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  • Spanish police arrest two Moroccans accused of funding Islamic State 27 Jul 2016 | 2:01 am

    Spanish police arrested two brothers in the northern city of Girona accused of helping to fund Islamic State's operations in Syria and Iraq, the interior ministry said on Wednesday. The two Moroccans, aged 22 and 32, diverted funds from Europe to pay for the transfer of members of the militant group into conflict zones, the ministry said. The two otherwise unidentified men, who are charged with financing terrorism, collaboration with a terrorist group and indoctrination, sent money to Islamic State administrators operating under false identities, it said.

  • Iran announces May 19 presidential election 27 Jul 2016 | 1:47 am

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani faces mounting pressure from conservatives who want to limit rapprochement with the WestIran's Guardian Council announced Wednesday that next year's presidential election will take place on May 19 with embattled incumbent Hassan Rouhani expected to run for a second term. Rouhani, a moderate who oversaw a deal with world powers to end sanctions in exchange for curbing Iran's nuclear programme, faces mounting pressure from conservatives who want to limit rapprochement with the West. Hardliners argue the nuclear deal has brought few economic benefits to struggling Iranians, and Rouhani has also been hit by a scandal over exorbitant pay at public sector companies after payslips were leaked to the media.

  • Iran watchdog slates next presidential election for May 2017 27 Jul 2016 | 1:33 am

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's state TV says the country's constitutional watchdog has scheduled the next presidential election for May 2017.

  • Top Asian News 3:33 a.m. GMT 26 Jul 2016 | 10:33 pm

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea is accusing rival North Korea of floating propaganda leaflets via a river in the first such incident. The Defense Ministry said Wednesday it recently discovered dozens of plastic bags, each carrying about 20 leaflets, near a Seoul river close to the tense Korean border. Seoul is only an hour's drive from the border. It says the leaflets contained threats to launch missile attacks on South Korea and praises of the North's political system. A Cold War-style standoff flared after the North's fourth nuclear test in January. Seoul resumed blasting anti-Pyongyang propaganda broadcasts and K-pop songs from border loudspeakers.

  • Brazil football star Neymar defends his party boy lifestyle 26 Jul 2016 | 7:53 pm

    Questions have been raised about how invested Brazilian football star Neymar is in the national team ahead of the OlympicsBrazilian football star Neymar is a party boy and he's not going to apologize for it. At a sometimes tense press conference on Tuesday at the facility where Brazil's Olympic football team is training for the Rio Games, the Barcelona striker told reporters he would not change his ways. Growing increasingly irritated, the Barcelona star went on: "I really don't see the problem.

  • Trump, Pence master delicate art of dancing together on campaign trail 26 Jul 2016 | 6:52 pm

    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and vice presidential candidate Mike Pence pray at a campaign event in RoanokeBy Steve Holland MIAMI (Reuters) - Donald Trump was in the middle of creating another nickname for Democratic rival Hillary Clinton - "Hillary Rotten Clinton!" - when he suddenly thought of his mild-mannered vice presidential running mate, Mike Pence. "You think Mike Pence would say this?" he smiled to the audience in Roanoke, Virginia. "What a high-quality person." On their first campaign swing together this week, Trump and Pence are giving voters an initial look at their odd-couple pairing as they prepare to battle against Clinton and her running mate, Tim Kaine, the Virginia governor, in the Nov. 8 presidential election.

  • Priest murdered in French church attack: what we know so far 26 Jul 2016 | 6:46 pm

    Police officers stand on guard behind the church of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray on July 26, 2016, following an attack by two knife-wielding menAn elderly priest had his throat slit in a church in northern France on Tuesday after two men stormed the building and took hostages. The attack in the Normandy town of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray came as France was still coming to terms with the Bastille Day killings in Nice claimed by the Islamic State jihadist group. The victim was father Jacques Hamel, a semi-retired assistant parish priest, according to the archbishop of nearby Rouen, Dominique Lebrun.

