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Iraqi parliament to meet in step to form new govt

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's vice president called on parliament to convene on Tuesday, taking the first step toward forming a new government to present a united front against a rapidly advancing Sunni insurgency while Britain's top diplomat started an official visit to the country to urge the country's leaders to put their differences aside for the good of the nation.


Ukraine calls on Russia to support peace plan

MOSCOW (AP) — Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Thursday called on Russia to support his peace plan "with deeds, not words" as a weeklong cease-fire between government troops and pro-Russian rebels is set to expire late Friday.

Sex abuse report: Late BBC host 'interfered with dead bodies'

Late BBC presenter Jimmy Savile sexually abused vulnerable patients in scores of British hospitals over decades and claimed to have performed sex acts on dead bodies, investigators said on Thursday. Savile, one of the biggest TV stars in Britain in the 1970s and 1980s, abused girls, boys, men and women aged from five to 75 as he enjoyed unrestricted access throughout state-run National Health Service (NHS) institutions, they found. Witnesses told investigators that Savile also claimed to have performed sex acts on bodies at the same hospital's mortuary, and even bragged about having jewellery that he had had made from glass eyes taken from the deceased.


Will San Francisco break the fall of Golden Gate Bridge jumpers?

For decades, people have been jumping to their deaths from the Golden Gate Bridge. But a historic vote this week may finally lead to the installation of a suicide barrier. But for the leading advocate of the barrier, it's a move that comes tragically too late.

FAA eyes lower building height limit near airports

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government wants to dramatically reduce the allowable height of buildings near hundreds of airports — a proposal that is drawing fire from real estate developers and members of Congress who say it will reduce property values.


Tea party losses don't stop cash or curb influence

WASHINGTON (AP) — Desperate to knock off GOP incumbents in this year's Republican primaries, the nation's tea party groups have spent millions only to fall short in election after election.


Officials say Iraq pullout hurt US spying

WASHINGTON (AP) — When John Maguire was a CIA officer in Beirut in the late 1980s during that country's bloody civil war, he spent weeks living in safe houses far from the U.S. Embassy, dodging militants who wanted to kidnap and kill Americans.


Search for missing Malaysian plane shifts south

SYDNEY (AP) — Investigators looking into the disappearance of the Malaysia Airlines plane are confident the jet was on autopilot when it crashed in a remote stretch of the Indian Ocean, Australian officials said Thursday as they announced the latest shift in the search for the doomed airliner.


Search for Malaysia Airlines jet shifts south

The hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 will shift further south in the Indian Ocean, Australian authorities said on Thursday, ushering in yet another new phase of the long, costly and so far fruitless search. Investigators say what little evidence they have to work with suggests the aeroplane was deliberately diverted thousands of kilometres from its scheduled route before eventually plunging into the Indian Ocean. The search was narrowed in April after a series of acoustic pings thought to be from the plane's black box recorders were heard along a final arc where analysis of satellite data put its last location. We are now shifting our attention to an area further south along the arc," Australian Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss said.


APNewsBreak: US ends Philippines anti-terror force

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — After more than a decade of helping fight al-Qaida-linked militants, the United States is disbanding an anti-terror contingent of hundreds of elite American troops in the southern Philippines where armed groups such as Abu Sayyaf have largely been crippled, officials said Thursday.

Police ready to abide by court's cellphone ruling

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Officers are being briefed during roll calls, new procedures are in place, and prosecutors are considering the effect on potentially thousands of pending court cases after the Supreme Court's ruling that restricts police searches of cellphones.


1 suspect held, 1 killed after deadly Nigeria bomb blast

Nigerian authorities have arrested one suspect and killed another, after a bomb claimed 21 lives in a shopping centre in the capital Abuja, a city gripped by fear of attacks by Boko Haram Islamists. Wednesday's blast shook the Emab Plaza at 4:00 pm (1500 GMT), the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said, as shoppers were buying groceries ahead of the country's World Cup match against Argentina, which kicked-off an hour later. Later the National Information Centre said a second suspect had been shot dead by troops as he tried to escape on a motorbike. Rescue teams were deployed to the scene and evacuated the victims from the area, NEMA spokesman Manzo Ezekiel told AFP.


Ruling pushes gay marriage closer to Supreme Court

DENVER (AP) — The first ruling by a federal appeals court that states cannot prevent gay couples from marrying makes it more likely the Supreme Court will ultimately have to make a decision it has so far avoided — do states have the ability to prohibit same-sex marriage?


Why the Bowe Bergdahl deal is a disaster for travelers

Let me get one thing straight before I go any further: I am glad Bowe Bergdahl is home. I am a firm believer in “Leave No Man Behind.” I added my voice via social media to the campaign for his release for years. I am, however, not happy about how it came about and what it means for millions of Americans who travel abroad every year.


Native American group threatens Cleveland Indians with $9B lawsuit

A Cleveland-based Native American activist group says it's planning to sue the Cleveland Indians in federal court next month for $9 billion — yes, billion with a b — citing 100 years of racism connected to the team's name and its Chief Wahoo logo.


Spying drop-off in Iraq preceded fresh insurgency

WASHINGTON (AP) — CIA officers in Iraq have been largely hunkered down in their heavily fortified Baghdad compound since U.S. troops left the country in 2011, current and former officials say, allowing a once-rich network of intelligence sources to wither.

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