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Greek leader seeks to quash rebellion with party vote
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- In a bid to consolidate his political support and complete 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 2:26 PM

Loose papers may have caused deadly F-16 crash in Spain
PARIS (AP) -- Loose papers left in the cockpit of an F-16 that crashed at a Spanish airbase could have sent the fighter jet into its deadly spiral, French investigators have concluded.... 7/30/2015 2:24 PM

Lawyer: Litvinenko poison may have harmed Londoners' health
LONDON (AP) -- The killers of former Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko may have harmed the health of thousands of Londoners as they trailed radioactive polonium-210 around the city, a lawyer for British police said Thursday.... 7/30/2015 2:20 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 2:15 PM

India hangs only man sentenced to die for 1993 Mumbai blasts
NEW DELHI (AP) -- Ignoring pleas and petitions by civil society groups, India on Thursday hanged an accountant convicted of supporting the 1993 Mumbai bombings that killed 257 people in the country's worst terrorist attack.... 7/30/2015 2:15 PM

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

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

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

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