• UAE prosecutor refers 41 people to trial on terror charges

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    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates' top prosecutor referred 41 people to trial on charges of planning to carry out terrorist acts with the aim of overthrowing the government and establishing an extremist state, according to a statement released Sunday. Prosecutor General Salem Saeed Kubaish said in a statement the cell called itself "Shabab Al-Manarah" or "Minaret Youths." Kubaish said the group planned to carry out terrorist acts against the country's leadership and public with the aim of creating an Islamic state, or caliphate. The UAE, which is home to the cosmopolitan cities of Dubai and Abu Dhabi, has clamped down on even nonviolent Islamist groups in recent years, sentencing dozens of oppositi

  • Malaysian official: New debris found in Reunion belongs to 'domestic ladder,' not a plane part

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    PARIS (AP) — Malaysian official: New debris found in Reunion belongs to 'domestic ladder,' not a plane part.

  • Egypt court postpones Al-Jazeera English verdict to Aug. 29

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    CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court on Sunday again postponed announcing a verdict in the retrial of three Al-Jazeera English journalists, extending the long-running trial criticized worldwide by press freedom advocates and human rights activists. The case against Canadian national Mohammed Fahmy, Australian journalist Peter Greste and Egyptian producer Baher Mohammed embroiled their journalism into the wider conflict between Egypt and Qatar following the 2013 military ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. Judge Hassan Farid, who oversaw the case against the three, did not attend Sunday's hearing. Another judge, Essam Aboul Ella, announced the case had been postponed. "It's more suffering for us, more waiting," Moha

  • Chiefs safety Eric Berry is cancer-free, but he won’t forget those who have it worse

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    Before Eric Berry heard the best news of his life, he went to visit some strangers. He knew they had it worse. He thought he could help. Hoped he could, anyway. That was enough. So the most famous cancer patient in the NFL went to Children’s Mercy Hospital to speak with children fighting chronic and life-altering diseases, and their parents. Berry, the Chiefs’ All-Pro safety, and his mother did it in such a low-profile way that some at the hospital who work to set things like this up did not know about the visit until they were contacted for this story. You know some of it. The other day, Berry announced to the world that he is cancer free, just eight months after being diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma. His mother sa

  • A transgender man embraces his male identity and his Muslim faith

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    SAN FRANCISCO — He walked unsteadily across the tattered green carpet inside the mosque. Out of habit, he stepped for a moment toward the women’s section. Then he made his way to the front, where the men pray. In one sense, everything felt familiar after a childhood spent in Islamic Sunday school every week: the smell of strong cologne worn by so many of the men, the low murmur of Quran recitations. “Can they tell?” Alex Bergeron recalls asking himself as he knelt for prayer. The sideways glances were probably innocuous. Just other men taking a fleeting moment to register the newcomer in the room.

  • Rome-Milan train service back after storm pummels Florence

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    ROME (AP) — The Italian state railways says service is back to normal on a key Rome-Florence line after a roof, ripped off by a whirlwind, toppled a power pylon. The railway reported no more cancellations or delays Sunday after the power outage. A thunderstorm, hail and fierce winds Saturday evening pummeled Florence, flooding basements and knocking down hundreds of trees. Italian state radio said the most serious of dozens of injuries was head trauma suffered by a teenager struck by a tree. The downed electric line near Florence forced the railways to send some trains back to Rome, while other trains, which departed from Turin and Milan for Rome and Naples, went back to Milan.

  • Malaysia IOC South Sudan

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    South Sudan President of the National Olympic Committee Wilson Deng Kuoirot, center, flanked by International Olympic Committee (IOC) Deputy-Director General of Relations Pere Miro, left, and South Sudan Secretary General of the Olympic Committee Tong Chor Malek Deran speaks during a press conference at the 128th International Olympic Committee (IOC) session in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015. South Sudan received official recognition from the IOC on Sunday, allowing the world's newest nation to send a team under its own flag to next year's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

  • After 3 years, Jordan refugee camp for Syrians now a city

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    ZAATARI REFUGEE CAMP, Jordan (AP) — Only empty desert three years ago, the Mideast's largest camp for Syrian civil war refugees has grown from a town of tents into a bustling city. The United Nations-administered camp plans water and sewage systems and a $20 million solar power plant, even ATM machines for refugee aid payments. But behind the plans is a cold reality for the 81,000 exiles living in the Zaatari Refugee Camp: The conflict back home, now its fifth year, won't be over anytime soon. Some deal with that reality by making the best of life in exile, like the Zaatari high school senior who studied hard in cramped quarters to win a university scholarship, or the former farmer who planted a garden because he was

  • France Migrants

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    A women walks past the Guillaume-Bude secondary school building in Paris, Sunday Aug. 2, 2015. Around 100 migrants, have occupied the building since July 30, aftert leaving their make-shift residences on Rue Pajol in the 18th district of Paris.

