• Indian prime minister to meet Obama in September

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    NEW DELHI (AP) — India's new Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet President Barack Obama in Washington in September during a visit aimed at restoring strained relations between the countries. At a meeting in New Delhi, Modi told U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns that he was accepting an invitation from Obama, the prime minister's office said in a statement Friday. Modi said ties between the two democracies would be a powerful force for peace, stability and prosperity in the world. "Burns conveyed President Obama's desire to strengthen economic relations" between the countries, the statement said.

  • India village council accused of ordering rape

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    NEW DELHI (AP) — A 14-year-old girl was dragged into a forest and raped on the orders of a village council in remote eastern India in retaliation for a sex assault blamed on her brother, her family and police said Friday. Jitendra Singh, a top local police official, said two men have been arrested in the rape case. They include the village headman and the main suspect, identified as the husband of the woman who was allegedly molested by the victim's brother. The victim's brother has also been arrested on charges of molestation. The girl's mother told CNN-IBN news channel that she pleaded with the council and other villagers when they ordered the rape but no one listened. "We kept begging them. We begged with fol

  • Polish government survives vote of confidence

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    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's center-right government of Prime Minister Donald Tusk survived a confidence vote on Friday that was called by the opposition over leaks of embarrassing conversations by some leaders. The vote went 236-155 in the government's favor in the Sejm, or lower house of parliament. The result is a setback for Jaroslaw Kaczynski, head of the nationalist Law and Justice party, who called for the vote. Kaczynski accuses Tusk of dragging Poland into a political crisis and of general incompetence in guiding the country of 38 million. Interior Minister Bartlomiej Sienkiewicz survived a separate confidence vote also called by the opposition.

  • India asks UN group to vacate rent-free office

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    NEW DELHI (AP) — India's new Hindu nationalist government has asked a U.N. body overseeing military activity in divided Kashmir to vacate a government bungalow in the heart of the nation's capital that it has used rent-free for 40 years. India and Pakistan both claim Kashmir in its entirety, and India discourages any intervention or criticism in the dispute. The two countries fought two of their three wars since independence in 1947 over Kashmir. A U.N. official confirmed that the U.N. Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan was asked to vacate the bungalow. "No reason was given. We were asked to vacate the bungalow," Maj. Nicholas Diaz said Friday at the bungalow, which is around the corner from India's Supreme

  • Poachers kill elephant for tusks in Thai sanctuary

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    BANGKOK (AP) — Poachers have killed and sawed the tusks off a 50-year-old elephant that performed in Thai royal processions and was featured in Oliver Stone's 2004 movie "Alexander," the manager of the conservation center where the animal was kept said Friday. Laithongrian Meephan of the Ayutthaya Elephant Palace and Royal Kraal said the elephant was found dead Friday morning. Poachers had apparently poisoned it before cutting off its tusks. The center breeds and trains elephants, and also serves as a retirement home for aging beasts. Some of them take part in ceremonial shows for members of Thailand's royal family and tourists in Ayutthaya, the country's ancient capital.

  • Bosnian mom buries 2 sons 19 years after massacre

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    SREBRENICA, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — After 19 years, Hajrija Selimovic finally has a place to mourn her family. Selimovic buried her two sons Friday next to her husband's white tombstone in a cemetery for the victims of Srebrenica, Europe's worst massacre since World War II. The three were among the 8,000 Muslim men and boys killed when Serb forces overran the eastern Bosnian town on July 11, 1995. Samir was 23 and Nermin 19 when they were shot by an execution squad. The remains of Srebrenica victims are still being found in mass graves to this day and are being identified using DNA technology. Every July 11, more are buried at a memorial center near the town. "They were victims of monstrous nationalism," Cami

  • Energy officials discuss German waste in SC

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    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — U.S. Energy Department officials say the German government is paying researchers at the Savannah River Site near Aiken to study how to handle waste that might be sent to South Carolina. The research is focused on how to separate materials in the waste. Gary DeLeon with the Energy Department says if the material is processed, an easier way is needed to handle it. DeLeon says a method has been developed to separate the highly enriched uranium. It could be blended to make fuel for nuclear reactors. The United States has a longstanding program to bring back nuclear waste created by American-generated atomic material that sent to foreign countries for research.

