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August 8, 2014 - 4:17pm
1 week 6 days ago

SAO PAULO (AP) — Women seeking education jobs in Brazil's most populous state should not be required to submit to gynecological exams or prove their virginity in order to work, according to women's rights advocates who denounced the practice on Friday.

The education department of Sao Paulo state requires female prospective teachers to undergo a pap smear in order to prove they are free of a variety of cancers, or to present a doctor's statement verifying they have not...

August 8, 2014 - 4:04pm
1 week 6 days ago

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A three-day truce in Gaza has come to an end, with the resumption of rocket attacks against Israel and Israeli airstrikes that Palestinian officials say killed at least five Palestinians, including three children.

Gaza militants refused to extend the truce after talks between Israel and Hamas, brokered by Egypt, hit a deadlock.

Hamas officials say they're ready to continue the talks, but Israel says it won't negotiate...

August 8, 2014 - 3:57pm
1 week 6 days ago

ROME (AP) — Italy has moved ahead with plans to block big cruise ships from sailing past Venice's historic center, authorizing an environmental study for an alternate route that it hopes will still satisfy the city's key tourism industry.

Cruise ships currently can pass within 300 meters (1,000 feet) of Venice's iconic St. Mark's Square, granting a stunning view to those aboard but presenting a jarring sight against the backdrop of Venice's Byzantine architecture....

August 8, 2014 - 3:55pm
1 week 6 days ago

NEW DELHI (AP) — American officials say the U.S. launched a second round of airstrikes against Islamic State targets near Irbil on Friday, using drones and fighter jets.

The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to discuss the strikes by name, say unmanned aircraft struck a mortar near Irbil and four Navy F/A-18 fighter jets struck a seven-vehicle convoy outside Irbil. The jets flew off the USS George HW Bush aircraft carrier....

August 8, 2014 - 3:39pm
1 week 5 days ago

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Myanmar seeking to calm tensions in the South China Sea between China and its smaller neighbors.

Amid concerns about recent provocative steps taken by China and others regarding several disputed territories in the sea, Kerry opened talks with senior Southeast Asian officials at a regional security forum here at which the conflicting claims are expected to be high on the agenda.


August 8, 2014 - 3:06pm
1 week 6 days ago

BAGHDAD (AP) — Hundreds of women from the Yazidi religious minority have been taken captive by Sunni militants with "vicious plans," an Iraqi official said Friday, further underscoring the dire plight of Iraq's minorities at the hands of the Islamic State group.

Kamil Amin, the spokesman for Iraq's Human Rights Ministry, said hundreds of Yazidi women below the age of 35 are being held in schools in Iraq's second largest city, Mosul. He said the ministry learned of the...

August 8, 2014 - 3:02pm
1 week 6 days ago

MONCTON, New Brunswick (AP) — A man charged with fatally shooting three Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers and wounding two others in June pleaded guilty Friday to first-degree murder charges.

Justin Bourque, 24, also pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted murder. He recently was found competent and mentally fit to stand trial.

Members of his family declined comment as they left court.

The June 4 killings and ensuing...

August 8, 2014 - 2:55pm
1 week 6 days ago

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — The son of a Canadian couple arrested in China on suspicion of stealing state secrets about military and national defense research said Friday the situation is "mindboggling."

Kevin Garratt, 54, and Julia Dawn Garratt, 53, are being investigated by the state security bureau in China's northeastern city of Dandong, which borders North Korea, according to the official Xinhua News Agency.

Son Simeon Garratt, 27, said...

August 8, 2014 - 2:40pm
1 week 6 days ago

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — A provincial music teacher in Argentina emerged in public Friday for the first time since being abruptly thrust into the limelight as a symbol of his country's reckoning with the brutal dictatorship of the 1970s and 1980s.

Ignacio Hurban introduced himself to the public as the long-sought grandson of Estela de Carlotto, a human rights activist who has spent the past 36 years searching for him and other children taken from their parents...

August 8, 2014 - 2:23pm
1 week 6 days ago

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is sending a personal envoy to Iraq to show solidarity with Christians who have been forced from their homes by Islamic militants.

Cardinal Fernando Filoni, the Vatican's ambassador in Baghdad during the Iraqi war, said Friday that his aim will be to offer spiritual help to those forced to leave their homes.

Details of his trip are still being worked out. Filoni acknowledged in an interview with Vatican Radio that the...

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