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El Salvador strikes blow against gang in operation

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 6:01pm

Authorities in El Salvador are claiming a strong blow against the leadership and financing of one of the country's principal street gangs.

Donations keep iconic Queen Elizabeth I portrait in Britain

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 5:11pm

A rare 16th century portrait of Queen Elizabeth I will become public property after a donations appeal raised 10 million pounds ($13 million) to keep it in Britain.

Military: Boko Haram ambushes humanitarian convoy, wounds 5

Haruna Umar, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 5:11pm

Boko Haram Islamic extremists ambushed a humanitarian convoy escorted by troops in northeast Nigeria on Thursday, wounding three civilians including a U.N. worker, and two soldiers, the army and UNICEF said.

Military: Boko Haram ambushes humanitarian convoy in northeast Nigeria, wounds 5 including UN worker

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 3:40pm

Military: Boko Haram ambushes humanitarian convoy in northeast Nigeria, wounds 5 including UN worker.

Zimbabwe pastor calls for massive but peaceful uprising

Stuart Graham, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 3:21pm

The Zimbabwe pastor who launched a social media campaign criticizing the government and then left the country for his safety is calling for a massive but peaceful uprising.

Genetically modified mosquitoes released in Cayman Islands

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 3:01pm

The first wave of genetically modified mosquitoes were released Wednesday in the Cayman Islands as part of a new effort to control the insect that spreads Zika and other viruses, officials in the British Island territory said.

High-ranking police official shot to death in Nicaragua

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 2:41pm

Nicaraguan officials say a high-ranking national police officer has been shot to death outside his home.

Syria Nusra Front leader claims to cut ties with al-Qaida

Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 2:21pm

The leader of Syria's Nusra Front said in recording aired Thursday that his group is changing its name, claiming it will have no more ties with al-Qaida in an attempt to undermine a potential U.S. and Russian air campaign against its fighters.

French ID 2nd church attacker; police had warning about him

Lori Hinnant and Elaine Ganley, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 1:51pm

French officials on Thursday identified the second man responsible for attacking a Catholic church in Normandy as a 19-year-old who was spotted last month in Turkey as he supposedly headed to Syria — but returned to France instead.

Turkey's top military commander keeps post

Suzan Fraser, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 1:31pm

Turkey's top military commander, who was held hostage during an attempted coup, kept his post Thursday, while the general who served as acting chief of staff was promoted following a purge in the military following the failed putsch.

French body rules to keep Paris attacks suspect cell cameras

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 1:31pm

France's top administrative body denied a request by the sole surviving suspect from the Nov. 13 attacks on Paris to remove two live video cameras from his cell.

Toronto police officer sentenced to 6 years in teen shooting

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 1:21pm

A Toronto police officer was sentenced Thursday to six years in prison for the shooting death of a teen on a streetcar in a case that sparked protests in Canada's largest city after it was caught on video and posted on YouTube.

China, Russia plan joint military drills in South China Sea

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 1:01pm

China's military said Thursday it will hold joint exercises with Russian forces in the South China Sea, following a recent arbitration ruling that rejected Beijing's claim to almost the entire strategic body of water.

Mexico drug lord in DEA agent's killing sent to house arrest

Peter Orsi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 12:41pm

Drug lord Ernesto "Don Neto" Fonseca Carrillo, who was convicted in the 1985 killing of a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent, was transferred from prison to house arrest Thursday to serve out the remainder of his sentence.

The Latest: Britain would welcome aid corridors for Aleppo

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 12:31pm

The Latest on developments related to the Syrian war and international effort on the crisis (all times local):

Russia, Syria blockade Aleppo, offer corridors out

Sarah El Deeb and Philip Issa, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 12:31pm

After months of fighting to encircle its opponents in Aleppo, Syrian authorities backed by Russia on Thursday offered safe corridors out for residents and rebels in the northern city's besieged quarters, underlining the government's determination to seal off the metropolis and force an eventual surrender by the opposition.

N. Korea: US has crossed red line, relations on war footing

Eric Talmadge, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 12:11pm

North Korea's top diplomat for U.S. affairs told The Associated Press on Thursday that Washington "crossed the red line" and effectively declared war by putting leader Kim Jong Un on its list of sanctioned individuals, and said a vicious showdown could erupt if the U.S. and South Korea hold annual war games as planned next month.

UN: Promise of peace and justice 'squandered' in South Sudan

Michael Astor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 11:10am

The promise of peace and justice in South Sudan has been "squandered" and the country is "poised on the brink of an abyss," United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Thursday.

Refugees block road in Greece seeking better health services

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 11:01am

Greek police say about a hundred refugees have briefly blocked a key road in the northern city of Thessaloniki, demanding better health services in their state-run camp.