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India prime minister defends gov't in coal scandal
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NEW DELHI (AP) — After being shouted down by opposition politicians in Parliament, India's prime minister took to Twitter on Monday to defend himself against a coal scandal roiling the country, saying accusations his government lost huge amounts of money were baseless. Parliament has been all
Egypt president names mainly Islamist adviser team
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CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's Islamist president Mohammed Morsi on Monday named a team of 21 advisers and aides that includes three women and two Christians and a large number of Islamist-leaning figures, backing off campaign promises to appoint a Christian and a woman as vice presidents. The move is
France would recognize Syrian opposition govt
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PARIS (AP) — French President Francois Hollande urged Syria's divided opposition on Monday to form a provisional government, promising that France would recognize it in hope of accelerating the departure of President Bashar Assad's regime as the violence escalates in the Arab country. The
Insurgents behead 17 Afghan civilians at a party
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KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Insurgents beheaded 17 people at a party in a Taliban-controlled area, and an Afghan soldier killed two U.S. troops, bringing the two-day death toll Monday to about 30. Near-daily attacks by militants and increasingly frequent deadly violence against NATO troops by
Colombia's president: talks held with FARC rebels
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BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — President Juan Manuel Santos said Monday that his government has opened "exploratory talks" with Colombia's main rebel group in a bid to end a stubborn half-century-old conflict. Santos' announcement in a brief televised address confirmed mounting rumors of talks,
Mexican police detained in shooting of US agents
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MEXICO CITY (AP) — A judge ruled Monday that 12 police officers accused of opening fire on a U.S. embassy vehicle and wounding two embassy employees should remain in detention in an incident that has roiled U.S./Mexican relations and drawn fresh attention to serious problems inside Mexico's
Powerful typhoon lashes Japan's Okinawa island
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TOKYO (AP) — More than 75,000 households lacked power on Monday after a powerful typhoon lashed the southern Japanese island of Okinawa, injuring four people but doing less damage than feared before moving off to sea. Weather officials had warned that Typhoon Bolaven would be the strongest to
Egypt: 76 convicted for attack on Israeli Embassy
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CAIRO (AP) — A Cairo court has convicted 76 Egyptians on charges linked to last year's attack by protesters on the Israeli Embassy. Seventy-five of the defendants received suspended one-year sentences Sunday, while one defendant tried in absentia was given a five-year prison term. The court
German minister rejects more time for Greece
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BERLIN (AP) — Germany's economy minister has rejected calls for Greece to get more time to implement economic reforms, saying in an interview Sunday that Athens needs to respect the bailout deal reached with its international creditors. Philipp Roesler's comments to ZDF public television come
Israel stops activists from entering West Bank
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AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Israeli authorities refused entry on Sunday to about 100 pro-Palestinian activists, including three Americans, attempting to cross overland to the West Bank from Jordan, according to their leader. French organizer Olivia Zemor of the "Welcome to Palestine" campaign said
Anti-nuclear protests signal new activism in Japan
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TOKYO (AP) — This is Japan's summer of discontent. Tens of thousands of protesters — the largest demonstrations the country has seen in decades — descend on Tokyo every Friday evening to shout anti-nuclear slogans at the prime minister's office. Many have never protested publicly
Evidence mounts of new massacre in Syria
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BEIRUT (AP) — Row upon row of bloodied bodies wrapped in colorful blankets laid out on a mosque floor in a Damascus suburb. Long narrow graves tightly packed with dozens of victims. Nestled among them, two babies were wrapped in a single blood-soaked blanket, a yellow pacifier dangling beside
Egypt prosecutor probes anti-Brotherhood critic
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CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's attorney general has referred an outspoken anti-Islamist former lawmaker for investigation by police prosecutors over claims he called for the downfall of the regime, according to a statement Sunday. The charge added to concerns that the government is backtracking on the
Storm clouds gather over Romney convention
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TAMPA, Florida (AP) — Mitt Romney wants this week's Republican National Convention — shortened by one day to duck a dangerous hurricane-season storm — to show his human side and ability to connect with U.S. voters, something the patrician and hugely wealthy candidate has had difficulty doing
All 9 Empire State shooting victims hit by police
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NEW YORK (AP) — All nine bystanders caught in the crossfire of a shooting outside New York City's iconic Empire State Building were wounded by two police officers who had never fired their weapons on duty, authorities confirmed Saturday. Officer Craig Matthews fired seven times and Officer