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Mounted police officers patrol near the beach on the first day of the G-7 summit in Biarritz, France Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019. U.S. President Donald Trump and the six other leaders of the Group of Seven nations will begin meeting Saturday for three days in the southwestern French resort town of Biarritz. France holds the 2019 presidency of the G-7, which also includes Britain, Canada, Germany, Italy and Japan. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Major issues, minimal expectations for G-7 summit in France

- Associated Press

The world economy is getting shakier by the day, the Amazon has burned its way to the center of the climate change debate, and the leaders of the world’s leading democracies will sit around a single table, theoretically charged with coming up with solutions for the biggest problems of the day.

In this Aug. 20, 2019, drone photo released by the Corpo de Bombeiros de Mato Grosso, brush fires burn in Guaranta do Norte municipality, Mato Grosso state, Brazil. Brazil's National Institute for Space Research, a federal agency monitoring deforestation and wildfires, said the country has seen a record number of wildfires this year. (Corpo de Bombeiros de Mato Grosso via AP)

Global worry over Amazon fires escalates; Bolsonaro defiant

- Associated Press

Amid global concern about raging fires in the Amazon, Brazil’s government complained Thursday that it is being targeted in smear campaign by critics who contend President Jair Bolsonaro is not doing enough to curb widespread deforestation.

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A Syrian soldier stands on a tank waving a national flag in the northwestern town of Khan Sheikhoun, Syria, on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019.  The town was captured by Syrian troops this week after a monthslong offensive.  (AP Photo/Albert Aji)

Syrian troops surround Turkish post in country's northwest

- Associated Press

A heavily fortified Turkish observation post in the northwestern village of Morek stood surrounded on all sides by Syrian troops Saturday, a testament to the rapid advance of President Bashar Assad's forces in Syria's northwest over the past three weeks as rebel defenses collapsed.

Neri dos Santos Silva, center, watches an encroaching fire threat after digging trenches to keep the flames from spreading to the farm he works on, in the Nova Santa Helena municipality, in the state of Mato Grosso, Brazil, Friday, Aug. 23, 2019. Under increasing international pressure to contain fires sweeping parts of the Amazon, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Friday authorized use of the military to battle the massive blazes. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

Brazilian troops begin deploying to fight Amazon fires

- Associated Press

Backed by military aircraft, Brazilian troops on Saturday were deploying in the Amazon to fight fires that have swept the region and prompted anti-government protests as well as an international outcry.

4 European countries agree on trade deal with Mercosur

Associated Press

The European Free Trade Association, a group of four countries outside the European Union, has largely concluded a free-trade agreement with Mercosur, a South American trade bloc that includes Brazil.

State says no discipline in intubation of body in Bellingham

Associated Press

None of the Bellingham Fire Department employees involved in the intubation of a man's body will be disciplined by the Washington State Department of Health, but the department said it will examine its policies and consider changes.

President Donald Trump speaks with reporters as he walks to Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House, Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, in Washington. Trump is en route to the G-7 summit in France. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

At global summit, Trump facing limits of go-it-alone stance

- Associated Press

President Donald Trump arrived Saturday in France for an international summit with the leaders of the globe's economic powers as he confronts the consequences of his preference for going it alone, both in a sharply divided United States and an interconnected world.