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EU calls Turkey's crackdown on media "worrying"
ISTANBUL (AP) -- The European Union and journalist associations expressed concern Thursday about a widening crackdown on media in Turkey, calling on Ankara to respect fundamental freedoms....

N. Korea: US has crossed red line, relations on war footing
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- North Korea's top diplomat for U.S. affairs told The Associated Press on Thursday that Washington "crossed the red line" and effectively declared war by putting leader Kim Jong Un on its list of sanctioned individuals, and said a vicious showdown could erupt if the U.S. and South Korea hold annual war games as planned next month....

With Auschwitz visit, pope faces complex Polish-Jewish story
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- 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....

Turkish military faces overhaul after failed coup
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkey is expected to shake up its armed forces on Thursday and dismiss more military officers as it deepens its purge of individuals who the government claims supported a failed coup this month....

Russia announces humanitarian operation in Syria's Aleppo
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia and the Syrian government said they will open humanitarian corridors in Syria's embattled city of Aleppo on Thursday and offer a way out for opposition fighters wanting to lay down their arms, even as Syrian forces took another district from rebels in the city....

French ID 2nd church attacker; police had warning about him
PARIS (AP) -- 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....

To reverse damage of sitting, take a brisk, hour-long walk
LONDON (AP) -- If you spend all day sitting, then you might want to schedule some time for a brisk walk - just make sure you can spare at least an hour....

Pope holds Mass celebrating Poland's deep Catholic roots
CZESTOCHOWA, Poland (AP) -- Pope Francis, visiting a shrine cherished by Poles, praised native son St. John Paul II on Thursday and honored the countless "ordinary yet remarkable people" in Poland who held firm to their Catholic faith throughout adversity in the former Communist nation....

The Latest: Protest against cost of games hits torch relay
MOSCOW (AP) -- The Latest on the Rio Games (all times local to Rio de Janeiro):...

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