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August 2, 2015 - 2:57pm
31 min 27 sec ago

NEW DELHI (AP) — India's Home Ministry says heavy monsoon rains have killed more than 90 people in the past week and forced tens of thousands of people to take shelter in state-run relief camps.

A ministry statement says a cyclone struck the worst-hit state of West Bengal, where 48 people have been killed.

Another 28 deaths were reported from western Rajasthan state, the statement said.

On Saturday, at least 20 people were swept...

August 2, 2015 - 2:54pm
31 min 27 sec ago

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A group advocating for journalistic freedom says a photographer who was found slain in Mexico City had been tortured before his death.

The organization known as Article 19 says Ruben Espinosa sustained severe injuries to his face and was shot twice.

Espinosa was found dead late Friday along with four women. The head of Article 19, Dario Ramirez, says the women also were tortured and showed signs of sexual assault....

August 2, 2015 - 2:54pm
31 min 27 sec ago

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's President Hassan Rouhani says his country achieved its main goals in the landmark nuclear deal reached with world powers last month.

In a national address late Sunday, he says the accord recognizes Iran's right to enrich uranium and lifts international sanctions.

He says negotiations between Iran and the six-nation group -- the U.S., Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany -- worked because of "constructive interaction"...

August 2, 2015 - 2:51pm
31 min 27 sec ago

MADRID (AP) — Spanish police say a congregation of nuns in the southern city of Granada led them to an organization that allegedly defrauded as many as 7,000 victims of up to 7 million euros ($7.7 million).

Police said in a statement Sunday they have arrested 212 suspects who allegedly used some 20 companies based in and around the southern cities of Malaga and Torremolinos to fraudulently obtain money.

The nuns told police that members of the...

August 2, 2015 - 2:32pm
31 min 27 sec ago

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Europe's top human right official has drawn attention to the abuses and discrimination faced by the Roma minority as Europe commemorated the tens of thousands of Gypsies killed during World War II.

The European Parliament has designated Aug. 2 as Roma Holocaust Memorial Day, remembering the approximately 220,000 Roma killed by Nazi Germany and its allies.

Nils Muiznieks, the Council of Europe's Commissioner for Human Rights,...

August 2, 2015 - 2:08pm
31 min 27 sec ago

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The International Olympic Committee said Sunday it will begin testing for disease causing viruses in the sewage-polluted waters where athletes will compete in next year's Rio de Janeiro Games.

Previously, the IOC and local Olympic organizers in Rio said they would only test for bacteria in the water, as Brazil and virtually all nations only mandate such testing to determine the safety of recreational waters.

But after an...

August 2, 2015 - 1:33pm
31 min 27 sec ago

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — A defense official says two Malian soldiers were killed and five were injured in an attack on their convoy in the center of the country.

Lt. Col. Diarran Diakite, a defense ministry adviser, said the attack on Sunday occurred on the road between the central towns of Nampala and Diabaly, situated roughly 400 kilometers (250 miles) by road north of the capital, Bamako.

He said the identity of the attackers was unknown....

August 2, 2015 - 1:11pm
31 min 27 sec ago

ROME (AP) — An Australian aviation pioneer has been honored with a memorial stone and a hiking path in the Apennine mountains, where he died in a plane crash in 1933.

A great-nephew of aviator Bert Hinkler, the Australian ambassador to Italy, and a local man in his 90s who recalled how people looked to the sky as the plane crashed were among those attending the ceremony Sunday in the mountains near Arezzo, in Tuscany, Italy.

Ambassador Mike Rann...

August 2, 2015 - 12:06pm
31 min 27 sec ago

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's army is ordering a review of the cases of more than 600 soldiers and officers, including dozens condemned to death for allegedly deserting the battle against Islamic extremists.

The review comes three months after the inauguration of President Muhammadu Buhari, who has vowed to crush the Boko Haram Islamic uprising that has spilled across Nigeria's borders.

An army order received Sunday by the AP requires all accused...

August 2, 2015 - 11:00am
31 min 27 sec ago

MADRID (AP) — Event organizers say an 84-year-old yacht owner who fell into the Mediterranean Sea was rescued four hours later and is still keen to compete in a race.

Jacinto Rodriguez, skipper of "Duende 52," fell overboard early Sunday while sailing to participate alongside a fleet of 136 other boats in Spain's 34th Copa del Rey off Mallorca.

While east of the island of Dragonera and in winds of 35 knots, Rodriguez gave instructions to lower the...

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