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Reaction to Beijing's victory as 2022 Winter Olympic host
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Reaction Friday to the IOC's decision to pick Beijing as host city of the 2022 Olympics by a vote of 44 votes to 40 over Almaty, Kazakhstan:... 7/31/2015 12:28 PM

Muted reaction in Almaty as Kazakh city's Olympic bid fails
ALMATY, Kazakhstan (AP) -- Within minutes of the announcement that Almaty's bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics had failed, it was almost as if it had never happened.... 7/31/2015 12:27 PM

Attack in West Bank kills Palestinian child, homes torched
DUMA, West Bank (AP) -- A sleeping toddler was burned to death when suspected Jewish assailants set fire to two Palestinian homes in a West Bank village early Friday, an attack that also critically wounded the child's 4-year-old brother and parents and outraged both Israelis and Palestinians.... 7/31/2015 12:27 PM

Turkey: 5 killed in clashes between authorities and PKK
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Kurdish rebels raided a Turkish police station and fired on railway workers in two separate attacks that left five dead, officials said Friday, amid renewed conflict between the security forces and insurgents that has wrecked a fragile peace process.... 7/31/2015 12:21 PM

UK leader pledges to send help to France to control migrants
LONDON (AP) -- Prime Minister David Cameron offered Friday to send sniffer dogs and fencing to help control the surge in migrants trying to cross into Britain, pledging to work closely with French authorities to get a grip on the crisis.... 7/31/2015 12:19 PM

AP PHOTOS: New Russian Army store opens in Moscow
MOSCOW (AP) -- Perhaps in response to President Vladimir Putin's increasingly militaristic policies, The Russian Army Store opened earlier this summer in Moscow as an upmarket venue selling a wide range of patriotic goods - from mugs with Putin's portrait to limited-edition clothing like a leather jacket costing over $1,500.... 7/31/2015 12:15 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 12:13 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 12:13 PM

Report: C. African Republic Muslims forced to convert
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- Amnesty International says Muslims in the western part of Central African Republic are being forced to hide their religion or convert to Christianity under threat of death.... 7/31/2015 12:05 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 12:04 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 12:04 PM

Court: German spy agency need not give info on NSA list
BERLIN (AP) -- A German federal court has ruled that the country's spy agency is under no obligation to divulge to the media a list of names compiled from search terms provided to it by the U.S. National Security Agency.... 7/31/2015 12:03 PM

French court confirms law aimed at ending cockfighting
PARIS (AP) -- France's top court has ruled that a law aimed at ending cockfighting in France is constitutional, rejecting an appeal by supporters of the tradition.... 7/31/2015 11:59 AM

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 11:55 AM

China drops, other global markets mixed after US data
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Global stocks were mixed on Friday, with China's stock market extending losses, after data showed the U.S. economy posted solid growth during the second quarter.... 7/31/2015 11:52 AM

Hungarian minister: over 100,000 immigrants so far in 2015
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) -- Hungary's foreign minister says more than 100,000 migrants have reached the country so far this year, nearly all of them entering through its southern border with Serbia.... 7/31/2015 11:52 AM

Official: 4 Indians have been held near Libya's Sirte town
NEW DELHI (AP) -- Four Indian nationals have been 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 11:51 AM

Iran: US statements on attacking Tehran violates nuke deal
VIENNA (AP) -- A senior Iranian official is accusing the U.S. of violating the nuclear deal with his country through comments indicating that the accord would make any attack on Tehran's atomic program more efficient because it would result in greater insight about potential targets.... 7/31/2015 11:49 AM

Tunisia's president extends state of emergency 2 more months
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) -- Tunisia's presidency has issued a statement announcing the extension of the country's state of emergency for an additional two months from Monday.... 7/31/2015 11:46 AM

Afghan Taliban praise new leader in effort to rally ranks
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The Afghan Taliban on Friday praised their new leader, saying he was one of the most "trusted" associates of the late Mullah Mohammad Omar - a statement likely meant to rally followers behind the leadership at a time of a deeply fractured insurgency.... 7/31/2015 11:45 AM

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