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  • UVa grads sue Rolling Stone over retracted campus rape story

    FILE - This Nov. 24, 2014, file photo, shows the Phi Kappa Psi house at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va. Three University of Virginia graduates and members of the fraternity profiled in a debunked account of a gang rape in a retracted Rolling Stone magazine story filed a lawsuit against the publication and the article's author Wednesday,July 29, 2015, court records show. . (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Three University of Virginia graduates and members of a fraternity who were portrayed in a debunked account of a gang rape in a retracted Rolling Stone magazine story filed a lawsuit against the publication and the article's author, court records show.


  • Germany wins 2nd straight world title in 5k team event

    Christian Reichert, Isabelle Franziska Harle and Rob Muffels, from left, show off their gold medals during the ceremony for the 5 km open-water Team Event final at the Swimming World Championships in Kazan, Russia, Thursday, July 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)KAZAN, Russia (AP) — Germany won the 5-kilometer team event Thursday for the second consecutive time in open water swimming at the world championships.


  • Greek PM seeks to quash rebellion with party vote

    Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras addresses a meeting of his ruling radical left Syriza party's central committee in Athens, on Thursday, July 30, 2015. Tsipras called for an extraordinary party congress in September, after Greece is expected to seal a new bailout deal with its international creditors, in a bid to end a rebellion by his hardline lawmakers that is threatening to topple his coalition government. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's prime minister has called for a vote within his radical-left Syriza party to decisively sideline rebels opposed to any bailout deal with the country's creditors.


  • Wildlife activist concern over oil on Uganda-Congo border KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Activists are urging Uganda's government to reverse a decision to open for oil drilling a wildlife park on Uganda's border with Congo.
  • The Latest: Possible plane debris being sent to France PARIS (AP) — Here are the latest developments on the Malaysia Airlines flight that disappeared nearly a year and a half ago (all times local):
  • Investigators scramble to analyse wreckage for MH370 link

    Police and gendarmes carry a piece of debris from an unidentified aircraft found in the coastal area of Saint-Andre de la Reunion on July 29, 2015Investigators scrambled Thursday to study plane wreckage that washed up on a tiny Indian Ocean island, fuelling hopes that one of aviation's greatest enigmas could finally be solved: the mystery of missing flight MH370. The two-metre (six-foot) long piece of wreckage was found on the French island of La Reunion, offering up bittersweet hope of closure to the families of 239 people who disappeared in March last year on the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777. Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said the debris, believed to be a part of a wing, was "very likely to be from a Boeing 777 but we need to verify whether it is from flight MH370." But as local French air transport police studied the debris and experts from Malaysia headed to the scene, authorities warned against jumping to conclusions.


  • Egypt court postpones Jazeera retrial verdict

    Egyptian producer Baher Mohamed is one of three Al-Jazeera journalists sentenced last year for "spreading false news" in support of the blacklisted Muslim BrotherhoodAn Egyptian court postponed Thursday its verdict in the retrial of three Al-Jazeera journalists accused of supporting the banned Muslim Brotherhood, in a case that has sparked a global outcry. Australian Peter Greste, Canadian Mohamed Fahmy and Egyptian Baher Mohamed were jailed last year for "spreading false news" during their coverage of the turmoil after the army ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013. Greste, who has since been deported, and Fahmy received seven years in the initial trial, while Mohamed was jailed for 10 years.


  • Malaysian premier: plane debris to be sent to France

    French gendarmes and police inspect a large piece of plane debris which was found on the beach in Saint-Andre, on the French Indian Ocean island of La ReunionPARIS (AP) — A sea-crusted wing part washed up on an island in the western Indian Ocean may be the first trace of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 since it vanished nearly a year and a half ago, and a tragic but finally solid clue to one of aviation's most perplexing and expensive mysteries.


