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July 30, 2015 - 11:31pm
14 min 34 sec ago

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Almaty has pleaded with International Olympic Committee members to not consider them a "risky" choice to host the 2022 Winter Games simply because the central Asian country of Kazakhstan is not familiar to many of them.

In a hard-hitting speech Friday during its final presentation, Kazakh Prime Minister Karim Massimov says "there were no fabrications about our compact venue plan, our travel times or our accommodation resources," an indirect...

July 30, 2015 - 10:05pm
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BEIJING (AP) — China has expelled a former top general from the ruling Communist Party over corruption accusations as President Xi Jinping's campaign to root out graft in the military churns onward.

The official Xinhua News Agency said Friday that Guo Boxiong, a former vice chairman of the powerful Central Military Commission, will be prosecuted under the military.

Xinhua says Guo is accused of accepting bribes to grant promotions and other benefits...

July 30, 2015 - 9:34pm
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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Kazakhstan Prime Minister Karim Massimov will head the Almaty delegation and Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong will lead the Beijing team in the final presentations to the IOC ahead of the vote for the 2022 Winter Olympics.

Mayors from both cities — Wang Anshun, who is also the president of the Beijing bid committee — and Almaty's Akhmetzhan Yessimov — are also on the teams which will make their presentations Friday to an expected 86 IOC...

July 30, 2015 - 8:29pm
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MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican authorities say they will spend about $9.1 million and hire 4,600 temporary workers to clean up mounds of seaweed that have accumulated in recent weeks along the Caribbean coast.

Part of that money will go to a plan to test whether the sargassum seaweed can be collected in the sea before it reaches shore.

The Environment Department said Thursday that while machinery may be used on some beaches, manual collection will be...

July 30, 2015 - 6:11pm
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SYDNEY (AP) — Police say a surfer has been seriously injured by a shark off the Australian east coast less than a week after a fatal attack.

Police said in a statement the man sustained wounds to his legs and hands in the dawn attack on Friday at Evans Head, 550 kilometers (340 miles) north of Sydney.

He was taken by ambulance to a hospital in serious but stable condition.

Evans Head is 40 kilometers (25 miles) south of the...

July 30, 2015 - 5:55pm
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MOSCOW (AP) — The head of Russia's domestic security agency says the United States, Georgia and several Western European countries helped prevent terrorist attacks during last year's Winter Olympics.

The Games were held in Russia's Black Sea resort of Sochi amid high concern that insurgents from nearby restive Caucasus republics including Chechnya were planning attacks. Russia imposed exceptionally heavy security measures that were nicknamed the "ring of steel" around...

July 30, 2015 - 5:24pm
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MEXICO CITY (AP) — A judge in Mexico has issued a provisional warrant to detain escaped drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman based on an extradition request from the United States.

A federal official who was not authorized to be quoted by name said Thursday that court hearings would be required before the extradition could ever be carried out.

Guzman also faces a host of Mexican charges following his July 11 escape through a tunnel from Mexico's...

July 30, 2015 - 4:41pm
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JERUSALEM (AP) — Police in Jerusalem say the man who stabbed six people during an annual gay pride parade today was the same man who had stabbed several people at the parade a decade ago. They say the anti-gay extremist (Yishai Schlissel) had just been released from prison three weeks ago after serving time for that attack.

An emergency service official says six of the people who were attacked today were seriously hurt.

Police say the attack took...

July 30, 2015 - 4:38pm
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UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Ukraine's foreign minister says the five countries investigating the downing of a Malaysia airlines plane over Ukraine a year ago will try again in a few months to get Security Council approval for an international tribunal to prosecute the alleged perpetrators.

Pavlo Klimkin said in an interview Thursday with The Associated Press that one of Russia's arguments for vetoing the resolution to establish a tribunal on Wednesday was that it was premature...

July 30, 2015 - 4:33pm
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GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemala's Supreme Court has withdrawn the immunity from prosecution for three members of congress with alleged links to corruption.

The lawmakers from the opposition Lider party are suspected of money-laundering, illicit enrichment, abuse of authority and influence trafficking. They deny any wrongdoing and say the accusations are politically motivated attacks.

Investigators say the three were caught on video and audio...

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