• UN: Afghan ground fighting kills growing number of civilians

    Updated: Sun, Apr 12, 2015

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A report released by the U.N. mission in Afghanistan shows an 8 percent rise in the number of civilians killed or wounded as a result of ground battles between security forces and insurgents. The findings released Sunday reflect the movement of insurgents into built-up areas in the three months since NATO forces ended their combat mission. The report by the U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan says ground fighting killed 136 civilians and wounded another 385 in the first three months of the year. It says ground fighting remains the leading cause of conflict-related death for women and children.

  • Rebels ambush police in central Indian forest, killing 7

    Updated: Sun, Apr 12, 2015

    PATNA, India (AP) — Maoist rebels attacked a group of policemen patrolling in a central Indian forest, killing seven and wounding another 10, police said. The ambushed policemen were part of a special task force out searching for rebel activity early Saturday when the militants opened fire, according to R.K. Vij, a top police official in Chhattisgarh state. Ten wounded officers were airlifted to a hospital in the state capital of Raipur. Few other details were available from the remote region in Sukma district, 385 kilometers (240 miles) south of Raipur. The rebels have been called India's biggest internal security threat, operating in 20 of India's 28 states with thousands of fighters.

  • Bangladesh on alert after execution, applauded by many

    Updated: Sun, Apr 12, 2015

    DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Thousands of Bangladeshis poured onto the streets to applaud the execution of an Islamist party official on charges of crimes against humanity during the country's 1971 independence war, while security forces were on alert Sunday for a possible backlash from his supporters. Mohammad Qamaruzzaman was hanged Saturday night in the central jail in the capital, Dhaka, a senior prison official, Forman Ali, told reporters. He was buried early Sunday under tight security, according to his brother, Kafil Uddin.

  • Rain washes out IndyCar qualifying at GP of Louisiana

    Updated: Sat, Apr 11, 2015

    AVONDALE, La. (AP) — Juan Pablo Montoya got some extra mileage out of his season-opening IndyCar series victory, thanks to a rain out of qualifying Saturday in the inaugural Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana. The grid order for the race Sunday was set on points for the season. And because there has been only one race, drivers will start in the order they finished in St. Petersburg, Florida, two weeks ago. That's good news for all four Team Penske cars after they finished in the top five — but especially so for Montoya. The 39-year-old Colombian spun off the wet NOLA Motorsports Park track during the first group of qualifying Saturday and would have started 15th had the weather not worsened. "It's the rules that we play w

  • Maldives divers hold underwater protest to free ex-leader

    Updated: Sat, Apr 11, 2015

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A hundred scuba divers in the Maldives held an underwater protest demanding the release of jailed ex-president Mohamed Nasheed who became popular as an environmental activist during his presidency. Nasheed is serving a 13-year prison sentence for ordering the arrest and detention of a senior judge when he was in power three years ago. The divers submerged 5 meters (16 feet) near the capital, Male, on Saturday and held banners reading "Free Nasheed Now,", "Free the Climate Hero" and "Democracy in Jail," according to a statement by Nasheed aide Paul Roberts. Nasheed campaigned to raise awareness on global warming during his presidency.

  • Bangladesh braces for protests after Islamist's execution

    Updated: Sat, Apr 11, 2015

    DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh braced for protests and fresh violence Sunday after a senior official of the largest Islamist party was executed on charges of crimes against humanity during the country's 1971 independence war, the second man to be hanged since the government revived war crime trials that have sharpened political divisions in the South Asian nation. Mohammad Qamaruzzaman was put to death Saturday night in the central jail in the capital, Dhaka, a senior prison official, Forman Ali, told reporters outside the premises.

  • World team beats US 103-101 at Hoop Summit

    Updated: Sat, Apr 11, 2015

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Canada's Jamal Murray had 30 points and Italy's Frederico Mussini scored the go-ahead points on three free throws with 2:04 remaining to help the World Selects beat the United States 103-101 on Saturday in the annual Nike Hoop Summit. Skal Labissieri, a 7-foot forward from Haiti who is bound for Kentucky, scored 21 points. Louisiana State-bound Ben Simmons of Australia had 13 points and nine assists. Luke Kennard, who has signed at Duke, had 22 points to lead the United States, which had five players score in double figures. Villanova-bound Jalen Brunson and Stephen Zimmerman scored 12 points each for the Americans. Thon Maker had 10 rebounds to help the World Selects outrebound the U.S. 40-29.

