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UK leader pledges to send help to France to control migrants

UK prime minister pledges to send dogs and fencing to France to help control migrant surge
Danica Kirka, The Associated Press

LONDON - Prime Minister David Cameron offered Friday to send sniffer dogs and fencing to help control the surge in migrants trying to cross into Britain, pledging to work closely with French authorities to get a grip on the crisis.

Greek bailout talks shift into higher gear

Higher-level officials from Greece, international creditors take over bailout talks in Athens
The Associated Press

ATHENS, Greece - Greece's talks with its international creditors on a third bailout worth 85 billion euros ($93 billion) shifted into a higher gear on Friday, with lead negotiators from the European Union and International Monetary Fund meeting key ministers in Athens.

Maryland governor to close Baltimore detention centre

Maryland governor announces plan to close "deplorable" Baltimore City Detention Center
Brian Witte, The Associated Press

BALTIMORE - Maryland's governor announced plans Thursday to immediately shut down Baltimore's state-run jail, where inmates and guards ran a criminal conspiracy inside vermin-infested, 19th-century walls and thwarted decades of attempted reforms.

Ex-President George HW Bush tweets about fall, neck injury

Ex-President George HW Bush shows he's in good spirts in tweeting about his fall, neck injury
The Associated Press

KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine - Former President George H.W. Bush is showing he has a sense of humour about falling at his Maine summer home and fracturing a bone in his neck.

The 91-year-old tweeted a smiling photo showing him in a neck brace and giving two thumbs up Thursday. He tells his followers, "Who knew jumping out of planes was safer than getting out of bed?" He also gives thanks for the "kind get-well messages."

Turkey onslaught on Kurds, after IS attack, fuels anger

Turkey military onslaught against Kurds, after IS assaults, raises anger in Kurdish heartland
Desmond Butler And Suzan Fraser, The Associated Press

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey - Just when it seemed Turkey was getting serious about the fight against IS, it has turned its military focus to pounding its old foe: the Kurdish rebels.

Man stabs several people at Jerusalem gay pride parade

Man attacks Jerusalem gay parade, just weeks after release from prison for similar attack
Miriam Berger, The Associated Press

JERUSALEM - Revelers dancing and singing through the streets of Jerusalem during the holy city's annual gay pride parade were left shrieking in pain and panic Thursday night, as an anti-gay extremist lunged into a group leading the march and stabbed six people, Israeli police and witnesses said.

Greek leader seeks to quash rebellion with party vote

Greek prime minister seeks to sideline anti-bailout rebels by calling for party vote
Menelaos Hadjicostis And Derek Gatopoulos, The Associated Press

ATHENS, Greece - In a bid to consolidate his political support and complete a crucial bailout with creditors, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Thursday called for a vote within his party to decisively sideline rebels opposed to the rescue deal.

The radical-left Syriza party members would be asked in the vote, slated for Sunday, whether they accept his plans to reach a deal on a package of loans from creditors in exchange for more tax increases and budget savings.

Afghan Taliban confirm Mullah Omar's death, choose successor

Afghan Taliban confirm death of longtime leader Mullah Omar, appoint his deputy as successor
Lynne O'Donnell And Kathy Gannon, The Associated Press

KABUL - The Taliban confirmed the death of longtime leader Mullah Mohammad Omar and appointed his successor Thursday, as a new round of peace talks was indefinitely postponed amid concerns over how committed the new leadership is to ending the militant group's 14-year insurgency.

Ex-US navy member alleges anti-gay bullying by CIA workers

Ex member of US navy files complaint against CIA alleging anti-gay bullying by workers
Julie Watson, The Associated Press

SAN DIEGO - A former member of a U.S. Navy special operations force has filed a complaint alleging the CIA bullied him for being gay during a work assignment in Afghanistan last month.

Former Navy SEAL Brett Jones said he filed the internal complaint last week against the federal agency, saying he was forced to endure homophobic slurs and other inappropriate comments on June 11 in Afghanistan as a group of contractors and civil servants with the CIA watched news of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage.

US agency says it is 'deeply concerned' about lion kill

US Fish and Wildlife Service says it is 'deeply concerned' about American's African lion kill
Mary Clare Jalonick And Richard Lardner, The Associated Press

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says it is ready to assist Zimbabwe in its investigation of an American dentist's killing of a protected African lion and will conduct its own probe.

Laury Parramore of the Fish and Wildlife Service on Wednesday declined to say what the agency might do once it has more information. But she said the agency was "deeply concerned."

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