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July 13, 2016 - 7:08am
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BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romanian prosecutors say dozens of vulnerable people including children were kidnapped, chained up, fed scraps of food and forced into manual labor or fighting for entertainment over an eight-year period.

Organized crime prosecutors said Wednesday they are investigating 40 suspects who they say tricked, forced or kidnapped some 40 people with disabilities or who were very poor, and made them chop wood, beg or look after animals....

July 13, 2016 - 6:57am
1 week 3 days ago

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — A court in Zimbabwe has freed a pastor who organized a nationwide strike against the government, ruling that police violated his rights.

Magistrate Vakayi Chikwekwe told a packed courtroom that the decision to bring new charges in court against Evan Mawarire was unconstitutional.

Mawarire was originally charged with inciting violence when he was arrested on Tuesday, but prosecutors changed the charge just before his court...

July 13, 2016 - 6:41am
1 week 3 days ago

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's public television says Emperor Akihito has expressed his intention to retire and relinquish his title in the next few years.

NHK said the 82-year-old Akihito did not wish to remain emperor if he had to reduce his official duties. Akihito in recent years has referred to his old age, and the Imperial Household Agency has suggested cutting back on his duties.

The report Wednesday evening cited unidentified agency sources....

July 13, 2016 - 6:33am
1 week 3 days ago

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Hospitals in India's portion of Kashmir are overwhelmed, with hundreds of wounded patients pouring in as the region reels from days of clashes between anti-India protesters and government troops that have killed at least 31 people.

A doctor at the region's main government hospital said Wednesday that staff had performed more eye surgeries in the last three days than they had in three years. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't...

July 13, 2016 - 6:29am
1 week 3 days ago

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military says security forces have shot and killed a Palestinian man who was in a car speeding toward them in the West Bank.

The military says the officers, who are with Israel's paramilitary border police, were confiscating an arms-manufacturing machine on Wednesday when the car accelerated toward them. It says the security forces fired toward the car, killing the man.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health identified him as...

July 13, 2016 - 6:26am
1 week 3 days ago

BEIJING (AP) — EU leaders say they have agreed with China to form a working group to discuss Beijing's overproduction of steel, which they say is linked to whether they will grant market economy status to China.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker told reporters Wednesday that there is a clear link between steel overcapacity in China and the market economy status for China.

He said that he had agreed with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang to...

July 13, 2016 - 6:25am
1 week 3 days ago

TROON, Scotland (AP) — The Latest on the British Open (all times local):

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4:10 p.m.

Dustin Johnson is blaming it on Rio.

The U.S. Open champion withdrew from the Olympics late last week because of concerns over the Zika virus. He says the PGA Tour did a good job informing him of risks and making him feel comfortable, but that his family's health was more important.

Johnson says if the...

July 13, 2016 - 6:14am
1 week 3 days ago

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on Europe's response to mass influx of migrants and asylum seekers (all times local):

2:25 p.m.

Greek authorities have recovered four bodies and rescued six people — five men and one woman —after a boat full of migrants overturned off the eastern Aegean island of Lesbos.

A large search-and-rescue operation was taking place in the area Wednesday to search for more possible survivors. The survivors and...

July 13, 2016 - 6:13am
1 week 3 days ago

TOKYO (AP) — An influential Japanese political lobby says it will do its utmost to capitalize on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's election victory to push for a constitutional revision for a more active military role.

Tadae Takubo, chairman of Nippon Kaigi, said Wednesday that the war-renouncing constitution that makes Japan's defense "defective" needs to be corrected.

Abe's election gains in the upper house over the weekend mean his party can now cobble...

July 13, 2016 - 5:58am
1 week 3 days ago

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus' government spokesman says the United States is willing help both sides overcome key hurdles holding back progress in talks aimed at reunifying the ethnically split island nation.

Nicos Christodoulides told state radio Wednesday that Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades asked U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland to convey to the Turkish side the need to resolve "substantial disagreements" on specific aspects of sharing power in...

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