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January 25, 2016 - 12:27pm
1 week 6 days ago

LONDON (AP) — Environmental protesters who occupied a runway at London's Heathrow airport for several hours have been told they face jail after being convicted of trespassing.

Thirteen members of Plane Stupid cut through a fence and blocked the runway in July to oppose plans for a third runway at Europe's busiest airport.

They claimed their actions were necessary to stop people dying from the effects of pollution and climate change....

January 25, 2016 - 12:22pm
1 week 6 days ago

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus' finance minister says the east Mediterranean island nation is on track to conclude its multibillion euro rescue program on time this March, almost exactly three years after receiving the lifeline.

Harris Georgiades told the European Parliament's Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee on Monday that strict adherence to fiscal and other reforms has meant that Cyprus hasn't used up more than 2 billion of the 9 billion euros (currently $9.7...

January 25, 2016 - 11:57am
1 week 6 days ago

BEIRUT (AP) — Opposition activists say an explosion at offices used by an ultraconservative militant group in northern Syria killed at least seven people.

The Local Coordination Committees said a car bomb exploded near a building used by the Ahrar al-Sham group in the city of Aleppo on Monday, killing seven people and wounding others.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights put the death toll at 23.

The opposition...

January 25, 2016 - 11:56am
1 week 6 days ago

BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Central African Republic's constitutional court has certified results from the first round of the country's long-awaited presidential vote, confirming that two former prime ministers will compete in a runoff.

The results certified Monday gave the leading candidate, Anicet Georges Dologuele, nearly 24 percent of the vote while second-place finisher Faustin Archange Touadere received 19 percent. The runoff was initially scheduled for...

January 25, 2016 - 11:49am
1 week 6 days ago

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African prosecutors are asking the nation's highest court to reject a bid by Oscar Pistorius' lawyers to appeal the double-amputee runner's murder conviction.

Luvuyo Mfaku, spokesman for the National Prosecuting Authority, said Monday that prosecutors have filed papers with the Constitutional Court arguing that Pistorius' appeal is not valid.

Lawyers for Pistorius, who killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in his home in 2013,...

January 25, 2016 - 11:02am
1 week 6 days ago

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has criticized Soviet founder Vladimir Lenin for placing a "time bomb" under the state, and denounced brutal repressions by the Bolshevik government.

The harsh criticism of Lenin, who is still revered by communists and many others in Russia, is unusual for Putin, who in the past carefully weighed his comments about the nation's history to avoid alienating some voters.

Putin's assessment of Lenin's role...

January 25, 2016 - 10:59am
1 week 6 days ago

LONDON (AP) — The jailed former president of the Maldives says he may not return home after being temporarily freed to seek medical treatment in Britain.

Mohamed Nasheed says he has yet to decide whether he can better serve the struggle for democracy inside his country or abroad.

Nasheed became the Indian Ocean nation's first democratically-elected president in 2008. In 2015, he was sentenced to 13 years imprisonment for ordering the arrest of a...

January 25, 2016 - 10:44am
1 week 6 days ago

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Rwandan police say they killed a Muslim cleric in the capital who was suspected of recruiting for the Islamic State group.

Police spokesman Celestin Twahirwa said Monday that the suspect, Muhammad Mugemangango, was shot dead in Kigali on Saturday as he attempted to flee from police custody.

Although the East African countries of Kenya and Uganda have been attacked by Islamic extremists, this is the first time Rwandan authorities...

January 25, 2016 - 10:43am
1 week 6 days ago

LONDON (AP) — Cecil Parkinson, who held senior posts in the British government under Margaret Thatcher until forced to resign amid a sex scandal, has died. He was 84.

Parkinson's family said he died Friday says after a long battle with cancer.

Parkinson served former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in a number of senior positions. He managed the Conservative Party's successful 1983 election campaign.

He was made Secretary of...

January 25, 2016 - 10:30am
1 week 6 days ago

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Bosnian police have arrested a Bosnian media mogul and former security minister who is under suspicion of obstructing justice.

Prosecutors said that Fahrudin Radoncic was arrested Monday and that three locations were raided in a search for evidence.

The arrest is linked to last week's arrest of the incumbent secretary of the security ministry, Bakir Dautbasic, who is suspected of obstructing the investigation...

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