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July 3, 2015 - 7:13am
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BEIJING (AP) — Beijing's municipal government says air pollution in the capital improved during the first six months of 2015.

It said the concentration of PM 2.5 — tiny airborne particles that are particularly harmful to human health — dropped by 15.2 percent from a year earlier to an average of 77.7 micrograms per cubic meter during the first half of the year.

However, that level remains higher than the 10 micrograms per cubic meter average...

July 3, 2015 - 7:07am
2 days 18 hours ago

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Witnesses say two female suicide bombers killed 13 people at a crowded market and a military checkpoint in northeastern Nigeria.

It is the fourth attack this week in which more than 160 have been killed as Boko Haram Islamic extremists appear to follow an Islamic State group order to step up attacks in the holy month of Ramadan.

In the most deadly attack, the militants targeted several mosques in northeastern Kukawa town on...

July 3, 2015 - 7:06am
2 days 18 hours ago

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A court in Myanmar ordered a man linked to a 2013 bombing at one of the country's most prestigious hotels to serve life imprisonment plus five years of hard labor.

The October 2013 blast at the Trader's Hotel in Yangon ripped apart a guest room and wounded a 43-year-old American woman.

On Friday, a court in Yangon sentenced Saw Myint Lwin, 26, to life imprisonment for his role in the blast. He was also sentenced to five years...

July 3, 2015 - 7:05am
2 days 18 hours ago

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's foreign minister says he's hoping that new allegations of U.S. eavesdropping on senior German government officials' telephones can be clarified "as quickly as possible."

Frank-Walter Steinmeier told reporters in Berlin on Friday that Germany needs to continue to work closely with the United States on many international issues including negotiations over Iran's nuclear program, and he hoped for cooperation on explaining the details that were...

July 3, 2015 - 7:04am
2 days 18 hours ago

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Denmark's Parliament on Friday elected Pia Kjaersgaard, retired leader of the anti-immigration Danish People's Party, as its speaker, a largely ceremonial post.

First elected to the 179-seat Folketing in 1984, Kjaersgaard became deputy speaker three years ago.

In 1995, she co-founded the party that became Denmark's second largest in the June 18 election. It is seen as one of the trailblazers in a Europe-wide surge of...

July 3, 2015 - 7:03am
2 days 18 hours ago

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese airline says a Bangkok-bound flight has made an emergency landing after an engine fire warning lit up.

China Southern Airlines said Flight 3081, which took off from the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou on Friday afternoon, made the emergency landing in Sanya, a city in Hainan province. No fire was found in the engine.

It said 14 passengers had minor scrapes and two others received ankle injuries when they were evacuated...

July 3, 2015 - 7:03am
2 days 18 hours ago

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Rescue workers are winding down the search for survivors and bodies aboard a ferry that capsized shortly after departing from a central Philippine port, leaving 45 people dead.

Coast guard spokesman Armand Balilo said Friday all 187 passengers and crew members of the M/B Kim Nirvana have been accounted for a day after the vessel overturned in choppy waters off Ormoc city. He says 142 survived and there are no more reports of anyone missing....

July 3, 2015 - 6:43am
2 days 18 hours ago

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan inaugurated a mosque on the grounds of his gigantic palace complex and opened it to the public in an apparent effort to stave off more criticism over his spending.

Erdogan, who has been accused of squandering state resources by building the 1,150-room presidential palace, on Friday dedicated the mosque to the people.

The "Bestepe People's Mosque" can accommodate 3,000 worshippers and is one...

July 3, 2015 - 6:30am
2 days 18 hours ago

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The U.N. refugee agency says changes to Hungary's asylum system being rushed through parliament and the government's plan to build a fence on the border with Serbia could have "fatal consequences" for refugees fleeing war.

Montserrat Feixas Vihe, the UNHCR regional representative in Central Europe, says in an open letter to Hungarian lawmakers published Friday that while every country has the right to defend its borders and protect its citizens,...

July 3, 2015 - 6:19am
2 days 18 hours ago

PARIS (AP) — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has failed in a bid to win asylum in France.

Assange wrote a letter to French President Francois Hollande published in Le Monde on Friday, appealing to France's history as a beacon for the repressed. He noted that WikiLeaks recently revealed that the U.S. National Security Agency spied on Hollande and his two predecessors.

Hollande quickly said "no" to the request. In a statement, his office noted that...

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