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The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 4:44pm

After being berated for a week by President Donald Trump, Attorney General Jeff Sessions says he will stay in the job for as long as Trump wants him to serve. Sessions tells The Associated Press he and Trump have a "harmony of values and beliefs." The attorney general says he intends to stay and fight for the president's agenda as long as Trump "sees that as appropriate."

Hundreds of street gang members rounded up in El Salvador

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 4:35pm

Salvadoran authorities have announced the detentions of 442 members of the transnational Mara Salvatrucha street gang.

Deaths in Venezuela unrest hit 102 as polarizing vote nears

Fabiola Sanchez and Christine Armario, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 4:01pm

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 nearly four months of unrest above 100 Thursday.

Iran claims launch of satellite-carrying rocket into space

Amir Vahdat and Adam Schreck, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 3:41pm

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

Polish prosecutors summon EU leader Tusk for questioning

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 3:22pm

A lawyer for Donald Tusk says the European Union leader has been summoned for questioning as a witness in a Polish investigation next week and intends to appear.

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

Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 3:12pm

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

The Latest: Fire evacuations lifted in southern France

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 2:52pm

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

Evacuations lifted in southern France; fire risk still high

Thomas Adamson and Nadine Achoui-Lesage, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 2:42pm

More than 12,000 evacuated residents and tourists in the south of France were told they could return to their homes and holiday places after firefighters tamed one of the fiercest blazes to break out during four days of wildfires.

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.

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.