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July 1, 2016 - 10:41am
17 min 25 sec ago

CAIRO (AP) — A Libyan media office says the fighting against Islamic State in the group's last bastion in the North African country has entered a "decisive" stage.

The report says forces aligned with the U.N.-brokered government have stormed the vicinity of IS headquarters in the city of Sirte on Friday.

The media office of al-Bonyan al-Marsous, the name of the anti-IS operation, says the breakthrough came hours after fighters took over a...

July 1, 2016 - 10:40am
17 min 25 sec ago

PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — Montenegro's leader has called Russian initiatives on the military neutrality of the Balkans "irrational" and invited the Kremlin to respect the tiny country's right to decide on its NATO membership.

Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic said Friday "we respect the history of our relations, but you should respect our right to decide on our future."

Montenegro, which has historic Slavic and religious ties to Russia, has been...

July 1, 2016 - 10:35am
17 min 25 sec ago

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Lithuanian prosecutors say they have charged a Russian citizen with spying for Russia's Federal Security Service, the top successor to the KGB.

The Prosecutor General's Office says the 39-year-old man who was identified as a "high ranking" agent for Russia's domestic security agency, is also suspected of falsification of documents, use of false documents and multiple illegal border crossings. His name was not disclosed.

The...

July 1, 2016 - 10:33am
17 min 25 sec ago

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Journalists have protested outside the headquarters of South Africa's state broadcaster against what they allege is censorship in its news reporting.

Protesters on Friday marched to the Constitutional Court to deliver a complaint about what they say is the illegal conduct of management at the South African Broadcasting Corporation. Some put tape over their mouths to symbolize the alleged lack of media freedom.

South African media...

July 1, 2016 - 10:26am
17 min 25 sec ago

SAO PAULO (AP) — A Brazilian news site says a federal court has ordered more than $6 million in Facebook funds frozen because its popular messaging service WhatsApp failed to turn over messages sought in a drug case.

The G1 news site says the order to freeze Facebook's accounts was issued Thursday night. The court in the southern state of Parana said it had no immediate comment and Facebook said it would not comment.

Police have said that WhatsApp...

July 1, 2016 - 10:20am
17 min 25 sec ago

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's President Vladimir Putin is visiting Finland on his first trip to the European Union since the British vote to leave the bloc.

Finnish President Sauli Niinisto hosted Putin for Friday's talks at his summer residence in southwestern Finland. The negotiations are expected to focus on bilateral ties and security issues amid tensions over Ukraine.

Putin's visit comes as the EU extended sanctions against Russia until February....

July 1, 2016 - 9:54am
17 min 25 sec ago

ROME (AP) — Italian police say they have arrested a former lawmaker from the U.S. Virgin Islands on an international warrant accusing him of using $90,000 in public funds for personal use.

Modena police Capt. Luca Treccani said Wayne James was arrested without incident at a friend's apartment June 29 in Nonantola, outside Modena. He was being held pending extradition proceedings, Treccani said Friday.

The U.S. Embassy was informed, a spokesman said...

July 1, 2016 - 9:42am
17 min 24 sec ago

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Belarus has redenominated its currency, cutting four zeroes off its face value, as the country struggles with recession.

Friday's redenomination is the third since the nation of 10 million became independent after the 1991 Soviet collapse. The Belarusian ruble, which had traded at 20,000 to the dollar before the move, now stands at 2 rubles a dollar.

Most Belarusians met the news without enthusiasm. Igor Trofimchuk, a 46-year-...

July 1, 2016 - 9:02am
57 min 17 sec ago

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Namibia has told two North Korean companies that their services are no longer needed in the southern Africa country while U.N. sanctions against Pyongyang remain in place.

Namibia has terminated the services of the Korea Mining Development Trading Corporation, or KOMID, and Mansudae Overseas Projects, North Korea's rival South Korea said Friday.

A statement from Namibia's foreign ministry said the country's deputy prime minister...

July 1, 2016 - 9:00am
57 min 17 sec ago

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey's state-run news agency says a man was almost lynched at a mosque in the country's south after threatening to detonate a bomb.

Anadolu Agency said the incident occurred at the Sabanci Mosque in central Adana during Friday prayers. The man climbed onto the pulpit as the sermon was being read and shouted, "I have a bomb on me!"

The initial panic wore off when the congregation realized the man did not have a bomb, and he was...

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