grilled in parliament over a suspected scandal that is cutting his ratings to the lowest since taking office in 2012. (JAPAN-POLITICS/, moved, by Linda Sieg, 390 words)

AFRICA

Nigeria releases first photo of ailing president in almost 80 days

ABUJA – Nigeria releases a photograph of President Muhammadu Buhari, the first in almost three months after he left the country on May 7 for medical leave in Britain. (NIGERIA-PRESIDENT/ (PIX), moved, 354 words)

Libyan premier, rival eastern commander to meet in Paris -source

CAIRO – The head of Libya’s U.N.-backed government will hold talks in Paris this week with a powerful military commander who has so far rejected his authority, a diplomatic source tells Reuters. (LIBYA-SECURITY/TALKS (UPDATE 1), moved, by Patrick Markey, 475 words)

SPORT

American Spieth emerges from epic duel to win British Open

SOUTHPORT, England – Jordan Spieth survives a roller-coaster final round at the British Open to claim his third major title after beating fellow American Matt Kuchar by three strokes in a thrilling duel at Royal Birkdale. (GOLF-OPEN/ (WRAPUP 1, PIX), moved, by Simon Evans, 636 words)

Cycling-Near-perfect Froome claims fourth Tour title

PARIS – Chris Froome puts on a near-perfect performance to claim his fourth Tour de France and moves within one title of cycling’s greatest as Team Sky tightens its grip on the classic race. (CYCLING-FRANCE/ (UPDATE 3, PIX), moved, by Julien Pretot, 686 words)

Cycling-Near perfect Froome claims fourth Tour title

PARIS – Chris Froome puts on a near-perfect performance to claim his fourth Tour de France and move within one title of cycling’s greatest as Team Sky tighten their grip on the classic race. (CYCLING-FRANCE/ (UPDATE 3, PIX), expect by 1900/3 PM, by Julien Pretot, 568 words)

(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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