• Uber to expand its Africa operations

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    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Uber is expanding in Africa. The ride-hailing company said Thursday that it plans to start operating in the capitals of Ghana, Uganda and Tanzania within a month. Uber already operates in the cities of Nairobi and Mombasa in Kenya, Lagos and Abuja in Nigeria and five cities in South Africa — Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town, Durban and Port Elizabeth. Uber's South African operation will experiment with a cash payment option in addition to the electronic payment system in its app, said Alon Lits, the company's general manager in sub-Saharan Africa. Some customers are more comfortable using cash partly because of concerns about the vulnerability of online payments to fraud, even though e-com

  • Iraqi PM asks protesters to stay home to aid Fallujah push

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    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's prime minister appealed on Thursday to Iraqis to postpone weekly Friday protests so that security forces can focus on a key military operation aimed at retaking the city of Fallujah from the Islamic State group. For months, anti-government protesters, mainly followers of influential Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, have been holding protests every Friday outside Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone and in other provinces, demanding reform to a political system widely seen as corrupt and ineffectual. To protect the demonstrators from militant attacks, extra security forces are usually deployed around the Green Zone and other key areas, blocking major roads and paralyzing parts of the capital.

  • Tornado damages homes but spares small northern Kansas town

    Tornado damages homes but spares small northern...

    Updated: 7 min ago

    CHAPMAN, Kan. (AP) — A large tornado that the National Weather Service said was on the ground for about 90 minutes damaged or destroyed about 20 homes in a rural area of northern Kansas and came within a mile of hitting a small town. There were no immediate reports of injuries or fatalities from the tornado Wednesday night. Paul Froelich, Dickinson County fire district one chief, said Thursday that the tornado swept across a 23-mile stretch of rural Dickinson County, damaging about 20 homes, and that six of those homes are considered total losses. He said crews have completed secondary searches of the damaged properties and residents are so far accounted for.

  • Uganda: 2 convicted of al-Shabab's deadly World Cup bombings

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    KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A judge has convicted two men of carrying out twin bombings in which more than 70 people were killed while watching the 2010 World Cup final in the Ugandan capital Kampala. The two could face the death penalty. Judge Alphonse Owiny Dollo said Thursday that Ugandan Issa Luyima was the mastermind of the July 2010 attacks, for which the Somali Islamic extremist group al-Shabab claimed responsibility. Luyima and Kenyan Hussein Hassan Agade were convicted of terrorism. They are part of a group of 13 men, including Kenyans and Tanzanians, who faced multiple charges of terrorism, murder and belonging to a terror group. The other suspects await verdicts.

  • Pakistan: 'all indicators' confirm US killed Taliban leader

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    ISLAMABAD (AP) — The foreign affairs adviser to Pakistan's prime minister said Thursday that "all indicators" confirmed that the former Taliban chief Mullah Akhtar Mansour was killed in a U.S. drone strike in the country's southwestern Baluchistan province, where he was travelling under a false name with fake Pakistani identity documents. At a news conference in the capital, Islamabad, Sartaj Aziz said authorities were awaiting DNA test results, after which Mansour's body will be handed to his relatives. Aziz's comments came a day after the Taliban announced that the group's council of leaders had unanimously selected Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada as its new head following the death of Mansour. During an official visi

  • Abandoned amid Cyprus war, cars await owners' loving touch

    Abandoned amid Cyprus war, cars await owners\'...

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    EPISKOPI, Cyprus (AP) — It's last call for the owner to reclaim a late 1950s Dodge Coronet, shades of its sky-blue paint still visible on its tailfins, which has been rusting on a British military base for over four decades. The lone Dodge, a relic of the "swept wing" era, sits among to some 400 vehicles including Land Rovers, Fiats, Lambretta mopeds and Bedford trucks that were abandoned by the Turkish Cypriot owners inside the Episkopi Garrison amid the confusion of a 1974 war that cleaved Cyprus along ethnic lines. The vehicles have since lain inside this wind-swept, fenced-off field for safe-keeping.

  • Explosion at chemical factory in India kills 2, injures 120

    Explosion at chemical factory in India kills 2,...

