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Egypt court postpones Al-Jazeera English verdict to Aug. 29
CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court on Sunday again postponed announcing a verdict in the retrial of three Al-Jazeera English journalists, extending the long-running trial criticized worldwide by press freedom advocates and human rights activists.

Two Turkish troops killed in 'PKK suicide attack'
File picture shows Turkish soldiers at a check point in Diyarbakir, in the Kurdish-dominated southeast of the countryTwo Turkish soldiers were killed and at least two dozen other troops were wounded early Sunday in a suicide attack blamed on Kurdish militants, as Ankara kept up its air campaign against the rebels' bases in northern Iraq. The attack in the Dogubayazit district of the eastern Agri province is the first time Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants have been accused of staging a suicide attack in the current crisis, amid an escalating cycle of violence that appears to have no end in sight. Ankara has launched a two-pronged "anti-terror" offensive against Islamic State (IS) jihadists in Syria and PKK militants based in northern Iraq after a wave of attacks inside Turkey.

U.S., Egypt begin strategic dialogue, first since 2009
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri before a meeting at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in CairoThe United States and Egypt began strategic dialogue talks on Sunday, their first since their relationship was strained by the military ouster of President Mohamed Mursi after mass protests against his rule in 2013. Despite U.S. lawmakers' concerns that Egypt is lagging on democratic reforms, Egypt remains one of Washington's closest security allies in the region. "The launching of the strategic dialogue today is a serious chance for the two sides to review the different parts of the Egyptian-American relationship, politically, militarily and economically and assessing this relationship in all respects," Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri said in his opening remarks.

Obama to require steeper emissions cuts from US power plants
FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2015 file photo, a plume of steam billows from the coal-fired Merrimack Station in Bow, N.H. President Barack Obama on Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, will unveil the final version of his unprecedented regulations clamping down on carbon dioxide emissions from existing U.S. power plants. The Obama administration first proposed the rule last year. Opponents plan to sue immediately to stop the rule's implementation. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)NEW YORK (AP) — President Barack Obama will impose even steeper cuts on greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. power plants than previously expected, senior administration officials said Sunday, in what the president called the most significant step the U.S. has ever taken to fight global warming.

Bobby Brown's sister vows family feud is just beginning
R&B singer Bobby Brown hugs an unidentified woman after a funeral service for his daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015, in Alpharetta, Ga. Bobbi Kristina, the only child of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, died in hospice care July 26, about six months after she was found face-down and unresponsive in a bathtub in her suburban Atlanta townhome. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)ALPHARETTA, Ga. (AP) — Bobby Brown's sister vowed the family feud was "far from over" between their family and the late Whitney Houston's kin during the memorial service for her niece, Bobbi Kristina Brown.

UN warns Myanmar flood toll to increase as rains lash region
Resident paddle through floodwater in Kalay, Sagaing Region, Upper Myanmar on August 1, 2015The toll from flash floods and landslides in Myanmar after days of torrential rain is likely to spike, the UN warned Sunday, as monsoonal downpours brought misery to thousands across the region. At least 27 people have been killed and more than 150,000 affected by flooding in Myanmar in recent days, with the government declaring the four worst-hit areas in central and western Myanmar as "national disaster-affected regions". Scores have also perished in India, Nepal, Pakistan and Vietnam following floods and landslides triggered by heavy seasonal rains.

Iraq's Jon Stewart combats jihadists with laughs
Iraqi Ahmad al-Basheer, host of the "Basheer Show", watches a video of his TV show on a computer screen on July 29, 2015 at his studio in the Jordanian capital, AmmanDefying death threats, an Iraqi television comedian is fighting the Islamic State group with biting satire aimed at lifting the aura of fear that is one of the jihadists' strongest weapons. "This round's on the caliph, to mark the first anniversary of the occupation of Mosul," the waiter says before a bomb blast cuts short his reference to IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and the capture of the northern Iraqi city. Ahmad al-Basheer, who has been likened to renowned US political satirist Jon Stewart, says he aims to "break the image" of the jihadists and their declared puritanical enforcement of sharia Islamic laws.

