• Americans make statement with Tour of New Zealand sweep

    Updated: Sun, Feb 22, 2015

    MASTERTON, New Zealand (AP) — Tayler Wiles led an American sweep at the Tour of New Zealand on Sunday, holding off Megan Guarnier and Evelyn Stevens to win the five-stage women's road race. Another member of Team USA, Lauren Hall, captured the final stage in a sprint finish for her third stage win. Australian riders Georgia Baker and Emily Collins were second and third. The dominance of Wiles, Guarnier, Stevens in the overall classification helped Team USA win the team title by nearly 4 minutes over Australia. Lauren Kitchen of Australia was the first non-American in fourth place overall.

  • Jesuits: abducted Indian priest is released in Afghanistan

    Updated: Sun, Feb 22, 2015

    ROME (AP) — The Jesuit religious order says an Indian priest who was abducted in Afghanistan eight months ago has been released. James Stapleton, a Jesuit Refugee Service spokesman in Rome, said the Rev. Alexis Prem Kumar was released on Sunday and has since returned to his native India. Stapleton says the priest is "tired, he's happy to be home." Kumar was visiting a Jesuit Refugee Service-supported school near Herat, western Afghanistan, while serving as the service's Afghanistan director when he was abducted by several armed men in June. Stapleton says that Jesuits in India had been informed by the Indian government of Kumar's safe return. He says he had no other details about Kumar's release.

  • US defense secretary calls Afghan army 'a powerful force'

    Updated: Sun, Feb 22, 2015

    KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Sunday called Afghanistan's army "a powerful force in their own right" but declined to say whether he thinks the U.S. can scale back military training and advising this year as planned. Carter wrapped up two days in the war zone by consulting with U.S. and Afghan commanders at Kandahar air field, an important hub in the network of U.S. advisory posts that are due to close before year's end. In a question-and-answer session with reporters at this base in southern Afghanistan, Carter declined to say whether his visit had convinced him that the Kandahar operation should stay open longer. The advisory work here will wind up this summer unless President Bara

  • Maldives arrests ex-president for his move to arrest judge

    Updated: Sun, Feb 22, 2015

    MALE, Maldives (AP) — Authorities in the Maldives arrested former President and current opposition leader Mohamed Nasheed on Sunday, ordering him to stand trial for his 2012 decision to arrest a senior judge. Nasheed's party called for his release and his supporters protested in the capital, Male, following the arrest in a sign that the Indian Ocean archipelago nation, in just its seventh year of multiparty democracy following 30 years of autocratic rule, could be plunging into political uncertainty. A document signed by a senior criminal court judge seen by The Associated Press said Nasheed was being charged under anti-terrorism laws. Television stations in the country aired scenes of the arrest.

  • Lahiri wins playoff to clinch 2nd European Tour title

    Updated: Sun, Feb 22, 2015

    NEW DELHI (AP) — Anirban Lahiri grabbed his second European Tour title as he beat overnight leader Shiv Chowrasia on the first playoff hole at the Hero Indian Open on Sunday. Lahiri, who won the Maybank Malaysian Open two weeks ago, returned a 2-under 69 that helped him bridge a seven-stroke lead and catch up with fellow Indian Chowrasia on an overall 7-under 277. Chowrasia, who shared the lead with four others on the opening day before taking sole lead over the next two rounds, finished runner-up for the fourth time in the tournament. He returned five bogeys and a double-bogey in a dismal card of 76. Defending champion Siddikur Rahman of Bangladesh, who was second after the third round, also carded a poor 76 to finis

  • Afghanistan does itself proud at the Cricket World Cup

    Updated: Sun, Feb 22, 2015

    All sentiment aside, Afghanistan's cricketers showed Sunday why they belong at the World Cup. Later in the day, India indicated why it might be a strong chance to repeat as champions, beating one of the favorites, South Africa, by 130 runs. The Afghanis, making their first appearance at the tournament, arrived with plenty of pride and strong support from some 25,000 expatriates who now call the co-host countries of Australia and New Zealand home — and many others who want the fledgling team to do well. At Dunedin, New Zealand, the side — with some players who first took up the game in Pakistan refugee camps while escaping their neighboring war-torn country — pushed higher-ranked Sri Lanka to the limit before losing by f

  • Myanmar rebels deny attack on Red Cross-protected refugees

    Updated: Sun, Feb 22, 2015

    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Kokang ethnic rebels battling Myanmar forces in the country's north denied several government accusations Sunday, including that they attacked a Red Cross-flagged truck that was carrying refugees fleeing fighting in the area. Kokang spokesman Htun Myat Lin said the report by state media of Saturday's attack was not true, and that his group did not even have forces in the area of the alleged ambush. The state-run Myanma Ahlin newspaper reported that the rebels used heavy weapons to attack a truck carrying 15 refugees, wounding five people, including a TV cameraman from state-run Myanma Radio and Television and a Myanmar Red Cross volunteer.

