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  • Activists: Syrian strikes kill 60 in IS-held city

    BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government warplanes carried out a series of airstrikes Tuesday on the de-facto capital of the extremist Islamic State group, killing at least 60 people, shattering shop fronts and setting dozens of cars ablaze, activists said. Some of the air raids struck a popular market near a museum and an industrial neighborhood in...

  • Iran leader approves further nuclear negotiations

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's supreme leader on Tuesday gave his indirect approval for a continuation of talks over its disputed nuclear program, criticizing world powers who many frustrated Iranians believe could have worked harder to reach a deal with the country. The remarks were the first by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has final say on all...

  • Judge: Release FBI secret calls for man's lawsuit

    MIAMI (AP) — A Pakistani-American man cleared of terrorism support charges is entitled to examine hundreds of classified FBI phone intercepts as part of his malicious prosecution lawsuit against the U.S., a Florida federal judge ruled Tuesday. The FBI has resisted turning over the calls to Irfan Kahn and his lawyer, contending that some might...

  • Red Sox delete tweet; 2nd gaffe by Boston pro team

    BOSTON (AP) — Boston's teams are having a bad month on social media. The latest gaffe: an innocuous, but ill-timed, tweet that the Red Sox rushed to delete. The tweet — "So how was everyone's Monday?" — went out a minute after a Missouri prosecutor announced a grand jury decided not to indict a white police officer in the death of Michael...

  • Pope to Europe: Accept immigrants, create jobs

    STRASBOURG, France (AP) — Pope Francis sought Thursday to inspire an old and "haggard" Europe to find its vigor and greatness once again, urging European governments to welcome migrants, care for the elderly and create jobs for the unemployed. Francis outlined his vision for the continent in a pair of speeches to the European Parliament and...

  • United States subpoenas Brazil's Petrobras

    SAO PAULO (AP) — The United States Securities and Exchange Commission has subpoenaed documents in its investigation into corruption allegations at Petrobras, Brazil's state-run oil giant said. In a statement late Monday, Petrobras pledged to "cooperate with the United States public authorities with the same dedication it has been cooperating...

  • Recipient of double arm transplant happy to hug

    BOSTON (AP) — A former college professor who underwent a double arm transplant last month at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston said Tuesday that the best thing about the operation is that he's able to hug his loved ones again. Will Lautzenheiser — with both arms still in partial casts and splints — said at a news conference he's grateful...

  • Israeli police chief criticizes Jewish activists

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Jewish activists bent on gaining greater access to a sensitive Jerusalem holy site should not visit there, Israel's police chief said Tuesday. The sacred shrine known to Jews as the Temple Mount and to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary has been the focal point of deadly violence between Jews and Arabs in recent weeks. Under a...

  • Yemen army frees 8 hostages, including foreigners

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's army freed eight hostages Tuesday in a raid on an al-Qaida militant hideout, the Supreme Security Committee said. The committee, the highest security body in the country, said that the raid took place in Hadramawt province. The hostages included six Yemenis, one Saudi and one Ethiopian national, it said. The...

  • Iran nuke talks face obstacles even with more time

    VIENNA (AP) — The United States and Iran say a new deadline in nuclear talks could allow them to finally reach a deal. But Tehran's apparent reluctance to compromise may soon leave U.S. negotiators running out of ideas on how to reduce Iran's capacity to make nuclear arms. Western diplomats familiar with the talks said Tuesday they have agreed...

  • Chinese-built Ebola center dedicated in Liberia

    MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — China, one of the first countries to send aid to battle Ebola in West Africa, ramped up the assistance significantly Tuesday by opening a 100-bed treatment center in Liberia as rows of uniformed Chinese army medics stood at attention. Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf toured the Ebola treatment center built by...

  • Apartment building collapses in Egypt, killing 19

    CAIRO (AP) — An apartment building in Egypt's capital collapsed Tuesday, killing at least 19 people as rescuers and neighbors frantically dug through rubble with their hands to find survivors, authorities said. The collapse in Cairo's eastern Matariya district highlights the longtime problem of shoddy construction across Egypt, as neighbors...

  • Hundreds of migrants on crippled ship off Crete

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Ships from Greece rushed to help after a crippled freighter crammed with hundreds of migrants floundered for hours Tuesday in gale-force winds and high waves in the Mediterranean Sea, officials said. The 77-meter-long (250-foot) Baris cargo ship carrying some 700 people trying to enter Europe suffered engine failure...

  • Muhammad Ali daughters promote 'I Am Ali' in UK

    LONDON (AP) — Muhammad Ali's daughters are in London to promote the British release of the documentary "I Am Ali." They say the former boxing champion is still waiting to see it for the first time. Step-sisters Maryum and Hana Ali plan to visit their 72-year-old father in Arizona on their return from London and sit down to watch it with him —...

  • Report: Spies lacked info to stop soldier's murder

    LONDON (AP) — Britain's intelligence agencies were monitoring two al-Qaida-inspired extremists who killed a British soldier on a London street, but did not know about a key online exchange that could have alerted authorities to the impending attack, lawmakers said Tuesday. Parliament's Intelligence and Security Committee said that if a...

  • Bahraini police raid house of top Shiite cleric

    MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Bahrain's leading Shiite opposition group said Tuesday that security forces raided the home of the country's most prominent Shiite cleric in a move that could exacerbate sectarian tensions in the island nation. Opposition bloc al-Wefaq criticized the search of Sheikh Isa Qassim's house in the mostly Shiite village of...

  • Bomb kills 2 soldiers in northern Mali

    BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — A roadside bomb exploded on Tuesday under the convoy of a Malian minister as he traveled through the north of the country, killing two soldiers and wounding four others, said the mayor of the nearby city of Gao. Sadou Diallo said the Minister of Rural Development Bokary Treta was unharmed, but an armored car from the...

  • Kenyans urge security against militant violence

    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Protesters carried coffins and red crosses to downtown Nairobi on Tuesday, a vivid memorial for the hundreds of Kenyans killed in recent terror attacks, as pressure builds on the government to halt a steady onslaught of gunfire and grenade assaults. In Kenya's north — where 28 people riding a bus were killed by Somali...

  • Pennsylvania Turnpike: 11 disciplined over porn

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission officials said Tuesday the agency has disciplined 11 people for using its email system to forward and receive pornography. A spokesman said the punishment ranged from suspension for the most serious violations to letters of reprimand. Turnpike chief executive Mark Compton said no senior...

  • Brown's attorneys criticize grand jury, prosecutor

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Attorneys for Michael Brown's family say the process that led to a white officer not being indicted in the fatal shooting of the unarmed, black 18-year-old was unfair and broken. Attorney Benjamin Crump said Tuesday that the family's attorneys objected to St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCullough's decision to call a grand...

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