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UN Ebola mission winds down, WHO takes reins in West Africa
LONDON (AP) -- The United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response is officially winding down Friday, handing its leadership role and senior staff to the Geneva-based World Health Organization as efforts to contain the deadly virus continue.... 7/31/2015 4:12 PM

Russian Orthodox Church pushes for control over St. Isaac's
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) -- The Russian Orthodox Church on Friday defended its controversial bid to fully take over St. Petersburg's landmark St. Isaac's Cathedral, saying it's in line with the law and wouldn't hamper tourist access.... 7/31/2015 4:10 PM

Roche drug maker probed in Romanian graft case
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- Swiss pharmaceuticals company Roche confirmed Friday it is being investigated by anti-corruption prosecutors looking for evidence that drug companies offered doctors vacations and other incentives in exchange for prescribing cancer drugs.... 7/31/2015 4:08 PM

Burundi's president urges unity after contentious polls
BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) -- Burundi's re-elected president is urging unity after winning contentious polls that the international community says were not credible.... 7/31/2015 4:00 PM

UK grants Ai Weiwei 6-month visa, apologizes for mixup
LONDON (AP) -- Britain performed an about-face Friday and granted a six-month visa to dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, apologizing for rejecting his application over an alleged criminal conviction.... 7/31/2015 3:56 PM

US philanthropist to offer backing for Oxford lion project
LONDON (AP) -- A pair of U.S. philanthropists with a passion for wild cats pledged Friday to match new donations to Oxford University's Wildlife Conservation Unit - the researchers who were tracking the movements of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe.... 7/31/2015 3:54 PM

NATO agrees on support package for Iraq
BRUSSELS (AP) -- NATO allies agreed Friday on a package of measures to help strengthen Iraqi security and defense forces, including in the fields of military training, demining and countering improvised explosive devices.... 7/31/2015 3:49 PM

Al-Qaida attacks headquarters of US-backed Syrian rebels
BEIRUT (AP) -- Members of al-Qaida's branch in Syria launched an attack early Friday on the command headquarters of a U.S.-backed rebel faction in northern Syria, killing at least five fighters and wounding more than a dozen, the U.S.-backed factions and an activist group said.... 7/31/2015 3:47 PM

Brazil's Petrobras receives more than $20 million
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Brazil's state-owned oil company has received the equivalent of more than $20 million that was recovered as a result of an investigation into a corruption-kickback scandal engulfing Petrobras.... 7/31/2015 3:44 PM

Experimental Ebola vaccine could stop virus in West Africa
LONDON (AP) -- An experimental Ebola vaccine tested on thousands of people in Guinea seems to work and might help shut down the waning epidemic in West Africa, according to interim results from a study published Friday.... 7/31/2015 3:42 PM

UNHCR: Greece must do more to tackle migration 'emergency'
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greek authorities need to "wake up" and do more to adequately accommodate a burgeoning number of refugee arrivals that has become a full-blown humanitarian emergency requiring a natural disaster-like response, a senior official with the U.N. refugee agency said Friday.... 7/31/2015 3:40 PM

Bus service resumes in San Salvador after driver killings
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) -- Bus service is returning to near normal in El Salvador's capital after a four-day interruption due to a string of deadly gang attacks on drivers and warnings to others to abandon their routes.... 7/31/2015 3:38 PM

APNewsBreak: Germany shelves Nazi crimes probe of US man
BERLIN (AP) -- German prosecutors have shelved their Nazi war crimes investigation of a retired Minnesota carpenter whom The Associated Press exposed as a former commander in an SS-led unit, saying Friday that the 96-year-old is not fit for trial.... 7/31/2015 3:36 PM

Litvinenko widow accuses Putin of ordering husband killing
LONDON (AP) -- The widow of former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko said Friday that a public inquiry pointed to President Vladimir Putin as being ultimately responsible for her husband's death, and her lawyer called the Russian leader a "tin-pot despot" who sanctioned the killing.... 7/31/2015 3:32 PM

Gunmen kill 1, wound 13 campaigning for Sri Lankan candidate
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) -- Gunmen opened fire at campaign workers in Sri Lanka's capital on Friday, killing one and wounding 13, police and hospital officials said, in the first major political violence before the parliamentary election.... 7/31/2015 3:26 PM

German justice minister casts doubt on treason probe
BERLIN (AP) -- Germany's justice minister on Friday questioned a decision by prosecutors to open a treason investigation against two journalists, a move that prompted strong criticism from free speech activists.... 7/31/2015 3:24 PM

Wing fragment wrapped and ready for French investigators
SAINT-ANDRE, Reunion (AP) -- The wing fragment found on the French island of Reunion was wrapped and ready to be loaded Friday on a cargo flight for the mainland, where experts are hoping to unlock the mystery of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.... 7/31/2015 2:55 PM

Zimbabwe: American lion killer's extradition being sought
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) -- Zimbabwe intends to seek the extradition of an American dentist who killed a lion that was lured out of a national park and shot with a bow and a gun, and the process has already begun, a Cabinet minister said Friday.... 7/31/2015 2:43 PM

3 ex-TEPCO execs to face criminal charges in nuclear crisis
TOKYO (AP) -- A Japanese judicial committee has decided that three former utility executives should face criminal charges and stand trial for their alleged negligence in the Fukushima nuclear disaster.... 7/31/2015 2:42 PM

Uganda leader, in power for 3 decades, seeks re-election
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) -- Uganda's long-serving president on Friday declared his bid for re-election in 2016, saying the country needs him to stick around to continue its economic development.... 7/31/2015 2:29 PM



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