North Carolina

Beach house deck collapses; 14 injured

A deck collapsed at a North Carolina beach house as a family was preparing to take a group photo, leaving at least 14 people injured with at least two of those in critical condition. Cause of the collapse wasn't immediately known, but fire officials said the deck, measuring about 12 feet by 12 feet and estimated to be at least 10 feet off the ground, gave way at a single-story ocean front home on pilings.

Virginia

Second Confederate monument defaced

A second monument in memory of the Confederacy was vandalized in Richmond. The base of the Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Monument was spray-painted with red paint, police said. The vandalism included an obscenity. The Jefferson Davis monument in the city's Fan District has been vandalized twice. Confederate symbols have been the focus of debate since nine people were fatally shot June 17 at a church in Charleston, S.C.

South Carolina

Roof in contact with white supremacists

Federal and local authorities have found that the man charged in the shooting deaths of nine black people in a Charleston church last month had been in contact with white supremacists online, although it does not appear that they encouraged him to carry out the massacre. Investigators uncovered that link as they have pieced together where Dylann Roof received his inspiration and whether anyone else should face charges.

Syria

Video shows ISIL killing troops

A video posted online purports to show Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant fighters killing 25 Syrian government soldiers in the historic town of Palmyra. The video shows the soldiers being taken in trucks from the town's Tadmur prison to the amphitheater. At the theater, they are fatally shot by young ISIL members with pistols. Hundreds of people were seen watching. The video did not indicate when the killings took place. Palmyra is a UNESCO world heritage site famous for its 2,000-year-old Roman colonnades, other ruins and priceless artifacts.

Iraq

15 dead in series of bombings

Iraqi authorities said bombings targeting public places killed 15 people in and around Baghdad. Police said the deadliest attack occurred when a car bomb exploded in Baghdad's western neighborhood of Amil, killing nine people and wounding 24 others. Earlier, police said a car bomb blast near a bus stop killed three people and wounded 15 in southern Baghdad. A bomb explosion near an outdoor market killed three people.

Tunisia

State of emergency declared after attacks

Tunisia's president declared a state of emergency in response to a second deadly attack on foreigners in three months, saying the country is "not safe" and risks collapse from further ­terrorist attacks. With a nationwide televised address, President Beji Caid Essebsi officially reintroduced urgent security measures for Tunisia that had been lifted in March 2014. Essebsi said an "exceptional situation required exceptional measures" but pledged to respect freedom of expression. The decision came just over a week after a gunman at the popular beach resort of Sousse attacked foreign tourists, killing 38 people.

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