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The Latest: Italian plea: 'sainthood now' for slain priest
PARIS (AP) -- The Latest on the hostage-taking in the French region of Normandy. (all times local):...

Gay pride rainbow flags cut down in Swedish city
STOCKHOLM (AP) -- Officials in the Swedish city of Sodertalje say vandals have removed rainbow flags that were raised outside city hall in support of the gay pride festival this week in neighboring Stockholm....

UN envoy targets late August for restart of Syria talks
GENEVA (AP) -- The U.N. envoy for Syria says he aims to call a new round of talks between government and opposition envoys in Geneva "toward the end of August."...

Islamic State group claims attack that killed priest
SAINTE-ETIENNE-DU-ROUVRAY, France (AP) -- Two attackers took hostages inside a French church during morning Mass on Tuesday near the city of Rouen, killing an 86-year-old priest by slitting his throat before being shot and killed by police, French officials said. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack....

20 injured in Azerbaijan defense plant blast
BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) -- A health official in Azerbaijan says at least 20 people have been injured in an explosion at a defense plant....

US advises Americans to reconsider travel to Turkey
ISTANBUL (AP) -- The United States is advising its citizens to "reconsider travel to Turkey at this time" following an attempted military coup and the imposition of a three-month state of emergency, and it has authorized the "voluntary departure" of family members of staff at its embassy in Ankara and consulate in Istanbul....

French prosecutors say 1 person has been detained in investigation into church attack
PARIS (AP) -- French prosecutors say 1 person has been detained in investigation into church attack....