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July 30, 2016 - 10:36pm
1 hour 27 min ago

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's capital is voting for its leader after two predecessors resigned over money scandals as Tokyo prepares to host the 2020 Olympics.

Tokyo, with a population of more than 13 million people and an annual budget bigger than Sweden's, is voting for its governor Sunday.

Among top candidates are former defense minister Yuriko Koike, journalist Shuntaro Torigoe and former rural governor Hiroya Masuda.

If Koike wins,...

July 30, 2016 - 6:25pm
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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The IOC has set up a special three-person panel to make a final ruling on which individual Russian athletes are allowed to compete in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

The International Olympic Committee's ruling executive board made the decision Saturday in its final meeting before the opening of the Rio Games next Friday.

IOC spokesman Mark Adams says the panel will decide on the entry of the Russian athletes who have been put...

July 30, 2016 - 3:19pm
7 hours 57 min ago

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Authorities in Congo have provisionally released a popular musician detained this week after being accused of assaulting a female member of his band.

Rumba musician Koffi Olomide said on his Twitter page Saturday that he has been released and is at home with family. He thanked those who supported him. His lawyer Tony Mwaba Kazadi confirmed the development.

Olomide was jailed Tuesday on a charge of intentional assault and he...

July 30, 2016 - 3:05pm
7 hours 57 min ago

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's governor has signed a bill letting the island's 78 municipal governments share administrative services as a cost-saving measure amid a deep fiscal crisis.

The measure amends a 1991 law to let local governments set up agreements between two or more municipalities to cooperate on finance, public works and other areas, instead of each town having a department for each service.

Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla said...

July 30, 2016 - 2:22pm
9 hours 27 min ago

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian officials have held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a much-delayed $3 billion subway expansion in Rio de Janeiro less than a week before the Olympic Games begin.

Line 4 of the subway is billed as Rio's most important infrastructure project linked to the Olympics. It will transport hundreds of thousands of athletes and fans between the city's iconic beaches and Barra da Tijuca, home to most sporting venues.

Officials...

July 30, 2016 - 1:02pm
9 hours 37 min ago

LONDON (AP) — London is under Harry Potter's spell once more — and J.K. Rowling hopes the rest of the world will eventually follow.

The stage play "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" had its gala opening Saturday in London's West End, and is already the theater event of the year.

If the boy wizard's creator has her way, that will only be the beginning. On the red carpet outside the Palace Theater, Rowling said: "I'd like as many Potter fans to see it...

July 30, 2016 - 12:21pm
1 hour 27 min ago

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia's parliament has passed a vote of no confidence in Prime Minister Habib Essid, effectively disbanding the government of the U.S.-trained agricultural economist.

The no-confidence motion was passed by 118 votes, easily passing the country's 109 vote threshold, after an hours-long debate that stretched late into the night.

Tunisia is the only country to successfully transition to a parliamentary democracy following the...

July 30, 2016 - 12:21pm
9 hours 37 min ago

CAIRO (AP) — A delegation from the International Monetary Fund has arrived in Egypt, responding to a request for a multibillion dollar bailout for the country's flagging economy.

Cairo airport officials say IMF mission chief for Egypt, Christopher Jarvis, led the team that arrived Saturday and which would meet government officials later in the day. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not allowed to brief reporters.

IMF did not...

July 30, 2016 - 12:20pm
9 hours 37 min ago

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Fighting has broken out in northeastern Mali between a coalition of Tuareg rebels and a Tuareg group allied with the government of this West African country.

Fahad Ag Almahmoud, secretary-general for GATIA, the government-allied group, said the fighting happened Saturday in Edjerer, about 50 kilometers (31 miles) northeast of Kidal against the Coordination of Azawad Movements, a coalition of groups seeking autonomy in northern Mali that includes...

July 30, 2016 - 11:50am
9 hours 37 min ago

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia will immediately appeal the decision to ban all eight of its weightlifters from the Rio de Janeiro Olympics for doping.

Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutkov told Match TV on Saturday that the country will appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport this weekend.

The International Weightlifting Federation issued the ban on Friday for what it called "extremely shocking" results that brought the sport into "disrepute."...

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