• World Trade Organization approves Kazakhstan's membership

    Updated: Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    BERLIN (AP) — Kazakhstan is set to become the 162nd member of the World Trade Organization after the Geneva-based body formally approved the country's membership Monday. The largest former Soviet republic in Central Asia is rich in natural resources and a key transit country for goods between Asia and Europe. President Nursultan Nazarbayev says Kazakhstan is committed to opening up its financial and telecommunications sectors as agreed during its 19-year accession process. Nazarbayev says his country hopes that joining the WTO will encourage foreign investment. Kazakhstan, which has suffered from the economic downturn in neighboring Russia, must still ratify the membership agreement in its national Parliament by

  • Worldwide strengthening El Nino giveth and taketh away

    Updated: Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In California, they're counting on it to end an historic drought; in Peru, they've already declared a pre-emptive emergency to prepare for devastating flooding. It's both an economic stimulus and a recession-maker. And it's likely to increase the price of coffee, chocolate and sugar. It's El Nino — most likely, the largest in well over a decade, forecasters say. A lot more than mere weather, it affects lives and pocketbooks in different ways in different places. Every few years, the winds shift and the water in the Pacific Ocean gets warmer than usual. That water sloshes back and forth around the equator in the Pacific, interacts with the winds above and then changes weather worldwide. This is El Nino.

  • Cavaliers sign guard Matthew Dellavedova to 1-year contract

    Updated: Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) — Matthew Dellavedova has hustled his way back to the Cavaliers. Dellavedova, who emerged as an unlikely postseason hero when All-Star guard Kyrie Irving was injured, signed a $1.2 million contract for next season on Monday. He had been a restricted free agent, and although the Cavs signed Mo Williams this summer to be Irving's primary backup, the team wanted to keep Dellavedova because of the energy he brings off the bench. Dellavedova accepted the Cavs' qualifying offer and he can be an unrestricted free agent next summer when the league's salary cap will expand. He made $816,000 last season. The Australian has endeared himself to Cleveland fans, and his teammates adore "Delly" for his non-stop

  • Ex-president known as father of Indian missile program dies

    Updated: Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    GAUHATI, India (AP) — Former Indian President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, known as the father of the country's military missile program, died Monday after collapsing while delivering a lecture, a top state official said. He was 83. The president from 2002 until 2007, he was a scientist and science administrator for four decades before that, mainly at the state-run Defense Research and Development Organization and the Indian Space Research Organization. He played a key organizational and technical role in India's nuclear program. He also served as a scientific adviser to the prime minister. Kalam fell sick Monday while addressing the students of the Indian Institute of Management in the Meghalaya state capital, Shillong, said

  • Philippine leader seeks laws to end rebellion, dynasties

    Updated: Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine president asked Congress on Monday to pass a troubled Muslim autonomy bill at the heart of efforts to end a bloody rebellion in the country's south and legislation that aims to lessen the stranglehold on power of entrenched political families, which include his. In his final state of the nation speech before he steps down in 11 months, Benigno Aquino III summed his administration's achievements in battling corruption and poverty — his campaign battle cry in 2010 — and thanked just about everyone who backed him, from his late parents, who are revered democracy champions, to his hairstylist. Among other concerns he raised was the increasingly tense dispute with China over conteste

  • Bach: Facilities and sustainability key to winning 2022 bid

    Updated: Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The vote to determine which city will host the 2022 Winter Olympics will come down to the quality of sports facilities for athletes and sustainability, International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach said Monday. Bach is in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where the IOC will vote Friday to choose between Beijing and Almaty, Kazakhstan. "The key issue is to deliver a great games for the athletes, and that means having (a bid) which offers great conditions in the sport facilities but also to have a project which addresses the issues of Olympic Agenda 2020, that means to have sustainable and feasible Olympic Games," Bach said.

