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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.

The Latest: Quake causes seas to rise, coastal roads flooded

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 10:21pm

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

Venezuela diplomat says he resigned to protest Maduro acts

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 10:12pm

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

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.

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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.

Seoul calls for Pyongyang to respond to overture for talks

Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 9:41pm

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.

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.

IS galvanized in Asia by Philippine city siege, report says

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 9:04pm

A top terrorism researcher says the attack by Islamic State group-affiliated militants on a Philippine city has galvanized its Southeast Asian supporters and spells trouble for the region.

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.

Detained student's mother: China police want "ransom"

Matthew Brown, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 5:51pm

The mother of an American college student arrested in central China following an altercation with a taxi driver five weeks earlier said police are demanding the equivalent of a $7,400 "ransom" for his release.

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

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 4:48pm

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.

Thousands protest in Poland against court reorganizations

Monika Scislowska, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 3:41pm

Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Warsaw and towns across Poland on Thursday night to protest the ruling party's drive to reorganize all levels of the judiciary, including contentious legislation that gives control of the nation's Supreme Court to the president instead of to judges.

Palestinians clash with Israel police at Jerusalem holy site

Aron Heller and Ilan Ben Zion, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 2:21pm

Palestinians clashed with Israeli security forces near a contested Jerusalem shrine after Muslim worshippers massed outside for evening prayers on Thursday as tensions over the holy site escalated further.

They escaped Islamic State's bastion, but remain terrified

Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 1:52pm

They have escaped their hold, but displaced residents of Raqqa still fear the militants of the Islamic State group, terrified they will return and seek revenge for defeats.

The Latest: Poland prime minister defends courts legislation

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 1:52pm

The Latest on Poland's parliamentary vote (all times local):