  • Indian Ocean debris almost certainly from a Boeing 777: Malaysia

    French gendarmes and police inspect a large piece of plane debris which was found on the beach in Saint-Andre, on the French Indian Ocean island of La ReunionBy Praveen Menon and Tim Hepher KUALA LUMPUR/PARIS (Reuters) - Malaysia is "almost certain" that plane debris found on Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean is from a Boeing 777, the deputy transport minister said on Thursday, heightening the possibility it could be wreckage from missing Flight MH370. The object, which appeared to be part of a wing, was being sent to offices of France's BEA crash investigation agency in Toulouse to verify if was indeed the first trace of the lost plane to be found, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said. Malaysia Airlines was operating a Boeing 777 on the ill-fated flight, which vanished in March last year while en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing in one of the most baffling mysteries in aviation history.


  • Five dead in attacks as Turkey battles PKK

    A Turkish soldier checks cars at a checkpoint in Diyarbakir on July 26, 2015Five people died Thursday in new attacks on the Turkish security forces blamed on Kurdish militants, as Ankara stepped up its controversial campaign against the separatist rebels. A new wave of violence included the killing of three Turkish troops that the army said was carried out by Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants, the deadliest such attack on the security forces since the crisis began last week. Ankara says it is fighting a two-pronged "war on terror" against Islamic State (IS) jihadists in Syria and the PKK in northern Iraq, after a spate of attacks in the country.


  • AP Sources: Phillies agree to trade Cole Hamels to Texas

    FILE - In this June 14, 2015, file photo, Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels collects himself on the mound during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh. Two people familiar with the deal say the Phillies have agreed to trade Hamels to the Texas Rangers for a package of prospects. Both people spoke to The Associated Press late Wednesday night, July 29, 2015, on condition of anonymity because the trade has not been finalized. Hamels has a limited no-trade clause but does not have to approve a deal to the Rangers. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — After years of trade speculation, Cole Hamels' time in Philadelphia is ending.


  • Stock markets turn higher on earnings, ahead of US data

    A woman walks by an electronic stock indicator of a securities firm in Tokyo, Thursday, July 30, 2015. Chinese stocks fell again Thursday while other major global markets rose after the U.S. Federal Reserve left interest rates unchanged at a record low. Japan's Nikkei 225 advanced 1.1 percent to 20,522.83. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)BEIJING (AP) — Most major global markets rose Thursday after the U.S. Federal Reserve left interest rates unchanged at a record low, corporate earnings mostly did better than expected and investors awaited U.S. economic growth figures.


  • Panicked 911 caller: Dispatcher had no reason to hang up ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A 911 caller said she was panicked about a friend being shot but stayed as calm as possible before a New Mexico dispatcher told her to "deal with it yourself" and hung up as she sought aid.
  • Hope for miracle dims but search goes on for missing boys

    Nick Korniloff, second from right, talks with Tequesta police officers outside of his home Wednesday, July 29, 2015, in Tequesta, Fla. Korniloff is the stepfather of Perry Cohen, one of two teenagers who have been missing since last Friday when they went out on a boat to go fishing from Tequesta, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)TEQUESTA, Fla. (AP) — Families hoped for a miracle even as science nagged that one was improbable and rescue crews went into a seventh day of searches Thursday for two teens missing at sea.


  • Israel passes law sanctioning force-feeding prisoners

    FILE - In this Sunday, July 12, 2015, file photo, Palestinian Khader Adnan, center, who recently ended a 55-day hunger strike, is greeted by Palestinians after his release from an Israeli prison in the West Bank village of Arrabeh near Jenin. Israel's parliament passed a contentious law on Thursday that would permit the force-feeding of inmates on hunger strike, eliciting harsh criticism over the practice. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed, File)JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's parliament passed a contentious law on Thursday that would permit the force-feeding of inmates on hunger strike, eliciting harsh criticism over the practice.


