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July 29, 2015 - 1:27pm
1 hour 58 min ago

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — A new report finds that extortion at checkpoints is costing Ivory Coast millions each year despite government steps to eradicate the practice.

Human Rights Watch said Wednesday that security forces are still asking travelers for money four years after Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara's government said it would end the practice.

The money gets seized from those transporting commercial goods and immigrants at illegal...

July 29, 2015 - 1:22pm
1 hour 58 min ago

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The Hungarian government says it will complete by Aug. 31 the construction of a fence meant to stop the flow of immigrants and refugees entering through its southern border with Serbia.

Government spokesman Zoltan Kovacs said that Interior Minister Sandor Pinter assured the Cabinet at its meeting on Wednesday that the deadline, which had earlier been set for Nov. 30, could be met.

Kovacs also said that the government had...

July 29, 2015 - 1:18pm
1 hour 58 min ago

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia has formally declared the United States' National Endowment for Democracy as an undesirable group hostile to national interests.

The Justice Ministry's decision Wednesday means the non-governmental organization will be prevented from distributing grants or having offices in Russia. The move was expected after the general prosecutor's office on Tuesday described the group as a threat to Russia's constitutional order, defense and national security....

July 29, 2015 - 1:18pm
1 hour 38 min ago

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Two men in Zimbabwe have appeared in court in connection with the killing of a protected lion by an American dentist.

A professional hunter and a farmer are accused of helping the Minnesota dentist, Walter Palmer, hunt the lion. Police say they are looking for Palmer, who reportedly paid $50,000 to track and kill the animal.

A lawyer for the professional hunter says his client has been released on bail after today's court...

July 29, 2015 - 12:42pm
3 hours 8 min ago

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Women legislators are demanding that Turkey's deputy prime minister offers an apology for telling a legislator that she should be quiet because she is a woman.

Bulent Arinc told an opposition legislator who heckled him Wednesday: "Madam, shut up! As a woman you should shut up!"

Arinc was speaking at an emergency session of Turkey's parliament called to discuss terror attacks in the country. Women lawmakers protested the remark...

July 29, 2015 - 12:31pm
3 hours 8 min ago

LONDON (AP) — One of Britain's biggest unions has backed left-wing contender Jeremy Corbyn to lead Britain's opposition Labour Party, and a major bookmaker has made the former outsider odds-on favorite to win the contest.

General secretary Dave Prentis of Unison, which represents more than 1 million public-sector workers, said the choice of Corbyn "shows a clear need for change towards a fairer society."

The endorsement doesn't compel union members...

July 29, 2015 - 12:30pm
3 hours 18 min ago

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Move over: The world's population is expected to reach 8.5 billion by 2030 and 9.7 billion in 2050, a new U.N. report says. And there should be 11.2 billion people on Earth by the end of this century.

Meanwhile, India's population is set to pass China's in size around 2022, according to the report released Wednesday.

Population estimates play a huge role as the international community tries to figure out how to slow the danger...

July 29, 2015 - 11:44am
3 hours 38 min ago

LONDON (AP) — A British software programmer has been convicted of trying to obtain a chemical weapon after he attempted to buy enough ricin over the Internet to kill hundreds of people.

Mohammed Ali contacted a U.S. seller about buying 500 milligrams of the poison for $500. The contact was an undercover FBI agent, and Ali was arrested in February after he was sent a toy car containing a harmless powder he believed to be ricin.

Ali admitted trying to...

July 29, 2015 - 11:34am
3 hours 58 min ago

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. point man on Syria says it's too soon for another peace conference in Geneva and is inviting Syrians to hold intensive talks on key issues including a political transition and fighting terrorism.

Staffan de Mistura told the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday that the U.N.'s hope is that when Syrians come together to talk they can set out "an irreversible path toward a genuine political solution."

The U.N. special envoy...

July 29, 2015 - 11:05am
4 hours 8 min ago

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — The Portuguese government is recommending its staff try cycling in an effort to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and save money on gas.

The government has reduced its vehicle fleet from more than 28,000 in 2010 to fewer than 27,000 last year and now intends to buy 1,200 electric cars.

The goal is to save 50 million euros ($55 million) and reduce the government fleet's CO2 emissions by 20 percent between 2015 and 2020. That also...

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