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August 3, 2015 - 1:22pm
1 min 56 sec ago

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo's Parliament has approved a constitutional amendment to set up a special court to prosecute former leaders over war crimes, including the killing of hundreds of Serb civilians.

The 120-seat legislature voted 82-5 on Monday in favor of the change, with several abstentions. The vote comes after pressure from Kosovo's Western backers to pass the legislation and avoid Russian demands to deal with the allegations.


August 3, 2015 - 12:14pm
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JOHANNESBURG (AP) — In 1909-10, Theodore Roosevelt headed a Smithsonian hunting and trapping expedition in Africa that included colleagues who prepared the wildlife he killed for shipment back to America. The former U.S. president and his son, Kermit, shot hundreds of animals.

"Really, I would be ashamed of myself sometimes, for I felt as if I had all the fun," Roosevelt later said in a speech. "I would kill the rhinoceros or whatever it was, and then they would go out...

August 3, 2015 - 12:13pm
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LONDON (AP) — Britain's Treasury chief has authorized the sale of its stake in taxpayer-owned Royal Bank of Scotland — the first step in recovering money from Britain's costliest-ever bank rescue.

The Treasury department said in a statement Monday that UK Financial Investments, which manages the government's stakes in banks bailed out during the 2008 financial crisis, had advised that "it would be appropriate" to conduct the first sale.


August 3, 2015 - 11:27am
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AMSTERDAM (AP) — Two cranes being used in the restoration of a bridge in a central Dutch city have fallen onto a row of buildings and local media report up to 20 people have been injured.

Ton Koot, a spokesman for the local fire brigade in Alphen aan den Rijn, told national broadcaster NOS that heavy machinery was being moved to the scene Monday in case people are trapped under rubble and need to be rescued. Koot said he didn't know how seriously injured the victims were...

August 3, 2015 - 11:17am
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UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The 193 U.N. member states have reached agreement on a new development agenda for the next 15 years that calls for eradicating poverty and hunger, achieving gender equality, improving living standards and taking urgent action to combat climate change.

The draft agreement reached Sunday evening outlines 17 goals with 169 specific targets on issues ranging from ending poverty "in all its forms everywhere" to ensuring quality education and affordable...

August 3, 2015 - 11:17am
1 min 56 sec ago

TORONTO (AP) — The Canadian talking and tweeting hitchhiking robot that met its untimely end in the United States over the weekend might be given another chance at life.

HitchBOT's co-creators Frauke Zeller and David Smith said Monday that they've been overwhelmed with support and offers to revive the robot since it was vandalized beyond repair on the streets of Philadelphia on Saturday and they are considering rebuilding it.

The robot was on a...

August 3, 2015 - 10:57am
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HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — A Zimbabwean safari operator accused of facilitating an illegal lion hunt for an American citizen in April denies the bow and arrow kill was unlawful and says his client acted in "good faith."

Landowner Headman Sibanda said Monday in a telephone interview with The Associated Press that his client, Jan Casimir Seski of Murrysville, Pennsylvania, didn't break any law during his Zimbabwean hunt.

Sibanda says the relevant...

August 3, 2015 - 10:40am
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ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani authorities say the death toll from flash floods triggered by seasonal monsoon rains in various parts of the country has risen to 118. Meanwhile, floodwater has inundated vast areas, leaving tens of thousands homeless.

The National Disaster Management Authority says in a statement Monday that the flooding has affected more than 800,000 people in 2,275 villages. About 2,900 houses have collapsed or are partially damaged.


August 3, 2015 - 10:35am
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NEW DELHI (AP) — India's government has signed a historic peace treaty with the leader of a key rebel group in India's insurgency-wracked northeast.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi signed the accord in New Delhi on Monday with Thuingaleng Muivah, the leader of the Isak-Muivah faction of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland. It ends a rebellion that festered in India's Nagaland and Manipur states for more than six decades.

The two leaders gave no...

August 3, 2015 - 10:23am
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MOSCOW (AP) — Ukraine's former prime minister, in exile in Moscow, has announced the creation of a 'Ukraine salvation committee' and pushed for early presidential and parliamentary elections.

Mykola Azarov fled Ukraine after ex-president Viktor Yanukovych was ousted in February 2014 following months of protests. He said Monday that the committee aims to "take responsibility for the situation in the country."

The committee will not include Yanukovych...

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