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Zimbabwe police detain spokesman of former loyalist group

Zimbabwe police have detained the spokesman of the veterans association that turned on President Robert Mugabe last week and called him dictatorial, raising concerns that a crackdown on what had been the president's most loyal supporters has begun. Douglas Mahiya's detention comes a day after the 92-year-old Mugabe vowed "severe" ...

Pope Francis prays in the Wawel Cathedral in Krakow, Poland, Wednesday, July 27, 2016.  Pope Francis has prayed by the relics of the late pope from Poland, St. John Paul II, at the and has met with Poland's bishops who vowed to "listen carefully" to his teaching. (Daniel Dal Zennaro/Pool Photo via AP)

Pope leads Mass celebrating Poland's deep Catholic roots

Pope Francis, visiting a shrine cherished by Poles, praised native son St. John Paul II on Thursday as a "meek and powerful" herald of mercy, and honored the countless "ordinary yet remarkable people" in Poland who held firm to their Catholic faith throughout adversity in the former Communist nation. The ...

Special police officers secure a street near the house where a Syrian man lived before the explosion in Ansbach, southern Germany, Monday, July 25, 2016. The man who blew himself up and injured a dozen of people after being turned away from an open-air music festival was a Syrian who had been denied asylum, Bavaria's top security official said early Monday. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

The Latest: Munich shooter left long document behind

The Latest on a series of attacks in Germany (all times local): 12:05 p.m. Investigators say an 18-year-old German-Iranian who killed nine people and injured 36 in a Munich rampage left a several-pages-long document about his psychiatric illnesses, his school situation and his neighborhood. Munich prosecutors and the Bavarian state ...

German state hit by attacks presents anti-terror concept

Bavarian officials on Thursday pledged to hire hundreds of extra police officers and urged tougher background checks on asylum-seekers as they presented an anti-terror plan following four deadly attacks in the country in a week. Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann said his state — where three of the four attacks ...

FILE - In this Saturday, June 18, 2016 file photo, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu visits the Hemeimeem air base in Syria. Shoigu said Thursday, July 28, 2016, Moscow is sending a top general and experts to Geneva at request of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to discuss the crisis surrounding the embattled Syrian city of Aleppo. (Vadim Savitsky/Russian Defense Ministry Press Service pool photo via AP, File)

Russia announces humanitarian operation in Aleppo

Russia and the Syrian government will open humanitarian corridors in Syria's embattled city of Aleppo and offer a way out for opposition fighters wanting to lay down their arms, Russia's defense minister Sergei Shoigu announced on Thursday as Syrian forces took another district from rebels in the city. The Russian ...

Han Song Ryol, director-general of the U.S. affairs department at North Korea's Foreign Ministry, talks during an interview with the Associated Press in Pyongyang, North Korea, Thursday, July 28, 2016. Han said that Washington "crossed the red line" and effectively declared war by putting leader Kim Jung Un on its list of sanctioned individuals and said a vicious showdown could erupt if the U.S. and South Korea hold annual war games as planned next month. (AP Photo/Kim Kwang Hyon)

N. Korea: US has crossed red line, relations on war footing

North Korea's top diplomat for U.S. affairs told The Associated Press on Thursday that Washington "crossed the red line" and effectively declared war by putting leader Kim Jong Un on its list of sanctioned individuals, and said a vicious showdown could erupt if the U.S. and South Korea hold annual ...

Faithful and pilgrims wait for Pope Francis before a mass in Czestochowa, Poland,Thursday, July 28, 2016. (Stefano Rellandini/Pool Photo via AP)

The Latest: Pope prays at Poland's Black Madonna icon

The Latest on Pope Francis' visit to Poland and World Youth Day celebrations (all times local): 11:45 a.m. Pope Francis has praised native son St. John Paul II as a "meek and powerful" herald of mercy as well as countless "ordinary yet remarkable people" who held firm to their Catholic ...

FILE - In this Saturday, June 18, 2016 file photo, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, second left, visits the Hemeimeem air base in Syria. Shoigu said on Thursday, July 28, 2016 that Russia and the Syrian government will open humanitarian corridors and offer a way-out for Islamic State fighters wanting to lay down their arms. (Vadim Savitsky/Russian Defense Ministry Press Service Pool Photo via AP, file)

The Latest: Syrian forces take another Aleppo neighborhood

The Latest on developments related to the Syrian war and international effort on the crisis (all times local): 12:15 p.m. Syrian state media are reporting that government forces have taken another neighborhood from rebels in the contested northern city of Aleppo. Thursday's report came as the Russian government says safe ...

University of Louisville accepts president's resignation

University of Louisville trustees accepted the resignation of embattled President James Ramsey, whose long tenure was dogged by scandal. The action at a special meeting of the school's board signaled the end of an era. Ramsey, a former state budget director, has led the university for 14 years. After six ...

A picture of late Father Jacques Hamel is placed on flowers at the makeshift memorial in front of the city hall closed to the church where an hostage taking left a priest dead the day before in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, Normandy, France, Wednesday, July 27, 2016. The Islamic State group crossed a new threshold Tuesday in its war against the West, as two of its followers targeted a church in Normandy, slitting the throat of an elderly priest celebrating Mass and using hostages as human shields before being shot by police. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

French ID second church attacker, warning 4 days earlier

The second man who attacked a Normandy church during a morning Mass this week, slitting the throat of the elderly priest, is a 19-year-old Frenchman from eastern France, the prosecutor's office said Thursday. An official in the prosecutor's office said it was "very probable" that the man, identified as Abdel-Malik ...

