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September 1, 2015 - 1:33pm
2 days 9 hours ago

TORONTO (AP) — Canada's national police force is charging a former Syrian military intelligence officer for allegedly torturing a Canadian engineer transferred by the U.S. to an overseas detention center.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said Tuesday it has filed a torture charge against George Salloum for his involvement in the torture of Maher Arar.

Arar says he was mistaken for a terrorist in 2002 when he changed planes in New York while...

September 1, 2015 - 1:25pm
2 days 9 hours ago

LONDON (AP) — The author of the new James Bond novel has apologized after he said that British actor Idris Elba is "too street" to play 007.

In an interview with the Daily Mail newspaper, Anthony Horowitz, the author of the new Bond novel "Trigger Mortis," said Elba is "too 'street' for Bond."

Elba, 42, has been rumored to be among the actors considered to replace Daniel Craig as the next Bond.

Horowitz was quoted saying: "It's...

September 1, 2015 - 1:07pm
2 days 9 hours ago

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Israel is urging the United Nations secretary-general and General Assembly president to reject a Palestinian attempt to raise their flag at U.N. headquarters.

Israel's U.N. Ambassador Ron Prosor accused the Palestinians in letters to the U.N. officials on Tuesday of "attempting to swiftly change longstanding U.N. tradition in order to score political points."

The flags of all 193 U.N. member states fly outside U.N. headquarters...

September 1, 2015 - 12:24pm
2 days 9 hours ago

LONDON (AP) — Olympic organizers have promised to introduce viral testing in the polluted waters in Rio de Janeiro where about 1,400 athletes will compete in next year's games.

The IOC and Brazilian organizers have repeatedly insisted that only bacterial testing was required despite an independent five-month analysis by The Associated Press showing dangerously high levels of viruses from human sewage at all Rio Olympic water venues

But local...

September 1, 2015 - 11:58am
2 days 10 hours ago

LONDON (AP) — British police say a mother and her four young children from London who were believed to be on their way to Syria have been detained in Turkey.

British counter-terrorism officials appealed for information after the 33-year-old woman and the four children, aged 4 to 12, went missing from their home in east London last week.

Scotland Yard said the force has received confirmation from Turkish authorities that the five were detained in...

September 1, 2015 - 11:47am
2 days 11 hours ago

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch government is appealing a landmark court ruling that ordered it to slash greenhouse gas emissions, in a case seen as a possible precedent for similar legal action around the world.

The government announced Tuesday it will appeal the June ruling that it must cut emissions by at least 25 percent by 2020 from benchmark 1990 levels. But the government added that it also will begin implementing the order while the appeal, which will...

September 1, 2015 - 11:42am
2 days 11 hours ago

LONDON (AP) — Helen Mirren, Benedict Cumberbatch and Maggie Smith are among the British stars to attend this year's London Film Festival.

Among the highlights to be screened during the Oct. 7-18 festival are "Trumbo," starring Bryan Cranston as Dalton Trumbo, the Hollywood screenwriter who was blacklisted for being an alleged Communist sympathizer, and mobster drama "Black Mass," starring Cumberbatch and Johnny Depp.

Other headlining films announced...

September 1, 2015 - 11:37am
2 days 12 hours ago

CAIRO (AP) — The Professional Squash Association has ranked Egyptian Raneem El Welily as the world's No.1 female player, making her the first Egyptian woman to hold the sport's top spot.

The sport's organizing international body also says Tuesday that Egyptian Mohamed Elshorbagy maintains the men's No.1 ranking. The organization says three other Egyptian men and women are also ranked in the top 10.

The PSA says 26-year-old El Welily of Alexandria has...

September 1, 2015 - 11:27am
2 days 23 hours ago

KUWAIT CITY (AP) — Kuwait's public prosecutor says his office has referred 26 people to court on allegations that include illegal weapons possession, committing acts harmful to the country's unity, and having "furtive contacts" with Iran and the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah.

The official Kuwait News Agency cited a statement from prosecutor Dherar al-Asousi saying that the accused include 25 Kuwaitis and one Iranian. All but three of the suspects are in custody....

September 1, 2015 - 11:20am
3 days 37 min ago

HELSINKI (AP) — Swedish officials say they are optimistic about reaching agreement with Ecuador on legal assistance which could pave the way to questioning WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in London on outstanding accusations against him.

Last month, prosecutors dropped cases of sexual misconduct against the 44-year-old Australian, who has avoided extradition to Sweden by sheltering in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London since 2012, but say they want to question him about...

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