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July 11, 2014 - 6:26am
1 min 5 sec ago

BERLIN (AP) — Police say a man has sustained life-threatening injuries after setting himself alight outside the Libyan Embassy in Berlin.

Police spokesman Stefan Redlich said the man, who apparently had a private dispute with the embassy, appeared there Friday morning with a bottle of lamp oil. Security staff called police; the man then poured oil over himself and set himself ablaze.

Embassy security staff and police officers arriving at the scene...

July 11, 2014 - 6:12am
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PRAGUE (AP) — An official says a Czech nuclear power plant has shut down one of its two reactors due to a fault on a cooling water pump.

Vaclav Brom, spokesman for the Temelin plant located near the border with Austria, says the reactor was shut down Thursday after the problem occurred in the non-nuclear part of the plant.

The country's nuclear authority says the problem poses no safety threat.

Brom said Friday it is not...

July 11, 2014 - 6:11am
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KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Authorities in Afghanistan say a roadside bombing has killed seven police officers in a western province.

Sayed Anwar Rahmati, the governor of Ghor province, said Friday that the blast struck the officers as they traveled in Charsada district. Rahmati said Thursday's blast was followed by a four hour gunbattle between Taliban fighters and police officers that killed eight suspected militants.

Rahmati said officials believe...

July 11, 2014 - 5:59am
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LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — Four Slovenian ski officials were suspended Friday for allegedly rigging the results of pop violinist Vanessa-Mae to help her qualify for the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Competing in Sochi for Thailand as Vanessa Vanakorn, using the surname of her Thai father, she finished a distant last among the 67 racers who completed the two runs in the Olympic giant slalom.

To earn enough points to be eligible for the games in February,...

July 11, 2014 - 5:51am
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BERLIN (AP) — Germany's foreign minister said Friday he will tell U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at a meeting this weekend that Berlin wants to reinvigorate the two countries' friendship "on an honest basis" after asking Washington's top spy to leave.

Thursday's decision to demand the departure of the intelligence representative at the U.S. Embassy in Berlin was "the right decision, a necessary step and an appropriate reaction to the breach of trust that has taken...

July 11, 2014 - 4:53am
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MOSCOW (AP) — Family members of a Russian man charged with hacking in the United States insist he is innocent and fear incarceration will kill him.

Roman Seleznev, son of a prominent Russian lawmaker, was arrested on bank fraud and other charges earlier this week. U.S. authorities allege that he hacked into computers at hundreds of retail businesses including the Phoenix Zoo.

Seleznev's father, Valery, told a televised news conference on Friday that...

July 11, 2014 - 4:45am
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PAMPLONA, Spain (AP) — An American and a Briton were among seven people injured Friday as hundreds of daredevils took part in the fifth running of the bulls at Spain's San Fermin festival in Pamplona.

The Spanish Red Cross said no one was gored in the hair-raising run but many runners could be seen slipping and falling on top of each other on the wet, cobblestone route. Some were trampled on by the half-ton beasts.

A Navarra regional government...

July 11, 2014 - 4:37am
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LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Senior Portuguese officials gave assurances Friday about the soundness of Portugal's biggest bank, seeking to defuse tension after world markets went into a spin over fears that Banco Espirito Santo's troubles could reignite Europe's financial difficulties.

Banco Espirito Santo also tried to allay investor concerns that it is at risk from potential defaults on loans it made to ailing companies in its financial and industrial group. It said late...

July 11, 2014 - 4:27am
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WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's center-right government of Prime Minister Donald Tusk has survived a confidence vote called by the opposition over the leaked conversations of some leaders.

The vote on Friday went 236-155 in the government's favor in the Sejm, or lower house of parliament. The result is a setback for Jaroslaw Kaczynski, head of the nationalist Law and Justice party, who called the vote. Kaczynski accuses Tusk of dragging Poland into a political crisis and...

July 11, 2014 - 4:16am
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MOSCOW (AP) — Russian officials say they have closed three major border crossings in the wake of heavy fighting in Ukraine.

Russian news agencies on Friday quoted Vasily Malayev, spokesman for the Federal Security Service in the Rostov region, as saying that three crossings east of Donetsk were temporarily closed late Thursday night because of fighting on the other side.

Ukraine says it regained control of one crossing which had been controlled by...

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