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Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan addresses the audience as he visits the Turkish police special forces base damaged by fighting during a coup attempt in AnkaraBy Yesim Dikmen ANKARA, Turkey (Reuters) - Turkey will shut down its military academies and put the armed forces under the command of the defense minister, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday in a move designed to bring the military under tighter government control after a failed coup. The changes, some of which Erdogan said would likely be announced in the government's official gazette by Sunday, come after more than 1,700 military personnel were dishonorably discharged this week for their role in the abortive July 15-16 putsch. Erdogan, who narrowly escaped capture and possible death on the night of the coup, told Reuters in an interview last week that the military, NATO's second-biggest, needed "fresh blood".

A general view shows the headquarters of the Federal Security Service (FSB) in central MoscowRussia's intelligence service said on Saturday that the computer networks of 20 organizations, including state agencies and defense companies, have been infected with spyware in what it described as a targeted and coordinated attack. The Federal Security Service, the FSB, said the malware and the way the networks were infected were similar to those used in previous cases of cyber espionage found in Russia and other countries. "Information technology resources of government agencies, scientific and military institutions, defense industry companies and other entities involved in crucial infrastructure have been infected," the FSB said in a statement on its website.

Iraqi soldiers fire a rocket toward Islamic State militants on the outskirt of the Makhmour south of MosulMany Islamic State leaders have fled Mosul with their families toward Syria ahead of a planned offensive by U.S.-backed Iraqi forces on the city, Iraq's defense minister said on Saturday. Khaled al-Obeidi said he had intelligence of increasing conflict, especially over financial issues, among ultra-hardline militants of the group known as Daesh in Arabic by its enemies. "Many Daesh families and leaders in Mosul have sold their property and sneaked out towards Syria, and a segment even tried to sneak out towards (Iraq's Kurdish) region", he said in an interview on state television.

Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid delivers a speech during a joint news conference with Prime Minister of Libya's unity government Fayez SerajBy Mohammed Argoubi TUNIS (Reuters) - Tunisian lawmakers voted on Saturday to dismiss Prime Minister Habib Essid from office during a no-confidence ballot in parliament, clearing the way for a new government that must push through delayed economic reforms. President Beji Caid Essebsi also called for a new unity government to speed up reforms. Out of the 191 lawmakers present for the vote, 118 voted to sack Essid.

EU Commission President Juncker chairs a meeting of the EU executive body in BrusselsEuropean Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is concerned that a deal struck with Turkey in March on handling a wave of migrants bound for Europe could collapse, he told an Austrian newspaper. If that happened, "then you can expect that again refugees are standing at the gates of Europe," he added in an interview published on Saturday. Turkey has so far lived up to its side of the landmark deal with Brussels to stop illegal migration to Europe via its shores, in return for financial aid, the promise of visa-free travel to much of the bloc and accelerated talks on membership.

A view shows what is believed to be the road that civilians would have to use to access one of the safe exit points opened for civilians wishing to leave rebel-held areas, in Aleppo's Bustan al-QasrMore than 150 civilians, mostly women and children, left besieged eastern parts of Aleppo through a safety zone that Moscow and its Syrian ally say they have set up to evacuate people trapped in opposition-held areas. Syrian state television on Saturday showed scores of mostly women gathered in a government-controlled area of the city, saying how conditions in rebel-held areas were difficult and chanting praise for Syrian President Bashar al Assad. Russia's defence ministry said that 169 civilians had left since Thursday through three safety crossings.

Angelique Kerber, of Germany, reacts during a play in her match with Simona Halep, of Romania, during women's semifinal Rogers Cup tennis action, in Montreal on Saturday, July 30, 2016. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP)MONTREAL (AP) — Simona Halep beat Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber 6-0, 3-6, 6-2 on Saturday to advance to the Rogers Cup final for the second straight year.

HAYWARD, Calif. (AP) — Stephan Jaeger broke yet another Tour record Saturday in the Ellie Mae Classic and shot a 6-under 64 at TPC Stonebrae to increase his lead to seven strokes.

