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August 27, 2015 - 11:14am
27 min 19 sec ago

LONDON (AP) — Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett will receive a major career honor at this year's London Film festival, where two of her latest films are screening.

The Australian actress will be presented with the British Film Institute Fellowship at an Oct. 17 ceremony. BFI chairman Greg Dyke said Thursday that Blanchett was "a compelling and brave actress whose mesmerizing screen presence has captivated audiences since her earliest roles."

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August 27, 2015 - 11:10am
4 hours 47 min ago

SKHIRAT, Morocco (AP) — The United Nations announced Thursday the restarting of talks to form a unity government in Libya, even while admitting that the key Tripoli faction had not shown up.

Seven months of negotiations to end Libya's turmoil has produced five drafts of a unity government agreement backed by every faction except for the Tripoli-based delegation, which has refused to initial it.

The latest round of talks in Morocco was meant to...

August 27, 2015 - 11:05am
7 hours 37 min ago

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — They're cute, knee-high, they bray like donkeys and are a tourist attraction near Cape Town. But African Penguins — the continent's only species of the flightless bird — are at risk of extinction.

As shoals of anchovies and sardines have migrated south into cooler waters, the population of African Penguins that feeds on the fish has plummeted by 90 percent since 2004 along South Africa's west coast, once the stronghold of Africa's only...

August 27, 2015 - 10:30am
7 hours 47 min ago

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Dubai-based international port operator DP World says its net profits for the first half of the year reached $405 million, up 22 percent compared to the same period last year.

The company said in a statement Thursday that half-yearly revenue was up 14.5 percent at $1.9 billion, compared to $1.66 billion a year ago.

DP World attributed some of that growth to its $2.6 billion acquisition of Dubai government-linked...

August 27, 2015 - 10:21am
7 hours 37 min ago

MADRID (AP) — A Spanish judge has ordered a Moroccan man to jail on provisional charges of coordinating a cell that recruited jihadi fighters from Spain and Morocco for the Islamic State group.

National Court Judge Juan Pablo Gonzalez said in a statement Thursday that he jailed Abdeladim Achriaa because there was a high risk he would flee the country.

Achriaa, a long-time resident of Spain, was arrested in the central town of San Martin de la Vega....

August 27, 2015 - 10:12am
7 hours 47 min ago

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal's government has bowed to police demands for a shorter working week and early retirement, but some police labor groups aren't happy and are promising street demonstrations.

The government approved new labor regulations for the urban police force, called Policia de Seguranca Publica, on Thursday — the day those police said they would stop handing out traffic fines if their demands weren't met.

Five weeks before a...

August 27, 2015 - 9:41am
9 hours 7 min ago

MOSCOW (AP) — The International Atomic Energy Agency and Kazakhstan have signed an agreement to establish a low-enriched uranium bank in the Central Asian country, a move that supporters say could reduce concerns about nuclear weapons proliferation.

An IAEA statement on Thursday said the bank will be able to hold up to 90 tons of low-enriched uranium, which would be available to IAEA member states if they're unable to obtain nuclear fuel on the commercial market....

August 27, 2015 - 9:32am
9 hours 17 min ago

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — The attorney general's office of Guatemala is urging embattled President Otto Perez Molina to step down.

The office says in a statement posted on its website late Wednesday that Perez Molina should "submit his resignation, to prevent ungovernability."

Calls have been mounting for Perez Molina's resignation in the face of a corruption scandal that has resulted in the jailing of his former vice president. Many members of his...

August 27, 2015 - 9:30am
9 hours 17 min ago

BANGKOK (AP) — A Thai court has issued an arrest warrant for an unnamed suspect in a riverside blast that occurred a day after the bombing of a shrine in central Bangkok that killed 20 people.

Police spokesman Prawut Thawornsiri said the suspect appeared in a security video that shows a blurry image of an unidentified man in a blue shirt kicking a bag into the water near a busy pier on the night of Aug. 17, soon after the explosion at the Erawan Shrine....

August 27, 2015 - 9:27am
9 hours 17 min ago

LONDON (AP) — Manspreading is so widespread it's now a word.

The term, coined by commuters, refers to men on public transport who splay their legs wide apart and encroach on neighboring seats. It's now been added to OxfordDictionaries.com.

The free online dictionary of current usage, created by the publishers of the venerable Oxford English Dictionary, issued its quarterly update today of new words that have gained widespread currency in the English...

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