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June 27, 2015 - 12:32pm
3 days 11 hours ago

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — The president of Armenia has suspended hikes in household electricity rates in an effort to end the protests that have blocked the capital's main avenue for six straight days.

President Serzh Sargsyan announced on Saturday that the government of the former Soviet nation would bear the burden of the higher electricity costs until an audit of the Russian-owned power company could be completed.

It was not yet clear whether the...

June 27, 2015 - 12:28pm
2 days 21 hours ago

MADRID (AP) — Weather stations across Spain are warning people to take extra precautions as a heat wave engulfs much of the country, increasing the risk of wildfires.

The country's meteorological agency says a mass of hot air originating in Africa is moving northwards, bringing with it until at least Monday temperatures reaching 40 C (104 F).

Northeastern Catalonia's meteorological service says in a statement Saturday that the heat brings with it "a...

June 27, 2015 - 12:09pm
3 days 13 hours ago

SOUSSE, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia's prime minister has announced a string of new security measures in the wake of its worst terrorist attack ever.

The measures include closing renegade mosques and calling up army reservists.

The prime minister (Habib Essid) told reporters in Tunis that reservists will be deployed in tourist sites around the country and inside hotels.

He also said that political parties and associations espousing...

June 27, 2015 - 11:49am
3 days 14 hours ago

VIENNA (AP) — Here's the scene Saturday in Vienna: The top American and Iranian diplomats are facing each other across a square table in a 19th century palace.

The atmosphere was calm as Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign minister Mohammed Javad Zarif started the final push for a generation-defining nuclear agreement.

Just a short while ago, a snapshot of representatives from these two enemies engaged in discussions on nuclear and...

June 27, 2015 - 11:38am
3 days 14 hours ago

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Authorities in southern Poland have banned music fans from bringing glass bottles and metal objects to a concert of the bearded cross-dressing Austrian diva Conchita Wurst.

Wurst, who won last year's Eurovision Song Contest, is performing her hits and covers on Saturday at the sixth annual "Coven" festival in the city of Kielce. For the first time security precautions are being taken. The concert also includes Polish music stars and will be...

June 27, 2015 - 11:12am
3 days 15 hours ago

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi authorities say 12 people have been killed in series of attacks today targeting public places Baghdad.

Police officials say a car bomb went off at midday near shops selling car parts in southeastern Baghdad, killing five people and wounding 13 others.

Another bomb blast at an outdoor market killed three shoppers and wounded eight in the city's eastern suburbs. Also, police said a bomb exploded near a row of shops in the capital's...

June 27, 2015 - 11:07am
3 days 15 hours ago

KUWAIT CITY (AP) — Thousands of people have taken part in a mass funeral procession in Kuwait for 27 people killed in a suicide bombing at a Shiite mosque.

Police say they are interrogating a number of suspects with possible links to the attack.

And the Interior Ministry says police have arrested the owner of the car that was used by the bomber to drive to the Imam Sadiq Mosque in Kuwait City, where he detonated his device inside among the...

June 27, 2015 - 10:33am
3 days 15 hours ago

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A Pakistani official says the devastating weeklong heat wave in the southern port city of Karachi has killed 1,233 people.

Nazar Mohammad Bozdar, operations director at the Provincial Disaster Management Authority, said Saturday that 65,000 heatstroke patients were treated at the city's hospitals since June 20 when the heat wave struck Sindh province and its capital, Karachi.

He told The Associated Press that 1,923 patients with heat...

June 27, 2015 - 9:42am
3 days 15 hours ago

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Denmark's Royal Palace says the leader of Denmark's center-right Liberals will present a new small, minority government with his party alone but backed by a parliamentary majority.

The palace says Lars Loekke Rasmussen on Sunday will present his new government, whose survival relies on the populist, anti-immigrant Danish People's Party, which came second in the June 18 elections, and two other parties.

The four parties in...

June 27, 2015 - 8:15am
3 days 18 hours ago

KUWAIT CITY (AP) — Police in Kuwait say they have interrogated a number of suspects with possible links to the suicide bombing that killed 27 Shiite worshippers during midday Friday prayers.

An Interior Ministry statement on Saturday says that police have also arrested the owner of the car that was used by the suicide bomber to drive to the Shiite mosque, where he detonated his device once inside. Police did not say how many suspects are being interrogated....

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