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Boko Haram guns down 97 people praying in mosques in Nigeria
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) -- Boko Haram extremists gunned down nearly 100 Muslims praying in mosques in a northeast Nigerian town during the holy month of Ramadan, a government official and a self-defense fighter said Thursday.... 7/2/2015 6:38 PM

Kuwait promotes unity in wake of bombing designed to divide
KUWAIT CITY (AP) -- An Islamic State sympathizer's deadly bombing in a packed Kuwaiti mosque last week was designed to fit an all-too-familiar pattern: extremists attack Shiites to stoke sectarian hatred and then proclaim themselves the defenders of Sunnis against those they denounce as heretics.... 7/2/2015 6:36 PM

Egypt passes new budget for fiscal year 2015-2016
CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's president has approved a new budget for fiscal year 2015-2016, slashing the projected budget deficit to 8.9 percent of gross domestic product in a move likely to please international creditors. The revised budget deficit for the previous year is 10.8 percent.... 7/2/2015 6:28 PM

Documents: Mexican army ordered troops to 'kill criminals'
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A Mexican human rights group on Thursday released what it says are military documents that show high-ranking officers had given soldiers standing orders to kill criminals ahead of an army mass slaying of suspected criminals who had surrendered.... 7/2/2015 6:23 PM

French mother gets 9 years in prison for killing 8 newborns
PARIS (AP) -- A Frenchwoman accused of killing eight of her newborns over more than a decade has been sentenced to nine years in prison after a dramatic murder trial.... 7/2/2015 6:21 PM

Cuba launches 1st public Wi-Fi hotspots on Havana avenue
HAVANA (AP) -- Cuban authorities have launched public Wi-Fi hotspots along a main avenue that is the heart of Havana's cultural and social life, the first step in government promises to gradually roll out such connectivity options on an island that the Internet revolution has largely passed by.... 7/2/2015 6:12 PM

Leopard mauls guide's arm in attack in South African park
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- A leopard mauled a guide in an attack on an open tourist safari vehicle in South Africa's flagship wildlife park Thursday, authorities said.... 7/2/2015 6:12 PM

UN says coca production jumped 44 percent in Colombia
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- Cultivation of the leaf used to make cocaine skyrocketed last year in Colombia, according to a new study by the United Nations that is likely to raise questions about the government's decision to abandon a US-backed aerial eradication campaign.... 7/2/2015 6:07 PM

Attack on UN convoy in Mali kills 6 peacekeepers, wounds 5
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) -- An attack Thursday on a convoy in northern Mali killed six United Nations peacekeepers and wounded five others, the U.N. said. All of the victims were from Burkina Faso.... 7/2/2015 6:02 PM

The case for Greece: when it forgave Germany's debt
LONDON (AP) -- Forgiving debt, if done right, can get an economy back on its feet.... 7/2/2015 6:01 PM

UN observers say Burundi elections on Monday were not free
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- A U.N. observer mission has concluded that Burundi's parliamentary elections on Monday were not "free, credible and inclusive."... 7/2/2015 5:59 PM

'Cartel Land' shows good and bad of vigilantes in Mexico, US
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- The documentary "Cartel Land" opens with chilling night scenes of large-scale methamphetamine cooking in rural Mexico. What viewers later learn is how such drug production became deeply intertwined with the vigilante movement that emerged in 2013 and 2014 to oust the region's main drug cartel.... 7/2/2015 5:58 PM

Iran takes hard line on inspections, sanctions at nuke talks
VIENNA (AP) -- Iran took a hard line Thursday on two of the biggest demands of world powers in a final nuclear accord, rejecting any extraordinary inspection rules and threatening to ramp up enrichment of bomb-making material if the United States and other countries re-impose sanctions after the deal is in place.... 7/2/2015 5:56 PM

The Latest: Greece: IMF report justifies Greek debt stance
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- The latest news on Greece's financial woes (all times local):... 7/2/2015 5:53 PM

Top US diplomat in Cuba on short list for new embassy
HAVANA (AP) -- From his office high above Havana, Jeffrey DeLaurentis has a sweeping view of the cerulean Florida Straits and the blood-red letters declaring Cuba's defiance of the United States.... 7/2/2015 5:52 PM

Report: Saudi king censors TV host, pro-Brotherhood scholar
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- A government-linked Saudi news website reported Thursday that King Salman ordered an investigation and trial of a pro-Muslim Brotherhood scholar and a television host after an episode that was critical of his predecessor King Abdullah's policies toward the outlawed Islamist group.... 7/2/2015 5:47 PM

Greek vote campaign begins amid grinding cash crisis
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- The battle for Greek votes entered full swing Thursday ahead of a crucial weekend referendum that could decide whether the country falls out of the euro. For Greeks, particularly the elderly, the daily struggle to get cash ground on in the face of uncertainty.... 7/2/2015 5:42 PM

Egypt military pounds Sinai militant positions, kills 23
CAIRO (AP) -- The Egyptian military pounded Islamic militant positions and killed 23 extremists in dawn raids in Sinai on Thursday, a day after an unprecedented assault by Islamic State-linked extremists in the restive peninsula that undermined government efforts to stem an insurgency in the area despite a two-year crackdown.... 7/2/2015 5:19 PM

Disillusioned ex-Israeli peace negotiator finds hope online
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) -- Four years ago, disillusioned former peace negotiator Uri Savir launched a Facebook group aimed at bringing together moderate voices from Israel and across the Arab world. Now he's celebrating his vision with a near million-strong online movement stretching across the Middle East's most hostile borders.... 7/2/2015 5:02 PM

Kenya detains alleged Islamic State recruiters from Uganda
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Kenyan authorities are holding two Ugandan men who are accused of recruiting for the Islamic State group in East Africa.... 7/2/2015 4:51 PM



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