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Former President Kalam buried in southern India
NEW DELHI (AP) -- Tens of thousands of people have gathered in the southern Indian town of Rameswaram for the burial of former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, known as the father of the country's military missile program.... 7/30/2015 6:58 AM

Toyota robot can pick up after people, help the sick
YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) -- Toyota's new robot that glides around like R2-D2 is devoted to a single task: picking things up.... 7/30/2015 6:56 AM

Shell reports drop in Q2 profit to $3.9 billion
LONDON (AP) -- Oil giant Royal Dutch Shell says second-quarter net income fell 25 percent to $3.9 billion as the prolonged impact of lower crude prices continues to hurt the bottom line.... 7/30/2015 6:53 AM

Israel passes law sanctioning force-feeding prisoners
JERUSALEM (AP) -- The Israeli parliament has passed a law that would permit the force-feeding of inmates on hunger strike.... 7/30/2015 6:51 AM

Myanmar pardons almost 7,000 prisoners
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- Nearly 7,000 prisoners in Myanmar, including some former military intelligence officials purged by their army colleagues, have been given presidential pardons.... 7/30/2015 6:48 AM

New film highlights struggles of gay Palestinians in Israel
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) -- During last summer's Gaza war, Khader Abu Seif was living with his then Israeli boyfriend in Tel Aviv, wondering whether Hamas rockets could reach them from the coastal strip and forced yet again to confront the dichotomy of his life - a gay Arab Israeli citizen considered an outcast by the Palestinian society for his sexuality and viewed with unease by some Israelis for his brand of nationality.... 7/30/2015 6:46 AM

Sanofi reports higher profit in 2nd quarter
PARIS (AP) -- Drugmaker Sanofi has reported a sharp rise in profits in the second quarter as higher sales from its Cambridge, Mass.-based biotech unit Genzyme helped offset by cuts in the price of the company's diabetes treatment Lantus in the U.S.... 7/30/2015 6:43 AM

Nokia Q2 profit at $383 million on strong networks growth
HELSINKI (AP) -- Telecommunications and wireless equipment maker Nokia Corp. says second-quarter net profit was (EURO)347 million euros ($383 million), with growth particularly strong in its core networks division.... 7/30/2015 6:41 AM

Yakub Memon, convicted in 1993 Mumbai blasts has been hanged
NEW DELHI (AP) -- Yakub Abdul Razak Memon, the only death row convict in India's deadliest terror attack, the 1993 Mumbai bombings that killed 257 people, was hanged early Thursday on his birthday after the country's president rejected a last-minute mercy plea.... 7/30/2015 6:32 AM

Pakistan buries Islamic militant leader killed in attack
MULTAN, Pakistan (AP) -- Pakistani police say one of the country's most feared Islamic militant leaders has been buried amid tight security.... 7/30/2015 6:31 AM

For North Korea, Iran-style nuke deal not an option
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- If any hopes have been raised that the progress between the United States and Iran to halt Tehran's development of nuclear weapons could bring change in Pyongyang, North Korea has gone out of its way to thwart them.... 7/30/2015 6:28 AM

Siemens net profit flat after restructuring charges
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- Germany's Siemens AG says net profit fell slightly in the most recent quarter as better earnings from sales of medical equipment were offset by slower business at its power and gas division.... 7/30/2015 6:23 AM

Taliban say they are 'not aware' of new round of peace talks
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The Afghan Taliban, who have been fighting to topple the Kabul government for almost 14 years, said on Thursday they are "not aware" of a new round of peace talks due the following day in Pakistan - a statement indicating the group may be pulling out of the negotiations.... 7/30/2015 6:21 AM

Relatives torn over possible 1st debris from missing MH370
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Jacquita Gomes is torn about whether to believe that plane debris found more than 16 months after the mysterious disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is the first concrete evidence that her husband is truly gone.... 7/30/2015 6:19 AM

Galaxy S6 fails to reverse profit decline at Samsung
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Samsung Electronics suffered a fifth straight drop in quarterly earnings as the Galaxy S6 failed to reverse its declining fortunes in global smartphone sales.... 7/30/2015 6:14 AM

Asian stocks higher after Fed leaves rates unchanged
BEIJING (AP) -- Chinese stocks gained Thursday following this week's turbulence and other Asian markets rose after the U.S. Federal Reserve left interest rates unchanged at a record low.... 7/30/2015 6:10 AM

Madeleine McCann ruled out as girl found dead in Australia
ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) -- The decomposed remains of a young girl found in a suitcase dumped in Australia do not belong to missing British girl Madeleine McCann, police say.... 7/30/2015 4:26 AM

AP Investigation: Olympic teams to swim, boat in Rio's filth
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Athletes competing in next year's Summer Olympics here will be swimming and boating in waters so contaminated with human feces that they risk becoming violently ill and unable to compete in the games, an Associated Press investigation has found.... 7/30/2015 4:22 AM

AP Investigation: Dirty Rio water a threat at 2016 Olympics
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- The waters where Olympians will compete in swimming and boating events next summer in South America's first games are rife with human sewage and present a serious health risk for athletes, as well as for visitors to the iconic beaches of Rio de Janeiro.... 7/30/2015 4:11 AM

5 things to know about Olympians weighing Rio's filthy water
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- The Associated Press commissioned a study of the virus and bacteria levels in the waters where Olympic athletes will compete next year in Rio de Janeiro. The testing found dangerously high levels of pathogens from human sewage waste.... 7/30/2015 4:07 AM



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