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July 19, 2015 - 2:31am
1 week 3 days ago

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — At least four explosions have rocked Gaza City, targeting cars belonging to officials from Islamic factions, including the territory's Hamas rulers.

Local media reported that two people were injured in Sunday morning's blast. Health officials could not immediately confirm the information.

The charred vehicles were parked outside the houses of the local officials in the Sheikh Radwan neighborhood. There was no immediate...

July 19, 2015 - 12:31am
1 week 3 days ago

BEIJING (AP) — China says the cause of death of a Tibetan lama who was serving a life sentence was cardiac arrest.

Tenzin Delek Rinpoche died 13 years into a sentence on charges of financing and supporting a series of terrorist bombings and secession activities. His supporters say the charges were trumped up.

The 65-year-old had studied under the Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama in the 1980s and been recognized by him as a reincarnated lama....

July 18, 2015 - 10:51pm
1 week 3 days ago

BEIJING (AP) — China has deported 20 foreigners from Britain, South Africa and India for watching video clips it says advocated terrorism and religious extremism.

The official Xinhua News Agency said late Saturday that the foreigners watched an unspecified documentary in a hotel room and later some of them watched video clips the report describes as advocating terrorism. Police also found similar clips on a cellphone belonging to one of the South Africans....

July 18, 2015 - 3:15pm
1 week 3 days ago

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — An Algerian police commander says Islamic militants have ambushed an Algerian army convoy in a forest west of Algiers, killing 11 soldiers.

The commander said Saturday the attack took place Friday in Ain Defla province, 240 kilometers (150 miles) from Algiers, the capital. He spoke on condition of anonymity because the military had yet to issue an official statement. The attack was also reported in the local press.

The attack...

July 18, 2015 - 1:11pm
1 week 3 days ago

EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) — Security officials in Egypt say militants have attacked two military checkpoints in North Sinai. There was no immediate report of casualties.

The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to reporters, say militants launched the attacks Saturday afternoon near the restive town of Sheikh Zuweid.

Both of the checkpoints were the sites of a major assault claimed by the Sinai affiliate...

July 18, 2015 - 11:51am
1 week 3 days ago

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek banks are reopening Monday after a forced 3-week closure but restrictions on cash withdrawals will remain.

In a decree Saturday, the Greek government kept the daily cash withdrawal limit at 60 euros ($65) but added a weekly limit. For example, a depositor who doesn't withdraw cash on Monday can withdraw 120 euros ($130) on Tuesday, and so on, up to 420 euros ($455) a week.

Bank customers will still not be able to cash...

July 18, 2015 - 11:47am
1 week 3 days ago

BERLIN (AP) — A German attorney representing some 30 families of victims of the March Germanwings plane crash says his clients are rejecting the airline's initial compensation offer as far too low.

In an email, lawyer Elmar Giemulla said Saturday he had written Lufthansa, Germanwings' parent company, to say their offer of 25,000 euros ($27,200) compensation for each victim covered by German law and payments of 10,000 euros ($10,830) each to victims' immediate relatives "...

July 18, 2015 - 11:24am
1 week 3 days ago

MOSCOW (AP) — Ukraine's Russia-backed separatist rebels say they are ready to pull back smaller-caliber weapons from much of the front line in eastern Ukraine.

Under a February armistice, both the rebels and the Ukrainian forces they are fighting were to pull back heavy weapons to create a buffer zone, but violations have been frequent and fighting continues. Ukrainian military spokesman Col. Andriy Lysenko said Saturday three civilians were killed in shelling of the...

July 18, 2015 - 11:07am
1 week 3 days ago

ROME (AP) — Police in Sicily have arrested three Egyptians who allegedly were in charge of a smuggling boat on which a 10-year-old Syrian girl with diabetes died after the smugglers threw her insulin overboard.

The 335 migrants arrived in port in Augusta, Sicily, on Wednesday after a week at sea. They had left port near Alessandria, Egypt, according to Save the Children. Spokeswoman Giovanna di Benedetto said Saturday the parents reported that as soon as the family of...

July 18, 2015 - 10:59am
1 week 3 days ago

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A spokeswoman for the South African rail service that witnessed a rush hour collision of two commuter trains Friday has given a final count of 239 people injured, down from the 300 originally reported.

Lillian Mofokeng, the Metrorail spokeswoman for the Gauteng province, said Saturday that only eight people were still hospitalized. No fatalities were reported.

Mofokeng said the area where the collision took place was still closed...

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