Simona Halep of Romania hits a return during her Rogers Cup semi-final victory over Angelique Kerber of Germany in Montreal, Quebec, July 30, 2016Simona Halep reasserted herself in the third set to seal a 6-0, 3-6, 6-2 victory over Angelique Kerber and reach the final of the WTA hardcourt tournament in Montreal. Romania's Halep, the fifth seed, avenged a loss to Germany's Kerber in the quarter-finals at Wimbledon, settling her second-set nerves to secure the win in one hour and 38 minutes. "I knew it was going to be a tough one," Halep said.

Protesters march in OttawaBy Patrick Doyle OTTAWA (Reuters) - More than 500 people rallied in Canada's capital on Saturday to protest the death of a mentally ill black man following an arrest, marching against what they see as race-based police brutality in a country that prides itself for being tolerant. Abdirahman Abdi, 37, died on Monday after being hospitalized in critical condition following his arrest. Witnesses told local media he was beaten by Ottawa police officers who responded to calls of a disturbance.

UN special envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed (C), attends peace talks with delegations in Kuwait City on July 17, 2016UN-brokered Yemen peace talks have been extended for one week, host Kuwait said, after seven Saudi troops were killed in border clashes with Iran-backed Yemeni rebels. The Saudis died after Shiite Huthi rebels backed by soldiers loyal to the former president tried to infiltrate the southern Najran area of the kingdom, said the Riyadh-led coalition fighting in Yemen. Southern Saudi Arabia has come under sporadic attack since March 2015, when Riyadh took the lead in an Arab military coalition battling Shiite Huthi rebels who control northern Yemen.

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Seven members of a family, including two minors, were shot dead in the violent Mexican state of Guerrero, the state public safety agency said on Saturday. The attack occurred in the municipality of Tepecoacuilco de Trujano, according to a statement from the state public safety agency. Tepecoacuilco de Trujano is close to Iguala, where 43 students disappeared in 2014. The students were apparently massacred. Last year, there were 20,525 homicides in Mexico, including 2,402 homicides in the state of Guerrero, according to the national statistics agency (INEGI). ...

Writer J.K. Rowling arrives at gala performance of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, at the Palace Theatre in central London, Saturday, July 30, 2016. Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne, it is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and is the first of the stories to be presented on stage. (Yui Mok/PA via AP)LONDON (AP) — London is under Harry Potter's spell once more — and J.K. Rowling hopes the rest of the world will eventually follow.

A couple look over the 18th fairway during a weather delay in the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J., Saturday, July 30, 2016. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (AP) — Thunderstorms shut down the PGA Championship on Saturday before 10 players could even hit a shot, setting up what could be a long, wet and wild conclusion to the final major of the year — whenever it ends.

Khizr Khan addresses delegates on the fourth and final day of the Democratic National Convention at Wells Fargo Center on July 28, 2016 in Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaDonald Trump hit back at accusations from the father of a slain Muslim soldier that the billionaire has "sacrificed nothing" for his country on Saturday, saying he had employed thousands of people. Khizr Khan -- whose son died in Iraq -- accused the Republican presidential nominee of vilifying American Muslims in a steely rebuke that electrified the Democratic convention on Thursday. "Go look at the graves of brave patriots who died defending the United States of America," Khan said to Trump.

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The main ramp of Marina da Gloria, the sailing venue of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, partially collapsed on Saturday. Organizers said no one was injured in the incident that raises further questions about the quality of construction in the Olympic host city.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Two massacres have left at least 16 people dead in the neighboring Mexican states of Michoacan and Guerrero.

FILE- In this Sept. 27, 2015, file photo, Habib Essid, Head of Government of Tunisia, addresses the 2015 Sustainable Development Summit at United Nations headquarters. Tunisia's parliament passed a vote of no confidence in Prime Minister Habib Essid on Saturday, July 30, effectively disbanding the government of the U.S.-trained agricultural economist. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia's parliament passed a vote of no confidence in Prime Minister Habib Essid on Saturday, effectively disbanding the government of the U.S.-trained agricultural economist.

West Indies' Roston Chase, right, celebrates with wicket keeper West Indies' wicketkeeper Shane Dorwich taking the wicket of India's Shikhar Dhawan during day one of their second cricket Test match at the Sabina Park Cricket Ground in Kingston, Jamaica, Saturday, July 30, 2016. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — India's bowlers and batsmen dominated the first day of the second test on Saturday as West Indies' decision to bat badly backfired.

