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July 29, 2016 - 7:42am
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BERLIN (AP) — An 18-year-old "Pokemon Go" fan in Germany was sure where and when to find virtual monsters: a mobile home in a small provincial town in the small hours.

Police said Friday that they received a call at 4.28 a.m. from a woman in Polch, near Koblenz in western Germany, complaining that someone was hammering persistently on the door of her trailer and demanding to be let in.

Officers sent to the scene found a young man who told them he was...

July 29, 2016 - 7:27am
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MADRID (AP) — The number of tourists visiting Spain jumped by 12 percent in the first six months of 2016, as a mix of economic concerns and fears of extremist attacks continued to drive foreigners away from rival Mediterranean destinations.

Spain's National Statistics Institute said Friday that some 33 million tourists arrived between January and June.

Britons continued to top the list at eight million, up 17 percent. The figure for Germans, at 5...

July 29, 2016 - 7:23am
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GENEVA (AP) — The Latest on the war in Syria and international efforts to resolve the crisis around the embattled city of Aleppo (all times local):

9:30 p.m.

Russia's Defense Ministry says it is willing to work with the United Nations on setting up humanitarian corridors in Aleppo.

Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov was quoted by the Interfax news agency as saying Friday that Russia is "ready for close and constructive...

July 29, 2016 - 7:19am
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STOCKHOLM (AP) — She was off duty and wearing a bikini but that didn't stop Swedish police officer Mikaela Kellner from catching a suspected thief.

A photo of Kellner pinning the suspect to the ground was trending on social media in Sweden this week.

"My first intervention while wearing a bikini during my 11 years as a police officer," she wrote on Instagram.

Kellner and three friends were sunbathing Wednesday in a Stockholm park...

July 29, 2016 - 7:14am
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GENEVA (AP) — UNICEF is urging mothers to do more to start breastfeeding their newborns within an hour of birth, saying breast milk is a baby's "first vaccine."

The U.N. children's agency says some 77 million newborns — or about 1 in 2 — don't get breastfed within the first hour after birth, depriving them of key nutrients, antibodies and skin-to-skin contact.

UNICEF said Friday that newborns account for nearly half of all deaths of children under 5...

July 29, 2016 - 6:59am
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NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Ten relief organizations working in South Sudan say the U.N. should urgently improve its peacekeeping mission in the country to protect civilians and help deliver aid to civilians affected by the country's civil war.

The groups, including Oxfam, CARE, and the International Rescue Committee, issued a joint statement in South Sudan's capital, Juba, on Friday following reports that U.N. peacekeepers failed to act when government forces targeted...

July 29, 2016 - 6:58am
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PARIS (AP) — National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden and transparency website WikiLeaks are clashing over how best to handle the publication of sensitive data, a spat played out over Twitter.

WikiLeaks has come under increasing criticism over what it publishes, particularly following the release of what the website advertised as emails from Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party.

When a large numbers of emails turned out to be little...

July 29, 2016 - 6:50am
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DUBLIN (AP) — Three former senior bankers have been imprisoned for their roles in hiding billions in losses at the defunct Anglo Irish Bank, the biggest accounting fraud in Irish corporate history.

Judge Martin Nolan told the trio — former Anglo executives Willie McAteer and John Bowe and former Irish Life and Permanent chief executive Denis Casey — they were guilty of committing "sham transactions" designed to hide 7.2 billion euros ($8 billion) in deposit losses from...

July 29, 2016 - 6:42am
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GENEVA (AP) — A leading migration group says more than 3,000 people have died trying to cross the Mediterranean this year, nearly a 60-percent increase from this time in 2015.

The International Organization for Migration said Friday that the discovery of 39 bodies on Libyan shores this week raises the total, as of Wednesday, to 3,034 migrants and refugees who have died trying the crossing in 2016.

The figure marks the third straight year in which...

July 29, 2016 - 6:35am
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PARIS (AP) — French unions are protesting against energy giant EDF's approval of a major nuclear power plant project in southwest England, saying it puts the country's nuclear sector at risk.

The French government, which pushed for the project and owns a majority stake in EDF, didn't comment on the company's decision.

Three major French unions said in a statement Friday "we know the success conditions are not all met." They have taken legal action...

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