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Turkey dismisses military, shuts media outlets as crackdown deepens

ANKARA/ISTANBUL Turkey on Wednesday deepened a crackdown on suspected followers of a U.S.-based cleric it blames for a failed coup, dismissing nearly 1,700 military personnel and shutting 131 media outlets, moves that may spark more concern among its Western allies.

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China denies access to Hong Kong magazine founder, a U.S. citizen: U.S.

WASHINGTON The U.S. State Department confirmed on Wednesday that U.S. citizen James Wang has been imprisoned in China and that American diplomats have been denied permission to meet with him since he was arrested nearly 14 months ago.

China 4:06pm EDT

At least 120 cases of sexual violence in South Sudan capital: U.N.

UNITED NATIONS The United Nations said on Wednesday there has been at least 120 cases of sexual violence and rape against civilians in South Sudan's capital Juba since fighting erupted three weeks ago between troops loyal to the country's rival leaders.

United Nations, Africa 6:50pm EDT

Australian police investigate Vatican treasurer over abuse: ABC

SYDNEY Cardinal George Pell, the Australian-born Vatican treasurer, is being investigated by police in relation to multiple allegations of child abuse in his home country, the Australian Broadcasting Corp (ABC) reported on Wednesday.

Australia, Pope 5:35pm EDT

Mortar, bombing in Baghdad kill six, including four children

BAGHDAD A mortar attack south of Baghdad at a camp for people displaced from the war with Islamic State killed four children and a woman on Wednesday, while a separate suicide bombing in a northern district killed a policeman, security sources said.

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Pope says Europe attacks show 'world at war', religion not to blame

KRAKOW, Poland Pope Francis, starting a trip to Poland overshadowed by the killing of an elderly priest in France by suspected Islamist militants, said on Wednesday this and a string of other attacks were proof the "world is at war". | Video

Pope, France 6:58pm EDT

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