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Afghanistan says Taliban leader Mullah Omar died 2 years ago
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Afghanistan asserted Wednesday that the Taliban's reclusive leader, Mullah Mohammad Omar, died more than two years ago in a Pakistani hospital - an announcement that injects new uncertainty into the country's fragile peace process.... 7/29/2015 10:10 PM

Mexico declares 1st 'alert' over violence against women
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexico's government has declared a first-ever "gender alert" for a central state due to a high incidence of killings and disappearances of women.... 7/29/2015 9:47 PM

Orphanage founder returns to Haiti after US jury ruling
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- A U.S. citizen who founded a Haiti orphanage for boys returned to the Caribbean country Wednesday after a U.S. jury ordered an activist to pay $14.5 million in damages for falsely accusing him of sexually abusing children in his care.... 7/29/2015 9:43 PM

Argentina's foreign minister questions Iran nuclear deal
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Argentina's foreign minister is asking U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to clarify whether Washington's nuclear deal with Iran includes removing from Interpol's list an Iranian wanted in a major bombing in the South American country.... 7/29/2015 9:20 PM

France deploys riot police to bolster Calais security
CALAIS, France (AP) -- The young Afghan has tried every single day for three months to get into the railway tunnel in Calais leading to England and what he hopes will be a better life. For him, like the dozens who appeared as darkness fell, Wednesday would be the same even if their numbers were immeasurably larger than even a week ago.... 7/29/2015 8:58 PM

Russia vetoes Security Council proposal on MH17 tribunal
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Russia on Wednesday vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution that would set up an international criminal court to prosecute those responsible for shooting down a Malaysia Airlines plane over Ukraine a year ago.... 7/29/2015 8:31 PM

Turkish attacks on Kurds muddle Obama's Islamic State fight
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- President Barack Obama's stepped-up partnership with Turkey in fighting the Islamic State may come at the cost of alienating another key group he's counting on for help in the same conflict: the Kurds.... 7/29/2015 8:27 PM

UN: Expect 11.2 billion population by the end of the century
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Move over: The world's population is expected to reach 8.5 billion by 2030 and 9.7 billion in 2050, a new United Nations report says. And there should be 11.2 billion people on Earth by the end of this century.... 7/29/2015 7:38 PM

French, German tank makers sign tie-up agreement
PARIS (AP) -- French and German executives from two of Europe's leading armored vehicle makers signed a long-awaited merger deal Wednesday aimed at creating a new European champion in the $50 billion annual terrestrial defense market.... 7/29/2015 7:36 PM

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 7:06 PM

UN says too soon for new Syrian peace conference
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. point man on Syria said Wednesday it's too soon for another peace conference in Geneva and invited Syrians to hold intensive preparatory talks on key issues including a political transition and fighting terrorism.... 7/29/2015 6:59 PM

Hungary says fence to stop migrants will be done by Aug. 31
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) -- The construction of a fence meant to stop the flow of immigrants and refugees entering Hungary through its southern border with Serbia will be completed by Aug. 31, the Hungarian government said Wednesday.... 7/29/2015 6:21 PM

Israeli bulldozers start demolishing West Bank settlement
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli bulldozers began demolishing a contested housing complex in a West Bank settlement on Wednesday as the prime minister's office announced the "immediate construction" of some 300 new units at another location in the same settlement and advanced plans for about 500 new units in east Jerusalem.... 7/29/2015 6:17 PM

Jordan court sentences 8 in alleged Hezbollah attack plot
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -- Jordan's state security court handed down prison terms Wednesday for eight defendants in an alleged decade-old plot by Lebanon's Hezbollah militia to attack U.S. troops in Jordan, defense lawyers said.... 7/29/2015 6:14 PM

Yemen's president orders militias merged into his forces
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- From his exile in Saudi Arabia, Yemen's president on Wednesday ordered that militias battling Shiite rebels in Yemen be merged with his national army units, a move that comes in an apparent attempt to unify forces fighting on the ground.... 7/29/2015 5:50 PM

Security checkpoint extortion costs Ivory Coast millions
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- Extortion at security checkpoints is costing Ivory Coast millions each year despite government steps to eradicate the practice, a rights group said Wednesday.... 7/29/2015 5:38 PM

Syria says Israeli drone attack killed 3 in country's south
BEIRUT (AP) -- An Israeli drone attack in southern Syria killed three people on Wednesday, while another Israeli airstrike targeting an outpost for a pro-Syrian Palestinian group in eastern Lebanon wounded six members of the group, according to the Syrian government and an activist group.... 7/29/2015 5:26 PM

Suicide attacks in Anbar kill at least 18 Iraqi troops
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Militants in Iraq used stolen Humvees loaded with explosives to unleash a series of suicide car bombings targeting Iraqi security forces on Wednesday, killing at least 18 Iraqi troops, officials said.... 7/29/2015 5:20 PM

Russia formally declares US foundation 'undesirable'
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia has formally declared the United States' National Endowment for Democracy as an undesirable group hostile to national interests.... 7/29/2015 5:19 PM

Michel Platini confirms he will run for FIFA president
GENEVA (AP) -- Michel Platini has launched his campaign to succeed Sepp Blatter as FIFA president, aiming to give the scandal-hit governing body "the dignity and the position it deserves."... 7/29/2015 5:10 PM

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