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July 20, 2016 - 3:41pm
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UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A new United Nations report says saving the environment may require people to work shorter hours in the future.

The report by International Resource Panel released Wednesday says that the amount of raw materials extracted from the Earth has tripled over the last 40 years, fueled by a growing middle class, and that will require a more efficient use of resources in order to avoid serious environmental consequences.

That increased...

July 20, 2016 - 3:15pm
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UNITED NATIONS (AP) — France's Environment Minister, who was in charge of global climate negotiations, says she and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will be pressing governments to speedily ratify the historic agreement on climate change reached in December.

Segolene Royal told reporters after meeting the U.N. chief on Wednesday that they want the agreement ratified by the time the parties to global climate talks that led to the Paris agreement hold their next meeting...

July 20, 2016 - 2:56pm
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YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Demonstrators and police have clashed outside a police station in the Armenian capital where armed supporters of a jailed opposition leader have held hostages for four days.

It wasn't immediately clear if there were any serious injuries Wednesday evening in which demonstrators supporting the gunmen threw stones and other objects at police surrounding the station. Police responded with tear gas and sonic grenades.

More than 20...

July 20, 2016 - 2:53pm
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BRUSSELS (AP) — A security alert that triggered a partial lockdown in Brussels today turned out to be a false alarm, according to police.

The alert was prompted by a man seen wearing a heavy coat with wires hanging out. Police cornered the man in the center of Brussels but say no explosives were found on him.

Authorities think he was a student measuring radiation levels in the Belgian capital. He was detained for questioning.

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July 20, 2016 - 2:52pm
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UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations chief says that the Iran nuclear deal marked a fundamental change in the Middle Eastern nation's relationship with the Security Council and has provided Iran with an opportunity for greater engagement with the international community.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a statement commemorating the one year anniversary of the Security Council's approval of the deal on Wednesday that the agreement is the best way to ensure the...

July 20, 2016 - 2:13pm
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ISLAMABAD (AP) — The founder of the Pakistani militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba, Hafiz Saeed, has pledged support to armed rebels in Indian-ruled Kashmir.

Saeed, who is designated a terrorist by the U.S. government with a $10 million bounty on his head, addressed thousands of his supporters in Islamabad Wednesday.

His charity, Jamaat-ud-Dawa, has rallied in various Pakistani cities with a series of so called "black day" demonstrations against recent...

July 20, 2016 - 1:30pm
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UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A United Nations official is warning that an upcoming military campaign to wrest control of the Iraqi city of Mosul from the Islamic State group could affect as many as 1.5 million civilians, making it one of the world's largest humanitarian crises.

Lise Grande, the U.N. humanitarian coordinator for Iraq, said Wednesday that military operations to retake areas held by the Islamic State group have already forced hundreds of thousands from their homes...

July 20, 2016 - 1:25pm
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SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Authorities in Macedonia say five police officers have been arrested on suspicion of participating in a smuggling ring that allegedly helped hundreds of refugees and migrants cross the country's southern border with Greece.

Police said Wednesday that 14 other suspects were also arrested and an unspecified number of assault rifles and other weapons were seized following countrywide raids at 24 locations.

Macedonia closed its...

July 20, 2016 - 1:25pm
1 week 2 days ago

VATICAN CITY (AP) — A Vatican spokesman says no groups of faithful have cancelled attending events for Pope Francis' pilgrimage in Poland next week because of security concerns.

The Rev. Federico Lombardi told reporters Wednesday there are "no particular worries" about security for the five-day trip to Krakow and nearby areas in southern Poland.

He says "no groups have withdrawn." Polish church organizers say huge crowds are expected at key events,...

July 20, 2016 - 1:01pm
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BERLIN (AP) —

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says Britain must present its European Union exit plan before divorce negotiations can begin but British Prime Minister Theresa May says the U.K. will not start the talks until "our objectives are clear" — and that won't be this year.

May is in Berlin Wednesday for talks with Merkel. It's her first foreign trip since taking office last week.

At a joint press conference, Merkel said "...

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