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Six-year-old Heavenly Joy sings "America the Beautiful" to open the final night of the Republican National Convention.

WATCH: One Minute Into GOP Convention Night, 6-Year-Old Heavenly Steals The Show

With two outsize white bows in her hair, 6-year-old Heavenly Joy brought the house down at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland Thursday night. She sang two songs to open the night — "Let There Be Peace On Earth" and "America the Beautiful."

Watch it here via C-SPAN.

Vice presidential candidate Mike Pence addresses delegates on Wednesday evening at the Republican National Convention.

Mike Pence Appears To Contradict Trump's Stance On NATO

The United States would "absolutely" defend its NATO allies, Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence told the PBS NewsHour on Thursday, appearing to contradict a statement from Donald Trump a day earlier about how he would treat the obligations of the decades-old military alliance.

"We'll uphold our treaty obligations, including the mutual defense agreement that is NATO," Pence said.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and his daughter Ivanka test the teleprompters and microphones on stage before the start of the final day of the Republican National Convention.

Trump To Promise 'Safety Will Be Restored' As He Accepts GOP Nomination

Donald Trump will promise to protect the country from foreign and domestic threats and by putting "America First" in his address Thursday evening formally accepting the GOP nomination for president.

Tony Schwartz (from left), Ivana Trump, photographer Francesco Scavullo and Donald Trump celebrate the publication of Donald Trump's 1987 book, <em>The Art of the Deal,</em> which was ghostwritten by Schwartz.

'Art Of The Deal' Ghostwriter On Why Trump Should Not Be President

In 1987, the book The Art of the Deal elevated Donald Trump from playboy developer to best-selling author.

From the opening paragraph of Trump's self-portrait as a shrewd and creative dealmaker:

"I don't do it for the money. I've got enough, much more than I'll ever need. I do it to do it. Deals are my art form. Other people paint beautifully on canvas or write wonderful poetry. I like making deals, preferably big deals. That's how I get my kicks."

The NBA is relocating the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte, N.C., because of a state law that limits civil rights protections for LGBT people.

NBA Will Pull 2017 All-Stars Game From Charlotte Over N.C. 'Bathroom Bill'

The NBA will be relocating the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte because of HB2, North Carolina's controversial state law limiting civil rights protections for LGBT people.

The league says that the Charlotte Hornets and the city of Charlotte "have been working diligently to foster constructive dialogue and try to effect positive change."

But the local support for LGBT rights couldn't overcome "the climate created by HB2" in North Carolina, the NBA said in a statement.

The league says the city might host an All-Star Game in 2019, if the situation changes.

A skinned alpaca, which died due to subfreezing temperatures, hangs on a fence above live alpacas in Peru. Alpaca owners are butchering their dead animals to cook for their families. The Peruvian government has declared a state of emergency in the farming regions where alpacas are raised.

Tens Of Thousands Of Alpacas Die In Peruvian Cold Snap

The government of Peru has declared a state of emergency in the southern Andes after brutally low temperatures killed tens of thousands of alpacas, according to The Associated Press.

The government is promising $3 million in relief to farmers in the region, who live at or around 15,000 feet above sea level and raise the animals, relying on money from selling their lightweight wool.

Ivanka Trump praised her father's business sense and ability to "see potential in others" in her speech during the final evening session of the Republican National Convention in Ohio.

Ivanka Trump Lobbies Women In Prime-Time Convention Speech

Ivanka Trump is thought to be one of Donald Trump's most influential advisers, a person who can persuade him to hire or fire someone. She has also become one of his most forceful surrogates this election.

Introducing her father Thursday night at the Republican National Convention — perhaps her biggest stage yet — Ivanka, 34, praised his business sense and ability to "see potential in others" and gave personal anecdotes about his character as a father. She also made a big push for a vital demographic with which her father struggles — women.

Reports: Dozens Of Civilians Killed In U.S-Led Coalition Strike In Syria

Syria's main opposition group is calling for the U.S.-led coalition to suspend its airstrike campaign against ISIS after reports of dozens of civilian deaths close to the Turkish border.

As NPR's Alison Meuse told our Newscast unit, reports suggest the strike near the northern town of Manbij is the "largest civilian death toll since the intervention began." She added that "both the opposition and [Syrian President Bashar] Assad's regime put the death toll above 120 killed." Here's more from Alison:

A Turkish special forces police officer stands guard in front of the Istanbul Justice Palace on July 20. Family members of those detained have been gathering outside, hoping for a chance to see their loved ones.

Fear Grips Turkey Amid Government Crackdown After Failed Coup

Turks survived a chaotic and bloody attempted military takeover on Friday that left more than 260 dead. Since then, the government has suspended thousands of public and private sector employees — everyone from teachers to police officers. Meanwhile, the parliament has ratified a state of emergency that will last up to three months. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says it's necessary to protect democracy. But many Turks are afraid of what's to come.

A U.S. military policeman stands in front of Air Force fighter jets that were part of a NATO show of strength in Romania in April intended to deter Russian intervention in Ukraine.

European Leaders Urge NATO Solidarity; Trump Sets Conditions, Should He Be Elected

European leaders hailed what they called the wisdom of mutual defense on Thursday after Donald Trump raised doubts about his commitment to America's NATO obligations if he's elected president.

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