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A witness and local media say as many as nine gunmen have opened fire and taken hostages in a diplomatic zone of the Bangladeshi capital
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) -- A group of as many as nine gunmen attacked a restaurant popular with foreigners in a diplomatic zone of the Bangladeshi capital on Friday night, taking hostages and exchanging gunfire with security forces, authorities said....

Britain's Treasury chief has abandoned the government's long-held goal of balancing the nation's books by 2020, warning that the country's vote to leave the European Union had sent shock waves and instability through the economy
LONDON (AP) -- Britain's Treasury chief on Friday abandoned the government's long-held goal of balancing the nation's books by 2020, warning that the country's vote to leave the European Union had sent shock waves and instability through the U.K. economy....

Even though Wales receives hundreds of millions annually in EU funding, most people voted for Britain to leave the EU. Puzzling many analysts, the 'leave' vote was strongest in areas that have arguably benefited the most from EU support
BRYNMAWR, Wales (AP) -- The modern highway connecting Brynmawr to other former coal-mining towns in South Wales was partly funded by the European Union, replacing a three-lane road known for deadly accidents. Other EU funds have been used to improve railway lines, open museums and regenerate dreary town centers shattered by the decline of heavy industry....

Nearly eight months ago, migrant worker Tin Nyo Win thought he was doing the right thing to help free his pregnant wife from slavery inside a Thai shrimp peeling shed
PATHUM THANI, Thailand (AP) -- Nearly eight months ago, migrant worker Tin Nyo Win thought he was doing the right thing - the only thing - to help free his pregnant wife from slavery inside a Thai shrimp peeling shed. He ran for help and prompted police to raid the business, freeing nearly 100 Burmese laborers, including children....

Austria's highest court on Friday overturned the results of the country's presidential election and ordered a rerun, following claims of counting irregularities by the right-wing candidate who narrowly lost
VIENNA (AP) -- In a potential new challenge to European Union unity, Austria's highest court on Friday ordered a rerun of the country's presidential election, giving a right-wing euroskeptic candidate a second chance at the office after his narrow loss last month....

Attention is focusing on whether a Chechen extremist was involved in the suicide attacks that killed 44 people at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport
ISTANBUL (AP) -- Attention focused Friday on whether a Chechen extremist known to be a top lieutenant in the Islamic State group was involved in the suicide attacks that killed 44 people at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport....

Australians go to the polls Saturday with the opposition leader vying to become the country's fifth prime minister in three years
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Australians go to the polls Saturday with the opposition leader vying to become the country's fifth prime minister in three years. Global market turmoil since the Brexit vote, Australia's success in turning back asylum seeker boats, gay marriage, housing prices, corporate tax rates and union corruption have been major issues in the eight-week campaign....

A crackdown by Italian authorities on the increasingly powerful Chinese community in Tuscany resulted in new searches Friday in Italy's Chinatown and clashes this week that drew the ire of China's Foreign Ministry
ROME (AP) -- A crackdown by Italian authorities on the increasingly powerful Chinese community in Tuscany resulted in new searches Friday in Italy's Chinatown and clashes this week that drew the ire of China's Foreign Ministry....

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Africa
Body of rights lawyer found in river as Kenya to charge 3 policemen with murder of missing men

Asia
Local media report that a group of up to nine attackers took hostages inside a restaurant frequented by both locals and foreigners in a diplomatic zone in Bangladesh's capital

Europe
A former lawmaker from the U.S. Virgin Islands has decided not to fight extradition after he was arrested in Italy on an international warrant accusing him of using $90,000 in public funds for personal use, his lawyer said Friday

Latin America/Caribbean
Puerto Rico is facing a historic default as it enters a new financial era that will put its dire finances under the control of a federal oversight board while allowing it room to ease a crushing debt burden

Middle East
Israel send troops, imposes closure of Hebron district after Israeli man killed, family wounded by Palestinian shooter