    Updated: 14 min ago

    NEW DELHI (AP) — An explosion at a chemical factory in western India on Thursday killed at least two people and injured more than 120, officials said. The powerful explosion, caused by a malfunction in the factory's boiler, shattered windows in buildings near the factory in Dombivli in Maharashtra state. Government spokesman Anirudh Ashtaputre said a fire at the site was contained by early evening. The explosion reduced the two-story structure to rubble. No other details were immediately available.

  • Thai man bloodied but unbowed after intimate attack by snake

    Thai man bloodied but unbowed after intimate...

    Updated: 25 min ago

    BANGKOK (AP) — A Thai man is recovering from a bloody encounter with a 3-meter (10-foot) python that slithered through the plumbing of his home and latched its jaws onto his penis as he was using a squat toilet. Attaporn Boonmakchuay was smiling as Thai television stations interviewed him in his hospital bed about the intimate intrusion, and doctors said he would recover. But photos of his blood-splattered bathroom in Chachoengsao province, east of Bangkok, were testimony to his ordeal. The 38-year-old told Thai TV Channel 7 that he struggled to remove the snake for 30 minutes Wednesday before he managed to free himself with help from his wife and a neighbor. After his wife tied a rope around the snake, Attaporn pried open

  • The Latest: Cleanup to begin after northern Kansas tornado

    The Latest: Cleanup to begin after northern...

    Updated: 27 min ago

    CHAPMAN, Kan. (AP) — The Latest on a severe storm that hit the Great Plains including a large tornado in rural northern Kansas (all times local): 6:30 a.m. Cleanup is expected to begin after a tornado that officials say stayed on the ground for about 90 minutes damaged or destroyed about 20 homes in rural northern Kansas. Dickinson County fire district one chief Paul Froelich told The Associated Press early Thursday that crews have completed secondary searches of the damaged properties. He says no injuries or fatalities have been reported from the tornado that swept through a 23-mile stretch of rural Dickinson County late Wednesday. He says residents had plenty of warning ahead of the storm, which likely attribu

  • France Tennis French Open

    France Tennis French Open

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    Argentina's Facundo Bagnis serves in his second round match of the French Open tennis tournament against Spain's Rafael Nadal at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Thursday, May 26, 2016.

  • With 1 delegate at stake, Kentucky re-examines its vote

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    FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — State election officials will re-examine vote totals from the Democratic presidential primary at the request of Bernie Sanders' campaign. At stake is one delegate in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. Sanders and Hillary Clinton both picked up 27 delegates after the May 17 Kentucky primary. But one delegate is yet to be awarded from the 6th Congressional District. Sanders trails Clinton by 500 votes in that district. State officials review absentee votes and totals from electronic voting machines on Thursday. If the recanvas shows Sanders earned more votes than Clinton in the district, he could win that delegate who would otherwise go to Clinton. The recanvass begins at 9 a.m. E

  • 1 dead, 1 critical but stable in NYC concert shooting

    1 dead, 1 critical but stable in NYC concert...

    Updated: 49 min ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Shots rang out inside a concert venue in New York City where hip-hop artist T.I. was getting ready to perform, leaving one person dead, three others wounded and concertgoers scrambling for the nearest exits, police said. One of the victims was in critical but stable condition on Thursday. No arrests have been made, and a motive for the shooting is unclear. The shooting happened around 10:15 p.m. Wednesday in a third-floor green room area at Irving Plaza, near Manhattan's Union Square. It was not immediately known who had access to that area. Witnesses described a frantic, frightening scene. Live Hoffman, 19, was in the balcony VIP area to the left of the stage when the shooting happened.

  • Rescuers retrieve body of Dutch climber who died on Everest

    Rescuers retrieve body of Dutch climber who...

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A helicopter on Thursday retrieved the body of a Dutch climber who died last week on Mount Everest, while attempts were being made to retrieve the bodies of two other climbers and to locate two more who went missing on the world's tallest mountain. Eric Arnold had reached the 8,850-meter (29,035-foot) summit on Friday, but then died on his descent of apparent altitude sickness near South Col, which sits at 8,000 meters (26,300 feet). A team of climbers was able to bring his body further down to Camp 2, where it was picked up Thursday morning and taken directly to a hospital in Kathmandu, Nepal's capital, and then on to the morgue. Expedition leader Arnold Coster accompanied the body.

