The Latest: World's media awaits IOC verdict on Russia ban
Sun, 24 Jul 2016 08:26:24 -0400
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The Latest from the IOC meeting on Russia's participation at the Rio Games (all times local):
California fires threaten thousands of homes; 1 body found
Sun, 24 Jul 2016 08:02:05 -0400
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Thousands of homes remained evacuated Sunday as two massive wildfires raged in tinder-dry California hills and canyons, and authorities said a burned body was found in one neighborhood swept by the flames.
Soldiers in coup have badly harmed Turkey: chief of General Staff
Sun, 24 Jul 2016 07:59:29 -0400
The chief of Turkey's military General Staff said on Sunday soldiers involved in last weekend's failed coup had done great harm to the country and would face "the most severe punishment", private broadcaster NTV reported. Hulusi Akar, who was briefly taken hostage by the plotters on the night of the coup, also said the armed forces would continue to perform their duties with determination. Akar was due to meet President Tayyip Erdogan later on Sunday, Turkish media reported.
Southern California fire mushrooms, residents evacuated
Sun, 24 Jul 2016 07:54:59 -0400
A fire burning out of control in Southern California has grown to a massive 20,000 acres, officials said Sunday, as residents in an area north of Los Angeles were forced to evacuate. The blaze, which has been dubbed the "Sand Fire" after a nearby neighborhood, is only 10 percent contained, according to the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG). Local media reported that a burned body had been recovered in the city of Santa Clarita, located some 35 miles (55 kilometers) from downtown Los Angeles, although it was unclear if the individual had died in the blaze.
Melker Schorling, Sweden's quiet tycoon with the Midas touch
Sun, 24 Jul 2016 07:53:23 -0400
By Mia Shanley and Niklas Pollard STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Business tycoon Melker Schorling, one of Sweden's most prominent investors, says he is well-positioned to expand his 60 billion crown ($7 billion) investment empire even as he prepares to hand over affairs to his daughters. MSAB, the holding company he set up in 1999 which spans a diverse set of companies from measurement technology to locks and guards, has consistently outperformed larger rivals. Investors attribute Schorling's success to a knack for picking small specialists which go on to become global market leaders.
Intense airstrikes in Syria Aleppo province hit clinics
Sun, 24 Jul 2016 07:52:08 -0400
BEIRUT (AP) — Government air raids struck five medical clinics Sunday in the northern province of Aleppo, where violence has intensified in recent weeks, Syrian opposition activists said.
Turkey readies cross-party rally to condemn coup, praise democracy
Sun, 24 Jul 2016 07:47:46 -0400
Turkey readied Sunday for its first cross-party rally to condemn the bloody coup attempt against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as his government pressed on with a purge of suspected state enemies. The mass pro-democracy rally, to be held under tight security on Istanbul's iconic Taksim square, was called by the biggest opposition group, the secular and centre-left Republican People's Party. "The Turkish republic is stronger than it was in the past," wrote Prime Minister Binali Yildirim in an editorial in the HaberTurk daily.
Iraq: Suicide attack in Baghdad kills at least 14 people
Sun, 24 Jul 2016 07:44:44 -0400
BAGHDAD (AP) — A suicide bomber attacked a security check point in northern Baghdad on Sunday, killing at least 14 people, Iraqi officials said.
Kabul in mourning after deadliest attack in 15 years
Sun, 24 Jul 2016 07:38:25 -0400
Kabul was plunged into mourning Sunday after its deadliest attack for 15 years killed 80 people and left hundreds maimed, reigniting concern that the Islamic State group was seeking to expand its foothold in Afghanistan. Tempers were frayed a day after the twin bombings that tore through crowds of Shiite Hazara protesters, as many anxiously searched hospitals and morgues, looking among the mutilated bodies for missing relatives. "I promise you that I will avenge the blood of our loved ones on the perpetrators of this crime, wherever they are," President Ashraf Ghani said, declaring Sunday a national day of mourning.
ASEAN deadlocked on South China Sea after Cambodia blocks statement
Sun, 24 Jul 2016 07:26:55 -0400
By Manuel Mogato and Simon Webb VIENTIANE (Reuters) - Southeast Asian nations failed to find common ground on maritime disputes in the South China Sea on Sunday after Cambodia stuck to its demand the group make no reference to an international court ruling against Beijing in a statement, diplomats said. Foreign ministers from the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) met for the first time since the U.N.-backed Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague handed an emphatic legal victory to the Philippines in the maritime dispute earlier this month. The ruling denied China's sweeping claims in the strategic seaway, through which more than $5 trillion in global trade passes each year.