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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 Francis: 'cruelty did not end in Auschwitz'
OSWIECIM, Poland (AP) -- The Latest on Pope Francis' visit to Poland (all times local):...

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....

Report: Belgium arrests 2 suspected of plotting attack
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Belgian media say police have arrested two brothers on suspicion of plotting an attack....

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 visits sites tied to Polish saints in Krakow
KRAKOW, Poland (AP) -- Pope Francis took part in religious celebrations on Saturday at sites tied to two saints cherished in Poland - late pope St. John Paul II and St. Faustina, a mystic who had been a source of comfort to him....

Turkey's Erdogan slams US reaction to failed coup
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkey's president slammed the United States on Friday, claiming it was not standing firmly against a failed military coup and accused it of harboring the plot's alleged mastermind, as a government crackdown in the coup's aftermath strained Turkey's ties with key allies....

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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Africa
UN to send police contingent to Burundi

Asia
North Korea sends close aide of Kim Jong Un to Rio

Europe
Report: Belgium arrests 2 suspected of plotting attack

Latin America/Caribbean
Nicaragua electoral authority unseats opposition lawmakers

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