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Afghan Taliban: 'family' of Mullah Omar confirm his death
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The Afghan Taliban have released a statement purportedly from the family of Mullah Omar saying he has died of an unspecified illness.... 7/30/2015 2:09 PM

Libya officials: Jihadis driving IS from eastern stronghold
TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) -- Libyan officials say a rival jihadi group has driven an Islamic State affiliate from most of its eastern stronghold of Darna in fighting that killed 39 militants on both sides.... 7/30/2015 2:04 PM

South Sudan soldiers accused of stealing relief food
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) -- Soldiers believed to be with the South Sudanese army and allied militia stole relief food and killed seven people in an attack on a rebel-held part of Unity state, a local official said Thursday.... 7/30/2015 2:04 PM

Putin praises Iran deal in call with Netanyahu
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has praised a deal between Iran and world powers in a conversation with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.... 7/30/2015 2:03 PM

Greek leader seeks to quash rebellion with party vote
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- In a bid to consolidate his political support and clinch a crucial bailout with creditors, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Thursday called for a vote within his party to decisively sideline rebels opposed to the rescue deal.... 7/30/2015 2:01 PM

The Latest: French helicopter joins search over Reunion
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 1:49 PM

Beijing favorite in IOC vote for 2022 Winter Olympics
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- When it comes to votes on Olympic host cities, geopolitics can play a crucial role in determining the victor.... 7/30/2015 1:46 PM

Nigeria, Cameroon pledge coordinated Boko Haram fight
YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) -- Nigeria's president is promising deeper collaboration with its neighbors in the fight against Islamic extremism after a two-day visit to Cameroon.... 7/30/2015 1:45 PM

Iraqis take mandatory day off as heat wave smothers Mideast
BAGHDAD (AP) -- It's a 15-minute walk through a lush palm grove from Baghdad's al-Takia refugee camp to the nearest well, but as temperatures hovered around 52 degrees Celsius (126 F) on Thursday, Zakiyah Abdullah, who is eight months pregnant, said it felt like an eternity.... 7/30/2015 1:34 PM

Wildlife activists concerned over Uganda-Congo border oil
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) -- Activists on Thursday urged Uganda's government to reverse a decision to open for oil drilling a wildlife park on Uganda's border with Congo, saying the move puts pressure on the region's fragile ecosystems.... 7/30/2015 1:30 PM

Germany: homeless woman leaves cash stash, heir sought
BERLIN (AP) -- German authorities say they found tens of thousands of euros in cash in the possessions of an 83-year-old woman who lived at a homeless shelter and died last week.... 7/30/2015 1:20 PM

Malaysian premier: plane debris to be sent to France
PARIS (AP) -- A sea-crusted wing part washed up on an island in the western Indian Ocean may be the first trace of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 since it vanished nearly a year and a half ago, and a tragic but finally solid clue to one of aviation's most perplexing and expensive mysteries.... 7/30/2015 1:20 PM

Lawyer: No charge yet for 2nd Zimbabwe lion killing suspect
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) -- Zimbabwe prosecutors Thursday are still trying to figure out how to charge one of the suspects in the killing of Cecil the lion by an American dentist that has outraged animal lovers.... 7/30/2015 1:13 PM

Lion-hunting is legal in parts of Africa despite concern
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- It is, for some well-heeled foreign visitors, the ultimate African experience: the thrill of hunting a lion, one of the "Big Five" animals whose habitats are under increasing pressure from human encroachment. Now an American dentist's killing of a celebrity lion in Zimbabwe has triggered global revulsion, highlighting what critics say is an industry of trophy hunting that threatens vulnerable species across sub-Saharan Africa.... 7/30/2015 1:12 PM

British Embassy in China grants limited visa to Ai Weiwei
BEIJING (AP) -- The British Embassy in Beijing has restricted a visa for dissident artist Ai Weiwei, alleging he failed to declare that he had a criminal conviction, a claim that his lawyer disputed on Thursday.... 7/30/2015 12:54 PM

Royal Bank of Scotland reports rise in 2nd quarter profits
LONDON (AP) -- Second-quarter profit at taxpayer-owned Royal Bank of Scotland rose 27 percent, it announced Thursday, but warned the cost of past scandals may continue to weigh on earnings.... 7/30/2015 12:46 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 12:35 PM

Loose papers may have caused deadly F-16 crash in Spain
PARIS (AP) -- French military investigators say loose papers left in an F-16 that crashed at a Spanish airbase could have sent the fighter jet into its deadly spiral.... 7/30/2015 12:29 PM

Shell to cut jobs to cope with long period of cheap oil
LONDON (AP) -- Royal Dutch Shell announced deep cuts to jobs and investment on Thursday as the global energy giant prepares for a prolonged period of low oil prices.... 7/30/2015 12:27 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 12:24 PM

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