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Activists warn of refugee housing crisis in German capital

Frank Jordans, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 7:21am

A thousand refugees may be sleeping outside in Berlin each night because authorities in the German capital are overwhelmed with the sharp rise in asylum-seekers this year, an activist group said Wednesday.

Nigeria president visits Cameroon to discuss militant threat

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 7:20am

The president of Nigeria is making a visit to neighboring Cameroon as the two countries struggle to contain the mutual threat posed by Islamic militants.

6 days missing: Search area for missing teens boaters grows

Tamara Lush, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 6:30am

As the search for two missing teen boaters from Florida entered its sixth day, Coast Guard crews on Wednesday extended the search area northward off the South Carolina coast, urging vessels in the wide expanse of the Atlantic to report any potential clues they might spot.

Israel pushing for Pollard to come to Israel after release

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 5:11am

Israel's deputy foreign minister says Israel is making "very great efforts" to lobby for spy Jonathan Pollard to be granted permission to travel to Israel after his upcoming release in November.

Bahrain makes multiple arrests in wake of deadly bombing

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 4:30am

Bahraini authorities have arrested several suspects in the wake of a deadly bombing targeting police in the strategically important island kingdom.

Report: Israeli drone attack kills 3 in southern Syria

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 7:50am

An activist group and a Lebanese TV station are reporting that an Israeli drone attack in southern Syria has killed at least three pro-government gunmen.

Iraqi officials: 2 suicide attacks kill at least 12 Iraqi troops near IS-held city of Ramadi

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 7:50am

Iraqi officials: 2 suicide attacks kill at least 12 Iraqi troops near IS-held city of Ramadi.

Israeli bulldozers start demolishing West Bank settlement

Daniel Estrin, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 7:40am

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.

Report says crash site of missing Lao helicopter found

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 7:31am

Search teams in Laos have located the crash site of a Soviet-made Mi-7 Lao military helicopter that went missing this week with 23 people on board, the Southeast Asian country's state-run news agency reported Wednesday.

Amnesty accuses Israel of possible crimes against humanity

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 7:11am

A leading international watchdog says the Israeli military may have committed war crimes and crimes against humanity during last summer's Gaza war when it carried out four days of intense bombardment in retaliation for an attack by Hamas militants in which an Israeli soldier was captured.

Iran, France talk of 'new era' in ties after nuclear deal

Ali Akbar Dareini, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 6:01am

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius declared Wednesday during a landmark visit to Iran that the time has come for the two nations' relations to improve, calling his visit "an important trip" in the wake of a key nuclear deal reached with Tehran earlier this month.

Zimbabweans linked to illegal lion hunt appear in court

Farai Mutsaka, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 6:00am

Two men arrested for illegally hunting a protected lion are in court on Wednesday in Zimbabwe to face poaching charges.

Romania seizes heroin shipment headed to Western Europe

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 5:41am

Romanian authorities have seized 333 kilograms (733 pounds) of heroin that was headed to Western Europe.

Afghanistan examining claim Taliban leader Mullah Omar died

Lynne O'Donnell, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 5:30am

An Afghan official said Wednesday his government is examining claims that reclusive Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar is dead. The Taliban could not be immediately reached on the government's comments about Omar, who has been declared dead many times before.

Putin: Russia will oppose international tribunal for MH17

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 5:20am

Russian President Vladimir Putin has indicated that Moscow will veto a U.N. Security Council resolution to set up an international criminal court to prosecute those responsible for shooting down a Malaysia Airlines plane over Ukraine a year ago.

Poland's richest businessman Jan Kulczyk dies at 65

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 4:50am

Jan Kulczyk, Poland's richest man and the founder and president of investment empire Kulczyk Holding, has died from complications following surgery, the company said Wednesday. He was 65.

Saudi police officer shot dead in the east of the kingdom

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 4:40am

Authorities in Saudi Arabia say a police officer has been killed in a drive-by shooting in the east of the kingdom.

Myanmar's democracy leader runs in Nov. 8 polls to keep seat

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 4:30am

Myanmar's democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Wednesday registered for November elections to keep her seat in parliament and challenge the ruling military-backed party.

Students in Hong Kong warn of erosion in academic freedom

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 4:30am

Students at Hong Kong's most prestigious university say its academic freedom is under attack in what they maintain is the politically motivated stalling of the appointment of an administrator who supported last year's pro-democracy protests.