  • Phoenix secure late draw with Jets in Australia's A-League

    Updated: Sun, Feb 22, 2015

    SYDNEY (AP) — Defensive midfielder Jason Hicks scored in the fourth minute of stoppage time to give the Wellington Phoenix a 2-2 draw with the Newcastle Jets in Australia's A-League on Sunday. The Phoenix fell behind early, with Roly Bonevacia and Scott Neville scoring four minutes apart to give Newcastle a 2-0 lead after 18 minutes. But Roy Krishna scored Wellington's first goal in the 68th minute before Hicks' late equalizer in the New Zealand capital. In the other match Sunday, first-place Perth Glory increased its league lead to two points after a scoreless draw with Melbourne City. Second-placed Melbourne Victory's match against Brisbane in the Queensland state capital was postponed because of heavy rain ca

  • Lydia Ko wins Women's Australian Open by 2 strokes

    Updated: Sun, Feb 22, 2015

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — New Zealand's Lydia Ko made her second start as world No. 1 a winning one, shooting a final-round 2-under 71 for a two-stroke victory in the Women's Australian Open over South Korea's Amy Yang. The South Korean-born Ko finished with a 72-hole total of 9-under 283 on the composite course at Royal Melbourne. Yang shot a final-round 72. Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand, who was tied with Ko after three rounds in the LPGA, European Tour and Australian Ladies event, shot a 76 to finish third, five strokes behind Ko. Defending champion Karrie Webb, who won her fifth Australian Open last year at nearby Victoria Golf Club, shot 71 and finished 10 strokes behind.

  • Head of UN climate panel skips meeting amid harassment case

    Updated: Sun, Feb 22, 2015

    NEW DELHI (AP) — The Indian leader of the U.N.'s expert panel on climate change has pulled out of a key meeting in Nairobi while pledging to cooperate with New Delhi police investigating allegations of sexual harassment. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said its chairman, R.K. Pachauri, would skip next week's plenary session in the Kenyan capital "because of issues demanding his attention in India." While the organization refused to elaborate, Pachauri is being investigated after a 29-year-old woman accused him of sexually harassing her while they worked together at the New Delhi lobbying and research organization he heads, The Energy Resources Institute.

  • Chilean cyclist's record quest ends in death in Thailand

    Updated: Sat, Feb 21, 2015

    BANGKOK (AP) — A Chilean cyclist's quest to bike around the world in five years has ended with his death in a road accident in northeast Thailand, police said Sunday. Juan Francisco Guillermo, 47, was hit by a pickup truck and immediately killed Saturday on a highway in Nakhon Ratchasima province. According to police and accounts on social media, Guillermo was attempting to set a Guinness World Record by cycling 250,000 kilometers (155,350 miles) on five continents in five years. His journey started in November 2010 and was scheduled to end in November this year. Guillermo's wife from Hong Kong, who was on another bicycle with their 2-year-old son, suffered a slight sprain in the accident, said police Col. Torsak Tham

  • China protests to India over Modi's visit to disputed area

    Updated: Sat, Feb 21, 2015

    BEIJING (AP) — China summoned India's ambassador over Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to a disputed border region in the Himalayas, a long-festering irritant in relations between the Asian giants. Modi on Friday visited the northeastern Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh, an immense territory of nearly 84,000 square kilometers (more than 32,000 square miles) that China claims as part of its Tibet region. Modi marked the 28th anniversary of Arunachal Pradesh being declared a state, opened a train line and called for hydropower projects to spur regional growth.

  • Singapore's founder hospitalized with pneumonia

    Updated: Sat, Feb 21, 2015

    SINGAPORE (AP) — Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore's founding father, has been hospitalized for severe pneumonia, the Prime Minister's Office said. Lee, 91, was admitted to Singapore General Hospital on Feb. 5, the office said in a statement Saturday. His condition has stabilized and he remains on mechanical ventilation in intensive care, the statement said. It said Lee was conscious and lightly sedated, and that doctors were continuing to monitor his condition. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, the son of Lee Kuan Yew, said in a Facebook posting that he visited his father on Saturday to wish him a speedy recovery. "Visited my father in hospital this morning. Did not see him on the first day of the New Year, on the advice o

