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2 Indian soldiers, 2 rebels killed in fighting in Kashmir

Aijaz Hussain, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 3:50am

India's army said Saturday that two rebels and two soldiers were killed in an overnight gunbattle close to the cease-fire line dividing Kashmir between India and Pakistan, as a curfew continued to be enforced in parts of Indian-held Kashmir.

Report: Belgium arrests 2 suspected of plotting attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 3:10am

Belgian media say police have arrested two brothers on suspicion of plotting an attack.

Afghan official: Taliban capture district in Helmand

Mirwais Khan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 2:20am

An important district in Afghanistan's southern poppy-growing province of Helmand has fallen to Taliban control after heavy fighting that killed or wounded up to 20 police officers, an official said on Saturday.

15 dead as floods hit bus carrying wedding party in Pakistan

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 1:10am

A government official says flash floods triggered by monsoon rains have swept away a bus carrying a wedding party in northwest Pakistan, killing 15 people.

Former Brazilian President Silva to stand trial

Mauricio Savarese, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 9:30pm

A Brazilian judge has accepted charges against former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva for allegedly obstructing a corruption investigation involving state-run oil giant Petrobras, clearing the way for one of the country's best-known political figures to stand trial.

Philippine president gives rebels deadline to declare truce

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 7:31pm

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte gave communist guerrillas until Saturday to match his truce declaration or he would withdraw it following a rebel attack that killed a government militiaman.

UN extends South Sudan peacekeeping mission

Michael Astor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 4:51pm

The United Nations extended the peacekeeping mission in South Sudan, delaying decisions on giving the force a more robust mandate in the face of rising violence in the world's youngest nation.

UN to send police contingent to Burundi

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 4:01pm

The Security Council has agreed to send a contingent of United Nations police to Burundi to tamp down on violence and protect human rights in the African nation.

Turkey's Erdogan slams US reaction to failed coup

Suzan Fraser and Elena Becatoros, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 3:21pm

Turkey's president slammed the United States on Friday, claiming it was not standing firmly against a failed military coup and accused it of harboring the plot's alleged mastermind, as a government crackdown in the coup's aftermath strained Turkey's ties with key allies.

China cracks down on Great Wall brick thieves

Clara Lindh, CNN  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 3:04pm

The Great Wall is disappearing, brick by brick, and Chinese authorities have had enough.

Armenia: Officers wound 3 more gunmen holding police station

Avet Demourian, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 3:02pm

Security forces on Friday wounded three more of the armed members of an opposition group who have been barricaded inside a police station in the Armenian capital for nearly two weeks, and riot police later used stun grenades to break up a demonstration in support of the opposition gunmen.

Turkey's Erdogan dropping lawsuits for insults against him

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 2:52pm

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday he was dropping all lawsuits against those charged with insulting him.

Turkish President Erdogan says he will drop all lawsuits against people charged with insulting him

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 2:21pm

Turkish President Erdogan says he will drop all lawsuits against people charged with insulting him.

Colombian official says some 1,300 Cubans stranded in town

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 2:12pm

Nearly 1,300 Cubans who hope to make their way to the United States are stranded in miserable conditions near the Panamanian border, a regional Colombian government ombudsman said Friday.

Canadian judge rules police entrapped in terror case

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 2:01pm

A Canadian couple found guilty of terror charges will walk free after a judge ruled Friday they were entrapped by the country's national police force in a police-manufactured crime.

UN Syria envoy tells Russia: Leave Aleppo corridors 'to us'

Jamey Keaten and Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 1:41pm

The U.N. special envoy for Syria on Friday urged Russia to leave the creation of humanitarian corridors around Aleppo to the United Nations and its partners, issuing a gentle snub to Moscow, which had made the proposal a day earlier as pro-government troops tightened their encirclement of rebel-held parts of the northern Syrian city.

The Latest: Russia: we will work with UN on Syria corridors

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 1:30pm

The Latest on the war in Syria and international efforts to resolve the crisis around the embattled city of Aleppo (all times local):

Muslim blasts extremists at Friday prayer with Christians

Alex Turnbull and Elaine Ganley, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 1:30pm

Muslims and Catholics joined in Friday prayers at the mosque in the Normandy town where an elderly priest was slain this week, with one imam chastising the extremists as non-Muslims who are "not part of civilization."

Saudi denies rights groups' claims it is blockading Yemen

Ahmed Al-Haj, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 1:21pm

The Saudi-led coalition has disputed reports by rights groups that it is imposing a blockade on Yemen, saying it facilitates the passage of humanitarian aid without delay and in "record time."