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April 29, 2016 - 8:36am
15 min 41 sec ago

MUSLYUMOVO, Russia (AP) — At first glance, Gilani Dambaev looks like a healthy 60-year-old man and the river flowing past his rural family home appears pristine. But Dambaev is riddled with diseases that his doctors link to a lifetime's exposure to excessive radiation, and the Geiger counter beeps loudly as a reporter strolls down to the muddy riverbank.

Some 50 kilometers (30 miles) upstream from Dambaev's crumbling village lies Mayak, a nuclear complex that has been...

April 29, 2016 - 8:31am
15 min 41 sec ago

HELSINKI (AP) — An expert panel is warning the Finnish government it could expect "harsh" reactions from Russia if it decided to join NATO, but would be better off doing so together with neighboring Sweden.

The report released Friday added that "specific counter-measures would be difficult to predict."

In Moscow, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov warned of a "military-technical" response if its "neutral neighbors" joined the alliance....

April 29, 2016 - 8:30am
15 min 41 sec ago

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania's governing Socialist Party says they have sued former prime minister Sali Berisha for calling on citizens to arm themselves.

The request was handed to the prosecutor general's office Friday, according to lawmaker Taulant Balla.

Speaking at a parliamentary session last week, Berisha accused the government of having links to crime gangs and urged Albanians to get weapons to protect themselves. Parliament has suspended...

April 29, 2016 - 8:12am
15 min 41 sec ago

LONDON (AP) — Two British men have been accused of giving money to a key suspect in the Brussels and Paris bombings.

Prosecutors said in court Friday that Mohammed Ali Ahmed and Zakaria Boufassil, both 26, allegedly gave more than 3,000 pounds ($4,400) to suspect Mohamed Abrini in Birmingham in July.

They are charged with providing money that they knew, or had reason to believe, would be used for terrorism.

Abrini, who is in...

April 29, 2016 - 8:07am
15 min 41 sec ago

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudan's leaders have formed a transitional coalition government including politicians from the government and the armed opposition who have been at war for two and a half years.

President Salva Kiir appealed to the international community to give money to the new government, which includes former rebel leader Riek Machar as first vice president.

Machar said the security situation must be stabilized as fighting continues...

April 29, 2016 - 8:05am
15 min 41 sec ago

ROME (AP) — Italy's top anti-terror prosecutor says four suspects arrested in northern Italy were "very dangerous."

Speaking on a radio show on Friday Franco Roberti said however that investigators hadn't found "any trace that attacks plans were starting to be carried out" by the four, who were arrested a day earlier. He also says no arms or explosives were found.

Roberti says the probe leading to the arrests "confirms it's true what the United...

April 29, 2016 - 7:54am
15 min 41 sec ago

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's foreign minister says "security regulations" were behind the decision to ban pro-Kremlin Russian bikers from riding through Poland as they mark the anniversary of the end of World War II.

It was Poland's second such ban on the nationalistic Nigh Wolves club since 2015.

In Moscow, Russia's Foreign Ministry said it had summoned Poland's ambassador to protest this "particularly cynical and malicious gesture aimed at...

April 29, 2016 - 7:52am
15 min 41 sec ago

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — A South African court has ruled that a decision to drop 738 corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma should be reviewed, adding to the leader's legal troubles.

Judge Aubrey Ledwaba's ruling Friday allows prosecutors to re-open charges against Zuma which are linked to a multi-billion dollar arms deal in 1999.

Zuma has denied the corruption allegations.

The corruption charges against Zuma were...

April 29, 2016 - 7:41am
15 min 41 sec ago

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Hundreds of journalists and media rights activists have protested to demand Sri Lanka's government start a fresh investigation into the abduction and killing of a prominent ethnic Tamil journalist 11 years ago, during the country's civil war.

Those demonstrating in front of Colombo's main railroad station on Friday said Dharmeratnam Sivaram was targeted because of uncompromising coverage of political and military matters.

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April 29, 2016 - 7:06am
15 min 41 sec ago

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Swedish prosecutors have charged five men with murder over a shooting in Sweden's second largest city last year that left two dead and eight wounded. Three others were charged with accessory to murder.

Spokeswoman Ulrika Aberg says Friday's charges put an end to "one of the most extensive investigations" in Goteborg, southwestern Sweden.

On March 18, 2015, two masked gunmen opened fire with automatic weapons in a crowded restaurant...

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