• The Latest: Al-Jazeera vows to free journalists in Egypt

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    CAIRO (AP) — Here are the latest developments in Egypt's retrial of three Al-Jazeera English journalists (all times local): ___ 3:25 p.m. Australia's Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop says she is "dismayed" by the three-year jail sentences handed to three Al-Jazeera English journalists in Egypt. The three men include correspondent Peter Greste, an Australian citizen, who was deported from Egypt in February. In a statement issued by the ministry, Bishop says she has spoken with Greste and will "continue to pursue all diplomatic avenue with my Egyptian counterpart" to clear Greste's name. ___ 2:35 p.m.

  • Nigeria: Boko Haram uses teenager to spy on airport

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    ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's intelligence agency says the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram infiltrated the capital's main airport and was using a teenager to carrying out surveillance. Tony Opuiyo, spokesman for the Department of State Services, said late Friday a 14-year-old boy was arrested at the international airport in Abuja earlier in the week. The teenager said he spied on the movement of passengers and security and reported back to his handlers, said Opuiyo. The intelligence agency said it's working closely with the Aviation Security Department and other groups to prevent any possible attacks at Nigeria's airports.

  • Egypt sentences 3 Al-Jazeera reporters to 3 years in prison

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    CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced three Al-Jazeera English journalists to three years in prison, the latest twist in a 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. It wasn't immediately clear how the sentence would affect the three men, although lawyers said they would be asking for a pardon from President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who has personally spoken out against the case.

  • The Latest: Suspect's bomb material same as in deadly blast

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    BANGKOK (AP) — The latest on the arrest of a suspect in the Bangkok shrine bombing (all times local): 7.30 p.m. Thailand's police chief says the bomb making material found in the apartment of a suspect is "the same, similar or the same type" as that used in the deadly bombing at a Bangkok shrine earlier this month. The suspect, identified by police as a 28-year-old foreign man, was arrested Saturday from an apartment in a Bangkok suburb. It was the first possible breakthrough in the investigation into the Aug. 17 bombing of the Erawan shrine in central Bangkok, which killed 20 people and injured scores. A day later another bomb exploded harmlessly in a separate neighborhood.

  • Turkish jets join US-led coalition airstrikes against IS

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    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey says its jets have carried out their first airstrikes as part of the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State group in Syria. A Foreign Ministry statement on Saturday said the jets began attacking IS targets late Friday across the border in Syria, deemed to be threats to Turkey. After months of wavering, Turkey agreed to be more actively engaged in the fight against IS. It granted U.S. jets access to a key air base close to the Syrian border to be used in the campaign.

  • Police arrest foreigner in Bangkok shrine bombing case

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    BANGKOK (AP) — Thai authorities Saturday arrested a foreign man they said had been holed up in a suburban apartment with stacks of passports and bomb-making materials, the first possible breakthrough in the deadly bombing at a Bangkok shrine nearly two weeks ago. Police and soldiers raided the suspect's apartment in an eastern Bangkok suburb and then announced the arrest on all television channels Saturday evening. The arrest came 12 days after the bombing that authorities have called the most deadly attack in Thailand's modern history. National police spokesman Prawuth Thavornsiri described the suspect as a 28-year-old "foreign man" who was believed to have been part of a network that carried out the Aug.

  • Rights group urges inquiry into Lebanon protest dispersal

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    BEIRUT (AP) — The London-based rights group Amnesty International is calling on Lebanese authorities to investigate allegations that security forces have used excessive force to disperse rallies protesting the government failure to deal with garbage piling in the streets. The statement comes ahead of a major rally planned in Beirut on Saturday amid worries it would also descend into clashes. Two rallies last weekend outside the government offices drew up to 20,000 people. Amnesty said security forces fired live rounds, used rubber bullets and hurled stones or beat protesters, leaving 59 people hospitalized.

