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July 1, 2015 - 11:32am
3 days 22 hours ago

BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — A court in Azerbaijan has sentenced nine people to prison terms of up to 15 years on charges of fighting alongside the Islamic State group in Syria.

The convicts have been in custody since their arrest in September by Azerbaijani authorities.

Among those convicted Wednesday was Vugar Dursunaliyev, who the court said had instructed his son to join IS in Syria while he was 15. Dursunaliyev was sentenced to 15 years in prison;...

July 1, 2015 - 10:56am
3 days 22 hours ago

LONDON (AP) — British police say they are investigating the disappearance of a family of 12 feared to have traveled to Syria.

Bedfordshire police say the group from Luton, near London, includes three children, including a one-year-old baby, and two grandparents. The family was reported missing after they failed to return home from a holiday in Bangladesh in May.

Police said Wednesday they are working with the family's relatives to probe whether the...

July 1, 2015 - 10:53am
3 days 22 hours ago

LONDON (AP) — Nicholas Winton, a humanitarian who almost single-handedly saved more than 650 Jewish children from the Holocaust, earning himself the label "Britain's Schindler," has died. He was 106.

Son-in-law Stephen Watson said Winton died on Wednesday. The Rotary Club of Maidenhead, of which Winton was former president, said his daughter Barbara and two grandchildren were at his side.

Winton was a 29-year-old stock exchange clerk in 1938 when he...

July 1, 2015 - 10:50am
3 days 22 hours ago

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner is leading a Congressional delegation to Poland, part of a broader U.S. attempt to strengthen economic ties and reassure an ally nervous about Russian aggression in the region.

Boehner met with Poland's president and foreign minister in Warsaw on Wednesday. He briefly told reporters that his visit was focused on security cooperation and strengthening economic ties.

He said, "I think...

July 1, 2015 - 10:45am
3 days 22 hours ago

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The team investigating last year's crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in eastern Ukraine has prepared a draft final report and given it to countries involved in the probe for their comments.

The Dutch Safety Board announced Wednesday it made the draft report available on June 2 to representatives of Malaysia, Ukraine, the United States, Russia, the United Kingdom, Australia and the Netherlands. It did not publicize details of the...

July 1, 2015 - 10:42am
3 days 23 hours ago

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia's billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, one of the world's richest people, has announced he will donate all of his wealth to charity over the coming years.

The Saudi prince said in a statement that he will donate $32 billion to his organization called Alwaleed Philanthropies to work in the fields of "intercultural understanding" and supporting communities in need. Programs will include promoting health, eradicating disease...

July 1, 2015 - 10:34am
3 days 23 hours ago

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's troubled power company has been forced to sell bonds once again to obtain capital and avoid defaulting on a $415 million debt payment with a worsening economic crisis in the U.S. territory.

The Electric Power Authority said Wednesday it paid $153 million in cash and the rest from its debt service reserve accounts. Creditors agreed to buy $128 million worth of bonds to provide liquidity. The bonds have to be paid in full by...

July 1, 2015 - 9:44am
4 days 14 min ago

BERLIN (AP) — Media rights group Reporters without Borders says it is suing Germany's foreign intelligence agency, claiming that it spies on the organization's emails sent to foreign contacts in countries such as China or Uzbekistan.

The Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig confirmed Wednesday that it had received and would now examine the suit filed by the Paris-based group's German section.

Germany's BND intelligence agency said earlier this...

July 1, 2015 - 9:44am
4 days 24 min ago

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's internal security service says it arrested 40 Hamas operatives working to expand the militant Islamic group's reach in the West Bank.

The Shin Bet said the operatives were working to enlarge Hamas' infrastructure in the territory and establish areas where they could yield influence, such as charity work and education.

The agency said the Hamas operation was partly financed by gold smuggled into the West Bank from neighboring...

July 1, 2015 - 9:07am
4 days 24 min ago

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — A Palestinian artist whose mural of a rainbow flag on Israel's West Bank separation barrier was whitewashed by anti-gay protesters says his work sparked a rare debate among Palestinians about gay rights.

Khaled Jarrar said Wednesday that he received hundreds of Facebook messages — some threatening but others supportive or curious — since he painted the flag on six barrier cement slabs Monday.

Jarrar, 39, says his art was...

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