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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

Senegalese journalist gets 6 months for homosexuality
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- A Senegalese court sentenced Friday a well-known journalist to six months in prison for acts of homosexuality, which is illegal in this West African country.... 7/31/2015 5:19 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

Executive jet carrying 4 people crashes at England airfield
LONDON (AP) -- An executive jet carrying four people crashed onto a car auction center while trying to land at an airport in southern England on Friday. There was no immediate information about casualties.... 7/31/2015 5:12 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

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 4:55 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

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 4:29 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

Roche drug maker probed in Romanian graft case
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- Swiss pharmaceuticals company Roche confirmed Friday 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 4:08 PM

Burundi's president urges unity after contentious polls
BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) -- Burundi's re-elected president is urging unity after winning contentious polls that the international community says were not credible.... 7/31/2015 4:00 PM

UK grants Ai Weiwei 6-month visa, apologizes for mixup
LONDON (AP) -- Britain performed an about-face Friday and granted a six-month visa to dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, apologizing for rejecting his application over an alleged criminal conviction.... 7/31/2015 3:56 PM

US philanthropist to offer backing for Oxford lion project
LONDON (AP) -- A pair of U.S. philanthropists with a passion for wild cats pledged Friday to match new donations to Oxford University's Wildlife Conservation Unit - the researchers who were tracking the movements of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe.... 7/31/2015 3:54 PM

Al-Qaida attacks headquarters of US-backed Syrian rebels
BEIRUT (AP) -- Members of al-Qaida's branch in Syria launched an attack early Friday on the command headquarters of a U.S.-backed rebel faction in northern Syria, killing at least five fighters and wounding more than a dozen, the U.S.-backed factions and an activist group said.... 7/31/2015 3:47 PM

Brazil's Petrobras receives more than $20 million
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Brazil's state-owned oil company has received the equivalent of more than $20 million that was recovered as a result of an investigation into a corruption-kickback scandal engulfing Petrobras.... 7/31/2015 3:44 PM

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