- Pope visits Auschwitz, begs God to forgive "so much cruelty"
OSWIECIM, Poland (AP) — Choosing silence to convey his sorrow, Pope Francis visited the former Nazi death factory at Auschwitz and Birkenau on Friday, meeting with concentration camp survivors as well as aging saviors who helped Jews escape certain doom. In a guest book entry he made an anguished plea: "Lord, forgiveness for so much cruelty!"
- Turkey's Erdogan dropping lawsuits for insults against him
ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday he was dropping all lawsuits against those charged with insulting him.
- The Latest: Pope Francis: 'cruelty did not end in Auschwitz'
OSWIECIM, Poland (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis' visit to Poland (all times local):
- White House Singapore state dinner: Beef, and yellow flowers
WASHINGTON (AP) — High-end American beef and yellow blossoms will feature prominently at the first White House state dinner for Singapore in more than three decades.
- Turkey's Erdogan slams US reaction to failed coup
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's president slammed the United States on Friday, claiming it was not standing firmly against a failed military coup and accused it of harboring the plot's alleged mastermind, as a government crackdown in the coup's aftermath strained Turkey's ties with key allies.
- Muslim blasts extremists at Friday prayer with Christians
SAINT-ETIENNE-DU-ROUVRAY, France (AP) — Muslims and Catholics joined in Friday prayers at the mosque in the Normandy town where an elderly priest was slain this week, with one imam chastising the extremists as non-Muslims who are "not part of civilization."
- Thousands gather in Congo's capital in rally for president
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Thousands of Congolese gathered in the capital's main stadium to show support for the president, who is about to begin talks ahead of the November elections amid expectations that the polls will be delayed.
- UN Syria envoy tells Russia: Leave Aleppo corridors 'to us'
GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. special envoy for Syria on Friday urged Russia to leave the creation of humanitarian corridors around Aleppo to the United Nations and its partners, issuing a gentle snub to Moscow, which had made the proposal a day earlier as pro-government troops tightened their encirclement of rebel-held parts of the northern Syrian city.
- Are Swedes having less sex? The government wants to know
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Worried that Swedes aren't having enough sex, the government wants to analyze the bedroom activities of its citizens in a major new study.
- Potter play hype shows the world is still wild about Harry
LONDON (AP) — There are fans with wands and wizard costumes, midnight book parties and throngs of excited muggles. Harry Potter's magic is back.
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