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Armenian police disperse protest after 2 weeks

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, July 6, 2015 - 06:55 AM

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Police in the Armenian capital have cleared away barricades to unblock a central avenue that demonstrators had occupied for two weeks to protest hikes in electricity prices in the impoverished former Soviet nation.

Police on Monday also peacefully detained about 20 demonstrators who refused to disperse, but said they would soon be freed. It was unclear whether the protest would resume elsewhere in the evening.


Afghans protest court ruling in mob killing of woman

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, July 6, 2015 - 06:46 AM

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Dozens of Afghans have rallied to denounce last week's court ruling that overturned the death sentences for four men convicted for taking part in the mob killing of a woman outside a Kabul shrine in March.

The protesters, mostly members of the Solidarity Party of Afghanistan and women activists, staged Monday's protest outside of the same shrine where Farkhunda Malikzada was killed by mob.

Many carried posters of the slain woman and shouted, "We want justice!"


Running of the bulls festival starts in Spain

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, July 6, 2015 - 06:26 AM

MADRID (AP) — Thousands of revelers are dousing each other with wine to celebrate the start of the famed San Fermin running of the bulls festival in the northern Spanish city of Pamplona.

The festival started Monday with the traditional launching of a fireworks rocket — known as the "Chupinazo"— from the town hall balcony as the heaving crowd packing the square down below began jumping and screaming "Viva San Fermin."


Iraqi fighter jet drops bomb over Baghdad, kills 9 people

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, July 6, 2015 - 06:20 AM

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials say at least nine civilians have been killed when a Russian-made fighter jet accidentally dropped a bomb over a Baghdad neighborhood.

The incident took place on Monday in the eastern neighborhood of New Baghdad.

Military spokesman, Brig. Gen. Saad Maan Ibrahim, told The Associated Press that a technical failure caused the Sukhoi jet to malfunction and drop the bomb. The plane — one of several Sukhois used by Iraq in the fight against the Islamic State group — was returning to base when the accident happened.


Israeli police officer in rabbi bribery case kills himself

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, July 6, 2015 - 05:58 AM

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police say a senior officer whom a celebrity rabbi with a following in the United States tried to bribe has taken his own life amid what police denounced as a witch hunt.

The body of Assistant Commissioner Efraim Bracha was found Sunday.

Bracha, Israel's top police investigator, reported Rabbi Yoshiyahu Pinto's attempt to bribe him in exchange for classified information about his charitable organizations.


China to snub arbitration hearing on feud with Philippines

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, July 6, 2015 - 05:47 AM

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Chinese ambassador says Beijing has stood pat in its decision to reject international arbitration to resolve a disagreement with the Philippines over the South China Sea.

An international tribunal in The Hague will start formal hearings Tuesday to address China's contention that the five-member arbitration body does not have authority to assume jurisdiction over Manila's complaint against Beijing.


15 farm workers killed in truck accident in Turkey

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, July 6, 2015 - 05:11 AM

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — An official says a truck transporting milk has slammed into a pickup truck carrying farm workers to a plantation in western Turkey, killing 15 people, most of them women.

Erdogan Bektas, governor for Manisa province, said two other people were injured in the accident, which occurred Monday on a road near the town of Golmarmara. Manisa is some 530 kilometers (330 miles) south of Istanbul.


Islamic State video shows killing of 2 Syrian activists

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, July 6, 2015 - 05:02 AM

BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State group has released a new video purporting to show the killing of two Syrian activists in the militants' stronghold of Raqqa, allegedly for spying on the extremists.

IS has killed hundreds of people since it declared an Islamic caliphate in June last year with the city of Raqqa as its de facto capital.

The video, which was posted on Monday on an IS-linked Facebook page, shows two young men in orange jumpsuits who say they filmed and photographed IS-held areas in Syria and sent footage to a person abroad.


Fugitive African warlord Joseph Kony is said to be sickly

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, July 6, 2015 - 05:02 AM

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Defectors from the Lord's Resistance Army say the armed group's fugitive leader is sickly and in retreat from an international manhunt that includes U.S. forces.

A Ugandan military spokesman, Lt. Col. Paddy Ankunda, said Monday that defectors report that Joseph Kony is possibly suffering from diabetes.

He said the defectors surrendered to Ugandan troops in Central African Republic last month.


European heat wave gives Germany record temperature

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, July 6, 2015 - 04:18 AM

BERLIN (AP) — Europe's heat wave has pushed the mercury to its highest level in Germany since measurements began in 1881.

The country's national weather service says an automated measurement station recorded a temperature of 40.3 degrees Celsius (104.54 Fahrenheit) in Kitzingen, northern Bavaria, on Sunday afternoon.

Weather service spokesman Uwe Kirsche said Monday that the record won't be official until technicians have manually checked the station.

But he says "we assume that our equipment worked properly."


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