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Italian, French leaders look to work in Libya on migration

Frances D'Emilio, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 2:32pm

Sending Italian naval units to help Libya's coast guard could prove to be a "turning point" in efforts to stop traffickers from sending hundreds of thousands of migrants toward Italy's southern shores, Premier Paolo Gentiloni said Thursday.

UN says over 200,000 have fled Syria's Raqqa since April 1

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 2:02pm

Over 200,000 civilians have fled their homes in Syria around the Islamic State group's de facto capital of Raqqa since April 1, including over 30,000 displaced just this month as U.S.-backed Syrian fighters try to oust the extremists, a senior U.N. humanitarian official said Thursday.

The Latest: French leader wants to screen migrants in Africa

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 1:11pm

The Latest on Europe's response to the large numbers of migrants and refugees trying to reach the continent (all times local):

Summer storm slams into Istanbul with heavy rain, hail

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 12:52pm

A severe summer storm hit Istanbul with heavy rain and hail on Thursday, knocking down trees and a stone wall and flooding the Turkish city's streets as it left at least three people injured.

US-backed Syrian fighters now control almost half of IS city

Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 12:52pm

U.S.-backed Syrian fighters have captured almost half of the Islamic State group's de facto capital of Raqqa, but the push into the city in northern Syria has slowed due to stiff resistance and large amounts of explosives planted by the extremists, a spokeswoman for the fighters and monitors said Thursday.

Iran claims launch of satellite-carrying rocket into space

Amir Vahdat and Adam Schreck, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 12:41pm

Iran successfully launched its most advanced satellite-carrying rocket into space, the country's state media reported on Thursday, in what is likely the most significant step yet for the launch vehicle.

AP Count: Death toll in Venezuela civil unrest hits 100

Jorge Rueda and Christine Armario, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 12:32pm

Days before a polarizing vote to start rewriting its constitution, Venezuela is convulsing to a rhythm of daytime strikes and nocturnal clashes. The most recent violence drove the death toll from months of unrest to 100 on Thursday.

AP Interview: Yemen factions said to have pledged easing aid

Karin Laub, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 12:32pm

Warring sides in Yemen's civil war promised visiting U.N. agency chiefs to clear obstacles to aid delivery in a nation where cholera is spreading rapidly and hundreds of thousands of children are severely malnourished, the head of the U.N. child welfare agency said Thursday.

2 ministers leave Swedish Cabinet in wake of security breach

Matti Huuhtanen, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 11:38am

In a bid to avert a government crisis, Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven on Thursday reshuffled his minority Cabinet, replacing two members, after opposition parties demanded the ouster of three government ministers over one of the largest security breaches in the country's history.

Putin in Finland on centenary of independence from Russia

Matti Huuhtanen, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 11:11am

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday tried to calm regional anxiety over joint Russian-Chinese naval maneuvers in the Baltic Sea, where tensions have grown in recent years with an increased show of military force by both Moscow and NATO.

Judge approves plan for Charlie Gard to be sent to hospice

Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 11:02am

A British judge ordered Thursday that critically ill infant Charlie Gard should be moved from a hospital to a hospice, where he will "inevitably" die within a short time.

The Latest: Sessions' El Salvador trip focuses on MS-13 gang

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 10:57am

The Latest on Attorney General Jeff Sessions' trip to El Salvador (all times local):

Official: Joint US-Afghan operation kills 2 top insurgents

Amir Shah, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 10:42am

A joint U.S. and Afghan military operation in Afghanistan's eastern Paktika province killed two al-Qaida-linked leaders and led to the capture of a third, a government official said Thursday.

Ethiopia to give ID cards to Rastafarians long stateless

Elias Meseret, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 10:13am

Ethiopia will issue national identity cards for the nearly 1,000 Rastafarians who long have been seen as stateless in the East African nation, the government announced Thursday.

Wife of Zimbabwe's leader tells Mugabe to name successor

Farai Mutsaka, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 10:03am

Zimbabwe's first lady on Thursday publicly urged her 93-year-old husband to name a successor, wading into a subject that President Robert Mugabe has regarded as taboo.

Israel's Netanyahu calls for death penalty for Palestinian who killed 3 Israelis in attack on West Bank settlement

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 9:58am

Israel's Netanyahu calls for death penalty for Palestinian who killed 3 Israelis in attack on West Bank settlement.

UN: Cyprus rivals need to keep commitment to reunification

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 9:51am

The U.N. Security Council has unanimously approved a resolution encouraging Greek and Turkish Cypriots "to sustain their commitment" to reunifying the divided Mediterranean island following the collapse of talks earlier this month.

Moldova court nixes vote on increasing president's powers

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 9:35am

Moldova's Constitutional Court has ruled that a referendum that planned to ask voters whether the country's pro-Russian president should have greater powers is unconstitutional.

The Latest: Portugal makes progress on 5-day-old wildfire

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 9:11am

The Latest on the wildfires blazing in France and elsewhere in Europe (all times local):