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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 1:34 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

Taliban confirm leader's death, choose Mullah Omar successor
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Two high-ranking Afghan Taliban officials have confirmed the death of their leader, Mullah Mohammad Omar, and say the group's council has elected a successor.... 7/30/2015 12:30 PM

Loose papers may have caused deadly F-16 crash in Spain
PARIS (AP) -- French military investigators say loose papers left in an F-16 that crashed at a Spanish airbase could have sent the fighter jet into its deadly spiral.... 7/30/2015 12:29 PM

Shell to cut jobs to cope with long period of cheap oil
LONDON (AP) -- Royal Dutch Shell announced deep cuts to jobs and investment on Thursday as the global energy giant prepares for a prolonged period of low oil prices.... 7/30/2015 12:27 PM

AP Investigation: Olympic teams to swim, boat in Rio's filth
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Athletes in next year's Summer Olympics here will be swimming and boating in waters so contaminated with human feces that they risk becoming violently ill and unable to compete in the games, an Associated Press investigation has found.... 7/30/2015 12:24 PM

Lower oil prices push Italian oil company Eni to Q2 loss
MILAN (AP) -- Italian oil and gas company Eni on Thursday reported second-quarter losses of 113 million euros ($124 million) amid a sharp decline in oil prices, but raised its forecasts on production this year as new fields come on line.... 7/30/2015 12:16 PM

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 but was adjourned shortly afterward to consider an appeal of the defense.... 7/30/2015 12:11 PM

Egypt court delays verdict in Al-Jazeera reporters' retrial
CAIRO (AP) -- A Cairo court on Thursday postponed the final verdict in the retrial of three Al-Jazeera English reporters for next week, in a blow to the defendants and human rights activists who had expected a resolution to the long-running case.... 7/30/2015 12:06 PM

Portuguese government rests on its laurels ahead of election
LISBON, Portugal (AP) -- Portugal's center-right coalition government is hoping its record overseeing the country's recovery from the brink of bankruptcy will be enough to get it re-elected in October.... 7/30/2015 11:46 AM

Greek PM seeks to quash rebellion with party vote
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece's prime minister has called for a vote within his radical-left Syriza party to decisively sideline rebels opposed to any bailout deal with the country's creditors.... 7/30/2015 11:35 AM

The Latest: Possible plane debris being sent to France
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 11:32 AM

China accuses US of 'militarizing' South China Sea
BEIJING (AP) -- China's Defense Ministry on Thursday accused the U.S. of militarizing the South China Sea as Beijing makes increasingly bold moves to assert its claim to virtually all of the sea's waters, islands and reefs.... 7/30/2015 11:18 AM

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