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

ANKARA/ISTANBUL Turkey's top brass and political leaders were set to launch a sweeping purge 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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Dead Bangladesh-American suspect was friend of cafe attacker: police

DHAKA One of nine suspected militants killed in a police raid in Bangladesh this week was a Bangladeshi-American who was a friend of one of the gunmen who attacked a cafe on July 1 killing 22 people, police said on Thursday.

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Merkel says Germany stands against terrorists' culture of hatred

BERLIN Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday that terrorists wanted to reduce Germany's readiness to take in refugees but she added that her government was against that as she spoke after a spate of recent attacks in the south of the country.

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Syrian pro-government forces 'widely using' cluster bombs: HRW

BEIRUT The Russian-backed Syrian government's air campaign against rebels is widely using cluster munitions, banned by more than 100 countries because of their indiscriminate nature, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on Thursday.

Philippines' Duterte threatens to call off truce after rebel ambush

MANILA Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte warned on Thursday that he might call off a unilateral ceasefire with communist rebels after a militiaman was killed in a guerrilla ambush.

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Pope thanks Poles for clinging to faith in difficult times

CZESTOCHOWA, Poland Pope Francis prayed on Thursday before Poland's holiest icon - the Black Madonna of Jasna Gora - and said outdoor Mass for a congregation numbering in the tens of thousands, thanking Poles for holding on to their faith in difficult times. | Video

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