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Retired general back Hillary Clinton, says he trusts her

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The Latest on the Democratic National Convention and 2016 presidential campaign. (all times EDT):

9:40 p.m.

A retired Marine general has delivered an impassioned endorsement of Hillary Clinton. And he’s blasting Donald Trump for saying suspected terrorists should be tortured and for offering conditional U.S. support of NATO allies.

John Allen tells Democratic delegates the election between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump will help determine the country’s future.

As the crowd chants “USA! USA!” Allen says he trusts Clinton to be commander in chief.

Allen says that under Clinton, the military won’t become what he calls an “instrument of torture.” Allen says that with Clinton in the White House, U.S. international relations won’t be reduced to a business transaction.

Allen most recently served as America’s special envoy to the coalition fighting Islamic State militants. He’s also a former commander of U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan.

9:30 p.m.

The father of an Army captain – a Muslim-American killed in Iraq – has lead a strong condemnation of Donald Trump‘s proposal to bar Muslims from entering the United States.

Khizr Khan is a Muslim who came to the U.S. from the United Arab Emirates. He’s accusing Trump of smearing the character of Muslims and other groups.

“Let me ask you, have you ever read the United State Constitution?” Khan said in his speech at the Democratic convention as he directed his words at the GOP presidential nominee.

Khan then said: “I will gladly lend you my copy.”

Khan says his late son wouldn’t have been allowed in the country if Trump’s ban was in place.

9:25 p.m.

Donald Trump says the Islamic State group and the U.S. military “are playing by different rules.”

The GOP presidential nominee he’d “absolutely” consider using waterboarding on suspected terrorists.

Cheers went up from many at his campaign stop in Iowa.

9:20 p.m.

The Bernie Sanders campaign is urging calm among its 1,900 delegates on the final night of the Democratic National Convention.

The campaign says in a text message to delegates it would be a “courtesy to Bernie” if the delegates show respect to Hillary Clinton when she gives her speech accepting the party’s nomination for president.

The text tells the delegates the Clinton campaign asked her delegates on Monday to be respectful to Sanders when he spoke to the convention. The text asks delegates to “extend the same respect” to Clinton.

Some Sanders delegates are wearing high-visibility green T-shirts at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. The delegates are expressing solidarity with the Vermont senator to the end of the convention.

9:15 p.m.

Donald Trump has a message for President Barack Obama: You’re not “living in the real world.”

That’s his take on Obama’s speech at the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday night.

Trump says, with sarcasm, that the president was describing “his beautiful world” and didn’t want to think about Americans who – due to terrorism fears – don’t “want to fly in airplanes” or “go to theaters.”

Trump made his comments during a campaign stop in Iowa.

Republished with permission of the Associated Press.

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