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Erdogan’s appeal credited amid coup

More than his security forces, what saved Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the night of the coup attempt was the extraordinary devotion that the charismatic strongman inspires among his followers. In the tense hours when rebel troops attacked with fighter jets and tanks and commandosFULL STORY

Boris Johnson urges UN over Libyan weapons

In his first address to the UN as Britain’s foreign secretary, Boris Johnson on Friday praised a Security Council resolution calling on countries to help Libya dispose of its last remaining chemical weapons stocks by shipping them out of the country. After raising his hand toFULL STORY

Manila reviewing climate pledges

The Philippines is reviewing its “crazy” commitment to severely cut greenhouse-gas emissions in the Paris climate deal, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Friday. The government of former Philippine president Benigno Aquino III had pledged to the UN to cut the country’s emissions by 70 percentFULL STORY

EgyptAir flight broke up in midair after fire: report

An EgyptAir flight that crashed into the Mediterranean in May likely broke up in midair after a fire erupted in or near the cockpit, the New York Times reported on Friday. However, it remains unclear whether the blaze was triggered by mechanical malfunction or a criminalFULL STORY

Hazara people protest in Kabul over power line route

Thousands of people from Afghanistan’s Hazara minority demonstrated in Kabul yesterday to demand changes to the route of a planned multimillion dollar power transmission line. The demonstrators demanded that the 500 kilovolt transmission line from Turkmenistan to Kabul be rerouted through two provinces with large HazaraFULL STORY

Sanders camp shuns Clinton VP pick

Delegates to the Democratic National Convention on Friday gave mostly positive reviews to Hillary Rodham Clinton’s choice for vice president (VP), saying he will appeal to moderates, but also do little to soothe disenchanted supporters of US Senator Bernie Sanders. Virginia Senator Tim Kaine received praiseFULL STORY

Toxic algae swarms Utah Lake, taints farm supply

A huge toxic algae bloom in Utah has closed one of the largest freshwater lakes west of the Mississippi River, sickening more than 100 people and leaving farmers scrambling for clean water for days during the hottest part of the year. The bacteria commonly knownFULL STORY

Comic-Con builds buzz for ‘Walking Dead,’ ‘Thrones’

Ratings juggernaut The Walking Dead on Friday revealed that fans will have to wait until Oct. 23 to see how one of the most talked-about cliffhangers in cable TV history plays out. Showrunner Scott Gimple announced the date for the season seven opener on day twoFULL STORY

Virginia top court rejects giving ex-cons vote rights

The Virginia Supreme Court on Friday ruled against Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe’s order restoring voting rights to more than 200,000 felons who completed their sentences, court documents showed. The court in a 4-3 ruling said McAuliffe overstepped his clemency powers under the state constitution by issuingFULL STORY

Fifth family in past two weeks gunned down in Mexico

A couple and their three children were shot to death in western Mexico, prosecutors said on Friday, marking the fifth killing of families in two weeks. Mexican criminal gangs used to avoid targeting the family members of their rivals, but in recent weeks, gunmen have mowedFULL STORY

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CHINA Floods kill at least 87 Heavy rain in China has killed at least 87 people and forced 16 million from their homes, state media reported yesterday. Seventy-two people had been reported killed and 78 missing in the northern province of Hebei after rain triggered floods andFULL STORY

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