People, draped in Turkish flags, outside the Byzantine-era Hagia Sophia, one of Istanbul's main tourist attractions, following Turkey's Council of Sta

Turkey's president formally makes Hagia Sophia a mosque

The president of Turkey on Friday formally converted Istanbul's sixth-century Hagia Sophia back into a mosque and declared it open for Muslim worship, hours after a high court annulled a 1934 decision that had made the religious landmark a museum.

Pompeo slams UN report on deadly US drone strike on Iranian

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a news conference at the State Department in Washington, Wednesday, July 8, 2020.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has criticized an independent U.N. human rights expert's report insisting a American drone strike that killed a top Iranian general in January was a "watershed" event in the use of drones and amounted to a violation of international law.

Man gets prison for failed theft of Magna Carta in England

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Hammer holes in the glass case that housed the Magna Carta, at Salisbury Cathedral, Friday Oct. 26, 2018.
A U.K. judge has sentenced a man to four years for attempting to steal one of the original copies of the the Magna Carta from Salisbury Cathedral in England.
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Turkey amends laws to allow multiple lawyer associations

Turkey's parliament passed controversial legislation amending laws governing attorneys and bar associations on Saturday, despite protests from critics who say the move could limit the independence of lawyers and reduce the professional associations' clout.
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Teenage surfer killed by shark, 2nd in Australia in a week

A 17-year-old surfer died Saturday when he was mauled by a shark, the second fatal attack in a week and at least the fifth in Australia this year.
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Zimbabwe bird sanctuary has 400 species, not enough tourists

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Indian forces kill 6 Naga rebels near Myanmar border

India's security forces killed six separatist Naga militants in an exchange of gunfire in a northeastern state bordering Myanmar, police said.
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Asia Today: Australia Victoria state daily cases drop to 216

The beleaguered Australian state of Victoria received some good news Saturday with health officials reporting 216 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, down from the record 288 the previous day.
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Paik Sun-yup, major South Korean war hero, dies at 99

Former South Korean army Gen. Paik Sun-yup, who was celebrated as a major war hero for leading troops in several battle victories against North Korean soldiers during the 1950-53 Korean War, has died. He was 99.
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AP Explains: Why India cases are rising to multiple peaks

In just three weeks, India went from the world's sixth worst-affected country by the coronavirus to the third, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University. India's fragile health system was bolstered during a stringent monthslong lockdown but could still be overwhelmed by an exponential rise in infections.
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Singapore's ruling party holds on to power but faces setback

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's long-governing party comfortably won Friday's general elections as expected amid the coronavirus pandemic, but faced a setback as the opposition made minor gains.
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UN fails for 2nd time to agree on Syria aid from Turkey

A divided U.N. Security Council failed for a second time Friday to agree on extending humanitarian aid deliveries to Syria's mainly rebel-held northwest from Turkey as the current U.N. mandate was ending, leaving nearly 3 million people at risk of losing aid.
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Mali's president urges dialogue after thousands protest

Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita went on national television early Saturday, urging dialogue with his opponents just hours after thousands of anti-government protesters marched through the capital with some pushing their way into state television offices.
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Hundreds try to storm Serbian parliament as protests heat up

Police fired tear gas at hundreds of demonstrators who tried to storm Serbia's parliament on Friday, the fourth night of protests against the Balkan country president's increasingly authoritarian rule.
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11 people drowned at rocky beach in northern Egypt

Eleven people drowned off the coast of northern Egypt, local authorities said Friday, at a beach known for its rocky jetty and fast-moving waters.
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Brazil's Bolsonaro picks pastor as latest education minister

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro announced on Friday his second pick to head the education ministry in 11 days, naming a college professor and church pastor to the post.
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Croatia, Bulgaria take big step toward joining the euro

Croatia and Bulgaria took a big step toward joining the shared euro currency Friday, underlining the currency bloc's attraction despite its 2010-2015 debt crisis and the continuing debate about how to strengthen it against possible future trouble.
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July 10

UN encouraged experts may get to visit oil tanker off Yemen

The United Nations said Friday it is encouraged that a U.N. team may be able to visit an oil tanker loaded with 1.1 million barrels of crude oil that is moored off the coast of Yemen, posing a serious risk to Red Sea marine life, desalination plants and shipping.
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COVID hits dozens of Latin leaders, including presidents

The COVID-19 pandemic is sweeping through the leadership of Latin America, with two more presidents and powerful officials testing positive this week for the new coronavirus, adding a destabilizing new element to the region's public health and economic crises.
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Sudan ratifies law criminalizing female genital mutilation

Sudan's ruling body ratified a law banning the widespread practice of female genital mutilation, the justice ministry announced Friday, handing the movement for women's rights in the African country a long-sought victory.
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Multiple protests against French minister accused of rape

Chanting "Impunity is Over!" or dancing against sexual violence, women's rights activists protested Friday in multiple cities in France and abroad against President Emmanuel Macron's appointment of a new interior minister who is accused of rape and a justice minister who has minimized the #MeToo movement.
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Mudslides triggered by heavy rains kill 8 in northeast India

Landslides triggered by heavy rain on Friday have killed at least eight people in India's remote northeast, a top government official said.
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Libyan oil company resumes exports after months of blockade

Libya's national oil company announced Friday it has resumed crude exports, ending a months-long blockade that eastern tribes had called to protest revenue distribution in the war-torn country.