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Egypt court orders release of lawyer who defied president

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, August 27, 2016 - 07:18 AM

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court has ordered the release of a rights lawyer who had been held without charge in solitary confinement for over 100 days after defying President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi.

The Saturday ruling in favor of Malek Adly, who was incarcerated on a rolling series of administrative detention orders, rejected an appeal by prosecutors after a court ordered Adly's release on Thursday.

Far-right anti-Islam activists protest atop Berlin monument

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, August 27, 2016 - 07:10 AM

BERLIN (AP) — Anti-Islam activists have staged an hour-long demonstration atop Berlin's Brandenburg Gate.

The protesters unfurled a banner Saturday calling for "secure borders" in Germany as crowds of tourists milled around the iconic monument.

Police said 15 people were briefly detained over the protest and are likely to face charges of trespassing, harassment and breaching laws on public assembly.

UK broadcaster shuts down for hour, asks viewers to exercise

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, August 27, 2016 - 06:46 AM

LONDON (AP) — One of Britain's leading broadcasters has blacked out its programs for an hour in hopes of spurring viewers to get some exercise.

ITV shut down broadcasts on several of its channels Saturday morning as part of its effort to entice UK citizens to sports clubs, which are being opened for free this weekend as part of a national event called "I Am Team GB."

Many viewers lauded ITV's challenge to couch potatoes, describing on social media the activities they'd been inspired to do.

Kurdish-led Syrian forces report Turkish air raids on bases

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, August 27, 2016 - 06:17 AM

BEIRUT (AP) — Kurdish-led forces in northern Syria say Turkish airstrikes have hit their bases near Jarablus, a town seized by Turkey-backed rebels earlier this week.

The Jarablus Military Council says the airstrikes Saturday on their bases in Amarneh village marked an "unprecedented and dangerous escalation" and came after Turkish artillery shelled the positions the day before.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights confirmed the airstrikes. Turkish officials could not immediately be reached for comment.

Ex-civil service chief: British exit from EU not inevitable

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, August 27, 2016 - 06:02 AM

LONDON (AP) — A former top civil servant says a British exit from the European Union is not inevitable, although voters backed that course in a June referendum.

Prime Minister Theresa May has said Britain will open negotiations next year with EU partners to leave the 28-nation bloc following the public's 52 percent anti-EU vote.

But Gus O'Donnell, who was U.K. cabinet secretary from 2005 to 2011 and today sits in the House of Lords, says Britain could remain within a reformed EU following talks that would take "a very long time."

Gabon votes as president vies to keep family in power

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, August 27, 2016 - 05:50 AM

LIBREVILLE, Gabon (AP) — Voting has started in Gabon, where the president is trying to overcome a coalition of high-profile opponents to win re-election and maintain a family dynasty that stretches back to the 1960s.

Ali Bongo Ondimba took power in 2009 following the death of his father, Omar Bongo, who ruled the oil-producing country of about 1.5 million people for more than 40 years.

North Korea threatens to fire at US, South Korean troops

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, August 27, 2016 - 05:48 AM

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea has threatened to aim fire at the lighting equipment used by American and South Korean troops at a truce village inside the Demilitarized Zone that divides the two Koreas.

In a statement Saturday, the North's Korean People's Army accused U.S. and South Korean soldiers of "deliberate provocations" by aiming their lights at North Korean guard posts at Panmunjom since Friday evening.

Fire sweeps through Russian warehouse, killing 17 workers

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, August 27, 2016 - 05:45 AM

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian emergency services say a fire swept through a printing plant's warehouse in Moscow on Saturday, killing 17 migrant workers from Kyrgyzstan.

The fire was caused by a faulty lamp on the first floor of warehouse, where many flammable liquids and paper products were stored, and it spread quickly through an elevator shaft to the room where those who died were working, said Ilya Denisov, who heads the Moscow branch of the emergency services.

Taliban seize district headquarters in eastern Afghanistan

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, August 27, 2016 - 05:06 AM

Kabul, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says the Taliban have overrun a district headquarters in eastern Afghanistan.

Naqib Ahmad Atal, spokesman for the governor of Paktia province, says Afghan security forces withdrew from the Janikhail district headquarters Saturday to prevent civilian casualties.

He says at least five police officers were killed and five others were wounded in heavy fighting.

China says school condemned in TV pollution report is safe

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, August 27, 2016 - 05:03 AM

BEIJING (AP) — Investigators in eastern China say they have not found high levels of pollution around a school where an explosive state television report in April said hundreds of kids had fallen sick with illnesses including leukemia.

State media reported Saturday that soil, air and water contamination levels at the Changzhou Foreign Language School were found to be within acceptable levels. The school was built near recently closed chemical plants about 160 kilometers (100 miles) northwest of Shanghai.

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