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The Latest: Albania detains 19 Afghans, 1 suspected smuggler

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, July 24, 2016 - 09:22 AM

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — The Latest developments on Europe's migration situation (all times local):

4:15 p.m.

Albanian police say they have detained 19 Afghans and arrested one suspected Albanian smuggler trying to illegally help them cross into neighboring Montenegro to reach Western European countries.

The police statement on Sunday said another Albanian organizing the smuggling was still at large.


Prince William says George got too many birthday gifts

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, July 24, 2016 - 09:03 AM

LONDON (AP) — Prince William thinks his son got too many presents on his third birthday.

William declined Sunday to say what gifts Prince George received when he turned 3 two days ago.

He was asked during a visit to see Britain's America's Cup ships at the crew's home base in Portsmouth before observing the competition.

"I am not telling, he got too many things, he's far too spoiled," William said.


French government denies cover-up of Nice police deployment

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, July 24, 2016 - 08:59 AM

PARIS (AP) — France's interior minister is protesting accusations the government tried to cover up security failings the night of the Bastille Day attack in Nice that killed 84.

The woman in charge of video surveillance in Nice on July 14, Sandra Bertin, told the Journal du Dimanche newspaper that government officials told her what to write in her report and that she should mention the presence of police she hadn't seen.


French ambassador to Libya summoned over military presence

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, July 24, 2016 - 08:54 AM

PARIS (AP) — Libya's government has summoned the French ambassador amid concern over the French military presence in the country.

Three French officers were killed last week in eastern Libya, and the French government acknowledged that special forces are operating there as part of Western efforts to support the unity government.

Ambassador Antoine Sivan, who is based in neighboring Tunisia for security reasons, is expected to go to Libya in the coming days to answer the summons, according to a French diplomatic official.


The Latest: Shooter received inpatient psychiatric care

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, July 24, 2016 - 07:44 AM

MUNICH (AP) — The latest on the mass shooting in Munich (all times local):

2:30 p.m.

The spokesman for Munich prosecutors' office says the teenage gunman who killed nine people in the city on Friday had received psychiatric treatment last year.

The 18-year-old, identified only as David S., "received inpatient treatment in 2015 for two months and after that received outpatient care," said Thomas Steinkraus-Koch.

"The suspect had fears of contact with others" and also depression.


Suicide attack in Baghdad kills at least 14 people

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, July 24, 2016 - 07:44 AM

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials say a suicide bombing against a security check point in northern Baghdad has killed at least 12 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 10 civilians and four policemen. At least 31 other people were wounded.


Ukraine reports 6 soldiers killed in rebel east

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, July 24, 2016 - 07:19 AM

MOSCOW (AP) — A spokesman for Ukraine's military operation against separatist rebels in the country's east says six soldiers have been killed over the past day.

The statement by Oleksander Motuzyanik on Sunday comes amid increasing concern about a recent escalation in fighting between Ukrainian forces and Russia-backed rebels. On Tuesday, Ukraine reported seven of its soldiers had been killed.


Pope condemns terrorism and violence in Munich and Kabul

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, July 24, 2016 - 06:46 AM

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has condemned "deplorable acts of terrorism and violence" in Munich and Kabul that have left dozens dead in recent days.

Addressing a crowd in St. Peter's Square on Sunday, Francis urged believers to join his prayers, saying that "as much as the difficulties seem insurmountable and dark the prospects of peace and security, our prayers must be that much more insistent."


IOC leaders stop short of complete ban on Russians from Rio

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, July 24, 2016 - 06:38 AM

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Olympic leaders stopped short Sunday of imposing a complete ban on Russia from the Rio de Janeiro Games, leaving individual global sports federations to decide which athletes should be cleared to compete.

The decision, announced after a three-hour meeting of the International Olympic Committee's executive board, came just 12 days before the Aug. 5 opening of the games.


Bavarian official says military aid needed in time of crisis

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, July 24, 2016 - 06:27 AM

MUNICH (AP) — Bavaria's top security official says Germany needs to be able to call upon its military in times of crisis like Friday night's shooting rampage at a Munich mall.

With an eye on the Nazi era excesses, Germany's post-war constitution only allows the Bundeswehr to be deployed domestically in a national emergency.

But state Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann told Welt am Sonntag newspaper Sunday the regulations are obsolete, with "an absolutely stable democracy in our country."


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