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July 31, 2015 - 6:21am
6 min 57 sec ago

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — The cash-strapped World Food Program has cut in half food aid to most Syrian refugees in Jordan and says only a last-minute U.S. donation prevented the program from being scrapped.

Friday's announcement raises new concerns about more than half a million refugees who live in Jordanian communities rather than camps. Largely unable to work legally, most urban refugees live in poverty and rely on food vouchers for survival.


July 31, 2015 - 6:17am
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LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister David Cameron is pledging to send dogs and fencing to France to help control the surge in migrants trying to cross into Britain nightly.

Cameron chaired an emergency security meeting Friday just after returning from a trip to Asia. He says he will speak later in the day with French President Francois Hollande and that Britain will offer practical resources.

Cameron says Britain will also do all it can on its side of the...

July 31, 2015 - 6:12am
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BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) — Burundi's re-elected president is urging unity after winning contentious polls that the international community says were not credible.

In a televised speech Thursday night, Pierre Nkurunziza said he would be a president for all, including those who did not vote for him.

He said that during his presidency "everyone will enjoy the same rights and opportunities without favoritism."

Nkurunziza won 69...

July 31, 2015 - 6:10am
6 min 57 sec ago

BERLIN (AP) — German prosecutors say they've shelved their Nazi war crimes investigation of a retired Minnesota carpenter whom The Associated Press exposed as a former commander in an SS-led unit, saying the 96-year-old is not fit for trial.

Munich prosecutor Peter Preuss told the AP on Friday that his office had made its decision in the case of Michael Karkoc based on "comprehensive medical documentation" from doctors at the geriatric hospital in the U.S. where he is...

July 31, 2015 - 6:08am
6 min 57 sec ago

LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization's chief Dr. Margaret Chan says the agency is working to reform itself in the wake of its bungled response to last year's Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

Chan said new protocols were being developed for how the agency functions during health emergencies. The agency has previously proposed creating a specialized center within WHO to handle emergencies that would be self-managed.

Charles Clift, a public health...

July 31, 2015 - 6:03am
6 min 57 sec ago

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Heavy rains forecast for the next few days could worsen already dire flooding in large parts of Myanmar.

State newspapers reported Friday that President Thein Sein has urged Cabinet ministers to go out into the field to supervise flood relief operations.

The Relief and Resettlement Department estimates that between 67,000 and 110,000 people have been severely affected by flooding in the past few weeks, particularly in the...

July 31, 2015 - 5:58am
6 min 57 sec ago

PARIS (AP) — France's top court has ruled that a law aimed at ending cockfighting in France is constitutional.

The Constitutional Council confirmed on Friday the ban on the creation of new cockfighting rings — called cockpits. The law had been challenged by supporters of the tradition.

The law, dating back to 1964, aims to gradually get rid of all cockpits and therefore, cockfighting.

Cockfighting is legal only in regions where...

July 31, 2015 - 5:56am
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JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The U.S. Embassy in South Africa says an American woman has been killed in Cape Town, and South African media say a suspect has been arrested.

The embassy said Friday that the American was killed on Wednesday. The embassy has declined to provide further details about the case.

News24, a South African news outlet, said the body of the woman, whom police said was 39, was found at a hotel in Camps Bay, a popular tourist destination...

July 31, 2015 - 5:52am
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LONDON (AP) — A lawyer for the widow of ex-KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko says Russian authorities have tried to obstruct an inquiry into his death "from beginning to end."

Ben Emmerson says Moscow has attempted "to frustrate and manipulate" the investigation into the death of the Russian agent-turned-Kremlin critic.

Litvinenko died in 2006 after drinking tea laced with radioactive polonium-210 at a London hotel. On his deathbed, he blamed Russian...

July 31, 2015 - 5:42am
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HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's wildlife minister says extradition is being sought for the American dentist who killed a lion.

Oppah Muchinguri, environment, water and climate minister, told a news conference Friday: "We want him tried in Zimbabwe because he violated our laws. ... Police should take the first step to approach the prosecutor general who will approach the Americans. The processes have already started."

"Unfortunately it was too late...

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