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August 3, 2015 - 2:12am
19 hours 21 min ago

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's government has addressed the growing leadership crisis in the Taliban for the first time, saying it won't deal with the militant group separately from other "armed opposition" in the country.

The statement Monday from President Ashraf Ghani's office also says it will not accept any "parallel political structure" opposed to the Afghan government. That refers to the Taliban, who still call themselves the "Islamic Emirate of...

August 3, 2015 - 2:04am
19 hours 21 min ago

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe has accused a Pennsylvania doctor of illegally killing a lion in April, as it seeks to extradite a Minnesota dentist who killed a well-known lion named Cecil in July.

Parks and wildlife management authorities say Jan Casimir Seski shot the lion with a bow and arrow near Hwange National Park, without approval and on land where it wasn't allowed.

Seski is a gynecological oncologist at Allegheny General Hospital in...

August 3, 2015 - 12:58am
21 hours 1 min ago

HONG KONG (AP) — HSBC Corp. says strong performance in Asia helped to boost first-half profit to 10 percent, and the bank has announced the sale of its Brazil business.

The bank said Monday that profit for the six months ending June 30 rose to $13.6 billion, or 48 cents per share. Revenue rose 4 percent from a year earlier to $30.8 billion.

Also Monday, HSBC announced it is selling its business in Brazil to Banco Bradesco SA for $5.2 billion amid a...

August 2, 2015 - 10:09pm
21 hours 1 min ago

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — The Nigerian army says its troops have rescued 178 people from Boko Haram in attacks that destroyed several camps of the Islamic extremists in the northeast of the country.

An army spokesman says 101 of those freed are children, along with 67 women and 10 men.

The Nigerian Air Force also reported killing "a large number" of militants in repelling an attack on Bitta village, 30 miles southwest of the army operations that took...

August 2, 2015 - 8:02pm
21 hours 1 min ago

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has pleaded not guilty to breaching the rules of his home detention sentence by drinking alcohol.

A New Zealand judge on Monday allowed Rudd to remain in home confinement on bail pending a November hearing. The 61-year-old Australian-born drummer could face jail time if the judge decides Rudd did breach his detention conditions.

Rudd was sentenced to eight months of home confinement on July 9...

August 2, 2015 - 3:57pm
21 hours 51 min ago

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Qatar talks with Arab officials whose countries are wary of the nuclear deal world powers have struck with Iran.

Kerry arrived in the Qatari capital on Sunday after visiting Egypt, where he also spoke in favor of the agreement with Iran. The Sunni-ruled Gulf Arab states fear Shiite Iran's increasing assertiveness in the region. In Cairo, Kerry acknowledged Iran's destabilizing activities but said they would be...

August 2, 2015 - 2:57pm
21 hours 11 min ago

NEW DELHI (AP) — Heavy monsoon rains have killed more than 100 people in India in the past week and forced tens of thousands of people to take shelter in state-run relief camps, India's Home Ministry said Sunday.

A cyclone struck the worst-hit state of West Bengal, where 48 people have been killed and nearly 215,000 villagers have been taken to relief camps after heavy rains triggered flooding, the ministry statement said.

More than 200 medical teams...

August 2, 2015 - 2:54pm
22 hours 31 min ago

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A group advocating for journalistic freedom says a photographer who was found slain in Mexico City had been tortured before his death.

The organization known as Article 19 says Ruben Espinosa sustained severe injuries to his face and was shot twice.

Espinosa was found dead late Friday along with four women. The head of Article 19, Dario Ramirez, says the women also were tortured and showed signs of sexual assault....

August 2, 2015 - 2:54pm
22 hours 41 min ago

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's President Hassan Rouhani says his country achieved its main goals in the landmark nuclear deal reached with world powers last month.

In a national address late Sunday, he says the accord recognizes Iran's right to enrich uranium and lifts international sanctions.

He says negotiations between Iran and the six-nation group -- the U.S., Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany -- worked because of "constructive interaction"...

August 2, 2015 - 2:51pm
22 hours 41 min ago

MADRID (AP) — Spanish police say a congregation of nuns in the southern city of Granada led them to an organization that allegedly defrauded as many as 7,000 victims of up to 7 million euros ($7.7 million).

Police said in a statement Sunday they have arrested 212 suspects who allegedly used some 20 companies based in and around the southern cities of Malaga and Torremolinos to fraudulently obtain money.

The nuns told police that members of the...

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