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Syrian army and Hezbollah launch attack near Lebanese border

Bassem Mroue, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 4:50am

The Syrian army and members of Lebanon's militant Hezbollah group launched a major ground offensive on Friday aimed at ending the years-long presence of hundreds of militants in a border area between the two countries.

The Latest: Insurgent infighting in northern Syria spreads

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 4:40am

The Latest on developments in Syria (all times local):

Army firing kills Kashmir man amid anti-India shutdown

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 4:40am

A man was killed and another wounded after the Indian army on Friday fired at a group of protesters hurling rocks at soldiers in the disputed Kashmir region, police said.

In South Sudan, a child soldier long thought dead comes back

Sam Mednick, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 4:26am

She had no body to bury, so the grieving mother kneeled in the dirt outside her small hut, recited psalms and simply traced her finger over the uneven earth.

Burundi leader urges nearly 250,000 refugees to return home

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 4:20am

Burundi's president is urging the nearly quarter-million Burundians sheltering in Tanzania to return home, saying the country is now peaceful.

Court ends hearing into corruption charges against PM

Munir Ahmed, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 4:20am

Pakistan's supreme court on Friday concluded its hearing into a high-profile case involving allegations of corruption against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his family, but it wasn't immediately clear when a verdict would be announced, defense lawyers and attorneys for petitioners said.

In South Sudan, a child soldier long thought dead comes back

Sam Mednick, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 4:11am

She had no body to bury at the funeral, so the grieving mother kneeled in the dirt outside her small hut, recited psalms and simply traced her finger over the uneven earth.

Critically ill baby Charlie Gard's parents back in court

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 4:11am

The parents of critically ill baby Charlie Gard are back in court in Britain in their bid to be allowed to have him undergo an experimental treatment.

German president OKs gay marriage law, takes effect in fall

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 4:11am

Germany's president has signed legislation legalizing gay marriage, paving the way for it to take effect this fall.

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 5:40 a.m. EDT

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 3:51am

President Donald Trump's legal team is evaluating potential conflicts of interest among members of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigative team. That's according to three people with knowledge of the matter. The revelations come as Mueller's probe into Russia's election meddling appears likely to include some of the Trump family's business ties.

AP Explains: What's behind N. Korean silence to talks offer

Hyung-Jin Kim and Kim Hyung-Jyung, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 3:40am

Is North Korea agonizing? Just not interested? Something else?

France: Le Pen's embattled National Front rethinks itself

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 3:20am

Marine Le Pen's far-right National Front party is holding a high-tension meeting that could lead to a name change and a rethink of the party's demand to pull France out of the euro.

Insurgent attack kills 4 police in western Ghor province

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 3:00am

An official says an insurgent attack in western Ghor province has killed four police officers and wounded another seven police.

Explosion hits food shop in China, killing 2, injuring 55

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 3:00am

A massive explosion hit a food shop in eastern China during the breakfast rush Friday, killing two people and injuring 55, 12 of them seriously, officials said.

Report: Iran Guard kills 3 terrorists, wounds 4 in north

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 2:44am

Iran's official IRNA news agency is reporting that elite Revolutionary Guard forces have killed three terrorists and wounded four others in a clash in a border area in the country's northwest.

Poland's senators to vote on contentious court law

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 2:44am

A special commission of Poland's Senate has summarily reviewed and approved a contentious bill that gives politicians influence on the nation's top court, with a Senate vote on it expected later in the day.

Greece: Quake kills two, sends island tourists into panic

Derek Gatopoulos and Ayse Wieting, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 1:10am

A powerful earthquake sent a building crashing down on tourists at a bar on the Greek holiday island of Kos and struck panic on the nearby shores of Turkey early Friday, killing two people and injuring more than a hundred.

Syrian barber creates portraits on canvas _ clients' heads

Philip Issa, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 1:07am

In a city full of hair stylists, Muhannad Khaled Omar stands out.

German minister compares Turkey with communist East Germany

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 12:54am

Germany's finance minister is comparing Turkey with communist East Germany after his government toughened its stance toward Ankara following the jailing of a human rights activist.