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Spain to hand over US-Belgian arrested over blood diamonds

MADRID (AP) — Spanish court officials say an American-Belgian businessman arrested for suspected involvement in enslavement and pillaging blood diamonds during Sierra Leone’s civil war will be handed over shortly to Belgium. A National Court spokesman said Monday the...

Afghan airfields built for war seen as economic hubs

AP Photo/Rahmat Gul KANDAHAR AIR FIELD, Afghanistan (AP) — It is a striking vision for a country torn to pieces by war and jihadi insurrection: a series of airports, built by NATO to fight the Taliban, are being handed over to the Afghan government in a civil aviation...

China gives little credit, or help, to Nationalist WWII vets

AP Photo/Ng Han Guan BEIJING (AP) — Chinese veteran Sun Yibai doesn’t have much time for the Communist Party’s claim to have led China to victory against Japan in World War II. “The Communist Party didn’t fight Japan,” said the sprightly...

Dozens of Venezuelan shot by police amid crime crackdown

AP Photo/Fernando Llano MARACAY, Venezuela (AP) — Workers in the industrial complex had been hiding in bathrooms and closets for hours when the shooting stopped. The last of the four suspected thieves, a slightly built man in yellow rain boots, surrendered on the roof,...

Dominica declares disaster status after storm leaves 20 dead

AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery ROSEAU, Dominica (AP) — Rescue teams worked Sunday to reopen roads to remote communities in Dominica after Tropical Storm Erika caused flooding and mudslides that killed at least 20 people and left more than 50 missing on the Caribbean island....

Study: Tiny, wireless pacemaker could be surgery-free option

AP Photo LONDON (AP) — A tiny, wireless pacemaker could offer some heart patients a surgery-free alternative to the traditional devices, a new study says. Some doctors, however, say there are lingering safety questions and warned patients not to rush to get the new...

Israel has failed to reform Jewish radicals, critics charge

AP Photo/Nasser Ishtayeh SHIR HADASH OUTPOST, West Bank (AP) — The Israeli government initiative has a soothing biblical name, the Hebrew Shepherd, and a serious aim: to keep ultranationalist Jewish settler youths from turning to violence and attacking Palestinians and...

Letter from Hungary: Migrants seek EU’s field of dreams

AP Photo/Darko Bandic ROSZKE, Hungary (AP) — On the edge of a Hungarian cornfield, the beam from a car’s headlights reflects in their eyes: Europe’s newest residents, catching their breath, fresh from evading border police. Emotions sway from forlorn to...

Tens of thousands protest defense bills outside Japan’s Diet

AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi TOKYO (AP) — Tens of thousands of protesters have gathered outside Japan’s parliament to oppose security legislation in one of this summer’s biggest rallies ahead of its anticipated passage next month. They chanted, “No to war...

Fire at Saudi oil company residential complex kills 1

AP Photo DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi civil defense authorities say one person has been killed and 30 were wounded when a fire broke out at a residential complex used by the state oil giant Saudi Aramco. Aramco said the fire started early Sunday in the eastern...