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Trump has a record of siding with Putin on key issues
MOSCOW (AP) -- Donald Trump has refused to condemn Russia's military takeover of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula, saying if elected he would consider recognizing it as Russian territory, in the latest of a series of statements that have raised eyebrows about the Republican candidate's intentions toward the Kremlin....

N. Korea: US has crossed red line, relations on war footing
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- 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 war games as planned next month....

Syria Nusra Front leader claims to cut ties with al-Qaida
BEIRUT (AP) -- The leader of Syria's Nusra Front said in recording aired Thursday that his group is changing its name, claiming it will have no more ties with al-Qaida in an attempt to undermine a potential U.S. and Russian air campaign against its fighters....

The Latest: Polish officials say 500,000 see pope at rally
CZESTOCHOWA, Poland (AP) -- The Latest on Pope Francis' visit to Poland and World Youth Day celebrations (all times local):...

Military: Boko Haram ambushes humanitarian convoy, wounds 5
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) -- Boko Haram Islamic extremists ambushed a humanitarian convoy escorted by troops in northeast Nigeria on Thursday, wounding three civilians including a U.N. worker, and two soldiers, the army and UNICEF said....

Huge crowd at Polish shrine hears pope hail their faith
CZESTOCHOWA, Poland (AP) -- Pope Francis blessed hundreds of thousands of faithful Thursday at a shrine in Poland, paying tribute to a beloved native son, St. John Paul II, honoring the countless "ordinary yet remarkable" Poles who defiantly clung to their faith during Soviet-bloc communism and establishing this pontiff's drawing power in a country where being Catholic is often equated with being Polish....

Indonesia executes 4 drug traffickers
CILACAP, Indonesia (AP) -- Indonesia executed four people convicted of drug crimes on Friday despite international protests and said it would decide later when as many as 10 others would be put to death....

With Auschwitz visit, pope faces complex Polish-Jewish story
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Two Holocaust survivors took to a stage at the site of the former Warsaw Ghetto this week to perform lively prewar tunes - the 91-year-old played drums and the 88-year-old was on accordion, keyboard and vocals. In the audience several elderly Christian Poles who saved Jews during the Holocaust swayed and tapped their feet to songs in Yiddish, Hebrew and Polish....

French ID 2nd church attacker; police had warning about him
PARIS (AP) -- French officials on Thursday identified the second man who attacked a Normandy church during morning Mass, saying he's a 19-year-old from eastern France who was spotted last month in Turkey as he supposedly headed to Syria - but who returned to France instead....

US says 6 airstrikes killed 14 civilians in Iraq and Syria
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. military says an internal investigation shows that 14 civilians were killed and one civilian was wounded in six separate U.S. airstrikes in Iraq and Syria between July 2015 and April 2016....

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