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  • Afghan official: Drone strike kills 20 members of IS group
    Associated Press | July 30, 2015 3:16 am
    An Afghan official says two separate drone strikes in an eastern province bordering Pakistan have killed 20 militants affiliated with the Islamic State group.
  • Somalia president: No elections in 2016
    Associated Press | July 30, 2015 3:12 am
    Somalia's president is ruling out the possibility of holding elections that are due next year, citing security challenges stemming from an Islamic insurgency. Opposition parties charge that that his government is taking advantage of poor security to extend its mandate through postponement of elections.
  • Egypt court delays verdict in Al-Jazeera reporters' retrial
    Associated Press | July 30, 2015 3:12 am
    A Cairo court on Thursday announced it was postponing the final verdict in the retrial of three Al-Jazeera English reporters for next week.
  • Myanmar pardons China loggers among nearly 7,000 prisoners
    Associated Press | July 30, 2015 3:12 am
    More than 150 Chinese workers sentenced to life in prison for illegal logging were freed in Myanmar on Thursday under a massive presidential pardon that saw nearly 7,000 prisoners released.
  • US official: Plane debris in Indian Ocean same type as MH370
    Associated Press | July 30, 2015 3:00 am
    A sea-crusted wing part washed up on an island in the western Indian Ocean may be the first trace of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 since it vanished nearly a year and a half ago, and a tragic but finally solid clue to one of aviation's most perplexing and expensive mysteries.
  • Nephew of lawyer-activist Chen released from China prison
    Associated Press | July 30, 2015 2:56 am
    The nephew of lawyer-activist Chen Guangcheng has been released from prison after serving a three-year, three-month sentence widely seen as retribution for his uncle's daring escape from house arrest.
  • Russia's ruble extends its slide despite central bank action
    Associated Press | July 30, 2015 2:48 am
    The Russian ruble is falling under the pressure of cheaper oil and despite a recent boost from the central bank.
  • Lawyer: Litvinenko poison may have harmed Londoners' health
    Associated Press | July 30, 2015 2:48 am
    A lawyer for British police says the killers of former Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko may have harmed Londoners' health as they trailed radioactive polonium-210 around the city.
  • China falls again but other Asian stocks, Europe higher
    Associated Press | July 30, 2015 2:48 am
    Chinese stocks fell again Thursday while other major global markets rose after the U.S. Federal Reserve left interest rates unchanged at a record low.
  • Afghan Taliban indicate pullout of peace talks in Pakistan
    Associated Press | July 30, 2015 2:44 am
    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.
  • Israel passes law sanctioning force-feeding prisoners
    Associated Press | July 30, 2015 2:40 am
    Israel's parliament passed a contentious law on Thursday that would permit the force-feeding of inmates on hunger strike, eliciting harsh criticism over the practice.
  • Preliminary hearing underway for Ukrainian pilot in Russia
    Associated Press | July 30, 2015 2:28 am
    A preliminary hearing in the trial of a Ukrainian officer charged in the deaths of two Russian journalists has started in Russia's south.
  • India hangs only man sentenced to die for 1993 Mumbai blasts
    Associated Press | July 30, 2015 2:24 am
    An Indian accountant and the only person sentenced to death for his role in the 1993 Mumbai bombings that killed 257 people -- the country's worst terrorist attack -- was hanged Thursday on his birthday, after the president rejected a last-minute mercy plea amid a debate over the capital punishment.
  • Relatives torn over possible 1st debris from missing MH370
    Associated Press | July 30, 2015 2:24 am
    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.
  • 5 things to know about filthy water awaiting Rio Olympians
    Associated Press | July 30, 2015 2:17 am
    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.