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August 24, 2016 - 4:31pm
2 hours 2 min ago

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — France's deputy U.N. ambassador says an international team is blaming the Syrian government and Islamic State militants for chemical weapons attacks in the conflict-wracked nation during 2014 and 2015.

Alexis Lamek said the U.N. Security Council must take action against the perpetrators following Wednesday's report by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons-United Nations Joint Investigative Mechanism.

"It...

August 24, 2016 - 4:01pm
2 hours 2 min ago

MOSCOW (AP) — Moscow police say a man who claimed to have a bomb seized a bank in the center of Russia's capital and took four people hostage, but he later surrendered peacefully.

After an hours-long standoff Wednesday evening, police say the man, identified by Russian news organizations as a 55-year-old bankrupt businessman, released the hostages and gave himself up to police.

In video broadcast on Russian state television, he is shown inside a...

August 24, 2016 - 3:54pm
2 hours 2 min ago

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Officials in the Afghan capital say militants killed at least one person and wounded another 18 in an attack today on the American University of Afghanistan. They say security forces are still combing the campus in search of attackers.

An official with the Ministry of Public Health says a guard employed by the university was killed and that the wounded included a foreign teacher.

An AP photographer was in a classroom with 15...

August 24, 2016 - 3:13pm
2 hours 2 min ago

PARIS (AP) — France's former conservative president, Nicolas Sarkozy, has branded the full-body burkini swimsuits worn by some Muslim women a "provocation" that he says supports radicalized Islam.

A series of local town bans on burkinis in France has set off a heated debate in the strictly secular country. Sarkozy says Wednesday night that "we don't imprison women behind fabric."

As a leading opposition figure, Sarkozy announced this week that he is...

August 24, 2016 - 3:08pm
2 hours 32 min ago

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's military has cleared its forces of wrongdoing in three deadly incidents of the 2014 Gaza war— including an airstrike that killed 15 members of a single family.

Wednesday's statement says the military has closed a total of seven investigations without filing charges after a special team collected testimony from Gaza residents and Israeli officers.

The army says the building where the family was killed was used by Hamas, the...

August 24, 2016 - 2:41pm
2 hours 32 min ago

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has arrived in Saudi Arabia for meetings with the kingdom's senior royals and talks on Yemen's stalled peace process.

The United States has backed a Saudi-led coalition of nine Arab countries in a nearly 18-month bombing campaign against Shiite Houthi rebels and their allies in Yemen. The Houthis seized the capital, Sanaa, in 2014.

The conflict has killed more than 9,000 people, displaced...

August 24, 2016 - 2:32pm
3 hours 52 min ago

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling for a review of potential new information, including from South Africa, on the mysterious 1961 plane crash that killed U.N. Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold.

Ban recommended in a note to the U.N. General Assembly circulated Wednesday that either he or the 193-member world body appoint "an eminent person or persons" to conduct the review and "determine the scope that any further inquiry or investigation...

August 24, 2016 - 2:27pm
4 hours 32 min ago

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Germany's leader has urged Britain to file a formal request to leave the European Union soon, even though the member states are prepared to give the U.K. time to decide its future ties with the bloc.

Chancellor Angela Merkel says the EU is otherwise busy and "can bide the time" that Britain needs "to decide for its part what relationship it wants to have with the European Union."

But she cautioned that until Britain requests...

August 24, 2016 - 2:21pm
4 hours 32 min ago

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — A lawyer for a Palestinian detainee on a hunger strike for over two months says he has ended his fast.

Attorney Sahar Francis says Bilal Kayed, 34, stopped his protest Wednesday after 71 days of fasting, and that there is an agreement that will see him freed in December.

Kayed's relatives say he began the fast in June after Israel ordered him held for six months without charges, immediately following completion of a 14-and-...

August 24, 2016 - 2:05pm
4 hours 42 min ago

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden is urging Turkey to be patient with the U.S. legal system.

Turkish authorities are trying to get the United States to extradite a cleric who's accused of masterminding last month's failed military coup.

Biden met today with Turkish officials in Ankara. He said afterward that the extradition process will take time. But he reaffirmed the U.S. willingness to cooperate in the case of the U.S.-based Muslim...

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