Large swaths of Venezuela’s capital were shuttered and silent Thursday as opponents of President Nicolas Maduro called the first major national strike since a 2002 stoppage that failed to topple Maduro’s predecessor Hugo Chavez.

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Polish lawmakers voted Thursday to approve a contentious law that gives control of the nation’s Supreme Court to the president instead of to judges, sparking new protests outside parliament in Warsaw.

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The Latest on Poland’s parliamentary vote (all times local):

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The Latest on relations between Turkey and Germany (all times local):

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Former British Business Secretary Vince Cable has become the new leader of the Liberal Democrats in Britain.

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Qatari officials investigating a cyberattack that sparked a diplomatic crisis with neighboring Gulf states and Egypt say their findings confirm that the beneficiary of the attack is the United Arab Emirates.

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Turkish foreign minister says that Turkey would reciprocate ‘threats’ from Germany.

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London police who are struggling to identify victims of the fire at the Grenfell Tower apartment building have sought help from experts with experience: those who worked on recovering victims following the Sept. 11 attacks in the U.S.

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The U.N. Security Council has voted unanimously to impose sanctions against eight individuals and businesses linked to the Islamic State extremist group and al-Qaida.

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The German government increased pressure on Turkey Thursday after the jailing of a human rights activist, telling all citizens traveling there to exercise caution and threatening to withhold backing for German investments in Turkey.

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Kuwait said on Thursday it is shutting the Iranian cultural mission and calling for a reduction in the number of Iranian diplomats stationed in the country, deepening a rift between the Gulf Arab states and Tehran.

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Turkey’s official news agency says a man has been arrested on suspicion of terror propaganda for wearing a T-shirt with the word “hero” on it while attending a relative’s court hearing linked to last year’s failed coup.

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Wildlife researchers in Cambodia have found a breeding location for the masked finfoot bird, one of the world’s most endangered, raising hopes of its continuing survival, the researchers announced Thursday.

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The Trump administration is threatening to take “strong and swift economic actions” if Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro proceeds with his plan to rewrite the nation’s constitution and consolidate power over the few remaining institutions outside the control of the ruling party. A senior administration official said this week that “all options are being discussed and debated,” implying that Trump could use Venezuela’s dependence on oil exports to the U.S. as a means of pressuring Maduro to halt the July 30 constitutional assembly.

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German prosecutors filed terrorism charges Thursday against a suspected representative of the Islamic State group in Germany and four fellow suspects who are accused of running a recruitment network.

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The Latest on the dispute over increased Israeli security measures at a Jerusalem holy site that were imposed after Palestinian gunmen killed two police there (all times local):

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Angolan media say President Jose Eduardo dos Santos has returned to the country from Spain, where he has received medical treatment this year.

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London police trying to identify victims of the fire at the Grenfell Tower apartment building have sought help from experts who worked on the recovery of victims following the Sept. 11 attacks.

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Syrian opposition activists say insurgents have ambushed a Syrian military force near the capital, Damascus, killing more than two dozen of them.

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Traffic on a major highway in England has been disrupted for hours after a truck laden with chocolate bars burst into flames.

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