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Police officer killed in roadside bombing in Afghanistan

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, February 7, 2016 - 01:31 AM

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says one policeman has been killed in a roadside bomb explosion in the country's east.

Salim Saleh, spokesman for the provincial governor in Logar province, said on Sunday that eight others were wounded in the attack which took place in Puli Alim, the capital of the province.

Saleh says that Haqiq Rahman, the head provincial judge, and Abdul Rahman, head of the city's appeals court, as well as two other judges are among the wounded. Four civilians were also injured, he says.


The Latest: Seoul restricts entry to joint park with North

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, February 7, 2016 - 01:30 AM

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on North Korea's launch of a long-range rocket (all times local):

3:45 p.m.

South Korea says t will further restrict the entry of its nationals to a jointly run factory park in North Korea.

The number of South Koreans staying in the Kaesong industrial complex, the last major cooperation project between the rivals, will be decreased to 500 from the current 650, according to South Korea's Unification Ministry.


Iraq's Abadi dismisses Baghdad wall plans

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, February 7, 2016 - 01:02 AM

BAGHDAD (AP) — The Iraqi Prime Minister is dismissing plans to build a wall around the Iraqi capital, according to a statement released by his office Saturday night.

The plan for the wall was originally drafted by the Interior Ministry as an effort to prevent Islamic State group attacks inside Baghdad.

"Baghdad is the capital for all Iraqis and it's not possible for a wall or a fence to isolate the city," Haider al-Abadi said in the statement.


Christian group says China charges pastor with embezzling

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, February 6, 2016 - 08:54 PM

BEIJING (AP) — A Christian rights group says a pastor in a Chinese province where authorities have been cracking down on churches has been charged with embezzling funds.

China's state-sanctioned Protestant church body announced a week ago than Gu Yuese was under investigation for suspected misappropriation of funds and other unspecified economic crimes.


The Latest: China regrets North Korea's rocket launch

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, February 6, 2016 - 08:01 PM

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on North Korea's launch of a long-range rocket (all times local):

1:55 p.m.

China, North Korea's main ally, has expressed regret at Pyongyang's rocket launch.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said in a statement that although China believes that North Korea should have the right to peaceful utilization of space, "at present this right is restricted by U.N. Security Council resolutions."


After-hours visit to Calgary bobsled track leads to 2 deaths

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, February 6, 2016 - 06:27 PM

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Police say two young men died and six others were injured after using their personal sled/toboggan to go down a luge-bobsled track after hours at the Canada Olympic Park in Calgary.

Calgary police said Saturday that emergency crews received a call from an employee at the WinSport Canada facility in northwest Calgary at 1:30 a.m. after a report of several injured people on a closed track.


Militants free Australian woman kidnapped in Burkina Faso

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, February 6, 2016 - 05:49 PM

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — A spokesman for Niger's president says an Australian woman kidnapped last month in northern Burkina Faso has been freed.

Jocelyn Elliott and her husband — surgeon Ken Elliott — were kidnapped near the Burkina Faso town of Djibo on Jan. 15. Al-Qaida's North Africa wing claimed responsibility for the kidnapping Friday and said it would release Jocelyn Elliott so as "not to make women involved in the war," according to an audio recording translated by the SITE Intelligence Group, which tracks jihadi activity online.


3 people dead after Toronto fire in seniors' building

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, February 6, 2016 - 04:14 PM

TORONTO (AP) — Police say three people are dead, and 15 others are hospitalized for various injuries following a fire at a seniors' building in Toronto.

Paramedic spokesman Peter Rotolo said Saturday that four people were in critical condition after the Friday afternoon blaze. Three people have been pronounced dead.

Rotolo says paramedics and firefighters pulled residents from apartments on the top floor of the five-story building.


Jewish group condemns far-right WWII remembrance in Hungary

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, February 6, 2016 - 03:57 PM

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The Simon Wiesenthal Center has condemned a far-right commemoration in Hungary of a World War II battle in which speakers lauded a wartime pro-Nazi Hungarian leader.

A report on the feol.hu website said a Waffen-SS veteran who was scheduled to speak at Saturday's memorial in the city of Szekesfehervar did not attend for health reasons. The Wiesenthal Center said the event was "another blatant attempt to honor and glorify the perpetrators of the Holocaust."


El Salvador arrests 4 ex-soldiers in massacre of Jesuits

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, February 6, 2016 - 03:49 PM

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Salvadoran police say they've arrested four former soldiers wanted in Spain for the 1989 murder of six Jesuit priests in the Central American country. Five of the priests were Spanish.

The national police force says in a Twitter post that the four were arrested at the behest of Interpol.

They are named as Col. Guillermo Alfredo Benavides Moreno and soldiers Antonio Ramiro Avalos Vargas, Angel Perez Vasquez and Tomas Zarpate Castillo.


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