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Israel passes law sanctioning force-feeding prisoners

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 02:51 AM

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli parliament has passed a law that would permit the force-feeding of inmates on hunger strike.

The law, passed Thursday in the Knesset, allows a judge to sanction the force-feeding or administration of medical treatment if there is a threat to the inmate's life, even if the prisoner refuses.

Sanofi reports higher profit in 2nd quarter

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 02:43 AM

PARIS (AP) — Drugmaker Sanofi has reported a sharp rise in profits in the second quarter as higher sales from its Cambridge, Mass.-based biotech unit Genzyme helped offset by cuts in the price of the company's diabetes treatment Lantus in the U.S.

Sanofi reported Tuesday net profit of 1.3 billion euros ($1.4 billion) from April to June, up from 777 million euros a year earlier.

Nokia Q2 profit at $383 million on strong networks growth

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 02:41 AM

HELSINKI (AP) — Telecommunications and wireless equipment maker Nokia Corp. says second-quarter net profit was €347 million euros ($383 million), with growth particularly strong in its core networks division.

Overall sales increased 9 percent to 3.2 billion euros, with higher software sales and global demand for mobile broadband. Net profit a year earlier was 213 million euros but is not directly comparable because of discontinued operations.

Pakistan buries Islamic militant leader killed in attack

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 02:31 AM

MULTAN, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani police say one of the country's most feared Islamic militant leaders has been buried amid tight security.

Officer Ashfaq Gujjar says hundreds attended the funeral of Malik Ishaq early Thursday in his hometown of Rahim Yar Khan in central Pakistan.

Ishaq directed the operations of the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi group, linked to the Taliban and to al-Qaida, and allegedly masterminded the killing of scores of minority Shiites.

Siemens net profit flat after restructuring charges

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 02:22 AM

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Germany's Siemens AG says net profit fell slightly in the most recent quarter as better earnings from sales of medical equipment were offset by slower business at its power and gas division.

Profits for the April-June quarter were also hurt by 274 million euros ($301 million) in severance charges as the maker of gas turbines, trains and other heavy equipment streamlined to cut costs.

Taliban say they are 'not aware' of new round of peace talks

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 01:21 AM

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Afghan Taliban have issued a statement saying that they are "not aware" of a new round of peace talks that had been expected to take place in Pakistan on Friday.

The statement appears to indicate the Taliban will not participate in the second round of the official face-to-face talks with the Afghan government.

It was not immediately clear if they were completely pulling out of the talks, which began earlier in July.

Myanmar pardons almost 7,000 prisoners

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 01:16 AM

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Nearly 7,000 prisoners in Myanmar, including some former military intelligence officials who had been purged by their army colleagues, have been given presidential pardons.

An Information Ministry statement posted on its website said 6,966 prisoners, including 210 foreigners, will be freed from various prisons across the country "on humanitarian grounds and in view of national reconciliation." It was not clear if pro-democracy activists were among those being freed under the pardon, which is effective Thursday.

AP Investigation: Rio's Olympic water rife with sewage virus

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 12:04 AM

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Athletes competing in next year's Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro will be swimming and boating in waters so contaminated with human feces that they risk becoming violently ill.

That's according to a study commissioned by The Associated Press that tested for viral and bacterial pathogens in the waters where athletes will compete.

It is the first independent comprehensive testing for both viruses and bacteria at the Olympic sites.

Truck hits religious procession in Mexico, 16 dead, 30 hurt

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 11:53 PM

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican officials say 16 people are dead and 30 injured after an out-of-control truck that lost its brakes slammed into a religious procession in central Mexico.

The government of the north-central state of Zacatecas said in a statement that the accident occurred in the town of Mazapil.

A heavy truck carrying building materials lost its brakes on the town's main street Wednesday afternoon. It slammed into a pedestrian procession of local Catholics.

Reports: Man convicted in 1993 Mumbai blasts has been hanged

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 10:04 PM

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian media are reporting that Yakub Abdul Razak Memon, the only death row convict in India's deadliest terror attack, the 1993 Mumbai bombings that killed 257 people, has been hanged after India's president rejected a last-minute mercy plea.

Memon, 53, was executed early Thursday morning inside a prison in western India where he had been incarcerated since 1994.

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