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Ex-'Top Gear' trio to host new car show for Amazon Prime
LONDON (AP) -- The former hosts of the BBC's popular "Top Gear" program, who left amid scandal over an off-set dustup, have signed up to present a new car show for broadcaster Amazon Prime.... 7/30/2015 10:52 AM

Russia's ruble extends its slide, reviving economic concerns
MOSCOW (AP) -- The Russian ruble is falling under the pressure of cheaper oil, reviving concerns over the country's economic outlook, particularly the perniciously high inflation rate.... 7/30/2015 10:47 AM

US official: Plane debris in Indian Ocean same type as MH370
SYDNEY (AP) -- A sea-crusted wing part washed up on an island in the western Indian Ocean may be the first trace of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 since it vanished nearly a year and a half ago, and a tragic but finally solid clue to one of aviation's most perplexing and expensive mysteries.... 7/30/2015 10:44 AM

Kurdish rebels attack Turkish security forces, killing 5
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Kurdish rebels have attacked Turkish security forces in two separate assaults in southeast Turkey, killing five people, officials said. One rebel was also killed.... 7/30/2015 10:44 AM

China accuses US of 'militarizing' South China Sea
BEIJING (AP) -- China's Defense Ministry is accusing the U.S. of militarizing the South China Sea amid increasingly bold moves by Beijing to assert its claim to virtually the entire region.... 7/30/2015 10:43 AM

Trump arrives in Scotland for Women's British Open golf
TURNBERRY, Scotland (AP) -- Presidential contender Donald Trump arrived at his Turnberry golf resort in western Scotland on Thursday for the first day of the Women's British Open, declaring "the world has asked me to be here."... 7/30/2015 10:41 AM

Powerful blast rocks Macedonian police station, no injuries
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) -- Macedonian authorities say an device has exploded outside a police station in the capital Skopje, breaking windows and damaging cars but causing no injuries.... 7/30/2015 10:39 AM

Lawyer: Litvinenko poison may have harmed Londoners' health
LONDON (AP) -- The killers of former Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko may have harmed the health of thousands of Londoners as they trailed radioactive polonium-210 around the city, a lawyer for British police said Thursday.... 7/30/2015 10:37 AM

Landslides bury Nepal villages, killing at least 20 people
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- Landslides in a mountain area of Nepal buried three villages Thursday, killing at least 20 people, authorities said.... 7/30/2015 10:35 AM

AP Investigation: Olympic teams to swim, boat in Rio's filth
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Athletes in next year's Summer Olympics here will be swimming and boating in waters so contaminated with human feces that they risk becoming violently ill and unable to compete in the games, an Associated Press investigation has found.... 7/30/2015 10:30 AM

Nokia profit grows as networks division leads turnaround
HELSINKI (AP) -- Nokia enjoyed a solid 60 percent rise in net profit in the second quarter, with a good performance in its core networks division suggesting the Finnish company is succeeding in turning its business around since selling its handsets operation to Microsoft in 2013.... 7/30/2015 10:28 AM

Nephew of blind activist Chen released from China prison
BEIJING (AP) -- The nephew of lawyer and blind activist Chen Guangcheng has been released from prison after serving a three-year, three-month sentence widely seen as retribution for his uncle's daring escape from house arrest.... 7/30/2015 10:20 AM

Afghan official: Drone strike kills 20 members of IS group
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- An Afghan official says two separate drone strikes in an eastern province bordering Pakistan have killed 20 militants affiliated with the Islamic State group.... 7/30/2015 10:13 AM

Myanmar pardons China loggers among nearly 7,000 prisoners
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- More than 150 Chinese workers sentenced to life in prison for illegal logging were freed in Myanmar on Thursday under a massive presidential pardon that saw nearly 7,000 prisoners released.... 7/30/2015 10:11 AM

Egypt court delays verdict in Al-Jazeera reporters' retrial
CAIRO (AP) -- A Cairo court on Thursday announced it was postponing the final verdict in the retrial of three Al-Jazeera English reporters for next week.... 7/30/2015 10:09 AM

Somalia president: No elections in 2016
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- Somalia's president is ruling out the possibility of holding elections that are due next year, citing security challenges stemming from an Islamic insurgency. Opposition parties charge that that his government is taking advantage of poor security to extend its mandate through postponement of elections.... 7/30/2015 10:08 AM

AP Investigation: Filthy Rio water a threat at 2016 Olympics
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- The waters where Olympians will compete in swimming and boating events next summer in South America's first games are rife with human sewage and present a serious health risk for athletes, as well as for visitors to the iconic beaches of Rio de Janeiro.... 7/30/2015 10:03 AM

Preliminary hearing underway for Ukrainian pilot in Russia
DONETSK, Russia (AP) -- A preliminary hearing in the trial of a Ukrainian officer charged in the deaths of two Russian journalists started in Russia's south on Thursday.... 7/30/2015 10:00 AM

China falls again but other Asian stocks, Europe higher
BEIJING (AP) -- Chinese stocks fell again Thursday while other major global markets rose after the U.S. Federal Reserve left interest rates unchanged at a record low.... 7/30/2015 9:43 AM

Afghan Taliban indicate pullout of peace talks in Pakistan
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The Afghan Taliban, who have been fighting to topple the Kabul government for almost 14 years, said on Thursday they are "not aware" of a new round of peace talks due the following day in Pakistan - a statement indicating the group may be pulling out of the negotiations.... 7/30/2015 9:40 AM

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