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July 30, 2015 - 1:21am
41 min 3 sec ago

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Afghan Taliban have issued a statement saying that they are "not aware" of a new round of peace talks that had been expected to take place in Pakistan on Friday.

The statement appears to indicate the Taliban will not participate in the second round of the official face-to-face talks with the Afghan government.

It was not immediately clear if they were completely pulling out of the talks, which began earlier in July....

July 30, 2015 - 1:16am
41 min 3 sec ago

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Nearly 7,000 prisoners in Myanmar, including some former military intelligence officials who had been purged by their army colleagues, have been given presidential pardons.

An Information Ministry statement posted on its website said 6,966 prisoners, including 210 foreigners, will be freed from various prisons across the country "on humanitarian grounds and in view of national reconciliation." It was not clear if pro-democracy activists were among...

July 30, 2015 - 12:04am
41 min 3 sec ago

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Athletes competing in next year's Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro will be swimming and boating in waters so contaminated with human feces that they risk becoming violently ill.

That's according to a study commissioned by The Associated Press that tested for viral and bacterial pathogens in the waters where athletes will compete.

It is the first independent comprehensive testing for both viruses and bacteria at the Olympic...

July 29, 2015 - 11:53pm
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MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican officials say 16 people are dead and 30 injured after an out-of-control truck that lost its brakes slammed into a religious procession in central Mexico.

The government of the north-central state of Zacatecas said in a statement that the accident occurred in the town of Mazapil.

A heavy truck carrying building materials lost its brakes on the town's main street Wednesday afternoon. It slammed into a pedestrian procession of...

July 29, 2015 - 10:04pm
41 min 3 sec ago

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian media are reporting that Yakub Abdul Razak Memon, the only death row convict in India's deadliest terror attack, the 1993 Mumbai bombings that killed 257 people, has been hanged after India's president rejected a last-minute mercy plea.

Memon, 53, was executed early Thursday morning inside a prison in western India where he had been incarcerated since 1994.

An accountant, Memon was convicted in 2007 of helping raise funds for...

July 29, 2015 - 8:12pm
41 min 3 sec ago

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung Electronics says its quarterly earnings fell 8 percent over a year earlier.

The company said Thursday its April-June net income was 5.8 trillion won ($5 billion), compared with 6.3 trillion won a year earlier. A FactSet survey of analysts predicted 5.6 trillion won of net income.

Sales fell 7 percent to 48.5 trillion won while operating income dropped 4 percent to 6.9 trillion won, in line with its earnings preview...

July 29, 2015 - 7:44pm
41 min 4 sec ago

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An official says a piece of aircraft wing found on an island in the western Indian Ocean is unlikely to alter the seabed search for a missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner in the southern Indian Ocean.

Air safety investigators are examining aircraft debris found on Reunion Island to see if it is part of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 that disappeared on March 8 last year.

Australian Transport Safety Bureau Chief Commissioner...

July 29, 2015 - 5:47pm
41 min 4 sec ago

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's government has declared a first-ever "gender alert" for a central state due to a high incidence of killings and disappearances of women.

The alert for the State of Mexico, outside the capital, was decreed by the Interior Department. It cites "systematic violence against women" and "an atmosphere of impunity and permissiveness" toward such crimes.

The report says more than 1,700 women were slain in the state between 2005...

July 29, 2015 - 5:20pm
41 min 4 sec ago

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina's foreign minister is asking U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to clarify whether Washington's nuclear deal with Iran includes removing from Interpol's list an Iranian wanted in a major bombing in the South American country.

In an open letter Wednesday, Foreign Minister Hector Timerman said Argentina was concerned by news reports that the secret deal reached with Iran included the European Union's agreement to remove former...

July 29, 2015 - 4:31pm
41 min 4 sec ago

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A U.S. citizen who founded a Haiti orphanage for boys has returned to the Caribbean country after a U.S. jury ordered an activist to pay $14.5 million in damages for falsely accusing him of sexually abusing children in his care.

A lawyer for Michael Geilenfeld says the orphanage founder feels vindicated by the jury verdict and is looking forward to resuming work in Haiti. Attorney Peter Detroy said Wednesday that he instructed Geilenfeld to...

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