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The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 4:51pm

Newly named White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci went right to work answering journalists' questions after getting the job. Scaramucci entered the White House press briefing room with Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who now has the position of press secretary for President Donald Trump. The New York financier repeatedly declared his love for and loyalty to Trump. He answered a range of questions and blew a kiss and waved to journalists before leaving the briefing room.

Court upholds prison sentence for Curacao's former leader

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 4:51pm

An appeals court in the Dutch Caribbean island of Curacao has upheld the sentence of a former prime minister found guilty of corruption.

The Latest: Mexico jobseekers tricked into cartel boot camps

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 4:41pm

The Latest on drug cartel-fueled violence in Mexico (all times local):

Mexico City sees drug-war-style violence come to the capital

Mark Stevenson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 3:21pm

Burnt-out vehicles. Road blockades. A raging gun battle between armored marines and gang members that left eight dead.

The Latest: Neighbors ask Venezuela to put off vote

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 3:11pm

The Latest on the political crisis in Venezuela (all times local):

Qatar's ruler voices willingness to talk to solve Arab rift

Adam Schreck, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 2:59pm

Qatar's ruling emir said on Friday that his embattled Gulf nation remains open to dialogue with four Arab countries that have isolated it, but that any resolution to the crisis must respect his country's sovereignty.

Poland's senators to vote on contentious court overhaul

Monika Scislowska, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 2:21pm

Poland's Senate was poised Friday to approve legislation that would give politicians substantial influence over the country's Supreme Court — a move that critics say would defy the principles of the European Union.

Israel's rescue service: Palestinian stabbed 2 Israelis to death, wounded a third inside a West Bank settlement

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 2:03pm

Israel's rescue service: Palestinian stabbed 2 Israelis to death, wounded a third inside a West Bank settlement.

Israeli military says a Palestinian has stabbed Israelis inside a West Bank settlement

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 1:49pm

Israeli military says a Palestinian has stabbed Israelis inside a West Bank settlement.

Mexican government statistics show June was the country's deadliest month in at least 20 years, with 2,234 murders

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 1:39pm

Mexican government statistics show June was the country's deadliest month in at least 20 years, with 2,234 murders.

Militant group claims attack on policemen in Egypt

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 1:31pm

An Egyptian militant group claimed responsibility on Friday for an attack on a three-car police convoy that killed one policeman and wounded three others the day before.

Amnesty calls for inquiry into death in Egypt police custody

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 1:01pm

An international rights group has urged Egyptian authorities to investigate the death of a Coptic Christian man who died in police custody, apparently of torture.

UN, aid group: Cholera in Yemen to worsen in rainy season

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 12:42pm

The U.N. health agency and an international aid organization warned on Friday that Yemen's cholera epidemic, the world's worst since Haiti's 2010 outbreak, is likely to worsen in the rainy season.

Moldova: lawmakers demand Russia withdraws its troops

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 11:47am

Moldovan lawmakers have demanded that Russia withdraws its troops from the separatist region of Trans-Dniester, in a move that could heighten tensions between the pro-Western government and the president who favors closer relations with Moscow.

US says airstrike killed members of Afghan security forces

Amir Shah, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 11:31am

The United States said Friday that an airstrike in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province killed an unspecified number of Afghan security forces. The provincial governor confirmed the deaths, saying at least two commanders were among those killed but the final death count was not immediately known.

Pakistan court ends hearing on corruption allegations of PM

Munir Ahmed, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 11:21am

Pakistan's top court on Friday concluded its hearing into corruption allegations against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's family, but it wasn't immediately clear when the tribunal would announce its decision, defense lawyers and attorneys for the petitioners said.

Militants burst from tunnels, hit weak points in Raqqa fight

Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 11:11am

The surprise attack came before dawn. An Islamic State group militant emerged from underground right into a deserted building being used as a position by U.S.-backed Syrian forces on a front line in Raqqa. He screamed, Allahu akbar, or "God is great," and threw a bomb, killing a guard.

'Darknet' suspect's flashy cars raised eyebrows in Thailand

Kaweewit Kaewjinda, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 10:32am

The neighbors had their suspicions.

Baby Charlie Gard's latest brain scan is 'sad reading'

Caroline Spiezio, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 10:32am

The British parents of critically ill baby Charlie Gard have been told by a hospital lawyer that the results of their son's latest brain scans make for "sad reading."