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Gunfire erupted Monday at Club Blu in Fort Myers, Florida, killing two and wounding 20 others a month after a gun massacre in Orlando. (Associated Press photographs)

Terror ruled out in club shootings

- The Washington Times

Adolescents as young as 12 had gathered at a Fort Myers, Florida, nightclub for a swimsuit-themed party Sunday night at what was billed as a safe event for teens with plenty of security.

In this grab made from video, police officers speak to a driver as they close off a road during a hostage situation in Normandy, France, Tuesday, July 26, 2016. Two attackers seized hostages in a church near the Normandy city of Rouen on Tuesday, killing one hostage by slitting their throat before being killed by police, a security official said. The identities of the attackers and motive for the attack are unclear, according to the official, who was not authorized to be publicly named. (BFM via AP)

2 attackers, 1 hostage killed in Normandy church attack

- Associated Press

Two attackers seized hostages in a church near the Normandy city of Rouen on Tuesday, killing one hostage by slitting their throat before being killed by police, a security official said.

(NHK)

19 dead, 20 injured in Japan stabbing rampage

- The Washington Times

In the worst mass killing in Japan since at least World War II, a murderous rampage by a knife-wielding attacker intent on eliminating handicapped people has resulted in 19 deaths and left more than 20 other people injured, according to Japanese news outlets.

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Obama aide to China: S. China Sea tensions should be reduced

Associated Press

A senior U.S. government official says National Security Adviser Susan Rice told Chinese officials that countries should work to reduce tensions in the South China Sea, but that the U.S. would continue to carry out military operations there that have angered Beijing.

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, left, talks with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry during the 6th East Asia Summit Foreign Minister's meeting in Vientiane, Laos, Tuesday, July 26, 2016. (AP photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Kerry: Progress with Russia on Syria despite military doubts

- Associated Press

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said progress is being made with Russia on a potential military partnership that could strengthen a faltering truce in Syria despite grave doubts expressed by the Pentagon and joint chiefs of staff.

Pilot avoided home before ditching jet after Obama speech

- Associated Press

A Thunderbirds pilot who ditched his jet moments after flying over the Air Force Academy's commencement ceremony reported engine trouble and told air traffic controllers he was aiming the plane away from a home before he ejected safely into a field.

Congressional committee seeks gunman's VA record

- Associated Press

The chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Veterans Affairs has requested all VA medical records for the former Marine who killed three law enforcement officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

5 Saudi guards killed in clashes; 2 pilots die in Yemen

- Associated Press

Five Saudi border guards were killed in clashes along the Yemen border and two Saudi pilots died when their Apache helicopter crashed inside Yemen on Tuesday in one of the deadliest days for the kingdom's troops in months.

German refugee policy under fire after a week of bloodshed

- Associated Press

Four attacks in a week - three of them carried out by asylum seekers - have left Germany on edge and Chancellor Angela Merkel's policies of welcoming refugees under renewed criticism.