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Paraguay reports first cases of Zika-linked microcephaly

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 5:11pm

Health authorities in Paraguay are reporting the country's first two cases of babies born with the microcephaly birth defect related to the Zika virus.

Investigation into slaying of Brazilian journalist urged

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 4:11pm

The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists is urging Brazilian authorities to conduct a thorough investigation into the killing of journalist Joao Miranda do Carmo, who was shot to death Sunday in front of his house in the central-western state of Goias.

Minister: Bavaria bomber in online chat before attack

Kirsten Grieshaber and Bassem Mroue, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 4:02pm

A 27-year-old Syrian asylum-seeker who blew himself up in the southern German town of Ansbach was chatting online with a still-unidentified person immediately before the explosion, Bavaria's interior minister said Wednesday.

Missing ex-Guantanamo detainee reappears in Venezuela

Leonardo Haberkorn, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 4:01pm

A resettled former Guantanamo prisoner who disappeared last month in Uruguay, setting off alarm bells in neighboring countries and recriminations in Washington, has reappeared in Venezuela, an official said Wednesday.

Mexican official: drug lord will finish sentence at home

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 3:21pm

Mexico's interior secretary says the government has exhausted its options and will comply with a judge's order to release drug lord Ernesto Fonseca Carrillo to serve out the remainder of his sentence at home.

Gunmen in Armenia take medics hostage

Avet Demourian, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 2:41pm

Gunmen who have been barricaded in a police station in the Armenian capital for 10 days took members of an ambulance crew hostage on Wednesday after they came in to treat those wounded in an exchange of fire with officers, police said.

UN accuses Boko Haram of 'almost unimaginable' brutality

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 2:32pm

Boko Haram is engaged in "almost unimaginable" violence and brutality that has forced massive numbers of people to flee their homes and led to unprecedented numbers of people in need, the U.N. humanitarian chief said Wednesday.

Opposition leader returns to Congo after 2 years away

Saleh Mwanamilongo, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 2:20pm

The leader of Congo's main opposition party returned to the country Wednesday after two years away for medical reasons and as tensions grow ahead of November presidential elections.

Guatemala orders new graft probe of former president, ex-VP

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 2:13pm

A Guatemalan judge formally ordered prosecutors Wednesday to investigate former President Otto Perez Molina and his ex-vice president in another corruption case.

Pakistan orders probe into mysterious death of UK resident

Munir Ahmed, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 1:12pm

Pakistan's Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Wednesday ordered an investigation into the mysterious death of a Pakistani woman living in England after her husband claimed she was killed for marrying against her family's wishes.

Iraq: Attacks kill at least 18; province takes on militants

Sinan Salaheddin, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 1:11pm

Militants unleashed a series of attacks Wednesday in and around Baghdad, killing at least 18 people, officials said. South of the Iraqi capital, a provincial council approved a decision allowing authorities to demolish homes of convicted militants and banish their families from the province.

Turkish state media says close to 1,700 officers discharged from military following failed military coup

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 1:01pm

Turkish state media says close to 1,700 officers discharged from military following failed military coup.

The Latest: Young Munich shooting victim buried in Greece

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 12:51pm

The Latest on a series of attacks in Germany (all times local):

IS suicide attack in mostly Kurdish Syria town kills 44

Albert Aji and Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 11:51am

A suicide bomber riding an empty livestock truck laden with explosives blew himself up Wednesday in a crowded district in the predominantly Kurdish town of Qamishli in northern Syria, causing massive destruction and killing 44 people in a new attack claimed by the Islamic State group.

Germany: 15-year-old suspected of planning rampage arrested

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 11:50am

German authorities have arrested a 15-year-old boy who they suspect of having planned a rampage and also believe was in contact with a teenager who killed nine people in Munich last week.

Mugabe: 'Severe' punishment for loyalists after criticism

Farai Mutsaka, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 11:31am

Zimbabwe's 92-year-old president on Wednesday said the longtime loyalists who turned against him last week should face "severe" punishment, and he vowed to stay in power for "a long time."

Moderate quake near east coast of Japan

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 10:42am

A moderately strong earthquake with an initial magnitude of 5.4 has struck near the East Coast of Honshu Japan.

Report: Burundi militia raped women with opposition links

Ignatius Ssuuna, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 10:42am

Members of the youth wing of Burundi's ruling party have gang-raped women and girls related to people accused of opposing President Pierre Nkurunziza, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday.

Kuwait Shiite lawmaker sentenced to jail for Saudi 'insults'

Hussain Al-Qatari, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 10:42am

A criminal court in Kuwait on Wednesday sentenced an outspoken Shiite lawmaker to more than 14 years in prison for insulting the governments of Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, said the lawyer who filed the case.