• Bangladesh sentences 2 more to death in 1971 war crimes

    Updated: Tue, Feb 2, 2016

    NEW DELHI (AP) — A special war crimes tribunal in Bangladesh on Tuesday sentenced two more men to death after finding them guilty of killing, kidnapping and looting during the country's independence war against Pakistan in 1971. The three-judge panel in Dhaka, the capital, ruled that Obaidul Haque Taher and Ataur Rahman Noni were involved in the deaths of seven people. Prosecutors said they helped Pakistani soldiers attack a village in Netrokona district on Oct. 19, 1971. The men pleaded not guilty. Bangladesh says Pakistani soldiers, aided by local collaborators, killed 3 million people and raped more than 200,000 women during the nine-month war in 1971 that led to the creation of Bangladesh. Previously it was the eastern

  • 5-year-old Afghan boy could get to meet Lionel Messi

    Updated: Tue, Feb 2, 2016

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A 5-year-old Afghan boy who made a splash on the Internet by wearing a homemade Lionel Messi jersey might get the chance to meet the Barcelona great. The Afghan Football Federation said it is planning to set up a meeting between Messi and Murtaza Ahmadi, who was pictured wearing an Argentina jersey made from a plastic bag with Messi's name and number on the back. Afghan federation spokesman Sayed Ali Kazemi said Tuesday officials hope Messi can come to Afghanistan to visit the boy, but otherwise they will arrange to send him to Spain, where Messi plays with Barcelona, or arrange a meeting in a third country.

  • Afghan Taliban open new front in war with attacks on media

    Updated: Tue, Feb 2, 2016

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban suicide bombing against a bus carrying employees of Afghanistan's biggest media company last month has shocked local journalists, who fear they are now in the cross hairs of an increasingly lethal insurgency. Journalism has always been a dangerous line of work in Afghanistan, and reporters have long had to contend with threats and occasional attacks by various armed groups. But after Tolo TV, the most popular Afghan broadcaster, falsely accused the Taliban of mass rape in a report carried late last year, the insurgents declared war.

  • Panthers, Broncos meet reporters at Super Bowl media circus

    Updated: Mon, Feb 1, 2016

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — What happens when you put Peyton Manning, Miss Universe, an orange-and-blue leprechaun and 200 TV cameras into the same room? Answer: Super Bowl Opening Night. The NFL took a good idea gone surreal — what used to be known as "Media Day" — gave it a new name, added a live cover band and moved the whole thing to prime time Monday to kick off Super Bowl week between the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers. This new and amped-up interview-fest came complete with a guy walking around inside an inflatable football and a newly choreographed players' introduction that involved all 60 players from each team walking out onto a four-story-high catwalk.

  • Australian official says PM is considering an early election

    Updated: Mon, Feb 1, 2016

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's prime minister told government colleagues Tuesday that an early general election within weeks was "a live option," an official said. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull alone decides the timing of the next election. He has maintained that he plans for his government to run a full three-year term which would make the election due around September. But he told his colleagues at their first meeting at Parliament House for the year that the election could be called much sooner, a government minister said. Turnbull said he could call a double dissolution election, so-called because both the House of Representatives and the Senate are dissolved.

  • Thai authorities say fishing industry crackdown intensified

    Updated: Mon, Feb 1, 2016

    BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand, which faces possible trade sanctions over abuses in its seafood industry, says it has accelerated its fight against human trafficking and unregulated fishing. Deputy national police chief Thammasak Witcharaya said Monday that in the eight months since a task force was set up to combat fishing industry abuses, it has investigated 36 cases, arrested 102 suspects and rescued 130 presumed trafficking victims. In the 16 months prior to that, only 15 cases were investigated. Trafficking victims in the fishing industry sometimes work in slavery-like conditions. The EU has warned Thailand, the world's third-largest exporter of seafood, that its seafood may be banned if it fails to institute effective measur

  • Suicide bombing in Afghan capital kills at least 9

    Updated: Mon, Feb 1, 2016

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide bomber killed at least nine and wounded 12 in an attack on a police base in Kabul on Monday, an Afghan official said. Kabul police spokesman Basir Mujahid said the attacker joined a line of people waiting to enter the local headquarters of a branch of the national police after having lunch and praying outside. The bomber detonated his explosives after being spotted near the gate. "Unfortunately the majority of the killed and wounded are civilians," Mujahid said, adding that two police officers were among the dead and a third was wounded. President Ashraf Ghani condemned the attack in a statement. "Such acts are unforgivable crimes against civilians," the statement quoting Ghani as s

