• Golovkin vs Lemieux in title fight Oct. 17 in New York

    Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Rising star Gennady Golovkin will meet Canada's David Lemieux in a middleweight title unification fight Oct. 17 at Madison Square Garden, promoters announced Friday. Golovkin, who has stopped 30 opponents in winning all 33 of his fights, will face another power puncher in Lemieux, who is 34-2 with 31 knockouts, in a fight where both boxers will have titles on the line. "I look forward to fighting again at Madison Square Garden and putting on another big drama show for my fans in New York City," said the fighter popularly known as Triple G. Golovkin, who is from Kazakhstan but lives in Los Angeles, last fought in May when he stopped Willie Monroe Jr. in the sixth round of their scheduled 12 round fight.

  • Gunmen kill 1, wound 13 campaigning for Sri Lankan candidate

    Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Gunmen opened fire at campaign workers in Sri Lanka's capital on Friday, killing one and wounding 13, police and hospital officials said, in the first major political violence before the parliamentary election. The workers were campaigning for Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake of the United National Party. Karunanayake blamed supporters of ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa for the attack. But an opposition politician in Rajapaksa's party said the shooting was the result of gang warfare. The politician, Dilan Perera, said a gang supporting Karunanayake had been targeted by a rival gang. Karunanayake denied the allegation.

  • Afghan Taliban praise new leader as rift in ranks appears

    Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The first signs of the deep fractures within the Afghan Taliban surfaced on Friday as the son of Mullah Mohammad Omar rejected the choice of his successor, just hours after the group issued a statement praising their new leader as one of the late chief's most "trusted" associates. Mullah Yacoob, Mullah Omar's oldest son, said he and three other senior leaders had walked out of a meeting called to elect a new leader, and were now demanding a wider vote. "I am against the decision to select Mullah Akhtar Mansoor as leader," Yacoob told The Associated Press, revealing the fault lines at the top of the insurgent group a day after it confirmed the death of Mullah Omar and announced the new leadership li

  • Back to Beijing for 2nd Olympics in 14 years

    Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Throughout more than 120 years of Olympic history, no city has hosted both the winter and summer games. Now, Beijing will be the first do it — and in the span of just 14 years. The Chinese capital was awarded the 2022 Winter Olympics on Friday, beating Kazakh rival Almaty 44-40 in a surprisingly close vote marred by technical problems, taking the games back to the city that hosted the summer version in 2008. Beijing was seen by the International Olympic Committee as a secure, reliable choice that also offered vast commercial opportunities in a new winter sports market of more than 300 million people in northern China. "It really is a safe choice," IOC President Thomas Bach said. "We kno

  • Technical issues force 2 votes for 2022 Winter Olympics

    Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The vote to decide the 2022 Winter Olympics host city should have taken about 10 minutes using tablet-like electronic devices. Instead, a technical glitch left 85 voting members of the International Olympic Committee using paper ballots to ultimately give Beijing the nod. The final result Friday gave Beijing a 44-40 edge — one person abstained — and a few red faces at the IOC. After the first vote, results of which were not disclosed, was declared closed, IOC director general Christophe De Kepper told the delegates that there had been "interferences with changes of tablets" and that scrutineers "are not comfortable with the integrity of the vote.

  • Official: 2 Indians held near Libya's Sirte town, 2 safe

    Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    NEW DELHI (AP) — Four Indian nationals were detained near the Libyan city of Sirte, India's foreign ministry said Friday, but declined to say who had held the men. By Friday evening two of the four men had been returned safely, Foreign Ministry spokesman Vikas Swarup said. Earlier in the day Swarup told reporters that the four men were held at a checkpoint about 50 kilometers (30 miles) from Sirte late Thursday night. The area is under the control of Islamic State militants. Swarup gave no details of how the two men were returned safely to the university in Sirte. Three of the men had been teaching at the university. The fourth worked in nearby Jufra, Swarup said.

  • Image of Asia: Crossing the river after monsoon flooding

    Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    In this photo by Niranjan Shrestha, rescuers help residents cross a river after a foot bridge was destroyed by floods in Thulakhet, Nepal, about 200 kilometers (125 miles) west of Kathmandu. Rescuers on Friday also were searching for more victims of landslides in mountain villages hit by heavy monsoon rains. Authorities counted at least 30 dead as of Thursday, and the searchers were looking for at least 11 others in one hard-hit village, Lumle. The seasonal monsoon brings heavy rains each year that cause flooding in Nepal's southern plains and landslides in the mountains.

