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July 23, 2015 - 4:49am
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NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenyan victims of the 1998 bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi are appealing for financial compensation from the United States ahead of a visit this week by President Barack Obama.

Douglas Sidialo, a Kenyan who was blinded in the attack linked to al-Qaida, says Obama should consider aid for Kenyan victims on "humanitarian grounds."

Obama is scheduled to arrive Friday in Kenya on a two-nation African tour that also includes...

July 23, 2015 - 4:43am
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MADRID (AP) — Spain has raised the minimum age for marriage from 14 to 16 to boost protection of minors and bring the country in line with its European Union neighbors.

The legislation came into effect Thursday and follows recommendations from United Nations experts and child protection groups.

Spanish law had previously allowed boys and girls to marry at 14 with permission from a judge.

It was one of lowest minimum ages in the...

July 23, 2015 - 4:34am
1 week 4 days ago

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Grammy award-winning singer Chris Brown says he's confused about why he's stuck in Manila, where his scheduled departure has been delayed by a fraud complaint over a canceled concert last New Year's Eve.

Officials said Thursday that the R&B singer remained in the Philippines after he was prevented from leaving on Wednesday following a concert the day before.

He has not applied for the emigration clearance he needs to be...

July 23, 2015 - 3:42am
1 week 4 days ago

MADRID (AP) — Spain's unemployment rate has dropped to 22.4 percent in the second quarter, welcome news for the governing Popular Party as it prepares for upcoming general elections

The National Statistics Institute said Thursday the number of people out of work dropped by 295,600 between April and June for a rounded total of 5.1 million.

The rate was 23.8 percent in the first quarter.

Unemployment soared after 2008 because of...

July 23, 2015 - 3:39am
1 week 3 days ago

BAGHDAD (AP) — A U.S. military official says Iraqi troops trained by the U.S.-led coalition are being added for the first time to the assault force Iraq is using in its push to retake the city of Ramadi.

The news that about 3,000 U.S.-trained Iraqi army soldiers were added to the fight in recent days was briefed to Defense Secretary Ash Carter, who was in Baghdad.

Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren says one of those newly trained units...

July 23, 2015 - 3:27am
1 week 3 days ago

REIMS, France (AP) — The parents of a comatose French man whose family is divided over whether to continue care for him say doctors want protection for him and for themselves.

Vincent Lambert was left comatose in a 2008 car accident. His wife wants doctors to stop life support but his parents disagree. The case, with echoes of the American case a decade ago of Terri Schiavo, went up to Europe's human rights court, which ruled in June that doctors could stop treatment....

July 23, 2015 - 3:23am
1 week 4 days ago

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Organizers and media reports say American base jumper Ian Flanders has died in a parachute accident during a nature sports festival in eastern Turkey.

Flanders plunged into a river and died when his parachute ropes got wrapped around his legs during a jump from the Karanlik canyon in Turkey's Erzincan province on July 21. His body was pulled out of the Karasu river, a tributary of the Euphrates, by rescue boats and taken to the Erzincan state...

July 23, 2015 - 3:05am
1 week 4 days ago

BERLIN (AP) — German automaker Daimler says net profit rose 8 percent in the second quarter, boosted by strong sales, particularly of its Mercedes-Benz cars.

Daimler AG said Thursday net profit in April through June rose to 2.372 billion euros ($2.59 billion), compared to 2.196 billion euros in the same quarter last year.

Sales were up 14 percent over the second quarter of 2014, with 714,800 passenger cars and commercial vehicles sold....

July 23, 2015 - 2:46am
1 week 4 days ago

PRAGUE (AP) — The death toll in a collision between a high-speed train and a truck in eastern Czech Republic has reached three after a passenger died in a hospital over the night.

Tomas Oborny, spokesman for the University hospital in the city of Ostrava, confirmed the death Wednesday. He said three other people remain in serious condition.

The train hit the truck at a rail crossing in the eastern town of Studenka on Tuesday as it was traveling from...

July 22, 2015 - 11:36pm
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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's quarterly growth slowed to the lowest in more than two years as a severe drought hit agriculture and an outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome sapped consumption.

The Bank of Korea said Thursday that South Korea's economy expanded 2.2 percent in the second quarter over a year earlier. That's the lowest since the first quarter of 2013.

Asia's fourth-largest economy eked out 0.3 percent growth from the...

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