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November 26, 2015 - 9:06am
7 min 20 sec ago

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — A Palestinian artist sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia for apostasy has told a local news website in an interview from inside prison that he isn't an atheist and that his case centers around a personal dispute he had with someone.

Ashraf Fayadh was quoted Thursday in Mecca Online saying a Saudi college student he knew filed a complaint to religious police accusing him of being an atheist and trying to spread atheism through a book of poetry...

November 26, 2015 - 8:26am
17 min 9 sec ago

PARIS (AP) — France's president is seeking to reassure island populations that their concerns about rising seas and extreme weather will be taken into account in critical global climate talks starting Monday.

President Francois Hollande, hosting U.N. talks near Paris Nov. 30-Dec. 11, met leaders of southern Pacific island nations and territories Thursday.

He said he will push for "an ambitious accord, a binding accord, an accord that can be regularly...

November 26, 2015 - 8:21am
17 min 9 sec ago

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepal has asked India to investigate a shooting by border guards that has wounded at least four people and to punish those involved.

Nepal's foreign ministry said in a statement Thursday that Indian border guards entered Hairharpur village in southeast Nepal and fired at Nepalese civilians Wednesday morning.

The Indian embassy in Nepal says Indian border guards fired at smugglers in self-defense inside Indian territory....

November 26, 2015 - 7:49am
7 min 20 sec ago

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's military cannot meet the president's December deadline to crush Boko Haram's Islamic uprising, and Nigerians must expect suicide bombings to continue, a government spokesman said Thursday.

Air Commodore Yusuf Anas of the Center for Crisis Communication said the deadline "may be unrealistic" and warned Nigerians not to view December as a "sacrosanct date when all suicide bombings will end."

The 6-year-old uprising...

November 26, 2015 - 7:43am
37 min 19 sec ago

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine military officials say government forces have killed eight suspected sympathizers of the Islamic State group in the southern Philippines.

Brig. Gen. Emmanuel Salamat says the militants were killed in a brief clash at dawn Thursday with Filipino marines in a hinterland off Palimbang town in Sultan Kudarat province. They were mostly Filipinos but one was possibly Indonesian.

Salamat says recovered documents show...

November 26, 2015 - 7:42am
37 min 19 sec ago

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran says a senior diplomat missing since the Saudi hajj stampede in September has been found dead.

Tehran had accused Saudi Arabia of kidnapping Ghazanfar Roknabadi because he previously held sensitive positions for the Iranian government, such as the post of ambassador to Lebanon.

The daily IRAN newspaper reported Thursday that officials identified Roknabadi through fingerprints and a DNA test. Iranian state television said his...

November 26, 2015 - 7:33am
37 min 19 sec ago

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A Polish mining academy says its experts are analyzing data gathered from a site allegedly hiding a Nazi train, which local lore says is laden with gold.

Spokesman Bartosz Dembinski of the Krakow University of Science and Technology could not confirm to The Associated Press whether the data obtained last week suggested the existence of a train in an underground tunnel in Walbrzych, in southwestern Poland.

The experts used...

November 26, 2015 - 7:33am
57 min 20 sec ago

BANGKOK (AP) — Two Scandinavian groups promoting corporate responsibility say poultry exported to Europe from factories in Thailand is sometimes prepared in conditions that violate labor rights. The claim comes as Thailand's seafood industry is reeling from charges that its products are tainted by major labor abuses, including slavery on fishing boats.

The groups Finnwatch and Swedwatch said in a report released in Thailand on Thursday that it found abuses at six...

November 26, 2015 - 7:11am
57 min 20 sec ago

CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — Moldovan police have detained a total of 13 people who they say are part of a paramilitary group that was planning to take control of a northern Moldovan city with a majority Russian population.

The General Police Inspectorate said Thursday the group wanted to attack state institutions in the capital, Chisinau, and in Balti, a city some 120 kilometers (75 miles) north, with the aim of creating a new separatist republic similar to the one in...

November 26, 2015 - 7:09am
57 min 20 sec ago

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Activists are urging Gambia to adopt a law against female genital mutilation after the country's leader voiced support for banning the practice this week.

President Yahya Jammeh was quoted in state media Wednesday saying the practice should be banned because he could not find any justification for it in the Quran. He is often criticized for human rights abuses.

But Amie Bojang Sissoho of the nonprofit Gambia Committee on...

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