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July 2, 2015 - 9:49am
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MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian aviation official says a draft Dutch report into last year's crash of Malaysian Airlines flight 17 in eastern Ukraine "raises more questions than it gives answers."

The Dutch Safety Board has made the draft available to representatives of Malaysia, Ukraine, the U.S., Russia, Britain, Australia and the Netherlands.

Oleg Storchevoi, a deputy chief of Rosaviatsiya, said Thursday the agency has complaints regarding both the...

July 2, 2015 - 9:49am
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BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary's foreign minister says a fence on the Serbian border to stem the flow of migrants and refugees will be built within a few months, beginning with the areas most used by human smugglers.

Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto says the 4-meter (13-foot) high fence will "defend Hungary and the European Union from the startling scale of illegal immigration pressure."

Meanwhile, the U.N. refugee agency urged Hungary to refrain...

July 2, 2015 - 9:40am
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BERLIN (AP) — A Google subsidiary has apologized for making Nazi concentration camps part of a mobile role-playing game.

Niantic Labs says players of 'Ingress' can propose historic location and monuments for inclusion in the game, in which two factions use smartphones to battle for control of these sites. The German weekly Die Zeit reported Thursday some of the sites, known as 'portals,' were located within concentration camps such as Dachau and Sachsenhausen....

July 2, 2015 - 9:38am
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ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A Turkey-based Uighur group says 173 women and children from the minority Chinese Muslim community have arrived from Thailand where they were being held after fleeing China.

The East Turkestan Culture and Solidarity Association says that the group arrived in Istanbul on June 30 and have been taken to Kayseri, in central Turkey, where the association is based.

Turkey has linguistic and ethnic ties to the Uighurs and had been...

July 2, 2015 - 9:18am
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COTONOU, Benin (AP) — French President Francois Hollande has begun a two-day visit to Africa where he will hold talks with the leaders of Benin, Angola and Cameroon.

Hollande spoke at a news conference Thursday after meeting with Benin President Thomas Boni Yayi, less than a month after the Francophone West African country's leader met with his French counterpart in Paris.

The French leader is scheduled to meet Benin's parliamentary leaders later...

July 2, 2015 - 9:06am
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PARIS (AP) — A Frenchwoman accused of killing eight of her newborns over more than a decade is awaiting a verdict after a dramatic and teary murder trial.

Dominique Cottrez, who is 51 and has two grown daughters, faces up to life in prison if convicted by the court in the northern city of Douai. The verdict is expected Thursday.

Prosecutor Eric Vaillant sought a sentence of 18 years because she suffered from psychological problems and from proven...

July 2, 2015 - 8:59am
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PARIS (AP) — A French appeals court has acquitted France's best-known cartoonist of accusations of inciting hatred for a drawing representing former Pope Benedict XVI sexually abusing a child.

Catholic association AGRIF sued Jean Plantureux, known under his pen name Plantu, after he posted the disputed cartoon on his personal website then published it in Le Monde Magazine in 2010. The association said it was an "incitation to hatred and violence" against Catholics....

July 2, 2015 - 8:56am
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LONDON (AP) — Amnesty International has expressed outrage after a British tribunal confirmed that Britain's government had spied on the human rights organization.

The Investigatory Powers Tribunal wrote to Amnesty on Thursday to notify it that Britain's electronic intercepting agency, GCHQ, had violated its rules when it kept intercepted communications from Amnesty for longer than allowed. The tribunal, however, said the way the communications were obtained was lawful...

July 2, 2015 - 8:22am
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BERLIN (AP) — The German government is scrapping plans for a levy on the most-polluting coal-fired power stations and will instead phase some of the plants out.

The Economy Ministry said Thursday that 13 percent of Germany's total lignite-burning power plant capacity will be put into a reserve role and then phased out entirely after four years.

It dropped previous proposals for a levy on such plants, which ran into opposition from operators, unions...

July 2, 2015 - 6:56am
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ISLAMABAD (AP) — State-run Pakistani TV says at least two cars of a train have fallen into a canal because of a bridge collapse, killing at least two people.

It said the incident took place Thursday near Gujranwala, a city in the eastern Punjab province.

TV networks showed footage of soldiers taking part in the rescue operation.

Pakistan Railways spokesman Abdul Rauf Tahir confirmed the incident but declined to provide further...

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