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The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 22nd - 11:53am

President Donald Trump is calling on Congress to approve higher military spending so the U.S. can build "the best equipment." Trump spoke aboard the USS Gerald R. Ford in Norfolk, Virginia, during the commissioning ceremony for the $12.9 billion state-of-the-art aircraft carrier.

Police: Errant US bombing kills 12 Afghan security forces

Amir Shah, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 22nd - 11:41am

An errant U.S. airstrike confirmed by the Pentagon killed 12 Afghan National Police officers and wounded two others, as another 11 police were killed and six wounded in clashes with the Taliban, Afghan officials said Saturday.

Venezuelans march in opposition to constitution rewrite

Michael Weissenstein and Fabiola Sanchez, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 22nd - 11:41am

Protesters marched through the Venezuelan capital toward the embattled nation's Supreme Court on Saturday, chanting and waving flags in an escalating push to stop President Nicolas Maduro's plan to rewrite the constitution.

The Latest: German girl found in Mosul is in good health

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 22nd - 11:21am

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The Latest: Insurgents kidnap over 60 in Kandahar bus raids

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 22nd - 10:31am

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Egypt opens military base says largest in region

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 22nd - 10:31am

Egypt's President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi has inaugurated a military base in the country's northwest to protect facilities and projects in coastal cities.

The Latest: Experts eye quake damage on Greek island of Kos

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 22nd - 10:21am

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Lech Walesa urges protesters in Poland to defend democracy

Monika Scislowska and Vanessa Gera, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 22nd - 10:11am

Polish democracy icon and former president Lech Walesa on Saturday joined the protests that have broken out across Poland over plans by the populist ruling party to put the Supreme Court and the rest of the judicial system under the party's political control.

Russia: 'Safe zone' in Syria's Ghouta demarcated

Bassem Mroue, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 22nd - 10:01am

Russia's Defense Ministry said Saturday an agreement has been reached with the Syrian opposition on the boundaries for a de-escalation zone for the eastern suburbs of the capital Damascus while the Syrian army command said it has ceased military operations in several areas near the capital.

The Latest: Lebanese town official slain in Syria

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 22nd - 8:51am

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Quake rattles Italian town devastated by 2016 temblor

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 22nd - 8:34am

An earthquake has rattled Amatrice, the central Italian town that was devastated by a much more powerful temblor in 2016.

Experts inspect Greek quake damage; islanders sleep outdoors

Costas Kantouris, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 22nd - 8:20am

Crews of experts on Saturday began examining the damage to infrastructure and cultural monuments on the eastern Greek island of Kos after a powerful earthquake killed two tourists and injured nearly 500 others in the Aegean Sea region that stretches to Turkey's sprawling coast.

The Latest: Walesa supports Poland's new political struggle

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 22nd - 7:45am

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Spain rescues 57 migrants from 2 boats in Mediterranean

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 22nd - 6:06am

Spain's maritime rescue service says it has saved 57 migrants from two boats trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea from Morocco.

Egyptian court sentences 28 to death over prosecutor killing

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 22nd - 4:50am

An Egyptian court has sentenced 28 people to death for their involvement in the assassination of the country's prosecutor general in 2015.

MSF says opening clinic is first step to new trauma hospital

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 22nd - 3:18am

The Geneva-based international health organization Medicins Sans Frontieres — also known as Doctors Without Borders — says it has opened an outpatient clinic in the city of Kunduz in northern Afghanistan.

Poland's senators approve contentious court overhaul

Monika Scislowska, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 22nd - 3:10am

Poland's Senate approved a contentious law on Saturday that gives politicians substantial influence over the Supreme Court, in defiance of European Union criticism.

Turkey reissues warrant for 4 activists after release

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 22nd - 2:30am

Turkey's official news agency says a court has reissued detention warrants for four human rights activists who were released earlier this week.

Mexico murders up with deadliest month in at least 20 years

Christopher Sherman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 22nd - 12:20am

Mexico's spiraling violence reached new heights with 2,234 murders in June, the country's deadliest month in at least 20 years, according to government data.