By Ed Stoddard MARIKANA, South Africa (Reuters) - In the shantytowns around Lonmin's Marikana platinum mine, where 34 striking miners were shot dead by police in 2012, residents say the ruling party has failed to keep a promise for basic services and could lose in next week's local polls. The vote will be a stern test for President Jacob Zuma's African National Congress who is facing a strong challenge from the opposition and an economy forecast to stagnate this year. Any defeats in the big population centres for the ANC in the Aug. 3 vote, could damage the party, in power since the end of white-minority rule in 1994, as it prepares for a presidential election in 2019.
BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State says church attack in France was carried out by two 'soldiers' from the group.
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) — Most of the roughly 20,000 evacuees forced out by a wildfire were cleared to go home, but firefighters still have huge work ahead Tuesday in taming a massive wildfire northwest of Los Angeles.
LONDON (AP) — The British Council, which promotes British culture and values worldwide, said Tuesday it has started disciplinary procedures against an employee who went on a social media rant against Prince George.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump is complaining about hot air at a Virginia hotel, and the hotel is pushing back.
Suicide bombers killed at least 13 people at the gates of the African Union's main peacekeeping base in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Tuesday, police said, in an attack claimed by the Islamist militants of al Shabaab. "At least 13 people mostly security forces died in the two car bomb blasts," and 12 others were wounded, Abdiqadir Omar, a police officer told Reuters. Al Shabaab, an Islamist militant group linked to al Qaeda and fighting to topple Somalia's Western-backed government, said it set off two car bombs.
NEW DELHI (AP) — Police in Bangladesh's capital raided a five-story building Tuesday that was used as a den by suspected Islamic militants, killing nine of them, the country's police chief said.
By John Whitesides and Alana Wise PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Hillary Clinton was set to become the first woman presidential nominee of a major U.S. party on Tuesday, a historic moment that Democrats hope will help eclipse rancor between supporters of Clinton and her rival in the primary contests, Bernie Sanders. The party will make its nomination on the second day of a convention that began on Monday with anti-Clinton feeling among die-hard Sanders supporters on full and vocal display. Sanders, one of the main speakers on the first evening, portrayed Clinton as a fellow soldier in his fight for economic equality, but some of his supporters booed the mere mention of her name.
CINCINNATI (AP) — The Democratic nominee in former House Speaker John Boehner's (BAY'-nurz) Ohio district has withdrawn from the November election, leaving a clear field for now for recently elected Republican U.S. Rep Warren Davidson to win a full term.
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MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Two suicide bombers detonated explosives-laden cars on Tuesday outside the offices of the U.N.'s mine clearing agency and a Somali army checkpoint in Mogadishu, killing 13 people, including seven guards, Somali police officials said.
TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on Tuesday's knife attack at a Japanese facility for the mentally disabled that left 19 dead (all times local):
The World Bank has suspended funding for the long-delayed Inga-3 hydroelectric project in Democratic Republic of Congo following disagreements over the "strategic direction" of the project, it said in a statement late Monday. The $14 billion Inga-3 project along the Congo River will expand on two existing Inga hydroelectric dams and is part of an eight-stage Grand Inga project that would produce a record 44,000 megawatts (MW) at an estimated cost of $50-80 billion. The World Bank had agreed to a $73.1 million grant for the project in 2014, of which 6 percent had been disbursed before the suspension.
By Elaine Lies and Kwiyeon Ha SAGAMIHARA, Japan (Reuters) - A knife-wielding man broke into a facility for the disabled in a small town near Tokyo early on Tuesday and killed 19 patients as they slept, authorities said, Japan's worst mass killing since World War Two. At least 25 other residents were wounded in the attack at the Tsukui Yamayuri-En facility for mentally and physically disabled in Sagamihara town, about 25 miles (40 km) southwest of Tokyo. "This is a very heart-wrenching and shocking incident in which many innocent people became victims," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a regular news conference in Tokyo.
McDonald's' "All-Day Breakfast" fueled firm sales gains in the second quarter despite weak growth across the fast food industry, the company reported Tuesday. The company, which is in the middle of an effort to sell off 4,000 company-owned stores to franchise operators, said that comparable sales globally rose 3.1 percent, helped by menu changes. "We're making steady progress on transforming our business to satisfy the needs of our customers around the world, despite a challenging environment in several key markets," said chief executive Steve Easterbrook, who was promoted to revive the flagging fast food chain in March 2015.