Pope Francis and young representatives of every continent arrive with the popemobil on July 30, 2016 on the Campus Misericordiae in Brzegi, Poland, ahead of a prayer Vigil, as part of the World Youth Days (WYD)Saints dropping disco moves and nuns belting their hearts out rocked the final night of a Catholic youth extravaganza headlined by Pope Francis in Poland on Saturday. A grinning Francis was cheered on by over one million pilgrims from around the world as he arrived and walked through a special Holy Door with six youngsters he then insisted hitch a lift with him in his pope-mobile. Youngsters got up and danced as Italy's famous singing nun Sister Cristina rocked a hymn and performers acted out a scene in which Poland's Saint Faustina feels her calling during a night out dancing.

Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid delivers a speech at the Tunisian Parliament on July 30, 2016 in the capital TunisTunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid lost a confidence vote in parliament Saturday, in a move that risks plunging the country into fresh political uncertainty. Lawmakers voted overwhelmingly in favour of dismissing Essid, whose government has been criticised for failing to tackle the country's economic crisis, high unemployment and a series of jihadist attacks since coming to power 18 months ago. A total of 118 voted to unseat Essid, three voted for him to stay at the helm of the North African nation and 27 abstained.

Kei Nishikori of Japan returns the ball against Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland during their men's semi-finals Rogers Cup tennis match in Toronto, Canada July 30, 2016Japan's Kei Nishikori took advantage of a fade in form from Stan Wawrinka on Saturday as Asia's top player reached the final of the ATP Toronto Masters with a 7-6 (8/6), 6-1 victory. Swiss second seed Wawrinka's game went away during the tiebreaker, allowing Nishikori to move into his second Masters 1000 final of 2016. "Both guys are playing great tennis right now, especially Monfils," Nishikori said.

This handout photograph obtained courtesy of KXAN TV shows a police vehicle blocking a road where a hot air balloon crashed near Lockhart, Texas, July 30, 2016Up to 16 people are feared dead in what is believed to be one of the deadliest hot air balloon accidents in history, after a fiery crash in central Texas field Saturday, officials said. The accident took place shortly after 7:40 am (1240 GMT), when the balloon crashed outside of Lockhart, around 30 miles (50 kilometers) south of Austin, Lynn Lunsford of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said in a statement. "When the Emergency Responders and the Sheriff's Office arrived on the scene, it was apparent that the reported fire was the basket portion of a hot air balloon," it added in a statement posted on Twitter.

Two fans sit only in the grandstand on the 18th green during a weather delay in the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J., Saturday, July 30, 2016. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (AP) — The Latest on the PGA Championship (all times local):

The front of the Palace Theatre in London which will be showing the play "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child", inspired by the fictional boy wizard created by novelist J. K. RowlingHarry Potter fans were buzzing with excitement Saturday as "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child", a stage play that imagines the fictional boy wizard as a grown-up father of three, opened in London. After nearly eight weeks of well-received preview performances, London's Palace Theatre hosted the opening gala as the general public strapped themselves in for a new adventure in the saga that has captivated millions around the globe. Arriving for the opening gala, creator J.K. Rowling told the Press Association she was "so happy" that fans had heeded her pleas to keep the plot a secret, and said she hoped the play would one day appear on Broadway.

GOIANIA, Brazil (AP) — Striker Gabriel and defender Marquinhos scored a goal each as Brazil defeated Japan 2-0 on Saturday in its final warmup match ahead of the Rio Games.
LEXINGTON, Ohio (AP) — IndyCar points leader Simon Pagenaud knows Team Penske teammate Will Power is chasing him down so earning the pole at Mid-Ohio Race Sports Car Course was important.

Forces loyal to the Saudi-backed Yemeni president stand guard on a road at the entrance to Abyan province as they take part in an operation to drive Al-Qaeda fighters out of the southern provincial capital, on April 23, 2016A Saudi army officer and six soldiers were killed Saturday in clashes with Iran-backed Yemeni rebels who attempted to infiltrate the kingdom's borders, the Riyadh-led coalition said. Shiite Huthi rebels backed by renegade troops loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh tried to infiltrate the borders in the southern Najran area, the coalition fighting the rebels said in a statement carried by the SPA state news agency. "An officer and six soldiers of the Saudi armed forces fell martyrs," said the statement, adding that Saudi warplanes had repelled the attackers.