Veteran actress to step into Valerie Harper's role in play
FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2011, file photo, Brenda Vaccaro arrives at the premiere of "The Lady" during AFI FEST 2011 in Los Angeles. Vaccaro will replace Valerie Harper in a play in Maine after the TV actress became ill before a performance and was hospitalized briefly. The Ogunquit Playhouse said in a release Saturday night, Aug. 1, 2015, that the Academy Award-nominated Vaccaro will step into the role of Millicent Winter in the production of “Nice Work If You Can Get It,” which playing through Aug. 15. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)OGUNQUIT, Maine (AP) — Performer Brenda Vaccaro will replace Valerie Harper in a play in Maine as Harper recovers from an illness and brief hospitalization.

What changes to expect from Obama's final Clean Power Plan
The proposal under the Clean Air Act to cut carbon pollution is seen in WashingtonBy Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will unveil as soon as Monday the final version of a sweeping - and controversial - regulation to cut carbon emissions from the electricity sector. The proposal is the signature piece of President Barack Obama’s climate change policy. White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough said this week that the final rule will be "stronger in many ways than the proposed rule." But the Clean Power Plan has been sharply criticized by the energy and manufacturing industries and some energy-producing states, and opponents have already vowed to challenge the regulation in court.

Obama to mandate steeper emissions cuts from US power plants
FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2015 file photo, a plume of steam billows from the coal-fired Merrimack Station in Bow, N.H. President Barack Obama on Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, will unveil the final version of his unprecedented regulations clamping down on carbon dioxide emissions from existing U.S. power plants. The Obama administration first proposed the rule last year. Opponents plan to sue immediately to stop the rule's implementation. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)NEW YORK (AP) — President Barack Obama will impose even steeper cuts on greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. power plants than previously expected, senior administration officials said Sunday, in what the president called the most significant step the U.S. has ever taken to fight global warming.

Seahawks finalize contract extension with LB Bobby Wagner
Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner catches a ball in drills during an NFL football training camp on Friday, July 31, 2015, in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)SEATTLE (AP) — Right on the heels of signing quarterback Russell Wilson to a contract extension, the Seattle Seahawks have locked up All-Pro middle linebacker Bobby Wagner.

Peru government reports Shining Path captives rescued
LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peruvian security forces rescued 54 adults and children, mostly members of the Ashaninka indigenous group, who had been held by Shining Path rebels in a remote jungle region, government officials said.

2 soldiers dead, 24 wounded in suicide attack in Turkey
A relative cries over the Turkish flag-draped coffin of Turkish soldier Kagan Kandemir, during his funeral in the town of Civril, Turkey, Friday, July 31, 2015. Kandemir, was one of the three Turkish troops that were killed on July 30 when Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK militants opened fire on their convoy in the southeastern province of Sirnak, according to the army. (AP Photo/Depo Photos) TURKEY OUTANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Kurdish rebels on Sunday detonated an explosives-laden agricultural vehicle at a military police station in eastern Turkey, killing two soldiers and wounding 24 others, authorities said, amid a sharp escalation of violence between the government forces and the autonomy-seeking insurgents.

UAE to try 41 on charges of seeking 'caliphate'
The United Arab Emirates is to try 41 people on charges of seeking to overthrow the government to set up an Islamic State group-style caliphate, prosecutors said on SundayAbu Dhabi (AFP) - The United Arab Emirates is to try 41 people on charges of seeking to overthrow the government to set up an Islamic State group-style caliphate, prosecutors said on Sunday.

'Downton' producer open to possibility of big-screen film
From left, Penelope Wilton, Elizabeth McGovern, Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery, Laura Carmichael and Joanne Froggatt attend the 'Downton Abbey' cast photo call during the 2015 Summer TCA Tour at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP)BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Here's a roundup of news Saturday from the Television Critics Association summer meeting, at which TV networks and streaming services are presenting details on upcoming programs:

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