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Turkey shakes up armed forces, U.S. says purges harming cooperation

ANKARA/ISTANBUL President Tayyip Erdogan angrily rejected Western criticism of purges under way in Turkey's military and other state institutions after a failed coup, suggesting some in the United States were on the side of the plotters.

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Hackers hit Vietnam airports with South China Sea messages

HANOI Hackers attacked the website of a national airline and flight information screens at Vietnam's two biggest airports on Friday, posting notices that state media said criticized the Philippines and Vietnam and their claims in the South China Sea.

11:54am EDT

France detains Syrian refugee as church attack investigation widens

PARIS French police have detained a Syrian asylum seeker in connection with the Normandy church attack, two sources said on Friday, as security services widened their investigation into the killing of an elderly priest at the altar by two would-be jihadists.

Syria 9:03am EDT

Pope, at Auschwitz, asks God to forgive 'so much cruelty'

OSWIECIM, Poland Seated on a bench near the gate to the Auschwitz death camp site in Poland, Pope Francis prayed in silence on Friday in tribute to the 1.5 million people, most of them Jews, killed there by Nazi occupiers during World War Two. | Video

Pope 11:38am EDT

Putin steps up drive to kill sanctions amid signs of EU disunity

MOSCOW Vladimir Putin will step up Russia's campaign to end European Union sanctions with a visit to Slovenia on Saturday, encouraged by signs his tactic of lobbying what he views as more pliant southern and eastern European states is starting to pay off.

Russia 11:34am EDT

Up to one million people could flee battle for Iraq's Mosul: ICRC

GENEVA Up to 1 million people could be driven from their homes in northern Iraq soon as fighting intensifies in a government offensive to retake Mosul from Islamic State, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Friday.

United Nations, Iraq 11:27am EDT

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