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August 21, 2014 - 7:06am
3 min 26 sec ago

NEW DELHI (AP) — A crowded minibus veered off a mountain road and fell into a gorge Thursday, killing at least 22 people in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, a district official said.

Santu Lal said police and volunteers pulled 22 bodies from the 500-foot (150-meter) -deep gorge near Sangla town in the Himalayan foothills.

Rescuers used ropes to climb down into the gorge and pull out 17 people who were injured, Lal said....

August 21, 2014 - 7:02am
3 min 26 sec ago

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese police say the death toll from rain-triggered landslides on the outskirts of Hiroshima city has risen to 39, with 51 people still missing.

Search efforts continued Thursday, a day after a series of landslides crushed dozens of houses, burying residents underneath them.

Hillsides caved in or were swept down into residential areas in at least five valleys in the suburbs of the western Japanese city after heavy rains left slopes...

August 21, 2014 - 7:02am
3 min 26 sec ago

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish officials have complained to the organizers of the European Swimming Championships in Berlin after an announcer introduced the Polish team by joking that they would return home with stolen cars.

Poland's Foreign Ministry said its embassy in Berlin was asking for a clarification on the matter and possible "consequences" for the announcer.

Andrzej Kowalski, the president of the Polish Swimming Federation, told the Polish...

August 21, 2014 - 6:47am
3 min 26 sec ago

BEIJING (AP) — Five people stood trial Thursday in the beating death of a woman at a McDonald's restaurant in eastern China who reportedly refused to join their anti-Communist Christian sect — a high-profile crime that led to a wave of arrests of cult suspects.

The five members of the "All-powerful Spirit" group, including a man and his two daughters, were accused of hitting the woman with chairs and a metal pole after she refused to give them her phone number, in...

August 21, 2014 - 6:38am
3 min 26 sec ago

BERLIN (AP) — Authorities in Germany have arrested a hospital doctor on suspicion he drugged and sexually abused female patients participating in a fake clinical study he set up.

German news agency dpa reported Thursday that the unidentified 48-year-old worked at a clinic in the Bavarian town of Bamberg.

Prosecutors accuse him of pretending to conduct the clinical study in order to prey on his victims.

The case came to light...

August 21, 2014 - 6:33am
3 min 26 sec ago

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Five troops were killed and two civilians died in the past 24 hours in rebel-held areas of eastern Ukraine as government troops pressed to recapture more territory from pro-Russian separatists.

Ukrainian troops have made significant advances into rebel-held territory this week in a conflict that has already claimed more than 2,000 lives and forced over 340,000 people to flee their homes. Ukraine celebrates Independence Day on Sunday and reports are...

August 21, 2014 - 6:29am
3 min 26 sec ago

NEW DELHI (AP) — India's most famous prisoner of conscience has walked free after nearly 14 years in jail but vowed to continue the hunger strike that landed her in prison for attempted suicide, her brother said Thursday.

Irom Sharmila, 42, has not eaten a single morsel of food voluntarily since November 2000, when she began her protest against an Indian law that suspends many human rights protections in areas of conflict. She was arrested three days later on charges of...

August 21, 2014 - 6:27am
3 min 26 sec ago

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Officials from the World Health Organization are visiting two hospitals treating Ebola patients in Liberia, where authorities have sealed off entire neighborhoods in an effort to stop the outbreak.

After clashes between protesters and security forces in the sealed-off slum of West Point, calm returned Thursday. A nationwide nighttime curfew appeared to have been put in place without major incident.

Ebola has killed more than...

August 21, 2014 - 6:09am
3 min 26 sec ago

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Flooding in Cambodia has killed at least 45 people since last month, officials said Thursday.

About 11,500 people have also been forced from their homes by the flash floods along the Mekong River since July 30, the National Committee for Disaster Management said in a report.

The deaths and displacements were caused by heavy rains which have affected 12 provinces in the north and northeast.

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August 21, 2014 - 5:42am
3 min 26 sec ago

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian news agencies reported Thursday that the country's food safety agency will conduct checks on McDonald's restaurants in the Urals following food safety complaints, a day after four branches of the chain were shuttered in Moscow.

Natalya Lukyantseva, an official in the Sverdlovsk regional office of the agency, told RIA Novosti and Interfax that unplanned checks were being carried out in a number of restaurants after residents voiced safety concerns....

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