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Russian Orthodox Church pushes for control over St. Isaac's
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) -- The Russian Orthodox Church on Friday defended its controversial bid to fully take over St. Petersburg's landmark St. Isaac's Cathedral, saying it's in line with the law and wouldn't hamper tourist access.... 7/31/2015 6:47 PM

Suspected Jewish extremists burn Palestinian child to death
DUMA, West Bank (AP) -- Suspected Jewish assailants set fire to a West Bank home on Friday and burned a sleeping Palestinian toddler to death in an attack that drew Palestinian rage and widespread Israeli condemnation. The attack, which threatens to set off another violent escalation, shines a light on the growing lawlessness of extremist Jewish settlers that Israel is either unable or unwilling to contain.... 7/31/2015 6:47 PM

4 killed when executive jet crashes at England airfield
LONDON (AP) -- An executive jet crashed onto a car auction center and burst into flames while trying to land at an airport in southern England Friday, killing all four people aboard, police said.... 7/31/2015 6:36 PM

Al-Qaida attacks HQ of rebel group it calls US 'agents'
BEIRUT (AP) -- Members of al-Qaida's branch in Syria launched an attack early Friday on the headquarters of a rebel faction in northern Syria believed to have been trained by the U.S. government, killing at least five fighters and wounding more than a dozen, the militants and an activist group said. The Nusra Front, which has also abducted several members of the faction known as Division 30, vowed to cut off "the arms" of the American government in Syria.... 7/31/2015 6:23 PM

Senegalese journalist gets 6 months for homosexuality
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- A well-known Senegalese journalist was sentenced Friday to six months in prison for acts of homosexuality, which is illegal in this West African country.... 7/31/2015 6:19 PM

Q&A: A look at violent Jewish attacks on Palestinians
JERUSALEM (AP) -- The torching of a West Bank home that burned a Palestinian toddler to death marks one of the most serious cases of suspected Jewish violence against Arabs. Though the attacks rarely kill and are smaller in scope than past Palestinian attacks, Jewish extremists have for years been attacking Palestinian property, as well as mosques, churches and even Israeli schools and military bases, often to counter what they perceive to be the Israeli government's soft stance toward ... 7/31/2015 6:06 PM

Experimental Ebola vaccine could stop virus in West Africa
LONDON (AP) -- An experimental Ebola vaccine tested on thousands of people in Guinea seems to work and might help shut down the waning epidemic in West Africa, according to interim results from a study published Friday.... 7/31/2015 6:06 PM

Zimbabwe: American lion killer's extradition being sought
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) -- Zimbabwe will seek the extradition of an American dentist who killed a lion that was lured out of a national park and caused international outrage, a Cabinet minister said Friday.... 7/31/2015 5:59 PM

UN chief calls killing of Palestinian child `terrorist act'
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling the arson attack on a West Bank home that killed a Palestinian toddler a "terrorist act" and is blaming Israel's failure to punish repeated acts of settler violence for the tragedy.... 7/31/2015 5:37 PM

Hopes high wing flap will shed light on Flight 370 mystery
SAINT-ANDRE, Reunion (AP) -- Under a microscope and expert eyes, the wing fragment that washed up on the beach of this volcanic island could yield clues not just to its path through the Indian Ocean, but also to what happened to the airplane it belonged to.... 7/31/2015 5:35 PM

Myanmar declares disaster zones to deal with dire flooding
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- Myanmar's president has declared several regions of the country to be disaster zones, as forecasts of heavy rain for the next few days have heightened fears that already dire flooding in many parts of the country will get worse.... 7/31/2015 5:33 PM

Watchdog groups quick to criticize IOC over Beijing in 2022
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- The Beijing bid delegation had no sooner finished their congratulatory hugs and handshakes after being awarded the 2022 Winter Olympics than criticism from human rights groups over the IOC's decision began to pour in.... 7/31/2015 5:29 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 5:16 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 5:01 PM

World Food Program cuts aid to Syrian refugees in Jordan
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -- The World Food Program announced new cuts Friday in food aid for Syrian refugees in Jordan, highlighting a growing funding crisis of international agencies helping millions displaced by Syria's conflict.... 7/31/2015 4:59 PM

Freed Colombian warlord apologizes for atrocities
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- One of Colombia's most-feared right-wing warlords has been released from jail and he's apologizing for atrocities.... 7/31/2015 4:39 PM

Report: Pinochet covered up burning death of US resident
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) -- Newly published U.S. documents indicate Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet covered up the military's role in the burning death of a 19-year-old U.S. resident during a 1986 protest.... 7/31/2015 4:38 PM

NATO agrees on support package for Iraq
BRUSSELS (AP) -- NATO allies agreed Friday 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 4:34 PM

Litvinenko widow accuses Putin of ordering husband killing
LONDON (AP) -- Nine years after former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko drank radioactive tea at a London hotel, an inquiry into his death ended Friday with his widow claiming President Vladimir Putin ordered the killing - and Moscow accusing Britain of politicizing the probe.... 7/31/2015 4:27 PM

UN Ebola mission winds down, WHO takes reins in West Africa
LONDON (AP) -- The United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response is officially winding down Friday, handing its leadership role and senior staff to the Geneva-based World Health Organization as efforts to contain the deadly virus continue.... 7/31/2015 4:12 PM



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