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July 17, 2016 - 1:54pm
1 week 2 days ago

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's government says a brother of the late President Hugo Chavez has died.

Anibal Chavez was mayor of Sabaneta, the rural town where the family was raised. Officials did not give a cause of death, but local news media reported he had been in a hospital after a sudden illness. He was about 60 years old.

A government communique issued Sunday praises him as an "exemplary fighter, a man of the people at the service of...

July 17, 2016 - 1:42pm
1 week 2 days ago

TROON, Scotland (AP) — The Latest on the final round of the British Open (all times local):


6:30 p.m.

After an epic duel at the British Open, Henrik Stenson has claimed his first major title.

Stenson shot an 8-under 63 on Sunday to beat Phil Mickelson by three strokes, becoming the first man from Sweden to win one of golf's biggest events.

Mickelson, seeking his sixth major title at...

July 17, 2016 - 1:15pm
1 week 2 days ago

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — A group that monitors online extremist activity says al-Qaida's North Africa branch has reported the death of a Tunisian commander in Mali.

The SITE Intelligence Group on Sunday quoted a statement from al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb saying Abu Bakr al-Shinqiti was killed during a raid on a Malian army barracks near the border with Burkina Faso. The statement did not specify the date or location of the raid, nor did it report any Malian...

July 17, 2016 - 12:26pm
1 week 2 days ago

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates says his foundation will invest another $5 billion in Africa over the next five years.

Gates on Sunday delivered the Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture ahead of Mandela Day, when South Africans are encouraged to donate 67 minutes of their time to help others.

Gates is also attending a global AIDS conference that starts Monday in South Africa.

Gates said the Bill...

July 17, 2016 - 12:10pm
1 week 2 days ago

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says it has called off a search for 15 people reported missing in an attempt to reach the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Survivors who were rescued Monday near the British Virgin Islands told officials that 13 Cubans, a Colombian and a Dominican were missing. They said the boat set off from the Dutch island of St. Maarten on July 9 and was headed for the U.S. territory, where Cubans have legal right to remain if they can reach land...

July 17, 2016 - 11:24am
1 week 2 days ago

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military says it fired two missiles at a drone that crossed into its airspace from neighboring Syria.

The military says two missiles from its Patriot air defense system were launched at the drone over the Golan Heights. The military says the drone returned to Syria.

Israel has shot down Syrian aircraft in the past. In 2014, it brought down a Syrian drone and fighter jet that had entered its airspace on two separate...

July 17, 2016 - 10:23am
1 week 2 days ago

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A hotel in Mecca's Azaziya neighborhood has caught fire, sending plumes of smoke over the area as firefighters worked for hours to extinguish the flames that engulfed the 10-storey building.

Saudi Arabia's Civil Defense says no injuries or deaths have been reported from the fire, which erupted Sunday just before noon. The hotel had been vacated when rescue teams arrived on the scene.

The Azaziya neighborhood is home...

July 17, 2016 - 10:21am
1 week 2 days ago

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court has rejected an appeal by an Egyptian author against a two-year prison sentence he was given on obscenity charges.

Documents obtained Sunday show a decision the previous day by the court in Cairo's Abassia neighborhood rejected Ahmed Naji's request to rescind the sentence he has been serving since February for the sexual content in his novel "The Use of Life."

The literary and human rights organization PEN America and...

July 17, 2016 - 9:33am
1 week 2 days ago

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military says two soldiers have been killed after a grenade one of the troops was holding exploded.

The military says three other soldiers were injured in Sunday's incident, which took place in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights. They were evacuated to a hospital for treatment.

The military identified the deceased soldiers as Sgt. Shlomo Rindenow, 20, a New Jersey native, and Staff Sgt. Husam Tapash, 24....

July 17, 2016 - 6:51am
1 week 2 days ago

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Armenia's security forces say a group of armed men has attacked a police station in the capital, killing one officer, wounding two and taking several others hostage.

Sunday's attack was carried out by members of an opposition group demanding the release of their jailed leader, Jirair Sefilian, who was arrested last month on charges of planning to overthrow the government.

Police have cordoned off the area around the station in...

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