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Israel rejects immunity for indicted UN engineer in Gaza

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 07:16 PM

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Israel is rejecting a United Nations request for diplomatic immunity for a Palestinian engineer who worked for the U.N. in the Gaza Strip and is accused of assisting the territory's Islamic militant Hamas rulers.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nachshon said Thursday that "Israel rejects the claim that a person assisting a terror organization recognized by the international community such as Hamas could enjoy immunity."


UN agency: No confirmed Zika cases linked to Rio Olympics

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 05:39 PM

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. health agency says reports from national authorities indicate no confirmed laboratory cases of the Zika virus in anyone associated with the Rio Olympics.

The World Health Organization announced the findings Thursday in its weekly situation report on Zika. A recent epidemic of the mosquito-borne virus, which first erupted in Brazil, has been linked to brain-related birth defects in newborns and other nervous system troubles in some adults.


Police: 3 dead, 1 hurt in Toronto, crossbow found nearby

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 03:25 PM

TORONTO (AP) — Toronto police say three people are dead in what they are calling a homicide that may have involved a crossbow.

Officers arrived at a home in the Toronto suburb of Scarborough and found two people without vital signs. A third person was found with significant injuries and taken to a hospital.

Police say all three people — two men and a woman — were later pronounced dead.

A fourth person was also injured.


50,000 flee South Sudan's instability for Darfur, UN says

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 02:13 PM

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — The U.N. humanitarian office says more than 50,000 South Sudanese have fled into the troubled Darfur region in neighboring Sudan this year.

OCHA's statement on Thursday highlights the desperate humanitarian situation in South Sudan, where a civil war began in December 2013 and a peace deal has been violated repeatedly.

OCHA says South Sudan refugees started entering East Darfur in January, driven also by deteriorating food security.


India: French submarine data leak no security compromise

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 01:38 PM

NEW DELHI (AP) — India says the reported leak of documents from a leading French builder of Scorpene submarines designed for India's navy has been investigated and does not pose any security compromise because sensitive information was blacked out.  

The documents were leaked to an Australian website.

The Indian government said in a statement Wednesday that the French government was asked to investigate and share its findings with the Indian side.


Car bomb explodes near Turkish embassy in Somalia's capital

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 01:15 PM

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — A Somali police officer says a car bomber has prematurely detonated an explosives-laden vehicle near the new Turkish embassy compound in the capital, Mogadishu.

Police opened fire on the car Thursday evening when the bomber refused their orders to stop at a checkpoint near the beachside embassy.

Capt. Mohamed Hussein says the driver detonated the car bomb in the middle of the road. It was not immediately known if anyone was killed.


Apple boosts iPhone security after Mideast spyware discovery

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 01:08 PM

PARIS (AP) — Apple says it is issuing a security update after powerful espionage software was found targeting an activist's iPhone in the Middle East.

Computer forensics experts tell The Associated Press the spyware takes advantage of three previously undisclosed weaknesses in Apple's mobile operating system to take complete control of iPhone handsets.


Ashes of Polish Battle of Britain ace return home for burial

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 12:43 PM

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The ashes of Polish fighter ace Capt. Kazimierz Sporny, who is credited with downing at least five enemy planes in the World War II Battle of Britain, have been brought from London to western Poland for a military burial.

The ceremony Thursday in the western city of Poznan was part of events honoring Poland's Air Force and marking 10 years of F-16 fighters' serving in the force.


Burundi: 8 WhatsApp group members detained for defamation

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 12:34 PM

BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) — Burundi police say they have detained eight people accused of being members of a WhatsApp group for defaming the government and insulting public institutions.

Police spokesman Pierre Nkurikiye said Thursday the eight were among 54 people arrested in the capital, Bujumbura, on Saturday. Nkurikiye says all but the eight were released the same day.


Auction house to sell composite skeleton of a dodo bird

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 12:32 PM

LONDON (AP) — The dodo bird is extinct — but one collector can now have their own dodo skeleton.

Summers Place Auctions is selling what it describes as a rare composite skeleton of a dodo bird, a creature once found on the island of Mauritius. It comes from a collector who compiled the bones from private collections and auctions in the 1970s and '80s.


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