  • Currents consistent with Reunion debris being from MH370: experts By Lincoln Feast and Jeffrey Dastin SYDNEY/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Vast, rotating currents sweeping the southern Indian Ocean could have deposited wreckage from a missing Malaysia Airlines passenger jet near Africa, thousands of kilometers from where it is thought to have crashed, oceanographers said on Thursday. French authorities are studying a piece of plane debris found on Reunion Island, off the east coast of Madagascar, to determine whether it came from Flight MH370, which disappeared without a trace 16 months ago with 239 passengers and crew on board. If confirmed to be part of the missing Boeing 777, experts will try to model its drift to retrace where the debris could have come from, although they cautioned it was unlikely to help in narrowing down the plane's final resting place beyond the vast swathe of ocean off Australia that has been the focus of the search for months.
  • Malaysian PM says Indian Ocean plane debris being sent to France Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak said on Thursday that plane debris washed up on Reunion island in the Indian Ocean was "very likely" from a Boeing 777, and would be shipped to French authorities in Toulouse to verify if it came for Flight MH370. "The location is consistent with the drift analysis provided to the Malaysian investigation team, which showed a route from the southern Indian Ocean to Africa," Najib said in a statement. Malaysia Airlines was operating a Boeing 777 on the flight, which vanished without a trace in March last year en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing in one of the most baffling mysteries in aviation history.
  • Portuguese government rests on its laurels ahead of election LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal's center-right coalition government hopes its record overseeing the country's recovery from the brink of bankruptcy will be enough to get it re-elected.
  • China says U.S. 'militarizing' South China Sea

    Still image from a United States Navy video purportedly shows Chinese dredging vessels in the waters around Fiery Cross Reef in the disputed Spratly IslandsChina's Defence Ministry on Thursday accused the United States of "militarizing" the South China Sea by staging patrols and joint military drills there, ramping up the rhetoric ahead of a key regional security meeting in Malaysia next week. China has repeatedly urged Washington not to take sides in the escalating maritime dispute over the area, where the Asian giant last year stepped up its creation of artificial islands, alarming neighbors and provoking U.S. criticism. Washington has demanded China halt land reclamation and militarization of the disputed area and pursue a peaceful resolution according to international law.


  • Shell to cut jobs to cope with long period of cheap oil

    Royal Dutch Shell PLC icebreaker Fennica sits in dry dock at the Port of Portland in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, July 29, 2015, close to where activists placed themselves hanging from the St. Johns bridge over the Willamette River in the expectation that the ship would depart today. The icebreaker is a vital part of Shell's exploration and spill-response plan off Alaska's northwest coast and is in Portland for repairs before heading to Alaska. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)LONDON (AP) — Royal Dutch Shell announced deep cuts to jobs and investment on Thursday as the global energy giant prepares for a prolonged period of low oil prices.


  • Ex-'Top Gear' trio to host new car show for Amazon Prime LONDON (AP) — The former hosts of the BBC's popular "Top Gear" program, who left amid scandal over an off-set dustup, have signed up to present a new car show for broadcaster Amazon Prime.
  • US economy likely rebounded to solid growth rate in spring

    In this photo taken on Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, a man welds parts in fans for industrial ventilation systems at the Robinson Fans Inc. plant in Harmony, Pa. The Commerce Department releases second-quarter gross domestic product on Thursday, July 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)WASHINGTON (AP) — After a terrible winter, the economy is improving, with a solid rebound in the spring expected to be followed by stronger growth in the second half of the year.


  • Dollar up on Fed rate talk, Asia markets mostly rise

    Asian markets have mostly risen, tracking a second straight rally in New York, while the dollar also pushed higher after the Federal Reserve upgraded its outlook on the US economyHong Kong (AFP) - The dollar pushed higher on Thursday after the Federal Reserve upgraded its outlook on the US economy, fuelling talk of a September interest rate hike, while Asian shares were mostly up after a Wall Street rally.


  • Russia's ruble extends its slide, reviving economic concerns

    People walk past an exchange office sign showing the currency exchange rate in Moscow, Russia, Monday, July 27, 2015. The Russian ruble dropped by 2 percent on Monday, to nearly 60 rubles against the dollar, battered by low oil prices.(AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian ruble is falling under the pressure of cheaper oil, reviving concerns over the country's economic outlook, particularly the perniciously high inflation rate.


