• Bangladesh police questioning 12 al-Qaida suspects

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    DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A Bangladesh court has given police three days to question 12 suspected members of al-Qaida's branch in the Indian subcontinent after their arrests in separate raids this week. Police can request an extension if they need more time to interrogate them. A spokesman for the elite anti-crime force Rapid Action Battalion, Maksudul Alam, said the suspects include the alleged head of the group in Bangladesh. He said they were arrested in raids starting Wednesday. The anti-crime battalion said it seized explosives, bomb-making materials and books on jihad from the suspects. The group claimed responsibility for the murders of two secular bloggers, including a Bangladeshi-American, who had critic

  • APNewsBreak: Ohio looks overseas in search for lethal drugs

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    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Records show Ohio obtained an overseas import license in its search for execution drugs, a move that runs counter to warnings from the Food and Drug Administration that importing such drugs is illegal. Documents obtained by The Associated Press through a records request show the state prisons agency cited "law enforcement purpose" in its application to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration for the import license last year. The state could try to have the drug compounded. Compounded drugs aren't subject to the same federal scrutiny. No executions are scheduled in Ohio this year as the state tries to find supplies of drugs to put inmates to death.

  • Europe monitors its vulnerable as temperatures climb

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    PARIS (AP) — While Europeans seek relief from unusually high temperatures spreading across the continent, the U.N. weather agency says the region is better prepared than in the past to avoid major casualties. From Spain to Poland, temperatures have climbed as a mass of hot air from Africa has pushed northward. Some cities have seen temperatures near or beyond 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit), and they're expected to stay high through the weekend. World Meteorological Organization spokeswoman Clare Nullis told reporters Friday that Europe is "much, much better prepared" to cope with the heat than in 2003, when tens of thousands of people died, mostly elderly people in France. Many authorities have early warning syst

  • San Angelo names new city engineer

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    SAN ANGELO, Texas - The city of San Angelo has named Russell Pehl its new city engineer. Pehl, who most recently was assistant director of water utilities with the city, succeeds Karl Bednarz, who left the city for a private engineering firm in April, according to a city news release. “I’m eager to get back to working on projects that will greatly impact San Angelo’s infrastructure, particularly improvements to streets and our water system,” Pehl said in the release. “With the city’s heightened emphasis on those and other infrastructure priorities, it’s an exciting and challenging time to serve as city engineer.

  • US airline probe would need proof beyond business as usual

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — Experts say the government faces a challenge as it investigates possible collusion in the airline industry. It'll have to prove that carriers were deliberately signaling business decisions to each other. Any company can limit the supply of its own products, from airline tickets to sneakers or smartphones. But it would be illegal for airlines to work together to limit flights in order to drive up fares. The government's investigation is in its initial phases. Letters have gone out to American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines and United Airlines. Together, those carriers control more than 80 percent of the domestic seats in the U.S. Now the government will review statements executives made to Wa

  • The Latest: Greek PM: IMF report backs Greece's debt stance

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    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The latest news on Greece's financial woes and upcoming referendum (all times local): ___ 4:20 p.m. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, in a televised address to the nation, has called on voters to reject creditors' proposals for more austerity in return for rescue loans. He said Friday that Sunday's referendum is not a vote on whether Greece will remain in the euro. Tsipras backs Greek remaining in the 19-nation eurozone. Tsipras also said an International Monetary Fund report released Thursday that says Greece needs debt relief "fully justifies" Athens' position that Greece's debt load is unsustainable.

  • Bomb goes off inside mosque in Damascus suburb, kills cleric

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    DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian state TV says a bomb has exploded inside a mosque in an opposition-held suburb of Damascus, killing a Sunni Muslim cleric. The TV says the bomb was placed under the pulpit, or minbar, at the Grand Mosque in the Tal area and went off shortly after the Friday prayers ended. The report says Sheikh Suleiman Afandi was instantly killed. It was not immediately clear who was behind the killing. Tal has witnessed reconciliation between the government and rebels but is mostly opposition-controlled. Bombings targeting mosques have not been uncommon during Syria's civil war.

