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Car crashes into safety barriers outside British parliament

The driver of the car, a man, has been arrested, police said.

Australian archbishop avoids jail time for covering up abuse

A court ruled Tuesday that Archbishop Philip Wilson could serve his one-year sentence in home detention, rather than jail.

Korean leaders agree to hold third summit

South Korean President Moon Jae-in will travel to Pyongyang for the meeting next month.

With an eye on Syria, Israel seeks broader truce in Gaza

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is negotiating with Hamas, the militant group that rules the Gaza Strip.

After Trump’s diplomatic waves, Merkel plans talks with Putin

Foes and allies of the United States are were shifting in response to the Trump administration’s sweeping tariffs and other moves.

China denies UN reports of Uighur detention camps

Beijing has progressively tightened security in Xinjiang since an eruption of violence there in 2009.

Syria vows to help refugees return

Government officials urged Western countries to encourage the resettlement process by lifting sanctions.

Hospital blaze in Taiwan kills 9 and injures dozens

The fire at Taipei Hospital prompted officials to transfer 206 patients to other medical centers.

300 hurt as boardwalk collapses during concert in Spain

Many young people were on the wooden boardwalk in Vigo when it gave way at the closing event of a three-day festival.

EU seeks safe harbor for ship with 141 migrants

After the French aid groups operating the ship appealed for a safe port, Italy said Britain should take responsibility.

Iran’s top leader sees no war — or talks — with US

The United States has begun restoring sanctions, exacerbating a financial crisis in Iran that has sent its currency tumbling.

As fight for Ghazni rages, nearby districts fall to Taliban

In Ghazni city, the militants appear to control most neighborhoods and thousands of residents are trapped in homes.

Blast in northern Syria kills at least 36

After two five-story buildings collapsed in Sarmada, an observer group said an arms depot in the complex had detonated.

Amid Kremlin victories, Putin fails to persuade West to ease sanctions

President Trump had barely finished announcing new sanctions at Turkey on Friday before Putin was o

Netanyahu defends contentious law after Arab protest

The prime minister said the flying of Palestinian flags at a protest in Tel Aviv shows many people oppose Israel’s existence.

Malians vote in presidential runoff amid attacks

The turnout was low amid attacks and threats of violence by Islamic extremists in the West African nation.

4 Jordanian troops, 3 suspected militants dead in clash

The clash was among the deadliest between suspected militants and Jordanian security forces in recent years.

Taliban kill 200 Afghan forces in three days

Fighting continued in Ghazni, where Taliban insurgents have seized control of most neighborhoods.

Russia and 4 other nations sign accord to settle dispute on Caspian Sea

Russia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, and Turkmenistan have agreed on how to divide the water body and its resources.

10 hurt in attempted murder in Britain

The shooting in Manchester unfolded in the predawn hours, after the first day of an annual Caribbean carnival.

Amid Europe’s heat wave, rare flamingos lay first eggs in 15 years

None of the eggs were viable, so no new Andean flamingos will emerge from this batch, but caretakers decided to get the Andean birds into parenting mode.

Iraqi spy infiltrated ISIS to help foil attacks

Captain Harith al-Sudani posed as a jihadi in the Islamic State while passing critical information to Iraqi intelligence agencies.

Thousands fight plan to move US base

Opponents say moving the base to a coastal site on Okinawa would be an environmental debacle.

Taliban cling to pockets of Afghan city after assault

It was unclear how many other civilians had been killed or wounded during the attack on Ghazni in eastern Afghanistan.

Amid Europe’s heat wave, rare flamingos lay first eggs in 15 years

The exotic birds from the Andes are “fickle breeders” and can go years without nesting successfully.

Syria’s war could be entering more dangerous phase

A third of the country remains outside government control, and those areas are occupied by Turkish and American troops.

Thousands protest China plan to demolish mosque

A newspaper of the ruling Communist Party responded to the demonstration by staying no religion is above the law.

Ending ‘one child’ limits, China pushes women to have more babies

The government has begun to acknowledge that its efforts to raise the country’s birthrate are faltering.

