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June 16, 2016 - 7:17am
1 week 6 days ago

MADRID (AP) — The Latest on the British referendum on EU membership (all times local):

2:30 p.m.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel wants Britain to stay in the EU.

Merkel added that "of course, that decision is up to the citizens of Great Britain."

Britain votes on June 23 to decide whether to leave the EU or stay.

Merkel was meeting with Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico in Berlin, who...

June 16, 2016 - 7:13am
1 week 6 days ago

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya's police chief says a large package sent to the Canadian High Commission in Nairobi caused a bomb scare but turned out to be visa forms.

Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet said Thursday the road to the Canadian diplomatic offices was sealed off as Kenyan bomb experts inspected the package. Boinnet says the 30-kilogram (66-pound) package was found to contain visa application forms.

Kenya is on high alert during the...

June 16, 2016 - 7:02am
1 week 6 days ago

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Denmark's main museum says amateur archaeologists have found seven bracelets — one of silver and six of gold — which are considered to be the largest Viking-era gold find in Denmark.

National Museum of Denmark spokesman Peter Pentz says finding one "is huge but it is something special to find seven."

Pentz says the bracelets weighing a total of almost one kilogram (2.2. pounds) were discovered last week near Vejen in...

June 16, 2016 - 6:49am
1 week 6 days ago

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iran's Revolutionary Guard has battled armed members of an insurgent Kurdish group, leading to fatalities.

A report Thursday by Iran's semi-official Fars news agency quoted Gen. Mohammad Pakpour, the chief of the Guard's ground forces, as saying the clashes happened Wednesday near Oshnavieh, a predominantly Kurdish town in Iran's West Azerbaijan province near its border with Iraq and Turkey.

Pakpour did not identify the insurgents....

June 16, 2016 - 6:42am
1 week 6 days ago

LONDON (AP) — Singer Cliff Richard says he is pleased with prosecutors' decision to drop an investigation into historical sexual abuse.

He said in a statement Thursday he is "obviously thrilled that the vile accusations and the resulting investigation have finally been brought to a close."

The Crown Prosecution Service says there is insufficient evidence to prosecute and South Yorkshire Police have apologized for the handling of the case....

June 16, 2016 - 6:37am
1 week 6 days ago

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The Latest on Europe's response to the migrant crisis (all times local):

3:45 p.m.

A U.S. Navy ship is steaming to join a NATO effort to help the European Union shut down human smuggling operations in the Aegean Sea.

U.S. military officials said Thursday the rescue and salvage ship Grapple set sail from Souda Bay in Greece, with the primary mission of conducing maritime surveillance and reconnaissance....

June 16, 2016 - 6:32am
1 week 6 days ago

MOMBASA, Kenya (AP) — A Kenyan court has upheld the use of anal examinations to determine a suspect's sexual orientation.

Mombasa High Court Judge Mathew Emukule said Thursday he found no violation of rights or the law and dismissed the petition.

Two men had sought a court ruling to stop enforced anal examinations and HIV tests of men accused of being gay after they were subjected to the procedures.

The two were arrested in a bar...

June 16, 2016 - 6:25am
1 week 6 days ago

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — The Indian army says five suspected rebels and two soldiers have been killed in two separate gunbattles near the line of control that divides Kashmir between India and Pakistan.

Army spokesman Col. Nitin N. Joshi says four militants were killed in fighting with soldiers after they entered India's portion of Kashmir from the Pakistani side in the Tangdhar sector on Thursday.

An Indian solider was also killed in the fierce...

June 16, 2016 - 6:21am
1 week 6 days ago

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German automaker Volkswagen plans to intensify its push into electric vehicles as it fights to bounce back from a scandal over diesel cars rigged to cheat on emissions tests.

CEO Matthias Mueller said Thursday the company plans to introduce more than 30 electric-powered vehicles by 2025, and to sell 2 to 3 million of them a year.

Mueller made the statement as the company introduced a new strategy aimed at streamlining and re...

June 16, 2016 - 6:20am
1 week 6 days ago

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ethiopian security forces have killed more than 400 people in a crackdown on protests in the Oromia region since November, Human Rights Watch said Thursday.

Tens of thousands of others have been arrested, the rights group said in a new report , citing the accounts of 125 protesters, witnesses and others.

The student-led protests were sparked by a government plan to expand the municipal boundaries of the capital, Addis Ababa,...

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