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July 20, 2015 - 10:32am
1 week 6 days ago

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates has issued new legislation aimed at combatting intolerance that outlaws actions which stoke religious hatred and discriminate based on religious or ethnic background.

The law's introduction comes amid growing alarm among Gulf nations over the rise of militant Islamic extremists, particularly the Islamic State group.

The official state news agency WAM announced the law Monday following its...

July 20, 2015 - 10:32am
1 week 5 days ago

BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) — Gunfire and explosions could be heard in Burundi's capital on the eve of the country's disputed presidential election.

Incumbent President Pierre Nkuruniziza's bid for a third term in office has caused unrest ahead of the election.

Local journalist Patrick Wasso said the gunfire and explosions late Monday came from the direction of the Nyakabiga neighborhood where weeks of protests were held after the April announcement that...

July 20, 2015 - 10:22am
1 week 6 days ago

ZURICH (AP) — Sepp Blatter says he definitely will not be a candidate in the next FIFA presidential election on Feb. 26.

Blatter said at a news conference Monday: "I will not be a candidate for the election in 2016."

Asked to dispel any doubt that he would go back on his promises to leave, Blatter folded his arms and chuckled.

He said: "On the 26th of February FIFA will have a new president. I cannot be the new president because...

July 20, 2015 - 10:21am
1 week 6 days ago

BEIJING (AP) — China's state media say former President Hu Jintao's top aide has been stripped of his party membership, removed from all government positions, and will be criminally prosecuted on corruption charges.

Xinhua News Agency said Monday that an internal investigation found that Ling Jihua, who once served as head of the Communist Party's general office, took huge bribes and used his position to seek benefits for others.

The news report also...

July 20, 2015 - 10:18am
1 week 6 days ago

LONDON (AP) — Teams of census-takers have taken to the River Thames for the colorful annual count of Queen Elizabeth II's swans — a blend of science and ceremony that dates to the 12th Century.

Swan wardens and zoologists count, measure and mark the swans in order to safeguard the population and determine its health in an event known as swan upping. By tradition, the monarch owns all the swans found in Britain's open waters, and the event assesses their overall well-...

July 20, 2015 - 9:35am
1 week 6 days ago

BERLIN (AP) — The defense team for former SS Sgt. Oskar Groening, convicted of 300,000 counts of accessory to murder for his service in Auschwitz, has filed an appeal in his case.

Groening was convicted last week and sentenced to four years in prison, but will remain free until his appeals are heard.

His lawyers say he deserves a sentence reduction for the amount of time it took to bring him to trial.

Attorney Hans Holtermann...

July 20, 2015 - 9:15am
1 week 6 days ago

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council has unanimously endorsed the landmark nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers.

The resolution, co-sponsored by all 15 council members and adopted Monday morning, also authorizes a series of measures leading to the end of U.N. sanctions that have hurt Iran's economy.

But the measure also provides a mechanism for U.N. sanctions to "snap back" in place if Iran fails to meet its obligations....

July 20, 2015 - 8:28am
1 week 6 days ago

PERTH, Australia (AP) — An oil tanker crew reported seeing a wooden boat suspected to be carrying asylum seekers off the Australian coast in a rare failure of the country's tight surveillance of its northern seas.

Gary Kennedy, a manager of the oil and gas company Modec Australia, told The West Australian newspaper that the boat carrying an unknown number of people was spotted Monday within Australia's offshore oil and gas fields.

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July 20, 2015 - 8:25am
1 week 6 days ago

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's official news agency is reporting that Germany and the Islamic Republic will hold their first economic conference in a decade. That will to lay the groundwork for businesses in both countries to do more work in the wake of a nuclear deal between Iran and world powers.

IRNA's report Monday quoted Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh as saying the conference will be held in late summer or early autumn. The last such event was held in 2002 before...

July 20, 2015 - 8:22am
1 week 6 days ago

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's national security chief says 109 ethnic Uighur refugees who were involuntarily sent back to China from Thailand this month have been treated well since their return.

National Security Council Secretary General Anusit Kunakorn was among five Thai officials who traveled to China last Wednesday, one week after the deportation that sparked international criticism and an attack on the Thai Consulate in Istanbul.

Anusit said...

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