  • 10 killed in India as militants attack police station, bus

    Updated: Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian forces fought an extended gunbattle Monday with militants who attacked a moving bus and stormed into a police station in a northern town bordering Pakistan, with 10 people killed in the violence, officials said. The attackers killed four policemen and three civilians in the pre-dawn attack in Punjab state, said Harcharan Singh Bains, a state government spokesman. All three of the attackers died in fighting with Indian police officers backed by army personnel that lasted about 12 hours, said the state's director-general of police, Sumedh Singh Saini. The militants hijacked a car and then fired at the bus and a roadside eatery before attacking a police station near Gurdaspur, a border town in Pun

  • Gunmen kill 2 police officers, woman in southwest Pakistan

    Updated: Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani police say gunmen opened fire on a police convoy, killing two officers and a woman passer-by in the southwestern city of Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan province. Abdur Razzaq Cheema, the Quetta police chief, says police fired back and killed one of the attackers in Monday's incident. Cheema says the other attacker was wounded, but managed to flee the scene on his motorcycle. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. The southwest province is home to both al-Qaida-linked Sunni militants and Baluch separatists groups who have been fighting for autonomy and a greater share in the region's natural resources.

  • AP Exclusive: AP tracks slave boats to Papua New Guinea

    Updated: Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — From space, the fishing boats are just little white specks floating in a vast stretch of blue water off Papua New Guinea. But zoom in and there's the critical evidence: Two trawlers loading slave-caught seafood onto a massive refrigerated cargo ship. The trawlers fled a slave island in Indonesia with captives of a brutal Southeast Asian trafficking ring whose catch reaches the United States. Hundreds of men were freed after they were discovered there earlier this year, but 34 boats loaded with workers left for new fishing grounds before help arrived — they remain missing. After a four-month investigation, The Associated Press has found that at least some of them ended up in a narrow, dangerous strai

  • Kyrgyz president fumes over award to jailed journalist

    Updated: Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan (AP) — The president of Kyrgyzstan on Monday lambasted the United States for honoring a jailed Kyrgyz journalist. The U.S. State Department earlier this month conferred a share of its annual Human Rights Defender award on Azimzhan Askarov, an ethnic Uzbek journalist and activist who is serving a life sentence in prison for stirring up "ethnic hatred." Kyrgyzstan, angry at the award, last week dissolved a 1993 cooperation agreement with the United States, saying that Askarov is a dangerous criminal. Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev told reporters on Monday that he views the award to Askarov as a "deliberate provocation aiming to flare up ethnic tensions" in the south of the country.

  • Afghan official: 21 dead, 8 wounded in wedding gunfight

    Updated: Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A shootout at a wedding party in northern Afghanistan has left 21 people dead and eight wounded, an official said Monday. Abdul Jabar Perdili, police chief of Baghlan province, said a gunfight broke out between two groups attending the wedding in Dih Salah district late Sunday. He said that most of the dead were wedding guests and at least two of the wounded were younger than 18 years old. Perdili's spokesman, Jaweed Basharat, had earlier said that 10 people were wounded. Conflicting accounts are common in the chaotic aftermath of violent incidents. Baghlan and other provinces of the north have been plagued by insurgent attacks since the U.S.-led invasion in 2001 that toppled the Taliban.

  • Iowa National Guard airman, 20, drowns in Guam

    Updated: Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    MANGILAO, Guam (AP) — A member of the Iowa National Guard has drowned while swimming in Guam. The Iowa National Guard said in a news release that 20-year-old Senior Airman Drew Bellairs of Osage was swimming at Marbo Cave in Mangilao, Guam, Saturday when he drowned. Col. Greg Hapgood said Bellairs and a group of friends were swimming for fun when Bellairs swam into the air pocket of a cave and was not able to get out. His friends retrieved scuba gear to try and help him out of the area, but he was unresponsive when they returned. Bellairs was serving on temporary duty while assigned to the 506th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron at Andersen Air Force Base in Guam. He was a student at Iowa State University.

  • Thai Airways suspends unprofitable US flights

    Updated: Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's beleaguered national airline said Monday it will suspend flights to the U.S. as part of efforts to end years of losses. The airline will suspend the unprofitable four roundtrip flights per week from Bangkok to Los Angeles and from Bangkok to Rome, starting October 25, Thai Airways President Jarumporn Chotikasathein said in a statement. He said the two routes "failed to meet every criterion" for viability including their 10-year performance, market potential and the number of connecting passengers. State-owned Thai Airways cancelled its non-stop flights from Bangkok to Los Angeles in 2012, adding a layover in Seoul. Four years earlier, the airline called off its non-stop service to New York.