  • The Latest: Trump says he'd 'think about' Ailes on his team 26 Jul 2016 | 6:19 pm

    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a Veterans of Foreign Wars convention, Tuesday, July 26, 2016, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Latest on the Democratic National Convention (all times EDT):

  • Remarks as Prepared for Delivery by Democratic Women of the U.S. House of Representatives 26 Jul 2016 | 6:09 pm

    Ninety-six years ago, America's women first won the right to vote. Hillary Clinton knows that this moment is not just about one woman's achievement, but about what a woman president will mean for generations to come – for the dreams and hopes and aspirations of every woman and every girl and boy all across our land. The Democratic Women of the House are leading the way to unleash the power of America's women and working families – in our economy, in our society, and in our democracy.

  • House Veterans' Affairs chairman seeks records on shooters 26 Jul 2016 | 5:52 pm

    DALLAS (AP) — The chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Veterans Affairs has broadened his request for information on two former soldiers involved in mass shootings in Texas and Louisiana.

  • French jihadist attacks church while under house arrest 26 Jul 2016 | 5:44 pm

    French policemen stand in a street during the search of a house in the Normandy village of Saint-Etienne du Rouvray on July 26, 2016 following the church attackSaint-Etienne-du-Rouvray (France) (AFP) - A French jihadist who was under house arrest on terror charges took part in a church attack in which a priest was killed Tuesday, further inflaming tensions over security failures in the violence-weary nation. Adel Kermiche, 19, was one of two attackers who stormed a Catholic church in the northern town of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray during morning mass, slitting the throat of an 86-year-old priest, Jacques Hamel, and leaving a worshipper with serious injuries, said Paris prosecutor Francois Molins. The attack, claimed by the Islamic State group, comes with France still in mourning less than two weeks after Tunisian Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel ploughed a truck into a crowd in the Riviera city of Nice, killing 84 people and injuring over 300.

  • The Latest: Clinton wins convention votes to make history 26 Jul 2016 | 5:43 pm

    The delegates form New York cast their votes for President of the United States during the second day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Tuesday, July 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Latest on the Democratic National Convention (all times EDT):

  • The Latest: Arizona's Jerry Emmett, centenarian for Clinton 26 Jul 2016 | 5:26 pm

    A person holds a sign as votes are cast during the second day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Tuesday, July 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Latest on the Democratic National Convention (all times EDT):

  • IS group claims attack that killed 85-year-old French priest 26 Jul 2016 | 4:46 pm

    Police officers stand in front of a building during a search operation in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, Normandy, France, following an attack on a church that left a priest dead, Tuesday, July 26, 2016. Two attackers invaded a church Tuesday during morning Mass near the Normandy city of Rouen, killing an 84-year-old priest by slitting his throat and taking hostages before being shot and killed by police, French officials said. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)SAINT-ETIENNE-DU-ROUVRAY, France (AP) — The Islamic State group crossed a new threshold Tuesday in its war against the West, as two of its followers targeted a church in Normandy, slitting the throat of an elderly priest celebrating Mass and using hostages as human shields before being shot by police.

  • At least 105 Russian athletes banned so far 26 Jul 2016 | 1:12 pm

    FILE in this Sunday, March 11, 2012 file photo, Russia's Ilia Frolov runs through the finish line tape as he wins the men's final in the Modern Pentathlon World Cup in Charlotte, in the U.S. Two Russian athletes in modern pentathlon have been barred from the Rio Olympics after being implicated in an alleged doping cover-up. The International Modern Pentathlon Union says that Maxim Kustov and Ilya Frolov were mentioned in World Anti-Doping Agency investigator Richard McLaren's report last week as having allegedly had positive tests covered up by Russian authorities. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone, File)MOSCOW (AP) — At least 105 athletes from the 387-strong Russian Olympic team announced last week have been barred from the Rio Games in connection with the country's doping scandal.

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