  • German authorities seize tank, other WWII weapons in raid

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    BERLIN (AP) — Authorities seized a 45-ton Panther tank, a flak cannon and multiple other World War II-era military weapons in a raid on a 78-year-old collector's home in northern Germany, prosecutors said Friday. Kiel prosecutor Birgit Hess said the collector, whose name she would not release for privacy reasons, is being investigated for possibly violating German weapons laws but remains free while the probe is ongoing. In the search Wednesday and Thursday investigators also seized a torpedo and multiple other military items in addition to the Panzer V "Panther" tank and the 88mm flak gun, Hess told The Associated Press. German military engineers were called in to haul the tank out of the underground garage of the house in

  • China expresses displeasure with Turkey accepting Uighurs

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    BEIJING (AP) — Beijing expressed displeasure with Turkey on Friday for accepting 173 ethnic Uighurs who fled China. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said the Uighurs had left China illegally, and that Beijing opposes "any actions that aid and abet, or even support illegal migration." "We believe that the international community should share common responsibility for combating and preventing illegal migration," she told a regular news briefing. The group of Uighurs, mostly women and children, arrived in Istanbul on Tuesday and are being settled in the central city of Kayseri, which has a strong Uighur community. Turkey has ethnic and linguistic ties to the Uighurs, members of a Muslim ethnic mino

  • Britain, Tunisia honor 38 victims of beach resort attack

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    LONDON (AP) — People around Britain paused in streets and workplaces, in churches and mosques, in railway stations and at the Wimbledon tennis tournament Friday to honor the victims of an Islamic extremist's rampage at a Tunisian beach resort. Flags were lowered to half-staff at Buckingham Palace and U.K. government buildings to remember those killed in Tunisia's deadliest attack. Thirty of the 38 dead were British tourists, the youngest a 19-year-old university student and the oldest an 80-year-old retired scientist. Queen Elizabeth II and British Prime Minister David Cameron were among those who observed a minute's silence at noon Friday, a week after the attack.

  • Slow-moving storm near Guam downgraded to tropical storm

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    HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — A slow-moving storm that had Guam residents bracing for a typhoon has been downgraded to a tropical storm, but the National Weather Service says the erratic system could regain strength and develop into a typhoon later this weekend. The weather service says Friday that Tropical Storm Chan-hom is weaker and tracking north-northeast at 8 mph with sustained winds of 50 mph, down from 105 mph. Meteorologist Derek Williams of the NWS says the forecast calls for Chan-hom to develop into a typhoon, but the longer the system sits in open water and spins, the likelihood a typhoon in Northern Mariana Islands decreases. He says the next 24 hours are uncertain.

  • Police say armed man at NC mall is soldier

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    FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Authorities say a Fort Bragg soldier has been charged with creating a panic at a North Carolina mall after appearing there with an assault rifle and other military gear. Fayetteville police say Bryan Scott Wolfinger, 25, was arrested and charged with "going armed to the terror of the public" in connection with Thursday's incident at Cross Creek Mall in Fayetteville. A statement from the Fayetteville Police Department says Wolfinger was preparing to have photographs taken with the military equipment and rifle when 911 calls were received of an armed male at the mall. Wolfinger apparently is a soldier stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. The statement said he was released to his company com

  • Massachusetts country club experiences hole-in-one spree

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    CONCORD, Mass. (AP) — Members of a Massachusetts country club are having a remarkable golf season. In the two months since the Nashawtuc Country Club in Concord opened for the season, 10 different players ranging in age from 11 to 79 have scored a hole-in-one. Chris Carpenter, director of golf at the private club, tells The Boston Globe (http://bit.ly/1HASwdt ) the spree of aces is "crazy." He says in the 10 years he's worked at Nashawtuc, there have been maybe three or four a year. The first came May 1, the day after the club opened for the season. The latest came on June 26. Two came on May 30, including one by 11-year-old Robbie Lifson, golfing with his father, a brother and his brother's friend. All 10

