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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 but was adjourned shortly afterward to consider an appeal of the defense.... 7/30/2015 12:11 PM

Egypt court delays verdict in Al-Jazeera reporters' retrial
CAIRO (AP) -- A Cairo court on Thursday postponed the final verdict in the retrial of three Al-Jazeera English reporters for next week, in a blow to the defendants and human rights activists who had expected a resolution to the long-running case.... 7/30/2015 12:06 PM

Iraqis take mandatory day off as heat wave smothers Mideast
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqis have a mandatory day off as temperatures soar above 50 degrees Celsius (123 F), part of a heat wave enveloping much of the already scorching Middle East.... 7/30/2015 12:03 PM

For some, hunting lions in Africa is the ultimate experience
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- It is, for some well-heeled foreign visitors, the ultimate African experience: the thrill of hunting a lion, one of the so-called "Big Five" animals whose habitats are under increasing pressure from human encroachment. Now an American dentist's killing of a celebrity lion in Zimbabwe has triggered global revulsion, highlighting what critics say is an industry of trophy hunting that threatens vulnerable species across sub-Saharan Africa.... 7/30/2015 12:02 PM

Islamabad postpones Kabul-Taliban peace talks in Pakistan
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistan says the second round of peace talks between the Kabul government and the Taliban, which was due Friday, has been postponed after a statement from the Afghan insurgents indicated they were pulling out of the negotiations.... 7/30/2015 11:47 AM

Portuguese government rests on its laurels ahead of election
LISBON, Portugal (AP) -- Portugal's center-right coalition government is hoping its record overseeing the country's recovery from the brink of bankruptcy will be enough to get it re-elected in October.... 7/30/2015 11:46 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 11:44 AM

Greek PM seeks to quash rebellion with party vote
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece's prime minister has called for a vote within his radical-left Syriza party to decisively sideline rebels opposed to any bailout deal with the country's creditors.... 7/30/2015 11:35 AM

Wildlife activist concern over oil on Uganda-Congo border
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) -- Activists are urging Uganda's government to reverse a decision to open for oil drilling a wildlife park on Uganda's border with Congo.... 7/30/2015 11:34 AM

The Latest: Possible plane debris being sent to France
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 11:32 AM

Malaysian premier: plane debris to be sent to France
PARIS (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 11:28 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 11:25 AM

Stock markets turn higher on earnings, ahead of US data
BEIJING (AP) -- Most major global markets rose Thursday after the U.S. Federal Reserve left interest rates unchanged at a record low, corporate earnings mostly did better than expected and investors awaited U.S. economic growth figures.... 7/30/2015 11:19 AM

China accuses US of 'militarizing' South China Sea
BEIJING (AP) -- China's Defense Ministry on Thursday accused the U.S. of militarizing the South China Sea as Beijing makes increasingly bold moves to assert its claim to virtually all of the sea's waters, islands and reefs.... 7/30/2015 11:18 AM

Israel passes law sanctioning force-feeding prisoners
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's parliament passed a contentious law on Thursday that would permit the force-feeding of inmates on hunger strike, eliciting harsh criticism over the practice.... 7/30/2015 11:16 AM

AP NewsAlert
PARIS (AP) -- Malaysian premier says jet wing remnant will be sent to Toulouse, France, for investigation.... 7/30/2015 11:04 AM

Shell to cut jobs to cope with long period of cheap oil
LONDON (AP) -- Royal Dutch Shell announced deep cuts to jobs and investment on Thursday as the global energy giant prepares for a prolonged period of low oil prices.... 7/30/2015 10:57 AM

For North Korea, Iran-style nuclear deal not an option
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- If any hopes have been raised that the progress between the United States and Iran to halt Tehran's development of nuclear weapons could bring change in Pyongyang, North Korea has gone out of its way to thwart them.... 7/30/2015 10:57 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 included nearly 7,000 prisoners.... 7/30/2015 10:53 AM

Keaten appointment AP chief correspondent in Switzerland
LONDON (AP) -- Jamey Keaten, a reporter in the Paris office of The Associated Press, has been named chief correspondent for Switzerland.... 7/30/2015 10:53 AM



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