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The Latest: Spain court drops probe into Syrian crimes

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 7:41am

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

The Latest: Erdogan accuses Germany of frightening investors

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 7:28am

The Latest on Germany's tougher stance on Turkey following the jailing of a human rights activist (all times local):

Syrian army and Hezbollah launch attack near Lebanese border

Bassem Mroue, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 7:11am

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

Tanzania: Opposition figure arrested for rebuking president

Sylivester Domassa, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 7:11am

Tanzanian authorities said Friday they are holding an opposition figure who is accused of calling President John Magufuli a dictator.

Venezuela diplomat says he resigned to protest Maduro acts

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 7:11am

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.

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 8:40 a.m. EDT

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 6:48am

Fighting between two of Syria's strongest military groups spread into the rebel-held northwestern province of Idlib, with al-Qaida-linked fighters trying to capture a main border crossing with Turkey. Friday's fighting between the ultraconservative Ahrar al-Sham and al-Qaida-linked Hay'at Tahrir al Sham - Arabic for Levant Liberation Committee - that is also known as HTS, focused on the Bab al-Hawa crossing.

Saudi king shakes up security agencies after prince's rise

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 6:48am

In royal decrees, Saudi Arabia's king has stripped the Interior Ministry of many of its key mandates, including counter-terrorism, following the ouster of the crown prince who was also the ministry's chief.

Turkish PM calls for cool heads as Germany tightens stance

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 6:41am

Turkey's prime minister sought Friday to downplay worries of growing tensions between Turkey and Germany following the jailing of six human rights activists, including one German.

Army firing kills Kashmir man during anti-India strike

Aijaz Hussain, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 6:31am

The Indian army fired at worshippers outside a mosque in disputed Kashmir on Friday, killing one man and injuring another, after some threw rocks, police and residents said.

France: Le Pen's embattled National Front rethinks itself

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 6:20am

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.

Group: Yemen's cholera epidemic to worsen in rainy season

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 6:01am

An international aid organization warned Friday that Yemen's cholera epidemic, the world's worst since Haiti's 2010 outbreak, is likely to worsen in the rainy season.

Romania: Art exhibit at ex-prison show horrors of communism

Alison Mutler, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 6:00am

An art exhibition went on display Friday at a former Romanian prison where communists tortured and killed political prisoners in a gruesome re-education program.

Russian parliament bans use of proxy Internet services, VPNs

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 6:00am

Russia's parliament has outlawed the use of virtual private networks, or VPNs, and other Internet proxy services, citing concerns about the spread of extremist materials.

Poland's senators to vote on contentious court overhaul

Monika Scislowska, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 6:00am

Poland's Senate opened debate Friday on a contentious draft law that would dismiss current Supreme Court judges and let the president appoint new ones.

The Latest: EU offers post-quake help to Greece

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 5:40am

The Latest on an earthquake that struck Turkey's Aegean coast and nearby Greek islands (all times local):

Critically ill baby Charlie Gard's parents back in court

Caroline Spiezio, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 5:10am

A British judge has said the parents of critically ill baby Charlie Gard can present new evidence at upcoming hearings to determine his fate.

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 5:08am

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.

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

Sam Mednick, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 4:57am

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.

Cameroon finds 2 bodies after 34 soldiers missing in capsize

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 4:57am

Cameroon's coast guard says two bodies have been found out of 34 soldiers who went missing when a military vessel capsized off the Central African country's Atlantic coast Sunday.