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British singer and TV host Cilla Black dies at 72
LONDON (AP) -- Big-voiced British singer Cilla Black, a product of Beatles-era Liverpool who became a national treasure over a 50-year music and television career, has died. She was 72.... 8/2/2015 4:46 PM

Nigeria: Review of soldiers condemned in Boko Haram war
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) -- Nigeria's army is reviewing the court-martials of more than 600 soldiers and officers, including dozens condemned to death for allegedly deserting the battle against Islamic extremists, according to an order received by The Associated Press on Sunday.... 8/2/2015 4:42 PM

Russian police detain several gay activists
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) -- Police in St. Petersburg on Sunday detained several gay activists who have held pickets in defense of gay rights on a Russian military holiday.... 8/2/2015 4:39 PM

Zimbabwe alleges 2nd American illegally killed lion
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) -- Another American illegally killed a lion with a bow and arrow in Zimbabwe several months ago, authorities said Sunday amid an international outcry over the U.S. hunter accused of illegally killing a well-known lion named Cecil in early July.... 8/2/2015 4:28 PM

Russian military helicopter crashes during air show, 1 dead
MOSCOW (AP) -- A Russian military helicopter from an elite aerobatic squadron crashed Sunday during an air show, killing one pilot and injuring another, the Defense Ministry said, the latest in a series of accidents that have dogged the nation's air force this year.... 8/2/2015 4:27 PM

Canada PM triggers election with vote in October
TORONTO (AP) -- Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper triggered an election campaign Sunday and set the vote for Oct. 19, when Harper and his Conservative party hope to earn a fourth term after almost a decade in power.... 8/2/2015 4:04 PM

Myanmar's president visits area worst-hit by flooding
KALAY, Myanmar (AP) -- Myanmar's president on Sunday visited one of the worst-hit areas of the flood-stricken country, saying that water levels are slowly receding and that he hopes people can soon return to their homes.... 8/2/2015 4:00 PM

Yemen pro-government fighters get arms shipments
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Pro-government fighters in Yemen have received weapons shipments in the war-torn city of Aden, as Shiite rebels scramble to deploy reinforcements, military officials from both sides said Sunday.... 8/2/2015 3:54 PM

Iran cuts welfare rolls to ease budget crisis
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran said Sunday it will stop giving cash handouts to another million of its wealthiest citizens in order to ease a budget crisis caused in part by plunging oil prices and sanctions linked to its disputed nuclear program.... 8/2/2015 3:46 PM

Girl wounded in attack on Jerusalem gay pride parade dies
JERUSALEM (AP) -- A teenage girl seriously wounded after an anti-gay extremist stabbed her and several others in last week's attack on Jerusalem's gay pride parade died Sunday, a hospital official.... 8/2/2015 3:19 PM

84-year-old Spanish yachtsman rescued from sea after 4 hours
MADRID (AP) -- Event organizers say an 84-year-old yacht owner who fell into the Mediterranean Sea was rescued four hours later and is still keen to compete in a race.... 8/2/2015 3:01 PM

Benin pledges 800 troops to anti-Boko Haram force
COTONOU, Benin (AP) -- Benin's president has vowed to contribute 800 troops to a regional force intended to combat the Nigeria-based Islamic extremist group Boko Haram.... 8/2/2015 2:58 PM

US, Egypt resume formal security talks with Kerry visit
CAIRO (AP) -- Despite persistent human rights concerns, the United States on Sunday resumed formal security talks with Egypt that were last held six years ago and kept on hiatus until now amid the political unrest that swept the country in the wake of the Arab Spring.... 8/2/2015 2:40 PM

2 soldiers dead, 31 wounded in suicide attack in Turkey
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Kurdish rebels on Sunday detonated an explosives-laden agricultural vehicle at a military police station in eastern Turkey, killing two soldiers and wounding 31 others, authorities said, amid a sharp escalation of violence between the government forces and the autonomy-seeking insurgents.... 8/2/2015 2:36 PM

Central African Republic: UN peacekeeper killed in capital
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) -- One United Nations peacekeeper was killed and eight were injured Sunday in Central African Republic's capital after they came under attack by armed men bearing machine guns and grenades, a U.N. spokesman said.... 8/2/2015 2:30 PM

Zimbabwe alleges 2nd American involved in illegal lion hunt
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) -- A second American killed a lion in an illegal hunt with a bow and arrow in Zimbabwe several months ago, amid an international outcry over a U.S. hunter accused of illegally killing a well-known lion named Cecil in early July, authorities said Sunday.... 8/2/2015 2:13 PM

Russian forces kill 8 suspected IS members in North Caucasus
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia's counterterrorism agency says its forces in North Caucasus have killed eight militants who had sworn allegiance to the Islamic State group.... 8/2/2015 1:12 PM

Official: Top Burundi general assassinated in the capital
BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) -- A Burundi general who was a key security ally of President Pierre Nkurunziza was killed Sunday in a drive-by shooting in the capital, Bujumbura, a presidential spokesman said.... 8/2/2015 1:09 PM

Rebels in eastern Ukraine say radioactive waste cache safe
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine have sought to assuage concerns that a cache of radioactive waste at a local chemical factory could pose a threat.... 8/2/2015 1:06 PM

Malaysia seeks help in finding more possible MH370 debris
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Malaysian officials said Sunday that they would seek help from territories near the island where a suspected piece of the missing Malaysia Airlines jet was discovered to try to find more plane debris.... 8/2/2015 12:51 PM

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