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Turkey's armed forces face deep overhaul in wake of coup

ANKARA/ISTANBUL Turkey's top brass and political leaders were poised to launch a major overhaul of the armed forces on Thursday after a failed military coup that has shaken the nation of nearly 80 million people and alarmed its NATO allies.

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Five U.S. military members injured in Afghanistan: commander

WASHINGTON Five U.S. military members were injured while partnering with Afghan special forces in an operation to clear areas controlled by Islamic State in eastern Afghanistan, the top U.S. military commander in Afghanistan said on Thursday.

Afghanistan 12:04pm EDT

Houthi-led bloc says to set up body to run Yemen with peace talks stalled

DUBAI Yemen's dominant Houthi group and its allies in ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh's party said on Thursday they would set up a governing council to run the country, signaling frustration with stalled U.N.-sponsored peace talks in Kuwait.

Yemen 12:36pm EDT

U.S. concerned over Israel's settlement activity: State Department

WASHINGTON The United States is deeply concerned about Israel's reported plans to build an additional 323 units in settlements in East Jerusalem on top of previously announced 770 units in the settlement of Gilo, the U.S. State Department said.

Israel 10:17am EDT

British PM May wants bespoke Brexit to make success of EU exit

BRATISLAVA Britain wants a bespoke model for its future ties with the European Union, Prime Minister Theresa May said on Thursday, adding that its exit deal must address British voters' concerns over immigration.

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Defiant Merkel cuts short holiday to defend response to attacks

BERLIN Chancellor Angela Merkel defended her leadership style on Thursday after she remained on vacation this week following Islamist attacks in Germany that critics have blamed on her open-door refugee policy.

Germany 11:32am EDT

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