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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 8:19 PM

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.... 7/30/2015 8:09 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 8:09 PM

Man stabs several people at Jerusalem gay pride parade
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Revelers dancing and singing through the streets of Jerusalem during the holy city's annual gay pride were left shrieking in pain and panic Thursday night, as an anti-gay extremist lunged into the march's leaders and stabbed six people, Israeli police and witnesses said.... 7/30/2015 8:03 PM

Nigeria rescues 71, mostly women and girls, from Boko Haram
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) -- Nigerian soldiers rescued 71 people, almost all girls and women, in firefights that killed many Boko Haram militants in villages near the northeastern city of Maiduguri, the military said Thursday.... 7/30/2015 7:52 PM

Mexico ups dollar auction to $200 million to boost peso
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexico's central bank said Thursday it will increase dollar auctions from $52 million to $200 million per day through the end of September to stabilize the badly weakened peso.... 7/30/2015 7:45 PM

Turkey onslaught on Kurds, after IS attack, fuels anger
DIYARBAKIR, Turkey (AP) -- Just when it seemed Turkey was getting serious about the fight against IS, it has turned its military focus to pounding its old foe: the Kurdish rebels.... 7/30/2015 7:29 PM

Philae probe finds evidence that comets can be cosmic labs
BERLIN (AP) -- Scientists say the Philae space probe has gathered data supporting the theory that comets can serve as cosmic laboratories in which some of the essential elements for life are assembled.... 7/30/2015 6:57 PM

AP Investigation: What's in Rio's water? AP explains tests
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Sewage pollution has long been a problem for Rio de Janeiro, and officials promised they would use the 2016 Summer Olympics as the springboard to finally clean up this stunningly beautiful city's waterways.... 7/30/2015 6:51 PM

Britain limits Ai Weiwei's visit due to alleged conviction
BEIJING (AP) -- Britain has denied Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei a six-month business visa to attend a London exhibition of his work, saying he failed to disclose that he has a criminal conviction - a claim that the artist and his attorney dispute.... 7/30/2015 6:48 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

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

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



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