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August 18, 2014 - 4:50pm
1 week 3 days ago

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — President Barack Obama will host a summit meeting of the U.N. Security Council next month to focus on the threat posed by foreign terrorist fighters like the ones now taking part in combat in Iraq and Syria, the U.S. administration announced Monday.

The United States holds the Security Council presidency in September and the Obama administration said the president is inviting leaders of the 14 other council nations to attend the summit during the...

August 18, 2014 - 4:29pm
1 week 4 days ago

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico says it expects to put out for bid $4.9 billion in electrical generation and natural gas pipeline projects as part of the opening of the nation's state-run energy sector.

The Federal Electricity Commission wants to build several power plants, but didn't set a date for the opening of bidding.

Commission director Enrique Ochoa said Monday the bidding will be open to private and foreign firms.

The...

August 18, 2014 - 3:37pm
1 week 4 days ago

REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — Iceland has raised its alert level for the risk of a possible volcanic eruption to orange —the second-most severe level.

The warning comes amid swarms of earthquakes that have taken place since Saturday in Bardabunga — a subglacial stratovolcano located under Iceland's largest glacier.

Roads nearby have been closed amid fears an eruption could lead to massive flooding.

Scientists said Monday there are...

August 18, 2014 - 3:01pm
1 week 4 days ago

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Poachers killed an estimated 100,000 elephants across Africa between 2010 and 2012, a huge spike in the continent's death rate of the world's largest mammals because of an increased demand for ivory in China and other Asian nations, a new study published Monday found.

Warnings about massive elephant slaughters have been ringing for years, but Monday's study is the first to scientifically quantify the number of deaths across the continent by...

August 18, 2014 - 2:29pm
1 week 4 days ago

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — There suddenly are deep discounts available at the once-thriving gun bazaar in Irbil.

The price of an Austrian Glock pistol fell $500 to $3,000. An AK-47 is now $2,000, also down $500. And then there's another version of an AK-47 named "the Osama" after the late al-Qaida leader who famously preferred the model, now being sold for the bargain price of $2,700, down from $3,500.

Dealers say that sales of weapons at the market have...

August 18, 2014 - 2:24pm
1 week 4 days ago

LONDON (AP) — Scotland's pro-independence leader is insisting his campaign is headed for victory — one month before the historic Sept. 18 referendum.

First Minister Alex Salmond told The Associated Press on Monday that those seeking independence have always been the underdogs.

But Salmond seemed buoyant after new polls suggest that Scotland's voters are only narrowly divided on whether to leave the United Kingdom. However, polls consistently show...

August 18, 2014 - 1:59pm
1 week 4 days ago

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis opened the way Monday to a quick beatification for Oscar Romero, saying there are no more doctrinal problems blocking the process for the slain Salvadoran archbishop who is one of the heroes of the liberation theology movement in Latin America.

Romero, the archbishop of San Salvador, was gunned down in 1980 while celebrating Mass. He had spoken out against repression by the Salvadoran army at the beginning of the country's 1980-...

August 18, 2014 - 1:58pm
1 week 4 days ago

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis has confirmed he wants to go to the United States next year and is considering a three-city trip in September 2015: Philadelphia for a family rally, Washington to address Congress and New York to speak at the United Nations.

Francis said there was a proposal to tag Mexico onto the trip so he could visit the Madonna of Guadalupe shrine beloved by Mexican Catholics, "but it's not sure."

Francis made the comments Monday while...

August 18, 2014 - 1:46pm
1 week 4 days ago

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia executed four people from the same family Monday for attempting to smuggle "large quantities" of hashish into the kingdom, officials and a rights group said.

The Interior Ministry said they were executed in southern Najran province near Yemen after they were found guilty by three courts, including an appeals court.

An Associated Press tally shows their deaths bring to 32 the number of people executed this year...

August 18, 2014 - 1:42pm
1 week 4 days ago

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A Pakistan opposition politician announced Monday he will lead thousands of protesters into the capital's high-security "Red Zone" as his 48-hour deadline for the government to step down ends, heightening the danger of a violent confrontation.

Imran Khan, a former cricket legend who heads parliament's third-largest political bloc, made the announcement at a rally in Islamabad calling for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to step down over alleged voting fraud...

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