  • Reaction to Beijing's victory as 2022 Winter Olympic host

    Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Reaction Friday to the IOC's decision to pick Beijing as host city of the 2022 Olympics by a vote of 44 votes to 40 over Almaty, Kazakhstan: ___ "They chose certainty in Beijing. But I don't think anybody would have believed that the result would have been that close"— IOC vice president Craig Reedie. ___ "Just as with the Beijing 2008 Summer Games, the Olympic Family has put its faith in Beijing again. This will be a memorable event at the foot of the Great Wall" — Beijing bid committee statement. ___ "Almaty is not a risky choice for 2022. In fact, we are quite the opposite. ...

  • Muted reaction in Almaty as Kazakh city's Olympic bid fails

    Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    ALMATY, Kazakhstan (AP) — Within minutes of the announcement that Almaty's bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics had failed, it was almost as if it had never happened. The crowd of about 1,000 people which had gathered on a square in the Kazakh city to hear Friday's result started to disperse as soon as International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach revealed that the games would go to Beijing. "It's very sad that we didn't win. We had been hoping for (the Olympics) because they would raise the prestige of the city and the country," said Murat, a 26-year-old worker in the city administration who attended the event. Like many others in Almaty, Murat refused to give his surname because he works in a government job.

  • Beijing celebrates winning the 2022 Winter Olympics

    Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    BEIJING (AP) — Lion dancers swayed and confetti canons erupted Friday as news came that Beijing would become the first city to host both the summer and winter Olympics. Local residents praised their city's winning bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, although celebrations were far more muted than 14 years ago when Beijing exploded in glee after getting the 2008 Summer Games. Much of the celebration centered around the iconic Bird's Nest stadium at an event attended by about 500 preselected participants. Liu Yunshan, a top Communist Party leader, thanked the crowd and pledged the central government's support for the effort. "My life is complete," said Yang Linping, chairman of the National Indoor Stadium Co.

  • Report: Ride-hailing service Uber to put $1 billion in India

    Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    NEW DELHI (AP) — Ride-hailing service Uber has announced a $1 billion investment for the Indian market for the next nine months as it hopes to expand services and products, news reports said Friday. According to Press Trust of India, the head of Uber India, Amit Jain, said the investment will be used to improve operations and establish a better customer support network. The company had come under fire last year and lost its license to operate in the Indian capital after one of its Delhi drivers was accused of raping a 26-year-old passenger. This ban was revoked earlier this month. Uber connects travelers with drivers through its smartphone app and is an alternative to traditional taxi services.

  • Tracing back debris to find Flight 370 may prove impossible

    Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — If it's confirmed that a wing fragment found on a remote island in the Indian Ocean is from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, lost more than 500 days ago, could scientists use their knowledge of ocean currents to trace back its path and pinpoint the bulk of the wreck? Australian oceanographer David Griffin says that would be akin to using modeling of big-city crowd flows to try to predict the travels of a random person encountered on the street. In short, next to impossible. While Griffin and other oceanographers say the discovery on the island of Reunion fits in with their large-scale modeling of how debris drifts across the Indian Ocean, there remain a mind-boggling number of variables in the jo

  • Lausanne awarded 2020 Winter Youth Olympics

    Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The Swiss city of Lausanne has been awarded the Winter Youth Olympics for 2020, beating Brasov, Romania, in a vote by International Olympic Committee members. Lillehammer, Norway, will host the Winter Youth Olympics in 2016. The Winter Youth Olympics, featuring seven sports from the Winter Games, is for athletes between the ages of 15 and 18.

