{FD} The Latest: North Korea denies torturing American detainee

The Latest on North Korea's denial that it tortured an American student who was detained for more than a year and died days after being released in a coma (all times local): 6:20 p.m. North Korea has called itself the "biggest victim" in the death of an American student who was detained for more than a year and died days after being released in a coma.

{FD} The Latest: Turkey won’t end its military presence in Qatar

The Latest on the crisis between Gulf Arab states and Qatar (all times local): 1:10 p.m. Turkey says it has no plans to shut down its military base in Qatar as demanded by Saudi Arabia and other Arab nations that have cut ties with Doha.

{FD} Taliban leader: Afghan war will end only when NATO leaves

In a message ahead of the Muslim holiday of Eid al Fitr, the Afghanistan Taliban leader said a planned U.S. troop surge would not end the protracted war, vowing to fight on until a full withdrawal of NATO troops.

{FD} South Korea’s infrastructure boondoggle a boon for cyclists

In a country where bikes are either a poor man's transportation or a weekend workout for spandex-clad racers, the longest and most highly engineered network of car-free paths in the world is being built through dense evergreen forests, down wildflower-lined river valleys and over steep mountain crests.