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Venezuelan opposition seats lawmakers in challenge to Maduro

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 3:11pm

Venezuela's congress has sworn in three opposition lawmakers in violation of a Supreme Court ruling that is likely to further inflame the country's political divisions.

Genetically modified mosquitoes released in Cayman Islands

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 3:01pm

The first wave of genetically modified mosquitoes were released Wednesday in the Cayman Islands as part of a new effort to control the insect that spreads Zika and other viruses, officials in the British Island territory said.

High-ranking police official shot to death in Nicaragua

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 2:41pm

Nicaraguan officials say a high-ranking national police officer has been shot to death outside his home.

Syria Nusra Front leader claims to cut ties with al-Qaida

Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 2:21pm

The leader of Syria's Nusra Front said in recording aired Thursday that his group is changing its name, claiming it will have no more ties with al-Qaida in an attempt to undermine a potential U.S. and Russian air campaign against its fighters.

French ID 2nd church attacker; police had warning about him

Lori Hinnant and Elaine Ganley, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 1:51pm

French officials on Thursday identified the second man responsible for attacking a Catholic church in Normandy as a 19-year-old who was spotted last month in Turkey as he supposedly headed to Syria — but returned to France instead.

Turkey's top military commander keeps post

Suzan Fraser, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 1:31pm

Turkey's top military commander, who was held hostage during an attempted coup, kept his post Thursday, while the general who served as acting chief of staff was promoted following a purge in the military following the failed putsch.

French body rules to keep Paris attacks suspect cell cameras

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 1:31pm

France's top administrative body denied a request by the sole surviving suspect from the Nov. 13 attacks on Paris to remove two live video cameras from his cell.

Toronto police officer sentenced to 6 years in teen shooting

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 1:21pm

A Toronto police officer was sentenced Thursday to six years in prison for the shooting death of a teen on a streetcar in a case that sparked protests in Canada's largest city after it was caught on video and posted on YouTube.

China, Russia plan joint military drills in South China Sea

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 1:01pm

China's military said Thursday it will hold joint exercises with Russian forces in the South China Sea, following a recent arbitration ruling that rejected Beijing's claim to almost the entire strategic body of water.

Mexico drug lord in DEA agent's killing sent to house arrest

Peter Orsi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 12:41pm

Drug lord Ernesto "Don Neto" Fonseca Carrillo, who was convicted in the 1985 killing of a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent, was transferred from prison to house arrest Thursday to serve out the remainder of his sentence.

The Latest: Britain would welcome aid corridors for Aleppo

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 12:31pm

The Latest on developments related to the Syrian war and international effort on the crisis (all times local):

Russia, Syria blockade Aleppo, offer corridors out

Sarah El Deeb and Philip Issa, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 12:31pm

After months of fighting to encircle its opponents in Aleppo, Syrian authorities backed by Russia on Thursday offered safe corridors out for residents and rebels in the northern city's besieged quarters, underlining the government's determination to seal off the metropolis and force an eventual surrender by the opposition.

N. Korea: US has crossed red line, relations on war footing

Eric Talmadge, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 12:11pm

North Korea's top diplomat for U.S. affairs told The Associated Press on Thursday that Washington "crossed the red line" and effectively declared war by putting leader Kim Jong Un on its list of sanctioned individuals, and said a vicious showdown could erupt if the U.S. and South Korea hold annual war games as planned next month.

UN: Promise of peace and justice 'squandered' in South Sudan

Michael Astor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 11:10am

The promise of peace and justice in South Sudan has been "squandered" and the country is "poised on the brink of an abyss," United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Thursday.

Refugees block road in Greece seeking better health services

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 11:01am

Greek police say about a hundred refugees have briefly blocked a key road in the northern city of Thessaloniki, demanding better health services in their state-run camp.

Leader of Syria's Nusra Front says his group is changing name, claims no more ties with al-Qaida

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 10:51am

Leader of Syria's Nusra Front says his group is changing name, claims no more ties with al-Qaida.

Zimbabwe police detain spokesman of former loyalist group

Farai Mutsaka, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 10:41am

Zimbabwe police have detained the spokesman of the veterans association that turned against President Robert Mugabe last week, raising concerns of a crackdown on what had been the president's most loyal supporters.

Italy expels 2 Moroccans for threatening Catholic churches

Colleen Barry, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 10:41am

Italy has expelled two Moroccans who caused disturbances in Catholic churches as part of a wider effort to reduce terrorism threats, the country's top security official said Thursday.

The Latest: TV reporter: Ansbach bomber was 'not aggressive'

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 10:31am

The Latest on a series of attacks in Germany (all times local):