  • Chinese artist imitates photo of Syrian toddler on the beach

    Updated: Mon, Feb 1, 2016

    NEW DELHI (AP) — Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei has recreated the famous image of a 3-year-old Syrian child who drowned in Turkey last year by staging a photo of himself lying face down on a beach in Greece. The photograph last year of the child lying on a Turkish beach triggered international outrage as people saw the helpless toddler as the devastating human face of the refugee crisis in Europe. Ai posed last week on a pebbly beach on Lesbos island for the picture for one of India's largest English-language news magazines, India Today. Rohit Chawla, the magazine's photographer and visual director, traveled to Lesbos to take the picture. The photograph was displayed at an art fair in New Delhi over the w

  • Singapore seizes bank accounts in Malaysian fund probe

    Updated: Mon, Feb 1, 2016

    SINGAPORE (AP) — Singapore announced Monday that it has seized a large number of bank accounts in a probe into alleged misappropriations related to an indebted Malaysian state investment fund. Investigations of "possible money laundering and other offenses carried out in Singapore" in connection with the 1MDB fund have been continuing since mid-2015, said the Monetary Authority of Singapore and the Commercial Affairs Department, which polices white-collar crime. Singapore is working closely with authorities in Malaysia, Switzerland and the United States in the investigation, the agencies said in a joint statement.

  • 13 college students on school picnic drown in western India

    Updated: Mon, Feb 1, 2016

    NEW DELHI (AP) — Police say 13 college students on a school picnic have drowned while swimming in the sea in western India. Senior police official Raja Pawar said the 10 female and three male students were swept away Monday after they went into the water in Murud, a beach town about 150 kilometers (95 miles) south of Mumbai. About 115 students and 11 teachers from a college in the town of Pune had gone to Murud for a picnic. Coast guard officers and police using speedboats launched a search in the sea. The Murud beach has a dangerous undertow. Pawar said the students were warned by local residents not to go far out in the sea but ignored the warnings.

  • Myanmar house begins new session dominated by Suu Kyi party

    Updated: Mon, Feb 1, 2016

    NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) — For a generation and more, they were the persistent, often persecuted opposition. On Monday, Aung San Suu Kyi's pro-democracy party took a momentous step toward becoming Myanmar's government. Led for the first time by the National League for Democracy, parliament began a heady and historic session that will install the country's first democratically elected government in more than 50 years. The NLD won a landslide victory in Nov. 8 elections, taking about 80 percent of the seats at stake in the two houses of parliament to defeat the military-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party. Many legislators expressed hope that it was the beginning of a new, brighter era following decades of mili

  • Group: Australian driver deliberately killed 17 kangaroos

    Updated: Mon, Feb 1, 2016

    SYDNEY (AP) — Seventeen kangaroos have died after being deliberately run down by a driver in Australia, an animal welfare group said Monday. The carcasses of 16 kangaroos were found Monday along a 100-meter (300-foot) stretch of road in the eastern city of Brisbane, said Michael Beatty, a spokesman for the RSPCA in Queensland state. Another kangaroo had to be euthanized because of its injuries. Many of the animals were young, Beatty said. "They've definitely been deliberately run over," Beatty said. "You can quite clearly see the tire tracks where they've gone off the road to hit them." The group has asked for any witnesses to come forward with information.

  • What We Learned from the Australian Open

    Updated: Sun, Jan 31, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — It didn't take long for the Australian Open to become controversial this year, although it had nothing to do with play on the courts. On the first morning of Jan. 18, BBC and BuzzFeed News reports that match-fixing had gone unchecked in tennis overshadowed the start of the event known often as the "Happy Slam," because of its laid-back nature. Officials twice held media conferences over the first 10 days to address the issue. Back on the court there were early upsets, including the first-round losses by Rafael Nadal to Fernando Verdasco and No. 2-seeded Simona Halep's defeat to Chinese qualifier and eventual quarterfinalist Zhang Shuai.

