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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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Pope visits Auschwitz, says same horrors happening today

OSWIECIM, Poland Pope Francis made an emotional and silent visit to the former Nazi death camp at Auschwitz on Friday and later said many of the horrors committed are happening in places at war today.

Pope 3:36pm EDT

U.S. worries Russian humanitarian operation in Syria may be 'ruse'

WASHINGTON/BEIRUT The United States is trying to determine whether a Russian plan for a humanitarian operation in Syria is sincere, Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday, adding that if it proves a "ruse" it could ruin cooperation between Moscow and Washington.

'Traitors' Cemetery' reserved for Turkey's coup plotters

ISTANBUL Captain Mehmet Karabekir's body was not washed before burial. Nobody recited prayers from the Koran before he was laid to rest in a hastily dug hole near an animal shelter, denied all Muslim rites.

12:39pm 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

Brazil's Lula to stand trial for obstruction of justice: court

SAO PAULO Brazil's former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and the former CEO of investment bank Grupo BTG Pactual SA will stand trial for obstruction of justice, documents from a federal court in Brasilia showed on Friday.

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