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Afghanistan examining claim Taliban leader Mullah Omar died
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- An Afghan official said Wednesday his government is examining claims that reclusive Taliban leader Mullah Omar is dead. The Taliban could not be immediately reached on the government's comments about Omar, who has been declared dead many times before.... 7/29/2015 10:52 AM

TV depiction of Colombia's only saint angers her devotees
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- For weeks, billboards on buses and television spots have been announcing what promises to be Colombia's next big prime-time sensation.... 7/29/2015 10:50 AM

Calais migrants: 2nd night of mass attempts to reach England
CALAIS, France (AP) -- Migrants rushed the tunnel linking France and England repeatedly for a second night on Wednesday and one man was crushed by a truck in the chaos, deepening tensions surrounding the thousands of people camped in this northern French port city.... 7/29/2015 10:46 AM

Poland's richest businessman Jan Kulczyk dies at 65
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Jan Kulczyk, Poland's richest man and the founder and president of investment empire Kulczyk Holding, has died from complications following surgery, the company said Wednesday. He was 65.... 7/29/2015 10:45 AM

Saudi police officer shot dead in the east of the kingdom
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- Authorities in Saudi Arabia say a police officer has been killed in a drive-by shooting in the east of the kingdom.... 7/29/2015 10:37 AM

China auto sales slump hits industry fortunes
BEIJING (AP) -- General Motors Co.'s $5 billion initiative to create cars for China and other emerging markets comes just as automakers face a collapse in the booming Chinese demand they were counting on to power their growth.... 7/29/2015 10:32 AM

Bangladesh upholds opposition leader's death sentence
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) -- Bangladesh's Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the death sentence for an influential opposition leader and an aide to a former prime minister for his role in mass killings during the country's independence war against Pakistan in 1971.... 7/29/2015 10:29 AM

Bahrain makes multiple arrests in wake of deadly bombing
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Bahraini authorities have arrested several suspects in the wake of a deadly bombing targeting police in the strategically important island kingdom.... 7/29/2015 10:28 AM

Students in Hong Kong warn of erosion in academic freedom
HONG KONG (AP) -- Students at Hong Kong's most prestigious university say its academic freedom is under attack in what they maintain is the politically motivated stalling of the appointment of an administrator who supported last year's pro-democracy protests.... 7/29/2015 10:25 AM

Coast Guard plane's crew spends long days searching for boys
ABOVE THE ATLANTIC OCEAN (AP) -- Scouring the vast ocean expanse off Florida for two missing teen boaters is a long, tedious mission for the eight-person crew of the C-130 Hercules Coast Guard plane based out of Clearwater.... 7/29/2015 10:24 AM

Myanmar's democracy leader runs in Nov. 8 polls to keep seat
THANLYIN, Myanmar (AP) -- Myanmar's democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Wednesday registered for November elections to keep her seat in parliament and challenge the ruling military-backed party.... 7/29/2015 10:23 AM

Russia security boss: IS recruits come from over 100 nations
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia's security chief says the Islamic State group has recruited nationals of more than 100 countries, posing a long-term threat to global stability.... 7/29/2015 10:21 AM

AP PHOTOS: Italy's cowboys show off their skill
PIANE VOMANO, Italy (AP) -- Italy may be better-known for its soccer skills, but on ranches across the country, cowboys are honing their skills of horsemanship and cattle management, and dreaming of taking on the Americans at their own game.... 7/29/2015 10:15 AM

Turkish President Erdogan in Beijing amid ethnic tensions
BEIJING (AP) -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with top Chinese officials Wednesday amid tensions over China's treatment of its Uighur minority and sensitive negotiations surrounding the possible purchase of a Chinese missile system.... 7/29/2015 9:56 AM

Iraqi government declares 4-day holiday over severe heatwave
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraq's Council of Ministers has declared a four-day mandatory holiday beginning Thursday as temperatures are set to soar above 50 degrees Celsius (123 degrees Fahrenheit).... 7/29/2015 9:55 AM

23 people missing in Lao military helicopter accident
BANGKOK (AP) -- A Laotian army helicopter had an accident shortly after it left the capital and 23 people on board were missing, the Lao News Agency said on Wednesday.... 7/29/2015 9:53 AM

Israel OKs settlement building amid standoff with settlers
JERUSALEM (AP) -- The Israeli Prime Minister's office said Wednesday it has approved the "immediate construction" of 300 housing units in the West Bank settlement of Beit El and has advanced plans for 504 new housing units in Israeli settlement areas in east Jerusalem.... 7/29/2015 9:50 AM

Sydney man arrested in 30-year-old shooting, bombing case
SYDNEY (AP) -- More than 30 years after a series of bombings and shootings in Sydney left four people dead, police have arrested a 68-year-old suspect in a case that terrorized Australia's legal fraternity.... 7/29/2015 9:44 AM

Official: Turkish jets pound PKK positions in Iraq
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkish jets hit Kurdish rebel targets in northern Iraq in a new raid against the separatist group, authorities said Wednesday, as Turkey's opposition pro-Kurdish party called for an immediate end to the violence and the resumption of peace efforts.... 7/29/2015 9:24 AM

Strife between defendant, lawyers at German neo-Nazi trial
BERLIN (AP) -- A Munich court has refused to order a criminal investigation into claims by a woman accused of complicity in 10 neo-Nazi murders that her attorneys violated her privacy.... 7/29/2015 8:48 AM

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