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UN must improve peacekeeping in South Sudan, say aid groups

Jason Patinkin, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 6:21am

The U.N. should urgently improve its peacekeeping mission in South Sudan to protect civilians and help deliver aid to civilians affected by the country's civil war, said 10 relief organizations working in the country.

UN suspends aid to dangerous areas of northeast Nigeria

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 6:20am

The United Nations says it is suspending aid to dangerous areas of Nigeria's northeastern Borno state after Boko Haram ambushed a humanitarian convoy.

Rabat zoo seeks answers after elephant kills girl with stone

Elaine Ganley, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 6:10am

Experts at a zoo in the Moroccan capital of Rabat are trying to understand why an elephant hurled a stone toward visitors, killing a 7-year-old girl.

Thai police arrest alleged Japanese stock market manipulator

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 6:10am

Thai police have caught a 62-year-old Japanese man whom they say altered his appearance through plastic surgery to escape arrest for an alleged stock share manipulation scheme more than a decade ago.

German Pokemon fan irks trailer resident in small hours

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 5:50am

An 18-year-old "Pokemon Go" fan in Germany was sure where and when to find virtual monsters: a mobile home in a small provincial town in the small hours.

India re-imposes curfew in Kashmir city, but clashes persist

Aijaz Hussain, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 5:30am

Authorities re-imposed a curfew to prevent a protest march to the main mosque in Indian-controlled Kashmir's main city Friday, but fresh street demonstrations and clashes still occurred amid outrage over the killing of a top rebel leader earlier this month.

The Latest: Envoy tells Russia: Leave Aleppo corridors to UN

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 5:30am

The Latest on the war in Syria and international efforts to resolve the crisis around the embattled city of Aleppo (all times local):

UN envoy for Syria offers 'suggestion' to Russia: Leave Aleppo humanitarian corridors to the United Nations

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

UN envoy for Syria offers 'suggestion' to Russia: Leave Aleppo humanitarian corridors to the United Nations.

New mothers, get babies to the breast faster, UNICEF says

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

UNICEF is urging mothers to do more to start breastfeeding their newborns within an hour of birth, saying breast milk is a baby's "first vaccine."

WikiLeaks, NSA leaker Edward Snowden clash on Twitter

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 5:00am

National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden and transparency website WikiLeaks are clashing over how best to handle the publication of sensitive data, a spat played out over Twitter.

Migration group: Over 3,000 died trying Med crossing in 2016

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

A leading migration group says more than 3,000 people have died trying to cross the Mediterranean this year, nearly a 60-percent increase from this time in 2015.

Are Swedes having less sex? The government wants to know

Karl Ritter, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 4:40am

The Swedish government is launching a major study of the sex lives of the country's citizens after reports that lovemaking is on the wane.

Azerbaijan's TV channel shut down over Turkey coup coverage

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

A court in Azerbaijan has ordered a local private television station to close because of its coverage of an attempted coup in Turkey earlier this month.

Donations keep iconic Queen Elizabeth I portrait in Britain

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 4:20am

A rare 16th-century portrait of Queen Elizabeth I will become public property after an appeal raised 10 million pounds ($13 million) to keep it in Britain.

21 journalists appear in Turkish court

Suzan Fraser, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 4:10am

Twenty-one journalists were appearing in court Friday after being detained as part of a sweeping crackdown following Turkey's July 15 failed military coup, while the country's Ministry of European Union Affairs suspended several staff.

Germany: Russian hooligans convicted of assaulting Spaniards

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 4:10am

A German court has convicted four Russian men and handed them suspended prison sentences of up to a year after they attacked Spanish tourists during a stop in Cologne on their way home from soccer's European Championship.

Red Cross: up to 1 million Iraqis may have to flee fighting

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 4:00am

The international Red Cross says up to 1 million Iraqis could be forced to flee their homes in the coming weeks amid worsening fighting in the country.

Pope writes in Auschwitz guest book: "Lord, have pity on your people. Lord, forgive so much cruelty."

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 3:40am

Pope writes in Auschwitz guest book: "Lord, have pity on your people. Lord, forgive so much cruelty."

Spain: Rajoy to begin bid to form gov't but calendar unclear

Ciaran Giles, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 3:30am

Spain's acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy was to begin calling opposition party leaders Friday in a bid to get badly needed parliamentary support after accepting the king's petition to try to form a government following last month's inconclusive elections.