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July 26, 2014 - 2:07pm
3 min 36 sec ago

BEIRUT (AP) — An al-Qaida-linked group has released video of the first American believed to have carried out a suicide attack in Syria's civil war.

The video released by the Nusra Front shows the 22-year-old American (Moner Mohammad Abu-Salha) smiling and saying he looked forward to going to heaven.

The rebel group says he and three others carried out suicide attacks targeting Syrian army positions in the northwestern city of Idlib on May 25....

July 26, 2014 - 1:35pm
3 min 36 sec ago

CASERTA, Italy (AP) — Pope Francis has traveled to a southern Italian stronghold of a clan of mobsters who poisoned local farmlands by dumping illicitly trafficked toxic waste.

Francis made a late-afternoon visit Saturday to Caserta, the main town in the turf of the Casalesi crime clan of the Naples-area Camorra syndicate. During his homily outside the 18th-century Reggia palace, Caserta's main tourist attraction, Francis drew applause when he urged his flock to have "...

July 26, 2014 - 1:32pm
3 min 36 sec ago

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — The U.N.'s new human rights envoy for Myanmar has described conditions as deplorable in camps for persons displaced by sectarian strife, and warned that the country's human rights situation may be backsliding despite progress under three years of elected government.

Yanghee Lee spoke Saturday at the end of a 10-day fact-finding mission to Myanmar, her first in the capacity of U.N. rapporteur. She visited western Rakhine state, where since 2012,...

July 26, 2014 - 1:17pm
3 min 36 sec ago

BERLIN (AP) — German authorities have arrested a man suspected of sexually abusing children over the past two decades after finding a boy who had been missing for several weeks at his apartment.

Petra Hertwig, a prosecutor in the eastern city of Cottbus, told news agency dpa Saturday the 52-year-old man is suspected of 175 counts of sexual abuse. The cases go back as far as 1994.

The man was arrested after police on Friday found a mentally disabled...

July 26, 2014 - 12:55pm
13 min 34 sec ago

ABUJA (AP) — Nigerian officials say they are screening passengers arriving from foreign countries for symptoms of Ebola, after a traveler from Liberia died of the contagious disease in Lagos.

Aviation officials said Saturday they are screening passengers arriving from abroad and health officials are distributing information about how to identify Ebola symptoms.

Spokesman for Federal Aviation Authority of Nigeria Yakubu Dati says airports are also...

July 26, 2014 - 12:51pm
3 min 36 sec ago

MADRID (AP) — A former president of the Spanish region of Catalonia has admitted to concealing large sums of undeclared money in secret foreign bank accounts.

Jordi Pujol, who was president of the wealthy northeastern region from 1980 to 2003, has revealed he failed to declare the money to tax authorities "over a period of more than 30 years."

The 84-year-old Pujol apologized and said he was willing "to appear before tax authorities, or if needed,...

July 26, 2014 - 12:36pm
1 hour 23 min ago

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey's state-run news agency says an Istanbul court has charged 20 police officers with illegal wiretapping and ordered their arrest pending a trial.

The Anadolu Agency says 49 other officers are still waiting on Saturday to be questioned and face possible charges.

The officers were detained on July 22 in raids to their homes on suspicion of wiretapping officials, including Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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July 26, 2014 - 12:19pm
1 hour 33 min ago

MOSCOW (AP) — Although Russia has not responded to U.S. sanctions by putting a travel ban on President Barack Obama, there's one part of the country he's blocked from: Chechnya.

The president of the small Russian republic that was the scene of two devastating separatist wars in the past 20 years on Saturday said he was placing Obama on a list of people banned from visiting.

Also on the list are European Union figures Jose Manuel Barroso, Herbert Van...

July 26, 2014 - 12:16pm
1 hour 33 min ago

NIAGARA FALLS, Ontario (AP) — Aretha Franklin has some harsh words for a server who showed D-I-S-R-E-S-P-E-C-T by telling the Queen of Soul she wasn't allowed to eat her takeout inside the restaurant.

A spokesman for Franklin says the situation unfolded Tuesday at a Johnny Rockets restaurant on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls.

The spokesman says Franklin ordered a hamburger after performing a sold-out show. But he says the server screamed at...

July 26, 2014 - 11:48am
3 min 36 sec ago

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The family of two brothers killed in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 called the carrier rigid and bureaucratic Saturday, saying it has offered them no professional grief counselling in more than a week and refused to organize a flight home to Houston for the boys' grandmother.

Harun Calehr, the uncle of victims Miguel and Shaka Panduwinata, said the family's frustration has grown as they felt they had to haggle for help from the...

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