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August 24, 2016 - 10:56pm
1 hour 29 min ago

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's navy says it has located a fuel tanker that was missing for a week after being taken from port by its disgruntled crew.

The navy said in a statement Thursday that the MT Vier Harmoni with 10 Indonesian crewmen was found off West Kalimantan on the island of Borneo.

It is being escorted to Tanjung Pinang, the provincial capital of the Riau islands, for further investigation.

Vier Abdul Jamal,...

August 24, 2016 - 10:12pm
1 hour 29 min ago

SYDNEY (AP) — Australian police are investigating whether a French man accused of fatally stabbing a British woman while shouting the Arabic phrase "Allahu akbar" had a romantic obsession with her.

Queensland Police Detective Superintendent Ray Rohweder said on Thursday that police had found no evidence the attack was motivated by extremism. But officials are looking into whether the suspect, 29-year-old Smail Ayad, had been rejected by 21-year-old Mia Ayliffe-Chung...

August 24, 2016 - 9:01pm
1 hour 29 min ago

SINGAPORE (AP) — The world's first self-driving taxis will be picking up passengers in Singapore starting Thursday.

Select members of the public will be able to hail a free ride through their smartphones in taxis operated by nuTonomy, an autonomous vehicle software startup based in Massachusetts and Singapore.

Multiple companies have been testing self-driving cars on public roads for several years. But nuTonomy says it will be the first to offer...

August 24, 2016 - 4:31pm
7 hours 29 min ago

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — France's deputy U.N. ambassador says an international team is blaming the Syrian government and Islamic State militants for chemical weapons attacks in the conflict-wracked nation during 2014 and 2015.

Alexis Lamek said the U.N. Security Council must take action against the perpetrators following Wednesday's report by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons-United Nations Joint Investigative Mechanism.

"It...

August 24, 2016 - 4:01pm
7 hours 29 min ago

MOSCOW (AP) — Moscow police say a man who claimed to have a bomb seized a bank in the center of Russia's capital and took four people hostage, but he later surrendered peacefully.

After an hours-long standoff Wednesday evening, police say the man, identified by Russian news organizations as a 55-year-old bankrupt businessman, released the hostages and gave himself up to police.

In video broadcast on Russian state television, he is shown inside a...

August 24, 2016 - 3:54pm
7 hours 29 min ago

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Officials in the Afghan capital say militants killed at least one person and wounded another 18 in an attack today on the American University of Afghanistan. They say security forces are still combing the campus in search of attackers.

An official with the Ministry of Public Health says a guard employed by the university was killed and that the wounded included a foreign teacher.

An AP photographer was in a classroom with 15...

August 24, 2016 - 3:13pm
7 hours 29 min ago

PARIS (AP) — France's former conservative president, Nicolas Sarkozy, has branded the full-body burkini swimsuits worn by some Muslim women a "provocation" that he says supports radicalized Islam.

A series of local town bans on burkinis in France has set off a heated debate in the strictly secular country. Sarkozy says Wednesday night that "we don't imprison women behind fabric."

As a leading opposition figure, Sarkozy announced this week that he is...

August 24, 2016 - 3:08pm
7 hours 59 min ago

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's military has cleared its forces of wrongdoing in three deadly incidents of the 2014 Gaza war— including an airstrike that killed 15 members of a single family.

Wednesday's statement says the military has closed a total of seven investigations without filing charges after a special team collected testimony from Gaza residents and Israeli officers.

The army says the building where the family was killed was used by Hamas, the...

August 24, 2016 - 2:41pm
7 hours 59 min ago

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has arrived in Saudi Arabia for meetings with the kingdom's senior royals and talks on Yemen's stalled peace process.

The United States has backed a Saudi-led coalition of nine Arab countries in a nearly 18-month bombing campaign against Shiite Houthi rebels and their allies in Yemen. The Houthis seized the capital, Sanaa, in 2014.

The conflict has killed more than 9,000 people, displaced...

August 24, 2016 - 2:32pm
9 hours 19 min ago

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling for a review of potential new information, including from South Africa, on the mysterious 1961 plane crash that killed U.N. Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold.

Ban recommended in a note to the U.N. General Assembly circulated Wednesday that either he or the 193-member world body appoint "an eminent person or persons" to conduct the review and "determine the scope that any further inquiry or investigation...

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