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July 9, 2014 - 9:17am
16 hours 15 min ago

PARIS (AP) — France plans to ban citizens suspected of links to radical Islamic groups from leaving the country in a new bill aimed at strengthening anti-terrorist legislation.

The draft bill unveiled Wednesday would allow authorities to stop French nationals from traveling if they are suspected of having links to a jihadist network. It would also allow investigators to question and charge people with individual terrorist plans, often described as "lone wolves."...

July 9, 2014 - 9:01am
12 hours 25 min ago

PARIS (AP) — French prosecutors want activists who bared their breasts in Notre Dame Cathedral to pay thousands of euros in fines for damages.

Nine activists from feminist group Femen pounded a huge church bell in the landmark Paris cathedral in February 2013 to express anger at the Catholic Church's opposition to gay marriage, and to "celebrate" the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI.

The activists, wearing T-shirts and garlands, went on trial in...

July 9, 2014 - 8:57am
16 hours 45 min ago

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian lawyer for former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden says his client has applied to extend his stay in Russia.

Anatoly Kucherena said in comments quoted Wednesday by Russian news agencies that Snowden has applied to Russia's migration authorities since his one-year permit is expiring at the end of July.

Snowden got stranded in a Moscow airport last year on his way from Hong Kong to Cuba, shortly after he...

July 9, 2014 - 8:50am
16 hours 45 min ago

LONDON (AP) — Britain's Daily Mail has apologized to George Clooney over a story that claimed his fiancee's mother opposed the marriage on religious grounds.

Clooney is engaged to London lawyer Amal Alamuddin, who comes from a family of Druse — adherents of a monotheistic religion based mainly in Lebanon, Syria and Israel.

The Daily Mail, citing unnamed sources, reported that her mother Baria Alamuddin wanted her daughter to marry a Druse man....

July 9, 2014 - 8:36am
7 hours 55 min ago

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Hundreds of people turned out in Sarajevo's main street on Wednesday to pay respect to 175 victims of the Srebrenica massacre — Europe's worst since World War II — as a truck carried their coffins to a final resting place.

The remains of the men and boys, found in mass graves and identified through DNA analysis, will be buried in Srebrenica on Friday, the 19th anniversary of the massacre, next to 6,066 previously found victims....

July 9, 2014 - 8:35am
10 hours 55 min ago

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Warsaw's mayor said Wednesday she fired the head of a maternity hospital who refused to perform or facilitate an abortion of a badly deformed fetus for reasons of conscience.

The case — which saw the recently delivered baby put under intensive care with major brain and skull deformity — has stirred wide debate in Polish media, raising questions about the boundaries of faith in public life in a country that is traditionally Catholic but increasingly...

July 9, 2014 - 8:27am
17 hours 5 min ago

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Officials say two small planes have collided in the air in central Poland, killing two people.

Firefighters spokesman Pawel Fratczak said the collision took place Wednesday near the city of Radom, 100 kilometers (60 miles) south of Warsaw.

Fratczak said each plane carried two people. He said one fell to the ground and burst into flames, killing both on board, while the two in the other plane were injured.


July 9, 2014 - 8:18am
17 hours 5 min ago

MOSCOW (AP) — Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden has applied to extend his stay in Russia, his lawyer said Wednesday.

Anatoly Kucherena told The Associated Press that Snowden applied to Russia's migration authorities "a long time ago" since his one-year permit is expiring at the end of July.

Kucherena refused to say what kind of migration status his client is seeking, saying that it is up to the Federal Migration Service to...

July 9, 2014 - 7:54am
17 hours 25 min ago

TOKYO (AP) — The strong typhoon that slammed through Okinawa has swerved toward Japan's heavily populated central islands.

It's forecast to hit Kyushu island tomorrow and could travel across the main island of Honshu, which includes the major cities of Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka. The torrents of rainfall expected could trigger landslides and floods, and much of eastern Japan could see lightning and possibly tornadoes.

Local governments have issued...

July 9, 2014 - 7:50am
7 hours 55 min ago

VIENNA (AP) — Iran said Wednesday it wants to greatly expand its uranium enrichment program despite Western fears that it could be used to make atomic arms.

The position outlined by Iranian nuclear agency head Ali Akbar Salehi appeared to be the most detailed yet of what Tehran wants at its closed-door negotiations with six world powers. It also highlighted the huge obstacles in the way of an agreement by a July 20 target date, since the world powers want Iran to reduce...

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