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Afghan government says it won't separately deal with Taliban
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The Afghan government addressed the growing leadership crisis in the Taliban for the first time Monday, saying it will not deal with the militant group separately from other "armed opposition" in the country.... 8/3/2015 7:05 AM

China bureau probing controversial Shaolin Temple abbot
BEIJING (AP) -- Chinese authorities are investigating allegations of misbehavior made online against the controversial abbot of China's famed Shaolin Temple.... 8/3/2015 6:53 AM

Zimbabwe accuses 2nd American of illegally hunting lion
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) -- Zimbabwe has accused a Pennsylvania doctor of illegally killing a lion in April, as it seeks to extradite a Minnesota dentist who killed a well-known lion named Cecil in July.... 8/3/2015 6:09 AM

HSBC profit rises 10 percent, bank selling Brazil unit
HONG KONG (AP) -- HSBC Holdings PLC, Europe's biggest bank, said Monday that strong performance in Asia helped to boost first-half profit by 10 percent. The bank also announced the sale of its Brazil business for $5.2 billion.... 8/3/2015 5:28 AM

Asian stocks fall on weak Chinese manufacturing, oil slump
BEIJING (AP) -- Asian stocks fell Monday on weaker Chinese manufacturing and lower oil prices as investors looked ahead to U.S. data on factory output and employment.... 8/3/2015 5:22 AM

Misery deepens for those in Puerto Rico who can't leave
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Most tables are empty at Walter Martin's coffee shop in San Juan's colonial district. His brow is furrowed with concern and glistens with sweat in the sweltering Caribbean morning.... 8/3/2015 4:54 AM

Advocates fear more impunity in Mexico photographer killing
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- With an investigation barely underway, Mexican journalist protection groups are already expressing fears that authorities won't consider the brutal killing of a photojournalist as being related to his work - even though he fled the state he covered fearing for his safety.... 8/3/2015 4:13 AM

Nigeria: troops rescue 178 people, destroy extremist camps
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) -- Nigerian troops rescued 178 people from Boko Haram in attacks that destroyed several camps of the Islamic extremists in the northeast of the country, an army statement said Sunday.... 8/3/2015 3:23 AM

AC/DC's Rudd pleads not guilty to breaching detention rules
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd pleaded not guilty on Monday to breaching the rules of his home detention sentence by drinking alcohol.... 8/3/2015 2:50 AM

US, Egypt resume formal security talks with Kerry visit
CAIRO (AP) -- Despite persistent human rights concerns, the United States on Sunday resumed formal security talks with Egypt that were last held six years ago and kept on hiatus until now amid political unrest that swept the country in the wake of the Arab Spring.... 8/3/2015 12:29 AM

Kerry in Qatar to ease Arab concerns about Iran nuke deal
DOHA, Qatar (AP) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Qatar talks with Arab officials whose countries are wary of the nuclear deal world powers have struck with Iran.... 8/3/2015 12:13 AM

Official: Top Burundi general assassinated in the capital
BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) -- A Burundi general who was a key security ally of President Pierre Nkurunziza was killed Sunday in a drive-by shooting in the capital, Bujumbura, a presidential spokesman said.... 8/2/2015 11:47 PM

Central African Republic: UN peacekeeper killed in capital
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) -- One United Nations peacekeeper was killed and eight were injured Sunday in Central African Republic's capital after they came under attack by armed men bearing machine guns and grenades, a U.N. spokesman said.... 8/2/2015 11:06 PM

IOC to order tests for viruses at Rio's Olympic water venues
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- The International Olympic Committee said Sunday it will order testing for disease-causing viruses in the sewage-polluted waters where athletes will compete in next year's Rio de Janeiro Games.... 8/2/2015 10:59 PM

Canada PM triggers election with vote in October
TORONTO (AP) -- Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper triggered an election campaign Sunday and set the vote for Oct. 19, when Harper and his Conservative party hope to earn a fourth term after almost a decade in power.... 8/2/2015 8:59 PM

Monsoon rains kill more than 100 people in India
NEW DELHI (AP) -- Heavy monsoon rains have killed more than 100 people in India in the past week and forced tens of thousands of people to take shelter in state-run relief camps, India's Home Ministry said Sunday.... 8/2/2015 8:13 PM

Mali: 2 soldiers killed in convoy ambush
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) -- Two Malian soldiers were killed and five were injured when their convoy was ambushed in the center of the country, a defense official said Sunday.... 8/2/2015 7:53 PM

Israeli premier vows 'zero tolerance' for Jewish extremists
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's security cabinet approved new measures Sunday against Israelis who attack Palestinians, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his government will have "zero tolerance" for Jewish extremists.... 8/2/2015 7:08 PM

Gypsies' plight emphasized on Roma Holocaust Day
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) -- Europe's top human right official drew attention to the abuses and discrimination faced by the Roma minority as Europe commemorated the tens of thousands of Gypsies killed during World War II.... 8/2/2015 7:07 PM

Iran's president says nuclear deal achieves goals
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's President Hassan Rouhani says his country achieved its main goals in the landmark nuclear deal reached with world powers last month.... 8/2/2015 6:54 PM

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