  • 38 girls, young women killed in Swaziland crash, says group

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    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — At least 38 girls and young women were killed in a crash while travelling to a famous traditional festival in Swaziland, a rights group said on Saturday. About 20 others were injured when the truck they were in collided with another vehicle on Friday, the Swaziland Solidarity Network said in a statement. The young women and girls were allegedly travelling on the back of an open truck, the rights group said. Police in Swaziland, a small mountainous country of 1.4 million people bordering northeastern South Africa and Mozambique, discouraged reporting on the accident, said the group. Photographers were prevented from taking pictures at the scene, said a Swazi journalist who insisted on anonymity for securi

  • Deputy fatally shot from behind at Houston gas station

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    HOUSTON (AP) — A sheriff's deputy in uniform was fatally shot multiple times from behind while filling up his patrol car at a suburban Houston gas station and a manhunt for the suspect continued Saturday morning, according to authorities. Deputy Darren Goforth, 47, was pumping gas into his vehicle about 8:30 p.m. Friday when a man approached him from behind and fired multiple shots, Harris County Sheriff's Office spokesman Ryan Sullivan told The Associated Press. Once the deputy fell to the ground, the suspect fired more shots. Police described the suspect as a dark-complexioned male who is believed to be between 20 and 25 years old, and stands about 5-foot-10 to 6-feet tall.

  • Tens of thousands rally in Malaysia, demand Najib resign

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    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Tens of thousands of Malaysians wearing yellow T-shirts and blowing horns defiantly held a major rally in the capital Saturday to demand the resignation of embattled Prime Minister Najib Razak. The crowds were undeterred by a heavy police presence after authorities declared the rally illegal, blocked the organizer's website and banned yellow attire and the logo of Bersih, the coalition for clean and fair elections that's behind the weekend rallies. Najib has been fighting for political survival after leaked documents in July showed he received some $700 million in his private accounts from entities linked to indebted state fund 1MDB.

  • Chad gives death sentences to 10 Boko Haram members

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    N'DJAMENA, Chad (AP) — Ten members of Boko Haram have been sentenced to death in Chad for crimes including murder and the use of explosives, Chad's prosecutor said. "The accused have recognized their guilt and accepted the sentence," Bruno Mahouli Louapambe said in a statement Friday, adding that the suspects would be shot. The suspects included Bahna Fanaye, alias Mahamat Moustapha, who Chadian officials have described as a leader of the Nigeria-based group. Chad has vowed to take a leading role in a regional force to fight Boko Haram that is also expected to include soldiers from Cameroon, Benin and Niger in addition to Nigeria. Boko Haram has targeted Nigeria's neighbors in regular attacks this year.

  • Gunbattles between rival Taliban factions leave 5 dead

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    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Gunbattles between rival Taliban factions left at least five dead in southern Afghanistan, a top official with the insurgent group said Saturday as its members meet in Pakistan to resolve a leadership crisis following the death of its former leader Mullah Mohammad Omar. It was the first confirmed report of deadly Taliban infighting after an announcement last month that Mullah Omar had been dead for more than two years. Mullah Omar's family objected after his former deputy, Mullah Akhtar Mansoor, was named the new Taliban leader and rivalries have spilled into violence, said Ahmad Rabbani, head of a committee trying to reunify the group.

  • French soldier killed in accidental shooting in Mali

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    BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — France's defense ministry says a French soldier deployed in Mali has died after being accidentally shot by a fellow soldier at a military camp. In a statement Friday, the ministry said the 23-year-old soldier, Baptiste Truffaux, died on Thursday after being transported to the surgical unit in the northern city of Gao for medical care. France intervened in Mali in early 2013, after the country's northern half fell under control of Tuareg separatists and then al-Qaida-linked Islamic extremists. French troops are still operating in Gao and other parts of northern Mali as part of a five-nation counterterrorism operation codenamed Barkhane.

