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July 29, 2016 - 1:30pm
27 min 35 sec ago

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — The Saudi-led coalition has refuted reports by rights groups that it is imposing a blockade on Yemen, saying it facilitates the passage of humanitarian aid without delay and in "record time."

In a Friday statement, the coalition says that the health situation in Yemen is at the top of its priorities. "The coalition forces give permits to all the relief and humanitarian ships, immediately, periodically, in record time, and without inspection, and to...

July 29, 2016 - 1:29pm
27 min 35 sec ago

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — A spokesman for Montel Williams says the television personality was detained by customs officials at an airport in Germany after inadvertently leaving prescription marijuana powder in his luggage.

Jonathan Franks tells The Associated Press that Williams was held for about an hour Friday morning at the airport in Frankfurt while traveling on vacation. Franks says Williams was let go after showing a doctor's note verifying the marijuana was for...

July 29, 2016 - 1:18pm
27 min 35 sec ago

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — An editor in South Sudan says that prominent journalist Alfred Taban was released on bail Friday after being held for two weeks ago following the publication of an editorial calling on the country's president and vice president to resign.

Ann Nimiriano, co-editor of the Juba Monitor newspaper, told The Associated Press that the elderly Taban remains in hospital where he was transferred while in detention.

Amnesty International...

July 29, 2016 - 1:15pm
27 min 35 sec ago

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Thousands of Congolese gathered in the capital's main stadium to show support for the president, who is about to begin talks ahead of the November elections amid expectations that the polls will be delayed.

The rally was addressed Friday by the ruling party's secretary-general Aubin Minaku who said the talks are meant to foster peace and will begin Sunday, with an African Union mediator.

Congo's opposition has said it will not...

July 29, 2016 - 1:14pm
27 min 35 sec ago

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — A spokesman for Armenia's police force says three more gunmen who have been holding a police station in the capital for nearly two weeks have been wounded in exchanges of gunfire.

Police spokesman Ashot Agaronyan says on Facebook the gunmen were the first to open fire Friday.

A group of 29 gunmen seized the police post in Yerevan on July 17, killing one officer and wounding several others in the attack, to demand freedom for a...

July 29, 2016 - 12:39pm
27 min 34 sec ago

BERLIN (AP) — U.S. military authorities are investigating the theft of several weapons from an Army arms room at a base in Germany.

Chris Grey, spokesman for the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command in Quantico, Virginia, said in an emailed statement Friday that the items stolen at the facility in Stuttgart included several semi-automatic pistols, a small-caliber automatic rifle and a shotgun.

He says "it does not appear that an outside entity...

July 29, 2016 - 12:36pm
27 min 34 sec ago

LONDON (AP) — Scottish police have charged 77 people and found more than 30 million pictures of young people being abused during a six-week operation against online child abuse.

Police Scotland says 122 youngsters have been referred to child-protection services, and more than 500 children between 3 and 18 identified as "victims or potential victims of online predators."

The suspects face more than 390 charges, including rape, grooming, sexual...

July 29, 2016 - 12:19pm
27 min 34 sec ago

VIENNA (AP) — An Austrian court has cleared a left-wing politician of defaming right-wing presidential candidate Norbert Hofer by suggesting he is a Nazi.

Hofer took Social Democrat Ingo Mayr to court after Hofer won about a third of the vote in the first round of elections in April. Among other things, Mayr had said that a third of the electorate "chose a Nazi."

The court on Friday noted that Hofer's Freedom Party not only "does not distance itself...

July 29, 2016 - 12:06pm
27 min 34 sec ago

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — One of the South African twin brothers charged with plotting to blow up the U.S. embassy in Pretoria, allegedly asked the Islamic State group to send money and provide training for them to carry out a suicide bombing campaign in the country.

The allegation is contained in an affidavit presented at the Johannesburg magistrate's court on Friday to show that prosecutors had enough evidence to arrest Brandon-Lee and Tony-Lee Thulsie for planning terror...

July 29, 2016 - 10:30am
27 min 35 sec ago

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Swedish prosecutors have released a 36-year-old man who was arrested at Stockholm's airport on a Russian warrant as he was about to leave Sweden.

Prosecutor Ronnie Jacobsson initially said the man was suspected of terror-related crimes in Russia but later released him after questioning.

In a statement, Jacobsson said there were no grounds to keep the man in custody. He declined to identify the man or specify the charges against him...

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