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July 14, 2016 - 3:55am
1 week 4 days ago

PARIS (AP) — A leaked proposal shows the U.S. offering Russia a new military pact against the Islamic State and al-Qaida in Syria.

The document published by The Washington Post calls for joint bombing operations, a command-and-control headquarters and other synchronized efforts.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will discuss the proposal in Moscow later Thursday.

Such a partnership would undercut months of U.S. criticism of...

July 14, 2016 - 3:52am
1 week 4 days ago

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An international rights group says a quarter of all Afghan children work for a living yet the government fails to protect them from injury, death or exploitation.

Human Rights Watch says children in Afghanistan work long hours for little or no pay, in labor-intensive industries, including carpet-weaving, brick-making, mining, metal work and farming. The findings came in a new HRW report on child labor in the war-ravaged country, released on...

July 14, 2016 - 3:43am
1 week 4 days ago

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel on a visit to Kyrgyzstan has welcomed the country's decision to send for review the case of an ethnic Uzbek journalist jailed for life.

Kyrgyzstan's Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to release Azimzhan Askarov who is serving a life sentence after being convicted of stirring up ethnic hatred, but instead sent his case to a regional court for review. International rights groups consider him a prisoner of conscience...

July 14, 2016 - 3:36am
1 week 4 days ago

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African authorities say eight people, some of them children, have died in a fire at an orphanage.

Rescue officials say the fire broke out early Thursday in Parlock on the northern outskirts of the coastal city of Durban.

Emergency responders for South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal province announced the death toll on Twitter. South African media reports say four other people were injured.

Police are...

July 14, 2016 - 3:32am
1 week 4 days ago

LONDON (AP) — Britain's new Treasury chief says there will be no emergency budget — even though there are questions marks hanging over the economy following the country's decision to leave the European Union.

Philip Hammond says he will meet with the head of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, on Thursday to "assess where we are."

Hammond was one of Prime Minister Theresa May's first appointments, and one of his immediate tasks was to take to the...

July 14, 2016 - 3:21am
1 week 4 days ago

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq on Thursday marked the anniversary of the 1958 overthrow of the monarchy and recent victories over the extremist Islamic State group with a military parade staged in central Baghdad amid tight security.

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, standing alone on a reviewing stand, saluted the parade as fighter-jets, including U.S.-made F-16s, screamed over the city. Transport aircraft and helicopters also staged fly-overs.

Hundreds of...

July 14, 2016 - 2:42am
1 week 4 days ago

PAMPLONA, Spain (AP) — Spanish medical officials say at least seven people suffered bruises but no one was gored in a gripping final running of the bulls at Pamplona's San Fermin festival.

The run produced moments of high tension when several of the bulls crashed into a pile of fallen runners on entering the bull ring but there were no gorings.

More than 1,000 people took part in the 8 a.m. run Thursday, which lasted 2 minutes, 20 seconds....

July 14, 2016 - 2:11am
1 week 4 days ago

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says there are no plans to revive a peace process aimed at bringing the Taliban to the negotiating table.

Haroon Chakhansuri, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's spokesman, says a four-nation group comprising Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and the United States has no plans to meet again after previous rounds of meetings produced no results.

Chakhansuri says "there is no set time" for another meeting of the...

July 14, 2016 - 1:57am
1 week 4 days ago

LONDON (AP) — Being too heavy may cost you your life literally.

Scientists say they've conducted the largest-ever such analysis, and they've found that overweight people can lose a year of life on average. Richard Peto of Oxford University, one of the study authors, says moderately overweight people can lose 3 years of life.

Researchers sifted through data for nearly 4 million non-smoking adults in 32 countries published from 1970 to last year. They...

July 14, 2016 - 1:37am
1 week 4 days ago

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — With the dust not settled yet from one of Australia's closest-ever elections, competing political factions have begun laying out disparate demands — from pushing for a ban on Muslim immigration, scrapping a trade deal with China to imposing curbs on gambling — as potential concessions from the government in return for supporting legislation in the next Senate.

The final makeup of a more fractious Senate won't be settled for weeks after the July...

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