Turkey vows to strike anyone killing civilians in planned free zone

The United States and Turkey are still working out exactly what they mean in intending to create a “safe zone” for civilians inside Syria.

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U.S. private sector vows to ante up on climate finance

Thirteen major firms offer billions in environmental financing pledges to support Obama administration’s global climate change agreement.

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World briefs: U.S. removes TPP barrier for Malaysia

Plus: A mass grave search in Colombia; El Nino flooding preparations in Peru; and more news from around the world.

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Leaders to discuss a ‘Plan B’ for Sudan peace deal

Today’s meeting was not expected to lead to a breakthrough to halt the country's civil war, which has raged since December 2013.

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 President Barack Obama waves as he arrives Sunday to deliver a speech at Safaricom Indoor Arena in Nairobi.

Kenya at a ‘crossroads’ between peril and promise, Obama says

Declaring Kenya at a “crossroads,” President Barack Obama on Sunday pressed the nation of his father’s birth to root out corruption.

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 In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian President Bashar Assad delivers a speech Sunday in Damascus, Syria.

Syria's embattled president admits manpower shortage

His speech, while confident, came in the fifth year of a conflict pitting his forces against rebels and the extremist Islamic State group.

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 Mylan, which has been fighting Teva’s advances, issued a statement congratulating the company on the Allergan deal.

Teva drops bid for Mylan, buys Allergan's generics unit

Mylan plans to continue pressing ahead with its own unsolicited effort to buy over-the-counter drug specialist Perrigo.

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 President Barack Obama, third left,  participates in a bilateral meeting with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, right, at the National Palace today.

Obama, in Ethiopia, addresses South Sudan conflict

President Obama set a deadline for a peace accord, Aug. 17, threatening both sides with sanctions if they don’t.

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Afghan official: 21 dead, eight wounded in wedding gunfight

Baghlan and other provinces of the north have been plagued by insurgent attacks since the U.S.-led invasion in 2001 that toppled the

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World briefs: Turkey calls on NATO for security

PLUS: Spy’s release changes little; Conflict at Al Aqsa mosque; Pope asks leaders for help; Taliban seize Aghan base.

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U.S. plans to intensify terror fight in Africa

President Obama announced new rules to curb the sale of illegal ivory in the United States.

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 Protesters carry a wounded man Saturday in Istanbul, Saturday during clashes between police and protesters denouncing the deaths of 32 people at an suicide bombing Monday in Suruc, southeastern Turkey.

After IS bombing, Turkey strikes Kurds

The Turkish air strikes against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, muddle the U.S.-led fight against IS.

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 Smoke rises from the Jazeera hotel during an attack in Somalia's capital Mogadishu today. At least 13 people were killed when Somalia's al Shabaab Islamist militant group drove a car packed with explosives at the gate of a hotel, police and the rebel group said.

Truck bomb hits Somali hotel, kills 12

Al Shabaab, which said it was behind the blast, has in the past staged attacks in its bid to topple Somalia's Western-backed government.

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World briefs: Greek bailout talks delayed a few days

PLUS: Saudis to begin ceasefire; U.S. faults Burundi vote; Afghans press for peace.

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Marianist brother who taught at North Catholic gets 2-year term for sex abuse in Australia

Bernard Hartman received a three-year sentence, with one year suspended, following convictions of sexually abusing three children.

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 Jonathan Pollard in 1998.

Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard eligible for 'mandatory parole' in November

Jonathan Pollard, the U.S. intelligence analyst convicted of spying for Israel, could be freed as soon as November.

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Turkey strikes Islamic State targets in Syria for the first time

Turkish jets bombed Islamic State targets in Syria for the first time Friday, and leaders vowed further action against the militants.

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 President Barack Obama is greeted by his half-sister Auma on Friday at Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, Kenya.

With his visit to his father’s homeland, Obama shows a new sense of confidence

President Barack Obama on Friday came to Kenya, his father’s homeland, overriding debunked claims about his own birthplace and identity.

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Kerry: Critics of Iran deal spin ‘fantasy’

Secretary of State John Kerry testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee about the benefits of the Iran nuclear deal.

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Turkey to allow U.S. aircraft use of base to attack Islamic State

Turkey will let U.S. warplanes launch attacks on Islamic State sites from its Incirlik air base.

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Kenyans have sky-high hopes for Obama’s visit

Kenyans have high hopes for Obama visit Friday to his father’s homeland.

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World briefs: Security woes delay start of Greek bailout talks

Plus: Kerry, Russia to discuss IS, Hungary to complete fence, Malaria vaccine, Nigeria celebrates no polio, India questions execution

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World briefs: Iraq deploys U.S.-trained troops to fight

PLUS: EU antitrust case; French farm protests; Bailout talks set to begin; Cuba travel rules; Mining abuses.

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 A detail of a fragment of a Koran manuscript is seen through a magnifying glass in the library at the University of Birmingham in Britain.

Quran fragments found in Britain are dated to the birth of Islam

Britain’s University of Birmingham discovered it a piece of one of the world’s oldest copies of the Quran buried in its library archives.

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 Pope Francis holds hands with children wearing traditional clothing July 8 as he walks with Bolivian President Evo Morales upon his arrival at the El Alto airport in Bolivia.

Poll: Plunge in approval ratings for Francis

Rising discontent among political conservatives and some Roman Catholics has caused Pope Francis’ approval rating among Americans to drop.

