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July 26, 2016 - 1:44pm
17 min 51 sec ago

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — The Central Bank of Nigeria has raised its benchmark interest rate to 14 percent, a 10-year high, as the naira currency continues its free-fall and the West African oil producer heads into recession.

Bank Gov. Godwin Emefiele on Tuesday said the rate hike will encourage savings and investment.

Nigeria is suffering inflation running at 16.5 percent, and the oil-dependent government is short of cash and foreign currency because of...

July 26, 2016 - 1:20pm
17 min 51 sec ago

PARIS (AP) — When militants loyal to the Islamic State group seek to inflict pain on Europe, France is their preferred target, a grim reality borne out yet again with Tuesday's knife slaughter of a Catholic priest.

Since January 2015, IS-inspired attackers have killed at least 235 people in France, by far the largest casualty rate of any Western country. French citizens or French-speaking residents have committed the overwhelming majority of strikes, often employing...

July 26, 2016 - 1:17pm
17 min 51 sec ago

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Residents say a boatload of armed oil militants attacked an outlying suburb of Lagos, Nigeria's commercial capital, looting and firing into the air as people fled.

They said police and soldiers responded, using drones to track the attackers while a helicopter hovered overhead. A gunbattle ensued.

The official News Agency of Nigeria quoted police Superintendent Dolapo Badmos as saying gunmen invaded the Igando neighborhood but...

July 26, 2016 - 1:09pm
17 min 51 sec ago

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian authorities are evacuating nomadic reindeer herders and quarantining part of a Siberian region after an outbreak of anthrax killed more than 1,000 of their animals.

The appearance of the bacterial disease in the Yamalo-Nenets region is the first fatal anthrax outbreak reported in Russia for 75 years.

The governor's office for the region, which lies 2,000 kilometers (1,200 miles) northeast of Moscow, said 13 people, including...

July 26, 2016 - 12:40pm
1 hour 17 min ago

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgaria on Tuesday insisted that Russian aircraft had violated international rules while flying over the Black Sea.

The Bulgarian Ministry of Defense said Russian aircraft turned off their transponders — communication devices that allow an airplane to be located — and flew without previously announced flight schedules.

Bulgaria, a NATO member, was reacting to a statement on Monday by a spokesman for Russia's Defense Ministry...

July 26, 2016 - 12:08pm
1 hour 37 min ago

GENEVA (AP) — A wildlife groups says Dr. Luc Hoffmann, a Swiss ornithologist and naturalist with a passion for wetlands who helped create the World Wildlife Fund for Nature and many other conservation groups, has died at 93.

Hoffmann died Thursday at his home in the Camargue wetlands of southeastern France, which is known for flamingos and other birds, said the Tour de Valat, a research center he founded there over a half-century ago. No cause of death was given....

July 26, 2016 - 11:41am
1 hour 37 min ago

MOSCOW (AP) — Turkey's economy minister says the country is ready to resume work on building a gas pipeline from Russia, a project that was suspended amid tensions between the two countries.

The project, called Turkish Stream, would bring gas from Russia to Turkey, from where it could be distributed to European Union countries. It was proposed by President Vladimir Putin in 2014 after a pipeline project to Bulgaria was ended amid EU countries' opposition....

July 26, 2016 - 11:30am
1 hour 47 min ago

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary's prime minister says his country is willing to take back some migrants from Austria under European rules and would then take them back to their countries of origin, mostly Kosovo and Albania.

Prime Minister Viktor Orban said Tuesday that Hungary has agreements and procedures in place with the countries of origin as well as the countries through which the migrants would be returned home by bus.

Orban spoke after...

July 26, 2016 - 11:25am
2 hours 7 min ago

KUWAIT CITY (AP) — A lawyer for Kuwaiti sports powerbroker Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah says the country's supreme court has upheld a lower court ruling clearing him of violating a gag order in a case about an alleged coup.

Lawyer Ali al-Rasheedi told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the supreme court upheld an appeals court decision in January overturning a six-month prison sentence issued against the ruling family member late Monday.


July 26, 2016 - 10:12am
3 hours 7 min ago

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Officials in the Swedish city of Sodertalje say vandals have removed rainbow flags that were raised outside city hall in support of the gay pride festival this week in neighboring Stockholm.

City officials said the flags were hoisted Monday but were gone Tuesday morning and the flagpole ropes had been cut.

Sodertalje spokesman Henri Tagot said new rainbow flags would be raised Tuesday but taken down overnight "to prevent this from...

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