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Federal Police In Brazil Arrest Man Suspected Of Links To Terrorism

(AP) – Brazilian federal police say they’ve arrested a 28-year-old Brazilian-Lebanese man suspected of ties to terrorism.  The attorney for Chaer Kalaun told journalists at Rio de Janeiro police headquarters that his client only posted messages on social media and never intended to attack the Olympics that start Aug. 5. Police didn’t describe possible charges. […]

US General Says 5 US Troops Wounded In Afghan Fighting

(AP) — The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan says five American soldiers have been wounded in clashes with Islamic State fighters.  commands U.S. and NATO forces. Nicholson says none of the wounds are life-threatening; three of the soldiers have been evacuated from the area, and two have been returned to duty. He said the casualties […]

Al-Qaida Urges Syria Branch To Continue Jihad

(AP) — Al-Qaida’s deputy leader is urging the network’s Syria branch to do what it takes to preserve jihad in the war-torn country, an apparent endorsement of the Nusra Front’s plans to split from the parent organization.  Senior Nusra Front figures have been discussing plans to dissociate from al-Qaida. The discussions come amid calls from […]

Russia’s Depleted Olympic Team Heads For Rio de Janeiro

(AP) – Russia’s much-depleted Olympic team has departed for the Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro after dozens of its athletes were excluded amid the country’s doping scandal. Team members left on a charter flight Thursday morning from Moscow’s Sheremetevo airport to Brazil, a day after an emotional farewell ceremony with Russian President Vladimir Putin […]

N. Korea: US Has Crossed Red Line, Relations On War Footing

(AP) – North Korea’s top diplomat for U.S. affairs tells The Associated Press that Washington “crossed the red line” and effectively declared war by putting leader Kim Jong Un on its list of sanctioned individuals. Han Song Ryol said in an interview Thursday that recent U.S. actions have put the situation on the Korean Peninsula […]

Syria’s Assad Offers Amnesty To Rebels

(AP) – Syria’s President Bashar Assad has offered an amnesty to rebels who lay down their arms and surrender to authorities over the next three months. The amnesty offer was issued through a decree on Thursday and urged that all detainees be freed. It says that those who might set free their captives will be […]

Mexican Official: Drug Lord Will Finish Sentence At Home

(AP) – Mexico’s interior secretary says the government has exhausted its options and will comply with a judge’s order to release drug lord Ernesto Fonseca Carrillo to serve out the remainder of his sentence at home. Miguel Angel Osorio Chong said Wednesday that Fonseca Carrillo’s release was imminent. The 86-year-old has nine years remaining on […]

UPDATE: Pope Urges Compassion For Migrants In Poland

(AP) – Pope Francis has urged Poland’s leaders “to overcome fear” and show compassion to migrants. Fears run deep in the strongly Catholic nation that Muslim refugees could endanger the nation’s security and erode its Christian traditions.  Noting that many Poles have emigrated from their country, Francis spoke of the need to facilitate their return […]

French Police Probe: Nice Had Appropriate Security Measures

(AP) – An internal probe by French police has concluded that security measures were appropriate in Nice on the night of the deadly Bastille Day truck attack that left 84 people dead and hundreds wounded.  Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve has faced accusations that his office pressured a local official to cover up the lack of […]