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August 11, 2014 - 11:04am
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DUBLIN (AP) — Authorities say dozens of small sailboats taking part in a Northern Ireland regatta have capsized in stormy seas, triggering an emergency evacuation involving several lifeboats and a helicopter from the neighboring Republic of Ireland.

Northern Ireland coast guard and lifeboat officials say about 10 people have been treated for hypothermia after their two-member sailboats tipped over in Strangford Lough. They say nobody has been reported missing....

August 11, 2014 - 11:01am
1 week 3 days ago

BANGKOK (AP) — A six-story building under construction on the outskirts of Thailand's capital collapsed Monday, killing three workers and trapping at least seven others underneath the rubble, police said.

Emergency teams rescued seven people from the site and were trying to free the rest, police Maj. Gen. Smithi Mookdasanit said.

Smithi said there were about 30 workers in the area at the time of the collapse. It was unclear what caused the accident...

August 11, 2014 - 9:41am
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TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A survivor in the Iranian plane crash that killed 39 people said Monday that one of the engines in the turboprop went out after takeoff, though authorities said they were still trying to determine what brought the plane down.

The crash in the Islamic Republic comes as its airlines fly aging aircraft and have trouble getting replacement parts, even though an interim deal on its contested nuclear program has loosened some economic sanctions....

August 11, 2014 - 8:56am
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LONDON (AP) — EDF Energy says it has shut down four nuclear reactors in England while engineers study the possibility of a technical issue in boiler units.

The units will be taken off line are in Hartlepool, in northeastern England, and in Heysham in the northwest. The move came after a fault was discovered in a boiler unit during a routine inspection.

Though EDF said Monday the problems are not considered a threat to public safety, the company...

August 11, 2014 - 8:44am
1 week 3 days ago

GENEVA (AP) — Three Israeli citizens were killed and five seriously injured after the minibus they were traveling in was hit by a train in central Switzerland, police said Monday.

The crash occurred near the town of Wolfenschiessen, about 50 kilometers (30 miles) south of Zurich, Nidwalden cantonal (state) police said in a statement. Nobody in the train was hurt.

Swiss public broadcaster SRF reported that the minibus, with four men and four women on...

August 11, 2014 - 8:25am
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MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Despite U.S. and Asian calls for self-restraint and new impetus for the resolution of territorial disputes involving China, a high-profile Asian security summit ended over the weekend where it began, with no solution of the rifts in sight.

China dismissed a new U.S. proposal for a freeze on hostile actions that could heighten tensions in the disputed South China Sea, leaving Washington unable to overturn an impression that it can do little to...

August 11, 2014 - 8:13am
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AMSTERDAM (AP) — Dutch officials said Monday they will push ahead with both an investigation into the cause of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 disaster and a criminal investigation into the persons responsible, despite not being able to access the site where the plane went down in eastern Ukraine.

Flight 17 was shot down July 17 above an area held by pro-Russia separatist rebels, killing all 298 aboard, most of them Dutch.

An international mission to...

August 11, 2014 - 7:58am
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HELSINKI (AP) — Former world champion Garry Kasparov failed in his bid to oust the eccentric longtime head of the World Chess Federation on Monday in a bitter contest steeped in Russian power plays.

Kasparov, a vocal critic of Vladimir Putin, was the sole challenger against Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, a wealthy businessman known to be supported by the Russian president. The vote was held on the sidelines of an international tournament in Norway.

Delegates at...

August 11, 2014 - 7:55am
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MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Liberia's world famous soccer star George Weah has produced a song to raise awareness about Ebola, the deadly disease ravaging West Africa.

Weah said he hopes the song will help stop the spread of Ebola, which has so far killed 961 in Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Nigeria. Nearly 2,000 people have been infected with the disease, and health officials have said they are struggling to contain it.

"Let us all arise and come...

August 11, 2014 - 7:49am
1 week 3 days ago

VATICAN CITY (AP) — When Pope Francis was a young Jesuit, he wanted to follow in the great Jesuit tradition and become a missionary in Asia. Health problems kept him home, but he is finally getting his chance, travelling to Asia as the world's most visible and popular Catholic missionary.

During his visit to South Korea this week, he'll bring a message of peace and reconciliation to the divided Korean peninsula and a call for young Catholics to take up the missionary...

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