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July 29, 2016 - 8:07am
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BANGKOK (AP) — Thai police have caught a 62-year-old Japanese man whom they say altered his appearance through plastic surgery to escape arrest for an alleged stock share manipulation scheme more than a decade ago.

Thailand's Immigration Bureau said Yasuo Tsubaki, sought by Japanese authorities for securities fraud amounting to more than 12 billion yen ($116 million) from 2001-2005, was arrested when he sought to renew Thai visa on Wednesday. He fled to Thailand in 2007...

July 29, 2016 - 7:44am
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MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on the Rio Games (all times local to Rio de Janeiro):

8:40 a.m.

Three-time Olympic canoeing champion Katalin Kovacs of Hungary is retiring after failing to qualify for the Rio Olympics.

Kovacs, who also won 40 medals in world championships, including 30 golds, had a daughter in 2014 and said she wanted to spend more time with her family.

The 40-year-old Kovacs won the K-2 500 with...

July 29, 2016 - 7:42am
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BERLIN (AP) — An 18-year-old "Pokemon Go" fan in Germany was sure where and when to find virtual monsters: a mobile home in a small provincial town in the small hours.

Police said Friday that they received a call at 4.28 a.m. from a woman in Polch, near Koblenz in western Germany, complaining that someone was hammering persistently on the door of her trailer and demanding to be let in.

Officers sent to the scene found a young man who told them he was...

July 29, 2016 - 7:27am
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MADRID (AP) — The number of tourists visiting Spain jumped by 12 percent in the first six months of 2016, as a mix of economic concerns and fears of extremist attacks continued to drive foreigners away from rival Mediterranean destinations.

Spain's National Statistics Institute said Friday that some 33 million tourists arrived between January and June.

Britons continued to top the list at eight million, up 17 percent. The figure for Germans, at 5...

July 29, 2016 - 7:23am
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GENEVA (AP) — The Latest on the war in Syria and international efforts to resolve the crisis around the embattled city of Aleppo (all times local):

1:20 p.m.

The U.N. envoy for Syria is offering a "suggestion" to Russia over its proposal to set up humanitarian corridors around the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, advising Moscow leave the job to the United Nations.

Staffan de Mistura spoke to reporters in Geneva on Friday, a day...

July 29, 2016 - 7:19am
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STOCKHOLM (AP) — She was off duty and wearing a bikini but that didn't stop Swedish police officer Mikaela Kellner from catching a suspected thief.

A photo of Kellner pinning the suspect to the ground was trending on social media in Sweden this week.

"My first intervention while wearing a bikini during my 11 years as a police officer," she wrote on Instagram.

Kellner and three friends were sunbathing Wednesday in a Stockholm park...

July 29, 2016 - 7:14am
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GENEVA (AP) — UNICEF is urging mothers to do more to start breastfeeding their newborns within an hour of birth, saying breast milk is a baby's "first vaccine."

The U.N. children's agency says some 77 million newborns — or about 1 in 2 — don't get breastfed within the first hour after birth, depriving them of key nutrients, antibodies and skin-to-skin contact.

UNICEF said Friday that newborns account for nearly half of all deaths of children under 5...

July 29, 2016 - 6:59am
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NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Ten relief organizations working in South Sudan say the U.N. should urgently improve its peacekeeping mission in the country to protect civilians and help deliver aid to civilians affected by the country's civil war.

The groups, including Oxfam, CARE, and the International Rescue Committee, issued a joint statement in South Sudan's capital, Juba, on Friday following reports that U.N. peacekeepers failed to act when government forces targeted...

July 29, 2016 - 6:58am
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PARIS (AP) — National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden and transparency website WikiLeaks are clashing over how best to handle the publication of sensitive data, a spat played out over Twitter.

WikiLeaks has come under increasing criticism over what it publishes, particularly following the release of what the website advertised as emails from Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party.

When a large numbers of emails turned out to be little...

July 29, 2016 - 6:50am
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DUBLIN (AP) — Three former senior bankers have been imprisoned for their roles in hiding billions in losses at the defunct Anglo Irish Bank, the biggest accounting fraud in Irish corporate history.

Judge Martin Nolan told the trio — former Anglo executives Willie McAteer and John Bowe and former Irish Life and Permanent chief executive Denis Casey — they were guilty of committing "sham transactions" designed to hide 7.2 billion euros ($8 billion) in deposit losses from...

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