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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 10:03 AM

Myanmar pardons almost 7,000 prisoners
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- More than 150 Chinese workers sentenced to life in prison for illegal logging were freed in Myanmar on Thursday under a massive presidential pardon that saw nearly 7,000 prisoners released.... 7/30/2015 10:00 AM

Preliminary hearing underway for Ukrainian pilot in Russia
DONETSK, Russia (AP) -- A preliminary hearing in the trial of a Ukrainian officer charged in the deaths of two Russian journalists started in Russia's south on Thursday.... 7/30/2015 10:00 AM

Trump arrives in Scotland for Women's British Open golf
TURNBERRY, Scotland (AP) -- Presidential contender Donald Trump has arrived at his Turnberry golf resort in western Scotland for the first day of the Women's British Open.... 7/30/2015 10:00 AM

US official: Plane debris in Indian Ocean same type as MH370
SYDNEY (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 9:58 AM

Nephew of lawyer-activist Chen released from China prison
BEIJING (AP) -- The nephew of lawyer-activist Chen Guangcheng has been released from prison after serving a three-year, three-month sentence widely seen as retribution for his uncle's daring escape from house arrest.... 7/30/2015 9:55 AM

Lawyer: Litvinenko poison may have harmed Londoners' health
LONDON (AP) -- A lawyer for British police says the killers of former Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko may have harmed Londoners' health as they trailed radioactive polonium-210 around the city.... 7/30/2015 9:45 AM

Russia's ruble extends its slide despite central bank action
MOSCOW (AP) -- The Russian ruble is falling under the pressure of cheaper oil and despite a recent boost from the central bank.... 7/30/2015 9:45 AM

China falls again but other Asian stocks, Europe higher
BEIJING (AP) -- Chinese stocks fell again Thursday while other major global markets rose after the U.S. Federal Reserve left interest rates unchanged at a record low.... 7/30/2015 9:43 AM

Afghan Taliban indicate pullout of peace talks in Pakistan
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The Afghan Taliban, who have been fighting to topple the Kabul government for almost 14 years, said on Thursday they are "not aware" of a new round of peace talks due the following day in Pakistan - a statement indicating the group may be pulling out of the negotiations.... 7/30/2015 9:40 AM

Somalia president: No elections in 2016
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- Somalia's president is ruling out the possibility of holding elections that are due next year, citing security challenges stemming from an Islamic insurgency.... 7/30/2015 9:40 AM

Israel passes law sanctioning force-feeding prisoners
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's parliament passed a contentious law on Thursday that would permit the force-feeding of inmates on hunger strike, eliciting harsh criticism over the practice.... 7/30/2015 9:36 AM

Relatives torn over possible 1st debris from missing MH370
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Jacquita Gomes is torn about whether to believe that plane debris found more than 16 months after the mysterious disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is the first concrete evidence that her husband is truly gone.... 7/30/2015 9:23 AM

India hangs only man sentenced to die for 1993 Mumbai blasts
NEW DELHI (AP) -- An Indian accountant and the only person sentenced to death for his role in the 1993 Mumbai bombings that killed 257 people - the country's worst terrorist attack - was hanged Thursday on his birthday, after the president rejected a last-minute mercy plea amid a debate over the capital punishment.... 7/30/2015 9:21 AM

5 things to know about filthy water awaiting Rio Olympians
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- The Associated Press commissioned a study of the virus and bacteria levels in the waters where Olympic athletes will compete next year in Rio de Janeiro. The testing found dangerously high levels of pathogens from human sewage waste.... 7/30/2015 9:10 AM

AP PHOTOS: Youngest refugees bear brunt of Syrian war woes
MAFRAQ, Jordan (AP) -- Gathered on the desert floor, the Askar family chants prayers for their 1-year-old daughter Jawahir, who died of malnutrition and is buried beneath the sands of their informal refugee camp far from their Syrian hometown.... 7/30/2015 9:03 AM

New film highlights struggles of gay Palestinians in Israel
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) -- During last summer's Gaza war, Khader Abu Seif was living with his then Israeli boyfriend in Tel Aviv, wondering whether Hamas rockets could reach them from the coastal strip.... 7/30/2015 8:53 AM

Kuwait identifies cell of IS militants active in Iraq, Syria
KUWAIT CITY (AP) -- Kuwaiti authorities say they have uncovered a cell of Islamic State militants from the small Gulf nation involved in fighting in Iraq and Syria.... 7/30/2015 8:48 AM

Egypt court delays verdict in Al-Jazeera reporters' retrial
CAIRO (AP) -- Egyptian judicial officials say a Cairo court has postponed the verdict in the retrial of three Al-Jazeera English reporters until Aug. 2.... 7/30/2015 8:44 AM

Pakistan buries Islamic militant leader killed in attack
MULTAN, Pakistan (AP) -- Hundreds of followers and relatives of Pakistan's most feared Islamic militant leader attended his burial on Thursday, a day after he was gunned down in an assault on a police convoy.... 7/30/2015 8:26 AM

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