  • Health official: Over 100 Afghan schoolchildren fall ill

    Updated: Sat, Apr 11, 2015

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — More than 100 students from the same school in Afghanistan's western Herat province have been hospitalized after falling ill, a health official said Saturday. Rafiq Sherzai, a doctor at Herat's regional hospital, said the students were between 7 and 12 years old and all attended the Fatiha School in the city of Herat, the provincial capital. Sherzai said all were in good condition. He did not offer a cause for the mass illness. Abdul Raouf Ahmadi, a spokesman for Herat's provincial police chief, said only a dozen students were affected. He blamed the children's illnesses on eating "expired beans." He said police were investigating the incident.

  • Apple Watch options: 54 combinations of case, band, size

    Updated: Sat, Apr 11, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Apple Watch comes with a choice of watch case, band and size — there are 54 possible configurations in all. Most models come in two sizes, 38 millimeters and 42 millimeters, as measured by the height of the watch face. The larger one costs $50 more in most cases. For a few of the bands, only one size is available. There are three lines to choose from: — The cheapest is a "Sport" version with an aluminum case. You can get it with a silver case and choose a white, blue, green or pink band made of synthetic rubber. Or get a gray case with a black band. The smaller version costs $349, and the large one is $399. That's 10 configurations — five bands, each in two sizes. — The regular version ha

  • Review: Many choices, indecision with Apple Watch

    Updated: Sat, Apr 11, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Of the 13 Apple Watch models I tried over two sessions, the one I liked most cost $15,000. Oops — where's my raise? Both sessions at the Apple store began with indecision: What size do I want? Which band do I prefer? I didn't have good answers as my Apple Watch try-on visits started — at first modestly, with models that cost about the same as an iPhone. The try-on session typically begins with making an appointment online. If you're looking for a luxury "Edition" made of 18-karat gold alloy, you specify that. Only some stores offer those, including the one I visited on New York's Upper West Side. I bypassed the appointments because Apple's media reps in Cupertino, California, had arranged my sessio

  • Indian premier wins Airbus pledge to manufacture in India

    Updated: Sat, Apr 11, 2015

    TOULOUSE, France (AP) — Airbus says it is ready to manufacture helicopters, satellites and military transport planes in India. The European planemaker made the announcement Saturday after a visit by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to its headquarters in Toulouse in southern France. Airbus Group CEO Tom Enders said in a statement "we are ready to manufacture in India, for India and the world," including final assembly lines and supply chains. The company didn't give details of potential expansion in India, where it currently has engineering centers and a research facility. Modi's visit to France has also produced contracts in energy, transport and space exploration — and an announcement Friday of plans in the wor

  • Kashmir on strike to protest India plan for Hindu townships

    Updated: Sat, Apr 11, 2015

    SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Shops and businesses were closed in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir on Saturday to protest India's plan to build townships for Hindus who fled a rebellion in Muslim-majority areas. Local political leaders criticized the plan to house nearly 200,000 Hindus in new townships as a conspiracy to create communal division by separating the region's population along religious lines. The issue of returning Hindus sparks high emotion in the mostly Muslim region. Many of the Hindus, known as Pandits, fled after a rebellion erupted in 1989 that they believed was aimed at wiping them out.

  • Bus carrying Hindu pilgrims crashes in India, killing 13

    Updated: Sat, Apr 11, 2015

    KOLKATA, India (AP) — Police were searching Saturday for the driver of an overcrowded bus that skidded into a ditch in eastern India, killing 13 passengers, including two children, and injuring 43. The bus, which normally seats 54, had been so crowded with Hindu pilgrims that some were sitting on the roof, police said. Initial reports suggested "the driver was drunk" and traveling at a high speed when he tried to take a steep turn Friday morning and crashed, some 100 kilometers (60 miles) north of West Bengal's state capital of Kolkata, according to Burdwan police Superintendent Kunal Agarwal. "We are on the lookout for him," Agarwal said.