Violence erupts amid Gaza cease-fire

Hamas rulers and Israel appeared to be generally honoring a cease-fire that ended two days of intense violence.

Zimbabwe’s opposition challenges election results in court

The Movement for Democratic Change alleged irregularities and called for a new vote or for its candidate to be declared the winner.

Taliban launch assault on Ghazni, a key Afghan city

If the Taliban are able to take the city, it would be the insurgents’ most important strategic gain in years.

Russia strongly warns US against stepping up sanctions

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Russi would retaliate with economic, political, and unspecified “other” means.

Shooting in Canada leaves 4 dead, including 2 police

The attack struck a nerve in a country that has been roiled in recent months by several instances of mass violence.

Why Turkey’s currency is plunging and what it means

The tumble in Turkey’s currency on Friday signaled deepening pessimism about the country’s economy after months of market declines.

Four dead in shooting in New Brunswick; suspect in custody, police say

Police in the eastern Canadian city of Fredericton say a suspect is in custody after a shooting left four people dead, including two police officers.

Zimbabwe opposition leader charged after asylum bid fails

Senior Zimbabwean opposition figure Tendai Biti on Thursday was charged with inciting public violence and declaring unofficial election results as fears grew about a government crackdown following the disputed July 30 election.

Israeli leaders plot response as Gaza violence rages

Fighting showed few signs of slowing. Late Thursday, the Israeli military flattened a well-known cultural center in Gaza City and militants fired rockets across the border.

Myanmar snubs Hague court’s intervention in Rohingya crisis

Myanmar on Thursday sharply rejected an attempt by the International Criminal Court to consider the country’s culpability for activities that caused about 700,000 minority Rohingya Muslims to flee to Bangladesh for safety.

Dozens of manatees are dying mysteriously in southern Mexico, near oil and gas site

Dozens of manatees are dying mysteriously in southern Mexico, near oil and gas site

Boris Johnson faces probe for saying women in burqas look like ‘bank robbers’

Boris Johnson faces probe for saying women in burqas look like ‘bank robbers’

Costa Rica supreme court: gay marriage ban unconstitutional

Costa Rica’s supreme court has given the country’s legislature 18 months to change the law to allow gay marriage.

Airstrike hits school bus in Yemen, killing dozens

“Does the world really need more innocent children’s lives to stop the cruel war on children in Yemen?” exclaimed a UNICEF official.

Leaflets dropped over Syria’s Idlib call for reconciliation

The province is now the last major bastion of the armed opposition in the country and home to over one million internally displaced Syrians.

Third strong earthquake shakes Lombok as death toll tops 300

The Indonesian island of Lombok was shaken by a third big earthquake in little more than a week Thursday as the official death toll from the most powerful of the quakes topped 300.

Lebanese town flooded by refugees hopes for return to normal

Seven years of war in Syria has displaced more than half the country’s population, leaving millions of refugees shipwrecked between the wasteland of home and the void of exile.

Saudi Arabia escalates feud with Canada over rights criticism

BEIRUT — Saudi Arabia took concrete steps to disengage economically from Canada on Wednesday, escalating the feud over Canada’s criticism of Saudi Arabia and demonstrating that its expulsion of the Canadian ambassador this week was more than a symbolic protest.

Germany reaches deal With Spain to return refugees

BERLIN — Refugees who come to Germany after entering the European Union through Spain can be turned back at the border under the terms of an agreement between Berlin and Madrid, the German Interior Ministry said Wednesday.

Venezuela ruling party cracks down on opposition lawmakers

Venezuela’s pro-government constitutional assembly stripped two opposition lawmakers of their immunity from prosecution on Wednesday, accusing them of having roles in a drone attack that authorities say was an attempt to kill socialist President Nicolas Maduro. 

Zimbabwean opposition official denied asylum, faces deportation

Tendai Biti’s plight is the latest example of political unrest following the election of Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Congo’s president not running again in long-delayed election

The decision helps clear the path for one of Africa’s most turbulent nations to undertake its first peaceful, democratic transfer of power.