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Minnesota dentist rarely discussed hunting with patients

Brian Bakst and Farai Mutsaka, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 3:11pm

A Minnesota dentist who has become the target of worldwide outrage for hunting and killing a protected lion in Zimbabwe advised patients Wednesday to seek care elsewhere and said he rarely discussed his big-game hunting because it can be a "divisive and emotionally charged topic."

Teens' 6 days adrift verge on limits for survival at sea

Matt Sedensky, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 3:01pm

Crews pushed the limits of an ever-expanding search zone Wednesday for two teens missing at sea and potentially nearing the boundaries of human survival.

Turkish gov't not ready to restart peace talks with Kurds

Suzan Fraser and Desmond Butler, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 10:11am

Turkish jets hit Kurdish rebel targets in northern Iraq overnight and the government said strikes would continue until the rebels lay down their arms, despite calls Wednesday by the pro-Kurdish opposition for an immediate end to the violence and the resumption of peace efforts.

Mexico declares 1st 'alert' over violence against women

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 3:51pm

Mexico's government has declared a first-ever "gender alert" for a central state due to a high incidence of killings and disappearances of women.

Argentina's foreign minister questions Iran nuclear deal

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 3:21pm

Argentina's foreign minister is asking U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to clarify whether Washington's nuclear deal with Iran includes removing from Interpol's list an Iranian wanted in a major bombing in the South American country.

Russia vetoes Security Council proposal on MH17 tribunal

Cara Anna, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 2:31pm

Russia on Wednesday vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution that would set up an international criminal court to prosecute those responsible for shooting down a Malaysia Airlines plane over Ukraine a year ago.

UN: Expect 11.2 billion population by the end of the century

Cara Anna, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 1:41pm

Move over: The world's population is expected to reach 8.5 billion by 2030 and 9.7 billion in 2050, a new United Nations report says. And there should be 11.2 billion people on Earth by the end of this century.

UN says too soon for new Syrian peace conference

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 1:02pm

The U.N. point man on Syria said Wednesday it's too soon for another peace conference in Geneva and invited Syrians to hold intensive preparatory talks on key issues including a political transition and fighting terrorism.

Hunters in court amid growing outrage over lion's death

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 12:51pm

Two men in Zimbabwe have appeared in court in connection with the killing of a protected lion by an American dentist.

Hungary says fence to stop migrants will be done by Aug. 31

Pablo Gorondi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 12:22pm

The construction of a fence meant to stop the flow of immigrants and refugees entering Hungary through its southern border with Serbia will be completed by Aug. 31, the Hungarian government said Wednesday.

Jordan court sentences 8 in alleged Hezbollah attack plot

Karin Laub, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 12:22pm

Jordan's state security court handed down prison terms Wednesday for eight defendants in an alleged decade-old plot by Lebanon's Hezbollah militia to attack U.S. troops in Jordan, defense lawyers said.

Israeli bulldozers start demolishing West Bank settlement

Daniel Estrin, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 12:21pm

Israeli bulldozers began demolishing a contested housing complex in a West Bank settlement on Wednesday as the prime minister's office announced the "immediate construction" of some 300 new units at another location in the same settlement and advanced plans for about 500 new units in east Jerusalem.

Afghan intelligence: Taliban leader Mullah Omar dead

Lynne O'Donnell, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 12:01pm

Afghanistan's main intelligence agency said Wednesday that the reclusive Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar has been dead for more than two years.

Security checkpoint extortion costs Ivory Coast millions

Carley Petesch, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 11:52am

Extortion at security checkpoints is costing Ivory Coast millions each year despite government steps to eradicate the practice, a rights group said Wednesday.

Syria says Israeli drone attack killed 3 in country's south

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 11:32am

An Israeli drone attack in southern Syria killed three people on Wednesday, while another Israeli airstrike targeting an outpost for a pro-Syrian Palestinian group in eastern Lebanon wounded six members of the group, according to the Syrian government and an activist group.

Outrage grows in Africa and U.S. over killing of protected lion

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 11:31am

A Minnesota dentist is the target of widespread outrage over his killing of a lion in Zimbabwe.

Suicide attacks in Anbar kill at least 18 Iraqi troops

Sinan Salaheddin, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 11:22am

Militants in Iraq used stolen Humvees loaded with explosives to unleash a series of suicide car bombings targeting Iraqi security forces on Wednesday, killing at least 18 Iraqi troops, officials said.

Russia formally declares US foundation 'undesirable'

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 11:21am

Russia has formally declared the United States' National Endowment for Democracy as an undesirable group hostile to national interests.

Turkish deputy PM in new sexist gaffe

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 10:51am

Women legislators are demanding that Turkey's deputy prime minister offers an apology for telling a legislator that she should be quiet because she is a woman.