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Jailed scholar can appeal, Iran says

updated: 07/18/2017 3:14 a.m. Discuss

ISTANBUL -- An American scholar jailed in Iran can appeal a verdict sentencing him to 10 years in prison for espionage, Iranian judicial authorities said, after an apparently secret trial in which he was accused of using his status as a student to send documents to the U.S. government.

Venezuelan opposition calls for 24-hour nationwide strike

posted: 07/18/2017 3:10 a.m. Discuss

CARACAS, Venezuela -- Venezuela's opposition on Monday called for a 24-hour nationwide strike to pressure President Nicolas Maduro to drop plans to rewrite the constitution, while the United States threatened "strong and swift economic actions" against his socialist administration if it ignores the will of voters in a referendum.

Qatar calls hacking 'unfortunate'

updated: 07/18/2017 3:05 a.m. Discuss

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Qatar, the Gulf state being isolated by its neighbors, said Monday that the reported involvement of the United Arab Emirates in hacking its government news site in May is "unfortunate" and a breach of agreements among the Gulf countries.

Jordanian gets life for killing U.S. troops

updated: 07/18/2017 3:03 a.m. Discuss

AMMAN, Jordan -- A Jordanian soldier was sentenced Monday to life in prison after being convicted of killing three U.S. military trainers last year, but some said questions lingered about his motive for the shooting at a Jordanian air base.

Turks tie activists to failed coup try

posted: 07/18/2017 3:03 a.m. Discuss

ISTANBUL — Ten Turkish human-rights activists who were detained by police while attending a training workshop appeared before court officials in Istanbul on Monday.

The World in Brief

updated: 07/18/2017 3:02 a.m. Discuss

U.K. exit talks focus on citizens' rights

Report: UAE behind hacking of Qatari media

posted: 07/17/2017 11:51 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON — The United Arab Emirates orchestrated the hacking of a Qatari government news site in May, planting a false story that was used as a pretext for the current crisis between Qatar and several Arab countries, according to a Sunday report by The Washington Post.

U.S. student in Iran sentenced on spying

posted: 07/17/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

TEHRAN, Iran -- A U.S. student from Princeton University was arrested in Iran and sentenced to 10 years in prison on charges he was spying for the United States, an Iranian judiciary official said Sunday.

Venezuelans at polls reject charter's rewrite

updated: 07/17/2017 3:31 a.m. Discuss

CARACAS, Venezuela -- Hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans lined up across the country and in expatriate communities around the world Sunday to vote in a symbolic rejection of President Nicolas Maduro's plan to rewrite the constitution.

Macron, Netanyahu hail alliance

updated: 07/17/2017 3:21 a.m. Discuss

PARIS -- Two days after treating President Donald Trump to a Bastille Day parade, Emmanuel Macron welcomed yet another world leader -- the Israeli prime minister -- to Paris.

Residents, police clash on Egyptian isle

posted: 07/17/2017 3:20 a.m. Discuss

CAIRO -- Egyptian police on Sunday fired tear gas to disperse a rock-pelting crowd of residents defending their homes on a Nile River island against bulldozers sent by the government to demolish illegally built dwellings. The clashes left one person dead and 50 others injured.

The world in brief

updated: 07/17/2017 4:29 a.m. Discuss

Gunmen kidnap 4 Philippine workers

Alaskans shrug at threat

posted: 07/16/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

In Washington, the news that North Korea may have developed an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of hitting Alaska set off a wave of anxiety.

Chained to tree, chimp begs for 2 years

updated: 07/16/2017 4:45 a.m. Comments 2

The young chimpanzee with thinning hair and sad eyes stood begging, holding out her plastic bottle while chained to a tree in a desolate urban park in central Angola.

Afghan girls get to robot contest

updated: 07/16/2017 4:22 a.m. Discuss

Twice rejected for U.S. visas, an all-girls robotics team from Afghanistan arrived in Washington early Saturday after an intervention by President Donald Trump.

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