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  • Lawyers of al-Jazeera reporter urge his release

    CAIRO (AP) — The lawyers of an imprisoned Egyptian-Canadian Al-Jazeera journalist have called for his release, either on the basis of a recent law that allows Egypt's president to deport foreign defendants, or because of health reasons. Amal Clooney and Mark Wassouf said Monday Mohammed Fahmy should benefit from the law, or be released because...

  • Morocco rights groups boycotting Marrakech meeting

    RABAT, Morocco (AP) — A group of Moroccan human rights groups announced Monday they would boycott an international human rights conference being held in their country because of consistent government interference. The Moroccan Association of Human Rights, the country's most active and well known independent rights group, said they were...

  • Forces backing elected Libyan government take town

    CAIRO (AP) — Forces allied to Libya's elected government seized a western mountain town after heavy airstrikes drove back rival militias on Monday, as warplanes also bombed Tripoli's only functioning airport, killing two people, officials said. The bombings of Matiga air base — under control of Islamist-allied militias — appear to be part of...

  • Syrian on hunger strike outside Greek parliament

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — About 150 Syrian civil war refugees have begun a hunger strike in front of Greece's Parliament, urging the government to grant them temporary working and residence rights. The hunger strike started Monday, after protesters began gathering last week at Athens' main Syntagma Square, complaining that refugees are being...

  • Congo: Amnesty says Belgian firm helped evictions

    KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — A Belgian company supplied the bulldozers that destroyed hundreds of homes near a mine in southeastern Congo and lied about it for years with the help of a government cover-up, Amnesty International said in a report released Monday. The demolitions began in 2009 near a copper and cobalt mine in Katanga province and were...

  • Church members each get $500 to do good for world

    CHICAGO (AP) — On a very memorable Sunday, Pastor Laura Truax surprised her congregation with a bold announcement: She was about to hand out money to everyone. Not a huge sum, but the pastor said the LaSalle Street Church had received a tidy $1.6 million from a real estate deal, and $160,000 — a typical 10 percent tithe — would be divided...

  • Veteran journalist, educator Michael Shanahan dies

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Michael Shanahan, a veteran Washington political reporter for The Associated Press and Newhouse Newspapers who used that experience to teach new generations of students at George Washington University about the business he loved, died Saturday. Frank Sesno, director of George Washington's School of Media and Public Affairs,...

  • Questions, answers about Detroit's bankruptcy

    DETROIT (AP) — The city of Detroit said Monday it needs more time to wrap up critical deals with creditors before it will be ready to officially emerge from bankruptcy. A judge had signed off on Detroit's reorganization plan on Nov. 7, but didn't specify a formal end date. Detroit now says it could be ready by Dec. 8, and Judge Steven Rhodes...

  • In Iran, Muslim clerics vow to combat extremists

    QOM, Iran (AP) — Muslim clerics meeting in Iran have vowed to counter extremists like the Islamic State group through mosques and Islamic teaching centers. The announcement Monday came at the end of a two-day conference of Sunni and Shiite clerics in Iran's holy city of Qom. Their pledge also comes after a request made by the U.S. for Middle...

  • Fire damages 750-year-old oak tree in Poland

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A suspected arson fire in southwestern Poland has damaged a 750-year-old oak tree believed to be the country's oldest. The deputy chief forest ranger in Szprotawa, Jerzy Wilanowski, said Monday that firefighters battled the blaze for more than 30 hours last week using water and foam. Foresters noticed the fire Tuesday...

  • Floods kill at least 32 in southern Morocco

    RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Days of unusually heavy rain pounded Morocco's south and unleashed deadly floods that killed 32 people, the Interior Ministry said Monday. Near the southern city of Guelmim alone, 24 people died, including 11 bodies that were recovered from the Oued Talmaadart, which is normally a dry riverbed but the flooding turned it...

  • Erdogan: women are not equal to men

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan set off a new controversy on Monday, declaring that women are not equal to men and accusing feminists of not understanding the special status that Islam attributes to mothers. Addressing a meeting in Istanbul on women and justice, Erdogan said men and women are created differently,...

  • Spanish police arrest 4 priests in pedophile case

    MADRID (AP) — Four priests were arrested Monday on suspicion of child sex abuse in a case which Spanish Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz said Pope Francis has taken a special interest in uncovering. Fernandez Diaz said police made the arrests in the southern city of Granada. The priests' identities weren't revealed. The minister said he...

  • Google settles with ex-banker over online abuse

    LONDON (AP) — Google has agreed to a settlement with a former Morgan Stanley banker who sued the search engine over defamatory Internet posts. Daniel Hegglin, a Hong Kong-based investor, went to Britain's High Court to force Google to ensure posts falsely labeling him a murderer, pedophile and Nazi didn't appear in search results. Hegglin's...

  • Romania appoints diplomat as foreign minister

    BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania has named a respected diplomat as foreign minister after two ministers resigned over criticism about the way voting was organized for Romanians abroad in a recent election. Bogdan Aurescu, 41, was named by Prime Minister Victor Ponta on Monday and the president accepted the appointment. The previous two...

  • Buffalo area preps for melt, possible evacuations

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — People in storm-socked areas around Buffalo began returning to work on Monday as fast-melting mounds of snow fed into creeks that were starting to swell. It was not clear how widespread flooding would be almost a week after western New York was pummeled by epic snowfall. Thermometer readings were approaching 60 degrees by...

  • Filipino troops kill 5 Abu Sayyaf gunmen in clash

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine troops killed at least five Abu Sayyaf gunmen and seized their camp in a clash in an ongoing offensive in the south, a military spokeswoman said Monday. Army troops and marines were on their way to arrest an Abu Sayyaf commander on Sunday when an undetermined number of militants opened fire at them,...

  • Hong Kong to clear more protest barricades

    HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong authorities said they will remove some barricades Tuesday from part of a pro-democracy protest site in Mong Kok district, scene of previous violent confrontations with police and angry mobs. The government said in a statement late Monday that police will be on hand to assist bailiffs working under a court order to...

  • Japan's young fret as unexpected recession hits

    TOKYO (AP) — When Prime Minister Shinzo Abe responded to Japan's surprise recession by delaying a sales-tax increase, it was a cause for worry, not celebration, for many young Japanese. This generation, barely aware of their country's economic heyday, frets that putting off tough decisions now could make the future even worse. Despite Abe's...

  • Afghan bombings kill 2 NATO troops, 6 civilians

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Bombings across Afghanistan killed two NATO troops and six civilians Monday, authorities said, as the death toll in the country's deadliest insurgent attack this year rose to at least 50. The attacks, including Sunday's mass killing by a suicide bomber at a volleyball tournament, come amid a renewed Taliban offensive...

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