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Cyprus detains 12 Israelis for 8 days over alleged rape

Jul. 18, 2019 12:21 PM EDT

PARALIMNI, Cyprus (AP) — A Cyprus court has ordered 12 Israelis vacationing on the east Mediterranean island nation to remain in police custody for eight days after a 19-year-old British woman alleged that she was raped. Judge Tonia Nicolaou removed reporters from the hearing Thursday because some of the...

UNR may file ADA suit over football stadium renovation

Jul. 18, 2019 12:16 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Lawyers for the University of Nevada, Reno are asking the state's board of regents to authorize a lawsuit against architects they blame for a botched renovation project that left the school's football stadium in violation of the Americans with Disability Act. The university says in a...

Circle K Mexico apologizes for "sexist" Secretary Day ad

Jul. 18, 2019 12:05 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Circle K Mexico is apologizing for an ad on "Secretary Day" promoting a deal on chocolate, red wine and condoms. The convenience store brand said in a Wednesday statement that it did not intend to "promote any stereotype" and highlighted its "promise to be a business that doesn't...

Pompeo takes aim at China at religious freedom conference

Jul. 18, 2019 11:55 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday said China is responsible for the "stain of the century" of human rights abuses, with mass detentions of Muslims and other minorities. Speaking at an international religious freedom conference that he is hosting, Pompeo denounced China for its...

The Latest: McCarthy says Trump hostility to Omar not racist

Jul. 18, 2019 11:50 AM EDT

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's reelection rally in North Carolina (all times local): 11:45 a.m. The top Republican in the House says "send her back" chants about Somali-born Rep. Ilhan Omar at President Donald Trump's Wednesday night rally "have no place in our party and no...

City removes monument that included KKK-sponsored brick

Jul. 18, 2019 10:58 AM EDT

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — Wilkes-Barre city officials have removed a public monument that included a recently added brick that was sponsored by a Ku Klux Klan affiliate. The Citizens' Voice reported Thursday the column monument in the city's Public Square was taken down three weeks after a brick was placed...

Taxpayers won't pay Hanford contractor's legal expenses

Jul. 18, 2019 10:06 AM EDT

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — Taxpayers are not on the hook for $500,000 in legal fees of the contractor building the nuclear waste treatment plant at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington state. The Tri-City Herald reports the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled Tuesday that the U.S....

Man convicted of hate crimes for yelling slurs, threats

Jul. 18, 2019 8:46 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Portland man has been found guilty of two hate crimes after calling two African American boys a racist slur and threatening them with a knife. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports 61-year-old Michael Amatullo, who is white, was found guilty by a jury of two counts of felony unlawful use...

7,800 police in Philippines punished for deadly drug raids

Jul. 18, 2019 8:44 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Thousands of Philippine police officers have received administrative punishments with more than 2,000 dismissed for wrongdoings during raids where drug suspects were killed under the president's crackdown, officials said Thursday. Communications Assistant Secretary Marie Rafael...

UN envoy says US sanctions on Myanmar generals inadequate

Jul. 18, 2019 6:49 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The U.N. special rapporteur for Myanmar said Thursday the U.S. didn't "go far enough" in sanctions against four top Myanmar generals over the mass killings of minority Rohingya Muslims. Myanmar's commander in chief and his deputy, two other generals, and their immediate...