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August 19, 2015 - 5:02am
1 week 6 days ago

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A military spokesman says fighting has resumed between South Sudanese troops and rebels two days after the president declined to sign a peace deal.

Col. Philip Aguer said Wednesday that there is fighting in Manyo County in the state of Upper Nile. He said the clashes are happening near the border with Sudan, with rebels trying to take areas controlled by government troops.

He said there was also fighting Tuesday in Eastern...

August 19, 2015 - 5:02am
1 week 6 days ago

LONDON (AP) — Hackers claim to have leaked a massive database of users from Ashley Madison, a matchmaking website for cheating spouses.

In a statement released Tuesday, a group calling itself Impact Team said the site's owners had not bowed to their demands.

"Now everyone gets to see their data," the statement said.

The Associated Press wasn't immediately able to determine the authenticity of the leaked documents but several...

August 19, 2015 - 4:58am
1 week 6 days ago

LUCKNOW, India (AP) — Police say two brothers in northern India beheaded their teenage sister and carried her head through their village for having an affair with a cousin.

Officer Rajesh Singh says that after beheading their 17-year-old sister late Monday, the brothers left her body in the street and walked away with the decapitated head.

Police have been unable to find the two brothers. Their ages were not clear, but they were both older than their...

August 19, 2015 - 4:33am
1 week 5 days ago

MADRID (AP) — Organizers of an international reggae festival in Spain have backtracked and apologized for cancelling a concert by Jewish-American singer Matisyahu because he had declined to state his position regarding a Palestinian state.

Rototom Sunsplash festival said in a statement Wednesday it publicly apologized for canceling the concert and invites Matisyahu to play as originally planned on Saturday.

It said it recognized its mistake, adding...

August 19, 2015 - 4:14am
1 week 6 days ago

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian court has sentenced an Estonian security service officer to 15 years in prison for spying.

Estonia says that the officer, Eston Kohver, was abducted by unknown gunmen and taken across the Russian border. Russia claims that Kovher was detained on its territory after illegally crossing the border.

The regional court in the western city of Pskov on Wednesday found Kohver guilty of spying, arms smuggling and violating border...

August 19, 2015 - 4:02am
1 week 6 days ago

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's state-run National News Agency says a boat carrying about 40 Palestinians from a refugee camp in Syria capsized en route to Turkey and that at least nine migrants drowned.

Wednesday's report says the vessel left the northern Lebanese port of Tripoli on Monday and capsized after entering Turkish territorial waters. It says those on board were Palestinians from the Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus.

NNA says women and children...

August 19, 2015 - 3:53am
1 week 6 days ago

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A Chinese-led consortium has begun preliminary work on salvaging a South Korean ferry that sank last year in a disaster that killed more than 300 people.

Earlier this month, South Korea awarded a contract to the consortium led by China's state-run Shanghai Salvage Co. for a project to raise the ferry. Shanghai was involved in lifting a cruise ship that sank in China's Yangtze River in June, killing more than 400 people.

The...

August 19, 2015 - 3:45am
1 week 6 days ago

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has invited all political parties in the island nation to work together after his party won the most seats in Monday's Parliamentary election.

He said Wednesday that he will be sworn in for a new term as prime minister and that party officials were working to gain seven more seats to give his party an outright majority.

Wickremesinghe's United National Party won 106 seats, seven...

August 19, 2015 - 3:39am
1 week 6 days ago

GENEVA (AP) — Commodities and mining group Glencore PLC slumped to a first-half loss of $676 million in the wake of weak commodities prices and costs linked to the suspension of oil drilling operations in Chad.

In the same period last year, the company made a net profit of $1.72 billion.

Like others, Glencore has suffered from big price falls over the past year across a range of commodities.

Glencore's results were also...

August 19, 2015 - 3:09am
1 week 6 days ago

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese state media is reporting that the son of a former police chief is one of two silent owners of the warehouse in Tianjin where explosions killed at least 114 people.

The report by the official Xinhua News Agency says he used his connections to help obtain licenses despite the hazmat facility violating safety rules.

Xinhua says the other owner is a former executive at a state-owned chemical company who also used his connections to...

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