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July 31, 2015 - 8:05am
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DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Amnesty International says Muslims in the western part of Central African Republic are being forced to hide their religion or convert to Christianity under threat of death.

The group said in a report Friday that bans against Muslims are happening outside areas under the protection of U.N. peacekeepers.

A 23-year-old man told the rights group he was forced to join Catholic Church on pain of death.


July 31, 2015 - 8:04am
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LONDON (AP) — An experimental vaccine tested on thousands of people in Guinea exposed to Ebola seems to work and might help shut down the ongoing epidemic in West Africa, according to interim results from a study published Friday.

There is currently no licensed treatment or vaccine for Ebola, which has so far killed more than 11,000 people since the world's biggest outbreak began last year.

If proven effective, the vaccine could be "a game-changer,"...

July 31, 2015 - 8:03am
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BERLIN (AP) — A German federal court has ruled that the country's spy agency is under no obligation to divulge to the media a list of names compiled from search terms provided to it by the U.S. National Security Agency.

A newspaper publisher sought an injunction forcing the Germany agency, the BND, to disclose information about what German companies and citizens were on the list after the spy agency refused to answer questions.

The Federal...

July 31, 2015 - 7:52am
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BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary's foreign minister says more than 100,000 migrants have reached the country so far this year, nearly all of them entering through its southern border with Serbia.

Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said Friday that both Hungary and Serbia are facing "unprecedented immigration pressure" and that more migrants are coming to the European Union on the land route across the Balkans than by crossing the Mediterranean Sea.


July 31, 2015 - 7:46am
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TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia's presidency has issued a statement announcing the extension of the country's state of emergency for an additional two months from Monday.

The brief statement on the presidency's Facebook page Friday said the decision was taken following consultations with the speaker of parliament and the prime minister.

Just over a month ago, Tunisia was stunned by a bloody attack by a single gunman on a beach resort killing 38...

July 31, 2015 - 7:23am
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VIENNA (AP) — Austrian officials say legal authorities recently turned back nine U.S. soldiers en route to Ukraine from Washington after finding weapons in their luggage without the proper permits to transport them through Austria.

Col. Michael Bauer, the Austrian military spokesman, said Friday the M16 rifles and small arms were found after the U.S. servicemen had to rebook flights onward to Ukraine from Vienna, meaning they had to leave the transit area with their...

July 31, 2015 - 7:21am
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VIENNA (AP) — A senior Iranian official is accusing the U.S. of undermining the nuclear deal with his country.

Reza Najafi cites U.S. comments indicating that any future attack on Tehran's atomic program would be more efficient than before because the accord would result in greater insight about potential targets.

The July 14 deal foresees increased overview of Iran's nuclear activities by the U.N.'s International Atomic Energy Agency. Najafi, the...

July 31, 2015 - 7:09am
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MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's Central Bank has cut its key interest rate by 0.5 percentage points to 11 percent, bowing to the pressure of businesses to make lending more accessible.

The bank's decision, which was announced Friday, comes at a time when the ruble has dropped to a four-month low. Market watchers were saying that Russian monetary officials would have to choose between cutting the rate, thus helping Russian producers, and keeping it in order to stem the ruble's...

July 31, 2015 - 7:00am
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TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese judicial committee has decided to send three former utility executives to criminal court for their alleged negligence in the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

A document released Friday showed the committee voted in favor of indicting Tsunehisa Katsumata, who was chairman of Tokyo Electric Power Co. at the time of the crisis, along with two other TEPCO executives.

The 11-member committee's second decision supporting the indictment...

July 31, 2015 - 6:47am
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NEW DELHI (AP) — India's foreign ministry says four Indian nationals have been detained near the Libyan city of Sirte but declined to say who had held the men.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Vikas Swarup told reporters Friday that the four men were held at a checkpoint about 50 kilometers (30 miles) from Sirte. The area is under the control of Islamic State militants.

The men had been teaching in Libya.

Libya is bitterly divided...

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