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July 25, 2014 - 9:41am
9 hours 4 min ago

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian security forces say they have arrested a suspected internet fraudster accused of stealing nearly $6 million from people who thought were paying fees to apply for government jobs.

Emmanuel Okeh, a spokesman for the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps said Friday that the suspect, Michael Ogun, 44, is accused of using Facebook and other websites that appear to represent government agencies, including customs, immigration and security....

July 25, 2014 - 9:27am
7 hours 14 min ago

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey inaugurated a high-speed rail service Friday linking Ankara to Istanbul which will cut travel time between the country's main two cities by half. The launch suffered a mishap however, with a technical fault causing the train to stop for 15 minutes until it was repaired.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and other dignitaries opened the service, making the first high-speed journey with stops at two stations along the way where the Turkish...

July 25, 2014 - 9:27am
7 hours 4 min ago

GENEVA (AP) — FIFA rejected calls to move the 2018 World Cup from Russia, saying the tournament "can achieve positive change."

Some lawmakers in Germany want the hosting rights reviewed because of Russia's alleged involvement in shooting down a Malaysia Airlines plane over Ukraine last week.

Political pressure on Russia increased Friday when the European Union sought to freeze assets and restrict travel for more individuals and businesses....

July 25, 2014 - 9:20am
9 hours 24 min ago

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A Ugandan police official says nine bodies have been discovered buried under four different sites in an ongoing investigation of mass graves in a western part of the country that had tribal violence recently.

Police Spokesman Fred Enanga said Friday that five of the victims were found in a grave in Bundibugyo district.

Local leaders say the victims are members of the Bakonzo tribe who were killed in reprisal attacks following...

July 25, 2014 - 9:02am
9 hours 4 min ago

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's losing presidential candidate filed complaints to the Constitutional Court on Friday, alleging that widespread irregularities at the polls damaged his chances of victory in the country that is Southeast Asia's largest economy.

The verdict is expected in August, but most analysts don't expect the election outcome to change. Outside observers found the vote to be general free and fair with minimal abnormalities.

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July 25, 2014 - 8:40am
9 hours 24 min ago

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union ambassadors reached a preliminary deal Friday on stepped-up sanctions against Russia, targeting its access to European capital markets and trade in the defense sector, dual-use goods and sensitive technologies.

EU spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic said the proposals were transmitted to EU officials to codify into regulations, with the ambassadors scheduled to meet again Tuesday to review the results. She said EU member states must decide whether...

July 25, 2014 - 8:32am
7 hours 24 min ago

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus' international creditors said Friday that the country's bailout program is making good progress as fiscal targets have been comfortably met, welfare reform has moved forward and more steps have been taken to shore up the banking sector.

But they urged authorities to tackle the high number of bad loans that are a drag on economic growth and job creation because they keep banks from lending.

In a statement issued after the...

July 25, 2014 - 8:26am
10 hours 24 min ago

CAIRO (AP) — Turbulent negotiations to broker a temporary truce in the Gaza Strip are continuing against the backdrop of fresh Israeli attacks on Palestinian militants.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met twice Friday in Cairo with U.N. chief Ban Ki-Moon and Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri to try to nail down a deal to bring a week-long pause in the fighting and begin as soon as this weekend.

It's part of a plan to phase in a lasting cease-...

July 25, 2014 - 8:24am
10 hours 34 min ago

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan (AP) — A former president of Kyrgyzstan has been convicted and sentenced in absentia to life in prison for his role in violently breaking up an opposition rally, resulting in 77 deaths.

The Supreme Court in this Central Asian nation on Friday found Kurmanbek Bakiyev guilty of orchestrating the response to street protests in April 2010.

Bakiyev was ousted in the mass uprising stoked by indignation over a stagnant economy and...

July 25, 2014 - 8:09am
10 hours 34 min ago

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia has announced a ban on all dairy imports from Ukraine starting next week, a move Kiev has dismissed as politically motivated.

The Russian agency in charge of agricultural products said Friday it is banning imports of Ukrainian dairy starting Monday because of numerous quality flaws found in its products. Russia is a key market for Ukrainian dairy products.

Ukrainian Agriculture Minister Ihor Shvaika described the ban to Interfax...

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