  • Thai junta links Samui island bombing to political opponents

    Updated: Sat, Apr 11, 2015

    BANGKOK (AP) — A car bomb explosion that slightly injured seven people on the popular resort island of Samui in southern Thailand may be linked to the country's political turmoil, a spokesman for the military government said Saturday. Initial reports indicated that the attack late Friday was carried out by the same group behind recent blasts in Thailand's capital that caused no fatalities, said Maj. Gen. Sansern Kaewkamnerd. He did not elaborate, but the leader of the junta that took power in a coup last May has blamed the Bangkok blasts on groups opposed to the military takeover.

  • A-League playoff race tight with 2 rounds to go

    Updated: Sat, Apr 11, 2015

    SYDNEY (AP) — Two points separate the top five teams in Australia's A-League ahead of a playoff scenario complicated by a Football Federation Australia ruling that will ban the Perth Glory from the playoffs. Edson Montano scored the game's only goal in the 54th minute of Newcastle's away win over first-place Melbourne Victory, while Alex Brosque had a pair of goals in second-place Sydney's 3-0 win over third-place Glory in Perth. Hours before the match Friday, Perth was fined and told it would finish in seventh place — one outside a playoff spot — due to salary cap breaches. The Glory have filed a court injunction in an attempt to stop the FFA ban, and have seven days to appeal the ruling. There are two rounds rem

  • Official says gunmen kill 20 at Pakistan dam project

    Updated: Sat, Apr 11, 2015

    QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — Gunmen in restive southwestern Pakistan shot and killed at least 20 workers early Saturday at a dam construction site, the deadliest recent attack targeting civilians in a region facing a low-level insurgency, authorities said. The violence targeted the Gobdan area of the Turbat district in southwestern Baluchistan province, a region where nationalist and separatist Baluch groups have fought against the Islamabad-based government for years. However, no group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack in Pakistan, a country that faces a deadly Taliban insurgency and threats from other Islamic extremists.

  • American Jorgensen extends streak in World Triathlon Series

    Updated: Sat, Apr 11, 2015

    GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — American Gwen Jorgensen's amazing streak continued Saturday when she won the ITU World Triathlon Series event on the Gold Coast for her eighth consecutive victory in the elite series. World champion Jorgensen finished the Olympic distance of a 1.5-kilometer swim, 40-kilometer cycle and 10-kilometer run in 1 hour, 56 minutes, 59 seconds on an all-American podium. Sarah True was second, 1:18 behind, and Katie Zaferes finished third, 1:36 slower than Jorgensen. London Olympic bronze medalist Jonathan Brownlee of Britain won the later men's race in a time of 1:46:53 ahead of two Spaniards — Mario Mola, who finished in 1:47.11, and Javier Gomez, the 2012 world champion and London silver medalist (1

  • Myanmar high-level meeting political talks consider reforms

    Updated: Fri, Apr 10, 2015

    NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) — Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi held talks with Myanmar's top political and military leaders in what a government spokesman described as a "successful meeting," but there was no sign the participants bridged their differences on political reforms ahead of an election later this year. Without at least a broad agreement, the participation of Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy in the polls is in doubt. It feels that several clauses in the constitution are unfair, including one that does not allow Suu Kyi to become president because her sons are foreign citizens. Ethnic minority parties also want changes in the constitution, which was enacted under military rule in 2008.

  • UN appeals for $20 million for Vanuatu cyclone victims

    Updated: Fri, Apr 10, 2015

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations appealed for nearly $20 million Friday for victims of Cyclone Pam which tore through the South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu last month, killing 17 people and leaving about 65,000 homeless. U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said the money is needed to continue basic relief efforts including providing food, safe drinking water and shelter. A U.N. appeal for about $30 million was launched on March 24 to cover the needs of 166,000 cyclone-affected people for three months but Dujarric said that to date donors have given only $10.7 million, just 36 per cent.

  • 7 hurt in car bomb on tourist island in southern Thailand

    Updated: Fri, Apr 10, 2015

    BANGKOK (AP) — A car bomb exploded at a shopping mall on a Thai island popular with foreign tourists for its pristine beaches, injuring seven people, officials said Saturday. The improvised bomb was hidden in a pickup truck and went off late Friday night in the basement of the Central Festival mall on Samui Island in Surat Thani province, after a fashion show, the island's disaster prevention and mitigation chief Poonsak Sophonpathumrak told The Associated Press. He said authorities believed the vehicle was stolen from one of the three southernmost Thai provinces plagued by Islamic insurgency. More than 5,000 people have been killed in the three southern provinces since 2004.




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