The Brief

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speaks at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on July 28, 2016.
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Pope Francis

Pope Francis Prays Silently During Visit to Auschwitz

Pope Francis paid a somber visit to the Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau Friday, becoming the third consecutive pontiff to make the pilgrimage to the place where Adolf Hitler's forces killed more than 1 million people

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San Diego Police Officer Dead in Traffic Stop Shooting

Two San Diego police officers were shot during a traffic stop late Thursday night, killing one and sending the other to surgery. Both officers were members of SDPD's Elite Gang Unit, and the one who was killed had a wife and children

President Barack Obama is joined by Hillary Clinton after Obama delivered remarks on the third day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center, July 27, 2016 in Philadelphia.

Democrats Aim for Optimism Amid National Gloom

In parallel conventions, Republicans and Democrats spoke of the dangers facing the country in starkly different terms. President Obama listed accomplishments and promised a sunny future with a President Hillary Clinton. Vice President Joe Biden previewed an American 21st century

A woman buys a newspaper from a kiosk in Istanbul on July 28, 2016.

Turkey's President Cracks Down on Media After Uprising

In recent days the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has issued orders shutting down 131 media organizations, and issued arrest warrants for at least 89 journalists and other media personnel over alleged ties to the coup plot

Bill Cosby

Bill Cosby Drops Lawsuit Against Sex Assault Accuser

Bill Cosby has dropped a lawsuit that demanded the accuser in his criminal case repay the money from their confidential 2006 court settlement. Cosby had sued Andrea Constand for breach of contract for speaking to police who reopened the criminal investigation


Thailand's Future Hinges on a Political Referendum

Thais head to the polls next week to vote in a referendum designed to breathe life into what has become a stagnant democratic process. An affirmative vote on Aug. 7 will see Thailand adopt a new constitution — its twentieth since 1932

Harvey Milk poses in front of his camera shop in San Francisco on Nov. 9, 1977.

U.S. Navy to Name Ship After Gay Icon Harvey Milk

The Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus intends to name a Military Sealift Command fleet oiler after the late San Francisco mayor, the first openly gay man to be voted into office in California and who was assassinated in 1978


U.S.-Backed Fighters Recover Trove of ISIS Documents

In a development that could provide significant insight into the workings of the Islamic State (ISIS), U.S.-backed forces fighting the extremist group in Syria have recovered a large collection of its documents and data

Chelsea Manning

Chelsea Manning Faces Punishment for Suicide Attempt

The former Army private who is serving prison time for leaking classified documents to Wikileaks received a notice from Army officials Thursday saying she was being investigated "for serious new charges related to her July 5 attempt to take her own life"

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U.S. Regulators Propose Debt Collection Overhaul

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau proposed new rules aimed at curbing bad practices by the $13.7 billion debt collection industry -- and limiting debt collectors' attempts to collect based on faulty information