• AP names Maya Alleruzzo Mideast photo editor

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    CAIRO (AP) — Maya Alleruzzo, a photographer who has covered wars in Iraq and Afghanistan during a 12-year stint in the region, has been named regional photo editor for the Middle East by The Associated Press. The appointment was announced on Tuesday by Ian Phillips, AP's Middle East news director. Alleruzzo succeeds Manoocher Deghati and will oversee a team of more than 30 staff photographers and editors, as well as a network of freelancers. Her region also includes parts of North Africa as well as Afghanistan and Pakistan. "Maya has an eye for human stories and she works tirelessly to tell the tumultuous story of the Middle East through its people," said Phillips, who leads AP's overall coverage in the Middle East.

  • AP names Lynne O'Donnell Kabul bureau chief

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    CAIRO (AP) — Lynne O'Donnell, a foreign correspondent who has covered major stories throughout the Middle East and Asia for two decades, has been named Kabul bureau chief for The Associated Press, leading the agency's coverage of Afghanistan at a time of transition and turmoil. The appointment was announced on Tuesday by Ian Phillips, AP's Middle East news director, and Dan Perry, the regional editor for text. O'Donnell succeeds Patrick Quinn, who is now based in Cairo as a supervisor and planner for the Middle East regional editing desk. She will be the senior reporter and will lead a team of reporters, photographers, video journalists and support staff covering Afghanistan.

  • Exploring 'graveyard of ships' near San Francisco

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    GULF OF THE FARALLONES NATIONAL MARINE SANCTUARY (AP) — Federal researchers are exploring several underwater sites where ships sank while navigating in the treacherous waters west of San Francisco in the decades following the Gold Rush. Over the past week, a team from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration used a remote-controlled underwater vehicle, equipped with sonar and video cameras, to examine and record the historic shipwrecks. The five-day expedition was part of a long-term archaeological survey of the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, which covers about 1,300 square miles of the Pacific Ocean off the Northern California coast.

  • Verdict postponed on Saudi Shiite cleric

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    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A court in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday postponed issuing its verdict in a sensitive case against a popular Shiite cleric who faces charges that carry the death sentence. Sheik Nimr al-Nimr's brother told The Associated Press that the verdict was delayed until Oct. 15. Mohammed al-Nimr had originally given the AP a different date based on the Islamic calendar. He said that for the first time since his brother's arrest in July 2012, security officials barred the sheik from attending Tuesday's court session. The prosecution is asking that al-Nimr be executed and crucified. In Saudi Arabia, most death sentences are carried out by beheading. Crucifixion in this context would mean that the bod

  • Oligarch buys Russia's most popular social media

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    MOSCOW (AP) — A media company owned by Kremlin-friendly oligarch Alisher Usmanov has splashed out $1.5 billion to gain full control of Russia's most popular social network, VKontakte, bringing an end to a months-long dispute that saw the original investors sue each other in court. London-listed Mail.Ru Group said in a statement Tuesday that it now owns the whole of VKontakte following its purchase of a 48 percent stake from investment fund United Capital Partners. Mail.Ru first invested in VKontakte in 2007 and since then has spent over $2.1 billion accumulating stock. VKontakte is Russia's most popular social network and has over 270 million accounts. Usmanov, who is reputed to be worth $18.

  • Coptic Christians clash with police in Egypt

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    CAIRO (AP) — A couple hundred Christian protesters clashed with police in southern Egypt after holding a demonstration on Tuesday in front of a police station demanding authorities locate an abducted housewife, a security official said. The official says protesters hurled Molotov cocktails at a police station in Samalout town, in Minya province, wounding three policemen. The police arrested at least 33 protesters. The official says the demonstration was over the abduction of a 37-year-old Coptic housewife, who went missing two weeks ago. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press.

  • Roadside bomb kills 6 policemen in Egypt's Sinai

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    EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) — A powerful explosion killed five Egyptian police conscripts and an officer near the border town of Rafah in the restive Sinai Peninsula early Tuesday, in an attack that bore the hallmarks of a local al-Qaida-inspired group, Egyptian security officials said. The Interior Ministry and a security official said the bomb was hidden deep under the asphalt of a highway, in an area called Wadi Halfa, where a joint police and army force was passing early in the morning. The official said the blast shredded the armored vehicle and tore the policemen's bodies to pieces. The force was assigned to detect explosives but it was unclear if they were searching for them at the time of the attack. No further detai

  • Thai police search for clues after 2 Brits slain

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    BANGKOK (AP) — Police on a scenic Thai resort island searched hotels and workers' residences Tuesday looking for clues into the slayings of two British tourists whose nearly naked, battered bodies were found on a beach a day earlier. More than 70 police officers were deployed to Koh Tao, a popular diving destination in the Gulf of Thailand, as the country's leaders called for a swift investigation into the brutal killings that were a new blow to Thailand's tourism industry. "This should not have happened in Thailand. It will affect our image in the eyes of international countries," said Prime Minister Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha. He also urged the media to warn tourists about travel safety in Thailand.

  • Iraq officials: Premier has selected final Cabinet ministers, including defense and interior

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    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq officials: Premier has selected final Cabinet ministers, including defense and interior.