  • In an Afghanistan awash in arms, a push to ban toy guns

    Updated: Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The weapons of Afghanistan's long decades of war can be seen almost everywhere, from the burned-out hulks of Soviet tanks to the Kalashnikov assault rifles slung over policemen's shoulders and helicopter gunships roaring overhead. It should be no surprise then that young children play "police and Taliban," chasing each other around with toy guns and weaponry designed to mimic the real thing. And like the real war, there have been casualties. At least 184 people, nearly all children, suffered eye injuries over the recent Eid al-Fitr holiday from toy weapons that fire BB pellets and rubber shot, health officials said. In response, authorities have banned toy guns.

  • Steven Adams unavailable for New Zealand national team

    Updated: Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams has made himself unavailable for New Zealand's Oceania Olympic basketball qualifying series against Australia next month. Fairfax Media reports Monday that Adams' management company said the 22-year-old was unable to play in the matches at Melbourne on Aug. 15 and Wellington on Aug. 18 because of "scheduling conflicts." The report quoted Wasserman Media as saying that because of those conflicts "and Steven's focus on being ready for the start of the 2015-2016 regular season" he would be unable to join the New Zealand team for the Oceania qualifiers. The winner of the two-match series between Australia and New Zealand will qualify for the 2016 Rio

  • Australian nurse charged with supporting IS stays in custody

    Updated: Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — An Australian nurse who says he was forced by Islamic State militants to work as a medic in Syria did not apply for bail when he appeared in a court in his hometown of Melbourne on Monday charged with supporting a terrorist group. Adam Brookman, 39, voluntarily returned to Australia from Turkey on Friday. Brookman has told media that he was able to escape from Syria after winning Islamic State militants' trust by working for them in a hospital controlled by the group at al-Bab in Aleppo province. He appeared briefly in the Melbourne Magistrates Court charged with performing services to help someone engage in a hostile activity in a foreign country. He is also charged with supporting a terrorist o

  • Cambage ruled out of Australia squad after skipping camp

    Updated: Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Liz Cambage has been ruled out Australia's squad for games against Japan and the Oceania Olympic qualifying series against New Zealand after skipping a training camp to attend a music festival. Cambage had been recalled to national duties last week following nine months on the sidelines after rupturing her Achilles, but Basketball Australia issued a brief statement late Sunday saying the 23-year-old center had "made herself unavailable" for the games against Japan starting Monday and had been scrubbed from the Oceania championships as a consequence. "Basketball Australia will continue to assist Cambage in her rehabilitation from an Achilles injury," the three-paragraph statement said.

  • Second body found in New Zealand search for Canadian hikers

    Updated: Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand police said Monday they have found and recovered a second body from a field of avalanche debris during a search for two missing Canadian hikers. Search and rescue teams said they found the second body near where they had found the first a day earlier, about 350 meters (1,150 feet) below a track the two 23-year-old Montreal students had intended to hike. Police spokesman Nicholas Barkley said they have yet to formally identify the bodies. He said authorities have told the families about the latest developments. The men are Louis-Vincent Lessard and Etienne Lemieux.

  • Jason Day rallies to win Canadian Open

    Updated: Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    OAKVILLE, Ontario (AP) — Jason Day birdied the final three holes to win the Canadian Open on Sunday, spoiling David Hearn's bid to become the first Canadian winner in 61 years. Day made a 20-foot putt on the par-5 18th for a 4-under 68 and a one-stroke victory over Bubba Watson. Day finished at 17-under 271 at Glen Abbey. "I've never felt so much at home, and I'm not even from Canada," Day said. "I'm looking forward to coming back and defending the title here next year because I know that when I get here next year it's going to be the same. It's great to feel like a Canadian for a week." Day was coming off a fourth-place tie Monday in the British Open at St. Andrews. The 28-year-old Australian also fought through vert

  • Lexi Thompson rallies to win Meijer LPGA Classic in Michigan

    Updated: Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    BELMONT, Mich. (AP) — Lexi Thompson made sure she didn't beat herself — and ended up defeating everyone else. "I was just trying to be patient," Thompson said after rallying from four shots back to win the Meijer LPGA Classic by a stroke Sunday. "Really, the whole day I was just trying to play my own game," The 20-year-old Florida player closed with a 6-under 65 at Blythefield Country Club for her fifth LPGA Tour victory. She won for the first time since the then-Kraft Nabisco Championship last year. Thompson finished at 18-under 266 and earned $300,000. "I actually said when I was on 10 that my goal was to get to 20-under," Thompson said.




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