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Pope silent in tour of death camp

updated: 07/30/2016 3 a.m. Comment 1

Pope Francis paid a somber visit in silence to the Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau on Friday, with his only public comment a guest-book entry begging God's "forgiveness for so much cruelty."

Independence activists join Hong Kong race

updated: 07/30/2016 2:57 a.m. Discuss

As Hong Kong prepares for legislative elections in September, a new wave of radical political activists is planning to join the campaign, including some who advocate the idea of independence from China.

Envoy: Aleppo's exits U.N.'s job

updated: 07/30/2016 2:51 a.m. Discuss

The United Nations special envoy for Syria on Friday urged Russia to leave the creation of humanitarian corridors around Aleppo to the U.N. and its partners.

Turkish purge sweeps up U.S. contacts

updated: 07/30/2016 2:49 a.m. Discuss

A widening purge of Turkish institutions after a failed coup is sweeping up U.S. contacts in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization country and setting back cooperation in counterterrorism efforts, top U.S. intelligence and military officials said.

The world in brief

updated: 07/30/2016 2:46 a.m. Discuss

U.S. to return Okinawa tract to Japan The U.S. will return 9,900 acres of land on Okinawa to Japan -- the largest hand-back since the island reverted to Japanese control in 1972.

In the news

updated: 07/30/2016 2:42 a.m. Discuss

Mikaela Kellner, an off-duty Swedish police officer sunbathing in a Stockholm park, was in a bikini but still chased down and pinned to the ground a man suspected of stealing a friend's cellphone.

Australians snub former prime minister for top U.N. job

posted: 07/30/2016 1 a.m. Discuss

Australia’s government rejected a request by former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on Friday that it back his late bid for the top United Nations job, effectively crushing the former diplomat’s hopes of nabbing the post after he spent months lobbying for government support.

Pay victims, tribunal orders ex-Chad ruler

posted: 07/30/2016 1 a.m. Discuss

A tribunal ordered Chad’s ex-dictator Hissene Habre on Friday to pay more than 4,700 victims at least $17,000 each for abuses suffered during his time in power.

Chinese kin protest end of search for jet

posted: 07/30/2016 1 a.m. Discuss

About two dozen Chinese relatives of passengers aboard the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 on Friday staged a small protest outside China’s Foreign Ministry calling on governments to continue searching for the plane.

Syria city safe exits put forth

posted: 07/29/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

BEIRUT -- Syrian authorities backed by Russia on Thursday offered safe corridors out for residents and rebels in the city of Aleppo's besieged quarters.

Pope to visit, pray at Auschwitz

updated: 07/29/2016 2:54 a.m. Discuss

WARSAW, Poland -- 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.

2nd church assailant identified by French

posted: 07/29/2016 2:53 a.m. Discuss

PARIS -- French officials on Thursday identified the second man who attacked a Normandy church during morning Mass, saying he's a 19-year-old from eastern France who was spotted last month in Turkey as he supposedly headed to Syria -- but who returned to France instead.

U.S. troops wounded in battle

updated: 07/29/2016 2:50 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON -- Five U.S. special operations troops were wounded in the past week during combat with Islamic State fighters in eastern Afghanistan, the senior U.S. commander in the country said Thursday.

Turkey's military chief keeps post

updated: 07/29/2016 2:43 a.m. Discuss

ANKARA, Turkey -- Turkey's top military commander, who was held hostage during an attempted coup, kept his post Thursday, while the general who served as acting chief of staff was promoted after a purge in the military after the failed takeover.

German state taking anti-terror steps

updated: 07/29/2016 2:42 a.m. Discuss

BERLIN -- Officials in Germany's Bavaria state pledged Thursday to hire hundreds of extra police officers and urged tougher background checks on asylum seekers as they presented an anti-terror plan after four deadly attacks in Germany in a week.

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