  • Insurer Aetna to buy Humana in $35B deal

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    Aetna will spend about $35 billion to buy rival Humana and become the latest health insurer bulking up on government business as the industry adjusts to the federal health care overhaul. The proposed cash-and-stock deal, announced early Friday, would make Aetna a sizeable player in the rapidly growing Medicare Advantage business, which offers privately run versions of the federally funded health care program for the elderly and some people with disabilities. Humana has nearly 3.2 million people enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans, a total that falls just sort of market leader UnitedHealth Group Inc. The combination also would bolster Aetna's presence in the state- and federally funded Medicaid program and Tricare cover

  • Correction: Greece-Bailout story

    Updated: 36 min ago

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — In a story July 2 about the Greek referendum, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the International Monetary Fund had said Greece would need debt relief worth 50 billion euros. The IMF said Greece needs new financing worth 50 billion euros as well as debt relief. A corrected version of the story is below: Days before referendum, Greek voters perplexed and undecided Greek voters, campaigns fight to find referendum narrative as stakes in ballot are raised By DEREK GATOPOULOS and COSTAS KANTOURIS Associated Press ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Costas Christoforidis hasn't decided how to vote in Sunday's referendum on a bailout deal for Greece's troubled economy.

  • Pakistan, Afghanistan summon envoys in dispute

    Updated: 36 min ago

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan and Afghanistan are in the midst of a diplomatic dispute. The two neighbors have summoned each other's ambassadors to lodge protests over the detention of a Pakistani official in the Afghan city of Kandahar and a deadly cross-border shootout between Pakistani and Afghan border police, officials said Friday. In a statement, the Pakistani Foreign Ministry said an official working in Pakistan's consulate in Kandahar was forcibly taken away by Afghan forces on Thursday. Hours later, according to the statement, Afghan authorities handed the official over to the Pakistani embassy in the capital, Kabul, about 450 kilometers (282 miles) away.

  • UN: 29 die in South Sudan cholera outbreak as cases rise

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    KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — At least 29 people have died in South Sudan's latest cholera outbreak, the U.N. children's agency said Friday. Cholera had sickened 484 people by the end of June and the number of cases continues to rise in the nation's capital of Juba, according to UNICEF. Children under 5 comprise 13 percent of the cases, UNICEF said, adding that funding is needed as the agency has been using its flexible internal resources to meet critical needs. In addition to Juba, cholera cases have also been reported in Bor, Jonglei state, as well as Torit in the state of Eastern Equatoria. Last year a cholera outbreak in South Sudan infected more than 6,000 people and killed 167, according to World Health Organizat

  • Bombings in Baghdad, town south of Iraqi capital kill 8

    Updated: 41 min ago

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials say bombings in Baghdad and in a town south of the Iraqi capital have killed eight people. Police officials say a bombing Friday near shops in the town of Madain, just south of Baghdad, left three people dead and wounded eight. Also in Madain, a bomb struck a checkpoint manned by pro-government Sunni militiamen, killing two fighters and wounding five. The officials say a bomb blast in a commercial street in eastern Baghdad killed three people. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to talk to reporters. Police said two bodies with gunshot wounds to the head and chest were found in eastern Baghdad.

  • UN agency worries as Hungary rushes to tighten asylum rules

    Updated: 44 min ago

    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Changes to Hungary's asylum system being rushed through parliament and the government's plan to build a fence on the border with Serbia could have "fatal consequences" for refugees fleeing war, the U.N. refugee agency said Friday. In an open letter to Hungarian lawmakers, the UNHCR regional representative in Central Europe, said that while every country had the right to defend its borders and protect its citizens, the planned amendments "would make it impossible for people fleeing persecution to access international protection in Hungary.

  • Russian parliament votes to adopt controversial privacy law

    Updated: 44 min ago

    MOSCOW (AP) — Lawmakers in the Russian parliament on Friday voted for a bill forcing online search engines to remove search results about a specific person at that person's request. The Russian State Duma voted overwhelmingly for the controversial law that critics say could be used to block information critical of the government or government officials. Though similar to one recently adopted by the European Union, the Russian law is more sweeping, extending the right of removal to public figures and information that is considered in the public interest. Under the new law, a person can request that search engines like Google remove the search results of their name if the information about them is "no longer relevant" without