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July 3, 2015 - 7:06am
3 days 15 hours ago

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A court in Myanmar ordered a man linked to a 2013 bombing at one of the country's most prestigious hotels to serve life imprisonment plus five years of hard labor.

The October 2013 blast at the Trader's Hotel in Yangon ripped apart a guest room and wounded a 43-year-old American woman.

On Friday, a court in Yangon sentenced Saw Myint Lwin, 26, to life imprisonment for his role in the blast. He was also sentenced to five years...

July 3, 2015 - 7:05am
3 days 15 hours ago

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's foreign minister says he's hoping that new allegations of U.S. eavesdropping on senior German government officials' telephones can be clarified "as quickly as possible."

Frank-Walter Steinmeier told reporters in Berlin on Friday that Germany needs to continue to work closely with the United States on many international issues including negotiations over Iran's nuclear program, and he hoped for cooperation on explaining the details that were...

July 3, 2015 - 7:04am
3 days 15 hours ago

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Denmark's Parliament on Friday elected Pia Kjaersgaard, retired leader of the anti-immigration Danish People's Party, as its speaker, a largely ceremonial post.

First elected to the 179-seat Folketing in 1984, Kjaersgaard became deputy speaker three years ago.

In 1995, she co-founded the party that became Denmark's second largest in the June 18 election. It is seen as one of the trailblazers in a Europe-wide surge of...

July 3, 2015 - 7:03am
3 days 15 hours ago

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese airline says a Bangkok-bound flight has made an emergency landing after an engine fire warning lit up.

China Southern Airlines said Flight 3081, which took off from the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou on Friday afternoon, made the emergency landing in Sanya, a city in Hainan province. No fire was found in the engine.

It said 14 passengers had minor scrapes and two others received ankle injuries when they were evacuated...

July 3, 2015 - 7:03am
3 days 15 hours ago

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Rescue workers are winding down the search for survivors and bodies aboard a ferry that capsized shortly after departing from a central Philippine port, leaving 45 people dead.

Coast guard spokesman Armand Balilo said Friday all 187 passengers and crew members of the M/B Kim Nirvana have been accounted for a day after the vessel overturned in choppy waters off Ormoc city. He says 142 survived and there are no more reports of anyone missing....

July 3, 2015 - 6:43am
3 days 15 hours ago

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan inaugurated a mosque on the grounds of his gigantic palace complex and opened it to the public in an apparent effort to stave off more criticism over his spending.

Erdogan, who has been accused of squandering state resources by building the 1,150-room presidential palace, on Friday dedicated the mosque to the people.

The "Bestepe People's Mosque" can accommodate 3,000 worshippers and is one...

July 3, 2015 - 6:30am
3 days 15 hours ago

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The U.N. refugee agency says changes to Hungary's asylum system being rushed through parliament and the government's plan to build a fence on the border with Serbia could have "fatal consequences" for refugees fleeing war.

Montserrat Feixas Vihe, the UNHCR regional representative in Central Europe, says in an open letter to Hungarian lawmakers published Friday that while every country has the right to defend its borders and protect its citizens,...

July 3, 2015 - 6:19am
3 days 15 hours ago

PARIS (AP) — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has failed in a bid to win asylum in France.

Assange wrote a letter to French President Francois Hollande published in Le Monde on Friday, appealing to France's history as a beacon for the repressed. He noted that WikiLeaks recently revealed that the U.S. National Security Agency spied on Hollande and his two predecessors.

Hollande quickly said "no" to the request. In a statement, his office noted that...

July 3, 2015 - 6:15am
3 days 16 hours ago

BEIJING (AP) — A U.S. Cabinet secretary says Beijing and Washington are both working to end commercial ivory trading.

U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said Friday that Chinese officials expressed their intention to end the ivory trade in China, the world's top market for illegal ivory. Jewell met in Beijing with Vice Premier Wang Yang and Forestry Administration head Zhao Shucong.

She said Beijing has not set a timeline to ban the trade but wants...

July 3, 2015 - 6:13am
3 days 16 hours ago

BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State group says it has destroyed six archaeological pieces from the historic town of Palmyra that were confiscated from a smuggler.

An IS statement says the six busts were found when the smuggler was stopped at a checkpoint. The issue was referred to an Islamic court, which ordered that they be destroyed and the man be whipped.

Photographs released by the group showed IS fighters destroying the busts with large hammers....

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