  • UN: Europe holds 4 percent of Syrian refugees

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    GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. refugee agency says Europe has taken in 123,600 Syrians since the conflict began in March 2011, including over 11,000 who were rescued off the coast of Italy this year. The agency's tally shows just 4 percent of all the 2.9 million Syrian refugees wind up in Europe, mostly in Sweden, Germany, Bulgaria, Switzerland and the Netherlands. The bulk of Syria's refugees flee for neighboring countries. Agency spokeswoman Melissa Fleming told reporters Friday in Geneva that European governments must do more to welcome and protect the growing numbers of Syrian refugees that are seeking safety in countries beyond the Mideast.

  • Police helicopter crashes in Macedonia, killing 4

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    SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — A Macedonian police helicopter crashed overnight during a training flight near the southern town of Strumica, killing all four people on board, authorities said Friday. Interior Minister Gordana Jankulovska said the four crew members were all pilots, each with more than 30 years of flight experience. They were on a night training flight when the MI-17B helicopter hit a 120-meter (394-foot) -high television transmitter near Strumica, about 190 kilometers (120 miles) south of the capital Skopje. "This is the one of the saddest and darkest days in the Interior Ministry's history," a tearful Jankulovska told reporters in the capital, Skopje.

  • Separate Taliban attacks in Afghanistan kill 13

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    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A roadside bombing targeting police officers and an attack on a convoy of de-miners killed at least 13 people in Afghanistan, authorities said Friday, separate attacks blamed on the Taliban ahead of foreign troops withdrawing from the country. In the western province of Ghor, seven police officers died in the roadside bombing Thursday in Charsada district, provincial Gov. Sayed Anwar Rahmati said. Rahmati said the blast was followed by a four-hour gunbattle between Taliban fighters and police officers that killed eight suspected militants. Rahmati said officials believe the Taliban placed other roadside bombs in the area, so supplies now would be flown into the region.

  • Man sets self ablaze outside Berlin Libyan Embassy

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    BERLIN (AP) — Police say a man has sustained life-threatening injuries after setting himself alight outside the Libyan Embassy in Berlin. Police spokesman Stefan Redlich said the man, who apparently had a private dispute with the embassy, appeared there Friday morning with a bottle of lamp oil. Security staff called police; the man then poured oil over himself and set himself ablaze. Embassy security staff and police officers arriving at the scene swiftly put out the fire. Redlich says the man is in his mid-20s and initial investigations suggest that he comes from Tunisia.

  • Malfunction forces Czech nuclear reactor shut down

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    PRAGUE (AP) — An official says a Czech nuclear power plant has shut down one of its two reactors due to a fault on a cooling water pump. Vaclav Brom, spokesman for the Temelin plant located near the border with Austria, says the reactor was shut down Thursday after the problem occurred in the non-nuclear part of the plant. The country's nuclear authority says the problem poses no safety threat. Brom said Friday it is not immediately clear when the reactor can be restarted. The other reactor in Temelin is currently also shut down due to a planned fuel replacement.

  • Trial: dengue shot offers some protection

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    LONDON (AP) — The most advanced vaccine for dengue only offers modest protection but could still help millions of people avoid the devastating effects of the disease known as "breakbone fever," according to a large trial. There is no treatment for dengue, which causes symptoms including fever, severe joint pain, headaches and bleeding. About half the world's population is at risk from the mosquito-borne disease, which sickens about 100 million people every year, mostly in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Results from an early trial of the vaccine in 2012 found the vaccine's efficacy was 33 percent and that it failed to protect against one type of dengue; there are four distinct kinds and the vaccine is meant to fight all of

  • 7 injured, no gorings in 5th Pamplona bull run

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    PAMPLONA, Spain (AP) — An American and a Briton were among seven people injured Friday as hundreds of daredevils took part in the fifth running of the bulls at Spain's San Fermin festival in Pamplona. The Spanish Red Cross said no one was gored in the hair-raising run but many runners could be seen slipping and falling on top of each other on the wet, cobblestone route. Some were trampled on by the half-ton beasts. A Navarra regional government statement said a 48-year-old man from New York was treated for light head injuries, as was a 46-year-old man from Paisley, Scotland. It said five Spaniards were also treated in city hospitals for minor injuries sustained the race.

