A court cleared the way for a referendum that could set the country’s direction for decades, but people were confused and divided over how to vote and even what question they are being asked.

Demonstrators wave greek flags during an anti-austerity rally in front of the parliament building in Athens, Greece, July 3, 2015. An opinion poll on Greece's bailout referendum published on Friday pointed to a slight lead for the Yes vote, on 44.8 percent, against 43.4 percent for the No vote that the leftwing government backs. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier

The violence has broken a period of calm, and some wonder if a new confrontation is about to erupt.

Focus is on sanctions and procedures for international inspectors to monitor compliance.

Wary of Russian ire, Western leaders are backing away from Georgia's E.U. and NATO dreams.

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Islamic State destroys priceless statues in ancient city of Palmyra

The jihadists destroyed, among other objects, a famous 2,000-year-old lion statue.

The war over Benghazi is still happening in Benghazi

Don't forget that Benghazi is a real place -- not a Washington scandal.

The Islamic State routinely shares gruesome images of those it kills. But governments do it, too.

The Egyptian military is sharing images of dead militants on Facebook.

Tariq al-Harzi, who orchestrated the movement of fighters, died as his brother did a day earlier in Iraq.

The transition would be a financial experiment run on the fly — and could cause runaway inflation.

New documents raise questions about higher-ups’ responsibility for the Tlatlaya killings last year.

Officials hope that the slow pace of training will pick up, but recruits face a host of challenges.

Dominicans of Haitian descent were targeted even when they had valid documentation, report says.

The group has launched a spate of attacks during Ramadan.

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Foreign ministers are meeting in Vienna ahead of an extended deadline for an agreement.

The jihadists have quelled opposition, but some say attention to daily needs is dimming prospects of recapture.

The six Russian officials are on an E.U. sanctions blacklist for their roles in the crisis in Ukraine.

More than 11,200 people have died of Ebola since last year, nearly all in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

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Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’s contradictory actions confused both his allies and European leaders.

The wave of attacks was one of the most sophisticated assaults on Egypt’s powerful army in decades.

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French President Francois Hollande promised intensified military cooperation with Cameroon in the fight against Boko Haram during a visit to the West African country on Friday.

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The month of June saw 677 murders in El Salvador, more than in any other single month since the end of the country’s civil war.

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Two years to the day after the army overthrew Egypt’s Islamist president, the sounds coming from the mosque at Cairo’s Tahrir Square were sadly telling. At the focal point of Egypt’s upheavals, where authorities had hoped to stage celebrations, there was instead a prayer for the week’s dead, including soldiers cut down by militants in Sinai and the country’s chief prosecutor, assassinated by car bomb in the capital.

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In a message to Washington, Iran’s foreign minister on Friday called for an end to “coercion and pressure” at the nuclear talks, suggesting a deal acceptable to his country will open the door to cooperation on fighting the upsurge of Middle East extremism threatening both nations’ interests.

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U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday offered assistance to resolve an escalating border dispute between Guyana and Venezuela.

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The U.N.’s top human rights body backed calls Friday for accountability in last year’s conflict in Gaza, in which hundreds of Palestinian civilians and six Israeli civilians were killed.

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