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August 2, 2015 - 10:43am
11 min 18 sec ago

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran will stop giving cash handouts to another million of its wealthiest citizens in order to ease a budget crisis caused in part by sanctions linked to its disputed nuclear program.

State TV quoted Labor and Social Welfare Minister Ali Rabiei as saying Sunday that the cuts will be implemented by Aug. 22.

An earlier removal of 1 million people from the rolls freed up $15 million a month.

The government has...

August 2, 2015 - 10:29am
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TORONTO (AP) — Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has triggered an election campaign and set the vote for Oct. 19.

Harper and his Conservative party are seeking a fourth term after almost a decade in power. The prime minister dissolved Parliament Sunday.

Harper, in power since 2006, has managed to nudge an instinctively center-left country to the right. He has gradually lowered sales and corporate taxes, avoided climate change legislation,...

August 2, 2015 - 10:29am
11 min 18 sec ago

JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli hospital spokeswoman says a teenage girl stabbed by an anti-gay extremist in last week's attack on Jerusalem's gay pride parade has died.

Hadar Elboim of Hadassah hospital said the 16-year-old succumbed to her wounds Sunday and that her organs will be donated.

The girl, identified as Shira Banki, was among six people wounded Thursday by an ultra-Orthodox Jewish man who had carried out a similar attack on a gay pride parade...

August 2, 2015 - 10:01am
11 min 18 sec ago

COTONOU, Benin (AP) — Benin's president says the country will contribute 800 troops to a regional force intended to combat the Nigeria-based Islamic extremist group Boko Haram.

Thomas Boni Yayi made the announcement Saturday during a visit from Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari.

Deployment of the regional force has been delayed for lack of funds. At a meeting in Cameroon in February, Nigeria and a group of neighboring countries that also includes...

August 2, 2015 - 9:42am
11 min 18 sec ago

BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — A United Nations spokesman says one peacekeeper was killed and eight were injured after they came under attack by unidentified armed men in the capital.

Hamadoun Toure said the attack early Sunday morning in Bangui's PK5 district occurred as the peacekeepers were attempting to carry out an arrest warrant issued by the public prosecutor.

He declined to disclose the target of the warrant or the nationality of the...

August 2, 2015 - 9:20am
11 min 18 sec ago

ST.PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Police in St. Petersburg have briefly detained several gay activists, who have held pickets in defense of gay rights on a Russian military holiday.

Police on Sunday rounded up Yuri Gavrikov, the leader of a gay rights group, as he left his home to hold a one-man picket in front of the Hermitage Museum.

Several other gay activists, who held individual pickets on the square, were assailed by veterans of Russian Airborne...

August 2, 2015 - 9:14am
11 min 18 sec ago

LONDON (AP) — Police say big-voiced British singer and TV host Cilla Black has died aged 72.

Spanish police said Sunday that the singer, who had a home in Estepona, southern Spain, died Saturday.

Born Priscilla White, Black worked as a teenager in the cloakroom of Liverpool's Cavern Club, where her musical talent was spotted by The Beatles.

Signed by the Fab Four's manager, Brian Epstein, she had a string of 1960s and '70s hits,...

August 2, 2015 - 9:11am
11 min 18 sec ago

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's counterterrorism agency says its forces in North Caucasus have killed eight militants who had sworn allegiance to the Islamic State group.

The Anti-Terrorist Committee said Sunday that the militants killed in combat in the province of Ingushetia west of Chechnya were involved in a series of attacks on police. It added that they had recently swore an oath of allegiance to IS.

The agency said those killed included the group's...

August 2, 2015 - 9:07am
11 min 17 sec ago

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Authorities in Zimbabwe allege that a second American killed a lion in an illegal hunt with a bow and arrow several months ago, amid an international outcry over a U.S. hunter accused of illegally killing a well-known lion named Cecil in early July.

The National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority issued a statement Sunday saying the second American was involved in an illegal bow and arrow hunt of a lion in April.

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August 2, 2015 - 9:06am
11 min 17 sec ago

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine have sought to assuage concerns that a cache of radioactive waste at a local chemical factory could pose a threat.

Andrei Purgin, a rebel leader in Donetsk, said Sunday, according to Russian news reports, that the rebel leadership would welcome monitors from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe to check the site's condition.

Rebel military spokesman Eduard Basurin said that the...

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