Prosecutor: White officer panicked before shooting black man
Tue, 04 Aug 2015 05:16:22 -0400
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Both sides in the voluntary manslaughter trial of a white Charlotte police officer in the on duty shooting of a black man agree bad choices led up to the man's death as he looked for help after a car crash.
Pakistan defies rights protests to hang 'teen' convict
Tue, 04 Aug 2015 05:14:34 -0400
Pakistan on Tuesday executed a man convicted of murdering a child, brushing aside a storm of protests from rights groups that his confession had been extracted by torture and he was a minor at the time of the crime. Shafqat Hussain was hanged shortly before dawn at a jail in Karachi for killing a seven-year-old boy in the city in 2004, his brother and a prison official told AFP. The case prompted grave international concern, drawing protests from the United Nations, as his lawyers and family said he was only 15 at the time of the killing and was tortured into making a false confession.
Massive California wildfire jumps containment line
Tue, 04 Aug 2015 05:13:24 -0400
MIDDLETOWN, Calif. (AP) — As firefighters battled a massive Northern California wild land blaze threatening numerous homes, some of the 13,000 people urged to flee their residences were spending what may be just one of many nights in evacuation shelters.
Kosovo passes law on war crimes court
Tue, 04 Aug 2015 05:12:56 -0400
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo lawmakers have approved a law to set up a special war crimes court.
Loyalists retake Yemen's biggest airbase in new blow for rebels
Tue, 04 Aug 2015 05:08:25 -0400
Pro-government forces backed by a Saudi-led coalition retook Yemen's biggest airbase from Iran-backed rebels on Tuesday in a significant new gain after their recapture of second city Aden last month. Hailing victory in the battle for Al-Anad, the defence ministry vowed there would be no let-up in the war against the Shiite Huthi rebels and their allies until the authority of exiled President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi was restored over the whole country. The Al-Anad base, 60 kilometres (40 miles) north of Aden, is strategically located on the main road north towards both the battleground third city of Taez and the rebel-held capital Sanaa.
Afghan Taliban denounce 'propaganda' against their movement
Tue, 04 Aug 2015 04:57:00 -0400
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Afghan Taliban have urged followers to disregard "enemy propaganda" about fractures in the movement and unite behind their new leader.
BMW Q2 earnings slip on China, costs for new models
Tue, 04 Aug 2015 04:54:59 -0400
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German luxury automaker BMW saw net profit slip 1 percent in the second quarter amid higher launch costs for new vehicles and a tougher market in China, a major pillar of its profits.
Respite for commodities as dollar wilts, China bounces
Tue, 04 Aug 2015 04:52:46 -0400
Oil prices steadied at $50 a barrel after a 5 percent drop and badly bruised commodity and Chinese markets were calmer generally on Tuesday, as investors attempted to shake off the recent turbulence. European stocks reversed some of the previous day's gains and safe-haven German government bonds were in demand as the region opened, but there was some respite for commodities and their related currency and share markets.
New Taliban leader facing tension as top official quits
Tue, 04 Aug 2015 04:44:11 -0400
By Jibran Ahmad PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - A top Taliban official announced his resignation on Tuesday amid a growing leadership struggle in the Afghan insurgent movement after the news of the death of leader Mullah Mohammad Omar last week. The swift announcement that Omar's longtime deputy, Mullah Mohammad Akhtar Mansour, would be the new leader has riled many senior figures angry about the implication that Mansour covered up Omar's death for more than two years. The infighting could split the Taliban and threatens tentative peace talks with the Kabul government to end 13 years of war that began with a U.S.-led campaign after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States.
Greek stock market suffers second day of losses
Tue, 04 Aug 2015 04:41:49 -0400
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The Greek stock market is suffering a second day of losses since reopening, with banks shares down the most.
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