BAGHDAD (AP) - Thousands have once again taken to the streets in the capital and the southern city of Basra demanding better public services and jobs. In Baghdad, the protesters gathered Friday at Tahrir Square and tried to breach the Green Zone where the government sits. Security forces fired water cannons and tear gas to disperse them, beating and arresting a number of demonstrators. No casualties were immediately reported.
ROME (AP) - Police in northern Italy have recovered two paintings stolen in 2017, a Renoir and a Rubens. Carabinieri art-squad police displayed the paintings for reporters Friday in Monza, a city in the northern Lombardy regional of Italy.
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) - Pakistani officials say the melting of a glacier has unleashed landslides and floods in the country's northern district of Ghizer, inundating dozens of homes and displacing hundreds of people. Mohammad Khalid, a local police official, said Friday that authorities are sending relief supplies to the flood-hit villages.
LONDON (AP) - Nerve agent victim Charlie Rowley has been released from the hospital after three weeks of treatment since being poisoned, U.K. officials said Friday. Lorna Wilkinson, the director of nursing at Salisbury District Hospital, said Rowley, 45, had been discharged after making substantial progress in recent days. "Charlie has been through an appalling experience most of us could never imagine," she said. "Today is a very welcome milestone in his recovery."
BERLIN (AP) - An independent panel of experts on sexual harassment is being set up at UNAIDS after calls for the organization's head to resign over his handling of harassment allegations. The Geneva-based agency overseeing the fight against HIV/AIDS said Friday that its oversight body - representing governments, donors and interest groups - is setting up a five-member panel chaired by Gillian Triggs, an Australian professor.
MOSCOW (AP) - Russia's military is testing an array of new nuclear and other weapons, from a high-powered laser weapon system to a nuclear-powered cruise missile with "unlimited" range. The Defense Ministry made a string of announcements about progress on the weapons, unveiled in a speech by President Vladimir Putin in March.
WASHINGTON (AP) - In a July 18 story about a resolution adopted by the Organization of American States, The Associated Press reported erroneously the position of Sen. Bob Menendez. He is the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, not the chairman. A corrected version of the story is below: OAS condemns human rights abuses in Nicaragua
LONDON (AP) - London Zoo says a premature baby penguin has been nursed back to health after her parents accidentally stepped on her egg and broke it. The zoo says keepers were astonished to find that the female Humboldt penguin chick, nicknamed Rainbow, was still alive inside the broken egg. They rushed the chick to the zoo's clinic, where vets transferred her to an incubation chamber.
TALBISEH, Syria (AP) - Former rebel commander Omar Melhem has nearly come full circle. He was a colonel in the Syrian army when the uprising against President Bashar Assad began in 2011. He defected a year later and joined the armed revolt against the Syrian leader.
BEIRUT (AP) - Syrian government forces determined to retake the largest opposition holdout in the country's southwest unleashed an intense bombing campaign, killing at least a dozen people and wounding over 100 in a densely populated town, activists and rescuers said Wednesday. The aerial bombardment of the town of Nawa came after talks to cede the town failed on Tuesday, triggering the heavy bombardment.
PARIS (AP) - The embattled UNAIDS chief said Wednesday he will not quit his post over criticism of his handling of sexual harassment allegations at the Geneva-based agency. "I need to deliver on my job," Michel Sidibe said in response to questions from The Associated Press during a Paris press conference amid calls for his resignation.
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) - The Russian Embassy in Macedonia on Tuesday denied the Macedonian prime minister's allegations that Moscow is involved in public protests of an agreement with Greece that would enable the former Yugoslav republic to join NATO. In a statement , the embassy described Prime Minister Zoran Zaev's claim that Russia-based businessmen were used to channel money to protest groups in Macedonia as "unfounded."