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Turkey coup: military attempt to seize power from Erdogan as low flying jets and gunfire heard in Ankara

Turkey coup attemptThe Associated Press is now carrying fuller quotes from the Turkish prime minister’s interview with NTV.

Having confirmed his belief that an attempted coup was underway, Yıldırım said: “We are focusing on the possibility of an attempt [coup]. There was an illegal act by a group within the military that was acting out of the chain of military command. Our people should know that we will not allow any activity that would harm democracy.”

Update: (10pm ET) President Erdogan has returned to Turkey, and resistance to the coup continues in the streets of Ankara and Istanbul.  However, the attempted takeover is not yet defeated.

American father and son killed in Nice attack

American father and son killed in Nice attackTwo Americans were among those killed in the Nice, France, truck attack on Thursday, a State Department spokesman announced Friday.

The two Austin, Texas, residents were reportedly vacationing in the French seaside town to celebrate a birthday, according to local news station WFTV.
Sean’s niece Hayley Copeland announced the deaths in a Facebook post early Friday.

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Truck attacker kills 84 celebrating France's Bastille Day

Bastille Day attackAn attacker plowed a truck into crowds celebrating Bastille Day on the French Riviera, killing at least 84 people in what President Francois Hollande called a terrorist act by an enemy determined to strike all nations that share France's values.

The driver, identified by police sources as Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, a 31-year-old Tunisian resident in France, also appeared to open fire before officers shot him dead. He was known to the police in connection with common crimes such as theft and violence but was not on the watch list of French intelligence services, the sources said.

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Russia Is Building a Nuclear Space Bomber

Russian nuclear space bomberThe Russian military claims it’s making progress on a space plane similar to the U.S. Air Force’s secretive X-37B robotic mini-shuttle.

That in itself isn’t terribly surprising or even, for the United States, particularly worrisome. Lots of governments and even private companies are working on space planes that can launch from rockets or runways, boost into orbit for a period of time then return to Earth for quick refurbishment and re-use.

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UK: Cameron leaves prime minister job as May takes over

May takes over as Cameron leaves UK leadershipDavid Cameron has made his final appearance in parliament as Britain's leader, turning the normally raucous prime minister's questions session into a time for praise, thanks, gentle ribbing and cheers.

Cameron's appearance on Wednesday culminated in a standing ovation for the 49-year old leader, who is leaving office after voters rejected his advice and decided to leave the European Union.

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EU says new Israeli law risks undermining democracy

NetanyahuThe European Union on Tuesday criticized a new Israeli law that increases regulation of many human rights organizations, saying it risks "undermining" Israel's democratic ideals.

The law, passed late Monday, imposes new reporting requirements on nonprofit groups that receive more than half of their funding from foreign governments.

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Suicide bombing at outdoor market in Baghdad kills 11

Suicide bombing in BaghdadAt least 11 people died and 32 were injured Tuesday when a suicide attacker detonated a bomb in a pickup truck during morning rush hour at an outdoor market in Baghdad's predominantly Shiite al-Rashidiya district.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack but the Islamic State has a history of carrying out similar attacks in the region. The Islamic State is predominantly a Sunni militant group, which considers Shiites to be heretics.

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