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 A woman smokes a cigarette as she waits for customers at her shop in Athens, Wednesday, July 22, 2015. Greek lawmakers began another emergency debate Wednesday on further economic reforms demanded by international creditors in return for a new bailout — a vote that could threaten the survival of the coalition government and trigger fresh fears over the country's future in the euro. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)

Greece clears last overhaul hurdle before new round of bailout talks

The Greek parliament approved a new batch of reforms its international creditors have demanded in return for an economic bailout.

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 A copy of a Financial Times newspaper is displayed for sale in a newsagent in central London July 28, 2008.

Nikkei buying Financial Times for $1.29 billion

Pearson earlier today had confirmed it was in advanced talks on the possible sale of the London-based FT Group.

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World briefs: No change to Obama's Kenya itinerary despite security breach

PLUS: Jailed reporter’s case; Effort against Iran deal; Upbeat visit with Saudis.

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2015 shaping up to be hottest year ever recorded

El Nino, the expanding warmer-than-usual Pacific waters, is on pace this year to be the strongest on record, with ripple effects on weather

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 Pope Francis greets Rome Mayor Ignazio Marino as he meets mayors gathered in the Synod Hall during a conference Tuesday on Modern Slavery and Climate Change at the Vatican. Next to Mr. Marino, at left, is Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, at right, and between the two, one row back, is Boston Mayor Marty Walsh.

World mayors at Vatican urge 'bold climate agreement'

Sixty mayors from around the globe gathered to declare that climate change is real and man-made and to announce new measures to fight it.

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Iran lawmakers to wait 80 days before voting on nuclear accord

Iran’s parliament stalls action on the nuclear deal for at least 80 days to let a committee study it, before the U.S. Congress weighs in.

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Israeli prime minister’s household spending facing criminal probe

Israel’s attorney general has ordered a criminal inquiry to look at excessive spending on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s residences.

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World briefs: Greek PM Tsipras rallies party backing before bailout vote

Plus: Japan cites China as a threat; EU approves Amgen chlolesterol-fighting drug; Obama’s trip to Ethiopia; Burundi election; Tibetan monk

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U.N. Council backs Iran nuclear deal but Tehran hard-liners object

The United Nations Security Council on Monday endorsed the nuclear agreement struck last week between Iran and six world powers.

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Islamic State leader delegates his powers in case he is killed

The leader of the Islamic State militants has dispersed power to his deputies and regional commanders in Syria and Iraq.

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Turkey says suicide bombing kills dozens in town near Syria

A cultural center in Turkey near the Syrian border was hit by a suicide bomber Monday, killing at least 30 and hurting more than 100.

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World briefs: U.S. friendly fire kills Afghan troops

PLUS: Greek banks open doors; Obama supports Nigeria; Carter tours Middle East; China expels former aide.

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 Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, Sunday.

Obama sends Iran deal to wary Congress

Also, in a first concrete sign of European determination to quickly rebuild ties, German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel arrived in Tehran.

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 A Cuban honor guard prepares a Cuban national flag to be raised by Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez, center right, over their newly reopened embassy in Washington.

New era in ties begins as Cuba raises flag at U.S. embassy

Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez presided over the ceremony hours after full diplomatic relations were restored at midnight.

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In wake of new deal, turnaround begins

Meanwhile, German Chancellor Angela Merkel called for swift aid talks so Athens could also lift withdrawal limits.

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Yemen rebel shelling leaves at least 45 dead

The violence highlighted the bloody chaos of the civil war gripping the Arab world’s poorest country.

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World briefs: Cuba, U.S to open embassies

Plus: Mali tombs restored by UN, Taiwan female hopefuls

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 Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, center, leads Eid al-Fitr prayers Saturday in Tehran, Iran. Among the senior leaders present is President Hassan Rouhani, far right.

Iran’s ayatollah voices support for nuclear pact

Mr. Khamenei portrayed the nuclear deal as a victory for Iran, because it does not require the country to completely stop enriching uranium.

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 President Barack Obama walks Tuesday with Vice President Joe Biden after delivering remarks in the East Room of the White House in Washington after reaching a deal with Iran over its nuclear program.

For U.S., nuke deal may take years to pay off

Little in the deal announced on Tuesday eliminates Iran’s ability to become a threshold nuclear power eventually, it just delays the day.

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Islamic State has fired chemical mortar shells, evidence indicates

The development signaled a potential escalation of the Islamic State’s capabilities.

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Greek banks primed to reopen; withdrawal limit eased

The decree to re-open the banks came hours after new ministers were sworn in following a cabinet reshuffle.

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World briefs: Saudis cast net for Islamic State sympathizers

Plus: Kenya mall reopens after massacre, End to Muhammad cartoons, Five Czechs missing, 11 Algerian soldiers killed, Massacre suspect dies

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Palace scolds Sun for publishing Queen's childhood 'Nazi salute' image

The film purports to show future British king Edward VIII instructing Elizabeth, aged about six or seven, how to perform the Nazi salute.

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 A condolence register with a message of Dutch King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima lies in front of a hedge of compassion prior to a commemoration ceremony Friday for the victims of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in the city of Nieuwegein, the Netherlands.

Ukrainians, Australian kin mark year since MH17 downing

The two ceremonies came amid a sharp long-running dispute over who was responsible for downing Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

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Obama meets with Saudi diplomat amid Gulf qualms over Iran

The recent nuclear agreement called for Iran to curb its nuclear program in return for lifting crippling economic sanctions.

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