  • Manila court enters not-guilty plea for senator

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    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Philippine court entered a not-guilty plea Friday for a senator and dictatorship-era martial law enforcer who has been detained on charges of economic plunder with two other colleagues, bringing the case a step closer to what would be the country's largest corruption trial in more than a decade. The Sandiganbayan court made the move after ailing Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile refused to enter a plea to the large-scale corruption charge. The 90-year-old legislator, who has high blood pressure, was brought to the court in an ambulance from a police hospital, where he has been detained since surrendering last week.

  • At least 1 dead reported in Turkish gas explosion

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    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Officials say a gas explosion in southwestern Turkey has killed one person and injured 25 others. The state-run Anadolu Agency said the explosion occurred in a bakery on the ground floor of a five-story building in the city of Denizli. Gov. Abdulkadir Demir told reporters that authorities were trying to determine whether natural gas or gas canisters in the building may have been involved. Video footage from the private Dogan news agency showed at least two people being helped into ambulances. Denizli is a city of more than half a million residents, 240 kilometers (150 miles) southeast of the port of Izmir.

  • Dubai airport soars in rankings of world's busiest

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    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Now that he's had a taste of running the world's busiest air hub for international passengers, Dubai Airports CEO Paul Griffiths is determined to hang on to the honor while setting his sights on an even bigger prize: beating Atlanta for the title of busiest airport on the planet. Dubai International Airport has been creeping up the aviation traffic rankings for years, fueled largely by the rapid expansion of hometown champion Emirates and its younger sibling, low-cost carrier FlyDubai. Both airlines and the airport are owned by the emirate's government.

  • Indian actress and dancer Zohra Sehgal dies

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    NEW DELHI (AP) — Zohra Sehgal, a renowned Indian actress and dancer, has died of heart failure. She was a 102. Sehgal had been hospitalized in New Delhi with pneumonia earlier in the week and passed away Thursday evening. She will be cremated later Friday. Condolence messages poured in for the performer who charmed viewers with her impish grin and twinkling eyes. Prime Minister Narendra Modi described her as "prolific and full of life" in a message on Twitter. In a career as a performer that spanned more than seven decades, Sehgal started out in the 1930s as a dancer. She performed with a troupe led by Uday Shankar, the pioneer of modern Indian dance. With the group she travelled across the world, unusual for an

  • Infosys quarterly profit up 15 percent

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    MUMBAI, India (AP) — Indian outsourcing company Infosys reported a 15 percent increase in quarterly profit and maintained its revenue growth forecast. The company said Friday its April-June quarter profit of $482 million was up 15.3 percent from a year earlier. The information technology outsourcing giant has gone through a succession of management changes, culminating with the naming of Vishal Sikka as chief executive officer. Sikka is a former board member of technology company SAP AG. He is the first outsider to hold the CEO job at Infosys. The company reported revenue of $2.1 billion. It maintained its forecast for full-year revenue growth at 5.6-7.6 percent.

  • Sobbing Japanese politician tenders resignation

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    TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese politician, who was seen sobbing over dubious spending in a video that went viral, has resigned. Ryutaro Nonomura, 47, a Hyogo Prefectural assemblyman, submitted his resignation Friday and the assembly will decide whether to accept it, assembly office spokeswoman Chika Fukuyama said. Nonomura burst into tears and screamed nonsensical phrases when he was asked at a news conference last week about his trips to a hot springs at taxpayers' expense. One site for the video had drawn 2.7 million views as of Friday. His wailing spawned spoofs that juxtaposed his voice with rock music, and another with jazz piano, or played his tirade backward. Calls for his resignation had grown.