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Brazil cuts ribbon on new subway line crucial for Olympics

Brazilian officials have held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a much-delayed $3 billion subway expansion in Rio de Janeiro less than a week before the Olympic Games begin. Line 4 of the subway is billed as Rio's most important infrastructure project linked to the Olympics. It will transport hundreds of thousands ...

Writer J.K. Rowling arrives at gala performance of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, at the Palace Theatre in central London, Saturday, July 30, 2016. Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne, it is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and is the first of the stories to be presented on stage. (Yui Mok/PA via AP)

Wizard magic: JK Rowling hopes Harry Potter play goes global

London is under Harry Potter's spell once more — and J.K. Rowling hopes the rest of the world will eventually follow. The stage play "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" had its gala opening Saturday in London's West End and is already the theater event of the year. If the ...

Police block the road leading to a Mukilteo, Wash., house where several people were killed and injured in a shooting early Saturday. A suspect was apprehended three counties away, said Officer Myron Travis of the Mukilteo Police Department. (Alan Berner/The Seattle Times via AP)

3 dead, 1 hurt in shooting near Seattle; suspect in custody

A gunman attacked a gathering of young adults at a suburban Seattle home early Saturday, killing two people at a fire pit before firing more shots from the roof, the grandmother of one of the witnesses said. Three people were killed and another injured at the Mukilteo property. State troopers ...

Balloon was carying at least 16 people

'Number of fatalities' in Texas balloon crash; toll unclear

A hot air balloon carrying at least 16 people caught on fire and crashed in Central Texas on Saturday, causing what authorities described as a "significant loss of life." Erik Grosof with the National Transportation Safety Board would not provide an exact number of how many people died. The crash ...

Flowers and candles were left at the San Diego Police Department memorial to officers who died in the line of duty the morning after an officer-involved shooting left one officer dead and one wounded. San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman held a press conference Friday, July 29, 2016, to update the media on the death of police officer Jonathan DeGuzman and the condition of injured police officer Irwin Wade who were both shot Thursday night. (John Gastaldo/The San Diego Union-Tribune via AP)

Questions remain about killing of San Diego policeman

San Diego police were trying to determine whether a shooting that killed a veteran officer and wounded another was a deliberate attack. Jonathan DeGuzman, a 16-year veteran of the force, died Thursday night when a gunfight erupted after he and his partner stopped someone on a street in a blue-collar ...

Pope Francis speaks with nuns during a visit at the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy in Krakow, Poland, 30 July 2016. (Daniel Dal Zennaro/Pool Photo via AP)

The Latest: Songs, dances show struggle of being a Christian

The Latest on the pope's visit to Poland (all times local): 8:10 p.m. Pope Francis is watching modern artistic performances that include songs, dancing and historical reenactments that portray Christian virtues and struggles. To portray forgiveness, actors dressed as the late Pope John Paul II and his would-be assassin Ali ...

Man in Belgium charged with "terrorist murders" attempt

A man in Belgium has been charged with attempting to commit "terrorist murders" and participating in a terror group and his brother has been released without charge, the Federal Prosecutor's Office announced Saturday. The prosecutor's office said a 33-year-old man identified only as Nourredine H. and his brother Hamza H. ...

Riot police run to confront anti-government protesters, supporters of the armed group who have been holed inside a police station, clash with police in Yerevan, Armenia, Friday, July 29, 2016.  A spokesman for Armenia's police force says three more gunmen who have been barricaded inside a police station in the capital for nearly two weeks have been wounded in exchanges of gunfire. (Aram Kirakosyan/PAN Photo via AP)

Armenian police accuse barricaded gunmen of killing officer

Armed members of an opposition group barricaded inside a police station in Armenia's capital shot an officer dead on Saturday, police said. The fatal shooting, the second since the takeover of the station two weeks ago, further heightened tensions following violent clashes Friday night between riot police and opposition supporters ...

An investigator works at the scene of a multiple murder in the Chenault Beach neighborhood of Mukilteo, Wash., Saturday July 30, 2016.  A suspect was apprehended three counties away, said Officer Myron Travis of the Mukilteo Police Department. (Alan Berner/The Seattle Times via AP)

The Latest: Woman: Granddaughter hid in closet from gunman

The Latest on a shooting at a gathering of young adults in suburban Seattle (all times local): 9:40 a.m. A woman says her granddaughter hid in a closet to escape a gunman who killed three people and injured a fourth at a gathering of young adults in suburban Seattle. Susan ...

In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, a convoy of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent carries aid to southern besieged village of Nawa in the province of Daraa, Syria, Saturday, July 30, 2016. International aid organizations and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent have been distributing aid to besieged areas around Syria over the past weeks. (SANA via AP)

Syrian civilians begin leaving rebel-held parts of Aleppo

Dozens of families and some opposition fighters started leaving besieged rebel-held neighborhoods in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on Saturday after the government opened safe corridors for civilians and fighters who want to leave, state media reported. The government completely closed the main road into rebel-held areas of Aleppo ...

