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Kerry to review Syria plans with Russia in Laos

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, July 22, 2016 - 03:20 PM

PARIS (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says he will meet Russia's foreign minister next week in Laos to review a plan to solidify Syria's tattered truce and restart long-stalled negotiations on a political transition.

Kerry said Friday he would see Sergey Lavrov on the sidelines of a Southeast Asia regional security conference in Vientiane on Monday or Tuesday. He said the proposal, agreed to last week in Moscow, is "showing a modicum of promise" and that the U.S. wants to test Russia's commitment to pressing the Syrian government to halt attacks on rebels.


Workers: Force majeure at ExxonMobil Nigeria may last weeks

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, July 22, 2016 - 03:05 PM

WARRI, Nigeria (AP) — ExxonMobil workers say the force majeure — or freedom from contractual obligations because of extraordinary circumstances — declared by the U.S.-based oil multinational on Nigeria's largest crude stream could last a month.

They say that's because of extensive damage to its 300,000 barrel-a-day Qua Iboe export terminal.


Turkmenistan to have summit on European gas

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, July 22, 2016 - 02:59 PM

ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan (AP) — A Turkish diplomat says the presidents of Turkey, Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan are set to meet to lay groundwork on possible future deliveries of natural gas from Turkmenistan to Europe.

Mustafa Kapucu, Turkey's envoy to Turkmenistan, said Friday that the three-way summit will happen later this year.

The preferred proposed westward pipeline route for Turkmen gas would cross the Caspian Sea to Azerbaijan, from where it would feed into Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline.


Puerto Rico rejects insecticide to fight Zika amid protests

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, July 22, 2016 - 01:51 PM

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's governor says he will not authorize aerial spraying with the insecticide Naled to fight an increase in Zika cases despite being urged to do so by U.S. health officials.

Alejandro Garcia Padilla announced Friday that he instead will support the spraying of the organic larvicide Bti. He said he hopes no child is born with congenital defects because of the decision he took.

Zika can cause microcephaly, a rare defect in which babies are born with abnormally small heads and brain damage.


The Latest: Munich video shows gunman firing, people fleeing

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, July 22, 2016 - 01:29 PM

BERLIN (AP) — The latest developments on a deadly shooting attack Friday in Munich (all times local):

11:55 p.m.

Police say the Munich shooting attack has left eight victims dead along with a 9th body that police are examining to see if it was an attacker.

Video obtained by The Associated Press from German news agency NonstopNews shows two bodies with sheets draped over them not far from a McDonald's across from one of the biggest malls in Munich.


Police: Shots fired at shopping center in Munich

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, July 22, 2016 - 12:46 PM

BERLIN (AP) — Police in Germany say there's been a shooting at a shopping center in Munich.

Munich police confirm shots have been fired at Olympia Einkaufszentrum shopping center but say they don't have any details about casualties.

Police are responding in large numbers. German media say multiple people are injured.


Canadian energy company says crude oil has leaked into river

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, July 22, 2016 - 12:38 PM

MAIDSTONE, Saskatchewan (AP) — Canadian energy company Husky Energy says between 52,834 gallons (200,000 liters) and 66,043 gallons (250,000 liters) of crude oil and other material has leaked into the North Saskatchewan River in west-central Canada.

Husky Energy said Friday that booms are being used in an effort to contain the spill, which leaked Thursday morning near Maidstone, Saskatchewan.


IOC strips doping weightlifter of 2008 Olympic silver medal

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, July 22, 2016 - 12:34 PM

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The IOC has disqualified a silver medal-winning Turkish weightlifter from the 2008 Beijing Olympics for doping with an anabolic steroid.

The IOC says Sibel Ozkan, who placed second in the women's 48-kilogram class, tested positive for stanozolol in recent re-tests of her urine sample.

The 28-year-old Ozkan has been ordered to return her medal and faces being banned by the International Weightlifting Federation.


As nuns' numbers fall, pope says OK to use social media

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, July 22, 2016 - 12:14 PM

VATICAN CITY (AP) — A Vatican official says the number of nuns who dedicate their lives to prayer and contemplating God is dwindling, even as Pope Francis has written a new document praising their relevance in the world.

Monsignor Jose Rodriguez Carballo told reporters Friday that from 2000 to 2014, their numbers, including novices, plunged from some 55,000 to some 43,000. Spain and Italy have the highest number of them. Some of these nuns choose strictly cloistered lives.


Boris Johnson calls for UN help destroying Libya chemicals

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, July 22, 2016 - 12:04 PM

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Britain's Foreign Secretary has called on the United Nations Security Council to endorse a resolution calling on countries to help Libya dispose of its last remaining chemical weapons stocks by shipping them out of the country.

Boris Johnson cited the threat of chemical weapons falling into the hands of extremists as the main reason behind the British-drafted resolution calling on the international community to assist in their destruction by providing transport out of the country, expertise and financing.


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