Washington, D.C.

White supremacist rally planned for Aug.

An organizer of a white supremacist rally where one woman died last year in Charlottesville, Va., plans to hold a march across the street from the White House on the rally's anniversary in August, federal officials said. The National Park Service has approved an application for a permit from the organizer, Jason Kessler, for an event on Aug. 11 and 12 that he described as a "white civil rights rally" for 400 people at Lafayette Park.


Arpaio wants 2016 defeat investigated

Joe Arpaio is seeking an investigation into his claim that the U.S. Justice Department meddled in his unsuccessful 2016 campaign for sheriff in metro Phoenix. Arpaio, now a candidate for the U.S. Senate seat held by Jeff Flake, alleges the federal agency tried to sway voters against him by agreeing to push a criminal contempt of court case against Arpaio just weeks before the election.


Interim president apologizes for e-mail

Michigan State University's interim president apologized for comments he made privately about the first woman to publicly level sexual assault allegations against Larry Nassar, the former university sports-medicine doctor accused of molesting hundreds of girls and women under the guise of medical treatment. John Engler e-mailed a university official speculating that Rachael Denhollander was getting a kickback from her attorney for manipulating other victims. Engler has faced mounting pressure to step down.


2 hurt after swerving to avoid kangaroo

A Montana Highway Patrol Trooper said two people were injured after the driver swerved their vehicle to avoid hitting a kangaroo on the road. Trooper Matt Finley said he thought it was joke when he was responding to the call until he saw the kangaroo. He said there is a kangaroo farm nearby. Finley did not attempt to capture the marsupial.

Vatican City

Pope urges countries to take in refugees

Pope Francis urged nations to take in as many refugees as they can integrate into their societies, but also to invest in places like Africa so migrants won't turn to human traffickers to reach countries that can offer a better life. Francis reiterated that he supports the Roman Catholic bishops in the United States who condemned the immigration policy of separating children from parents who enter the U.S. illegally.


Violence intensifies in Rio; 2 teens killed

Two 14-year-olds were killed by stray bullets in Rio de Janeiro as violence and police efforts to contain it increase in the Brazilian city. Nearly two years after it hosted the Summer Olympics, Rio is experiencing a wave of violence as drug traffickers fight for control of territory. President Michel Temer put the military in charge of security in the state earlier this year.

South Sudan

Opposition rejects 'imposition' of peace

South Sudan's armed opposition rejected any "imposition" of a peace deal and asked for more time after the first face-to-face meeting between President Salva Kiir and rival Riek Machar in almost two years. An opposition statement called the meeting "cordial" and said the sides discussed the prospects for peace "in broad terms." But it warned the current model for the peace process is "unrealistic" and that "there is no shortcut to peace."

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