  • Greece Bailout

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    A man carries a closet past an abandoned branch of the National bank in Athens, Greece, on Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015. In Athens, the heads of the EU-IMF audit mission met with the Greek ministers of finance and economy with the talks focusing on bank recapitalisation, privatisations and fiscal targets, the finance ministry said.

  • Biden for president? Allies mulling Clinton challenge

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden's associates have resumed discussions about a 2016 presidential run after largely shelving such deliberations while his son was sick and dying earlier this year. But Biden has yet to tell his staff whether he will run or personally ask them to do any planning for a potential campaign, according to several people close to the vice president.

  • Leadership challenged in Afghan Taliban after Mullah Omar

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    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The brother of the late figurehead of the Afghan Taliban on Sunday joined a growing challenge to the extremist group's newly appointed leader, even as it offered a statement purportedly quoting a well-known militant supporting him. Mullah Abdul Manan, the brother of the late Mullah Mohammad Omar, told The Associated Press that new Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansoor was "selected" by a small clique of his own supporters. That comes after Mullah Omar's son, Yacoub, also warned Mansoor didn't have the support of the wider Taliban.

  • Mideast Egypt Daily Life

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    In this picture taken Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015, an Egyptian woman looks at a box with Arabic that reads, "clean food, take whatever you like," in Cairo, Egypt.

  • Chechen women allegedly bilk Islamic State recruiters

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    MOSCOW (AP) — Police in Russia's province of Chechnya have opened a probe against three local women who have allegedly cheated the Islamic State group out of money. Regional police spokesman Magomed Deniyev said that the women had allegedly created accounts on social networks to contact IS, according to a report by government daily Rossiyskaya Gazeta on Friday. Deniyev said the women would claim they lacked money to make a trip to Syria and ask for funds, and then erase their accounts after receiving cash. Deniyev claimed the three women earned 200,000 rubles (about $3,300). He said they would unlikely face any punishment for fraud since it would require IS to file a complaint. Russian officials said more than 1

  • Hitchhiking robot's cross-country trip in US ends in Philly

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    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A hitchhiking robot that captured the hearts of fans worldwide met its demise in the U.S. The Canadian researchers who created hitchBOT as a social experiment told The Associated Press that someone in Philadelphia damaged the robot beyond repair early Saturday, ending its first American tour after about two weeks. "Sadly, sadly it's come to an end," said Frauke Zeller, one of its co-creators. The kid-size robot set out to travel cross-country after successfully hitchhiking across Canada in 26 days last year and parts of Europe. It's immobile on its own, relying on the kindness of strangers. Those who picked it up often passed it to other travelers or left it where others might notice it.

  • Taiwan Curriculum Protest

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    Hundreds of Taiwanese people and student protesters against changes to their curriculum march near the Ministry of Education in Taipei, Taiwan, Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015. Dozens of students stormed the ministry on Friday demanding that officials take responsibility for a student leader who killed himself in an apparent protest over curriculum changes that critics say overemphasize China's ties to the island. The signs read "Solve dispute on curriculum guidelines" and "Revoke curriculum guidelines in blackbox.

  • Myanmar Flooding

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    Villagers take shelter from flooding in Pwintbyu township, Minbu, Magway division, in Myanmar, Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015. Heavy rains in Myanmar have caused more flooding, devastating several townships and forcing more than 18,000 people into temporary shelters, officials said Saturday.

  • Mideast Egypt Al Jazeera

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    Egyptian Judge Essam Abo Elella reads the verdict of the three Al-Jazeera English reporters case in a courtroom, of Tora prison, in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015. An Egyptian court on Sunday again postponed announcing a verdict in the retrial of three Al-Jazeera English journalists, extending the long-running trial criticized worldwide by press freedom advocates and human rights activists.

  • APTOPIX Mideast Jordan Refugee City

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    In this Wednesday, July 29, 2015 photo, an elderly Syrian refugee woman stands outside her shelter surrounded with flowers she planted, at Zaatari refugee camp, in Mafraq, Jordan. On Zaatari’s anniversary this past week, the transformation from tent camp to city symbolizes the failure of rival world powers to negotiate an end Syria’s war. But some say it’s also a reminder that the shift from emergency aid to long-term solutions, such as setting up a water network to replace expensive delivery by truck, should have come much sooner.

  • Mideast Jordan Refugee City

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    In this Wednesday, July 29, 2015 photo, Syrian refugees walk at Zaatari refugee camp, in Mafraq, Jordan. On Zaatari’s anniversary this past week, the transformation from tent camp to city symbolizes the failure of rival world powers to negotiate an end Syria’s war. But some say it’s also a reminder that the shift from emergency aid to long-term solutions, such as setting up a water network to replace expensive delivery by truck, should have come much sooner.




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