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August 5, 2015 - 8:05am
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KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says drone strikes have killed up to 60 insurgents, many of them allied to the Islamic State group, in recent days.

Ahmad Zia Abdulzai, spokesman for the Nangarhar provincial governor, said Wednesday that the strikes took place in Nangarhar and neighboring Paktika provinces in the country's east.

The U.S. military in Kabul said in a statement that "kinetic strikes" against "individuals threatening force"...

August 5, 2015 - 7:45am
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LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal's center-right government has received some good news as it aims for re-election in two months' time: the country's unemployment rate has dropped to its lowest level in four years.

The National Statistics Institute said Wednesday the jobless rate in the second quarter fell to 11.9 percent.

The last time it was so low was in 2011 — the year Portugal needed a 78 billion euros ($71.7 billion) bailout as it fell victim to...

August 5, 2015 - 7:31am
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MADRID (AP) — Spain's national weather agency says July was the country's hottest month on record.

In statement Wednesday, the AEMET agency said the average temperature in Spain last month was 26.5 degrees Celsius (79.7 Fahrenheit). The agency said August 2003 had previously been the hottest month on record with an average temperature of 26.2 C (79.2 F).

Cordoba reported July's highest temperature, reaching 45.2 degrees C (113.4 F) on July 6....

August 5, 2015 - 7:10am
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MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Officials say flash floods caused by heavy rain have killed at least seven people, including four children, in the southern Philippines. Two others remain missing.

The regional Office of Civil Defense said the dead in southern Bukidnon province's Valencia City included a 6-month-old girl and three other children aged 6 to 9 who drowned Tuesday.

Weather bureau official Esperanza Cayanan warned of possible landslides after...

August 5, 2015 - 7:00am
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BERLIN (AP) — The U.N.'s top human rights official has expressed alarm at the death sentence imposed on an alternative health practitioner in Iran.

The U.N. human rights office says Mohammad Ali Taheri was sentenced to death Saturday after being found guilty of "corruption on Earth."

Zeid Raad al-Hussein, the U.N. high commissioner for human rights, said in a statement Wednesday that the death sentence against Taheri illustrates Iran's "problematic"...

August 5, 2015 - 6:45am
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ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's left-wing government wants to get a full bailout deal with creditors this month, rejecting the idea of an extension in negotiations.

Nikos Fylis, a parliamentary spokesman for the ruling Syriza party, said Wednesday that a proposal by rescue lenders to prolong the talks and give Athens an interim loan is "off the table."

Greece faces a repayment to the European Central Bank worth more than 3 billion euros on Aug. 20. It...

August 5, 2015 - 6:29am
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ISLAMABAD (AP) — A close aide of Pakistan's prime minster says he is optimistic the stalled peace talks between Kabul and the Taliban will resume soon in the interest of peace in Afghanistan.

The talks were indefinitely postponed following last week's announcement that the Taliban leader, Mullah Mohammad Omar has died. The announcement has triggered a succession dispute and revealed growing rifts within the two-decade-old Afghan insurgent group.


August 5, 2015 - 6:23am
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KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — About 500 protesters demanding Nepal be declared a Hindu state in the new constitution have clashed with police in the capital.

Demonstrators chanted slogans Wednesday as they tried to force through a police barricade on the street leading to the Constituent Assembly building in Kathmandu.

No one was injured in scuffles with police officers and there were no arrests.

Nepal was declared a secular republic...

August 5, 2015 - 5:58am
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JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Two newspapers in South Sudan say the government has stopped their operations in an apparent crackdown on the independent media.

Nhial Bol, editor of the Citizen newspaper, said agents from the National Security Services on Monday ordered him to stop printing because of recently published articles urging the president to sign a peace deal with rebels.

Wazir Michael, editor of the Arabic language Al Rai, said they closed down...

August 5, 2015 - 5:41am
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HWANGE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The trial of a professional hunter who helped an American kill a popular lion named Cecil in an allegedly illegal hunt in Zimbabwe has been postponed to Sept. 28.

Theo Bronkhorst appeared Wednesday in a court in Hwange town, where he faces charges of failing to prevent an unlawful hunt. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison.

Givemore Muvhiringi, Bronkhorst's lawyer, asked for the trial postponement so he can prepare...

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