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Afghan Taliban issues statement quoting Haqqani group leader
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The Afghan Taliban has issued a written statement purportedly quoting Jalaluddin Haqqani, the leader of the notoriously brutal Haqqani insurgent group, in an effort to quell rumors of his death.... 8/2/2015 6:23 AM

Mexico news photographer found slain in capital
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A photographer for the Mexican investigative magazine Proceso, who had fled his home state after being harassed, was among five people found slain early Saturday in an apartment in Mexico City, according to the magazine.... 8/2/2015 5:42 AM

Peru government reports Shining Path captives rescued
LIMA, Peru (AP) -- Peruvian security forces rescued 54 adults and children, mostly members of the Ashaninka indigenous group, who had been held by Shining Path rebels in a remote jungle region, government officials said.... 8/2/2015 5:24 AM

2 soldiers dead, 24 wounded in suicide attack in Turkey
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Kurdish rebels on Sunday rammed an explosives-laden agricultural vehicle at a military police station in eastern Turkey, killing two soldiers and wounding 24 others, authorities said, amid a sharp escalation of violence between the government forces and the autonomy-seeking insurgents.... 8/2/2015 5:11 AM

WHO and sailing body seek virus tests in Rio Olympic venues
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- The World Health Organization has asked the IOC to analyze virus levels in Rio de Janeiro's Olympic waters, and the governing body of world sailing says it will start doing its own independent virus tests.... 8/2/2015 4:57 AM

China to close Beijing's airports during military parade
BEIJING (AP) -- Chinese authorities have announced they will close Beijing's two airports during a military parade next month to mark the anniversary of victory over Japan in World War II.... 8/2/2015 4:29 AM

Suspected Flight 370 wing flap arrives at French facility
BALMA, France (AP) -- A wing flap suspected to be from the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 on Saturday arrived at a French military testing facility where it will be analyzed by experts.... 8/2/2015 3:18 AM

Topless protest in Canada urges women to 'bare with us'
WATERLOO, Ontario (AP) -- Dozens of topless women - and men - attended a "Bare With Us" rally Saturday meant to educate the public about women's right to go shirtless if they choose.... 8/2/2015 2:31 AM

US presidential hopeful Martin O'Malley visits Puerto Rico
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley became the first Democratic presidential candidate to make a campaign stop in Puerto Rico this year as part of an effort to woo Latino voters.... 8/2/2015 1:13 AM

Researcher in Zimbabwe doubts report of 2nd lion killing
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- A lion researcher in Zimbabwe on Saturday cast doubt on a report of the shooting death of a male lion who was a companion of Cecil, a famous lion killed by an American hunter in early July.... 8/1/2015 9:49 PM

Original sound of Japan emperor's war-end speech released
TOKYO (AP) -- The 4 1/2-minute speech that has reverberated throughout Japan's modern history since it was delivered by Emperor Hirohito at the end of World War II has come back to life in digital form.... 8/1/2015 9:11 PM

Zimbabwean authorities restrict hunting after lion killing
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) -- Zimbabwe has suspended the hunting of lions, leopards and elephants in an area where a lion popular with tourists was killed, and is investigating the killing of another lion in April that may have been illegal, the country's wildlife authority said Saturday.... 8/1/2015 8:46 PM

Man who studied Cecil the lion for 9 years talks impact
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- When Cecil the lion's carcass was finally found after he was lured out of a Zimbabwe wildlife reserve to be killed by an American hunter, it was a headless, skinless skeleton the vultures had been picking at for about a week.... 8/1/2015 8:46 PM

AP News Guide: Death of Taliban leader roils Afghan politics
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The Afghan Taliban has confirmed the death of its reclusive longtime leader, Mullah Mohammad Omar, after the Kabul government reported that he had been dead for more than two years. The move has led to a leadership crisis in the Taliban, as Mullah Omar's longtime deputy takes the helm over the objection of the former leader's relatives.... 8/1/2015 6:54 PM

Exiled Yemen prime minister visits war-torn city of Aden
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Yemen's exiled prime minister has visited the country's war-torn city of Aden, months after a Saudi-led airstrike campaign began against Shiite Houthi rebels there, authorities said.... 8/1/2015 6:35 PM

Iraqi Kurds ask Kurdistan Workers Party to 'withdraw'
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraq's Kurdish regional government called on the Kurdistan Worker's Party to "withdraw" from Iraq's Kurdish territory Saturday to prevent civilian deaths amid a campaign of Turkish airstrikes targeting the group.... 8/1/2015 6:30 PM

Kerry in Cairo for Egypt security talks
CAIRO (AP) -- Secretary of State John Kerry is in Cairo for security talks with Egyptian officials before heading to Qatar to try to ease Arab concerns about the Iran nuclear deal.... 8/1/2015 6:02 PM

Palestinian shot by Israeli troops during protest dies
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- An 18-year-old protester shot by Israeli troops during a demonstration over the killing of a Palestinian toddler died of his wounds Saturday, Palestinian health officials said.... 8/1/2015 5:47 PM

Syrian rebel group leaves their HQ after clash with al-Qaida
BEIRUT (AP) -- Clashes between members of al-Qaida's branch in Syria and a rebel faction in the country's north believed to have been trained by the U.S. government have stopped after the rebels abandoned their headquarters, activists said Saturday.... 8/1/2015 5:39 PM

Ukraine calls on Russia to negotiate end to war in east
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Ukraine's foreign minister is calling on Russia to come to "real negotiations" about a cease-fire and stabilization in Ukraine's war-torn east which will require fair elections that are internationally monitored.... 8/1/2015 5:08 PM



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