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July 23, 2015 - 6:32am
1 week 4 days ago

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — The president of Belarus, who has been described as Europe's last dictator, has given French actor Gerard Depardieu a lesson in hand-scything.

Depardieu took Russian citizenship in 2013 in a bid to escape sky-high taxes in France. He has recently attracted the wrath of the Ukrainian government by condoning Russia's annexation of Crimea.

President Alexander Lukashenko, who is running for re-election in October, hosted Depardieu...

July 23, 2015 - 6:28am
1 week 3 days ago

LONDON (AP) — Pearson PLC, the owner of the Financial Times, says it has agreed to sell FT Group to Nikkei Inc. for 844 million pounds ($1.3 billion). It says the amount is payable in cash.

Nikkei Inc. is the largest independent business media group in Asia, with flagship newspaper Nikkei as its core.

Pearson chief executive John Fallon says Pearson has been a proud proprietor of the FT for nearly 60 years but that in the current news environment,...

July 23, 2015 - 6:17am
1 week 4 days ago

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union has opened an antitrust case against six major U.S. movie studios for preventing British satellite broadcaster Sky from showing their products outside the U.K. and Ireland.

The EU Commission, which assesses antitrust matters for the 28-country EU, said Thursday it has sent a statement of objections to Disney, NBCUniversal, Paramount Pictures, Sony, Twentieth Century Fox and Warner Bros regarding "contractual restrictions" that prevent...

July 23, 2015 - 6:07am
1 week 4 days ago

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian officials say bomb blasts in two bustling bus stations have killed 29 people and wounded 105 in the northeast.

National Emergency Management Agency spokesman Sani Datti said at least 29 people died in Wednesday night's explosions in Gombe. The agency called for urgent blood donations to treat the injured.

The latest in a series of deadly attacks by Islamic extremists comes as the West African nation's new president...

July 23, 2015 - 5:38am
1 week 4 days ago

LONDON (AP) — A 15-year-old British boy has pleaded guilty to inciting terrorism by encouraging others to kill police officers during a war memorial ceremony in Australia.

The boy, who can't be named because of his age, was arrested in northwest England in April. He was detained after Australian police arrested five teenagers on suspicion of plotting an Islamic State group-inspired attack at an Australian and New Zealand Army Corps Day ceremony in Melbourne....

July 23, 2015 - 5:35am
1 week 4 days ago

TOKYO (AP) — A Chinese envoy has warned Prime Minister Shinzo Abe against absolving Japan from responsibility for wartime aggression in his statement marking the 70th anniversary of the end of the hostilities.

Cheng Yonghua, China's ambassador to Japan, told a news conference Thursday that Beijing is closely watching if Abe's statement would stick to Tokyo's past expressions of remorse and show "sincerity" to the victims of Japanese wartime brutality. He says it will be...

July 23, 2015 - 5:17am
1 week 4 days ago

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish police say that a bus traveling from Ukraine to Warsaw has crashed, killing five people and injuring more than two dozen others.

Police spokesman Marek Kapusta said Thursday that the driver probably fell asleep behind the wheel, causing the bus to cross into the opposite lane before landing in a ditch and hitting a tree near the village of Gorzno-Kolonia, about 75 kilometers (47 miles) southeast of Warsaw.

Kapusta said...

July 23, 2015 - 5:16am
1 week 4 days ago

JERUSALEM (AP) — A Palestinian hospital official says a Palestinian man was killed in a clash during an Israeli arrest raid in the West Bank village of Beit Omar.

Yousef Takrouri, deputy director of Al-Ahli Hospital in the West Bank city of Hebron, says Falah Abu Maria, 53, was killed by three live bullets shot at his chest at close range. He says Abu Maria's 22-year-old son was shot in the legs.

The Israeli military says its troops were carrying out...

July 23, 2015 - 5:14am
1 week 4 days ago

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal will elect a new government Oct. 4, with voters choosing whether to stick with austerity policies or get more money in their pockets.

Portuguese President Anibal Cavaco Silva announced the date of the parliamentary elections in a televised address late Wednesday. He said it was "extremely desirable" for the next government to have a clear majority in Parliament, ensuring political stability.

But recent opinion polls...

July 23, 2015 - 5:06am
1 week 4 days ago

BEIJING (AP) — A salad store paraded dozens of half-naked Western men dressed as Spartans through China's capital as a publicity stunt, causing a stir and drawing a police crackdown.

About 40 mostly blond- and brown-haired men wearing bronze shorts and capes in the style of the ancient Greek city of Sparta marched through central Beijing to an upscale shopping area Wednesday. Bearing plastic tubs of salads, the bare-chested men attracted crowds of onlookers and posed for...

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