United Church of Christ calls for divestment in message to Israel

The action follows a 2014 vote by the Presbyterian Church to pull investments from three firms connected to the West Bank occupation.

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Deadline extended on Iran nuke talks

Iran and world powers agreed Tuesday to extend the deadline for a comprehensive nuclear deal by another week, to July 7.

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Struggling Greece misses critical payment

Greece at midnight Tuesday missed making a key payment to the International Monetary Fund, the first developed nation to do so.

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 Security forces and rescue teams examine the wreckage of an Indonesian military C-130 Hercules transport plane Tuesday after it crashed into a residential area in the North Sumatra city of Medan, Indonesia

Indonesian plane with 113 aboard crashes into city

A transport turboprop carrying 12 military personnel and 101 family members crashed Tuesday in a residential neighborhood.

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 Glenn and Buzz were rescued from a sea tunnel in England. Jack Russell Glenn cannot see and is guided by best friend, Staffordshire Bull Terrier Buzz, who acts as his eyes.

Two stray dogs share unique, inseparable bond

Story of bull terrier’s friendship with blind Jack Russell terrier creates demand for their adoption.

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World briefs: U.S., Cuba set to reopen embassies

Plus: Cuba’s medical milestone; New Ebola case; Japanese bullet train

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 “They don’t know what’s going to happen,” said Rev. Saranto Serviou of Franklin Park, shown here on the right in 1950.

Greeks in Pittsburgh worry about economic situation back home

Banks in Greece stayed closed Monday, announcing they would limit people to withdrawals of just 60 Euro -- $67.40 -- per day from ATMs.

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United Church of Christ calls for divestment in message to Israel

Advocates for Palestinians say the divest and sanction movement is a non-violent way to pressure Israel into ending human rights abuses.

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 Firefighters and military personnel inspect the site where an Air Force cargo plane crashed in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia, today. An Indonesian Air Force Hercules C-130 plane with 113 aboard crashed into a residential neighborhood in the country's third-largest city.

Indonesia military transport plane carrying 113 crashes; 74 dead

Air force officials say the C-130 Hercules carrying 113 people appeared to develop engine trouble shortly after takeoff.

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Two dead, 26 injured in attack on NATO troops in Afghanistan

The Taliban sent a text message to The Associated Press claiming responsibility for the attack.

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 Pope Francis will be in Philadelphia Sept. 26 and 27 and plans to attend the World Meeting of Families, celebrate Mass in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and visit Independence Hall.

Pope’s visit to Phila. to highlight plight of immigrants, prisoners

The pope will be in Philadelphia Sept. 26-27 for the conclusion of the World Meeting of Families conference.

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 Pensioners waiting outside a closed National Bank branch and hoping to get their pensions, argue with a bank employee, left, in Iraklio on the island of Crete, Greece, on Monday. Greeks struggled to adjust to shuttered banks, closed cash machines and a climate of rumors and conspiracy theories Monday as a breakdown in talks between Athens and its creditors plunged the country deep into crisis.

Greece’s Tsipras defiant amid closed banks, curbs

Greece’s prime minister says on television that European leaders wouldn’t dare throw his debt-ridden country out of the eurozone.

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Israel intercepts Gaza-bound aid ship in Mediterranean

The Israeli navy halted a Swedish-registered protest ship seeking to break Israel’s naval blockade of the Gaza Strip.

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Burundi votes amid boycott, violence

Few turn out to elect a new parliament Monday after blasts and gunfire and weeks of protest over the president’s bid for a third term.

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 A man push his trolley while playing music begging for money in central Athens on the early hours of Sunday, June 28, 2015. Germany's vice chancellor says that a Greek referendum on the bailout talks could in principle make sense, but notes that it should be clear to voters what they will be deciding on. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)

Greece imposes capital controls, banks to remain shut

The developments have thrown into question Greece’s financial future and continued membership in the 19-nation shared euro currency.

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 Forensic detectives gather at the site of a bomb that targeted the convoy of the Egyptian state prosecutor, Hisham Barakat, in the capital Cairo on Monday. Egypt’s state prosecutor was wounded when a powerful bomb hit his convoy in the capital, officials said, after jihadists urged attacks on the judiciary to punish a crackdown on Islamists.

