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  • Yemen's parliament approves new Cabinet

    22 hours, 20 minutes ago

    (AP) SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's parliament on Thursday approved a new government despite months of violence and political wrangling that has shaken the country. Parliament's approval should help ease tensions somewhat but it is unlikely to resolve the power struggle ...

  • Kenya legislators exchange blows over new security laws

    22 hours, 22 minutes ago

    (AP) NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Fistfights and scuffles broke out in Kenya's parliament Thursday as legislators passed controversial security measures which the government says will help fight terrorism but which critics say are meant to silence dissent by curtailing civil liberties. ...

  • Militant video claims Tunisia assassinations

    22 hours, 50 minutes ago

    (AP) TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — A new video has surfaced claiming responsibility for the 2013 assassinations of two Tunisian politicians in the name of the Islamic State group. The video features four armed, bearded men, including one identified last year as ...

  • Dutch secret service taps terror suspects' lawyers

    23 hours, 17 minutes ago

    (AP) AMSTERDAM (AP) — The Dutch interior ministry has acknowledged the country's secret service sometimes taps the communications of lawyers who represent terrorism suspects. A law firm specializing in human rights complained to the ministry in April it suspected its lawyers ...

  • Worker spends 90 minutes stuck in mud up to waist

    23 hours, 23 minutes ago

    (AP) GREENLAND, N.H. (AP) — Fire officials say a fuel delivery worker in New Hampshire sank in soggy ground up to his waist and it took nearly 90 minutes to pull him back out. Greenland Deputy Fire Chief Myrick Bunker tells ...

  • Rights group decries judges' sacking in Maldives

    23 hours, 26 minutes ago

    (AP) COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — An international rights group has criticized the dismissal of two top judges in the Maldives, including the country's chief justice, calling it an assault on judicial independence. The Indian Ocean nation's Parliament voted last Sunday ...

  • EU leaders meeting about Russia, jumpstarting growth

    23 hours, 31 minutes ago

    (AP) BRUSSELS (AP) — Leaders of the 28 European Union countries are meeting to talk about two major issues —how to jumpstart sluggish economic growth at home, and how to deal long-term with Russia. EU President Donald Tusk, the official host ...

  • Germany: 73 pounds of cocaine in coffee shipment

    23 hours, 45 minutes ago

    (AP) BERLIN (AP) — A Berlin coffee business found stimulants it didn't expect in a shipment of unroasted coffee from Brazil: 33 kilos (nearly 73 pounds) of cocaine. Police in the German capital said Thursday that employees at the coffee-roasting business ...

  • Afghanistan: Suicide bomber kills policeman

    23 hours, 56 minutes ago

    (AP) KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan police officer was killed and three were wounded Thursday when a suspected suicide bomber they were pursuing detonated his explosives-laden vehicle, an official said. The Taliban issued a statement claiming responsibility for the attack. ...

  • Serbia jails 11 rights activists during China summit

    1 day ago

    (AP) BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — An international rights group has demanded the immediate release of 11 activists who planned protests against China at an economic summit in Serbia. Amnesty International says nine Bulgarians, a Slovak and a Finn — all supporters ...

  • Obama reignites political debate over Cuba

    1 day, 5 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — The surprising move by President Barack Obama to restore U.S. ties with Cuba reignited long-simmering political passions over the fate of the island nation, reinforcing yet another difference between Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton and several Republicans eyeing ...

  • Pakistan grants bail to main Mumbai attack suspect

    1 day ago

    (AP) ISLAMABAD (AP) — A defense lawyer says a Pakistani anti-terrorism court has granted bail to the chief suspect in the Mumbai attack trial. Rizwan Abbasi says judge Kausar Abbas in Thursday's hearing held in the garrison city of Rawalpindi found ...

  • UK police probe murder claims in child abuse case

    1 day ago

    (AP) LONDON (AP) — British police say they are investigating three allegations of murder as part of an inquiry into claims that prominent people sexually abused children several decades ago. London's Metropolitan Police force says a man who says he was ...

  • AP Top International News At 7:42 a.m. EST

    1 day, 1 hour ago

    (AP) Putin accuses West of trying to sideline Russia Poll: 80 percent back Putin even as ruble falls Cubans hope for better future with US-Havana deal Analysis: 53 years on, time right for US, Cuba N Korea-linked Sony hack may be ...

  • AP Top Strange News At 7:37 a.m. EST

    1 day, 1 hour ago

    (AP) Thief fakes heart attack so friend can steal toys Man unable to use arms faces gun possession charge Mystery man hands out $100 bills in Massachusetts Among change, gift of jewels for Salvation Army NY man returns library statue 43 ...

  • Official: 28 die in clashes in Central African Republic

    1 day, 1 hour ago

    (AP) BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — A Red Cross official says clashes in Central African Republic have killed 28 and left dozens wounded. A pastor in Mbres, in the country's center, said Thursday the fighting began Tuesday when a member ...

  • German ex-lawmaker seeks end to child porn case

    1 day, 1 hour ago

    (AP) BERLIN (AP) — A former German lawmaker who quit amid a child pornography investigation says discussions are underway with prosecutors on possibly closing the case against him in exchange for a fine. Sebastian Edathy is scheduled to face trial in ...

  • AP Top Business News At 7:24 a.m. EST

    1 day, 1 hour ago

    (AP) N Korea-linked Sony hack may be costliest ever Why the Fed thinks US economy still needs its help Putin accuses West of trying to sideline Russia US, Cuba patch torn relations in historic accord Fed rate wording boosts world stock ...

  • Nigeria sentences 54 soldiers to death by firing squad

    1 day, 2 hours ago

    (AP) ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — A defense attorney says a court-martial that sentenced 54 soldiers to death will try another 43 soldiers and officers also accused of refusing to fight Islamic extremists in Nigeria. Court-martial charges against the soldiers sentenced Wednesday ...

  • UN seeks $8.4 billion to help Syria refugees

    1 day, 3 hours ago

    (AP) BERLIN (AP) — The United Nations is seeking more than $8.4 billion for next year to help nearly 18 million people affected by the war in Syria. The U.N. high commissioner for refugees, Antonio Guterres, said Thursday that people who ...

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