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3 ex-TEPCO execs to face criminal charges in nuclear crisis
TOKYO (AP) -- A Japanese judicial committee has decided that three former utility executives should face criminal charges and stand trial for their alleged negligence in the Fukushima nuclear disaster.... 7/31/2015 2:42 PM

Roche drug maker confirms it's being probed in Romania
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- Swiss pharmaceuticals company Roche confirms it is being investigated by anti-corruption prosecutors looking for evidence that drug companies offered doctors vacations and other incentives in exchange for prescribing cancer drugs.... 7/31/2015 2:40 PM

NATO agrees on support package for Iraq
BRUSSELS (AP) -- NATO allies have agreed on a package of measures to help strengthen Iraqi security and defense forces, including in the fields of military training, demining and countering improvised explosive devices.... 7/31/2015 2:35 PM

Uganda leader, in power for 3 decades, seeks re-election
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) -- Uganda's long-serving president on Friday declared his bid for re-election in 2016, saying the country needs him to stick around to continue its economic development.... 7/31/2015 2:29 PM

WikiLeaks says US spied on Japanese government, companies
TOKYO (AP) -- The WikiLeaks website published documents Friday that it said shows the U.S. government spied on Japanese officials and companies.... 7/31/2015 2:24 PM

Brazil data: Olympic water 'unfit' for triathletes to swim
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- The Brazilian government's most recent data on water pollution in Rio de Janeiro show that water near where triathletes are preparing to compete this weekend is "unfit" for swimming.... 7/31/2015 2:22 PM

Wing fragment wrapped and ready for French investigators
SAINT-ANDRE, Reunion (AP) -- The wing fragment found on the island of Reunion is wrapped and ready to be loaded on a cargo flight for France, where experts are hoping to learn whether it comes from the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.... 7/31/2015 2:21 PM

Greek bailout talks shift into higher gear
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece's talks with its international creditors on a third bailout worth 85 billion euros ($93 billion) shifted into a higher gear on Friday, with lead negotiators from the European Union and International Monetary Fund meeting key ministers in Athens.... 7/31/2015 2:20 PM

Zimbabwe: American lion killer's extradition being sought
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) -- Zimbabwe intends to seek the extradition of an American dentist who killed a lion that was lured out of a national park and shot with a bow and a gun, and the process has already begun, a Cabinet minister said Friday.... 7/31/2015 2:43 PM

Afghan Taliban praise new leader as rift in ranks appears
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The first signs of the deep fractures within the Afghan Taliban surfaced on Friday as the son of Mullah Mohammad Omar rejected the choice of his successor, just hours after the group issued a statement praising their new leader as one of the late chief's most "trusted" associates.... 7/31/2015 2:14 PM

APNewsBreak: Germany shelves Nazi crimes probe of US man
BERLIN (AP) -- German prosecutors have shelved their Nazi war crimes investigation of a retired Minnesota carpenter whom The Associated Press exposed as a former commander in an SS-led unit, saying Friday that the 96-year-old is not fit for trial.... 7/31/2015 2:12 PM

Back to Beijing for 2nd Olympics in 14 years
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Throughout more than 120 years of Olympic history, no city has hosted both the winter and summer games. Now, Beijing will be the first do it - and in the span of just 14 years.... 7/31/2015 2:11 PM

Russia's central bank cuts key interest rate
MOSCOW (AP) -- The Russian central bank cut its key interest rate by 0.5 percentage points to 11 percent on Friday, bowing to the pressure of businesses to make lending more accessible.... 7/31/2015 2:06 PM

Returning emigrants could overwhelm Portugal, analysts say
LISBON, Portugal (AP) -- Portuguese analysts are warning that the country's feeble economy and overburdened welfare programs are at risk from a potentially massive return of emigrants who left in search of jobs during the eurozone's recent financial crisis.... 7/31/2015 2:01 PM

Experimental Ebola vaccine could stop virus in West Africa
LONDON (AP) -- An experimental vaccine tested on thousands of people in Guinea exposed to Ebola seems to work and might help shut down the ongoing epidemic in West Africa, according to interim results from a study published Friday.... 7/31/2015 1:48 PM

Polish plan to honor Portuguese-run supermarket sparks anger
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Poland's government has postponed plans to bestow a top honor on the Portuguese businessman who runs popular discount supermarket chain Biedronka after a public outcry over the company's alleged exploitation of workers.... 7/31/2015 1:43 PM

UNHCR: Greece must do more to tackle migration 'emergency'
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- A senior U.N. refugee agency official is urging Greek authorities to "wake up" and do more to deal with a burgeoning number of refugee arrivals that has become a full-blown humanitarian emergency.... 7/31/2015 1:39 PM

Official: 2 Indians held near Libya's Sirte town, 2 safe
NEW DELHI (AP) -- Four Indian nationals were detained near the Libyan city of Sirte, India's foreign ministry said Friday, but declined to say who had held the men.... 7/31/2015 1:32 PM

Austrian government to end migrant standoff with provinces
VIENNA (AP) -- Austria's federal government plans to change the country's constitution in attempts to end a standoff with provincial leaders over finding housing for a massive influx of migrants.... 7/31/2015 1:31 PM

Spain to give civil servants first pay rise in 5 years
MADRID (AP) -- Spain's prime minister Friday promised a 1 percent pay rise for Spain's 2.5 million civil servants in the 2016 budget, their first hike in five years after public spending was reined in because of the country's economic crisis.... 7/31/2015 1:30 PM

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