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The United States urged the UN Security Council to back a regional force for South Sudan to shore up UN peacekeepers unable to cope with the violence.

Turkey remands 17 journalists in custody over links to Gulen

An Istanbul court on Friday remanded 17 Turkish journalists in custody over links to the US-based preacher Fethullah Gulen who is blamed for this month's failed coup, charging them with membership of a "terror group".

'Big risk' of EU-Turkey migrant deal collapsing: Juncker

European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker said that the EU's deal with Turkey on halting the flow of migrants towards the bloc is at risk of breaking down, in comments published Friday."The risk is big. The success so far of the pact is fragile.

Police, protestors clash as Armenia standoff continues

Armenian police exchanged gunfire Friday with an armed pro-opposition group holding hostages for a twelfth day and clashed with thousands of protesters supporting the gunmen, said an AFP photographer at the scene.

Refugees suffer 'death sentence' of indifference: Catholic youth

Refugees are subject to a "death sentence" of indifference in countries where they seek shelter, young Catholics said Friday at a faith gathering in Poland which has drawn hundreds of thousands of pilgrims from across the globe.

Slovak PM says more attacks likely, blames migrants

Slovak President Robert Fico on Friday said he believed there is a high risk that fresh attacks will occur in Europe, and he blamed migrants for the threat.

Brazil's Lula faces trial for obstruction of justice

Ex-Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who was key in getting the Olympics to Rio, will be put on trial for allegedly trying to obstruct a corruption probe at Petrobras oil company, officials said Friday.

Turkish universities feel force of purge

With deans forced to resign and academics in custody or dismissed, Turkish universities are among the hardest-hit targets of the purge launched after the failed coup.

Mexico launches drones to protect endangered porpoise

Mexico's government has launched drones to back last-ditch efforts to prevent illegal fishing activities that have led to the near extinction of the vaquita marina, the world's smallest porpoise.

Two men charged in France over links to November attacks: judicial source

French authorities filed terror charges on Friday against two suspected members of the same Islamic State cell that massacred 130 people in Paris last November, a judicial source said.

Migrants dice with death on Calais roads

On a pitch-black Calais night, a monster 30-tonne truck rumbles along the highway, while a group of migrants, their silhouettes barely visible on the embankment, keep watch.

Turkey detains tycoons as journalists appear in court

Turkish authorities on Friday widened their sweeping post-coup crackdown to the business sector, rounding up three tycoons as a score of detained journalists were marched into court by police to hear their fate.

Turkey warns Kazakhstan over Gulen-linked schools

Turkey's ambassador to Kazakhstan on Friday warned the Central Asian country over its schools linked to US-based preacher Fethullah Gulen, whom the Turkish government blames for this month's coup attempt.

Fearful of attacks, tourists flood Spain's beaches

Spain saw nearly 33 million visitors to the country in the first six months of the year, an 11.7 percent leap from 2015 as people fearful of extremist attacks seek refuge in the Iberian Peninsula.

Migrants end hunger strike at Serbia-Hungary border

Around 90 migrants on Friday ended a days-long hunger strike they had staged at Serbia's border with Hungary in a bid to be allowed to continue their journey across the closed frontier, the UN refuge agency said.

Turkey fury as US frets over post-coup military relations

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday angrily accused a top US general of siding with Turkey's coup plotters for saying the country's turmoil could downgrade military cooperation with Washington.

Auschwitz survivors recount tales of horror during pope's visit

Former prisoners at Nazi Germany's most notorious extermination camp met with Pope Francis Friday as he visited Auschwitz-Birkenau to pray for the 1.1 million people, most of them Jewish, murdered there in World War II.

Police capture 14 of Europe's most wanted

European police forces have tracked down and arrested 14 people on a "most wanted" list in the six months since its launch, many thanks to public tip-offs, officials said Friday.

Chinese families of MH 370 victims protest proposed end of search

Family members of passengers aboard ill-fated Maylasia Airlines Flight 370 demonstrated outside China's Foreign Ministry on Friday, demanding to meet officials who propose suspending the high-tech search for the jet if it is not found by year's end.

Save the Children-supported Syria maternity hospital bombed

A maternity hospital supported by Save the Children was bombed Friday in an air raid in Syria's northwestern Idlib province, causing casualties and damage, the Britain-based charity said.

Palestinian 'long shot' legal fight over 1917 British declaration

A Palestinian plan to sue Britain over a 1917 declaration backing a Jewish homeland in Palestine could help rally supporters, but has little chance of success, legal analysts say.

