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The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 12:45am

Nine years after trying to snatch sports memorabilia in a Las Vegas hotel-room heist, O.J. Simpson will walk free as soon as Oct. 1. The former football star and one-time defendant on Los Angeles murder charges was granted parole Thursday after his sister and one of the collectibles dealers robbed at gunpoint spoke on his behalf. Simpson was, at turns, remorseful, jovial and defensive at the hearing on live TV.

Greece: authorities say 2 tourists killed in earthquake are from Turkey and Sweden

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 12:11am

Greece: authorities say 2 tourists killed in earthquake are from Turkey and Sweden.

Syrian army and Hezbollah launch attack near Lebanese border

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 11:46pm

The Syrian army and members of Lebanon's militant Hezbollah group have launched a major ground offensive in a border area between the two countries.

Quake damages buildings on Greek island; 2 killed, 120 hurt

Derek Gatopoulos, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 11:23pm

A powerful earthquake shook the Greek resort island of Kos overnight, damaging older buildings and the main port, killing at least two people and causing more than 120 injuries.

British foreign secretary supports Japan to stop N. Korea

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 11:20pm

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said Friday his country stands "shoulder to shoulder" with Japan in efforts to put an end to North Korea's nuclear and missile tests.

US warns South Sudan's leaders that they risk US support

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 11:20pm

The United States warned leaders in South Sudan on Thursday that they risk losing U.S. support if they don't participate in a high-level forum and stick to deadlines for a cease-fire and political process to end their civil war.

Venezuela diplomat says he resigned to protest Maduro acts

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 11:11pm

Venezuelan diplomat Isaias Medina said he resigned because of the systematic persecution of civilians, "state terrorism" and violations of the constitution by President Nicolas Maduro's government — and he said Maduro should resign too.

Seoul calls for Pyongyang to respond to overture for talks

Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 11:00pm

South Korea on Friday urged North Korea to accept its offers for talks as Pyongyang continued to ignore Seoul's proposal for a military meeting to ease animosities along their tense border.

IS galvanized in Asia by Philippine city siege, report says

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 11:00pm

The attack by Islamic State group-affiliated militants on a Philippine city has galvanized its Southeast Asian supporters and spells trouble for the region, a top terrorism researcher said Friday as the occupation of Marawi nears two months despite a sustained military offensive.

Israel bars Muslim men under age 50 from contested Jerusalem shrine ahead of feared mass protests

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 10:47pm

Israel bars Muslim men under age 50 from contested Jerusalem shrine ahead of feared mass protests.

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

Sam Mednick, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 10:24pm

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.

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

Sam Mednick, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 10:24pm

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.

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 10:02pm

Authorities say two people have died and 55 are injured by a massive explosion at a food shop in the eastern resort city of Hangzhou.

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 11:40 p.m. EDT

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 9:49pm

Nine years after trying to snatch sports memorabilia in a Las Vegas hotel-room heist, O.J. Simpson will walk free as soon as Oct. 1. The former football star and one-time defendant on Los Angeles murder charges was granted parole Thursday after his sister and one of the collectibles dealers robbed at gunpoint spoke on his behalf. Simpson was, at turns, remorseful, jovial and defensive at the hearing on live TV.

Australia disappointed by delay in US refugee resettlement

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 9:41pm

Australia was disappointed that hundreds of its rejected refugees would not begin resettling in the United States this month under a deal that predates President Donald Trump's administration, an official said on Friday.

Venezuela strike erupts into violence leaving 2 dead

Michael Weissenstein and Christine Armario, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 9:20pm

A nationwide strike against plans to rewrite the constitution shut down much of Venezuelan's capital Thursday before erupting into sporadic violence that left at least two young men dead.

8 killed in gunbattle, clashes in southern Mexico City

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 9:01pm

Mexican military forces killed a suspected gang leader and seven others in a bloody shootout Thursday in southern Mexico City, which has largely avoided such large-scale drug violence.

Greek officials count more than 100 injuries in 6.5-magnitude earthquake, say damage mainly on island of Kos

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 8:01pm

Greek officials count more than 100 injuries in 6.5-magnitude earthquake, say damage mainly on island of Kos.

Lawmakers put Chile's abortion law on hold

Eva Vergara, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 6:35pm

Approval of a law legalizing abortion in some cases in Chile will have to wait after its supporters narrowly lost a lower house vote on proposed modifications to the bill.