  • Syrian rebels say cease-fire with Hezbollah collapses

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    BEIRUT (AP) — A cease-fire between a coalition of Syrian rebels and Hezbollah fighters in a Syrian border town and two northern Shiite villages collapsed Saturday for the second time this month amid rare Iranian-mediated talks. The Islamic Army, or Jaysh Fatah group, said on its social media accounts that its fighters have resumed targeting locations of Hezbollah fighters near Foua, a Shiite village in the mostly-rebel control Idlib province, posting a video of the shelling. Hezbollah al-Manar TV also reported that the cease-fire declared Thursday had collapsed, reporting shelling in both Foua and Kfarya.

  • 5 killed, 24 injured in attacks in southeast Turkey

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    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Officials and media reports say three attacks or clashes between Turkish security forces and Kurdish rebels have killed five people and injured 24 others in southeast Turkey. The Tunceli governor's office said Saturday the rebels of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, attacked government buildings in the province with rocket-propelled grenades, triggering a clash that killed a police officer and two militants. The state-run Anadolu Agency said the rebels also fired at police outside a hospital in nearby Sanliurfa province late Friday, killing two officers. Meanwhile, 10 policemen and 14 civilians were injured when the rebels detonated an improvised explosive device as a police bus passed by in

  • Biographies of the 3 Al-Jazeera English journalists

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    CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court has sentenced three Al-Jazeera English journalists to three years in prison. Peter Greste, Mohammed Fahmy and Baher Mohammed were all arrested in December 2013 on terrorism-related charges in a case widely criticized by rights groups. Here is a look at the biographies of the three: PETER GRESTE, 49 Australian Greste had barely arrived in Cairo to work as a correspondent when he was arrested along with Fahmy. After freelancing in Britain, he joined the BBC as its Afghanistan correspondent in 1995. The following year he covered Yugoslavia for Reuters before returning to the BBC.

  • As asylum-seekers flood in, Germany struggles to house them

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    BERLIN (AP) — Twenty-three-year-old Leila, her husband and two small children spent their first week in Germany in a temporary shelter, an austere but desperately needed haven after a traumatic flight from Syria that began when her husband was told to fight for the government. Among an expected 800,000 asylum seekers flowing into Germany this year — some four times last year's count — she and her family shared a small room built in a converted covered tennis court in downtown Berlin during their first week in the country in August, furnished with three Ikea bunk beds, a small table and a small closet. They received three meals a day in a common room for the 300 refugees in the facility, and bathrooms were shared.

  • 2 French journalists charged in Moroccan king blackmail case

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    PARIS (AP) — French authorities have handed two journalists preliminary extortion charges on accusations that they tried to blackmail Moroccan King Mohammed VI. The Paris prosecutor's office said Saturday that French writers Eric Laurent and Catherine Graciet were released under judicial supervision after being given the charges. A French lawyer for the king said the journalists demanded 3 million euros ($3.4 million) in exchange for not publishing a compromosing new book about Mohammed VI. He said they were arrested in a sting operation. The two are known for their critical writings about the king. The case has drawn widespread attention in Morocco, where the monarchy is considered above criticism.

  • A look at Egypt's Al-Jazeera English trial

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    Here is a look at the major events in the arrest and trials of three Al-Jazeera English journalists in Egypt: Dec. 29, 2013: Security forces storm into a five-star hotel suite in Cairo and arrest Canadian-Egyptian Mohammed Fahmy, Australian Peter Greste and Egyptian Baher Mohammed, all working for Al-Jazeera English. Authorities accuse the men of meeting there to "spread rumors harming national security." Mohammed Fawzy, a cameraman also arrested at the time, is released two days later. The journalists had been working at the hotel since the Egyptian government raided their offices. Dec.

  • New Mexico secretary of state charged with theft

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    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's Democratic attorney general on Friday charged Republican Secretary of State Dianna Duran with embezzlement, fraud, money laundering and campaign finance violations, further widening a rift between the two over enforcement of the state's laws governing campaigns. Attorney General Hector Balderas' office filed the 64-count complaint late Friday in state district court in Santa Fe. Balderas did not make a statement or hold a news conference to announce the complaint against Duran, one of the highest-ranking Republicans in the state. Balderas spokesman James Hallinan said the office would not be releasing any information beyond the court filing. "Our office will proceed transparently by way of