  • Column: Late, yes, but Mayweather-Pacquiao will deliver

    Updated: Sat, Feb 21, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Manny Pacquiao slept through the big announcement, secure in knowing that the fight was already made and the questions would finally stop. He campaigned for a shot with Floyd Mayweather Jr. with a tenacity befitting a congressman from the Sarangani Province, making him a winner long before the two step into the ring May 2. If Mayweather got most everything he wanted out of the deal, Pacquiao got the thing he wanted most — a chance to finally settle matters inside the squared circle that took him on an improbable path from the depths of poverty in the Philippines. "Finally! It's been five years in the making," Pacquiao told Manila's GMA television Saturday from his hometown of General Santos city. "I'm ver

  • Afghanistan dialogue with Taliban could begin in March

    Updated: Sat, Feb 21, 2015

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — After more than a decade of warfare, negotiations between the Afghan government and the Taliban are set to begin, officials, diplomats and experts said as President Ashraf Ghani declared that peace is closer now than at any time since the war began following the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States. On Saturday, Ghani said that "the grounds for peace have never been better in the last 36 years" of continuous Afghan wars, including 13 years of conflict with the Taliban. Since taking office in September, Ghani has rolled out a complex strategy aimed at forcing the Taliban leadership to accept that their cause — replacing his government with an Islamist emirate — is hopeless.

  • Pentagon chief: US considering slowing exit from Afghanistan

    Updated: Sat, Feb 21, 2015

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The United States is considering slowing its military exit from Afghanistan by keeping a larger-than-planned troop presence this year and next because the new Afghan government is proving to be a more reliable partner, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Saturday. Carter, on his first overseas trip since starting the Pentagon job Tuesday, also said the Obama administration is "rethinking" the counterterrorism mission in Afghanistan, although he did not elaborate. No decisions have been made, but President Barack Obama will discuss a range of options for slowing the U.S. military withdrawal when Afghan president Ashraf Ghani visits the White House next month, Carter said at a news conference with

  • Myanmar says Kokang rebels on the run despite allies' help

    Updated: Sat, Feb 21, 2015

    NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar's ethnic Kokang rebels are being supported in their fight against government forces by allied minority rebel groups and former Chinese soldiers recruited as mercenaries, a senior military officer said Saturday. Speaking at a news conference in the capital, Naypyitaw, Myanmar's chief of military affairs security said that despite the assistance, the Kokang guerrillas were retreating after about two weeks of combat. Lt. Gen. Mya Tun Oo also said that the government was forced to fight because it needed to defend its sovereignty over Kokang, a special region near the border with China. The army had to act because the Kokang "tried to grab power from the elected local administration," he said.

  • Afghan official: central bank branch looted by its staff

    Updated: Sat, Feb 21, 2015

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan central bank official says that around 76 million afghanis (more than $ 1 million) have been stolen by the staff members of one of the bank's branches. Fazel Ahmad Azimi, the central bank director for Afghanistan's southern region, said on Saturday that at least three employees were involved in the robbery — including the director of the branch in the Spin Boldak district of Kandahar province. After checking security camera footage, it was determined that the bank vault's door was opened using fake keys by the branch manager and two other staff members, Azimi added. The robbery was discovered after a delegation from the central bank went there to transfer some of the funds.

  • Indian Open Scores

    Updated: Sat, Feb 21, 2015

    NEW DELHI (AP) — Scores Saturday from the Indian Open, played at the par-71 Delhi Golf Club course: Second Round Shiv Chowrasia, India 65-67-69_201 Siddikur Rahman, Bangladesh 65-68-70_203 Marcus Fraser, Australia 69-70-67_206 Daniel Chopra, Sweden 70-72-65_207 Prayad Marksaeng, Thailand 68-70-69_207 Paul Peterson, United States 69-68-71_208 Anirban Lahiri, India 73-65-70_208 Adilson Da Silva, Brazil 71-70-68_209 Mithun Perera, Sri Lanka 67-72-70_209 Richard McEvoy, England 70-67-72— 209 Joakim Lagergren, Sweden 65-71-73_209 Ben Evans, England 72-70-68_210 Jason Palmer, England 70-71-69_210 Adrian Otaegui, Spain 70-70-70_210 Peter Lawrie,

  • Filthy India air cutting 660 million lives short by 3 years

    Updated: Sat, Feb 21, 2015

    NEW DELHI (AP) — India's filthy air is cutting 660 million lives short by about three years, according to research published Saturday that underlines the hidden costs of the country's heavy reliance on fossil fuels to power its economic growth with little regard for the environment. While New Delhi last year earned the dubious title of being the world's most polluted city, India's air pollution problem is extensive, with 13 Indian cities now on the World Health Organization's list of the 20 most polluted. That nationwide pollution burden is estimated to be costing more than half of India's population at least 3.




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