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In this photo taken on April 4, 2015, a man looks on at the destruction on a street of the city of Benghazi, Libya. Destruction has permeated the North African country since the civil war ousted Moammar Gadhafi four years ago. For Benghazi, the past year was the worst. (AP Photo/Mohamed Salama)

Benghazi, where Libya’s uprising began, now a shattered city

- Associated Press

The old courthouse in central Benghazi, Libya’s second-largest city and the birthplace of the uprising against Moammar Gadhafi, is a shelled-out ruin — a testimony to the destruction and chaos that permeate this North African country four years after the civil war that ousted the longtime dictator.

Rescuers search for victims at the site where an Indonesian Air Force cargo plane crashed in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Wednesday, July 1, 2015. The Hercules C-130 plane has crashed into a residential neighborhood in the country's third-largest city. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)

Crashed Indonesian plane may have suffered engine problem

- Associated Press

The aging Indonesian military transport plane that crashed into a residential neighborhood of Medan killing 141 people had a propeller “abnormality” that indicates an engine stalled, the air force chief said Thursday.

In this photo taken Thursday, June 25, 2015, Western Command deputy commander Brigadier General Guillermo Molina Jr. talks to U.S. Navy officer Patrick Ronan on board a P3 Orion plane during  the joint US-Philippines naval exercise dubbed CARAT (Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training) 2015 over the Sulu Sea off Palawan Province in western Philippines. The weeklong combat exercises have helped the U.S. and Philippine navies prepare to jointly deal with natural disasters and a range of security challenges. (AP Photo/Jim Gomez) ** FILE **

Ferry capsizes in Philippines; 36 dead, 19 missing

Associated Press

A ferry carrying 173 passengers capsized Thursday as it left a central Philippine port in choppy waters, leaving at least 36 people dead and 19 others missing, coast guard officials said.

Anxious Greeks lined up at ATMs on Monday as they gradually began dispensing cash again on the first day of capital controls imposed in a dramatic twist in Greece's financial saga. Banks will remain shut until next Monday, and a daily limit of $67 has been placed on cash withdrawals from ATMs. (Associated Press)

Greece makes concession but no deal seen before Sunday vote

- Associated Press

Greece’s government has made new concessions in talks with its creditors, though some European officials said they were still not good enough and that a deal was nevertheless impossible before a Greek referendum on Sunday.

Rescuers search for victims at the site where an Indonesian air force transport plane crashed in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Wednesday, July 1, 2015. The Hercules C-130 plane crashed into a residential neighborhood in the country's third-largest city on June 30. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)

Indonesia plane crash death toll rises to 141 as search effort ends

- Associated Press

Indonesia’s air force said Wednesday it will investigate if the transport plane that crashed into a city neighborhood, killing 141 people, was violating orders by carrying paying passengers. A local military commander said the search for bodies has ended.

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US envoy confident Australia will manage gay marriage debate

- Associated Press

The first openly gay U.S. ambassador to Australia said on Tuesday he was confident that the "great debate" among Australians on whether to allow gay marriages would result in the best outcome for the country.

UN extends Darfur peacekeeping force despite Sudan protest

- Associated Press

The Security Council on Monday unanimously approved a one-year extension of the joint U.N.-African Union peacekeeping force in Sudan's western Darfur region where conflict is intensifying, rejecting the Sudanese government's demand that the troops leave.

President Obama took Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff (second from right) on a visit to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington. Ms. Rousseff's trip is also taking place as the world's seventh-largest economy is falling into recession, struggling to balance its national budget and desperately seeking foreign investment. (Associated Press)

Dilma Rousseff puts spying spat aside, seeks economic aid for Brazil on U.S. visit

Two years after she canceled a state visit to Washington in a pique over revelations of U.S. spying on her office, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff no doubt will be glad to visit President Obama at the White House this week -- if only to escape her mounting problems back home.

Secretary of State John F. Kerry sits between Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz (left) and IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano during a meeting in Vienna, Austria.  (Associated Press)

White House defends stance as Iran talks face deadline

- The Washington Times

The Obama administration conceded Monday that international talks over Iran's disputed nuclear program will carry on indefinitely past this week's deadline for a final deal -- and pushed back at critics who accuse the president of making last-minute concessions out of desperation to get a deal.

McConnell: New trade deal triumph despite partisan divide

- Associated Press

The brief alliance of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell with President Barack Obama to pass trade legislation last week marked a triumph amid divided government, McConnell said Monday, and he offered to work together across partisan lines to shore up Medicare and Social Security for future generations.

In this Saturday, June 13, 2015 file photo, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during a press conference on the second anniversary of his election in Tehran, Iran. A picture of the supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei hangs on the wall. Should the talks over Iran's nuclear program collapse, the alternatives are not appealing: The war option that the United States has kept on the table has few fans, and the world does not seem willing to truly bring Iran to its knees by shutting off the flow of capital and goods. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi, File)

For world, limited options if Iran talks fall apart

- Associated Press

The Iranian nuclear talks are playing out in classic fashion: A self-imposed deadline appears to have been extended due to stubborn disputes, with the sides publicly sticking to positions and facing internal pressure from opponents ready to pounce on any compromise.

Pilot Andre Borschberg is seated in the cockpit of Solar Impulse 2 at Nagoya Airport in Toyoyama, near Nagoya, central Japan, Wednesday, June 24, 2015. A solar-powered plane carrying no fuel has postponed its departure from central Japan for Hawaii due to worse than expected weather conditions. (AP Photo/Koji Ueda) ** FILE **

Solar Impulse plane en route to Hawaii from Japan

- Associated Press

A solar-powered plane took off from Japan early Monday to attempt a five-day flight over open water to Hawaii, the eighth leg of its bid to fly around the world without fuel.

in this July 18, 2014, file photo, an American flag waves in the breeze as a wildfire approaches through trees in Malott, Wash. (AP Photo/The Spokesman-Review, Tyler Tjomsland, File)

Washington wildfire destroys structures, forces evacuations

- Associated Press

A wildfire fueled by high temps and strong winds roared into a central Washington neighborhood, forcing more than a thousand people to flee their homes and destroying a dozen structures, authorities said early Monday.

A Tunisian police officer guards the beach in front of the Imperial Marhaba Hotel in Sousse, Tunisia, Sunday, June 28, 2015. Tunisia's top security official says 1,000 extra police are being deployed at tourist sites and beaches in the North African nation. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

Tunisia struggles to find balanced response to terror

- Associated Press

Tunisia has reason to fear a terror attack. The only democracy that emerged from the turmoil of the 2011 Arab Spring has seen more of its young men join the Islamic State group than any other nation, and many have returned, battle-hardened, to spread radical ideologies back home. It's also a country full of vulnerable targets, with an economy that depends on welcoming European tourists to its warm Mediterranean shore.