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Afghan Taliban confirm Mullah Omar's death, choose successor
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The Taliban confirmed the death of longtime leader Mullah Mohammad Omar and appointed his successor Thursday, as a new round of peace talks was indefinitely postponed amid concerns over how committed the new leadership is to ending the militant group's 14-year insurgency.... 7/30/2015 6:44 PM

The Latest: Wing part may arrive in French city on Saturday
PARIS (AP) -- Here are the latest developments on the Malaysia Airlines flight that disappeared nearly a year and a half ago (all times local):... 7/30/2015 6:43 PM

Canada approves abortion pill known as RU-486
TORONTO (AP) -- Canadian authorities have approved the abortion pill known as RU-486 for use across the country.... 7/30/2015 6:31 PM

UN adopts resolution to combat illegal wildlife trafficking
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. General Assembly unanimously adopted its first-ever resolution aimed at combatting illicit trafficking in wildlife on Thursday as its sponsors expressed outrage at the killing of a beloved protected lion in Zimbabwe.... 7/30/2015 6:27 PM

Al-Qaida kills 6 captured Yemeni rebels north of Aden
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Al-Qaida fighters have publicly shot to death six Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, in a town north of Aden, Yemeni security officials and witnesses said Thursday.... 7/30/2015 6:22 PM

Al-Qaida abducts US-backed rebels in northern Syria
BEIRUT (AP) -- The leader of a U.S.-backed rebel group and several of his men have been abducted in northern Syria by the al-Qaida-affiliated Nusra Front, the rebel group and opposition activists said Thursday.... 7/30/2015 6:20 PM

L'Oreal profit, sales climb across divisions
PARIS (AP) -- Global cosmetics leader L'Oreal says its 2015 profit grew 8.5 percent in the first half, driven by improvement among higher-end makeup and perfume lines including Giorgio Armani, Yves Saint Laurent and Kiehl's.... 7/30/2015 6:12 PM

5 things to know about filthy water awaiting Rio Olympians
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- The Associated Press commissioned a study of the virus and bacteria levels in the waters where Olympic athletes will compete next year in Rio de Janeiro. The testing found dangerously high levels of pathogens from human sewage waste.... 7/30/2015 6:03 PM

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 6:02 PM

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 6:01 PM

Zimbabwean baffled by foreign concern for killed lion
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) -- While the death of a protected lion in Zimbabwe has caused outrage in the United States - much of it centered on the Minnesota dentist who killed the animal - most in Zimbabwe expressed a degree of bafflement over the concern.... 7/30/2015 5:56 PM

Man stabs several people at Jerusalem gay pride parade
JERUSALEM (AP) -- An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man lunged into a group of revelers leading Jerusalem's annual gay pride parade and stabbed six of them Thursday evening as they marched in the holy city, Israeli police and witnesses said.... 7/30/2015 5:55 PM

Trump turns golf trip into extension of campaign trail
TURNBERRY, Scotland (AP) -- Donald Trump turned a brief trip to a golf tournament in Scotland into an extension of his presidential campaign trail when he attended the Women's British Open at his plush Turnberry resort on Thursday.... 7/30/2015 5:53 PM

Sierra Leone faces Ebola setback; 500 under quarantine
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) -- Authorities in Sierra Leone said Thursday they had quarantined 500 people after a man died from Ebola in an area where the deadly virus had been gone for months, in another setback for the fight against the disease.... 7/30/2015 5:33 PM

Egypt, Saudi Arabia aim to enhance cooperation
CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt and Saudi Arabia say they aim to boost military, economic, and social ties and pursue their common interests.... 7/30/2015 5:33 PM

A look at lion hunting in Zimbabwe
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- The killing of a well-known Zimbabwe lion named Cecil by a dentist from Minnesota has provoked outrage among animal activists and thrown a new spotlight on big game hunting in that southern African country.... 7/30/2015 5:32 PM

Wing part turns up as solid clue in hunt for MH370
SAINT-ANDRE, Reunion (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 5:30 PM

Libya officials: Jihadis driving IS from eastern stronghold
TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) -- A rival Libyan jihadi group has driven an Islamic State affiliate from most of its eastern stronghold of Darna, in fighting that killed 40 militants on both sides, officials said Thursday.... 7/30/2015 5:27 PM

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 5:25 PM

Russia to upgrade air defense missiles intended for Iran
MOSCOW (AP) -- A Kremlin official says that Russia is working to upgrade air defense missiles intended for Iran.... 7/30/2015 5:11 PM

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