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  • Nepal to allow cremation of Tibetan Buddhist monk

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    KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — The body of a revered Tibetan Buddhist monk can now be cremated at his monastery in the hills outside Nepal's capital, the government said Tuesday after reversing its earlier objections to bringing the body into the country. Nepal had initially said Shamar Rinpoche's body could not enter Nepal because he was a citizen of the nearby Himalayan nation of Bhutan. Some accused the government, however, of fearing anti-China protests by Tibetans during the funeral procession, which is expected to be attended by thousands of Rinpoche's followers. The Cabinet decided Tuesday to allow the cremation, Information Minister Minendra Risal said, out of recognition for the monk's contribution to Buddhism in the count

  • 22 civilians reported killed in east Ukraine

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    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Local authorities in eastern Ukraine say at least 22 civilians have been killed in one day by shelling. City hall in Luhansk, which is under the control of separatist rebels, said Tuesday that five people were killed when an old people's home was struck by artillery fire. Russian television showed images of bodies in wheelchairs covered with blankets. In Horlivka, a city besieged by government troops, the mayor's office reported 17 people, including three children, dying as a result of shelling. The use of unguided rockets in fighting between government forces and pro-Russian separatist rebels has been taking a noticeably heavier toll in recent weeks and been criticized by rights groups. The

  • Kosovo prosecutor suspects some killed for organs

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    BRUSSELS (AP) — A special European Union prosecutor says there are "compelling indications" that up to 10 captives were killed to have their organs harvested for illegal trafficking during the 1998-99 Kosovo war. However, American prosecutor Clint Williamson said Tuesday that the level of evidence is not yet sufficient to prosecute the alleged crimes. The EU probe followed a 2011 Council of Europe report alleging that the rebel Kosovo Liberation Army ran detention camps on Albania's border during Kosovo's war for independence from Serbia. It alleged that civilian captives were killed there and their organs sold as part of an illegal trade linked to senior KLA commanders. Williamson says he does not at this stage wish

  • Flash flood watch issued for Tuesday night to Wednesday in Oklahoma

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 41 min ago

    A flash flood watch will take effect at 10 p.m. Tuesday until 7 p.m. Wednesday in northwestern and central Oklahoma. The National Weather Service forecast calls for highs in the 80s Tuesday and 70s Wednesday.

  • McDonald's Japan to strengthen checks on chicken

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    TOKYO (AP) — McDonald's in Japan is increasing its checks on chicken from suppliers in China and Thailand after allegations a Chinese supplier sold expired chicken. It says the scare will hurt its earnings. The U.S. fast-food chain's Japan unit on Tuesday withdrew this year's earnings and sales forecasts, citing uncertainties from the food scandal. It promised to disclose information online about where its food comes from. It said it will strengthen safety checks on suppliers it's still using in China, for apple pie, muffins and cookies, as well as its Thai chicken supplier. Such checks will be extended to food items in Japan, the company said. The Chinese food safety agency is investigating allegations Sh

  • Passengers stuck in Hawaii for 3 nights get cash

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    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A group of Air New Zealand passengers has been stranded for three nights after being repeatedly told their plane was delayed due to mechanical problems. The upside? They're in Hawaii. And every passenger is getting 1,000 New Zealand dollars ($850) in compensation. Flight NZ9 was due to depart late Saturday from Honolulu for Auckland, but airline officials told the 227 passengers the plane was unable to leave because of problems related to an engine sensor. They trekked out to Honolulu Airport twice more only to be told a similar story. Some took a flight on another airline.

