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Russia said on Thursday it had launched a "large-scale humanitarian operation" together with the Syrian government around the battered city of Aleppo to open humanitarian corridors for civilians and fleeing fighters.

Two top-ranking Turkish generals 'resign ahead of key meeting'

Two of Turkey's top-ranking generals resigned on Thursday shortly before a key military meeting expected to agree a personnel shake-up following an abortive coup targeting the government, local media reported.

China, Russia to hold joint exercises in S. China Sea: Beijing

China and Russia will hold joint naval exercises in the South China Sea in September, Beijing's defence ministry said Thursday, after an international tribunal invalidated the Asian giant's extensive claims in the area.

Syria, Russia cluster munition use 'relentless': HRW

Human Rights Watch accused the Syrian regime and its ally Russia on Thursday of extensively using banned cluster munitions in their offensive against rebels in the war-torn country.

Israeli experience shows challenge in stopping lone wolf attacks

Israeli authorities who have faced a wave of lone-wolf attacks by Palestinians say they have made progress in identifying potential assailants in advance, a challenge now also confronting Western nations.

Iran condemns killings of French priest, boy in Syria

Iran's foreign ministry condemned this week's killing of a French priest, drawing a parallel with the recent decapitation of a young boy by jihadists in Syria, state media said Thursday.

Second France church attacker formally identified

The second jihadist involved in a French church attack had tried to travel to Syria, prosecutors said Thursday as calls mounted for the prime minister and interior minister to resign after the latest terror attack.

Holocaust Survivor Band returns home to Poland

They survived the Holocaust, and held on to their love of life despite their childhood ordeal -- and in their twilight years, now living in the United States, they started a band.

Thousands of children detained in security clampdowns: HRW

Thousands of children have been detained and many tortured during security operations carried out in response to threats from extremists such as the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria, and Boko Haram in Nigeria, Human Rights Watch said Thursday.

Key quotes from the Democratic party convention, day 3

President Barack Obama delivered a powerful endorsement of his onetime rival Hillary Clinton at the Democratic National Convention, saying she is the most qualified person to succeed him at the White House.

Brazil fines Facebook $11.6 mn over WhatsApp standoff

A judge in Brazil slapped an $11.6 million fine on the local Facebook branch over the company's refusal to surrender data from its WhatsApp messenger program to a police investigation.

Guns cheaper than smartphones in Pakistani tribal town

Gunfire echoes through a dusty northwest tribal town, the soundtrack to Pakistan's biggest arms black market, where Kalashnikovs welded from scrap metal are cheaper than smartphones and sold on an industrial scale.

Turkey shakes up military, closes media after coup bid

Turkey's top military commanders will decide Thursday on one of the most radical shake-ups in the history of the country's armed forces, as authorities shut down dozens of media outlets in a widening crackdown after a failed coup.

Heart's Ann Wilson to release The Ann Wilson Thing! #2 — Focus EP

Rock queen Ann Wilson, from Heart, will be releasing her second solo EP "The Ann Wilson Thing! #2 — Focus" on Rounder Records.

Obama passes torch to Clinton, warns election a test of democracy

President Barack Obama implored Americans to help Hillary Clinton beat Donald Trump, warning the 2016 race was not just about politics, but the nature of US democracy.

Op-Ed: How some in the press spin Trumps' remarks on Clinton's emails

Donald Trump says many bizarre things, and often reverses his positions on matters, or even lies. Nevertheless some in the press are so anxious to make him look bad that they interpret what he says in the worst possible light.

Guitar king Caleb Quaye talks new film 'A Voice Louder Than Rock' Special

One of the world's best rock guitarists, Caleb Quaye, chatted with Digital Journal about his feature film "A Voice Louder Than Rock."

Peru's new president takes office amid economic woes

Former Wall Street banker Pedro Pablo Kuczynski takes office as Peru's president Thursday, seeking to kick-start a slowing economy and unite a country deeply torn by a photo-finish election.

Obama says Clinton uniquely qualified for the White House

US President Barack Obama will spearhead a Democratic effort to paint Donald Trump as unfit to be commander-in-chief Wednesday, contrasting the Republican nominee with his more experienced rival Hillary Clinton.

Mayweather-Pacquiao rematch is dream come true for Freddie Roach

Seven-time BWAA Trainer of the Year Freddie Roach is hopeful a Mayweather-Pacquiao rematch would still happen despite reports from Mayweather's camp that the unbeaten champ isn't in the mood to continue fighting after announcing his retirement last year.

