July 18 world news summary at 0030 GMT

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U.S. President Barack Obama (C) discusses administration plans to close the Guantanamo military prison while delivering a statement at the White House in Washington Feb. 23, 2016. [Photo/Xinhua]
U.S. President Barack Obama (C) discusses administration plans to close the Guantanamo military prison while delivering a statement at the White House in Washington Feb. 23, 2016. [Photo/Xinhua]

HOUSTON — U.S. President Barack Obama on Sunday urged Americans to avoid making inflammatory rhetoric after the killing of three police officers in the state of Louisiana.

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about the economy and corporate tax inversions in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington D.C., capital of the United States, April 5, 2016. (Xinhua/Yin Bogu)
U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about the economy and corporate tax inversions in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington D.C., capital of the United States, April 5, 2016. (Xinhua/Yin Bogu)
In a speech delivered from the White House on the shooting in Baton Rouge, Obama said that, though divisions exist in the country, everyone should now “focus on words and actions that can unite this country rather than divide it further.” (U.S.-Houston-Shooting)
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ANKARA — Turkey’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Sunday that the failed military coup has left at least 290 people killed.
The death toll includes at least 190 civilians and 100 coup plotters, the statement said, adding that more than 1,400 were wounded in the coup attempt that swept the country on Friday night but was foiled by Saturday morning. (Turkey-Coup)
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BAGHDAD — Iraqi security forces on Sunday freed three villages from the Islamic State (IS) militants near the city of Heet in Iraq’s western province of Anbar, while dozens of the IS militants killed in air strikes by the U.S.-led coalition and Iraq aircraft, security sources said.
The security forces and allied Sunni tribal paramilitary units, backed by international warplanes, managed to liberate three villages in Doulab area in west of the newly-freed city of Heet, some 160 km west of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, a source from Anbar Operations Command told Xinhua on condition of anonymity. (Iraq-IS)
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LONDON — Five people have been injured in a helicopter crash in Britain’s East Yorkshire, Sky News reported on Sunday.
The crash occurred at around 6 p.m. local time at the side of the runway at Breighton Aerodrome, according to the Broadcaster. (London-Accident) Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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