  • Swiss bank UBS reports rise in profit

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    GENEVA (AP) — Switzerland's biggest bank, UBS, reported Tuesday a 15 percent rise in second-quarter profit, driven by strong results from its core wealth management business and trimmed-down investment banking franchises despite a tough market environment. UBS said its net profit for the April-June period rose to 792 million Swiss francs ($876 million) from 690 million francs in the comparable period in 2013. The Zurich-based bank also said it had settled an investigation in Germany of charges that the bank aided German clients suspected of evading taxes. UBS made a payment of about 300 million francs to put the case to rest, one of a number that it and other Swiss banks have been facing from U.S. and other foreign tax auth

  • Lonely Londoners looking to open up to strangers

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    LONDON (AP) — It's a typical urban routine: Sit on the subway, headphones in, fiddling with the smartphone to avoid eye contact with fellow passengers. Now a new campaign called "Talk to me" wants to break that habit and change London's image as one of the loneliest places in Britain. "Talking to strangers is a social taboo," said David Blackwell, one of the project's coordinators. "It's something we're inordinately afraid of. Can you imagine how different a city would be if you could just open up to other people with no expectation that a stranger must want something from you?" Blackwell and other volunteers are handing out badges with the message "Talk to me, I'll talk to you.

  • Egypt military kills 7 militants in volatile Sinai

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    CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian military spokesman says troops have killed seven suspected militants and arrested five as part of an ongoing offensive in the volatile Sinai Peninsula where the military has been trying to quell a spreading insurgency by Islamic militants. A statement late Monday on Brig. Gen. Mohammed Samir's official Facebook page says troops killed three militants in an exchange of fire while four others died when a group tried to attack a house of in the border town of Rafah. He says five militants were arrested and five were wounded. It's unclear if those were the same people.

  • BP warns of impact of Russia sanctions on profits

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    LONDON (AP) — Energy company BP has warned that further international sanctions on Russia could have an adverse impact on its profits because of its stake in the oil giant, Rosneft. The warning came as the company announced that replacement cost profit rose 33 percent to $3.18 billion from $2.40 billion for the same quarter a year ago. The company says any erosion of its relationship with Rosneft — in which it holds a 19.75 percent stake — could also adversely impact production, reserves, "and our reputation." BP is already in a sticky situation because of sanctions targeting Igor Sechin, Rosneft's president. Sechin is seen as the mastermind behind the 2003 legal assault on the private oil company Yukos.

  • Australia plans to arrest 2 Middle East fighters

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    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian police have obtained arrest warrants for two Australians who are fighting with the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria after one posted photographs of the other posing with severed heads of Syrian soldiers. Australian Federal Police said in a statement Tuesday that they obtained arrest warrants for Khaled Sharrouf and Mohamed Elomar for "terrorism-related activity." Police say the former Sydney residents will be arrested if they return to Australia. Photographs posted last week on a Twitter account linked to Sharrouf showed Elomar smiling and holding the severed heads of two Syrian soldiers. The pair traveled to Syria late last year and then Iraq to join the fighters.

  • Synagogue in Germany attacked

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    BERLIN (AP) — Police say a synagogue in the western German city of Wuppertal was attacked with petrol bombs overnight, but nobody was injured. Police spokesman Alexander Kresta said the synagogue was attacked early Tuesday with several incendiary devices, but first investigations showed no damage was done to the building. Kresta said an 18-year-old male suspect, whose citizenship could not immediately be clarified, was arrested. He said investigations were continuing and police were looking for two more suspects.

  • Death toll rises to 24 in Philippine road attack

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    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Officials say the death toll in a brazen road attack by Abu Sayyaf extremists on some 50 villagers traveling in the southern Philippines to celebrate the end of Ramadan with their families has climbed to 23 after a 3-year-old boy and his father died from their injuries. Marine Brig. Gen. Martin Pinto said Tuesday six villagers remain in the hospital following the militants' bloodiest attack in recent years. About 40 to 50 Abu Sayyaf militants armed with assault rifles opened fire Monday on the group traveling in two vans in a coastal village in Talipao town in predominantly Muslim Sulu province, where the extremists have survived in jungle camps despite years of U.S.-backed Philippine military off

  • Suicide bomber kills Afghan president's cousin

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    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says a suicide bomber, his explosives hidden inside his turban, has assassinated the cousin of President Hamid Karzai. Dawa Khan Minapal, the spokesman for the governor of southern Kandahar province, says the attack took place on Tuesday morning in Karz district. Minapal says the bomber walked up to greet Ashmat Khlil Karzai, a political figure in his own right who has backed former Finance Minister Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai's bid to succeed President Karzai. The bomber shook hands with Ashmat Karzai after prayers outside the Karzai family home, then detonated his explosives. This is not the first time that President Karzai's family members have been targeted.

