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August 28, 2015 - 5:18pm
1 hour 35 sec ago

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council is warning South Sudan's feuding president and ex-vice president that it is ready to impose an arms embargo and sanctions if they don't immediately stop fighting and implement a new peace agreement.

A presidential statement approved Friday was aimed especially at President Salva Kiir, who signed the deal Wednesday with reservations.

Rebel leader Riek Machar signed on Aug. 17. The council quickly...

August 28, 2015 - 4:58pm
1 hour 35 sec ago

MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Bahrain's interior ministry says an explosion has killed one police officer and wounded seven other people, among them a child.

The explosion late Friday took place west of the capital, Manama, in a predominantly Shiite village called Karanah.

The ministry's statement says four policemen were wounded, as well as a married couple and their child.

The tiny Arab Gulf nation has faced low-level unrest for more...

August 28, 2015 - 4:17pm
1 hour 35 sec ago

SAO PAULO (AP) — The Brazilian government says gross domestic product contracted for the second consecutive quarter, sending the economy of Latin America's biggest country into a technical recession.

The government statistics bureau IBGE said Friday that Brazil's economy shrank 1.9 percent in the second quarter compared with the previous three months.

Gross domestic product in the first quarter contracted by 0.7 percent.

Brazil's...

August 28, 2015 - 3:29pm
1 hour 35 sec ago

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — African stars have joined rock star Bono in a campaign to use music to help empower women globally.

Bono and the top African male musicians D'banj, Diamond and Banky W announced Friday that they will be included in a remix of the song "Strong Girl" - a rallying cry for women's empowerment which features top African female talent.

U2 frontman Bono, who's ONE advocacy group is the creative force behind the campaign for women...

August 28, 2015 - 2:13pm
1 hour 35 sec ago

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — The lawyer of Guinea's former coup leader says the ex-strongman will not be able to take part in next month's presidential election after he was barred from returning to the country.

Moussa "Dadis" Camara tried to fly back to Guinea's capital after several years of exile in Burkina Faso. However, his plane was diverted and his return blocked by Guinean authorities.

Attorney Jean Baptiste Haba said Friday that Camara...

August 28, 2015 - 2:06pm
1 hour 35 sec ago

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albanian authorities say they have confiscated about half a million cannabis plants this year, arresting 240 suspected growers and drug traffickers.

Interior Ministry spokesman Ardi Bita said Friday that fighting drug production is a "top priority" for police.

Some 7 billion euros ($7.9 billion) worth of marijuana has been seized and destroyed so far, Interior Minister Saimir Tahiri said.

On Wednesday, 100...

August 28, 2015 - 2:03pm
1 hour 35 sec ago

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican has gotten embroiled in a modern-day, secular version of the Index of Banned Books.

The Holy See press office had to set the record straight on Friday after the Italian media interpreted a formulaic blessing by Pope Francis of a lesbian children's book publisher and her partner as an endorsement of their lifestyle.

Author Francesca Pardi had written to Francis in June complaining about how her books — some of which...

August 28, 2015 - 12:51pm
3 hours 40 min ago

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) —

The death toll from Tropical Storm Erika is rising on the Caribbean island of Dominica as the system bears down on the Dominican Republic.

Dominica Police Chief Daniel Carbon says additional bodies have been recovered from mudslide areas in the southeast of the island. Previously officials said four people had died during the storm and about 20 were missing.

Carbon won't say how many...

August 28, 2015 - 11:40am
7 hours 10 min ago

TORONTO (AP) — Former Al-Jazeera English journalist Mohamed Fahmy, who remains in Egypt awaiting a verdict in his terror trial, is hoping his ordeal will be over this weekend.

The Canadian journalist said in a telephone interview from Cairo that he hopes to get his life back when he hears a verdict in the long-running case Saturday. The case against Fahmy, Australian journalist Peter Greste and Egyptian producer Baher Mohammed embroiled the journalists in the political...

August 28, 2015 - 11:33am
7 hours 10 min ago

CAIRO (AP) — Three journalists on trial in an Egyptian court on terrorism-related charges are awaiting its verdict, hopeful that they will be acquitted after lengthy proceedings criticized worldwide by press freedom advocates and human rights activists.

On Friday, a day before the verdict, Canadian national Mohammed Fahmy, who was Al-Jazeera's acting Cairo bureau chief, said he was particularly hopeful because senior Egyptian officials had agreed to meet his lawyer Amal...

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