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Burundi leader urges nearly 250,000 refugees to return home

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 3:24am

Burundi's president is urging the nearly quarter-million Burundians sheltering in Tanzania to return home, saying the country is now peaceful.

The Latest: Turkey confirms death, sends Kos evacuation ship

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 3:20am

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

Insurgent attack kills 4 police in western Ghor province

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 3:00am

An official says an insurgent attack in western Ghor province has killed four police officers and wounded another seven police.

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 3:00am

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.

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 4:40 a.m. EDT

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 2:44am

President Donald Trump's legal team is evaluating potential conflicts of interest among members of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigative team. That's according to three people with knowledge of the matter. The revelations come as Mueller's probe into Russia's election meddling appears likely to include some of the Trump family's business ties.

Report: Iran Guard kills 3 terrorists, wounds 4 in north

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 2:44am

Iran's official IRNA news agency is reporting that elite Revolutionary Guard forces have killed three terrorists and wounded four others in a clash in a border area in the country's northwest.

Poland's senators to vote on contentious court law

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 2:44am

A special commission of Poland's Senate has summarily reviewed and approved a contentious bill that gives politicians influence on the nation's top court, with a Senate vote on it expected later in the day.

Court ends hearing into corruption charges against PM

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 2:40am

Officials say Pakistan's supreme court has concluded its hearing into the corruption case against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif but it wasn't immediately clear when a verdict would be announced.

Syrian army and Hezbollah launch attack near Lebanese border

Bassem Mroue, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 1:51am

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

Greece: Quake kills two, sends island tourists into panic

Derek Gatopoulos and Ayse Wieting, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 1:10am

A powerful earthquake sent a building crashing down on tourists at a bar on the Greek holiday island of Kos and struck panic on the nearby shores of Turkey early Friday, killing two people and injuring more than a hundred.

Syrian barber creates portraits on canvas _ clients' heads

Philip Issa, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 1:07am

In a city full of hair stylists, Muhannad Khaled Omar stands out.

German minister compares Turkey with communist East Germany

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 12:54am

Germany's finance minister is comparing Turkey with communist East Germany after his government toughened its stance toward Ankara following the jailing of a human rights activist.

The Latest: 2 tourists killed in quake from Turkey, Sweden

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 12:37am

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

Greece: authorities say 2 tourists killed in earthquake are from Turkey and Sweden

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 12:11am

Greece: authorities say 2 tourists killed in earthquake are from Turkey and Sweden.

British foreign secretary supports Japan to stop N. Korea

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 11:20pm

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said Friday his country stands "shoulder to shoulder" with Japan in efforts to put an end to North Korea's nuclear and missile tests.

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

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 11:20pm

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.

Venezuela diplomat says he resigned to protest Maduro acts

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 11:11pm

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.

Seoul calls for Pyongyang to respond to overture for talks

Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 11:00pm

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.

IS galvanized in Asia by Philippine city siege, report says

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 11:00pm

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.