Review: DJ Tony Moran soars on new song 'High,' helps Orlando victims Special

DJ Tony Moran tugs at the heart on a remake of "High," where he collaborates with dance queens Nicki Richards and Zhana Roiya.

Orlando victim's mom brings Democratic convention to tears

The mother of a man killed last month in a mass shooting at a Florida nightclub pleaded for stronger gun laws Wednesday in a moving address to the Democratic National Convention.

Australia police investigate Pope aide over child abuse claims

Australian police said Thursday they are investigating child abuse complaints against Vatican finance chief George Pell, but had not yet decided whether to press charges.

Obama offers support to Germany after spate of attacks

President Barack Obama offered his condolences and US support to German Chancellor Angela Merkel following a spate of bloody attacks in her country, the White House said.

Lack of exercise runs up $67.5 bn annual health tab, study finds

Health problems caused by a lack of daily physical exercise cost the world some $67.5 billion (61 billion euros) in 2013 -- more than many countries' GDP, researchers said Thursday.The total was divided between $53.

Scientists find Zika antibodies in step toward vaccine

US researchers have identified antibodies in lab mice that may be able to prevent infection with the mosquito-borne Zika virus, in what they described Wednesday as a "significant step" toward a vaccine.

Philippines bags 4 world boxing titles after KO win by Tapales

The Philippines has now four world champions in its roster of professional boxers after Filipino challenger Marlon Tapales knocked down reigning WBO bantamweight champion Pungluang Sor Singyu in the 11th round of their title fight Wednesday in Thailand.

Congo opposition chief comes home as crisis looms

Congo's veteran opposition chief Etienne Tshisekedi returned home after a two-year absence to a warm welcome from large crowds Wednesday as the mineral-rich African nation heads into fresh turbulence.

Obama to frame election as 'commander-in-chief' test

US President Barack Obama will spearhead a Democratic effort to paint Donald Trump as unfit to be commander-in-chief Wednesday, contrasting the Republican nominee with his vastly more experienced rival Hillary Clinton.

French church attackers pledged allegiance to IS: What we know

Two jihadists who attacked a French church and brutally murdered a priest had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group, a video showed Wednesday.

Maduro opponents report torture, abuse in Venezuela: HRW

Opponents of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro say they have been arrested for their political activities and subjected to torture including brutal beatings and electric shocks, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday.

US Democrats nominate Tim Kaine as VP pick

Democrats gathered in Philadelphia formally selected Tim Kaine as their US vice presidential candidate Wednesday, completing the party's ticket for the November election.

Olympic Village controversy reignites in pessimistic Brazil

Controversy ignited over working conditions for laborers racing to repair shambolic conditions at the athletes' Village in Rio just nine days before the Olympics.

Japan plans $265 billion plus in economic stimulus

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced plans to spend more that 28 trillion yen ($265 billion US) in an economic stimulus package to try and revive the Japanese economy.

Morel mushroom abundance after wildfires is focus of new study

University of Montana forest ecology professor Andrew Larson has posted a research paper that estimates the abundance of morel mushrooms after a wildfire in California's Sierra Nevada mountains.

Pope tells young to 'make some noise!'

Pope Francis told cheering crowds of young pilgrims Wednesday to do their duty and "make some noise" as he kicked off an international Catholic festival in Poland.

Turkey discharges generals, shuts media outlets after coup

Turkey on Wednesday said it was discharging 149 generals and ordering the closure of dozens of media outlets, in the next phase of its controversial crackdown in the wake of the failed coup.

High definition video for gastrointestinal endoscopic imaging

The company Pentax Medical has launched a new high definition video processor designed for highly detailed endoscopic imaging of the gastrointestinal tract.

Sennheiser introduces its new flagship gaming headset

Sennheiser has announced the new reference headset for competitive PC gamers around the world. The headset boasts a range of new and enhanced features.

Missing MH370 wreckage may be further north, study suggests

Just days after authorities mooted suspending the ocean search for missing flight MH370, researchers suggested on Wednesday that the debris zone may stretch a further 500 kilometres (310 miles) north.

French church attackers pledged allegiance to IS in video

Two jihadists who attacked a French church and killed a priest pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group, a video showed Wednesday, as investigators worked to identify the second assailant.