Tunisian lawmakers hold no-confidence vote, PM under threat

Tunisia's parliament is holding a no-confidence vote that is expected to decide the fate of technocratic Prime Minister Habib Essid, a U.S-trained agricultural economist whose authority has suffered amid the country's economic and social turmoil. The odds are stacked against Essid, who has been criticized by both the four-party ruling ...

London's Tower Bridge opens its gates to welcome home the 12-strong fleet of the biennial Clipper Round the World yacht race, Saturday, July 30, 2016. Late on Friday night the fleet crossed the official race finish line in Southend, after a 30-hour tightly-fought battle across 198 nautical miles of the North Sea. (Steve Parsons/PA via AP)

Yachts pass London's Tower Bridge after race around world

A dozen yachts have passed through London's Tower Bridge after an 11-month race around the world. Thousands cheered Saturday's parade for all 12 ships competing in the 10th running of the 21-year-old event involving a privately owned fleet of identical 70-foot (21-meter) yachts. Competitors paid to participate in the 14-stage ...

Wildfire sparks decline in tourism business in Big Sur

Lodge managers and cafe owners along California's dramatic Big Sur coast were looking at a summer of jittery guests and cancelled bookings after fire officials warned that crews will likely be battling a wildfire raging in steep, forested ridges just to the north for another month. Big Sur establishments were ...

A man walks is seen left behind a giant Turkish flag at Besiktas area in Istanbul, on Friday, July 29, 2016.  The government crackdown in the coup's aftermath has strained Turkey's ties with key allies including the United States. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

Dozens suspended from Turkey's highest court in coup probe

Dozens of employees at Turkey's highest court have been suspended from their jobs as part of the government crackdown in the wake of a failed military coup, authorities said Saturday. Sixty-four employees at the Constitutional Court were suspended until an assessment could be made on any possible links they have ...

Fighting between rival Tuareg groups kills 6 in NE Mali

Fighting has broken out in northeastern Mali between a coalition of Tuareg rebels and a Tuareg group allied with the government of this West African country. Fahad Ag Almahmoud, secretary-general for GATIA, the government-allied group, said the fighting happened Saturday in Edjerer, about 50 kilometers (31 miles) northeast of Kidal ...

GERMANY OUT - In this June 26, 2016 file picture Bavarian governor  Horst Seehofer left,  and German chancellor Angela Merkel attend a meeting in Potsdam, Germany. Bavaria’s governor is distancing himself from Chancellor Angela Merkel’s mantra that “we will manage” the refugee crisis following several attacks in Germany, including two committed by asylum-seekers and claimed by the Islamic State group. He said Saturday July 30, 2016 : “With the best will, I can’t embrace this sentence. The problems are too big for that and the solutions we have so far too unsatisfactory.”   (Ralf Hirschberger/dpa via AP,file)

Bavaria governor criticizes Merkel's 'we will manage' mantra

Bavaria's governor distanced himself anew Saturday from Chancellor Angela Merkel's mantra that "we will manage" the refugee crisis following several attacks in Germany, including two committed by asylum-seekers and claimed by Islamic State extremists. Three of the four attacks in Germany since July 18, among them the IS-claimed ones, took ...

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting with local officials in Velikiy Novgorod, Russia, Friday, July 29, 2016. (Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Putin tests West's sanctions resolve on visit to Slovenia

Russian President Vladimir Putin struck a conciliatory tone Saturday on a visit to Slovenia, shaking hands and honoring dead soldiers as he tested Western resolve in maintaining crippling sanctions against the Kremlin for its role in Ukraine. Slovenia, a small Alpine nation where U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's wife ...

In this Wednesday, July 13, 2016 photo, Jeffrey Monsour poses outside his home in Lake Luzerne, N.Y. Some caretakers for disabled New Yorkers say they've been harassed and punished for making complaints about potentially hazardous situations at state facilities.  Monsour is one who is  pursuing a federal lawsuit alleging their complaints prompted supervisors to retaliate with trumped-up accusations of wrongdoing that forced them to be placed on paid leave. Monsour, a 17-year state employee, says he’s currently on at least his sixth such leave, totaling more than a year and a half of his career.  (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

NY caretakers say they are being punished for complaints

Some caretakers for disabled New Yorkers say they've been harassed and punished for making complaints about potentially hazardous situations at state facilities. At least two are pursuing federal lawsuits alleging their complaints prompted supervisors to retaliate with trumped-up accusations of wrongdoing that forced them to be placed on paid leave. ...

Philippine president calls off truce after rebel attack

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte called off a 5-day-old cease-fire after communist guerrillas killed a government militiaman and failed to declare their own truce by a Saturday deadline, in an early setback to his efforts to end one of Asia's longest-raging rebellions. It was the first irritant in what has been ...

Burundi demonstrators protest plan to deploy UN police

More than 1,000 people in Burundi participated in a government-backed demonstration in the capital, Bujumbura, Saturday to protest France's proposal passed by U.N. Security Council to deploy U.N. police to the country. Led by the mayor of Bujumbura Freddy Mbonimpa, the protesters marched peacefully through the streets to the French ...

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