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June 29, 2016 - 5:11pm
16 min 4 sec ago

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Some 300 people have marched to El Salvador's presidential residence demanding improved prison conditions for gang members, including better medical care and family visits.

The march by mostly mothers and other relatives comes amid a crackdown on the country's powerful gangs in which the government has transferred many prisoners to more secure facilities and reduced their liberties.

After suspected gang members...

June 29, 2016 - 5:05pm
16 min 4 sec ago

LONDON (AP) — Turns out the largest diamond discovered in over a century may not be worth all that much.

The tennis ball-sized Lesedi la Rona failed to find a buyer Tuesday, a disappointing result for a stone which had described as "the find of a lifetime" by David Bennett, chairman of Sotheby's jewelry division.

The diamond was unearthed in November in Botswana at a mine owned by Canada's Lucara Diamond Corporation. It measured 1,109 carats, the...

June 29, 2016 - 4:56pm
16 min 4 sec ago

PARAMARIBO, Suriname (AP) — The president of Suriname has again moved to prevent authorities in the South American nation from putting him on trial for the killings of 15 political opponents in 1982.

President Desi Bouterse invoked an article of the constitution that allows the government to dictate whether a case can be prosecuted in the interests of national security. The minister of justice announced the action Wednesday before Bouterse went into a closed session of...

June 29, 2016 - 4:53pm
16 min 4 sec ago

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican authorities say the former assistant prosecutor of Baja California Sur state has been assassinated just a few months after he was fired for alleged ties to the Sinaloa Cartel.

The state prosecutor's office says former employee Samgar Salvador Gomez Reyes was shot by unidentified assailants on his way to his office. His body was found Wednesday in the city of La Paz with three bullet wounds.

The motive in the killing remains...

June 29, 2016 - 4:05pm
36 min 6 sec ago

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has apologized to high school students over the leaking of national exams.

El-Sissi's remarks on Wednesday came amid days of student demonstrations against the Education Ministry's decision to repeat one of the exams.

He described the leak as "painful" and said "this will not happen again." He spoke at a gathering to break the Ramadan fast attended by public figures in Cairo.

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June 29, 2016 - 3:51pm
1 hour 36 min ago

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has defended the transfer of two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia, which sparked the largest protests of his presidency and was declared unconstitutional last week.

He said Wednesday that "the state will present all documents and evidence," adding "we have to nothing to hide."

The transfer, announced during an April visit by King Salman alongside billions of dollars in Saudi aid, ignited street...

June 29, 2016 - 3:25pm
1 hour 46 min ago

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Wimbledon (all times local):

8:10 p.m.

The first-round Wimbledon match between 2014 runner-up Eugenie Bouchard and Magdalena Rybarikova has been moved to Centre Court, where the roof is closed.

Bouchard is leading 6-3, 2-1.

Play on all other courts was suspended for the day because of rain Wednesday.

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7:35 p.m.

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June 29, 2016 - 3:10pm
2 hours 6 min ago

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N.'s special envoy for Syria says there's just not enough agreement yet to resume peace talks ahead of an Aug. 1 deadline to start a political transition.

Talks between the Syrian government and opposition broke up at the end of April when government forces, backed by Russia, escalated their assault on rebel-held areas.

Staffan de Mistura, speaking to reporters Wednesday following closed consultations with the Security...

June 29, 2016 - 3:08pm
2 hours 6 min ago

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian investigators say wreckage from the EgyptAir flight that crashed in May shows "signs of damage because of high temperature" and a flight data recorder indicates there was smoke on board.

The flight from Paris to Cairo crashed into the Mediterranean on May 19 for reasons that remain unknown. The pilots made no distress call, and no militant group has claimed to have brought down the plane.

The Egyptian investigating committee...

June 29, 2016 - 1:38pm
3 hours 26 min ago

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Angola's Supreme Court has ordered the conditional release of 17 political activists, known as the Luanda Book Club, who had been convicted of plotting to overthrow the government of the southern African country.

The court order dated Wednesday and published by news website Rede Angola says the release warrants, issued under terms of house arrest, were to be carried out "in the present day."

The group was arrested at a 2015...

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