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July 3, 2014 - 10:23am
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LONDON (AP) — Can Sherlock Holmes help unlock the mystery of the insular enigma that is North Korea? The British government considers it elementary.

Britain says it used an episode of TV series "Sherlock" to encourage change in the communist state.

The drama, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the detective, was shown at the Pyongyang International Film Festival in 2012.

The Foreign Office has revealed the diplomatic drive behind...

July 3, 2014 - 10:13am
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KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The European Union called on Thursday for a more extensive investigation into allegations of irregularities in Afghanistan's presidential election, citing "highly worrying indications of potentially widespread fraud."

The statement came a day after the Afghan commission overseeing the vote postponed the release of preliminary results until next week so it could audit the ballots from 1,930 polling stations that had at least 599 votes in 30...

July 3, 2014 - 9:45am
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SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — More than a hundred Libyan rebels, sporting new suits, chartered a plane on Thursday to travel to the Sarajevo premiere of a documentary about their revolution.

The film "Tomorrow, Tripoli" follows the insurgents from the Libyan town of Zintan from the start of the uprising to the fall of leader Moammar Gadhafi in 2011.

French director Florent Marcie, who filmed the Zintan fighters for eight months, said the group...

July 3, 2014 - 9:45am
1 week 2 days ago

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — A Nigerian atheist released from the mental ward to which his Muslim family committed him by force said Thursday he is getting death threats for blaspheming against Islam.

Mubarak Bala, a 29-year-old chemical process engineer, said he is in hiding in predominantly Muslim northern Nigeria where Shariah law holds and some interpretations have blasphemy punishable by death.

"People are threatening me, I mean life-threatening...

July 3, 2014 - 9:38am
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BRUSSELS (AP) — Google's removal of search results in Europe is drawing accusations of press censorship, as stories from some of the continent's most prominent news outlets begin vanishing. The U.S. internet giant said Thursday it is getting 1,000 requests a day to scrub results.

The U.S. firm must comply with a May ruling from the European Union's top court that enables citizens to ask for the removal of embarrassing personal information that pops up on a search of...

July 3, 2014 - 9:06am
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NEW DELHI (AP) — The death toll in a building collapse in southern India has risen to 60, as hundreds of workers came close to clearing the massive ruins of the 11-story structure, police said Thursday.

Police Inspector-General Sandeep Rai Rathore said 27 people had been rescued since the weekend — the last one on Tuesday — from under the enormous heap of broken concrete slabs, twisted iron girders and concrete dust in one of the worst building collapses in India in...

July 3, 2014 - 8:47am
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KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The U.S. Embassy in Uganda warned on Thursday of a specific threat by an unknown terrorist group to attack the country's only international airport.

The Entebbe International Airport could be attacked on Thursday between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. local time, the embassy said on its website, citing information obtained from Ugandan police. The statement urged U.S. citizens traveling through Entebbe around that time to "review their plans in light of this...

July 3, 2014 - 7:58am
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NEW DELHI (AP) — Dozens of Indian nurses who have been stranded at an Iraqi hospital are safe but are being forced to move to a new area controlled by Islamic militants, an Indian official said Thursday.

Forty-six nurses have been holed up for more than a week in Tikrit, where militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant have taken over.

Indian External Affairs Ministry spokesman Syed Akbaruddin said the nurses were unharmed, but were...

July 3, 2014 - 7:50am
1 week 2 days ago

LONDON (AP) — An international trafficking network forced more than 120 Eastern European women into prostitution, using violence and intimidation to operate brothels across London "on a commercial scale," police said Thursday.

Five members of the gang were sentenced Wednesday to between three and 12 years in prison for luring victims to Britain with false promises of legitimate work. The organizer, 35-year-old Indian national Vishal Chaudhary, received 12 years. The...

July 3, 2014 - 7:32am
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BERLIN (AP) — German lawmakers on Thursday approved the introduction of the country's first national minimum wage, a triumph for its main center-left party that a long-skeptical Chancellor Angela Merkel described as a "painful" political compromise.

Most workers in Europe's biggest economy will be guaranteed at least 8.50 euros ($11.60) per hour under the legislation, which takes effect Jan. 1. Some employers will have two years to phase in the minimum wage; under-18s...

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