Cairo blast kills Egypt’s top prosecutor, raises fears

The state prosecutor is the top Egyptian official to be assassinated since the ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi two years ago.

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Iran nuclear talks to miss Tuesday deadline, will run ‘a few days’ longer

Iran’s foreign minister broke off from the negotiations and flew to Tehran for consultations.

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 Christian Vidaure, left, Darrell Hardaway, and Jasmine Haygood, right, perform during the 45th annual San Francisco Gay Pride parade Sunday.

Supreme Court ruling makes pride parades historic, jubilant

Overall attendance was expected to be in the millions for what amounted to a celebration of a freshly endorsed right to marry.

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 In this May 6, 2014, file photo, Israelis watch an air show during Independence Day in Tel Aviv.

Report says world Jewish population nears pre-Holocaust level

The Jewish People Policy Institute said there are currently 14.2 million Jews in the world.

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 Tourists mourn Sunday at the site of a shooting attack on the beach in front of a hotel in Port el Kantaoui, Tunisia, on the outskirts of Sousse, south of the capital Tunis. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility Saturday for the massacre at the seaside resort that killed nearly 40 people Friday, most of them British tourists, in the worst attack in the North African country’s recent history.

Kuwait says Saudi man was bomber in mosque attack

The disclosure of the bomber’s nationality heightened fears about the radicalization of youth in Saudi Arabia.

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World briefs: Terror attack leaves Britain in shock

Plus: Yemen blast hurts dozens; UAE gives death sentence; France detains Uber execs; China hosts 56 nations

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World Briefs: Hundreds injured in Taiwan fire

Plus: Election won’t be observed; Serbia fetes Gavrilo Princip; woman named governor; and more.

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Euro zone readies for Greek default after prime minister calls for referendum on bailout terms

Prime Minister Tsipras announces referendum for July 5, as police increase security as lines form in front of cash machines.

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 Global Links employees load their 124th shipment of medical supplies to Cuba onto a truck. This is the first step of transit to the island.

Cuba’s status gives Global Links hope for new medical exchanges

The nonprofit Global Links has been circumventing the trade embargo for 21 years, but now hopes to make exchanges a two-way proposition.

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Kerry, in Vienna, begins effort to complete nuclear accord with Iran

U.S. officials have almost discounted the notion a deal will be made by Tuesday’s deadline, hoping to get a final accord to Congress.

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Tunisia pledges tough security post-attack, as tourists flee

Tunisia, Kuwait and France were still reeling from terror attacks this week  that left dozens dead.

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Israel looking to expel Africans despite demand for their labor

Israeli government moves to expel some African migrants is opposed by some Israelis who say it violates the country’s traditions.

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World briefs: Islamic State blamed for killings in Kurdish town

Plus: Turkey tensions; Egypt temblor, storm; Houthis hit refinery.

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Greece’s Tsipras calls July 5 referendum on bailout demands

It was the most dramatic move yet in a debt crisis that started five years ago.

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World Briefs: Vatican, ‘Palestine’ ink treaty

Plus: U.S. repatriates 2 men; many Rohingya face exile; Rousseff mending fences; EU acts over migrants; Ukraine’s default threat; and more.

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 This image provided by Kuwaitna news shows a man in a blood-soaked dishdasha following of a deadly blast at a Shiite mouse in Kuwait City on Friday.

Armed militants strike on three continents, killing as many as 60

Militants wielding bombs, firearms and a gruesome display of a decapitated head in a demonstration of the global reach of Islamist violence.

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 French gendarmes block the access road to the industrial area of Saint-Quentin-Fallavier, outside Lyon, France, today after an attack at an Air Products Co. plant, an Allentown, Pa.-based industrial gases technology company.

One dead in France terrorist attack on Pennsylvania-owned gas factory

The factory belongs to Air Products Inc., a chemical company based in Allentown, Pa.

