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Hungary says fence to stop migrants will be done by Aug. 31
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) -- The construction of a fence meant to stop the flow of immigrants and refugees entering Hungary through its southern border with Serbia will be completed by Aug. 31, the Hungarian government said Wednesday.... 7/29/2015 6:21 PM

Israeli bulldozers start demolishing West Bank settlement
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli bulldozers began demolishing a contested housing complex in a West Bank settlement on Wednesday as the prime minister's office announced the "immediate construction" of some 300 new units at another location in the same settlement and advanced plans for about 500 new units in east Jerusalem.... 7/29/2015 6:17 PM

Jordan court sentences 8 in alleged Hezbollah attack plot
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -- Jordan's state security court handed down prison terms Wednesday for eight defendants in an alleged decade-old plot by Lebanon's Hezbollah militia to attack U.S. troops in Jordan, defense lawyers said.... 7/29/2015 6:14 PM

Afghan intelligence: Taliban leader Mullah Omar dead
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Afghanistan's main intelligence agency said Wednesday that the reclusive Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar has been dead for more than two years.... 7/29/2015 5:53 PM

Yemen's president orders militias merged into his forces
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- From his exile in Saudi Arabia, Yemen's president on Wednesday ordered that militias battling Shiite rebels in Yemen be merged with his national army units, a move that comes in an apparent attempt to unify forces fighting on the ground.... 7/29/2015 5:50 PM

Security checkpoint extortion costs Ivory Coast millions
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- Extortion at security checkpoints is costing Ivory Coast millions each year despite government steps to eradicate the practice, a rights group said Wednesday.... 7/29/2015 5:38 PM

Syria says Israeli drone attack killed 3 in country's south
BEIRUT (AP) -- An Israeli drone attack in southern Syria killed three people on Wednesday, while another Israeli airstrike targeting an outpost for a pro-Syrian Palestinian group in eastern Lebanon wounded six members of the group, according to the Syrian government and an activist group.... 7/29/2015 5:26 PM

Suicide attacks in Anbar kill at least 18 Iraqi troops
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Militants in Iraq used stolen Humvees loaded with explosives to unleash a series of suicide car bombings targeting Iraqi security forces on Wednesday, killing at least 18 Iraqi troops, officials said.... 7/29/2015 5:20 PM

Russia formally declares US foundation 'undesirable'
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia has formally declared the United States' National Endowment for Democracy as an undesirable group hostile to national interests.... 7/29/2015 5:19 PM

Michel Platini confirms he will run for FIFA president
GENEVA (AP) -- Michel Platini has launched his campaign to succeed Sepp Blatter as FIFA president, aiming to give the scandal-hit governing body "the dignity and the position it deserves."... 7/29/2015 5:10 PM

Turkish deputy PM in new sexist gaffe
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Women legislators are demanding that Turkey's deputy prime minister offers an apology for telling a legislator that she should be quiet because she is a woman.... 7/29/2015 4:42 PM

UN says too soon for new Syrian peace conference
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. point man on Syria said Wednesday it's too soon for another peace conference in Geneva and invited Syrians to hold intensive preparatory talks on key issues including a political transition and fighting terrorism.... 7/29/2015 4:38 PM

Zimbabweans in lion hunt in court; kill was "unethical"
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) -- Two Zimbabweans arrested for illegally hunting a lion appeared in court Wednesday. The head of Zimbabwe's safari association said the killing was unethical and that it couldn't even be classified as a hunt, since the lion killed by an American dentist was lured into the kill zone.... 7/29/2015 4:38 PM

UN: Expect 11.2 billion population by the end of the century
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Move over: The world's population is expected to reach 8.5 billion by 2030 and 9.7 billion in 2050, a new United Nations report says. And there should be 11.2 billion people on Earth by the end of this century.... 7/29/2015 4:32 PM

Upstart Corbyn made favorite in UK Labour leadership race
LONDON (AP) -- One of Britain's biggest unions has backed left-wing contender Jeremy Corbyn to lead Britain's opposition Labour Party, and a major bookmaker has made the former outsider odds-on favorite to win the contest.... 7/29/2015 4:31 PM

Q&A: Kurds fight Islamic State and endure Turkish attacks
BAGHDAD (AP) -- U.S. and Turkish plans to create an "Islamic State-free zone" in Syria along the Turkish border could escalate the conflict between Turkey and Kurdish fighters in Syria and Iraq.... 7/29/2015 4:05 PM

Rome's hot summer: corruption, breakdowns run city to ground
ROME (AP) -- Pope Francis has declared a Jubilee Year for Rome. But the Eternal City will need a miracle to find anything to feel jubilant about.... 7/29/2015 4:04 PM

Turkish gov't not ready to restart peace talks with Kurds
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkish jets hit Kurdish rebel targets in northern Iraq overnight and the government said strikes would continue until the rebels lay down their arms, despite calls Wednesday by the pro-Kurdish opposition for an immediate end to the violence and the resumption of peace efforts.... 7/29/2015 4:02 PM

UK man found guilty of attempt to buy deadly ricin online
LONDON (AP) -- A British software programmer has been convicted of trying to obtain a chemical weapon after he attempted to buy enough ricin over the Internet to kill hundreds of people.... 7/29/2015 3:45 PM

Nigeria president visits Cameroon to discuss militant threat
YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) -- The president of Nigeria made his first official state visit to neighboring Cameroon on Wednesday, as the two former enemies struggle to contain the mutual threat posed by Islamic militants carrying out suicide bombings across the region.... 7/29/2015 3:25 PM

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