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Syria's Nusra Front says ending al Qaeda ties; U.S. fears for Aleppo

BEIRUT Al Qaeda's powerful Syrian branch, the Nusra Front, announced on Thursday it was ending its relationship with the global jihadist network founded by Osama bin Laden, to remove a pretext used by world powers to attack Syrians.

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China says to hold drills with Russia in South China Sea

BEIJING China and Russia will hold "routine" naval exercises in the South China Sea in September, China's Defence Ministry said on Thursday, adding that the drills were aimed at strengthening their cooperation and were not aimed at any other country.

In a country wary of migrants, Pope tells Poles to welcome refugees

KRAKOW, Poland Pope Francis urged young people on Thursday to welcome migrants and refugees, putting himself in direct contrast with the government of Poland on the second day of his visit there. | Video

Pope 4:57pm EDT

Peru's Kuczynski takes office with a vow to fight inequality

LIMA Pedro Pablo Kuczynski took office as Peru's president on Thursday, asking the opposition-controlled Congress to help him fight income inequality and ensure all Peruvians have access to running water, health care and free primary education.

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Brazil's Lula tells U.N. his rights violated in corruption probe

SAO PAULO Lawyers for Brazil's former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva petitioned the United Nations on Thursday with allegations that his human rights had been violated in a corruption investigation.

United Nations, Brazil 4:44pm EDT

Suspects arrested in Yemen over attack on Aden old folks' home

ADEN Yemeni security forces have arrested a number of suspects in connection with an attack on a senior citizens' home in Aden in March in which at least 16 people were killed, including four Indian nuns, a spokesman said on Thursday.

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