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The Latest: Syria's Assad offers amnesty to rebels
BEIRUT (AP) -- The Latest on developments related to the Syrian war and international effort on the crisis (all times local):...

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 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....

French ID second church attacker, warning 4 days earlier
PARIS (AP) -- 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....

Peru's new president sworn in surrounded by Ivy League aides
LIMA, Peru (AP) -- Pedro Pablo Kuczynski assumes Peru's presidency Thursday with a Cabinet that shares his Ivy League, pro-business pedigree - a reliance on technocrats that could become a liability as he deals with an unfriendly congress and a resurgent left....

Turkish military faces overhaul after failed coup
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim is set to chair a top-level military meeting that is likely to lead to a major shake-up within the country's armed forces following a failed coup by renegade military officers....

Trump dings both Clintons in rollicking press conference
MIAMI (AP) -- Donald Trump made an extraordinary plea for Russia to help find Hillary Clinton's missing emails - but he hardly stopped there in a scattershot news conference Wednesday that doubled as counter-programming to the ongoing Democratic National Convention....

Iffy skies make pope take car, not copter to Poland shrine
CZESTOCHOWA, Poland (AP) -- Worry about bad weather prompted a last-minute change in Pope Francis' travel plans Thursday during his Polish pilgrimage, with the pontiff opting to take a car instead of a military helicopter to a shrine cherished by Poles as their spiritual capital....

Russia announces humanitarian operation in Aleppo
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu says Russia and the Syrian government will open humanitarian corridors and offer a way-out for Islamic State fighters wanting to lay down their arms....

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....

Germany calls on mosques to prevent extremism
BERLIN (AP) -- Germany's commissioner for immigration, refugees and integration is calling on mosques across the country to be more pro-active when it comes to preventing extremism among Muslim youths....

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