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July 22, 2014 - 2:55pm
8 min 28 sec ago

HAMILTON, Ontario (AP) — Twenty members of a Hungarian human trafficking ring that brought people to Canada from eastern Europe have been deported.

Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney said Tuesday the ring's victims were forced to work illegally, live in deplorable conditions without adequate food and were intimidated or attacked repeatedly.

Police previously said the victims were mostly poor Hungarians who were duped into coming to Canada and...

July 22, 2014 - 1:51pm
8 min 27 sec ago

LONDON (AP) — Actress Freida Pinto of "Slumdog Millionaire" fame has joined forces with girls' rights campaigners in calling for an end to the practice of female genital mutilation.

The Indian actress, an ambassador for an international children's development organization, called Tuesday for more progress to abolish the practice as she addressed Britain's inaugural "Girl Summit."

UNICEF, the United Nations' children agency, said some progress has...

July 22, 2014 - 1:35pm
1 hour 8 min ago

BERLIN (AP) — Germany and France's largest airlines Lufthansa and Air France say they're suspending all flights to Tel Aviv over safety concerns amid the increasing violence.

Lufthansa said Tuesday evening that it was suspending all Tel Aviv flights for 36 hours, including those operated by subsidiaries Germanwings, Austrian Airlines and Swiss. The company says it made the decision as a precaution to protect the safety of its passengers and crews.

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July 22, 2014 - 1:31pm
1 hour 8 min ago

CAIRO (AP) — The spokesman of Egypt's military says 20 "terrorists" carried out a deadly border post attack that killed 22 soldiers, the deadliest assault on Egypt's military in years.

A statement posted Tuesday on the official Facebook page of military spokesman Brig. Gen. Mohammed Samir said attackers driving four pickup trucks loaded with explosives first exchanged gunfire with soldiers at a border post in el-Wadi el-Gadid, Egypt's largest province bordering Libya and...

July 22, 2014 - 1:22pm
8 min 27 sec ago

BEIRUT (AP) — Fighters of an al-Qaida affiliate seized a northern border town in Syria from rival rebels, activists reported Tuesday, as new infighting threatened opposition gains.

The Nusra Front captured the town of Haram in northern Idlib province, said Rami Abdurrahman of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory. The town was seized after weeks of skirmishes between the Nusra Front and their one-time allies among the Western-backed rebel groups, who once united over...

July 22, 2014 - 12:56pm
1 hour 8 min ago

MILAN (AP) — Italian authorities have arrested five alleged human traffickers accused of murder in the deaths of dozens migrants who were either stabbed to death or perished of engine fume inhalation inside the overcrowded hold of a smuggling boat.

Italian police said the five people arrested in Sicily on Tuesday are accused of stabbing and throwing overboard some 60 men and women after passengers tried to escape the cargo hold, where many had been imprisoned....

July 22, 2014 - 12:42pm
1 hour 28 min ago

PARIS (AP) — The collision of a truck and a minibus near the northeastern French city of Troyes has left six people dead, including five children.

French President Francois Hollande issued a statement expressing his sadness and shock at Tuesday's accident in the town of Courteranges.

It's not immediately clear what caused the accident, and Hollande has asked for an investigation.

French TV showed footage of the small minibus...

July 22, 2014 - 12:39pm
1 hour 28 min ago

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said he no longer holds "direct" telephone conversations with U.S. President Barack Obama, suggesting a rift between the leaders who were once close.

In an interview with Turkey's ATV television late Monday, Erdogan said that "in the past, I used to call him directly. Because I was not able to get direct results on Syria, now our foreign ministers talk to each other."

Erdogan did...

July 22, 2014 - 11:47am
2 hours 28 min ago

BRAZZAVILLE, Republic of Congo (AP) — Observers say Central African Republic's peace talks are on hold after a rebel delegation failed to show up for the second day of meetings.

The development Tuesday marks a setback for regional mediators trying to negotiate a cease-fire in the country where thousands have died since sectarian violence exploded last December.

One participant who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak...

July 22, 2014 - 11:39am
2 hours 48 min ago

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — A Congolese government spokesman says a group of men armed with machetes has been repelled after trying to attack a military compound in the capital.

Spokesman Lambert Mende told The Associated Press on Tuesday afternoon that the situation was in control after reports of heavy gunfire near the Tshatshi military camp in Kinshasa.

Mende did not immediately have a toll for anyone killed or wounded in the attack....

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