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U.S. says it’s firm on demands to Iran as nuke deadline nears

Obama administration officials insisted Thursday that U.S. negotiators are not abandoning key demands they have made of Tehran.

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Iran, Cuba among those in U.S. rights report

Annual report on human rights globally focuses on problems in Iran, Cuba, Russia, Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar, China, Venezuela and Nigeria.

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IS attacks two border towns in northern Syria

Islamic State militants attacked two two in Syria’s Kurdish region Thursday to redress losses incurrred in recent weeks at Kurdish hands.

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 French riot police stand next to an overturned car Thursday as striking French taxi drivers demonstrate at the Porte Maillot to block the traffic on the Paris ring road during a national protest against car-sharing service Uber in Paris.

Irate French taxi drivers smash cars in strike against Uber

Taxi drivers in France rampaged Thursday in a nationwide strike against the discounted car service UberPop.

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China aims to move Beijing city government out of city's crowded core

China plans to move Beijing’s municipal government to a satellite town.

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World briefs: Palestinians accuse Israel in world court

Plus: Putin “not done” with Ukraine; Yemen in need of aid; Greece debt crisis; and oil-rich Alberta

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 Security forces, officials and civilians gather outside of the Imam Sadiq Mosque after a deadly blast struck following Friday prayers in Kuwait City.

At least 25 dead, more than 200 wounded in blast at Shiite mosque in Kuwait

Friday’s explosion struck the Imam Sadiq Mosque in the neighborhood of al-Sawabir, a residential and shopping district of Kuwait City.

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Revelations NSA spied on French presidents called more smoke than fire

The U.S. and France are working closely on many fronts, and both governments almost certainly want to avoid jeopardizing that cooperation.

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 Urgenda Foundation lawyer Koos van der Berg, left, is congratulated after a Dutch court ordered the government to cut the country’s greenhouse gas emissions by at least 25 percent by 2020 in a groundbreaking climate case that activists hope will set a worldwide precedent in The Hague, Netherlands, on Wednesday.

Landmark Dutch ruling: Cut emissions to protect citizens

It was a landmark ruling in a case brought by hundreds of citizens that could pave the way for similar legal battles around the world.

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 NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg gestures as he speaks during a media conference at EU headquarters in Brussels on Wednesday.

NATO approves military upgrades to aid members of alliance

The U.S. and the treaty organization rejected charges of engaging in a Cold War-style arms race with Russia.

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World Briefs: Kerry going to Vienna for Iran talks

Plus: Putin approval surges; Obama on ransoms; Colombia killings; and more.

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 President Barack Obama plans to announce the new policy today as part of a broader set of guidelines on hostage crises, the result of a lengthy policy review.

Obama revising policy regarding hostage rescues

The Obama administration is relaxing policy restrictions that prevented kin of U.S. hostages from communicating with their captors.

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WikiLeaks: NSA spied on French presidents

WikiLeaks released documents Tuesday revealing that the NSA listened in on confidential conversations of three French presidents.

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 Syrian refugees who had fled Tal Abyad re-enter with their belongings in Syria from Turkey on Monday, after Kurdish People’s Protection Units took control of the area. The advances by the Kurdish fighters in Syria as well as in northern Iraq have been credited largely to a high level of coordination between the ground forces and the nearly year-old air campaign being led by Washington against the Islamic State.

In northern Syria, Kurdish fight against Islamic State persists

Kurdish fighters in northern Syria on Tuesday drove Islamic State militants out of a town near their de facto capital in Raqqa.

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World briefs: Pakistan heat wave tollclimbs to 650

Plus: Catholic divorcee rules, Greek concessions rile, Taliban pushed back, Endangered turtles found

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Carter says U.S. will contribute to new NATO rapid-action force

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said the U.S. contribution will be warplanes, special forces troops and intelligence systems.

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European police team to take on IS social media propaganda

Europol will create a unit next month that aims to take down the social media accounts the Islamic State militants use to spread propaganda

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UN report blasts Gaza war tactics Israel has defended

A U.N. report finds that both Palestinians and Israelis may have committed war crimes in the Gaza conflict last summer.

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