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September 26, 2015 - 7:04am
1 week 6 days ago

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Burkina Faso's state prosecutor has said the state will freeze the assets of the leaders and presumed accomplices of the coup that was launched earlier this month.

Laurent Poda said in the statement released Saturday that the assets would be frozen for three months for 14 individuals, including coup leader Gen. Gilbert Diendere and his wife Fatou Diendere, a member of parliament for the former ruling party.

He said...

September 26, 2015 - 6:24am
1 week 6 days ago

BERLIN (AP) — The World Health Organization says polio is no longer endemic in Nigeria.

Only Afghanistan and Pakistan remain on the list of countries where the disease, which can cause life-long paralysis, is endemic. It can be prevented with a simple vaccination.

The U.N. health agency said in a statement late Friday that no new cases of the disease have been reported in the past twelve months. The last case of wild polio virus was recorded in...

September 26, 2015 - 6:00am
1 week 6 days ago

LAKE TEKAPO, New Zealand (AP) — A college student from New York and another from London have died while kayaking in New Zealand.

Police area commander Dave Gaskin said the pair was part of a group of 11 friends who got into trouble Friday while kayaking on Lake Tekapo.

Gaskin told Television New Zealand it was "very, very lucky" that all 11 students didn't die after they were struck by strong winds that swamped their vessels and thrust them into the...

September 26, 2015 - 5:51am
1 week 6 days ago

BERLIN (AP) — A U.N. human rights expert says he has postponed his visit to Australia because the government has refused to suspend a law criminalizing the disclosure of "protected information" about detention centers.

The U.N. special investigator on migration, Francois Crepeau, said in a statement late Friday that he asked the Australian government to guarantee that nobody would face sanctions or intimidation for talking to him.

Crepeau says that "...

September 26, 2015 - 5:16am
1 week 6 days ago

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's state prosecutor says he will pursue legal action against Saudi Arabia's rulers in international courts over the crush of pilgrims at this year's hajj, which killed more than 700 people, including 136 Iranians.

Ebrahim Raisi, speaking on state TV Saturday, called the disaster "a crime" subject to prosecution. He said Saudi authorities blocked a road used by hajj pilgrims to allow a royal convoy to pass through, causing the deadly convergence of...

September 26, 2015 - 5:11am
1 week 6 days ago

MINA, Saudi Arabia (AP) — India's Foreign Ministry says that the number of Indian citizens confirmed killed in a deadly stampede in the midst of the hajj pilgrimage has risen from 14 to 18.

Ministry spokesman Vikas Swarup said Saturday in a press statement that his government was "working with Saudi authorities and family members" to confirm the identities of the deceased and expedite formalities for release of the bodies.

In the worst hajj disaster...

September 26, 2015 - 5:01am
1 week 6 days ago

BANGKOK (AP) — Police in Thailand say they have gathered enough evidence to prosecute two arrested men whom they accuse of carrying out August's deadly Bangkok bombing.

National Police Chief Somyot Poomphanmuang said Saturday that authorities are confident that the two men in custody, identified as Adem Karadag and Mieraili Yusufu, are the culprits who planted and detonated the bomb at the Erawan Shrine on Aug. 17, killing 20 people and injuring more than 120....

September 26, 2015 - 3:00am
1 week 6 days ago

BERLIN (AP) — German automaker Porsche SE says it is buying 1.5 percent stake of ordinary shares in Volkswagen AG from Suzuki.

The purchase raises Porsche's share of Volkswagen AG's ordinary shares to 52.2 percent, and its stake in VW's subscribed capital to 32.4 percent.

The move comes days after Volkswagen was hit by a scandal over allegedly rigged U.S. emissions tests in diesel vehicles.

Porsche said in a statement Saturday...

September 26, 2015 - 1:18am
1 week 6 days ago

BANGKOK (AP) — A Hungarian woman has been killed and a South Korean woman seriously injured in a collision between two boats during a nighttime tourist trip to watch fireflies on a Thai river.

Police Lt. Col. Bhakin Sivamethakul says around 20 other people, mainly from South Korea, were also injured in the accident, which occured Friday night at Amphawa, a popular tourist destination about 60 kilometers (35 miles) west of Bangkok.

He says one boat,...

September 25, 2015 - 11:33pm
1 week 6 days ago

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — An alleged Islamic extremist charged with involvement in the destruction of religious buildings in the historic city of Timbuktu in Mali in 2012 has been arrested and sent to the International Criminal Court to face justice.

Ahmad Al Mahdi Al Faqi, known as Abu Tourab, is the first suspect in the court's custody charged with the war crime of destroying religious or historical monuments.

The court announced in the early...

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