  • Nigeria, Cameroon vow to step up cooperation against Boko Haram

    President Muhammad Buhari attends the National Working Committee during the meeting of the All Progressives Congress (APC) party at the headquarters of the party in AbujaYAOUNDE (Reuters) - The leaders of Nigeria and Cameroon pledged on Thursday to improve the exchange of intelligence and security cooperation along their border in a bid to tackle Nigerian Islamist militant group Boko Haram. In the first visit to Cameroon by Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari since he was elected in March, he and his Cameroonian counterpart Paul Biya both expressed support for a planned regional taskforce to fight Boko Haram, according to a joint statement.


  • Top officials critical of Ohio cop indicted on murder charge

    In this July 19, 2015, frame from body camera video provided by the University of Cincinnati Campus Police, university Officer Ray Tensing stands next to motorist Samuel DuBose during a traffic stop for a missing front license plate in Cincinnati. DuBose was fatally shot by the officer after a struggle ensued when he refused to provide a driver's license and get out of the car. Tensing was indicted Wednesday, July 29 on a murder charge. (University of Cincinnati Campus Police via AP)CINCINNATI (AP) — This time, some of the sharpest criticism of a police officer after the slaying of an unarmed black man came from top law enforcement and city officials.


  • Trump arrives in Scotland for Women's British Open golf

    Presidential contender Donald Trump, speaks to the media after arriving by helicopter during the 1st first day of the Women's British Open golf championship on the Turnberry golf course in Turnberry, Scotland, Thursday, July 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)TURNBERRY, Scotland (AP) — Presidential contender Donald Trump arrived at his Turnberry golf resort in western Scotland on Thursday for the first day of the Women's British Open, declaring "the world has asked me to be here."


  • Boston's bummer summer: Sox slump, Olympics snub, Brady out

    A boat glides along the Cambridge, Mass., side of the Charles River, Monday, July 27, 2105, in front of the Boston skyline, behind. The U.S. Olympic Committee officially severed ties with Boston on Monday, saying it was exploring other options amid lackluster public support and concerns from elected leaders and organized opposition about the impact to taxpayers. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)BOSTON (AP) — After the winter of their discontent, it's been one bummer of a summer for Bostonians.


  • Dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei says UK denies him six-month visa

    Dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei speaks during an interview with Reuters at his hotel in BeijingBy Sui-Lee Wee BEIJING (Reuters) - Dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei said on Thursday that Britain had denied his application for a six-month visa in favour of one with a shorter duration, telling him that he had not declared a previous "criminal conviction". The denial of a longer visa comes three months before President Xi Jinping visits Britain and could fuel criticism of Prime Minister David Cameron's government, which has been accused of putting trade before human rights in dealing with China. Ai has never been charged or convicted of a crime.


  • Nokia profit grows as networks division leads turnaround

    The July 28, 2015 photo shows Nokia headquarters in Espoo, Finland. Telecommunications and wireless equipment maker Nokia Corp. says second-quarter net profit was 347 million euros ($383 million), with growth particularly strong in its core networks division.(Mikko Stig/Lehtikuva via AP) FINLAND OUT, NO SALESHELSINKI (AP) — Nokia enjoyed a solid 60 percent rise in net profit in the second quarter, with a good performance in its core networks division suggesting the Finnish company is succeeding in turning its business around since selling its handsets operation to Microsoft in 2013.


  • Water parks and piano class: Colorado movie gunman's childhood

    Accused Aurora theater gunman James Holmes listens during his arraignment in CentennialDefense lawyers trying to save the life of Colorado movie rampage gunman James Holmes have called witness after witness to take the stand just feet from where he sits, tethered to the floor, expressionless. At the beginning of his trial in late April, defense lawyers said they would show how Holmes was a normal, happy, social child who could have belonged to any of the jurors, before he was struck by severe mental illness.


  • Egypt court delays verdict in Al-Jazeera reporters' retrial

    Egyptian Al-Jazeera English journalist Baher Mohammed speaks to media outside Tora prison, in Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, July 30, 2015. Egyptian judicial officials say a Cairo court has postponed the verdict in the retrial of three Al-Jazeera English reporters until Aug. 2. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)CAIRO (AP) — A Cairo court on Thursday announced it was postponing the final verdict in the retrial of three Al-Jazeera English reporters for next week.


