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August 5, 2015 - 9:45am
2 min 34 sec ago

PARIS (AP) — The tunnels zigzagging through limestone were created to provide building materials for Paris. Then they became the damp home to vast subterranean mushroom farms. Now, deep beneath the city's largest park, the quarry is usually off-limits, deemed too dangerous for regular visitors.

Unescorted spelunkers face a 60-euro ($65) fine, but on Wednesday the 20-meter (66-foot) spiral staircase leading down into the earth from the Bois de Vincennes park was briefly...

August 5, 2015 - 9:44am
2 min 34 sec ago

BERLIN (AP) — Authorities say that a nitrogen tank has exploded and a building collapsed at a chemical plant in western Germany, injuring 13 people. Five other people weren't immediately accounted for.

News agency dpa reported that the local fire service said five people were seriously injured and eight lightly injured in the incident Wednesday afternoon in Krefeld. It wasn't clear whether the five people counted as missing were in the collapsed building....

August 5, 2015 - 8:58am
2 min 34 sec ago

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian state media says government forces backed by members of Lebanon's Shiite Hezbollah group are advancing from different directions in the mountain resort of Zabadani near the border with Lebanon.

The ultraconservative Ahrar a-Sham insurgent group said Wednesday that it has stopped communicating with Iranian mediators after they insisted that fighters and residents leave the resort.

Ahrar al-Sham said the government aims to clear...

August 5, 2015 - 8:46am
2 min 34 sec ago

BAGHDAD (AP) — Officials say clashes between government forces and the Islamic State group in Iraq's western Anbar province have left 17 troops dead.

A police officer, an army officer and a Sunni tribal fighter say the deadliest of Wednesday's clashes took place east of IS-held Ramadi, where six soldiers, four Sunni tribal fighters and two policemen were killed. Nine other troops were wounded. All three spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to...

August 5, 2015 - 8:38am
2 min 34 sec ago

LONDON (AP) — Authorities in Britain have charged radical preacher Anjem Choudary and another man with inviting support for the Islamic State group through lectures published online.

The Crown Prosecution Service said Wednesday that Choudary, 48, and Mohammed Mizanur Rahman, 32, have been charged with supporting the Islamic State group, which is a banned organization. The service said the offenses occurred from June 29, 2014, until March 6 of this year....

August 5, 2015 - 8:38am
2 min 34 sec ago

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni officials and witnesses say pro-government troops have retaken most of the strategic province of Lahj, once the main base in southern Yemen of Shiite rebels.

Wednesday's development in Yemen's civil war is the latest battlefield success by the Saudi-backed pro-government forces in southern Yemen.

The officials say the rebels, known as the Houthis, appeared to have lost most of their heavy weapons in a battle Monday to...

August 5, 2015 - 8:35am
2 min 34 sec ago

BALMA, France (AP) — French and Malaysian experts have begun examining an airplane wing fragment that could offer the first tangible clue about the fate of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which vanished more than a year ago with 239 people aboard.

The metal piece washed up on the Indian Ocean island of Reunion and was sent to France, where investigators will determine whether it's from the missing Boeing 777.

In addition to confirming the provenance of...

August 5, 2015 - 8:28am
2 min 33 sec ago

HAT YAI, Thailand (AP) — Security officials in insurgency-wracked southern Thailand plan to ban the use of metal cooking gas tanks because they are often used to make homemade bombs.

Police Capt. Kritapas Kruenet said Wednesday that they will be replaced with polymer and fiberglass cylinders that can also be used as bombs but cause much less damage.

The military's Internal Security Operations Command announced Monday that all metal gas containers...

August 5, 2015 - 8:25am
2 min 33 sec ago

JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israel-based rights group has launched a lawsuit, seeking to block the release of $100 billion in frozen Iranian assets in the United States following the U.S.-led nuclear deal with Tehran.

The Shurat HaDin Law Center says it's acting on behalf of two dozen U.S. citizens who won more than a billion dollars in judgments again Iran in American courts but who were never paid.

The center says it filed the injunction Wednesday at a New...

August 5, 2015 - 8:21am
2 min 33 sec ago

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan's former cricket captain Wasim Akram says he escaped a gun attack in the southern port city of Karachi.

Akram said Wednesday he was on his way to a sports stadium when a man rammed his vehicle into his car and then opened fire before fleeing.

He told a Pakistani news channel that he did not know who was behind the attack.

Akram, 49, made his international debut with a one-day international...

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