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October 7, 2015 - 10:57am
2 days 19 hours ago

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Russian warships in the Caspian Sea have been firing cruise missiles as Syrian government troops launch a ground offensive in central Syria.

It's the first major combined air-and-ground assault since Moscow began its military campaign in the country last week.

A Russian officer maintains that the missiles, launched from some 900 miles away, traveled over "unpopulated areas" to target militants.

Moscow has...

October 7, 2015 - 10:26am
2 days 20 hours ago

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — A Zimbabwean wildlife official says five people are in police custody and being questioned over the killing of 11 elephants poisoned by cyanide at Hwange National Park in the west of the country.

In addition to the elephants killed at Hwange park, three others were poisoned by cyanide near Kariba in northern Zimbabwe in the past two weeks.

National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority spokeswoman Caroline Washaya Moyo on...

October 7, 2015 - 10:25am
2 days 20 hours ago

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — The president of Honduras' most famed soccer club has been arrested by U.S. authorities in Miami on money laundering charges.

Documents filed in U.S. federal court in Miami indicate that Yankel Rosenthal was scheduled to appear in court Wednesday afternoon.

Details were not available and it was not known if Rosenthal had retained a lawyer. He was arrested Tuesday at Miami's airport.

Rosenthal heads...

October 7, 2015 - 9:24am
2 days 21 hours ago

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin is spending his 63rd birthday on the ice, playing hockey with NHL stars against Russian officials and tycoons.

Earlier Wednesday Putin was debriefed by Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu about the Russian air force operation in Syria. Shortly after that, Putin and the team of Soviet-born NHL stars took on Shoigu as well as other Russian officials and tycoons who are subject to Western sanctions over Russian actions in Ukraine,...

October 7, 2015 - 8:53am
2 days 21 hours ago

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A Somali official says Islamic extremist rebels killed two men in a drive-by shooting in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu.

The al-Shabab extremist group claimed responsibility for the Wednesday attack claiming that they had killed a nephew of the president and another government official.

Capt. Mohammed Hussein, a senior Somali police officer confirmed that gunmen killed two men Wednesday but said their identities were still unclear...

October 7, 2015 - 8:37am
2 days 21 hours ago

JERUSALEM (AP) — The organizers of an international competition sponsored by Google to send a privately funded spacecraft to the moon say a team of Israeli engineers is the first to advance.

The Israeli nonprofit group SpaceIL has signed a contract with American aerospace manufacturer SpaceX to launch an unmanned spacecraft into lunar orbit — the first step a team must take toward landing on the moon and winning the $20 million grand prize.


October 7, 2015 - 8:01am
2 days 21 hours ago

LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister David Cameron says he has "no sentimental attachment" to the European Union and will refashion relations with the bloc in Britain's economic interest.

In a bullish speech Wednesday to Conservative Party faithful following his resounding election victory, Cameron said he was "only interested in two things: Britain's prosperity and Britain's influence."

In May, Cameron's party defied poll predictions by winning a majority...

October 7, 2015 - 7:59am
2 days 22 hours ago

LONDON (AP) — The London Film Festival opens Wednesday with "Suffragette," the story of British women who fought for the right to vote — a milestone on a journey to equality that many believe is still unfinished.

It's a fitting choice for a festival determined to champion women on both sides of the camera.

Starring Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter and Meryl Streep, the gritty early 20th-century drama — think blood and sweat, not "Downton Abbey...

October 7, 2015 - 7:58am
2 days 22 hours ago

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Days of hard political bargaining are expected in Portugal as party leaders negotiate compromises to find a stable government following a general election that produced no clear winner.

The previous center-right coalition government collected most votes in Sunday's ballot despite enacting austerity policies, but it lost its outright majority in Parliament where it can be out-voted by left-of-center lawmakers who want to ease or scrap austerity....

October 7, 2015 - 7:53am
2 days 14 hours ago

JERUSALEM (AP) — The latest developments in ongoing tensions between Palestinians and Israelis following days of violence in Jerusalem and the West Bank (all times local).


9:20 p.m.

Israeli police say forces opened fire on a Palestinian motorist after he attempted to drive through a checkpoint in the West Bank and tried to hit an officer.

Israeli police spokeswoman Luba Samri said the officer was "in...

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