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Democrats herald agreement on sweeping Russia sanctions bill
(AP Photo - J. Scott Applewhite)
By RICHARD LARDNER
From Associated Press
July 22, 2017 12:46 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Democrats announced Saturday that a bipartisan group of House and Senate negotiators have reached an agreement on a sweeping Russia sanctions package to punish Moscow for meddling in the presidential election and its military aggression in Ukraine and Syria.

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Outrage over plans by Poland's governing party to put the judicial system under its political control sparked another day of nationwide protests Saturday, with some people gathering outside the home of ruling party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski and accusing him of being a dictator.

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran has demanded that the United States release all detained Iranian citizens, the semi-official Tasnim news agency reported on Saturday.

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Latest on protests in Venezuela against President Nicolas Maduro's bid to rewrite the constitution (all times local): 4:20 p.m.

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's military fortified its troops in the West Bank and placed forces on high alert Saturday, a day after a Palestinian stabbed to death three members of an Israeli family and some of the worst Israeli-Palestinian clashes in years erupted over tensions at the Holy Land's most contested shrine.

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Latest on Poland's move to give politicians influence over Supreme Court (all times local): 8:45 p.m. Thousands of government opponents are gathering in Warsaw, Krakow and other cities across Poland to urge President Andrzej Duda to reject legislation that would give the ruling party control of the Supreme Court and the judiciary.

KOS, Greece (AP) — Crews of experts began examining the damage to cultural monuments and infrastructure on the eastern Greek island of Kos on Saturday, a day after a powerful earthquake killed two tourists and injured nearly 500 others in the Aegean Sea region that stretches to Turkey's sprawling coast.

KOS, Greece (AP) — The Latest on the earthquake in Greece and Turkey (all times local): 9 p.m. Two strong aftershocks have struck the eastern Greek island of Kos within minutes of each other, sending startled residents and tourists scurrying away from homes and restaurants.

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on developments in Israel (all times local): 9:00 p.m. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says the Palestinian who stabbed to death three members of the Israeli family is an "animal."

BERLIN (AP) — A German girl who ran away from home after converting to Islam has been found as Iraqi forces liberated the northern city of Mosul from Islamic State extremists, German and Iraqi officials said Saturday.

LONDON (AP) — British officials announced plans Saturday to further regulate drone use in a bid to prevent accidents and threats to commercial aviation.

BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on foreigners found in Iraq (all times local): 7:10 p.m. Iraqi intelligence and investigative officials say a German teenager who was found in Iraq after running away from home shortly after converting to Islam a year ago is in good health.

BERLIN (AP) — A Swiss couple whose bodies were found on an Alpine glacier after they went missing for nearly 75 years has been buried in Switzerland.

BEIRUT (AP) — Russia's Defense Ministry said Saturday an agreement has been reached with the Syrian opposition on the boundaries for a de-escalation zone for the eastern suburbs of the capital Damascus while the Syrian army command said it has ceased military operations in several areas near the capital.

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on developments in Syria (all times local): 5:45 p.m. The Lebanese army says the former deputy mayor of the border town of Arsal was killed while on a mediation mission with al-Qaida-linked militants in Syria.

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — European Union leaders and Hungarian-American billionaire George Soros are seeking a "new, mixed, Muslimized Europe," Hungary's anti-migration prime minister said Saturday.

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's foreign minister has tried to reach out to the country's Turkish-rooted citizens, saying the crisis between both countries isn't directed against them.

MADRID (AP) — Spain's maritime rescue service says it has saved 57 migrants from two boats trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea from Morocco.

LONDON (AP) — Kensington Palace has released a portrait to mark Prince George's fourth birthday. The son of Prince William and his wife Kate celebrated his birthday Saturday.

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's Senate approved a contentious law on Saturday that gives politicians substantial influence over the Supreme Court, in defiance of European Union criticism.

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey's official news agency says a court has reissued detention warrants for four human rights activists who were released earlier this week.

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's spiraling violence reached new heights with 2,234 murders in June, the country's deadliest month in at least 20 years, according to government data.

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Burnt-out vehicles. Road blockades. A raging gun battle between armored marines and gang members that left eight dead.

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A historian is going to court this month in an attempt to force Australian authorities to release secret letters that would reveal what Queen Elizabeth II knew of her representative's shocking scheme to dismiss Australia's government more than 40 years ago.

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii is the first state to prepare the public for the possibility of a ballistic missile strike from North Korea.