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 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

This Is Janet Yellen’s Biggest Problem

As the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy committee pointed out in the statement following its July meeting, job growth has been quite strong of late, but one of the most important factors holding back the U.S. economy is weak “business fixed investment”

Protesters gather for anti-US military rally in Okinawa

U.S. to Return Land from Okinawa to Japan

The U.S. military announced that it will soon give back one-sixth of the land it occupies in Okinawa, marking the largest return of land since 1972 from its military base on the Japanese island

Indonesia Send 14 Drug Convicts To The Firing Squad

Indonesia Executes Four Drug Traffickers

Indonesia executed four drug traffickers and said it had not yet decided when 10 others convicted of drug crimes would be put to death. Deputy Attorney-General Noor Rachmad said one Indonesian and three Nigerians were executed

Wing Commander Rob Shearer, captain of the Royal New Zealand Air Force P3 Orion, left, and Sgt. Sean Donaldson look out the cockpit windows during search operations for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean, April 4, 2014.

Captain of MH370 May Have Planned Off-Course Route

Australia confirmed Zaharie Ahmad Shah's simulator showed that "someone had plotted a course to the southern Indian Ocean." This did not prove that he planned to steer the plane off course but showed "the possibility of planning"

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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

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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

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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