Madrid ups ante against Catalan separatist lawmakers

Spain asked the Constitutional Court Friday to nullify a text approved by Catalonia's parliament urging the region to push ahead with its independence drive, warning separatist lawmakers of severe consequences.

Up to 1 million more Iraqis risk being displaced, says Red Cross

Up to one million more Iraqis risk being displaced as government forces battle the Islamic State jihadist group, including in the campaign to retake second city Mosul, the Red Cross said Friday.

Yemen govt team says leaving UN-backed peace talks

Yemen's government delegation to UN-brokered peace talks in Kuwait said it will leave on Saturday, signalling the collapse of four months of UN-brokered negotiations with Shiite Huthi rebels."Today (Friday), we are holding some farewell meetings...

Turkey says army to keep up fight against IS after coup

Turkey on Friday insisted its military will keep up the fight against Islamic State jihadists and other militants after the failed coup, saying the armed forces would emerge stronger from a purge of its top ranks.

Suu Kyi meets leaders of notorious Myanmar rebel group

Myanmar's most heavily armed ethnic group held "positive" talks Friday with the country's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi, a spokesman for her office said, in a major boost for peace prospects.

Tensions in Germany ahead of pro-Erdogan demo

Tens of thousands of supporters of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan plan to rally in the German city of Cologne Sunday, as tensions over Turkey's failed coup have put authorities on edge.

Austria hands over Paris attacks 'accomplices'

Austria has handed over to France two suspected members of the same Islamic State cell that massacred 130 people in Paris last November, prosecutors said Friday.

Jailed ex-Chad dictator Habre ordered to compensate victims

Former Chadian dictator Hissene Habre, sentenced to life in May for crimes against humanity, was ordered Friday to pay what could amount to tens of millions of euros to his thousands of victims.

EU enlargement chief warns Turkey to respect rule of law

The EU enlargement commissioner, Johannes Hahn, implicitly warned Turkey Friday that the bloc would freeze the country's accession talks if its post-coup crackdown violates the rule of law.

UN humanitarian convoy in Nigeria ambushed by Boko Haram

A United Nations humanitarian convoy was ambushed by Boko Haram jihadists Thursday in Nigeria's restive northeast, leaving several people wounded, the UN children's agency and the Nigerian army said.

Bosnia's Muslim leader warns Serb side over referendum

A Muslim leader in Bosnia has warned that his Bosnian Serb counterpart is "playing with fire" by planning a controversial referendum on when the country's Serbs celebrate their national day.

IS executes 24 civilians after seizing Syria village

The Islamic State jihadist group has executed at least 24 civilians after seizing a village in northern Syria from a US-backed Kurdish-Arab alliance, a monitor said Friday.

Syrian asylum seeker held over French church attack: Source close to probe

A Syrian refugee staying at a French centre for asylum seekers has been taken in for questioning in connection with a deadly jihadist attack on a church, a source close to the probe said Friday.

'Highly likely' Tanzania piece from MH370

A piece of debris found in Tanzania is "highly likely" to be from missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Australia's transport minister said Friday, as he defended the Indian Ocean search efforts.

UN seeks control of Russia escape routes from Syria's Aleppo

The UN on Friday urged Russia to give it control of humanitarian passages out of Aleppo in northern Syria where besieged residents cowered indoors afraid to use what some called "death corridors".

Husband of UK woman killed in Pakistan calls for justice

The husband of a British woman who was killed in Pakistan has called for the UK and Pakistani governments to ensure his wife received justice, as he sought to keep the spotlight on so-called "honour" killings.

Egypt education system under spotlight as exams leaked

High school finals are always a terrifying prospect for Egyptian students. After cheat sheets were leaked this year, the exams turned into a nightmare for Mariam Khaled.She had gone home to sleep after finishing an exam.

Driver in deadly Taiwan tour bus crash was drunk: probe

The driver of a tour bus which crashed and caught fire in Taiwan killing dozens of Chinese tourists was drunk when the accident happened, investigators said Friday.

Traitors' graveyard: Where Istanbul plotters laid to rest

On a barren plot on the outskirts of Istanbul, where the stony ground bakes under the merciless summer sun, a lone sign gives a macabre hint to the purpose of the arid wasteland.

French PM moots temporary ban on foreign-funded mosques

France's prime minister said Friday he would consider a temporary ban on foreign financing of mosques, urging a "new model" for relations with Islam after a spate of jihadist attacks.