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July 25, 2016 - 1:22pm
17 hours 23 min ago

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish Airlines says it has terminated the contracts of 211 employees, joining a government purge of people suspected of links to a U.S.-based cleric whom authorities accuse of orchestrating Turkey's failed coup.

The national carrier said Monday the contracts were canceled due to "nonfulfillment of performance standards" and in line with the "necessary actions" the company was taking against Fethullah Gulen's movement.

The...

July 25, 2016 - 1:18pm
17 hours 23 min ago

CAIRO (AP) — The leader of Egypt's Coptic Christian church is warning of increased attacks on Christians, saying national unity is being "defaced."

In a Monday meeting with lawmakers, Pope Tawadros II said that since 2013 there have been 37 sectarian attacks on Christians — nearly an incident a month. He describes the situation as "very painful."

Christians make up 10 percent of Egypt's population.

Last week, a Muslim mob stabbed...

July 25, 2016 - 1:08pm
17 hours 23 min ago

LONDON (AP) — The suspected serial killer of four London men he met on gay dating websites is facing new charges of drugging and sexually assaulting eight others.

Prosecutors unveiled the extra charges Monday against Stephen Port, who already faces murder charges in connection with the discovery of four bodies near Port's home in Barking, east London, between June 2014 and September 2015. They say Port gave each victim in their 20s fatal doses of the psychoactive drug...

July 25, 2016 - 1:00pm
17 hours 23 min ago

OSWIECIM, Poland (AP) — Catholic pilgrims have begun gathering in southern Poland ahead of the midweek arrival of Pope Francis for World Youth Day, a days-long gathering of young people.

Young people convened for prayers in Krakow on Monday, while thousands also visited the former Nazi death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau.

On Friday, Francis will become the third pontiff to visit the somber memorial site, following in the footsteps of John Paul II and...

July 25, 2016 - 12:51pm
17 hours 53 min ago

PARIS (AP) — Air France warns some of its flights are expected to be cancelled later this week due to a seven-day strike of some cabin crew members.

The French airline says it will maintain most of its long-distance flights. It predicts more than 90 percent of such flights will run as scheduled on Wednesday, the first day of the strike.

It says flights to and from Europe and domestic flights will face more cancellations.

Two...

July 25, 2016 - 12:30pm
21 hours 43 min ago

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romanian border police have confiscated thousands of packs of cigarettes which apparently were dropped in a field from a powered hang glider.

The Interior Ministry said Monday that police discovered 10 boxes containing 5,000 packets of Chinese-produced Ashima cigarettes.

Police say they were patrolling the area with heat-detecting equipment when they spotted the glider flying into northeast Romania and returning to Moldova...

July 25, 2016 - 12:28pm
21 hours 53 min ago

MADRID (AP) — Health officials in Barcelona say a woman has given birth to a baby boy with microcephaly associated with the Zika virus — the first detected case in Spain.

The defect was detected last May, and the Vall d'Hebron University Hospital announced Monday that both the mother and the infant are in stable condition.

The mother, who was not identified, had travelled earlier this year to South America where she contracted Zika. The mosquito-...

July 25, 2016 - 12:10pm
21 hours 53 min ago

BRAZZAVILLE, Republic of Congo (AP) — A Republic of Congo tribunal has sentenced an opposition leader to two years in prison for inciting public disorder and insurrection.

The lawyer for United Party for Congo head Paulin Makaya said Monday the sentence, including a $4,000 fine, is unjust. Yvon Eric Ibouanga said an appeal will be filed.

Makaya was detained after participating in an October protest. Opposition leaders called for a boycott of an Oct....

July 25, 2016 - 12:04pm
23 hours 23 min ago

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — An aid official says U.N. agencies have procured cranes to hoist food over an earthen barrier to tens of thousands of Syrians stranded on the border with Jordan, but are still waiting for Jordan's promised go-ahead.

Jordan sealed its border after an attack on its troops by Islamic State extremists last month.

The closure halted regular aid deliveries from Jordan's territory to Syrians on the other side of the berm. In mid-July,...

July 25, 2016 - 11:49am
1 day 43 min ago

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. humanitarian chief is urgently calling for a weekly 48-hour "humanitarian pause" in the eastern part of Aleppo city in Syria where all road access is blocked by fighting and between 250,000 and 275,000 people are trapped.

Stephen O'Brien told the Security Council on Monday that he could not stress enough "how critical the situation is" in eastern Aleppo, which risks becoming the largest besieged area in the country.

He...

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