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Judge Thokozile Masipa, reads her verdict during the state appeal hearing at the high court in Johannesburg, South Africa,Friday, Aug. 26, 2016. The State lost it's appeal after challenging a ruling by Judge Masipa against convicted murderer Oscar Pistorius who received six years for the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe/POOL)

SAfrican judge denies appeal for harsher Pistorius sentence

A South African judge on Friday dismissed an appeal by prosecutors for a harsher against Oscar Pistorius who was found guilty of murder for killing his girlfriend in 2013. Judge Thokozile Masipa said the state's appeal to extend the six-year sentence against the 29-year-old double amputee Olympic sprinter had a ...

Brewer AB Inbev to cut thousands of jobs in takeover deal

The world's largest brewer, AB Inbev, expects to cut about 3 percent of its total workforce — equivalent to thousands of jobs — once it completes its huge takeover of its closest rival, SABMiller. The company headquartered in Leuven, Belgium, has about 150,000 workers while the London-based SABMiller claims to ...

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, center, arrives for a new round of talks on Syria, in Geneva, Switzerland, Friday, Aug. 26, 2016. (Martial Trezzini/Keystone via AP)

Rebels, civilians to evacuate long-besieged Damascus suburb

Buses, ambulances and trucks lined up at the entrance of a long-blockaded Damascus suburb on Friday to evacuate rebels and civilians under a deal struck between the Syrian opposition forces and the government. The surrender of the Daraya suburb, which became an early symbol of the nascent uprising against President ...

Report: 11 civilians killed in airstrikes in northern Yemen

Yemen's rebel-run news agency says airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition have killed 11 civilians and wounded others in the northern city of Saada. The agency, SABA, which is under control of the Shiite rebels known as Houthis, reported on Friday that the airstrikes destroyed two houses located in the district ...

Philippine rebels agree to indefinite cease-fire

Philippine communist rebels announced an indefinite cease-fire Friday in peace talks aimed at ending one of Asia's longest-running insurgencies. The Maoist rebels announced their agreement to put down their arms in a joint statement with Philippine government officials at the end of weeklong talks in Norway. The government announced its ...

German Chancellor Angela Merkel,left, is greeted by Poland's Prime Minister Beata Szydlo in Warsaw, Poland, Friday, Aug. 26, 2016., as she arrives for talks with four central European leaders about the shape of the European Union after Britain leaves and about migrants, ahead of an EU summit planned next month.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Germany's Merkel in Poland for talks on EU future, migrants

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is in Warsaw for talks with the leaders of four central European nations about migrants and the future of the European Union after Britain leaves. Merkel is meeting the prime ministers of Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia ahead of an EU summit planned next ...

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, centre, and Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta, right, walk together to present a joint press conference outside State House, in Nairobi. Kenya Friday, Aug. 26, 2016.  Abe is in Kenya for an official visit. (AP Photo/Khalil Senosi)

Japan PM in Kenya to launch summit on African development

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has arrived in Kenya to launch the Tokyo International Summit on African Development which 35 heads of state are expected to attend. Abe was welcomed Friday by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta at his official residence, State House, with a guard of honor and 19-gun salute. ...

A child waves toward Turkish troops heading to the Syrian border, in Karkamis, Turkey, Friday, Aug. 26, 2016. Turkey's state-run Anadolu news agency said late Thursday Turkish artillery have shelled a group of Syrian Kurdish militia fighters in the north of the town of Mambij after they allegedly ignored warnings to retreat.  (AP Photo/Halit Onur Sandal)

Turkish PM vows to continue Syria military operations

The Turkish prime minister vows to continue military operations in Syria until there's no "terror" threat to Turkey from the war-torn neighbor. Friday's remarks by Binali Yildirim follow Turkey's incursion into Syria. Ankara this week sent tanks across the border to help Syrian rebels retake the Islamic State-held town of ...

Top French court to rule on legality of burkini bans

France's highest administrative court is considering whether it's legal for towns to ban body-covering burkini swimsuits, which have become a symbol of tensions around the place of Islam in secular France. After human rights groups challenged a local burkini ban, the Council of State is scheduled to issue a ruling ...

The Latest: British chef pledges donations for Amatriciana

The Latest on the earthquake in Italy (all times local): 12:15 p.m. British celebrity chef and restaurateur Jamie Oliver is joining an effort to raise money for Italian earthquake victims by donating a portion of proceeds from every plate of Pasta Amatriciana to the relief effort. Oliver says that 2 ...

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