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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 the fragile peace process.... 7/31/2015 8:36 AM

Designer Alexander Wang leaves Balenciaga after 3 years
PARIS (AP) -- Balenciaga says designer Alexander Wang is leaving the fashion house after three years as creative director.... 7/31/2015 8:36 AM

Afghan Taliban release statement praising new leader
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 8:35 AM

Student protesters sit-in at Taiwan Education Ministry
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) -- Dozens of students launched a sit-in Friday at Taiwan's Education Ministry demanding that officials take responsibility for a student leader who killed himself in an apparent protest over curriculum changes that critics say overemphasize China's ties to the island.... 7/31/2015 8:32 AM

Google rejects French order on world 'right to be forgotten'
PARIS (AP) -- Google is rejecting an order by the French data privacy agency to remove search results worldwide upon request, saying European law allowing the `right to be forgotten' doesn't apply globally.... 7/31/2015 8:24 AM

IOC begins voting on host city for 2022 Winter Olympics
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- The International Olympic Committee has begun voting to determine the host city for the 2022 Winter Olympics - either Beijing or Almaty, Kazakhstan.... 7/31/2015 8:23 AM

Spain: Court accepts princess' request to slash bail
MADRID (AP) -- A Spanish court has agreed to slash the 2.7 million-euro ($3 million) bail set for Princess Cristina while she awaits trial for tax fraud.... 7/31/2015 8:18 AM

Suicide bomber strikes at Maiduguri market in Nigeria
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) -- A woman suicide bomber killed many people at a crowded market early Friday in a blast that thundered across the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri, witnesses said.... 7/31/2015 8:15 AM

Wikileaks says US spied on Japanese government, companies
TOKYO (AP) -- The Wikileaks website has published documents that it says shows the U.S. government spied on Japanese officials and companies.... 7/31/2015 8:08 AM

Honda records 20 pct profit rise on yen, despite recalls
TOKYO (AP) -- Japanese automaker Honda reported Friday a 20 percent jump in fiscal first quarter profit on the back of a cheap yen that offset the damage from a massive air bag recall.... 7/31/2015 8:01 AM

Greek bailout talks to shift gear
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Lead negotiators from the European Union and International Monetary Fund began an intensive round of talks with Greece on Friday to hammer out details of a third international bailout worth some 85 billion euros ($93 billion).... 7/31/2015 7:56 AM

Surfer seriously injured in Australian shark attack
SYDNEY (AP) -- A surfer was seriously injured as he repeatedly punched a shark that mauled him off the Australian east coast on Friday, less than a week after a fatal attack, police and a witness said.... 7/31/2015 7:50 AM

Airbus takes 290M euro charge for military transport crash
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- Plane maker Airbus Group SE said Friday its net profit rose 5 percent in the second quarter to 732 million euros ($805 million) despite a one-time charge stemming from the crash of one of its military transport planes in Spain.... 7/31/2015 7:27 AM

Attack in West Bank kills Palestinian child, homes torched
DUMA, West Bank (AP) -- Suspected Jewish assailants attacked a Palestinian village in the West Bank early Friday and torched two homes, killing a young child and critically wounding at least three people, Israeli and Palestinian officials said. The Israeli prime minister called the incident a "terror attack."... 7/31/2015 7:19 AM

Officials hope to give Flight 370 families some answers soon
SAINT-ANDRE, Reunion (AP) -- After 16 agonizing months without answers, loved ones of those on board Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 will likely have to wait at least another day for confirmation that it crashed into the sea, as investigators work to identify the source of a barnacle-encrusted wing part that washed up on a remote Indian Ocean island.... 7/31/2015 7:19 AM

French Jewish immigrants flock to Israeli coastal city
NETANYA, Israel (AP) -- The coastal city of Netanya markets itself as the "Israeli Riviera" and walking along its main pedestrian boulevard, one would be hard-pressed to tell it apart from its twin city of Nice. Barely a word of Hebrew is spoken, and real estate ads, restaurant menus and cafe conversations are mostly in French.... 7/31/2015 7:15 AM

China rebound, other Asian markets mostly up after US data
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- China's stock market rebounded while other Asian stocks also mostly gained Friday after data showed the U.S. economy posted solid growth during the second quarter.... 7/31/2015 6:55 AM

Australian seated beside overweight passenger sues Etihad
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) -- Etihad Airways said Friday that it will continue to fight a lawsuit by a passenger who says he was left with back pain because he was seated beside an overweight man on a 14-hour flight from the United Arab Emirates to Sydney.... 7/31/2015 6:44 AM

No move to alter Olympic venues despite water contamination
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Sailors and other athletes preparing for the Olympics have been training for months in contaminated waters where the Rio Games will be held. Many believe moving events now would put them at a disadvantage, even though water-quality tests analyzed by The Associated Press show athletes have a high chance of being exposed to viruses.... 7/31/2015 6:36 AM

Japanese girl's WWII job: waving goodbye to kamikaze pilots
CHIRAN, Japan (AP) -- As young army pilots took off on suicide-attack missions in the closing days of World War II, the schoolgirls in this southwestern Japanese town waved handkerchiefs and branches of pink blossoms.... 7/31/2015 6:09 AM



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