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20 years in prison for Florida man who posted bomb guides

Jul. 18, 2019 4:01 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A Florida man has been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for posting bomb-making instructions on websites frequented by extremist groups such as the Islamic State. A Miami federal judge imposed the maximum sentence Thursday on 34-year-old Tayyab Tahir Ismail, a naturalized U.S. citizen...

The Latest: 33 die in fire set at Kyoto animation studio

Jul. 18, 2019 4:00 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on a fire in a Japanese animation studio (all times local): 9:45 p.m. A Japanese fire official says the death toll from the Kyoto Animation studio fire is now 33 and nobody else is believed to be still missing. Kyoto fire department official Kazuhiro Hayashi says 36 others have been...

Illinois man gets life in prison for killing Chinese scholar

Jul. 18, 2019 3:57 PM EDT

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — A former University of Illinois doctoral student is facing life in prison for the rape and murder of a 26-year-old scholar from China whom he abducted from a bus stop near campus in 2017, after a federal jury said Thursday that they failed to agree on sentencing him to death. The jurors...

The Latest: Illinois face gets life in prison for killing

Jul. 18, 2019 3:50 PM EDT

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — The Latest on the sentencing deliberations in scholar's slaying (all times local): 2:50 p.m. A former University of Illinois doctoral student is facing life in prison in the abduction, rape and killing of a scholar from China after a federal jury failed to agree on a death sentence. The...

Illinois man convicted of killing scholar from China to serve life sentence after jurors can't agree on death penalty

Jul. 18, 2019 3:47 PM EDT
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Illinois man convicted of killing scholar from China to serve life sentence after jurors can't agree on death penalty.

Pompeo takes aim at China at religious freedom conference

Jul. 18, 2019 1:23 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday said that China was responsible for the "stain of the century" of human rights abuses, citing mass detentions of Muslims and other minorities. Pompeo denounced China for its large-scale detentions in the western Xinjiang region , where an...

Man shouting 'You die' kills 33 at Japan anime studio

Jul. 18, 2019 12:37 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A man screaming "You die!" burst into an animation studio in Kyoto, doused it with a flammable liquid and set it on fire Thursday, killing 33 people in an attack that shocked the country and brought an outpouring of grief from anime fans. Thirty-six others were injured, some of them...

Taliban to talk to Swedish NGO after Afghan clinic closures

Jul. 18, 2019 12:20 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban said they would hold talks Thursday with representatives of a Swedish non-profit group after threats by the insurgents forced the organization to close 42 clinics it runs in eastern Afghanistan. Meanwhile, a Taliban fighter in southern Kandahar province attacked police...

Anime studio hit by deadly fire is known for skill, fan base

Jul. 18, 2019 12:05 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — It may not be as famous as Japanese anime legend Studio Ghibli, but Kyoto Animation has many core fans and is known as a team of skilled animators that provides top-quality work for others and can produce its own hits, such as "Lucky Star," ''K-On!" and the "Haruhi Suzumiya" series. The...

Lawyer says China has charged Chinese Australian writer

Jul. 18, 2019 11:31 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A Chinese Australian writer detained in Beijing since January has been charged with endangering state security and moved from house arrest to a detention center, his lawyer and a friend said Thursday. China said Yang Hengjun's case was under investigation by the Chinese national...