  • Somalia president: No elections in 2016 MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Somalia's president is ruling out the possibility of holding elections that are due next year, citing security challenges stemming from an Islamic insurgency. Opposition parties charge that that his government is taking advantage of poor security to extend its mandate through postponement of elections.
  • 10 Things to Know for Today

    This image taken from video, shows a piece of debris from a plane, Wednesday, July 29, 2015, in Saint-Andre, Reunion. Air safety investigators, one of them a Boeing investigator, have identified the component as a "flaperon" from the trailing edge of a Boeing 777 wing, a U.S. official said. Flight 370, which disappeared March 8, 2014, with 239 people on board, is the only 777 known to be missing. (Reunion 1ere via AP) FRANCE OUTYour daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:


  • Preliminary hearing underway for Ukrainian pilot in Russia DONETSK, Russia (AP) — A preliminary hearing in the trial of a Ukrainian officer charged in the deaths of two Russian journalists started in Russia's south on Thursday.
  • French authorities ruling nothing out over Reunion plane debris French authorities said on Thursday that plane debris found washed up on Reunion island might come from a Boeing 777 but they could not confirm it was from the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, which disappeared in March last year. Earlier on Thursday, a Malaysian official said it was almost certain the debris was from the ill-fated airplane. Malaysia Airlines was operating a Boeing 777 on Flight MH370.
  • Cairo hearing in Al Jazeera journalists' retrial adjourned -Al Jazeera

    Al Jazeera journalist Mohamed Fahmy and his lawyer are seen inside a court before a hearing in his trial in CairoBy Shadi Bushra CAIRO (Reuters) - A Cairo court session which had been expected to deliver a verdict on Thursday in the retrial of Al Jazeera television journalists has been adjourned, Al Jazeera said on its Twitter feed. "We are extremely angry that the verdict has been adjourned today," Al Jazeera Media Network's spokesperson tweeted on @AJENews. A Reuters journalist spoke to three guards outside the court building who said that there would be no hearing on Thursday, without giving a reason.


  • Zimbabwe hunter given bail over death of Cecil the lion

    Cecil was a major tourist attraction at Zimbabwe's largest game reserve in Hwange National Park, due to his distinctive black maneA professional hunter was granted bail on charges of "failing to prevent an illegal hunt" after he organised the expedition on which an American dentist killed Zimbabwe's beloved Cecil the lion. The lion's death triggered an outpouring of anger around the world after it was alleged that he was lured out of Hwange National Park and shot with a powerful bow and arrow. Theo Bronkhorst, wearing a green sleeveless jacket, was ordered Wednesday to lodge a $1,000 deposit at the court in Hwange in northwestern Zimbabwe after a day of negotiations between police, prosecutors and lawyers.


  • Afghan Taliban indicate pullout of peace talks in Pakistan

    Zafar Hashemi, a deputy spokesman for Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, speaks during a press conference in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, July 29, 2015. An Afghan official said Wednesday his government is examining claims that reclusive Taliban leader Mullah 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. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Afghan Taliban, who have been fighting to topple the Kabul government for almost 14 years, said on Thursday they are "not aware" of a new round of peace talks due the following day in Pakistan — a statement indicating the group may be pulling out of the negotiations.


  • Failed FT bid shows Axel Springer caught between tradition and ambition

    Logo of German publisher Axel Springer is seen outside its headquarters in BerlinBy Harro Ten Wolde and Klaus Lauer FRANKFURT/BERLIN (Reuters) - Axel Springer's failure to clinch a deal to buy the Financial Times lengthens a line of setbacks in a decade-old quest by Germany's biggest news publisher to expand abroad. The last-minute loss to Japan's Nikkei of a newspaper Axel Springer had coveted for years was clearly a blow to its management, but for some investors it was a relief, and not just in hindsight. "Worse than not expanding internationally would be Springer overpaying for an asset," one top 10 investor told Reuters.