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August 2, 2015 - 2:32pm
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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...

August 2, 2015 - 10:43am
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TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran will stop giving cash handouts to another million of its wealthiest citizens in order to ease a budget crisis caused in part by sanctions linked to its disputed nuclear program.

State TV quoted Labor and Social Welfare Minister Ali Rabiei as saying Sunday that the cuts will be implemented by Aug. 22.

An earlier removal of 1 million people from the rolls freed up $15 million a month.

The government has...

August 2, 2015 - 10:29am
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TORONTO (AP) — Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has triggered an election campaign and set the vote for Oct. 19.

Harper and his Conservative party are seeking a fourth term after almost a decade in power. The prime minister dissolved Parliament Sunday.

Harper, in power since 2006, has managed to nudge an instinctively center-left country to the right. He has gradually lowered sales and corporate taxes, avoided climate change legislation,...

August 2, 2015 - 10:29am
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JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli hospital spokeswoman says a teenage girl stabbed by an anti-gay extremist in last week's attack on Jerusalem's gay pride parade has died.

Hadar Elboim of Hadassah hospital said the 16-year-old succumbed to her wounds Sunday and that her organs will be donated.

The girl, identified as Shira Banki, was among six people wounded Thursday by an ultra-Orthodox Jewish man who had carried out a similar attack on a gay pride parade...

August 2, 2015 - 10:01am
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COTONOU, Benin (AP) — Benin's president says the country will contribute 800 troops to a regional force intended to combat the Nigeria-based Islamic extremist group Boko Haram.

Thomas Boni Yayi made the announcement Saturday during a visit from Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari.

Deployment of the regional force has been delayed for lack of funds. At a meeting in Cameroon in February, Nigeria and a group of neighboring countries that also includes...

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