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June 18, 2016 - 12:07pm
1 week 4 days ago

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's defense minister has traveled to Syria to meet with its leader and visit the Russian air base.

The Defense Ministry said Saturday that Sergei Shoigu met with Syrian President Bashar Assad to discuss military ties and cooperation in fighting "terrorist groups."

Russia has conducted an air campaign in Syria since last September, helping Assad's forces win back some ground.

Shoigu also visited the Hemeimeem...

June 18, 2016 - 10:12am
1 week 4 days ago

LE MANS, France (AP) — Hollywood actor Brad Pitt has got the 24 Hours Le Mans classic endurance race underway in difficult weather conditions.

Pitt, who was the official starter, stood in the middle of the track Saturday and held a French flag as the race began in pouring rain with the 60 cars forced to start behind the safety car.

One of the Porsche's 919 hybrid cars — driven by Neel Jani — was leading the field ahead of teammate Timo Bernhard and...

June 18, 2016 - 9:28am
1 week 4 days ago

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Germany's foreign minister has warned against relying on "saber-rattling" in the wake of military exercises aimed at demonstrating NATO's resolve to defend members in eastern Europe against a more assertive Russia.

Frank-Walter Steinmeier was quoted by the Bild newspaper's website Saturday as saying that a "symbolic tank parade on the eastern border of the alliance" would not ensure security.

He argued for "embedding Russia...

June 18, 2016 - 9:10am
1 week 4 days ago

PARIS (AP) — A French prosecutor says two suspects with links to the killer of two French police officials will be tried on terrorism charges connected to the murders.

The prosecutor announced the charges Saturday against Charaf-Din Aberouz and Saad Rajraji, who will remain in detention.

The prosecutor had until Saturday morning to release the two or pursue charges.

Both individuals had been convicted in 2013 of links with a...

June 18, 2016 - 8:32am
1 week 4 days ago

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The IOC says it "welcomes and fully supports" the decision to ban Russia's track and field team from the Rio de Janeiro Olympics because of widespread doping.

The IOC says it "fully respects" Friday's ruling by the IAAF to maintain its suspension of the Russians.

The IOC says "the eligibility of athletes in any international competition including the Olympic Games is a matter for the respective international federation...

June 18, 2016 - 8:26am
1 week 4 days ago

NEW DELHI (AP) — The governor of India's central bank says he'll quit and return to academia when his term ends in September.

Gov. Raghuram Rajan issued a statement on Saturday, ending speculation over whether Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government will give him another three-year term with India's economy growing at an impressive 7.5 percent.

Some leaders of Modi's Hindu nationalist party recently criticized Rajan for adopting a hard line against...

June 18, 2016 - 8:19am
1 week 4 days ago

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian activists say militants have captured two villages from government forces and their allies in the northern province of Aleppo.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the four-day offensive by different militant groups, including al-Qaida's branch in Syria, killed 86 troops and pro-government gunmen, including 25 members of Lebanon's Hezbollah group.

The Observatory and the Local Coordination Committees, an...

June 18, 2016 - 8:05am
1 week 4 days ago

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey's state-run agency says fighter jets have carried out a bombing run against Kurdish rebels in the country's southeast.

Anadolu agency reported a total of 16 PKK targets were hit early Saturday in the district of Lice, including shelters and ammunition depots.

Turkish war planes periodically bomb the PKK, or the Kurdistan Workers' Party, which wants greater autonomy for Kurds living in Turkey.

The PKK...

June 18, 2016 - 7:32am
1 week 4 days ago

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court has sentenced six people, including two Al-Jazeera employees, to death for allegedly passing documents related to national security to Qatar and the Doha-based TV network during the rule of Islamist president Mohammed Morsi.

Morsi, the case's top defendant, was also sentenced to 25 years in prison. He was ousted by the military in July 2013 and has already been sentenced to death in another case.

Saturday's verdicts can...

June 18, 2016 - 7:28am
1 week 4 days ago

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — A group that tracks online extremist activity says Boko Haram claims to have killed "seven apostates" in an attack on a military barracks in southeast Niger.

SITE Intelligence Group said the Nigeria-based group took credit for the attack in the town of Ghafam in the Diffa region in a statement Friday.

The statement said Boko Haram fighters also took "weapons and various ammunition."

More than 20 soldiers were...

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