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Roche drug maker probed in Romania in graft case
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- Swiss pharmaceuticals company Roche confirms 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 3:10 PM

Gunmen kill 1, wound 13 campaigning for Sri Lankan candidate
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) -- Gunmen opened fire at campaign workers in Sri Lanka's capital on Friday, killing one and wounding 13, police and hospital officials said, in the first major political violence before the parliamentary election.... 7/31/2015 3:09 PM

Russian Orthodox Church pushes for control over St. Isaac's
ST.PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) -- The Russian Orthodox Church has defended its controversial bid to fully take over St. Petersburg's landmark cathedral.... 7/31/2015 3:05 PM

US philanthropist to offer backing for Oxford lion project
LONDON (AP) -- A pair of U.S. philanthropists with a passion for wild cats have pledged 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 3:04 PM

Litvinenko widow accuses Putin of ordering husband killing
LONDON (AP) -- The widow of former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko said Friday that a public inquiry pointed President Vladimir Putin as being ultimately responsible for her husband's death, and her lawyer called the Russian leader a "tin-pot despot" who sanctioned the killing.... 7/31/2015 3:01 PM

Wing fragment wrapped and ready for French investigators
SAINT-ANDRE, Reunion (AP) -- The wing fragment found on the French island of Reunion was wrapped and ready to be loaded Friday on a cargo flight for the mainland, where experts are hoping to unlock the mystery of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.... 7/31/2015 2:55 PM

UNHCR: Greece must do more to tackle migration 'emergency'
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greek authorities need to "wake up" and do more to adequately accommodate a burgeoning number of refugee arrivals that has become a full-blown humanitarian emergency requiring a natural disaster-like response, a senior official with the U.N. refugee agency said Friday.... 7/31/2015 2:49 PM

APNewsBreak: Germany shelves Nazi crimes probe of US man
BERLIN (AP) -- German prosecutors have shelved their Nazi war crimes investigation of a retired Minnesota carpenter whom The Associated Press exposed as a former commander in an SS-led unit, saying Friday that the 96-year-old is not fit for trial.... 7/31/2015 2:49 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 2:43 PM

3 ex-TEPCO execs to face criminal charges in nuclear crisis
TOKYO (AP) -- A Japanese judicial committee has decided that three former utility executives should face criminal charges and stand trial for their alleged negligence in the Fukushima nuclear disaster.... 7/31/2015 2:42 PM

NATO agrees on support package for Iraq
BRUSSELS (AP) -- NATO allies have agreed 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 2:35 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 2:29 PM

WikiLeaks says US spied on Japanese government, companies
TOKYO (AP) -- The WikiLeaks website published documents Friday that it said shows the U.S. government spied on Japanese officials and companies.... 7/31/2015 2:24 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 2:22 PM

Greek bailout talks shift into higher gear
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece's talks with its international creditors on a third bailout worth 85 billion euros ($93 billion) shifted into a higher gear on Friday, with lead negotiators from the European Union and International Monetary Fund meeting key ministers in Athens.... 7/31/2015 2:20 PM

Afghan Taliban praise new leader as rift in ranks appears
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The first signs of the deep fractures within the Afghan Taliban surfaced on Friday as the son of Mullah Mohammad Omar rejected the choice of his successor, just hours after the group issued a statement praising their new leader as one of the late chief's most "trusted" associates.... 7/31/2015 2:14 PM

Back to Beijing for 2nd Olympics in 14 years
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Throughout more than 120 years of Olympic history, no city has hosted both the winter and summer games. Now, Beijing will be the first do it - and in the span of just 14 years.... 7/31/2015 2:11 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 2:06 PM

Returning emigrants could overwhelm Portugal, analysts say
LISBON, Portugal (AP) -- Portuguese analysts are warning that the country's feeble economy and overburdened welfare programs are at risk from a potentially massive return of emigrants who left in search of jobs during the eurozone's recent financial crisis.... 7/31/2015 2:01 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 1:48 PM



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