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June 19, 2016 - 11:34pm
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BEIJING (AP) — China is restricting the broadcast of TV shows that use formats from abroad such as "The Voice of China," which is based on a Dutch talent show.

The broadcasting regulator says the move is intended to lead to more innovation and original programming among Chinese TV channels.

The State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television has issued similar orders in the past to satellite TV channels, limiting variety and...

June 19, 2016 - 11:31pm
1 week 5 days ago

TOKYO (AP) — The U.S. robotics expert tapped to head Toyota's Silicon Valley research company says the $1 billion investment by the giant Japanese automaker will start showing results within five years.

Gill Pratt told reporters that the Toyota Research Institute is also looking ahead into the distant future when there will be cars that anyone, including children and the elderly, can ride in, as well as robots that help out in homes.

Pratt, a former...

June 19, 2016 - 11:20pm
1 week 5 days ago

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan police official says it is thought that about a dozen Nepalese security guards were killed when a suicide bomber targeted their minibus in an attack in the Afghan capital Kabul.

The official, who did not want to give his name as was not authorized to speak to the media, said and exact figure was not possible because of the confusion surrounding the blast. He says seven others were thought to be hurt the Monday morning attack....

June 19, 2016 - 4:58pm
1 week 5 days ago

PARIS (AP) — The Latest from soccer's European Championship (all times local):

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The Albanian capital of Tirana erupted in joy after the national team won the Group A match with Romania, with Armando Sadiku scoring in the 43rd minute in Lyon, the first ever goal in a major tournament.

Thousands of Albanians gathered in fan zones, lighting firecrackers, sounding car horns, shouting loudly and...

June 19, 2016 - 4:21pm
1 week 5 days ago

MOSCOW (AP) — Two Russian athletes said Sunday they have appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport to overturn the IAAF's ban on the Russian team competing in Olympic track and field.

The IAAF, track and field's world governing body, on Friday upheld a suspension of the Russian team imposed in November after a World Anti-Doping Agency report detailed widespread, state-sponsored doping.

Race walkers Denis Nizhegorodov and Svetlana Vasilyeva argue...

June 19, 2016 - 4:15pm
1 week 5 days ago

SAINT-ETIENNE, France (AP) — Hundreds of England fans pierced the tranquility of Saint-Etienne on Sunday, a day before their team's European Championship game against Slovakia.

But French riot police maintained a distance, avoiding any intervention with the boisterous — rather than disorderly — fans.

Flags of St. George emblazoned with clubs names from throughout the English leagues were hung from the side of buildings in the Place Jean Jaures, a...

June 19, 2016 - 2:33pm
1 week 5 days ago

BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — The speaker of Libya's eastern parliament has declared martial law in areas under its control, a move intended to empower its military to respond quickly to infiltration by militias loyal to the rival, U.N.-brokered government in the capital, Tripoli.

Parliament Speaker Agila Saleh's declaration Sunday places the military on high alert and expands its powers.

The measure reflects the eastern administration's consternation as it...

June 19, 2016 - 1:30pm
1 week 5 days ago

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria has said that it has temporarily blocked Facebook and some other social media networks to stop cheating in upcoming school exams.

The move follows leaks of baccalaureate papers and exam questions online ahead of retakes.

In a statement Sunday, the Ministry of Post and Information and Communication Technology said that the "cut of social networks has a direct relationship with the matriculation exams" which begin Sunday...

June 19, 2016 - 12:19pm
1 week 5 days ago

JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli advocacy group that is allied with the West Bank settler movement is urging British-Israelis to vote in favor of leaving the European Union in Britain's referendum this week.

Regavim says the European Union is biased against Israel and says voters should oppose the 28-nation bloc and try to weaken it by encouraging Britain to leave.

The group claims that European aid money to the Palestinians has reached terrorists, and...

June 19, 2016 - 12:07pm
1 week 5 days ago

ZARQA, Jordan (AP) — A Jordanian man serving three years for supporting Islamic State extremists has died in custody, and his family blames medical neglect.

Yasser Idreis says his brother Nasser could have lived had he been treated sooner for a liver infection. Nasser Idreis died of cirrhosis Saturday in a Jordanian hospital and was buried in a desert cemetery Sunday near his hometown of Zarqa.

Security services spokesman Amer Sartawi denied the...

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