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July 23, 2014 - 12:45pm
4 min 8 sec ago

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Police say at least 25 people were killed Wednesday by two bombings in the northern city of Kaduna.

Police Commissioner Umar Usman Shehu said the first blast came after Sheik Dahiru Bauchi gave an annual Ramadan speech for thousands of faithful in an outdoor service. Sheik Bauchi is known for preaching against the violent extremism of Nigeria's Islamic militants, Boko Haram.

The police commissioner said the second bombing came...

July 23, 2014 - 12:35pm
4 min 8 sec ago

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The top U.N. envoy in Iraq is urging the Security Council to demand that the Islamic State extremist group stop all hostilities and atrocities.

Nickolay Mladenov told the council by videoconference from Baghdad on Wednesday that it should also call on U.N. member states to bring to justice "the perpetrators, organizers and sponsors of these horrific terrorist acts, war crimes and crimes against humanity."

He said the Islamic...

July 23, 2014 - 12:16pm
4 min 8 sec ago

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A Kabul court announced Wednesday that the Afghan police officer charged with killing Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus and wounding veteran AP correspondent Kathy Gannon has been convicted and sentenced to death.

It was the first court hearing in the case and, under Afghan law, the verdict and sentence are subject to several stages of review.

Six judges at the Kabul District Court found former Afghan police...

July 23, 2014 - 12:13pm
24 min 7 sec ago

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Even as Secretary of State John Kerry reports progress in efforts to work out a truce, Israeli troops have been battling Hamas militants near a town in the southern Gaza Strip.

The fighting forced dozens of families to flee. A Palestinian health official says at least eight militants were killed.

The Palestinian Red Crescent has been trying to evacuate about 250 people from the area, which has been pummeled by air strikes...

July 23, 2014 - 11:32am
34 min 9 sec ago

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's parliament has postponed by one day a vote for a new president. The parliament speaker says the delay is in response to a request from the Kurdish political bloc.

With President Jalal Talabani's (jahl-LAHL' tahl-ah-BAH'-neez) term set to expire, the vote for his successor is part of broader negotiations over forming a new government. A Shiite lawmaker says at least 95 candidates are running.

Meanwhile, the Islamic State group is...

July 23, 2014 - 11:27am
34 min 9 sec ago

KHARKIV, Ukraine (AP) — British investigators have begun examining the flight recorders from the downed Malaysia Airlines plane.

They say Dutch authorities have delivered the plane's voice and data recorders to the agency's base in southern England, where information will be downloaded. Experts will also check for signs of tampering.

Dutch officials, meanwhile, say they've taken charge of the investigation, and they're pleading for complete access to...

July 23, 2014 - 11:18am
1 hour 4 min ago

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Just 20 miles from the site of the Malaysia Airlines plane wreckage, pro-Russia rebels have shot down two Ukrainian fighter jets today. The separatists say one of the pilots was killed, and another is being sought by rebel fighters.

The insurgents deny having missiles that could hit a jetliner at cruising altitude, but they say they do have ground-to-air missiles that could hit targets as high as 11,500 feet.

In fighting on the...

July 23, 2014 - 10:59am
34 min 10 sec ago

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The owner of a group home raided last week amid abuse and filthy conditions defended her "tough love" approach, but acknowledged that things got out of control.

Seventy-nine-year-old Rosa Verduzco spoke with the Univision television network in an interview, excerpts of which were published Wednesday.

"My strength was failing and there were things I couldn't keep an eye on," said Verduzco, who was detained but later released because...

July 23, 2014 - 9:34am
2 hours 44 min ago

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The government of Puerto Rico is now facing a second lawsuit in response to a new law that would allow certain public corporations in the U.S. territory to restructure their debt if needed.

U.S. hedge fund BlueMountain Capital Management, LLC says in a lawsuit filed Tuesday that the law is unconstitutional.

The company holds bonds issued by Puerto Rico's power company, which many believe will be the first to restructure...

July 23, 2014 - 9:28am
4 min 8 sec ago

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A plane landing in stormy weather crashed outside an airport on a small Taiwanese island late Wednesday, and the transport minister said 47 people were trapped and feared dead.

Another 11 people were injured when the ATR-72 operated by Taiwan's TransAsia Airways crashed on Penghu, an island in the Taiwan Strait between Taiwan and China, Transport Minister Yeh Kuang-shih was quoted as saying by the government's Central News Agency. The plane was...

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