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Turkey to hire 20,000 teachers following coup attempt

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, July 24, 2016 - 06:05 AM

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey says it plans to hire more than 20,000 teachers to replace those who have been fired in a purge of suspected coup plotters in schools and other institutions.

Education Minister Ismet Yilmaz said late Saturday that the new teachers will replace state educators who have been dismissed as well as teachers in private schools with alleged links to Fethullah Gulen, a U.S.-based cleric accused by Turkey of directing a July 15 coup attempt. Gulen has denied any prior knowledge of the failed insurrection.


Massive delays stall England to France vehicle traffic

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, July 24, 2016 - 05:47 AM

LONDON (AP) — British border agents are moving in to help French officials deal with gigantic backups for travelers trying to cross the English Channel into France.

Officials warned Sunday that motorists face waits of five hours or longer to enter the Dover ferry port or the Channel Tunnel.

Travelers were advised to bring extra water and food on any journey involving a Channel crossing.


Saudi air defense forces shoot down missile fired from Yemen

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, July 24, 2016 - 05:06 AM

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — The Saudi-led military coalition in Yemen says Saudi air defense forces have shot down a ballistic missile fired at the kingdom from Yemen.

A statement carried on the official Saudi Press Agency says the missile targeting the southern city of Najran was intercepted at 9:30 a.m. local time Saturday. No damage or casualties were reported.

The Saudi-led coalition backs Yemen's internationally recognized government against Shiite rebels and their allies who control territory including the capital, Sanaa.


China suspends 4 local officials after deadly floods

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, July 24, 2016 - 05:05 AM

BEIJING (AP) — Provincial authorities in northern China said Sunday that they have suspended four local officials for inadequately responding to floods over the past week that killed 114 people and left 111 others missing.

The Hebei provincial government said on its official microblog account that it was suspending the head of a development zone in the city of Xingtai, the chief engineer of a city transport bureau and two other bureaucrats.


Swedish ex-prime minister Thorbjorn Falldin dead at 90

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, July 24, 2016 - 04:17 AM

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Thorbjorn Falldin, a pipe-smoking sheep farmer who became prime minister in Sweden's first non-socialist government after World War II, has died at the ago of 90.

Falldin, who had led the Center Party, died on Saturday evening at his farm in northeastern Sweden, Center Party leader Annie Loof said.

Loof described Falldin as one of the top political leaders of the 20th century in Sweden.


Iraq: Suicide attack in Baghdad kills at least 11 people

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, July 24, 2016 - 04:06 AM

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials say a suicide bombing against a security check point in northern Baghdad has killed at least 11 people.

A police officer says a bomber on foot detonated his device Sunday morning at one of the entrances of the Shiite district of Kadhimiyah, killing at least eight civilians and three policemen. At least 20 other people were wounded.

A medical official confirmed the casualty figures. Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to release information.


Saudi official makes rare Jerusalem visit, meets Israelis

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, July 24, 2016 - 02:53 AM

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's Foreign Ministry says a senior official has met with a visiting former military general from Saudi Arabia. The meeting marks a rare public engagement between countries that have no official relations.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon says Sunday that Director General Dore Gold met with Anwar Eshki at a Jerusalem hotel. Eshki currently heads a Saudi think tank in Jeddah but is believed to have close ties with the kingdom's rulers. Official government permission was likely necessary for him to make such an overt visit.


Iraq: Suicide attack in Baghdad kills at least 10 people

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, July 24, 2016 - 02:46 AM

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials say a suicide bombing against a security check point in northern Baghdad has killed at least 10 people.

A police officer says a bomber on foot detonated his device Sunday morning at one of the entrances of the Shiite district of Kadhimiyah, killing at least eight civilians and two policemen. At least 20 other people were wounded.

A medical official confirmed the casualty figures. Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to release information.


G20 countries pledge to boost growth, dampen Brexit shock

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, July 24, 2016 - 02:41 AM

BEIJING (AP) — Finance officials of major economies have pledged to boost sluggish global economic growth and defend against the shockwaves of Britain's exit from the European Union.

Envoys from the Group of 20 major economies ended a two-day meeting Sunday with a pledge to use government spending and regulatory reforms to strengthen growth but announced no joint action.


China rolls out world's largest amphibious aircraft

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, July 24, 2016 - 02:21 AM

BEIJING (AP) — An official news agency says China has unveiled the world's largest amphibious aircraft that Beijing plans to use for marine missions and fighting forest fires.

The Xinhua News Agency said the AG600 rolled off a production line in Zhuhai in southern China on Saturday. It measures 37 meters (121 feet) in length with a wingspan of 39 meters (128 feet).

The report cites Chinese state aircraft maker, the Aviation Industry Corporation of China, as saying the plane is nearly as big as a Boeing 737.


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