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Church attacker nurtured jihad in quiet French town
SAINT-ETIENNE-DU-ROUVRAY, France (AP) -- Adel Kermiche nursed his obsession with jihad in this quiet French town alongside the Seine River, and his twice-thwarted attempt to join Islamic State extremists in Syria ended with an attack on an elderly priest celebrating Mass in its sturdy stone church....

Creator of Broadway hit 'Hamilton' visits Puerto Rico
VEGA ALTA, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Lin-Manuel Miranda jokingly compared himself to a hard-to-catch Pokemon as fans pursued him with cellphones Wednesday during a visit to his parents' native Puerto Rico shortly after the end of his run on the Broadway hit "Hamilton."...

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....

Pope says the world's at war, urges Europe to greet refugees
KRAKOW, Poland (AP) -- Pope Francis, deeply saddened by the slaying of an elderly priest during Mass in a church in the French countryside, warned grimly Wednesday that the world is at war, but cautioned against labeling it a war among religions....

Some French media ban IDs of attackers to stop "hero" effect
PARIS (AP) -- Some leading French media outlets pledged Wednesday to stop publishing the names and images of attackers linked to the Islamic State group to prevent individuals from being inadvertently glorified, following a spate of attacks in France over the past 18 months....

Turkey, once touted as regional model, is mired in tension
ISTANBUL (AP) -- Turkey was riding high in 2010, casting its brand of Islamic piety, Western-style democracy and economic growth as a regional model amid popular upheavals in the Mideast and North Africa....

AP EXPLAINS: Why Syria's al-Qaida may be considering a split
BEIRUT (AP) -- Al-Qaida's branch in Syria is considering splitting ties with the global terror group, members say....

Trump gets smoother ride than Clinton in Russian media
MOSCOW (AP) -- Bias is often in the eye of the beholder, and President Barack Obama's claim that Russia's news media favor Donald Trump isn't an open-and-shut case. But informal surveys of Russia's main outlets suggest that Trump gets plenty of praise - especially for his "anti-establishment" stance - and that favorable assessments of Hillary Clinton are comparatively rare....

Witnesses say South Sudan soldiers raped dozens near UN camp
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) -- South Sudanese government soldiers raped dozens of ethnic Nuer women and girls last week just outside a United Nations camp where they had sought protection from renewed fighting, and at least two died from their injuries, witnesses and civilian leaders said....

Iraq: Attacks kill at least 18; province takes on militants
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Militants unleashed a series of attacks Wednesday in and around Baghdad, killing at least 18 people, officials said. South of the Iraqi capital, a provincial council approved a decision allowing authorities to demolish homes of convicted militants and banish their families from the province....

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