NATO summit a defining moment in Polish security aspirations


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NATO summit a defining moment in Polish security aspirations
The Polish capital once lent its name to the Warsaw Pact, the Soviet-led defense alliance that stood as a counterweight to NATO during the Cold War.

Ukraine’s Savchenko thanks Poles for helping her freedom
Ukrainian pilot and lawmaker Nadiya Savchenko has thanked Poland for its support in obtaining her release after almost two years of Russian captivity.

China releases assistant to rights lawyer after 1 year
Chinese police say they have released an assistant to a human rights lawyer on bail, just ahead of the anniversary of a national crackdown on rights defenders.

Over 500 inmates evacuated from dilapidated German prison
More than 500 inmates are being evacuated from a prison in western Germany after experts said parts of the building were so dilapidated they could collapse any time.

Netanyahu donor convicted in France over vast tax scam
A French court has convicted and jailed a tycoon over a 283 million-euro carbon tax scam after a trial in which he testified he made unrelated campaign donations to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Iran: fire blazes in petrochemical factory, no casualties
Iran’s official IRNA news agency is reporting that firefighters have extinguished a fire at a petrochemical factory in the southwestern oil-rich province of Khuzestan.

Violence persists in Syria despite truce
Activists and state media are reporting continued violence around Syria, despite a day old truce, including a government offensive on a rebel-held supply line in the northern province of Aleppo.

Italy prosecutors question suspect in US student death
The lawyer for a homeless man accused of pushing an American student into the Tiber River in Rome says his client wasn’t the only person on the riverbank at the time.

Kerry in Ukraine to offer help from United States
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Ukraine aiming to reassure the former Soviet republic that the United States stands by it in its territorial disputes with Russia.

Russia’s Putin signs controversial amendments into law
A spokesman for the Russian president says Vladimir Putin has signed into law controversial counter-terrorism amendments that have sparked alarm among rights activists.

The Latest: UK Conservatives choosing 2 candidates for PM
The Latest on Britain’s vote to leave the European Union (all times local): 11:30 a.m.

Netanyahu denies reports of assassination attempt in Kenya
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is denying reports of an attempt on his life in Kenya during his African tour this week.

Iran: forces kill 2 Kurdish insurgents who were on the run
Iran’s semi-official Fars news agency says the Revolutionary Guard has killed two Kurdish insurgents who have been on the run since last week.

Vatican judges weigh fate of 5 accused in leaks scandal
A Vatican tribunal is deliberating the fate of five people, including two journalists, accused in the publication of confidential Vatican documents exposing greed, mismanagement and corruption in the Holy See.

Burundi intelligence services torture detainees, report says
Human Rights Watch says Burundi’s intelligence services have tortured scores of suspected government opponents at their headquarters and in secret locations.

Serena and Venus on court in women’s semifinals at Wimbledon
Serena and Venus Williams will be back on court, separately, to play for a spot in the Wimbledon final.

Man admits killing shopkeeper over ‘disrespect’ of Islam
A man has admitted to killing a fellow Muslim in Scotland because he felt he had disrespected Islam.

The Latest: Williams sisters have met in 4 Wimbledon finals
The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local): ___ 12:20 p.m.

Algerian allegedly linked to Paris suspect held in Germany
Prosecutors say that an Algerian man who was allegedly tasked by the suspected ringleader of November’s Paris attacks with reconnoitering the Balkan migrant route last year is in custody in Germany.

Cambodia says Angkor visitors must dress properly
Cambodian authorities say they will ban visitors to the famed Angkor temples who dress immodestly.

NATO summit to retool alliance to face new threats
In what some are terming NATO’s most important meeting in a generation, U.S. President Barack Obama and the leaders of the 27 other member nations are deciding how to retool the Cold War-era military alliance to face a daunting range of modern threats, from a hostile Kremlin to religious-fueled violence and attacks in cyberspace.

UN’s Ban tells China civil society, free media are crucial

Powerful typhoon nears Taiwan; ships, planes grounded
A powerful typhoon was approaching eastern Taiwan, churning up huge waves and wind Thursday that grounded fishing boats, commercial ships and planes.

Italy extracts 217 bodies from hull of sunken migrant ship
Italian navy officials say they have recovered 217 bodies from the hull of a migrant ship that sank off Libya last year in a tragedy that sparked the EU to beef up Mediterranean rescue operations.

Watchdog: Cambodian PM’s family rules business world, too
An extensive network of businesses controlled by the family of Cambodia’s longtime leader sustains and is sustained by his authoritarian rule, making foreign investment in the country risky, says a report issued Thursday by the research and advocacy group Global Witness.

Soyuz capsule blasts off for International Space Station
A Russian space capsule has launched at the beginning of a two-day trip to the International Space Station.

Former army chief warns Australia not to ‘blindly’ follow US
A former Australian army chief on Thursday warned Australia against “blindly going along with” the United States after an inquiry was critical of Britain’s involvement in the Iraq war.

