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Van carrying migrants crashes in northwest Turkey; 10 killed

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish officials say a van carrying dozens of migrants ignored orders to stop and sped past a police checkpoint in northwest Turkey before crashing into a wall. Ten migrants were killed and some 30 others were injured in the crash. The governor’s office for Edirne province said the incident occurred Wednesday in the town of Meric, …

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Rome doctors warn of health hazards from city’s garbage woes

ROME (AP) — Doctors in Rome are warning of possible health hazards caused by overflowing trash bins in the city’s streets, as the Italian capital struggles with a renewed garbage emergency aggravated by the summer heat. Trash disposal is a decades-long problem for the Eternal City. Rome was left with no major site to treat the 1.7 million metric tons …

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Malaysia detains 4 Indians, seizes drugs, 5,255 turtles

SEPANG, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia authorities have arrested four Indians and seized more than 14 kilograms of drugs and over 5,000 turtles from their luggage at the Kuala Lumpur airport. Senior customs official Zulkurnain Mohamed Yusof said Wednesday that agents found a total 5,255 red-ear slider baby turtles kept in small baskets from the luggage of two Indian nationals who …

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Australia media demand press freedom law reforms after raids

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s three largest media organizations joined forces on Wednesday to demand law reforms that would prevent journalists from risking prison for doing their job, in reaction to recent police raids hunting government documents. News Corp. Australia, Australian Broadcasting Corp. and Nine Entertainment released their demands for law reforms following unprecedented police raids on consecutive days early …

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Protesters urge discussion of Hong Kong issues at G-20

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong activists opposed to contentious extradition legislation on Wednesday called on leaders of the U.S., the European Union and others to raise the issue with Chinese President Xi Jinping at this week’s G-20 summit in Japan. Beijing has strongly opposed such a development, saying Hong Kong matters are strictly an internal Chinese affair. Groups of …

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IMF, World Bank chiefs address US plan for Palestinians

Jared Kushner

MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — The heads of international financial institutions and global investors are addressing a conference intended to boost a $50 billion U.S. economic plan for the Palestinians. Despite widespread doubts about the proposal, which has been rejected by the Palestinians, the chiefs of the IMF and World Bank will offer suggestions for making the plan a success. Also …

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Athletic trainers: Coaches still influence health decisions

More than one-third of college athletic trainers say coaches influence the hiring and firing of their schools’ sports-medicine staffs, a finding that counters an NCAA-recommended protocol urging medical staff to make decisions about athlete health independent of coaches and administrators. Among the 1,796 athletic trainers who answered a recent survey, more than 48 percent said their school was not following …

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Border official resigns amid uproar over migrant children

HOUSTON (AP) — The acting head of U.S. Customs and Border Protection resigned Tuesday amid an uproar over the discovery of migrant children being held in pitiful conditions at one of the agency’s stations in Texas. Acting Commissioner John Sanders’ departure deepened the sense of crisis and added to the rapid turnover inside the agencies responsible for enforcing President Donald …

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Western Panama hit by 6.3 magnitude earthquake

DENVER (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey says an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.3 has struck western Panama. The quake hit early Wednesday, about 20 minutes after midnight local time (0523 GMT), on the nation’s western coast just north of La Esperanza at a depth of 10 kilometers (6.2 miles). There were no immediate reports of damage or …

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UConn board expected to finalize switch from AAC to Big East

STORRS, Conn. (AP) — The University of Connecticut’s Board of Trustees is expected to accept an invitation to move most of the school’s athletic teams from the American Athletic Conference to the Big East. The board has added the vote to a regularly scheduled meeting Wednesday morning. The Huskies were a charter member of the Big East conference, but remained …

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