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Kazakh PM: Almaty `is not a risky choice' for 2022 Olympics
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- The prime minister of Kazakhstan challenged the IOC on Friday to make a "historic decision" by awarding the 2022 Winter Olympics to Almaty, painting the project as the one that offers real snow and mountain conditions as opposed to the rival bid from Beijing.... 7/31/2015 3:55 AM

Almaty has hard-hitting final pitch for 2022 hosting rights
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Almaty has pleaded with International Olympic Committee members to not consider them a "risky" choice to host the 2022 Winter Games simply because the central Asian country of Kazakhstan is not familiar to many of them.... 7/31/2015 3:31 AM

No move to alter Olympic venues despite water contamination
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Sailors and other athletes preparing for the Olympics have been training for months in contaminated waters where the Rio Games will be held. Many believe moving events now would put them at a disadvantage, even though water-quality tests analyzed by The Associated Press show athletes have a high chance of being exposed to viruses.... 7/31/2015 3:13 AM

Surfer seriously injured in Australian shark attack
SYDNEY (AP) -- A surfer was seriously injured as he repeatedly punched a shark that mauled him off the Australian east coast on Friday, less than a week after a fatal attack, police and a witness said.... 7/31/2015 2:54 AM

Former top Chinese general suspected of corruption
BEIJING (AP) -- China has expelled a former top general from the ruling Communist Party over corruption accusations as President Xi Jinping's campaign to root out graft in the government and military churns onward.... 7/31/2015 2:47 AM

Wing part could help solve what happened to MH370
SAINT-ANDRE, Reunion (AP) -- A barnacle-encrusted wing part that washed up on a remote Indian Ocean island could help solve one of aviation's greatest mysteries, as investigators work to connect it to the Malaysia Airlines flight that vanished more than a year ago.... 7/31/2015 1:53 AM

Chinese vice premier, Kazakh prime minister head delegations
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Kazakhstan Prime Minister Karim Massimov will head the Almaty delegation and Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong will lead the Beijing team in the final presentations to the IOC ahead of the vote for the 2022 Winter Olympics.... 7/31/2015 1:34 AM

State police commander, 3 others killed in southern Mexico
ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) -- Men armed with rifles killed a police commander Thursday in the capital of the restive southern Mexico state of Guerrero, and officers pursuing the suspected attackers killed three people about two hours later, authorities said.... 7/31/2015 1:29 AM

Greece's Tsipras prevails over rebels at party meeting
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has defeated a bid by dissenters in his left-wing Syriza party to push for an end to bailout talks and an exit from the euro currency.... 7/31/2015 1:04 AM

Venezuela occupies food warehouse of biggest private company
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Venezuela's largest food distributor on Thursday denounced the government occupation of a Caracas warehouse amid accusations that the company is hoarding goods.... 7/31/2015 12:46 AM

Mexico: Death toll 27 after truck hits religious procession
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- The death toll rose to 27 on Thursday and authorities listed 149 others as injured after a truck lost control and slammed into a religious procession in a central Mexico town.... 7/31/2015 12:43 AM

Mexico to spend $9.1 million on seaweed cleanup
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexican authorities say they will spend about $9.1 million and hire 4,600 temporary workers to clean up mounds of seaweed that have accumulated in recent weeks along the Caribbean coast.... 7/31/2015 12:29 AM

Ukraine will try again for downed plane tribunal
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Ukraine's foreign minister said Thursday that the five countries investigating the downing of a Malaysia Airlines plane over Ukraine a year ago will try again to get U.N. Security Council approval for an international tribunal to prosecute the alleged perpetrators.... 7/30/2015 11:03 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, an Associated Press investigation has found.... 7/30/2015 10:34 PM

UN still waiting for $274 million Saudis pledged for Yemen
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The $274 million that Saudi Arabia promised months ago to fund a U.N. emergency aid appeal for Yemen hasn't arrived because the kingdom and the world body are still discussing the terms of the funding, while aid groups begin to warn that people trapped by the conflict are on the brink of starvation.... 7/30/2015 10:04 PM

FSB: US, Georgia helped prevent attacks at Sochi Olympics
MOSCOW (AP) -- The head of Russia's domestic security agency says the United States, Georgia and several Western European countries helped prevent terrorist attacks during last year's Winter Olympics.... 7/30/2015 9:56 PM

Mexico issues warrant for extradition of escaped 'El Chapo'
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A judge in Mexico issued a provisional warrant to detain escaped drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman based on an extradition request from the United States.... 7/30/2015 9:56 PM

New Nigerian general to head multinational Boko Haram fight
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) -- Nigeria's Defense Ministry has appointed a new general to head the multinational army it is hoped can defeat the Boko Haram Islamic uprising that has killed 20,000 people and driven nearly 2 million from their homes.... 7/30/2015 9:55 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 9:19 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 9:18 PM

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