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Apple promotes tech guru Jonathan Ive as head of design

LONDON (AP) — Apple innovator Jonathan Ive says he’s been promoted to the company’s chief design officer, making him one of the most powerful people in the world’s most valuable company. Ive, who as a lead designer with the company helped conceive the iconic Apple looks of products like the iPod, iPad and Apple Watch, confirmed the promotion in an interview published Tuesday in the Daily Telegraph. The role is a newly created position within Apple and will establish Ive’s leadership. Continue reading

The Latest on IS: Iraq says Anbar offensive won’t take long

The Associated Press Noon (0900 GMT) A spokesman for Iraq’s Shiite militias says an operation launched to retake the western Anbar province from the Islamic State group will “not last for a long time” and that Iraqi forces have surrounded the provincial capital, Ramadi, from three sides. Ahmed al-Assadi, who is also a member of parliament, told reporters Tuesday that new weapons are being used in the battle “that will surprise the enemy.” Earlier on Tuesday, Iraqi state TV announced a major operation to retake Anbar, parts of which have been held by the Islamic State since early 2014. It did not provide further details. Continue reading

Fire at home for elderly in central China kills 38 people

BEIJING (AP) — A fire that swept through a privately run home for the elderly in central China killed 38 people and left much of it a charred ruin, raising concerns over the safety of facilities housing the country’s rapidly aging population. The fire broke out Monday night in the privately run Kangleyuan Rest Home, which housed 51 residents in the city of Pingdingshan in Henan province, the province’s work safety administration said in a statement. Continue reading

Modi vows cleaner India, but no clear path to get there

By KATY DAIGLE, AP Environment Writer NEW DELHI (AP) — Four months after becoming prime minister, Narendra Modi stunned Indians by picking up a crude straw broom and, holding it like a dance partner, gently sweeping at a small pile of green leaves on a New Delhi street. Modi, ever the darling of photo ops and grinning selfies, seemed to be calling for a cultural revolution, defying centuries-old hierarchies that make the idea of an official cleaning a street anathema in Indian society. By leading a new campaign called “Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan” or “Clean India Mission,” Modi challenged those divisions while dignifying labor and elevating cleanliness as a nationwide goal. Continue reading

Iran begins trial of detained Washington Post reporter

FILE – In this photo April 11, 2013 file photo, Jason Rezaian, an Iranian-American correspondent for the Washington Post, smiles as he attends a presidential campaign of President Hassan Rouhani, in Tehran, Iran. The closed trial of Rezaian detained in Iran for more than 10 months has begun in a court used to hear security cases Continue reading

Washington Post reporter stands trial in Iran for spying

Tehran (AFP) – Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian went on trial behind closed doors in Iran Tuesday on charges of spying, a case that has clouded a rapprochement with the United States. Rezaian’s wife, Yeganeh Salehi, who is also a journalist, appeared in court alongside her husband and a female press photographer, Iran’s official IRNA news agency reported. The trial is being held in Branch 15 of the Tehran revolutionary court, which usually presides over political cases or those related to national security. Continue reading

Iraq announces launch of operation to drive IS from Anbar

By SINAN SALAHEDDIN, Associated Press BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq on Tuesday announced the launch of a military operation to drive the Islamic State group out of the western Anbar province, where the extremists captured the provincial capital, Ramadi, earlier this month. Iraqi state TV declared the start of the operation, in which troops will be backed by Shiite and Sunni paramilitary forces, but did not provide further details. The Islamic State group seized large parts of Anbar starting in early 2014 and captured Ramadi earlier this month. Continue reading

The Latest: Evacuations underway in Austin due to flooding

By The Associated Press 2:30 a.m. CDT Evacuations are underway in Austin, Texas, due to rising water that’s threatening homes. Continue reading

For an IS fighter, a paid honeymoon in caliphate’s heart

By SARAH EL DEEB, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — The honeymoon was a brief moment for love, away from the front lines of Syria’s war. In the capital of the Islamic State group’s self-proclaimed “caliphate,” Syrian fighter Abu Bilal al-Homsi was united with his Tunisian bride for the first time after months chatting online. They married, then passed the days dining on grilled meats in Raqqa’s restaurants, strolling along the Euphrates River and eating ice cream. Continue reading

12 missing after flooding in Texas sweeps away vacation home

By SETH ROBBINS and PAUL J. WEBER, Associated Press WIMBERLEY, Texas (AP) — Recovery teams are set to resume looking for the 12 members of two families who authorities say are missing after a rain-swollen river in Central Texas carried a vacation home off its foundation, slamming it into a bridge downstream. Continue reading