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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 2:12 PM

WikiLeaks says US spied on Japanese government, companies
TOKYO (AP) -- The WikiLeaks website published documents Friday that it said shows the U.S. government spied on Japanese officials and companies.... 7/31/2015 2:12 PM

Back to Beijing for 2nd Olympics in 14 years
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Throughout more than 120 years of Olympic history, no city has hosted both the winter and summer games. Now, Beijing will be the first do it - and in the span of just 14 years.... 7/31/2015 2:11 PM

Russia's central bank cuts key interest rate
MOSCOW (AP) -- The Russian central bank cut its key interest rate by 0.5 percentage points to 11 percent on Friday, bowing to the pressure of businesses to make lending more accessible.... 7/31/2015 2:06 PM

Returning emigrants could overwhelm Portugal, analysts say
LISBON, Portugal (AP) -- Portuguese analysts are warning that the country's feeble economy and overburdened welfare programs are at risk from a potentially massive return of emigrants who left in search of jobs during the eurozone's recent financial crisis.... 7/31/2015 2:01 PM

Brazil data: Olympic water 'unfit' for triathletes to swim
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- The Brazilian government's data on water pollution in Rio de Janeiro show water near where triathletes are preparing to compete this weekend is "unfit" for swimming.... 7/31/2015 1:51 PM

Experimental Ebola vaccine could stop virus in West Africa
LONDON (AP) -- An experimental vaccine tested on thousands of people in Guinea exposed to Ebola seems to work and might help shut down the ongoing epidemic in West Africa, according to interim results from a study published Friday.... 7/31/2015 1:48 PM

Polish plan to honor Portuguese-run supermarket sparks anger
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Poland's government has postponed plans to bestow a top honor on the Portuguese businessman who runs popular discount supermarket chain Biedronka after a public outcry over the company's alleged exploitation of workers.... 7/31/2015 1:43 PM

UNHCR: Greece must do more to tackle migration 'emergency'
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- A senior U.N. refugee agency official is urging Greek authorities to "wake up" and do more to deal with a burgeoning number of refugee arrivals that has become a full-blown humanitarian emergency.... 7/31/2015 1:39 PM

Official: 2 Indians held near Libya's Sirte town, 2 safe
NEW DELHI (AP) -- Four Indian nationals were detained near the Libyan city of Sirte, India's foreign ministry said Friday, but declined to say who had held the men.... 7/31/2015 1:32 PM

Austrian government to end migrant standoff with provinces
VIENNA (AP) -- Austria's federal government plans to change the country's constitution in attempts to end a standoff with provincial leaders over finding housing for a massive influx of migrants.... 7/31/2015 1:31 PM

Spain to give civil servants first pay rise in 5 years
MADRID (AP) -- Spain's prime minister Friday promised a 1 percent pay rise for Spain's 2.5 million civil servants in the 2016 budget, their first hike in five years after public spending was reined in because of the country's economic crisis.... 7/31/2015 1:30 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 1:02 PM

Honda records 20 pct profit rise on yen, despite recalls
TOKYO (AP) -- Japanese automaker Honda reported Friday a 20 percent jump in fiscal first quarter profit on the back of a cheap yen that offset the damage from a massive air bag recall.... 7/31/2015 1:00 PM

Al-Qaida attacks headquarters of US-backed Syrian rebels
BEIRUT (AP) -- U.S.-backed rebels say members of al-Qaida's branch in Syria have launched an attack on their command headquarters, killing at least five fighters and wounding more than a dozen.... 7/31/2015 12:55 PM

Court orders Jerusalem gay pride attacker remain in custody
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) -- An anti-gay ultra-Orthodox extremist suspected of stabbing revelers at Jerusalem's Gay Pride Parade appeared in court on Friday and the judge ordered that he remain in custody.... 7/31/2015 12:54 PM

Uganda leader, in power for 3 decades, seeks re-election
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) -- Uganda's long-serving president has declared his bid for re-election in 2016, saying he is backed by the historical leaders of the former rebel movement that has been in power since 1986.... 7/31/2015 12:50 PM

Tunisia's president extends state of emergency 2 more months
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) -- Tunisia's presidency on Friday extended the country's state of emergency for an additional two months as the country battles a violent Islamic insurgency that last month killed 38 tourists on a beach.... 7/31/2015 12:50 PM

Hungarian minister: over 100,000 migrants so far in 2015
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) -- More than 100,000 migrants have reached Hungary so far this year, nearly all of them entering through its southern border with Serbia, the Hungarian foreign minister said Friday.... 7/31/2015 12:46 PM

Report: C. African Republic Muslims forced to convert
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- Muslims in the western part of Central African Republic are being forced to hide their religion or convert to Christianity under threat of death, Amnesty International said Friday.... 7/31/2015 12:42 PM



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