Smoke from a wildfire spreads over woods, as seen from White Rock in Carmel Valley, southeast of Monterey, Calif., Wednesday, July 27, 2016. Acting Gov. Tom Torlakson, substituting for Gov. Jerry Brown who is at the Democratic National Convention with other top state officials, declared a state of emergency for the fire and another wildfire outside of Los Angeles on Tuesday night. The move frees up funding and relaxes regulations to help with the firefight and recovery. (AP Photo/Nic Coury)

Hotter weather expected near blaze that killed 1

Firefighters are bracing for hotter weather and lower humidity in the area near Big Sur where a wildfire has destroyed 34 homes and killed a bulldozer driver working to contain the massive blaze. Cooler temperatures gave the more than 3,000 fire crews working around the clock a brief respite Wednesday ...

Members of the Baton Rouge Police Department salute as a member of the Louisiana State Police Honor Guard, left, plays "Taps" through driving rain during funeral services for Baton Rouge police Cpl. Montrell Jackson in Baton Rouge, La., Monday, July 25, 2016. Jackson, slain by a gunman who authorities said targeted law enforcement, is the last of the three Louisiana law enforcement officers killed in last week's ambush to be buried. (Hilary Scheinuk/Baton Rouge Advocate via AP)

Biden to speak at vigil for slain Baton Rouge officers

Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch are scheduled to speak Thursday at a Baton Rouge vigil honoring the three law enforcement officers who were killed by a lone gunman during a shootout outside a convenience store. Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards and relatives of the slain ...

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton walks on stage after President Barack Obama's speech during the third day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Wednesday, July 27, 2016. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Clinton ready to sell herself in biggest political moment

Hillary Clinton is set to face the nation with the goal of introducing the woman that speaker after speaker, including a pair of presidents, have spent days promising the American public they'll finally get to see: the "real" Hillary Clinton. In the biggest moment of her nearly 25-year political career, ...

President Barack Obama speaks during the third day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Wednesday, July 27, 2016. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Takeaways: Obama vouches for Clinton, Kaine steps up

President Barack Obama used what is likely his last high-profile speech as president to make a powerful case for Hillary Clinton's election, saying it wasn't even a close choice between her and Donald Trump, whom he described as a homegrown demagogue. Obama was the biggest of a number of big-name ...

Trump to Russia: Uncover, release deleted Clinton emails

After Donald Trump encouraged Russia to find and make public missing emails deleted by his presidential opponent, Hillary Clinton, an instant debate exploded over hacking and his urging of a foreign government to meddle in American politics. Shortly after Trump's extraordinary remarks Wednesday, his Republican running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike ...

VIEWER GUIDE: Clinton to make her own case Thursday

Hour after hour and speaker after speaker, Hillary Clinton has been extolled at the Democratic convention this week as a change-maker, an effective leader and a caring human being. As the convention's closer on Thursday, Clinton — one of most recognized politicians on the planet — takes center stage to ...

A canoe from the Puyallup Tribe is paddled toward a landing during an annual journey Wednesday, July 27, 2016, in Seattle. Dozens of tribal canoes were arriving at Alki Beach in Seattle as part of an annual Native American celebration. Members of the Muckleshoot Tribe greeted the boats Wednesday afternoon as part of the 2016 Paddle to Nisqually. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Tribal canoes arrive at Seattle beach in annual celebration

Dozens of tribal canoes were arriving at Alki Beach in Seattle as part of an annual Native American celebration. Members of the Muckleshoot Tribe greeted the boats Wednesday afternoon as part of the 2016 Paddle to Nisqually. "The tribal journey is, to me, it's like coming together, in unity. And, ...

Baltimore police officer Caesar Goodson, center, who was acquitted on all charges related to the death of Freddie Gray, arrives for a news conference after prosecutors dropped remaining charges against the three Baltimore police officers who were awaiting trial in Freddie Gray's death, in Baltimore, Wednesday, July 27, 2016. The decision by prosecutors comes after a judge had already acquitted three of the six officers charged in the case. (AP Photo/Steve Ruark)

Individuals, agencies dodge blame as Freddie Gray case ends

Fourteen months after the death of a black man whose neck was broken in a police van prompted massive protests, spawned rioting and toppled the careers of Baltimore's police commissioner and a Democratic mayor poised for re-election, no one will go to jail for the death. The city's top prosecutor ...

President Barack Obama smiles as he steps to the podium during the third day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Thursday, July 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Analysis: Obama hopes Clinton can fix what he could not

Eight years ago, Barack Obama cast himself as the rare candidate who could transcend the polarizing "politics of the past" and bridge divides that had left Washington barely functioning for years. Ultimately, the gulf was too wide — if anything, the political climate in the United States worsened. So, standing ...

Turning off red-light cameras can be deadly

Red-light cameras are widely hated, but a new study says getting rid of them can have fatal consequences. Traffic deaths from red-light-running crashes go up by nearly a third after cities turn off cameras designed to catch motorists in the act, according to a study by the Insurance Institute for ...

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