  • Iran leader calls for arming Gaza to fight Israel

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    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's supreme leader says Muslims from all over the world should help arm Gaza Palestinians in their fight against Israel. Tuesday's call by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was his latest such message during the ongoing war between Gaza's Hamas rulers and Israel. Khamenei claims that while Israel and America seek to disarm Hamas, Iran says "the opposite ... the Muslim World has a duty to arm the Palestinian nation by all means." Iran, a staunch Hamas ally, does not recognize Israel and supports militant anti-Israeli groups such as the Palestinian Hamas and Lebanon's Shiite Hezbollah group. Khamenei spoke at a prayer ceremony in Tehran as Shiite Iranians marked the beginning of Eid al-Fitr holiday tha

  • LSU Health Shreveport gets $4.82M NIH grant

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    SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — LSU Health Shreveport's largest program grant ever is getting even bigger. Officials say the National Institutes of Health has awarded a five-year grant of more than $4.82 million to Dr. Dennis J. O'Callaghan, head of the Department of Microbiology, to continue and expand the capabilities of the institution's Center for Molecular and Tumor Virology. The funding comes from the NIH's Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence program. The Health Sciences Center has received $22.9 million in COBRE funding since 2003. Officials say the new funding will allow O'Callaghan and others to continue mentoring young scientists and provide the necessary research equipment and facilities for their work.

  • Kentucky schools collaborating on space project

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    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky scientists and engineers are collaborating on a project involving research aboard the International Space Station. The University of Louisville says a NASA grant is making possible the joint project with scientists and engineers from the University of Kentucky and Western Kentucky University. The research involves experiments on colloids, mixtures of microscopic particles suspended throughout a substance. U of L mechanical engineering assistant professor Stuart Williams says the space station setting will help scientists explore how particles interact in zero gravity. U of L says result may include advances in solar energy, advanced manufacturing and other fields. Williams is the

  • EU envoys meeting on tougher Russia sanctions

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    BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union ambassadors are meeting to discuss a dramatic toughening of the trade bloc's sanctions against Russia. A decision is expected later Tuesday. Measures under discussion include limiting Russia's access to European capital markets and halting trade in arms and dual-use and sensitive technologies. In a conference call with President Obama on Monday, the leaders of Britain, Germany, Italy and France expressed their willingness to adopt new sanctions against Russia in coordination with the United States, French officials said. The Western nations are demanding Russia halt the alleged supply of arms to Ukrainian separatists and other actions that destabilize the situation in eastern Ukraine.

  • Deutsche Bank posts 29 percent net profit drop

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    BERLIN (AP) — Deutsche Bank AG posted a 29 percent drop in second-quarter net profit Tuesday, hit by what it described as higher taxes, declining revenue and political instability affecting the markets. Germany's largest bank said its net profit in the April-June period fell to 238 million euros ($320 million), down from 335 million euros in the comparable period in 2013. In its financial statement, the Frankfurt-based bank said the results came from 7.86 billion euros in quarterly revenue, a 4 percent decline from 8.215 billion euros from a year ago.

  • Cow herd kills German woman hiker in Austria

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    VIENNA (AP) — Police say a herd of cows attacked and killed a German woman hiking through their fenced-in pasture after apparently being riled by the sight of her leashed dog. They said Tuesday the 45-year old victim was rushed by about 20 cows and their calves. Attempts by an emergency crew to revive her were unsuccessful. The attack occurred Monday on a mountain pasture in Austria's Tyrol province. The woman's name was not released, in accordance with Austrian confidentiality rules.