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June 23, 2016 - 5:47am
1 day 9 hours ago

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Security experts say weaknesses in South Africa's police and intelligence agencies could make the country particularly vulnerable to an extremist attack, although they are not aware of evidence of any immediate threat at this time.

Anneli Botha, a consultant on radicalization and terrorism, said Wednesday that South African resources for combating militant threats are limited and that there is a perception that such attacks would happen elsewhere, not...

June 23, 2016 - 5:27am
1 day 8 hours ago

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Swedish furniture retailer Ikea is recalling children's safety gates because the locking mechanism is unreliable and may result in injury to children.

The company urges customers with any model of Patrull safety gate to immediately stop using them and return them to an Ikea store for a full refund without proof of purchase.

Ikea said Thursday it has received reports that the gates have opened unexpectedly, causing children to fall...

June 23, 2016 - 5:22am
1 day 10 hours ago

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Witnesses say that al-Qaida fighters have been seen in southern Yemeni cities, nearly a month after the militants withdrew from the towns following tribal-led negotiations.

Local residents reported Thursday that al-Qaida militants were seen in the cities of Jaar and Zinjibar, the provincial capital of Abyan province. They say that during the day fighters can be seen driving pickup trucks mounted with anti-aircraft guns, but at night they retreat to...

June 23, 2016 - 5:04am
1 day 10 hours ago

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese police are attempting to determine the identity and cause of death of a person after a body part was found floating in a pond in a quiet residential area of Tokyo.

Tokyo metropolitan police said a passer-by reported finding the body part Thursday on the surface of the pond in the city's Himonya park.

Police said investigators have found a few other parts and are still searching for the rest of the body to determine its identity...

June 23, 2016 - 4:55am
1 day 10 hours ago

BEIJING (AP) — State media reports say 11 workers have been killed in an accident at an aluminum refinery in central China.

The accident Wednesday at the Aluminum Corporation of China facility in the city of Zhengzhou occurred when equipment that the workers were dismantling collapsed on top of them.

The official Xinhua News Agency said another 8 were injured.

An official with Zhengzhou city government confirmed the death toll...

June 23, 2016 - 4:53am
1 day 10 hours ago

BEIRUT (AP) — Anti-government activists and Syrian state media are reporting that shelling and airstrikes in different neighborhoods of the divided northern city of Aleppo have killed at least eight civilians.

Syria's state news agency SANA said Thursday four people were killed and four others wounded when rocket shells hit the government-controlled al-Khalidia district in Aleppo.

Meanwhile, the anti-government Aleppo Media center said four civilians...

June 23, 2016 - 4:49am
1 day 10 hours ago

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Thousands of mourners are attending the funeral of a well-known Pakistani Sufi singer who was shot dead in the port city of Karachi in an attack claimed by Islamic extremists.

Television footage showed tearful mourners showering rose petals over an ambulance carrying the coffin of Amjad Sabri, whose car was ambushed by gunmen on Wednesday when he was on his way to a local TV appearance. Sabri will be buried later Thursday.

Sabri and...

June 23, 2016 - 4:08am
1 day 10 hours ago

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has visited the Natuna islands in a move seen as sending a message on Indonesia's efforts to protect its sovereignty over the area in the edge of the South China Sea.

Jokowi, accompanied by top security officials, made the visit Thursday on board the KRI Imam Bonjol, a warship that fired warning shots last week at Chinese fishing vessels in the area and detained one ship and its seven crew members....

June 23, 2016 - 3:38am
1 day 11 hours ago

TOKYO (AP) — Goro Hasegawa, the Japanese man who created the board game Othello, has died. He was 83.

Hasegawa died after a long illness Monday in his home in Kashiwa, a Tokyo suburb, said Marie Kimura of the Japan Othello Association, while declining to specify the illness.

Hasegawa came up with the idea for the game as a child, when he played with milk-bottle caps. He proposed it to a manufacturer as an adult in 1972.

His...

June 23, 2016 - 3:25am
1 day 11 hours ago

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The new chair of Asia's largest film festival says he is confident that a threatened boycott would be averted allowing the festival to go ahead this fall.

Kim Dong-ho, chairman at the Busan International Film Festival's organizing committee, said Thursday he is upbeat the festival will soon complete measures to guarantee its artistic independence.

The dispute started in 2014 over the screening of a documentary that...

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