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

White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders will be conducting an on-camera briefing on Friday afternoon, following White House press secretary Sean Spicer's resignation. Spicer announced his departure after President Donald Trump hired a new White House communications director, ending his rocky six-month tenure as Trump's top spokesman. Sanders has been handling most of the briefing duties in recent weeks, and most briefings have been off-camera.

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.

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."

Russian who met Trump Jr. represented intelligence agency

Nataliya Vasilyeva, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 10:12am

The Russian lawyer who met Donald Trump Jr. during the 2016 campaign has represented a military unit operated by Russia's intelligence agency, according to court filings obtained by The Associated Press on Friday.

UN rights envoy to Myanmar expresses disappointment

Esther Htusan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 10:02am

The U.N.'s human rights envoy to Myanmar, completing a 12-day fact-finding tour, expressed disappointment Friday over a lack of government effort to tackle problems underlying violence between Buddhists and Muslims in the western state of Rakhine, and exasperation at attempts to impede her investigation.

Saudi king shakes up security agencies after prince's rise

Abdullah Al-Shihri, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 9:53am

Saudi Arabia's king has stripped the Interior Ministry of many of its key mandates, including counter-terrorism, and transferred those powers to a newly created body overseen by the monarch, the state agency reported Friday.

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

Alison Mutler, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 9:41am

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.

4 killed during opposition-led strike in Venezuela

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 9:31am

Venezuela's chief prosecutor says a 15-year-old boy and a 34-year-old man are the latest victims killed during anti-government demonstrations, bringing the number killed during a 24-hour nationwide strike to four.

Gunmen kill 3 Pakistani policemen, passer-by in Karachi

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 9:31am

Pakistani police say gunmen riding on a motorcycle have opened fire on a police vehicle in the southern port city of Karachi, killing three officers and a passer-by before fleeing the scene of the attack.

Turkish president accuses Germany of scaring off investors

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 9:21am

Turkey's president accused Germany of trying to scare off investors from his country after Berlin toughened its stance toward Ankara following the arrest of human rights activists including a German national.

IS galvanized in Asia by Philippine city siege, report says

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 9:01am

The attack by Islamic State group-affiliated militants on a Philippine city has galvanized its Southeast Asian supporters and spells trouble for the region, a top terrorism researcher said Friday as the occupation of Marawi nears two months despite a sustained military offensive.

Britain set to break flight record amid summer getaway

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 8:51am

Britain is poised to handle a record number of flights in its increasingly crowded skies as most schools break up for the summer and families head off for sunnier climes.

The Latest: Swede confirmed as one of those killed in quake

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 8:41am

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

The Latest: Germany put defense exports to Turkey on hold

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 8:31am

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

China would consider sending troops for Djibouti-Eritrea

Elias Meseret, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 8:31am

China would consider sending peacekeeping troops to a disputed Djibouti-Eritrea border region after Qatar pulled out its troops last month, China's top diplomat to the African Union said Friday, as the Asian giant's military role overseas grows.

Zimbabwe's Mugabe, 93, reappears after medical treatment

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 8:11am

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has made his first public appearance since undergoing medical treatment in Singapore earlier this month.