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May 19, 2015 - 8:19am
1 week 2 days ago

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says a huge explosion has taken place near a busy shopping district of the capital, Kabul.

Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi confirmed Tuesday's blast but did not immediately have further details.

The blast happened in the car park of the Justice Ministry, which is close to one of Kabul's busiest commercial areas.

An Associated Press reporter at the scene says ambulances and...

May 19, 2015 - 8:12am
1 week 2 days ago

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Residents of Sanaa say a Saudi-led coalition has carried out the heaviest strikes on the Yemeni capital since the expiration of a truce with Shiite rebels, striking weapons depots and shaking residential areas several miles (kilometers) away.

Witnesses say the strikes began shortly after midnight Tuesday and kept residents awake throughout the night.

The Saudi-led strikes were focused on two mountains, Fag Atan and Noqom, where...

May 19, 2015 - 8:06am
1 week 2 days ago

PARIS (AP) — The maker of the Airbus A400M military transport plane that crashed in Spain this month is warning air forces flying the plane to carry out checks on the aircraft's electronic systems before the next flights.

Airbus Defence & Space says it sent the so-called Alert Operator Transmission notice to all operators of the giant turboprop airlifter on Tuesday.

The cause of the crash that killed two pilots and two flight test engineers on...

May 19, 2015 - 7:59am
1 week 2 days ago

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The leaders of Germany and France say that talks on Greece's bailout need to accelerate and should produce an agreement by the end of May to keep the country from default on its debts.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande said in Berlin on Tuesday that they were prepared to meet with Greek President Alexis Tsipras this week on the sidelines of an EU summit in Riga to try and work through issues face-to-face....

May 19, 2015 - 7:49am
1 week 3 days ago

VIENNA (AP) — Vienna's gay-themed pedestrian traffic lights are here to stay.

Instead of the usual stick man, the lights show couples — a man and a woman, two women or two men. Set up recently at 47 crossings, they were to be taken down in June, after the end of several gay-friendly events.

But Vienna Councilwoman Maria Vassilakou, in charge of traffic issues, says they will now remain. State broadcaster ORF quoted her Tuesday as saying they have...

May 19, 2015 - 7:45am
1 week 3 days ago

CATANIA, Sicily (AP) — An Italian prosecutor says authorities won't seek charges of illegal detention against two alleged smugglers in connection with a Mediterranean shipwreck believed to have killed more than 800 migrants.

Prosecutor Giovanni Salvi told reporters Tuesday that investigators now believe the doors to lower decks were closed to secure the boat and not to detain hundreds of migrants as prisoners. Many of the victims were believed to have perished inside the...

May 19, 2015 - 7:43am
1 week 2 days ago

GALWAY, Ireland (AP) — Prince Charles has begun an official visit to Ireland by meeting the leader of the Irish nationalist Sinn Fein party for the first time, in another symbolic milestone of the peacemaking process.

Charles clasped right hands and chatted over tea with Gerry Adams amidst a crowd at the National University of Ireland in Galway.

The encounter took place Tuesday at the start of Charles' four-day visit to the Republic of Ireland and...

May 19, 2015 - 7:41am
1 week 3 days ago

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The head of Interpol in Uganda says an Islamic extremist leader who was arrested in Tanzania will be extradited to Uganda after Tanzanian authorities agreed to cooperate.

Asan Kasingye told The Associated Press Tuesday that Jamil Mukulu appeared Friday in a Dar es Salaam court, charged with multiple counts of murder, after his extradition papers were filed.

Mukulu is the Ugandan leader of the Allied Democratic Forces, or ADF,...

May 19, 2015 - 7:39am
1 week 3 days ago

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's semi-official Tasnim news agency says a delegation from Afghanistan's Taliban has arrived in the country to discuss the situation of Afghan migrants and issues in the Islamic world.

The report on Tuesday says the delegation was headed by Tayyab Agha, who is in charge of the Taliban's political bureau in Qatar. It says the delegation met Iranian security officials and that similar delegations have visited Iran twice in the past....

May 19, 2015 - 7:31am
1 week 3 days ago

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Officials and the family of an American pilot who died in a plane crash in Cameroon say the pilot's remains are still in the cockpit even though villagers discovered the wreckage of his anti-poaching aircraft more than a month ago.

The discovery of pilot Bill Fitzpatrick and his Cessna 172 in forested, mountainous terrain in April had brought some relief to his family following lengthy search efforts that began after Fitzpatrick disappeared on a night...

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