Russia classifies military casualties in peacetime

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree to make losses of Russian troops in peacetime a secret. The decree published on the official government web-site and signed by Putin on Wednesday makes it a state secret to divulge information about...

Elephant numbers plunge in Mozambique because of poachers

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Conservationists say the elephant population in Mozambique has dropped nearly 50 percent in the last five years because of poaching, but cite good news from Uganda, where the elephant population is increasing. Poachers have slaughtered tens of thousands...
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Christian schools in Israel say budget cuts hurt community

AP Photo/Oded Balilty RAMLE, Israel (AP) — It was an unlikely display of protesters: nuns cloaked in white, a black-clad priest clutching a golden scepter and dozens of Arab schoolchildren picketing outside the hulking headquarters of Israel’s Education Ministry....

France wants Europe to do more to fight Islamic State

PARIS (AP) — France’s foreign minister wants European countries to do more to fight the Islamic State group, and is seeking support from Russia in international talks about defeating the group. France, which joined U.S.-led airstrikes against Islamic State extremists...
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Boat people talks: Key issues and expectations

AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim BANGKOK (AP) — In the past month, more than 3,000 desperate, hungry people have landed on the shores of Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand, drawing international attention to a crisis in Southeast Asia. Arrivals of the overcrowded boats – crammed...
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Indians crowd rivers, tree shade as heat toll passes 1,400

AP Photo/Biswaranjan Rout HYDERABAD, India (AP) — Eating onions, lying in the shade and crowding into rivers, Indians are doing whatever they can to stay cool amid a brutal heat wave that has killed more than 1,400 in the past month. Officials say most of the 1,412 deaths...
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Paris leaders want fast expulsion of migrants from tent camp

AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere PARIS (AP) — In the shadow of the famed Sacre Coeur basilica, hundreds of migrants have poured into a makeshift tent camp on a bridge over Eurostar train tracks to Britain – the country that many see as a cherished final destination....

Study says girls seek sisterhood _ not just marriage _ in IS

LONDON (AP) — The notion that young women are traveling to Syria solely to become “jihadi brides” is simplistic and hinders efforts to prevent other girls from being radicalized, new research suggests. Young women are joining the so-called Islamic State group...
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Shocking ads ignite debate about abortion ban in Chile

AP Photo/Luis Hidalgo SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — The video shows a woman climbing a stairwell, her belly visibly pregnant, as she offers suggestions: Make sure there are no security cameras. Be careful not to look down or you might regret it. She tumbles backward as the screen...
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Analysis: Against IS, airstrikes may not suffice

AP Photo BAGHDAD (AP) — It’s the modern era’s military strategy of choice: overwhelming air power delivering precision-guided punishment backed by intelligence on the ground, with minimal exposure for soldiers of the striking side. Seductive though it is to...