ATLANTA (AP) — The U.S. swimming team has just one practice left before it leaves for the Rio Olympics.

Members of the Refugee Olympic Team pose for a photo in front of the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, July 30, 2016. A group of 10 athletes from South Sudan, Syria, Congo and Ethiopia will compete in Rio under the Olympic flag. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Popole Misenga broke down crying — for the family in Congo that he hasn't seen in 15 years, and for all the world's refugees who haven't been as lucky as he's been.

Medal projections for the 2016 Rio Olympics, compiled from predictions by the staff of The Associated Press:

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) shakes hands with security forces during his visit to the Police Special Operation Department's headquarters in Ankara on July 29, 2016President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday said he wanted to introduce constitutional changes to bring the Turkish spy agency and military chief of staff directly under his control as he seeks to tighten his grip on the country after the failed coup. Turkey meanwhile pressed ahead with a crackdown on the alleged accomplices of the coup, which Erdogan said has resulted in the detention of almost 19,000 people but has also sparked international concern. "We are going to introduce a small constitutional package (to parliament) which, if approved, will bring the National Intelligence Organisation (MIT) and chief of staff under the control of the presidency," Erdogan told A-Haber television in an interview.

Galatasaray's Hakan Balta, left, controls the ball in front of Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic during their pre-season friendly soccer match at the Ullevi Stadium, in Gothenburg, Sweden, Sunday, July 30, 2016. (Bjorn Larsson Rosvall/TT News Agency via AP)GOTHENBURG, Sweden (AP) — Zlatan Ibrahimovic needed only 195 seconds on Saturday to score in his first game for Manchester United.

File-This Sept. 9, 2014, file photo shows Phoenix Mercury forward Penny Taylor reacting to a call during the second half of Game 2 of the WNBA basketball finals in Phoenix. Three-time Australian Olympian and perennial WNBA All-Star Taylor says she will retire from basketball at the end of the WNBA season. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Australian star Penny Taylor is calling it a career.

Coffins of Malian army officers killed in an attack are displayed on July 21, 2016 in Segou during a funeral ceremonyLawmakers in Mali agreed Saturday to extend a 10-day state of emergency in the violence-wracked country by another eight months, officials told AFP. In an extraordinary session of the National Assembly in Bamako, the 99 MPs present unanimously voted to maintain the state of emergency, a parliamentary source said. The government had declared a state of emergency on July 21, a day after an attack at an army base in central Nampala left 17 soldiers dead and 35 wounded.

Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas (R) meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry in Paris on July 30, 2016Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas on Saturday said any reboot of peace talks with Israel should happen within a clear timeframe and under international supervision, after meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry in Paris. Abbas also held talks with French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault on the prospects of achieving a two-state solution, senior Palestinian official Saeb Erakat said, describing both discussions as "very constructive". France has been leading a fresh initiative to revive the stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, after the last round of negotiations collapsed in 2014.

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Flyhalf Beauden Barrett led the Hurricanes to a 25-9 win over the Chiefs in an all-New Zealand semifinal on Saturday, ensuring the Wellington-based team will host Super Rugby's final for the second consecutive year.

This handout picture released by the Turkish Presidential Press Service on July 29, 2016 shows Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) speaking at the Police Special Operation Department's Headquarters in Golbasi district of AnkaraPresident Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday said he wanted to introduce constitutional changes to bring the Turkish spy agency and military chief of staff directly under his control after the failed coup. "We are going to introduce a small constitutional package (to parliament) which, if approved, will bring the National Intelligence Organisation (MIT) and chief of staff under the control of the presidency," he told A-Haber television in an interview. The government would need support from opposition parties to push through the shift as a super majority of two-thirds of deputies is needed to make constitutional changes.

Forensic technicians carry a covered body at a crime scene where nine people were found dead in the municipality of Cuitzeo, in Mexico's western state of MichoacanThe state prosecutor's office in Mexico's western state of Michoacan said on Saturday that nine people were found dead near Pemex pipelines in the municipality of Cuitzeo. In a statement, the prosecutor's office said it was investigating whether the incident was related to fuel theft.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — St. Petersburg appears to be out front in a bid to become home to the first Cuban consulate in the United States in more than five decades.

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