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July 24, 2014 - 9:58am
1 min 20 sec ago

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's most famous motor racing track just got an extension.

The South African unit of sports car maker Porsche bought the Kyalami race track for $19.5 million at an auction Thursday, easing concerns among racing enthusiasts that the winning bidder would tear up the track and build office or commercial buildings in its place.

Auction director Lance Chalwin-Milton says Kyalami will remain as a racing track....

July 24, 2014 - 9:55am
1 min 20 sec ago

BERLIN (AP) — Police in Germany have arrested a midwife on suspicion of attempted murder, alleging that she administered a blood thinner to women undergoing cesarean sections.

Munich police said Thursday that a hospital in the city alerted prosecutors after bleeding during four C-sections between April and June aroused staff's suspicions. An internal investigation by the hospital concluded that the women had been given high doses of heparin, which is used to prevent...

July 24, 2014 - 9:46am
1 min 20 sec ago

DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — War literally came to Alexander Litvinenko's living room, when a missile punched a gaping hole into the wall of his ninth-floor apartment. The 53-year-old college philosophy teacher had just stepped into his study to check the news online, barely escaping death.

Others in the residential neighborhood in northwest Donetsk were less fortunate. Five civilians were killed and 12 injured in fighting between Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russian...

July 24, 2014 - 9:15am
1 min 20 sec ago

VIENNA (AP) — Federal and local law enforcement agencies in Austria are investigating an incident in which pro-Palestinian protesters stormed the pitch during a football match between an Israeli club and a French team.

Players and protesters clashed on the field late Wednesday in Bischofshofen, near Salzburg, in a pre-season friendly late Wednesday between Maccabi Haifa and French side Lille. No injuries were reported.

Police said Thursday the...

July 24, 2014 - 9:12am
21 min 24 sec ago

XIXI, Taiwan (AP) — An airline in Taiwan says stormy weather that trailed behind a typhoon was the likely cause of yesterday's plane crash that killed 48 people.

Disaster crews today have been digging through the rubble of the plane's cabin and parts of the eight stone houses that were destroyed in the crash. Ten people on the plane and five on the ground survived with injuries.

The crash took place as the plane tried to land on one of the islands in...

July 24, 2014 - 9:07am
21 min 24 sec ago

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Polish government has canceled plans for a year of cultural celebrations with Russia out of anger with Russian actions in Ukraine.

The Foreign Ministry said it summoned the Russian ambassador on Thursday to inform him of the decision.

Poland and Russia had planned to devote 2015 to events in each country celebrating the other's culture. They were meant to improve ties between the countries following years of tensions....

July 24, 2014 - 9:02am
21 min 24 sec ago

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Officials say heavy rain has been reported in the area where a plane carrying 116 people disappeared from radar today over the African country of Mali. The Air Algerie flight was on its way from neighboring Burkina Faso to Algeria.

France's transport minister says the crew's last message asked air control to change the plane's route because of the heavy rains in the area.

The plane was being operated by the Spanish airline...

July 24, 2014 - 8:56am
21 min 24 sec ago

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Appeals judges at the International Criminal Court have upheld a decision that allows Libyan authorities to put on trial a former intelligence chief from Moammar Gadhafi's era.

The appeals panel confirmed Thursday that the case against Abdullah al-Senoussi should not be handled by the Hague-based court because prosecutors in Libya are pursuing similar charges against him.

The ICC indicted Al-Senoussi in 2011 on charges...

July 24, 2014 - 8:33am
31 min 25 sec ago

BERLIN (AP) — The European Aviation Safety Agency has lifted a recommendation that airlines refrain from flying to Tel Aviv airport.

The agency said Thursday it is now recommending that national authorities base decisions on flying to Israel's main airport "on thorough risk assessments, in particular using risk analysis made by operators."

EASA had said late Tuesday that it "strongly recommends" that airlines refrain from operating flights to and...

July 24, 2014 - 7:49am
31 min 25 sec ago

LONDON (AP) — A commonly used morning-after pill is suitable for use by heavier women, the European Medicines Agency said Thursday after a review of the evidence sparked by the French manufacturer's declaration that the drugs didn't work in women weighing more than 80 kilograms (176 pounds).

Last November, HRA Pharma changed the labels on its morning-after pill Norlevo, marketed in 50 countries, saying it was ineffective in women over 80 kilograms after a study of...

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