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August 22, 2015 - 11:13am
1 week 4 days ago

BEIJING (AP) — China's Xinhua Agency says an explosion has ripped through a chemical plant in eastern China.

Xinhua says no casualties were immediately reported following the blast Saturday night in Shandong province on Saturday night.

The news agency says the explosion triggered a fire and that a dozen fire engines are battling the fire.

The blast follows the Aug. 12 chemical warehouse explosion in the northern Chinese port of...

August 22, 2015 - 10:33am
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BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Police in Azerbaijan have detained 21 people after they held a protest to demand justice for a man who died in police custody in the western town of Mingachevir.

The Interior Ministry said the man, 27-year-old Bahruz Hajiyev, "unexpectedly jumped out of a third-floor window during questioning" on Thursday and died of his injuries. Police said they had arrested him on suspicion of selling and using narcotics.

After Hajiyev's...

August 22, 2015 - 10:16am
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LONDON (AP) — British police say seven people have died after a military jet taking part in an airshow crashed into a busy main road.

The Hawker Hunter fighter jet, which was participating in the Shoreham Airshow near Brighton, hit several vehicles on the road as it crashed Saturday afternoon.

West Sussex Police said seven died and one patient with life-threatening injuries was taken to the hospital. A further 14 people were treated for minor...

August 22, 2015 - 9:56am
1 week 4 days ago

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — High-ranking officials in Yemen's port city of Aden say al-Qaida militants have taken control of key areas of the city.

They said Saturday the fighters have seized the Tawahi district entirely and were patrolling the streets. The area is home to a presidential palace and a port.

The officials, who hail from the military, security forces and police, spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to speak to...

August 22, 2015 - 9:15am
1 week 4 days ago

VILLAFRANCA DE LOS CABALLEROS, Spain (AP) — Bullfights or schoolbooks? A new breed of local officials in Spain are asking.

Julian Bolanos, the mayor of this central Spanish town of around 5,000 inhabitants, recently announced he was taking the 18,000 euros ($20,000) in public funding for bullfights to invest it in textbooks and other educational material.

Days before, his new leftist counterpart in the northwestern city of A Coruna withdrew 50,000...

August 22, 2015 - 8:54am
1 week 4 days ago

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — NATO says a suicide car bombing targeting a convoy in Afghanistan killed three American contractors.

Authorities say the blast Saturday in the Afghan capital, Kabul, killed at least 12 people and wounded 66.

NATO did not name the dead contractors in its statement.

The attack struck near the private Shinozada hospital in the capital's Macrorayan neighborhood just as schools were letting out....

August 22, 2015 - 8:50am
1 week 4 days ago

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's state-run news agency says Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammed Badie and 16 others have been sentenced to life in prison on charges related to the killing of five people in an attack on a police station in 2013.

The news agency report Saturday says Badie and senior Brotherhood members Mohammed el-Beltagy and Safwat Hegazy were accused of inciting other Brotherhood members to attack the police station in the Mediterranean city of Port Said, and kill...

August 22, 2015 - 8:35am
1 week 4 days ago

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Denmark's foreign minister says the Scandinavian nation is briefly pulling back its Kuwait-based fighter jets that are taking part in the international coalition airstrikes against the Islamic State group to repair them and allow the staff to recover.

Kristian Jensen said Saturday the four operational F-16 fighter jets and three reserve jets are expected to be back in action in 2016. It was not immediately clear when the fighter jets would...

August 22, 2015 - 8:19am
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BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian activists say at least 20 people have been killed and dozens wounded in government airstrikes on the Damascus suburb of Douma.

President Bashar Assad's forces have been pounding Douma from the skies for over a week. The sprawling suburb is home to the Jaysh al-Islam rebel group, also known as Islam Army.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 20 people were killed in the latest airstrikes Saturday....

August 22, 2015 - 8:17am
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OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — A Burkina Faso court says 22 candidates have been officially registered to run in the October elections.

The High Court announced the candidate list on Saturday and said it will publish the final official candidate list by Aug. 29.

Transitional authorities have ruled Burkina Faso since a popular uprising forced Blaise Compaore to resign in October after 27 years in power.

The transitional...

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