  • Judge in Pistorius trial faces criticism

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    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Several legal groups in South Africa have expressed concern about threats and harsh criticism of the judge who found Oscar Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide, but not guilty of the more serious charge of murder. Some South Africans said they were surprised and even shocked when Judge Thokozile Masipa ruled last week that the Paralympic champion was negligent but did not intend to kill when he fatally shot girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp through a closed toilet door. Pistorius said he thought a dangerous intruder was in his house; prosecutors alleged he intentionally killed Steenkamp after an argument. Police protection for Masipa has been stepped up since the verdict Friday in the sensational case, South A

  • Turkey mulls 'buffer zone' against Jihadist group

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    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has that Turkey's military is working on plans to establish a "buffer zone" on his country's borders with Iraq and Syria against Islamic militants, Turkish media reports said Tuesday. Erdogan also told a group of journalists on board his plane during his return from a visit to Qatar late Monday that Turkey could take in leaders of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood who have been asked to leave Qatar. Asked about the possibility of a buffer zone on Turkey's southern borders, Hurriyet and other media quoted Erdogan as saying: "The armed forces are working (on plans). They will bring them to us. We will decide if it is necessary.

  • Ukraine village hopes for chance to rebuild

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    NOVOSVITLIVKA, Ukraine (AP) — The kindergarten building in this village in eastern Ukraine was once a source of pride. Renovated and brightly decorated with money provided by German donors, its classrooms were opening the doors of education to 120 pupils at a time. Today, the building is a dusty, rocket-riddled wreck. Scatterings of bullet holes in the walls suggest a gun battle probably took place nearby. For much of Ukraine's five-month-old war, Novosvitlivka was largely spared. Then in early August, it was taken over by government forces, only to be aggressively clawed back by Russian-backed separatists. Widespread, indiscriminate rocket attacks destroyed the school, many homes and the local hospital.

  • Xi's India visit highlights changing power dynamic

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    BEIJING (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping's trip to India this week highlights subtle shifts in the regional power dynamic that are bringing warmer ties between the two Asian giants, challenging China's traditional relationship with Pakistan, and opening a new chapter in Beijing's ongoing competition for influence with arch-rival Japan. Xi is due in New Delhi on Wednesday for a three-day visit focused on trade, investment and the resolution of decades-old border disputes. With the world's second-largest economy and a proven track record at building highways, railways, and industrial zones, China has much to offer India as it seeks to upgrade its creaky infrastructure.

  • A look at Myanmar's struggling clay pot industry

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    TWANTE, Myanmar (AP) — For generations, the Myanmar town of Twante has been known for its thriving pottery industry. Even today, residents can be seen sitting on wooden stools beneath the thatched roofs of their homes, placing lumps of soft clay onto wheels and shaping it with the gentle press of their fingertips into pots for cooking, storing water, preserving fish or flowers. But the opening up of this once-isolated Southeast Asian of 50 million in 2011, when ruling generals handed over power to a nominally civilian government, has affected traditional ways. Modernization and the reluctance of the younger generation to learn the art of pottery, compounded by the cost of transporting the bulky and fragile products, have turned i

  • Philippines warns of possible volcanic eruption

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    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — One of the Philippines' most active volcanoes is showing signs of heightened unrest and an eruption is possible within weeks, government scientists warned Tuesday. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology raised the alert level to "critical" for Mount Mayon in eastern Albay province late Monday after recording an escalation of unrest over a 15-hour period, including 39 incidents of hot rocks falling in the summit area and 32 low-frequency volcanic earthquakes. The institute said molten lava and hot volcanic gases have made a glow in the 2,460-meter (8,070-foot) volcano's crater observable.

  • Brazil's indigenous seek out city, end up in slums

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    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — They huddle in a tight circle, shaking seed-filled maracas and shuffling in time to a rhythm that has pulsed through their tribes for generations. The dancers raise their voices in song, conjuring an ancient spirit that vibrates above the traffic roaring from a nearby expressway and the beat of funk music blasting from a neighbor's loudspeaker. In this Brazilian favela, a dense hodgepodge of humble cinderblock homes filled with some of Rio de Janeiro's poorest residents, the indigenous people whose cultures predate recorded history are struggling to keep their traditions alive in the face of modernity.

  • Wearable robot boosts human strength

    Natalie Crofts, KSL | Updated: 20 hr ago

    A soft, wearable robot that mimics leg muscles could soon help soldiers and people with physical disabilities.

  • Odile slams Mexico's Baja California

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico (AP) — Odile weakened to a tropical storm Monday night after blazing a trail of destruction through Mexico's Baja California Peninsula that leveled everything from ramshackle homes to luxury hotels, and left entire neighborhoods as disaster zones. About 30,000 tourists were being put up in temporary shelters in hotels and Los Cabos international airport remained closed. Emergency officials reported that 135 people were treated for minor injuries from flying glass or falling objects, but there were no serious injuries or deaths so far. The Mexican government said in a statement Monday night that army and commercial planes would be sent to La Paz and Los Cabos airports to get tourists out of the area.

  • 6 killed, 15 wounded in east Ukraine city

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    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Shelling killed six people and wounded 15 others in the rebel stronghold of Donetsk, the city council said Monday — the worst reported violence since a cease-fire between Russian-backed rebels and Ukrainian troops took effect on Sept. 5. Fighting around the eastern city's government-held airport has left its northern neighborhoods in the crossfire. Two northern neighborhoods were shelled heavily Sunday, leading to the casualties and damaging both homes and offices, the city council said. Loud blasts could be heard from the direction of the airport all day Monday, and gunfire intermittently rang out downtown in the afternoon. The Ukrainian government blamed the militants for the civilian casualti

  • Alibaba raises IPO price range on strong demand

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Alibaba now plans to raise up to $25.03 billion in its upcoming IPO, making what was expected to be the biggest stock market debut even bigger. The Chinese e-commerce company said it still plans to sell 368.1 million shares, but at $66 to $68 apiece, according to a regulatory filing, instead of its previously set range of $60 to $66 apiece. Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. has emerged as a hot commodity because of its e-commerce bazaar, a shopping magnet for businesses and consumers alike as China's economy steadily grows. The company's network of sites includes Taobao, Tmall, and AliExpress, as well as Alibaba.