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  • Rights group: Nepal conflict-era rapes unpunished

    KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Both government troops and communist guerrillas raped women during Nepal's decadelong insurgency but the violence has gone largely unpunished, in part because of a short time limit for reporting attacks, a human rights group said Tuesday. Human Rights Watch in a report released in Katmandu called the 35-day time limit...

  • Eurozone survey signals waning growth

    LONDON (AP) — Further evidence emerged Tuesday to show that the 18-country eurozone economy is failing to find any renewed momentum despite a raft of stimulus measures from the European Central Bank. In its monthly survey, financial information company Markit said its purchasing managers' index for the eurozone — a closely watched gauge of...

  • Germany pushes for solution to Ukraine gas spat

    BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel is pressing for a solution to the long-running gas dispute between Russia and Ukraine ahead of a meeting of the two countries' energy ministers this week. Though Merkel noted "small successes" in the overall effort to calm the crisis in Ukraine, she said a long-lasting solution remained far off....

  • Tensions high as ambush suspect evades capture

    CANADENSIS, Pa. (AP) — A 10-day manhunt for the survivalist accused of ambushing a Pennsylvania State Police barracks has narrowed to the rural area where he grew up and his parents still live, but the suspect has managed to elude capture despite the efforts of hundreds of law enforcement officials. State police have been closing roads in the...

  • Lawyer says Uighur scholar Ilham Tohti sentenced to life in prison for separatism in China

    BEIJING (AP) — Lawyer says Uighur scholar Ilham Tohti sentenced to life in prison for separatism in China.

  • Conservative scholar faces sentencing

    NEW YORK (AP) — A conservative scholar behind a high-grossing film condemning President Barack Obama is facing sentencing in his campaign finance case. Dinesh D'Souza pleaded guilty in May to charges he arranged for straw donors to contribute to Republican Wendy Long's failed U.S. Senate bid. He's due in federal court in Manhattan on Tuesday...

  • Marathon suspect's friend due in court for hearing

    BOSTON (AP) — A friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) is expected in federal court for a final hearing before his trial begins next week. Prosecutors say Robel Phillipos was in Tsarnaev's dorm room at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth several days after the deadly marathon attack, when...

  • Amnesty blasts China's torture tool industry

    BEIJING (AP) — Chinese production and export of police equipment primarily used for torture, such as electric shock wands and neck-and-wrist cuffs connected by a chain, has grown dramatically, enabling human rights violations at home and abroad, Amnesty International said in a report Tuesday. More than 130 Chinese companies, up from 28 about a...

  • Normal traffic resumes on highway hit by slide

    OSO, Wash. (AP) — Six months after a hillside gave way in the Washington town of Oso, burying 43 people and blocking a state highway, the community is taking another step toward recovery with the return of normal traffic on the route. The state Transportation Department said Monday night that state Route 530 through the area is now open to...

  • Prosecutor: 800 rounds found in intruder case

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Investigators found more than 800 rounds of ammunition, a machete and two hatchets in the car of the former soldier accused of scaling the White House fence and sprinting inside while carrying a knife, a federal prosecutor said Monday. President Barack Obama was "obviously concerned" about the weekend incident, a spokesman...

  • Police say rifle carried by ambush suspect found

    CANADENSIS, Pa. (AP) — Nine days after a gunman went on a deadly ambush at a state police barracks, authorities said Sunday they have recovered one of the weapons he was carrying and believe they are hot on his trail as he travels on foot through rugged forests in northeastern Pennsylvania. Investigators said they believe the suspect they...

  • Explosion at Chinese fireworks factory kills 12

    BEIJING (AP) — An explosion at a fireworks factory in southern China killed 12 people and injured 33 others, the local government said Tuesday. Two people were also missing following Monday's blast, which shook Nanyang Export Fireworks Factory, the city of Liling in Hunan province said. It revised the injured toll down from 38 because it said...

  • Islamic State offensive poses problems for Turkey

    SURUC, Turkey (AP) — Fierce fighting Monday between the Islamic State militant group and Kurdish forces just over the border in Syria brought the battle closer to Turkey, triggering a surge of tens of thousands of refugees and raising pressure for the government to step up efforts to take on the Sunni extremists. Meanwhile, the United States...

  • China stocks rebound on stronger manufacturing

    BEIJING (AP) — Chinese stocks rebounded Tuesday on unexpectedly strong manufacturing but other Asian markets fell following Wall Street's tumble. KEEPING SCORE: The Shanghai Composite Index gained 0.2 percent to 2,293.71 and Sydney's S&P/ASX 200 was up 0.4 percent at 5,382.70. Tokyo was closed for a holiday. Hong Kong's Hang Seng shed 0.3...

  • Guatemala emergency measures after deadly clash

    GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemalan authorities have suspended some constitutional rights in a central municipality where 11 villagers died in a battle with guns and machetes. The "state of prevention" allows temporary restriction of freedom of movement and the right to gather and protest. Media outlets are ordered to avoid publishing content...

  • Trial opens for sheriff accused of 'road rage'

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A northern New Mexico sheriff abused his power when he unnecessarily chased a motorist and pointed his revolver to the driver's head in "a fit of road rage," a federal prosecutor said Monday. During opening statements in the civil rights trial of Rio Arriba County Sheriff Thomas Rodella, federal prosecutor Tara Neda...

  • California wildfire crews brace for weather shift

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Crews scrambled Monday to extend control lines around a massive Northern California wildfire threatening thousands of homes as they braced for strong, erratic winds similar to when the blaze doubled in size a week ago. The King Fire east of Sacramento had burned through 137 square miles, an increase of about 9 square miles...

  • Jury: Arab Bank liable in terror attacks

    NEW YORK (AP) — A U.S. jury found on Monday that a large Jordan-based bank should be held responsible for a wave of Hamas-sanctioned suicide bombings in the early 2000s that left several Americans dead or wounded. Jurors reached the unanimous verdict in a terrorism financing lawsuit against Arab Bank after deliberating two days in at a civil...

  • Boy killed in shed fire behind house on Cape Cod

    HYANNIS, Mass. (AP) — Authorities in Cape Cod, Massachusetts say a young boy has died in a fast-moving fire in a small storage shed where neighbors say children were playing behind a house. Cape and Islands District Attorney Michael O'Keefe said Monday night the boy was about 8 years old. He did not identify the child. He said the fire wasn't...

  • Investigation: Seattle ferry wasn't overloaded

    SEATTLE (AP) — A state investigation has found that a Seattle ferry that was forced to turn around before a preseason Seahawks football game last month wasn't overloaded, after all. The ferry Cathlamet was en route from Bremerton to Seattle on Aug. 15 when the captain returned to dock over fears that it was overloaded by nearly 500 passengers....

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