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May 16, 2015 - 7:29am
1 week 3 days ago

GARDEZ, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan police chief says Taliban militants blocked roads in an eastern province, forcing cars to stop and kidnapping the occupants at gunpoint.

Gen. Zelmai Oryakhail, police chief of Paktia province, said Saturday a number of civilian vehicles were stopped by Taliban gunmen in Sayad Karm district early in the morning.

He says six people remain held out of the 22 initially abducted. He says police reinforcements have been...

May 16, 2015 - 6:20am
1 week 3 days ago

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has praised Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as an "angel of peace" during a meeting at the Vatican.

Francis made the compliment Saturday during the traditional exchange of gifts at the end of an official audience in the Apostolic Palace. He presented Abbas with a medallion and explained that it represented the angel of peace "destroying the bad spirit of war."

Francis said he thought the gift was appropriate since...

May 16, 2015 - 6:08am
1 week 3 days ago

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's supreme leader says the U.S. is pursuing its own interests amid worries about safety in Gulf waterways.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's comments Saturday come after U.S. President Barack Obama hosted Arab leaders at Camp David to assuage their security worries as diplomats work toward a final deal with Iran over its contested nuclear program. They also come after Iranian forces seized a ship and fired on another.

Khamenei's...

May 16, 2015 - 5:23am
1 week 3 days ago

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court has sentenced ousted President Mohammed Morsi to death.

The verdict was announced Saturday in Cairo.

As is customary in passing capital punishment, Judge Shaaban el-Shami referred his death sentence on Morsi and more than 20 others to the nation's top Muslim theologian, or mufti, for his non-binding opinion.

Morsi, Egypt's first freely elected president, was ousted by the military in July 2013...

May 16, 2015 - 4:52am
1 week 3 days ago

BEIJING (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says he's hopeful that the successful conclusion of a nuclear deal with Iran will send a positive message to North Korea to restart negotiations on its own atomic program.

Speaking in Beijing on Saturday, Kerry said he believed an Iran agreement could have "a positive influence" on North Korea because it would show that giving up nuclear weapons improves domestic economies and ends isolation. He stressed, though, there...

May 16, 2015 - 4:48am
1 week 3 days ago

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian rocket carrying a Mexican satellite has malfunctioned and crashed in Siberia.

The Russian Federal Space Agency in a statement Saturday described the accident as a malfunction and said it was looking into what had happened. Russian news agencies quoted authorities in eastern Siberia as saying they are searching for the third stage of the rocket, which is believed to have crashed there.

The rocket, Proton-M, was launched from...

May 16, 2015 - 3:50am
1 week 3 days ago

BAGHDAD (AP) — An Iraqi military spokesman says reinforcements have been dispatched to Ramadi, a city now largely held by the Islamic State group.

The spokesman of the Joint Operations Command, Brig. Gen. Saad Maan Ibrahim, told Iraqi state television Saturday that the U.S.-led coalition was supporting Iraqi troops with "painful" airstrikes since late Friday.

Ibrhaim didn't give details on the ongoing battles, but vowed that the Islamic State group...

May 16, 2015 - 3:40am
1 week 3 days ago

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Moroccan King Mohammed VI has ordered that laws restricting abortion be loosened, allowing it in the case of rape, incest, danger to the mother's health or fetal malformation.

Debate erupted in this North African kingdom earlier this year over reforming the penal code, which banned abortion except in cases of a threat to the mother's life. The king had his justice minister, religious affairs minister and the head of the state human rights...

May 16, 2015 - 3:13am
1 week 3 days ago

BEIJING (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is urging China to halt increasingly assertive actions it is taking in the South China Sea.

Amid verbal sparring between Washington and Beijing over land reclamation projects that China is conducting in disputed waters, Kerry urged Chinese officials to reduce tensions in the South China Sea.

In response, China's foreign minister Wang Yi said his country was interested in dialogue on the matter but...

May 16, 2015 - 2:30am
1 week 3 days ago

BEIJING (AP) — Authorities say a chemical leak in northern China has killed eight people and injured two others.

A statement from Yangcheng County in Shanxi province said the carbon disulfide leak occurred Saturday morning at a plant belonging to the Ruixing chemical company.

It says three rescue workers are also under health observation. The cause of the leak is still under investigation.

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