  • Aquino chooses Roxas as Philippine presidential candidate

    Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Benigno Aquino III said Friday he had picked Interior Secretary Manuel "Mar" Roxas II as the administration candidate to succeed him in elections next year. Aquino made the announcement in the same meeting hall where Roxas declared six years ago that he was shelving his own presidential ambitions to give way to the son of the late democracy icon Corazon Aquino. The 58-year-old former congressman and senator said he was honored to be endorsed by Aquino as the standard bearer of the dominant Liberal Party. The grandson and namesake of the Philippines' first post-World War II president promised to continue on the "straight path," Aquino's program to fight poverty and corrup

  • Australian seated beside overweight passenger sues Etihad

    Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Etihad Airways said Friday that it will continue to fight a lawsuit by a passenger who says he was left with back pain because he was seated beside an overweight man on a 14-hour flight from the United Arab Emirates to Sydney. James Bassos, of Brisbane, is suing the Abu Dhabi-based airline in the Queensland state District Court over a permanent back injury he says he suffered while trying to avoid his fellow passenger on the 2011 flight. The 38-year-old interior designer is claiming $227,000 Australian dollars ($166,000) for medical expenses and lost earnings. Etihad predicted in a statement on Friday that a court-ordered medical assessment would bring the case to a swift end.

  • AP investigation prompts new round of slave rescues

    Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Authorities in Papua New Guinea have rescued eight fishermen held on board a Thai-owned refrigerated cargo ship, and dozens of other boats are still being sought in response to an Associated Press report that included satellite photos and locations of slave vessels at sea. Two Burmese and six Cambodian men have been removed from the Blissful Reefer, a massive quarter-acre transport ship now impounded in Daru, Papua New Guinea, about 120 miles (200 kilometers) north of Australia. Officials said the fishermen appeared to be part of a larger group of forced laborers being transported from Thailand to be distributed onto various fishing boats, said George Gigauri, head of the International Organization for Migration in Port Moresby, wh

  • Chinese vice premier, Kazakh prime minister head delegations

    Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Kazakhstan Prime Minister Karim Massimov will head the Almaty delegation and Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong will lead the Beijing team in the final presentations to the IOC ahead of the vote for the 2022 Winter Olympics. Mayors from both cities — Wang Anshun, who is also the president of the Beijing bid committee — and Almaty's Akhmetzhan Yessimov — are also on the teams which will make their presentations Friday to an expected 86 IOC members eligible to vote. Two sports stars — former NBA player Yao Ming and two-time Olympic medalist freestyle skier Li Nina — will appear on behalf of Beijing. ___ This story corrects athlete for China delegation to Li Nina, not Li Na.

  • Surfer seriously injured in Australian shark attack

    Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    SYDNEY (AP) — A surfer was seriously injured as he repeatedly punched a shark that mauled him off the Australian east coast on Friday, less than a week after a fatal attack, police and a witness said. Craig Ison, 52, sustained significant wounds to his left leg and hand in the dawn attack at Evans Head, 550 kilometers (340 miles) north of Sydney, Detective Inspector Cameron Lindsay said. Ison was taken by ambulance to Lismore Base Hospital in serious but stable condition, police said. The attack comes after a similar one Saturday off the island state of Tasmania when recreational diver Damian Johnson, 46, became the second victim of a fatal shark attack in Australia this year when he was mauled by a suspected great wh

  • Woods gets hot after bad start, shoots 68 at Quicken Loans

    Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    GAINESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Tiger Woods took a conservative 3-wood off the first hole Thursday in the Quicken Loans National when many players were hitting driver. No matter — he still pull-hooked it into the gallery, hit his second shot into a greenside bunker and lipped out a 5-footer for par before slamming his putter against his bag. On the third hole, he missed the green well left and had to get up-and-down for bogey. A three-putt on No. 4 left him 3 over. It was his final bogey of the day. Woods got a fortunate deflection off a marshal left of the green on the par-5 fifth. He apologized, handed out an autographed glove and made his first birdie. Then he ran off five birdies in six holes around the turn for a 3-und

  • Q&A: A look at the new leader of Afghanistan's Taliban

    Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Mullah Mohammad Akhtar Mansoor, who has been tapped to succeed Mullah Mohammad Omar as the Taliban's leader, is said to have close ties with authorities in Pakistan. Mullah Mansoor's closeness to Islamabad could be crucial to Afghanistan's future. It places him in a good position to revive peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban hosted earlier this month by Pakistan, which in recent months has moved to improve relations with Afghanistan. Those talks were indefinitely postponed after Mullah Omar's death was announced this week. But Mullah Mansoor faces a challenge: can he keep the Taliban united and rein in hard-liners who want to continue the 14-year insurgency, now that U.S.




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