  • After long world tour, Spieth vows never again

    Updated: Sun, Jan 31, 2016

    SINGAPORE (AP) — After waiting an extra day just to play one shot, Jordan Spieth finally headed home to the United States on Monday, vowing to never again attempt a globetrotting tour like the one he's just completed. Spieth had been booked to fly back to Texas on Sunday evening but had to remain in Southeast Asia another night after a thunderstorm delayed the end of the Singapore Open with the world number one only needing to putt out on the 18th hole. He finished his round on Monday morning, sinking a birdie to finish runner-up to South Korea's Song Young-han by a stroke, then began packing his bags for the long-haul to Dallas after a hectic two months which has taken him to South Korea, China, Australia, the Bahamas, Haw

  • Djokovic names his 2016 goal the Djoker Slam

    Updated: Sun, Jan 31, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Novak Djokovic has a new goal for the year. He calls it the Djoker Slam. The No. 1-ranked player has one thing missing from his fast-growing collection of 11 Grand Slam trophies. "The French Open. It's the one I never won," Djokovic said early Monday, after winning his record sixth Australian Open, but already casting an eye toward Paris. "I'll try to put myself in a position to get that trophy." Djokovic's relentless desire for tennis perfection has pushed him to a brilliant level, one that was too high for Andy Murray who lost Sunday's final 6-1, 7-5, 7-6 (3). The straight-sets win highlighted Djokovic's dominance and Murray's shortcomings: the No.

  • Song hangs on to beat Spieth by a stroke at Singapore Open

    Updated: Sun, Jan 31, 2016

    SINGAPORE (AP) — Jordan Spieth finished runner-up at the Singapore Open on Monday after South Korea's Song Young-han held his nerve to beat the fast-finishing world number one by a single stroke. Among 13 players back at Sentosa Golf Club at the break of dawn after Sunday's final round was suspended because of a thunderstorm, Spieth sank a five-foot birdie putt on the last hole, where he had marked his ball overnight, completing a final round of 5-under 66 to finish at 11-under 273. Song, resuming on 12 under and playing two groups behind Spieth, drained a tricky 12-foot par putt on the 16th then made par at the last two holes to win the co-sanctioned Asian and Japan Tour event.

  • Hyo Joo Kim wins LPGA Tour opener in the Bahamas

    Updated: Sun, Jan 31, 2016

    PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) — Hyo Joo Kim won the season-opening Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic on Sunday, relegating Stacy Lewis to yet another second-place finish. Kim rebounded from a bogey on the 16th hole with a 9-foot birdie putt on the par-3 17th and closed with a par for a two-stroke victory over Lewis, 2015 champion Sei Young Kim and Anna Nordqvist. "Really happy that I won here because it's just like a really good start to the season," Hyo Joo Kim said through fellow South Korean player Minjee Lee. "Good vibes." Hyo Joo Kim shot a 7-under 66 at the breezy Ocean Club to finish at 18-under 274. The 20-year-old player has three LPGA Tour victories, also winning the 2014 Evian Championship and 2015 Founders Cu

  • Jobs protest in southern India turns violent, 15 police hurt

    Updated: Sun, Jan 31, 2016

    HYDERABAD, India (AP) — A protest in southern India by thousands of people demanding that some state government jobs be reserved for members of a lower-caste community turned violent Sunday with at least 15 policemen injured, an official said. Chandrababu Nadu, the top elected official of Andhra Pradesh state, said the protesters set on fire some train coaches, a police station and dozens of vehicles. He said the protesters belonging to the lower-caste Kapu community blocked a national highway and disrupted train service by sitting on railroad tracks. Naidu said passengers on the Ratnachal Express train were unharmed.

  • Djokovic wins 6th Australian title; Murray loses 5th final

    Updated: Sun, Jan 31, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — In five previous Australian Open wins, Novak Djokovic had never felt so much love. After maintaining his perfect record in six finals at Melbourne Park — and extending his old friend Andy Murray's streak to five losses from five championship deciders Down Under — Djokovic had hundreds of Serbian fans singing and chanting his name so loudly he could barely hear questions in a TV interview. While Djokovic was still celebrating his 6-1, 7-5, 7-6 (3) victory on Sunday night, equaling Roy Emerson's record of six Australian titles, Murray was rushing for the airport to catch a flight back to Britain to reunite with his pregnant wife. "I never experienced this much crowd and this much love," D

  • Distracted Murray comes up short again in Melbourne

    Updated: Sun, Jan 31, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Andy Murray had one thing on his mind as he walked off the court with the Australian Open runner-up trophy, yet again: Would he make his early-morning flight back to Britain to be with his wife Kim, who is about to give birth to their first child? Murray rushed into his post-match news conference, answered eight questions — very succinctly, for him — and was out the door and on his way to the airport, with a little over 1 ½ hours to catch his flight. "Regardless of today's result, it's been hard," he said about the two-week tournament. "I just want to get home.




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