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July 29, 2015 - 9:51am
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BERLIN (AP) — Munich's city council has refused to lift a ban on so-called "stumbling stones," tiny plaques embedded in sidewalks to commemorate Holocaust victims outside their former homes, which are a common sight elsewhere in Germany.

The opposition Greens and a smaller group on the council had sought to clear the way for the stones carrying Holocaust victims' names to be laid, something that councilors first rejected in 2004.

But news agency dpa...

July 29, 2015 - 9:43am
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BEIRUT (AP) — An activist group and a Lebanese TV station are reporting that an Israeli drone attack in southern Syria has killed at least three pro-government gunmen.

Al-Manar TV, the outlet of Lebanon's Hezbollah group, says the strike targeted a car carrying members of the Syrian National Defense Committees near the predominantly Druze village of Hader. The village is surrounded by opposition-controlled territory.

The Britain-based Syrian...

July 29, 2015 - 9:18am
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YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — The president of Nigeria is making a visit to neighboring Cameroon as the two countries struggle to contain the mutual threat posed by Islamic militants.

New Nigerian leader Muhammadu Buhari began his first official visit to Cameroon as president on Wednesday. He's trying to bolster support for a multinational army to fight the Boko Haram uprising.

Relations have long been tense between the two countries, interfering in...

July 29, 2015 - 9:09am
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JERUSALEM (AP) — A leading international watchdog says the Israeli military may have committed war crimes and crimes against humanity during last summer's Gaza war when it carried out four days of intense bombardment in retaliation for an attack by Hamas militants in which an Israeli soldier was captured.

Amnesty International's report Wednesday says Israeli forces carried out disproportionate and indiscriminate attacks, killing at least 135 civilians over those four...

July 29, 2015 - 9:00am
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ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Croatian lawmakers have voted overwhelmingly to withdraw from a border arbitration with Slovenia, dealing further blow to efforts to resolve a longstanding dispute.

Parliament voted Wednesday 141-0 in favor of withdrawing from the process following revelations one the Slovenian judge on the international panel had violated its rules.

The vote came a day after the Netherlands-based tribunal urged both sides to "refrain from any...

July 29, 2015 - 8:46am
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LONDON (AP) — Novels by Americans Anne Tyler and Marilynne Robinson are among 13 contenders for the 50,000-pound ($78,000) Booker Prize for fiction.

The list, chosen from 156 entries and announced Wednesday, includes "A Brief History of Seven Killings" by Marlon James, the first Jamaica-born Booker contender.

Also selected are Ireland's Anne Enright for "The Green Road" and British writer Andrew O'Hagan's "The Illuminations."

Two...

July 29, 2015 - 7:32am
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BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romanian authorities have seized 333 kilograms (733 pounds) of heroin that was headed to Western Europe.

Authorities said Wednesday the drugs were found the day before stashed in two separate trucks, which each had a concealed gasoline tank. One truck was traveling toward Hungary and the other was intercepted in the northern town of Bistrita.

The drugs were sprinkled with pepper to try and avoid detection by sniffer dogs....

July 29, 2015 - 7:31am
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HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Two men arrested for illegally hunting a protected lion are in court in Zimbabwe to face poaching charges.

The men — a professional hunter and a farm owner — are accused of helping an American tourist hunt the lion named Cecil.

The two Zimbabwean men appeared on Wednesday at the Hwange magistrate's court, about 435 miles (700 kilometers) west of the capital Harare. Zimbabwean police said they are looking for the American...

July 29, 2015 - 7:22am
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BERLIN (AP) — An activist group says some 1,000 refugees are currently sleeping rough in the German capital because authorities in Berlin are unable to cope with the influx of people seeking asylum.

The Berlin Refugee Council says authorities have given 1,800 people vouchers for private hostels in recent months because official accommodation is full.

But the group claims that only about 600 hostel places are actually available, meaning many refugees...

July 29, 2015 - 7:16am
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ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's prime minister says he does not want early elections, but rebels within his radical left Syriza party could force his hand.

Alexis Tsipras said Wednesday that if he loses his parliamentary majority, which has been challenged by party hardliners who oppose Greece's talks for a new international bailout, he will have to call national elections.

Tsipras said in an interview with Syriza's Sto Kokkino radio station that he...

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