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Turkey's Erdogan dropping lawsuits for insults against him
ISTANBUL (AP) -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday he was dropping all lawsuits against those charged with insulting him....

The Latest: Pope meets girl whose artificial limbs he funded
KRAKOW, Poland (AP) -- The Latest on the pope's visit to Poland (all times local):...

Belgium arrests 2 brothers suspected of plotting attack
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Two brothers have been arrested in Belgium on suspicion of plotting a terrorist attack, the Federal Prosecutor's Office announced Saturday....

Istanbul court releases hundreds of conscripts under arrest
ISTANBUL (AP) -- An Istanbul court has released hundreds of enlisted conscripts under arrest as part of the investigation into the July 15 abortive coup, the state-run Anadolu news agency says....

White House Singapore state dinner: Beef, and yellow flowers
WASHINGTON (AP) -- High-end American beef and yellow blossoms will feature prominently at the first White House state dinner for Singapore in more than three decades....

Gaza's Hamas hands out land hoping to avoid financial crisis
KHAN YOUNIS, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Earth movers dig into sand dunes on land where once Jewish settlements stood - prime real estate that the Gaza Strip's ruling Hamas group hopes will ease its worsening financial crisis....

Afghan official: Taliban capture district in Helmand
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) -- An important district in Afghanistan's southern poppy-growing province of Helmand has fallen to Taliban control after heavy fighting that killed or wounded up to 20 police officers, an official said on Saturday....

Pope urges clergy to go into world and tend to needy
KRAKOW, Poland (AP) -- Pope Francis encouraged his churchmen to leave their comfort zones and tend to the needy on the peripheries as he celebrated a Mass Saturday in a Polish church dedicated to St. John Paul II, the Polish pontiff whose staunch defense of workers' rights in the 1970s and 80s challenged his nation's then Communist rulers....

Muslim blasts extremists at Friday prayer with Christians
SAINT-ETIENNE-DU-ROUVRAY, France (AP) -- Muslims and Catholics joined in Friday prayers at the mosque in the Normandy town where an elderly priest was slain this week, with one imam chastising the extremists as non-Muslims who are "not part of civilization."...

Thousands gather in Congo's capital in rally for president
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) -- Thousands of Congolese gathered in the capital's main stadium to show support for the president, who is about to begin talks ahead of the November elections amid expectations that the polls will be delayed....

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Pope urges clergy to go into world and tend to needy

Latin America/Caribbean
Nicaragua electoral authority unseats opposition lawmakers

Middle East
Gaza's Hamas hands out land hoping to avoid financial crisis