Indian prime minister kicks off 4-nation African visit
India’s prime minister on Thursday is kicking off a four-nation African tour, including countries that haven’t been visited by an Indian leader in more than three decades.

A former prostitute hopes to shake up Dominican Congress
When Jacqueline Montero takes her seat in Congress next month, she will bring not only an unusual past but an unconventional agenda for change in this socially conservative Caribbean country.

Powerful typhoon blows off Philippines, threatens Taiwan
Philippine forecasters have warned fishing boats not to venture out to sea and commercial ships to watch out for big waves as a powerful typhoon roars off the country’s northeastern coast.

Blast kills police officer in Bangladesh, injures others
A group of suspected radical Islamists hurled homemade bombs at a group of police officers in Bangladesh, killing one officer and injuring several others, police said.

Heavy flooding in China leaves 181 dead or missing
Water levels are starting to recede in central and eastern China after days of heavy downpours broke levees, flooded cities and villages, halted public transportation, and left at least 181 people dead or missing.

Bangladesh blast kills at least 2 during Eid prayers, injures several others
A group of suspected radical Islamists hurled homemade bombs at a group of police officers guarding Eid prayers in Bangladesh, killing at least two people and injuring several others, officials said.

Wal-Mart in China faces employee protests
Wal-Mart faces protests by employees in China over what they say is a drastic change in work schedules, as the company overhauls its struggling business amid an economic slowdown and competition from e-commerce.

Ronaldo leads Portugal to 2-0 win vs Wales, into Euro final
Cristiano Ronaldo led Portugal into its second European Championship final, scoring with a powerful header and then setting up Nani’s goal soon after in a 2-0 win over Wales on Wednesday.

Argentina’s Fernandez files complaint against judge in case
Former Argentine President Cristina Fernandez on Wednesday filed a complaint against the judge who recently opened an investigation into allegations she defrauded the state as part of her government’s handling of the dollar futures market.

2 Rwandan ex-mayors handed life terms over genocide
A French court has sentenced two former Rwandan mayors to life in prison for playing leading roles in the mass killing of ethnic Tutsis during the first days of the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

Boat capsizes in Egypt’s Nile, 4 Pakistanis drown
Egypt’s state news agency says four Pakistani nationals died after their boat capsized in the Nile.

Illegal immigrant stuffed in suitcase caught on video
This is the moment stunned Swiss cops discovered an illegal immigrant hidden inside a suitcase – who was trying to get to Britain.

Released Mexican drug lord trying to get back into business
A Mexican prosecutor says an old-guard drug lord mistakenly released in 2013 is apparently trying to get back into the drug trade.

Vatican court told: Since when is asking questions a crime?
A lawyer for an Italian journalist on trial for publishing classified Holy See information is insisting on the right of the press to report the news, saying: “Since when is asking questions a crime?” Attorney Roberto Palombi made his closing arguments Wednesday in the case that has drawn criticism from international media rights groups.

Rapes by migrants in German swimming pools surging, police quietly admit
German police have quietly conceded that the influx of Middle Eastern and African migrants into the country has led to a spike in grisly rapes at public swimming pools.

2 Dutch UN soldiers killed in Mali
The Dutch government says two Dutch U.N.

Family calls for detained Toronto man’s release in Bangladesh
A Toronto university student who survived a militant attack in Bangladesh has been detained by authorities in the country’s capital since the weekend siege, his family said Wednesday as they called for the young man’s release.

Canada assured that Britain supports EU free trade deal
Canada’s international trade minister says Britain has assured Canada it will push for speedy ratification of a new trade deal with the European Union, despite its intention to leave the 28-country bloc.

Kenyan protesters burn police post over illegal killings
Kenyan motorcycle taxi drivers burned a police post as thousands demonstrated across the country against extra-judicial killings linked to the police that human rights activists say is pervasive.

Quebec town ravaged by train fire wants rail to bypass it
A runaway oil train brought death and destruction to this tiny community in Quebec, killing 47 people and destroying dozens of buildings.

Italian authorities arrest 11 in Milan Expo corruption probe
Italian authorities have arrested 11 people in a probe of corruption linked to the Sicilian Mafia and construction contracts for Milan’s Expo 15 fair.

Germany to up funding for Holocaust survivors’ home care
A fund for Jewish victims of Nazi crimes says it has secured an agreement with the German government to provide extra funding for home care for poor Holocaust survivors worldwide.

AP PHOTOS: Muslims celebrate Eid, marking Ramadan’s end
Muslims around the world are celebrating the Eid al-Fitr holiday, a time for family and feasting, to mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan and its daytime fasting.

France woos business from UK with tax breaks and English
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls is telling London-based businesses “come to France!” — and offering new tax breaks and international schooling to lure companies to Paris after Britain’s vote to leave the European Union.

2 reported wounded in Turkey border town blast

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