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Formula 1 chief's mother-in-law missing in Brazil

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - 01:47 PM

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian police say they are investigating the apparent disappearance of the mother-in-law of Formula 1 chief Bernie Ecclestone.

A police official speaking on the condition of anonymity tells The Associated Press that authorities are trying to find 67-year-old Aparecida Schunck. The official has knowledge of the investigation but is not allowed to speak publicly.


Pakistan orders probe into mysterious death of British woman

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - 01:46 PM

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has ordered an investigation into the mysterious death of a Pakistani woman living in England after her husband claimed she was killed for marrying against her family's wishes.

A ministry statement said Wednesday that Khan has asked police to swiftly complete the probe into the death of Samia Shahid, 28, of Bradford. Shahid died while visiting her family in Pakistan.


4 Russians among 11 positives from London 2012 retests

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - 01:31 PM

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The International Weightlifting Federation says 11 more weightlifters, including six silver and bronze medalists, have tested positive in retests of samples from the 2012 London Olympics.

The IWF said Wednesday in a statement that all 11 athletes, who include four Russians, have been provisionally suspended until their cases are closed.

So far, weightlifters have produced a total of 31 positives in doping retests carried out on samples taken at the 2008 Games in Beijing and the London Games.


Opposition leader returns to Congo after 2 years away

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - 01:27 PM

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — The head of the main opposition party in Congo has returned home after two years away for medical reasons and as tensions grow ahead of November elections.

Hundreds of supporters greeted Etienne Tshisekedi at the Kinshasa airport Wednesday. Tshisekedi did not speak after his flight from Belgium, where the 83-year-old has been living and where he led an opposition coalition meeting in June.


Germany: 15-year-old suspected of planning rampage arrested

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - 01:05 PM

BERLIN (AP) — German authorities say they've arrested a 15-year-old boy whom they suspect of having planned a rampage and also believe was in contact with a teenager who killed nine people in Munich last week.

Prosecutors and police in Ludwigsburg say the boy was arrested Monday night and sent to a psychiatric facility. A witness said he came across an online chat between the suspect and the Munich shooter, who killed himself amid his July 22 attack.

Officials say there's no suspicion the 15-year-old knew of plans for the Munich attack.


UN chief concerned at Turkey's restrictions on human rights

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - 12:56 PM

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is expressing concern at the Turkish government's restrictions on individual rights under the state of emergency imposed after a failed July 15 coup and "worrying reports" of mistreatment of some military detainees.


Moderate quake near east coast of Japan

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - 12:34 PM

TOKYO (AP) — A moderately strong earthquake with an initial magnitude of 5.4 has struck near the East Coast of Honshu Japan.

The U.S. Geological Survey said Wednesday that the quake struck 8 kilometers (5 miles) from Funaishikawa at shortly before midnight (14:47 GMT) at a depth of 46.7 kilometers (29 miles).

The Japan Meteorological Agency says there is no risk of Tsunami from the quake. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.


French police probe: Nice had appropriate security measures

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - 12:26 PM

PARIS (AP) — An internal probe by French police has concluded that security measures were appropriate in Nice on the night of the deadly Bastille Day truck attack that left 84 people dead and hundreds wounded.

Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve has faced accusations that his office pressured a local official to cover up the lack of national police on July 14, when a local man smashed a truck through holiday crowds in the southern French city. Cazeneuve has denied wrongdoing and is suing for defamation.


Norway mulls giving mountain peak to Finland

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - 12:18 PM

HELSINKI (AP) — Norway is considering moving a mountain — or at least its peak — to neighboring Finland.

Anne Nordskog, a spokeswoman for Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg, said Wednesday the government is contemplating a proposal to give the Halti peak as a gift to Finland next year as the Finns celebrate 100 years of independence.

Most of the mountain is on the Finnish side of their northern border but the peak of 1,331 meters (4,367 feet) is in Norway. The proposal would redraw the border to put the peak in Finland.


Bulgarian authorities charge 3 Syrians with terrorism

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - 12:03 PM

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — A Bulgarian prosecutor has charged three Syrian nationals with terrorism offenses.

The prosecutor's office identified the three as Al Mohammad Abdulhamid, 20, Al Abdahah Fadi, 22, and Al Fahdi Yassim, 25.

It said the three men had obtained refugee status in Germany and earlier this year tried to travel to Syria to join jihadi groups.

They were caught by Bulgarian border police in the border town of Svilengrad in February.


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