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July 16, 2015 - 9:22am
1 week 6 days ago

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria says it has banned Radio Biafra because it is unlicensed but the station dedicated to creating a breakaway state remains on the airwaves.

People in southeastern Nigeria confirmed Thursday that the station is broadcasting in the area that is home to the Igbo people. The Igbos fought a civil war to form an independent nation called Biafra in the 1960s that killed about 1 million people, mostly Igbos from conflict-induced famine....

July 16, 2015 - 8:18am
1 week 6 days ago

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A defense lawyer says a top Pakistani model Ayaan Ali who has been held since March after being caught trying to fly to Dubai with half a million dollars in cash stashed in her luggage has been freed from jail.

The lawyer, Latif Khosa, said Ali was freed Thursday from a jail in Rawalpindi, a city near the capital, Islamabad.

Ali's release came two days after a court in the eastern city of Lahore granted her bail.

July 16, 2015 - 8:04am
1 week 6 days ago

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Burkina Faso's transitional president has signed a decree fixing the date for the first round of presidential elections on Oct. 11.

Michel Kafando signed the order late Wednesday. Parliamentary elections will take place the same day.

Transitional authorities will hand power over to a newly elected government. They have ruled since a popular uprising forced Blaise Compaore to resign after 27 years in power....

July 16, 2015 - 8:03am
1 week 6 days ago

BERLIN (AP) — Angela Merkel has come under criticism for her awkward treatment of a young refugee girl brought to tears by the German chancellor's comments on asylum.

A video of the encounter Wednesday afternoon shows the Palestinian girl telling Merkel that her family has been waiting four years for permanent leave to remain in Germany.

Merkel tells the teenager she is "an incredibly likable person" but Germany can't accommodate all migrants — "some...

July 16, 2015 - 8:02am
1 week 6 days ago

LONDON (AP) — A dramatic breach at an Italian surveillance company has exposed details of government cyberattacks worldwide, putting intelligence bosses in the hot seat.

Leaked emails from the Milan-based Hacking Team posted to the Internet on July 5 detail how police and spy agencies using the company's software to break into smartphones and hijack computers.

The emails have pulled back the curtain on espionage in the iPhone age.

July 16, 2015 - 7:55am
1 week 6 days ago

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — A Somali intelligence official says a senior commander with the Islamic extremist group al-Shabab has been killed in a U.S. drone strike in southwestern Somalia.

The official told The Associated Press Thursday that the attack Wednesday night targeted a vehicle in which the al-Shabab commander, Ismael Jabhad, and three other fighters were traveling near the rebel-held town of Bardhere. The official insisted on anonymity because he was not...

July 16, 2015 - 7:46am
1 week 6 days ago

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Eruptions at two volcanoes have caused closures at three Indonesian airports, including one serving the country's second-largest city.

Mount Raung on the main island of Java blasted ash and debris up to 2,000 meters (6,560 feet) into the air after rumbling for several weeks. Gamalama mountain in eastern Indonesia erupted Thursday after months of quiet.

Transport Ministry spokesman Julius Adravida Barata said volcanic ash...

July 16, 2015 - 7:29am
1 week 6 days ago

LONDON (AP) — An image of the top of a comedian's head has Britons debating the decline of privacy in an age of surveillance.

On Wednesday the National Police Air Service, which operates camera-equipped helicopters, tweeted an image of a man with a mop of dark hair, asking if people could recognize "a certain energetic funny man."

Many easily identified Michael McIntyre, one of Britain's best-known standup comics, and some criticized the tweet as...

July 16, 2015 - 7:23am
1 week 6 days ago

MOSCOW (AP) — A top Russian aviation official says leaks of the draft report on the Malaysian jetliner crash over eastern Ukraine are meant to put pressure on investigators.

A Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 was shot down on July 17 last year over eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board.

The deputy head of the Russian Aviation Agency, Oleg Storchevoi, on Thursday said recent leaks pointing to the complicity of Russia-backed rebels amounted to...

July 16, 2015 - 6:48am
1 week 6 days ago

MORAHALOM, Hungary (AP) — Hungary's defense minister says that a fence on the border with Serbia to stem the flow of migrants and refugees will be built by Nov. 30.

Defense Minister Csaba Hende said Thursday that 900 people would work simultaneously to install the fence which is planned to be 4 meters (13 feet) high along the 175-kilometer (109-mile) border between Hungary and Serbia.

Interior Minister Sandor Pinter said the fence was temporary but...

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