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October 7, 2015 - 12:07pm
7 min 1 sec ago

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine police say gunmen have abducted an Italian restaurant owner and former Roman Catholic missionary in the country's south, a few weeks after the kidnapping of three foreigners and a Filipino woman in the restive region.

Police say six men dragged Rolando del Torchio at gunpoint into a van late Wednesday and then later transferred to motor boats and fled under cover of darkness from Dipolog City in Zamboanga del Norte province....

October 7, 2015 - 11:52am
7 min 1 sec ago

MOSCOW (AP) — Nearly 30 years after a nuclear reactor caught fire and spewed a lethal cloud of radiation, some species of mammals are thriving in the zone around the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, a new study says.

The study, published in the journal Current Biology, found that elk, deer, wild boar and wolves are abundant in the 2,160-square-kilometer (835-square-mile) Polesie reserve in Belarus, which was established after the 1986 disaster. More than 20,000 people once...

October 7, 2015 - 11:50am
7 min 1 sec ago

LONDON (AP) — A member of the FIFA ethics committee says they are meeting in Zurich to discuss cases involving FIFA President Sepp Blatter and UEFA President Michel Platini.

Senegalese committee member Abdoulaye Makhtar Diop confirmed the meeting on Wednesday in a statement.

Besides the Blatter and Platini cases, the statement said the ethics committee is also examining the case of former FIFA vice president Chung Mong-joon, which the South Korean...

October 7, 2015 - 11:33am
7 min 1 sec ago

BERLIN (AP) — The International Tracing Service says it has begun putting its Holocaust-era archive online for the first time, including photos of items seized from concentration camp victims and other historical documents.

The archive, located in the German town of Bad Arolsen, said Wednesday the materials are now available at no charge on its site. The 50,000 images posted so far represent only a small part of its collection of some 30 million documents....

October 7, 2015 - 10:57am
7 min 1 sec ago

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Russian warships in the Caspian Sea have been firing cruise missiles as Syrian government troops launch a ground offensive in central Syria.

It's the first major combined air-and-ground assault since Moscow began its military campaign in the country last week.

A Russian officer maintains that the missiles, launched from some 900 miles away, traveled over "unpopulated areas" to target militants.

Moscow has...

October 7, 2015 - 10:26am
26 min 55 sec ago

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — A Zimbabwean wildlife official says five people are in police custody and being questioned over the killing of 11 elephants poisoned by cyanide at Hwange National Park in the west of the country.

In addition to the elephants killed at Hwange park, three others were poisoned by cyanide near Kariba in northern Zimbabwe in the past two weeks.

National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority spokeswoman Caroline Washaya Moyo on...

October 7, 2015 - 10:25am
26 min 55 sec ago

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — The president of Honduras' most famed soccer club has been arrested by U.S. authorities in Miami on money laundering charges.

Documents filed in U.S. federal court in Miami indicate that Yankel Rosenthal was scheduled to appear in court Wednesday afternoon.

Details were not available and it was not known if Rosenthal had retained a lawyer. He was arrested Tuesday at Miami's airport.

Rosenthal heads...

October 7, 2015 - 9:24am
2 hours 7 min ago

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin is spending his 63rd birthday on the ice, playing hockey with NHL stars against Russian officials and tycoons.

Earlier Wednesday Putin was debriefed by Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu about the Russian air force operation in Syria. Shortly after that, Putin and the team of Soviet-born NHL stars took on Shoigu as well as other Russian officials and tycoons who are subject to Western sanctions over Russian actions in Ukraine,...

October 7, 2015 - 8:53am
2 hours 17 min ago

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A Somali official says Islamic extremist rebels killed two men in a drive-by shooting in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu.

The al-Shabab extremist group claimed responsibility for the Wednesday attack claiming that they had killed a nephew of the president and another government official.

Capt. Mohammed Hussein, a senior Somali police officer confirmed that gunmen killed two men Wednesday but said their identities were still unclear...

October 7, 2015 - 8:37am
2 hours 17 min ago

JERUSALEM (AP) — The organizers of an international competition sponsored by Google to send a privately funded spacecraft to the moon say a team of Israeli engineers is the first to advance.

The Israeli nonprofit group SpaceIL has signed a contract with American aerospace manufacturer SpaceX to launch an unmanned spacecraft into lunar orbit — the first step a team must take toward landing on the moon and winning the $20 million grand prize.


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