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February 3, 2016 - 4:36am
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KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says a 10-year-old boy who often fought the Taliban has been shot dead by insurgents while on his way to school in the southern Uruzgan province.

Rahimullah Khan, Uruzgan's deputy provincial police chief, said Wednesday that Wasil Ahmad was killed in Tirin Kot, the capital of the province, Monday.

The boy had fought Taliban alongside his uncle on many occasions, Khan says. Unknown gunmen Khan refers to...

February 3, 2016 - 4:36am
1 week 2 days ago

MADRID (AP) — A large cargo ship that went adrift last week in the Bay of Biscay is nearing the northern Spanish port of Bilbao following a towing operation that has lasted days.

Images Wednesday morning showed the listing, 164-meter (538-foot) Modern Express being towed by another ship via a cable.

The crew on the Panama-registered vessel was evacuated after issuing a distress call on Jan. 26. The ship is carrying 3,600 tons of wood and equipment....

February 3, 2016 - 4:35am
1 week 2 days ago

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek journalists have walked off the job ahead of a general strike set to disrupt services across the country to protest pension reforms that are part of the country's third international bailout.

Wednesday's media strike pulled all news broadcasts off the airwaves and left news websites without updates, while no Thursday newspapers will be printed.

Unions have called for a nationwide general strike on Thursday that will shut...

February 3, 2016 - 4:25am
1 week 2 days ago

BANGKOK (AP) — Police say two Russian tourists were badly injured at a Thailand beach resort when a speedboat's propeller severed one man's leg and cut deep gashes in the other man's leg.

The men, believed to be in their 30s, were struck while they were diving off Phi Phi island in Krabi province Wednesday.

Police Lt. Col. Jetsada Janpum said the operator of the speedboat had been detained for questioning.

Last month, a French...

February 3, 2016 - 4:23am
1 week 2 days ago

PARIS (AP) — Police have cleared an extensive slum-like camp along railroad tracks on the edge of Paris that housed hundreds of Roma, citing sanitary concerns.

Activist groups say some 400 people had been living in makeshift shelters at the site, but many had left in anticipation of the police action. The remaining residents left in a calm atmosphere Wednesday morning.

Thousands of Roma, also known as Gypsies, live in shantytowns around France, often...

February 3, 2016 - 4:17am
1 week 2 days ago

BEIJING (AP) — China's Foreign Ministry has called for all sides to show restraint over North Korea's announcement that it plans to launch a rocket in defiance of U.N. sanctions.

Ministry spokesman Lu Kang also expressed skepticism Wednesday over calls by the U.S. for tough new sanctions against North Korea over its Jan. 6 nuclear test.

Lu's comments come as U.S. diplomats are urging China to use its political and economic influence with North Korea...

February 3, 2016 - 4:15am
1 week 2 days ago

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's president has expressed willingness to reimburse the state for state spending on his private home, reflecting an effort to end a scandal that prompted a national outcry and led to heckling and even scuffles at some parliamentary sessions.

The office of President Jacob Zuma said Wednesday that Zuma wants South Africa's auditor-general and finance minister to determine how much he should pay for the more than $20 million in upgrades at...

February 3, 2016 - 4:01am
1 week 2 days ago

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — The lawyer for a Palestinian poet sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia for apostasy says his client's sentence has been reduced to prison time and lashes instead.

Ashraf Fayadh was sentenced to death in November by a court in the southwestern city of Abha. He faced multiple charges, including blasphemy, spreading atheism and having illicit relationships with women.

Defense lawyer Abdulrahman al-Lahim said in a statement...

February 3, 2016 - 3:44am
1 week 2 days ago

BEIJING (AP) — The wife of a Chinese journalist who disappeared while seeking asylum abroad says she's spoken to her husband and that he says he voluntarily returned to China for investigation, but that she believes he was forced to come back.

He Fangmei says she was able to speak with her journalist husband Li Xin on Wednesday when she was called into a police station to receive the call.

Li's return to China would be the latest example of Beijing's...

February 3, 2016 - 3:33am
1 week 2 days ago

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The son of former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has resigned as a state chief minister, saying he was ousted because of his criticism of Prime Minister Najib Razak over a $700 million financial scandal.

Mukhriz Mahathir says he had lost majority support in the northern Kedah state assembly following a party bid to remove him.

He warned Thursday the ruling Malay party was now at "its weakest point," tainted by...

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