  • Turkish flight to London makes emergency landing in Belgrade

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    BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Officials say a Turkish Airlines jet on a flight from Istanbul to London has made an emergency landing in Belgrade after an unaccounted-for tablet was located on board. Airline officials said Thursday that some 300 passengers were evacuated into the Belgrade airport terminal and after security officials inspected the tablet and the aircraft, the flight was resumed. They say there was no evidence of any explosive device found in the Boeing 777 aircraft.

  • Soldiers placing 230,000 US flags at Arlington Cemetery

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    ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Soldiers are placing nearly a quarter of a million U.S. flags at Arlington National Cemetery as part of a Memorial Day tradition. The event Thursday is known as "flags in." It marks the beginning of Memorial Day weekend activities at the cemetery. The U.S. Army Military District of Washington says in a statement that the tradition began in 1948. The mission is carried out by the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, nicknamed "The Old Guard." The unit puts every available soldier to work, planting small flags in front of the more than 230,000 grave markers. The soldiers also place about 14,000 flags at the Soldiers' and Airmen's Home National Cemetery in Washington. The flags are removed after Memori

  • Sri Lanka's Cabinet approves office to learn fate of missing

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    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's Cabinet has approved setting up an office to learn the fate of several thousands of people who went missing during the civil war that ended seven years ago, the foreign ministry said Thursday. The statement from Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera said the "need to set up such an office is particularly acute as Sri Lanka has one of the largest caseloads of missing persons in the entire world" due to an uprising in the country's southern region and the three decades civil war in the north and east. The office will come into effect when the necessary laws are passed by the Parliament and the measure will help families discover the fate of their loved ones and the circumstances under wh

  • Hearing for deputy charged with killing man carrying air gun

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    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A court hearing is set for a Florida deputy charged with manslaughter for fatally shooting a black man who was carrying an air rifle. The hearing Thursday for suspended Broward Sheriff's Office Deputy Peter Peraza is likely to focus on his attorney's plan to use Florida's "Stand Your Ground" self-defense law. A hearing on that part of the case is set for June. The charge would be dismissed if Peraza prevails. The 37-year-old Peraza, who is white, faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted in the July 2013 killing of 33-year-old Jermaine McBean, who was carrying an unloaded air rifle and may have been listening to music through earbuds. Peraza has pleaded not guilty. McBean's family

  • Image of Asia: Lighting up 'Sydney's Hidden Stories'

    Image of Asia: Lighting up \'Sydney\'s Hidden...

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    In this photo by Rob Griffith, Customs House is lit up with colorful creatures in a light display called "Sydney's Hidden Stories" at Circular Quay in Sydney, Australia. It's part of the annual Vivid Sydney Light Walk festival of light installations, projections and interactive displays. More than 60 such displays will light up the Sydney waterfront through June 18.

  • The Latest: Concert shooting victim is critical but stable

    The Latest: Concert shooting victim is critical...

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on a fatal shooting inside a New York City concert venue where hip-hop artist T.I. was getting ready to perform (all times local): 6:45 a.m. Authorities say of one of the victims in a shooting inside a New York City concert venue is in critical but stable condition. One person was fatally shot and two others suffered less serious injuries. The shooting broke out in the green room Wednesday night as hip-hop artist T.I. was getting ready to perform at Irving Plaza, near Manhattan's Union Square. No arrests have been made, and a motive for the shooting is unclear. Police say there was security in place at the venue. How it was carried out is part of the investigation.

  • Wisconsin man seeks freedom in Gangster Disciples case

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    ATLANTA (AP) — Lawyers for a Wisconsin man targeted in a nationwide probe of Gangster Disciples street gang members say he should be freed while awaiting trial and allowed to return home, where he contributes to the arts and music scenes there. A pair of indictments unsealed this month in federal courts in Atlanta and Memphis, Tennessee, name 48 defendants arrested in nine states — Alabama, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, Nebraska, Tennessee and Wisconsin. They're accused of crimes including murder, drug trafficking, robbery, and carjacking. Attorneys for LaDerris Dickerson say he's a co-founder of "The Hops Museum" in Madison, Wisconsin, which includes a brewing museum and creative space for artists an