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June 2, 2015 - 10:27am
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BERLIN (AP) — A German court has canceled another session in the trial of a 93-year-old former Auschwitz guard due to his poor health.

The Lueneburg state court said Wednesday's session in the trial of former SS sergeant Oskar Groening was called off, the fourth to be scrapped, and proceedings should resume June 9. The court already has limited sessions in Groening's trial, which opened in April, to three hours.

Groening is charged with 300,000...

June 2, 2015 - 10:27am
8 min 11 sec ago

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials say a car bomb has struck near a restaurant in the capital, Baghdad, killing six people.

Police officials say the car went off inside the parking lot of the Qadouri restaurant in eastern Baghdad on Tuesday afternoon. Among the six people killed was a traffic policeman.

The explosion also wounded 13 people and damaged several buildings and cars in the area, which was quickly sealed off by security forces....

June 2, 2015 - 10:08am
8 min 11 sec ago

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish authorities say they will cull about 5,800 pigs to prevent the spread of African swine fever.

Veterinarians are checking 274 pig farms in eastern Poland, near the border with Lithuania and Belarus, for compliance with sanitary requirements to prevent the spread of the disease. Unlike swine flu, it doesn't affect humans.

The pigs are expected to be culled by the end of July, and no pig breeding will be allowed there...

June 2, 2015 - 10:02am
8 min 10 sec ago

BERLIN (AP) — Switzerland's most famous mountain, the Matterhorn, will be closed to climbers on the 150th anniversary of the first ascent of its summit.

The Alpine resort of Zermatt says the 24-hour shutdown on July 14 is being imposed "out of respect for the mountain" and in memory of more than 500 climbers who have died on the Matterhorn, starting with four of the seven-man team that first reached the summit in 1865.

The town council says people...

June 2, 2015 - 9:58am
8 min 10 sec ago

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — An official at the South African wildlife park where a lion killed an American woman says the park has remained open and is "operating as usual."

The Lion Park's Assistant Manager Scott Simpson said that the park in Johannesburg had opened as usual on Tuesday.

An American woman was killed by a lioness on Monday when the animal attacked her through an open car window, also injuring the driver of the car who remains hospitalized....

June 2, 2015 - 9:48am
8 min 10 sec ago

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — A senior Portuguese official has given the two bidders in the privatization of TAP Air Portugal three days to improve their offers, hinting the flag carrier's sale could be called off if they don't.

The government announced last month it had accepted to consider bids for 61 percent of the state-owned airline from David Neeleman, who founded Brazil's third-largest airline Azul, and from German Efromovich, owner of Colombia's Avianca. The financial...

June 2, 2015 - 9:44am
8 min 10 sec ago

BEIRUT (AP) — Activists say Syrian militants are sending reinforcements to fight the Islamic State group in the northern province of Aleppo, where they say the rival factions are battling near the Turkish border.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and Abu al-Hassan Marea, who is currently in Turkey near the Syrian border, said that the battles were raging Tuesday between the two rival sides on the northern edge of Aleppo province.

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June 2, 2015 - 9:33am
8 min 10 sec ago

BERLIN (AP) — Police in western Germany say a novice driver escaped unharmed but her car was crushed after she inadvertently turned into the path of a convoy of British tanks.

Lippe police spokesman Lars Risserbusch said Tuesday the 18-year-old had apparently not seen the convoy when she made a left turn in front of it. The lead tank was unable to stop in time and the 62-ton main battle tank ploughed over the front of her Toyota hatchback.

The tanks...

June 2, 2015 - 9:31am
8 min 10 sec ago

BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) — A spokesman for Burundi's electoral commission says it is considering alternative dates for national elections amid growing calls for the polls to be postponed due to political unrest.

Prosper Ntahorwamiye told The Associated Press Tuesday that a new electoral schedule is likely to be sent to President Pierre Nkurunziza before the end of the week.

Parliamentary elections are currently scheduled for Friday, while the...

June 2, 2015 - 9:21am
8 min 10 sec ago

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian federal police requested that prosecutors charge the former president of the country's soccer confederation with corruption crimes related to $147 million in "atypical" bank transfers as he led preparations for the 2014 World Cup.

Local newsmagazine Epoca was the first to report on the inquiry, saying it had obtained the two-year police investigation into Ricardo Teixeira, which was concluded and delivered to prosecutors in January but was...

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