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July 29, 2015 - 10:04pm
1 hour 41 min ago

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian media are reporting that Yakub Abdul Razak Memon, the only death row convict in India's deadliest terror attack, the 1993 Mumbai bombings that killed 257 people, has been hanged after India's president rejected a last-minute mercy plea.

Memon, 53, was executed early Thursday morning inside a prison in western India where he had been incarcerated since 1994.

An accountant, Memon was convicted in 2007 of helping raise funds for...

July 29, 2015 - 8:12pm
1 hour 41 min ago

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung Electronics says its quarterly earnings fell 8 percent over a year earlier.

The company said Thursday its April-June net income was 5.8 trillion won ($5 billion), compared with 6.3 trillion won a year earlier. A FactSet survey of analysts predicted 5.6 trillion won of net income.

Sales fell 7 percent to 48.5 trillion won while operating income dropped 4 percent to 6.9 trillion won, in line with its earnings preview...

July 29, 2015 - 7:44pm
1 hour 41 min ago

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An official says a piece of aircraft wing found on an island in the western Indian Ocean is unlikely to alter the seabed search for a missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner in the southern Indian Ocean.

Air safety investigators are examining aircraft debris found on Reunion Island to see if it is part of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 that disappeared on March 8 last year.

Australian Transport Safety Bureau Chief Commissioner...

July 29, 2015 - 5:47pm
1 hour 41 min ago

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's government has declared a first-ever "gender alert" for a central state due to a high incidence of killings and disappearances of women.

The alert for the State of Mexico, outside the capital, was decreed by the Interior Department. It cites "systematic violence against women" and "an atmosphere of impunity and permissiveness" toward such crimes.

The report says more than 1,700 women were slain in the state between 2005...

July 29, 2015 - 5:20pm
1 hour 41 min ago

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina's foreign minister is asking U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to clarify whether Washington's nuclear deal with Iran includes removing from Interpol's list an Iranian wanted in a major bombing in the South American country.

In an open letter Wednesday, Foreign Minister Hector Timerman said Argentina was concerned by news reports that the secret deal reached with Iran included the European Union's agreement to remove former...

July 29, 2015 - 4:31pm
1 hour 41 min ago

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A U.S. citizen who founded a Haiti orphanage for boys has returned to the Caribbean country after a U.S. jury ordered an activist to pay $14.5 million in damages for falsely accusing him of sexually abusing children in his care.

A lawyer for Michael Geilenfeld says the orphanage founder feels vindicated by the jury verdict and is looking forward to resuming work in Haiti. Attorney Peter Detroy said Wednesday that he instructed Geilenfeld to...

July 29, 2015 - 3:20pm
1 hour 41 min ago

PARIS (AP) — French and German executives from two of Europe's leading armored vehicle makers signed a long-awaited merger deal Wednesday aimed at creating a new European champion in the $50 billion annual terrestrial defense market.

The tie-up between France's state-owned Nexter Systems and privately held German firm KMW was inked in Paris at the Defense Ministry headquarters, with France's Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and German parliamentary state secretary for...

July 29, 2015 - 1:33pm
1 hour 41 min ago

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — An official says Jordan's state security court handed down prison terms for eight defendants in an alleged plot by Lebanon's Hezbollah militia to attack U.S. troops and Israel's embassy in Jordan.

Jordanian media have reported that seven Jordanian defendants were arrested before being able to move ahead with their plans and were charged with possessing weapons and making explosives.

The government official says the Jordanian...

July 29, 2015 - 1:27pm
1 hour 41 min ago

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — A Minnesota dentist is the target of widespread outrage over his killing of a lion in Zimbabwe.

The lion had allegedly been lured from a national park, where it was protected, so that it could be killed. The animal, named Cecil, had been studied by an Oxford University research program, and was a favorite among tourists who knew him for his distinctive black mane.

Dentist Walter Palmer says he didn't know the lion was...

July 29, 2015 - 1:27pm
1 hour 41 min ago

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — A new report finds that extortion at checkpoints is costing Ivory Coast millions each year despite government steps to eradicate the practice.

Human Rights Watch said Wednesday that security forces are still asking travelers for money four years after Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara's government said it would end the practice.

The money gets seized from those transporting commercial goods and immigrants at illegal...

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