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Justice delayed is pondered in Cambodia

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A U.N.-assisted genocide tribunal will deliver a verdict this coming Thursday in the trial of the two top leaders of the communist Khmer Rouge, whose extremist policies in the late 1970s are blamed for the deaths of an...

Israel bombards Gaza as it searches for soldier

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Israel bombarded the southern Gaza town of Rafah on Saturday as troops searched for an officer they believe was captured by Hamas in an ambush that shattered a humanitarian cease-fire and set the stage for a major...

Car parts plant blast in China kills 65, hurts 100

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Sixty-five people were killed and dozens seriously burned Saturday by an explosion at an eastern Chinese automotive parts factory that supplies General Motors, state media reported.

Car parts plant blast in China kills 65, hurts 100

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At least 65 people were killed Saturday by an explosion at an eastern Chinese automotive parts factory that supplies General Motors, state media reported.

Israel pounds Gaza as it searches for soldier Video included

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Israel launched dozens of airstrikes early Saturday in the southern Gaza Strip as part of a large-scale search for a soldier Israel suspects was captured by Hamas fighters.

2 Americans detained in North Korea seek US help

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Two American tourists charged with "anti-state" crimes in North Korea said Friday they expect to be tried soon and pleaded for help from the U.S. government to secure their release from what they say could be long prison...

Ebola moving faster than control efforts

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An Ebola outbreak that has killed more than 700 people in West Africa is moving faster than efforts to control the disease, the head of the World Health Organization warned as presidents from the affected countries met...

Uruguayan pot marketplace may go up in smoke

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Uruguay's plan to create the world's first national, government-regulated marketplace for legal pot may be going up in smoke.

A look at Israeli soldiers who have been captured

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Israeli officer Hadar Goldin, a 23-year-old second lieutenant from the central Israeli city of Kfar Saba, was apparently captured on Friday in the mayhem that followed a surprise attack on Israeli troops by militants in...

Ukraine: Body parts retrieved at jet crash site

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Wearing gloves and carrying blue plastic buckets, international investigators finally began gathering up body parts and victims' belongings Friday in the fields where Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 came down.

Why isn't there a treatment or vaccine for Ebola?

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In the four decades since the Ebola virus was first identified in Africa, treatment hasn't changed much. There are no licensed drugs or vaccines for the deadly disease.

Remains of Air Algerie crash victims now in Paris

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France's foreign and transport ministries say the first traces of passenger remains from the site where the Air Algerie plane went down in Mali last month have been brought to Paris for identification.

Tunisia closes borders with Libya after violence

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Tunisia closed its main border crossing with Libya on Friday after thousands of stranded Egyptian and foreign nationals, fleeing militias' fighting and violence in Libya, tried to break through the passage, the...

Poland marks 70th anniversary of Warsaw Uprising

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Sirens let out a long and mournful wail and people and traffic stood still on the streets of Warsaw on Friday as Poland commemorated the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising, a revolt against Nazi Germany that ended...

Ukraine, Russia spar over soccer in Crimea

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Five months after the annexation of Crimea, Russia and Ukraine are now squabbling over soccer clubs in the region.

Evacuees return after Taiwan gas explosions

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Hundreds of people who fled from gas pipeline explosions in Taiwan's second-largest city returned to their homes Friday after authorities said there was no more risk of blasts like the series that ripped apart streets...

Ugandan court invalidates anti-gay law

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A Ugandan court on Friday invalidated an anti-gay bill signed into law earlier this year, pleasing activists and watchdog groups who called the measure draconian and wanted it repealed.

Saudi king condemns Gaza war but not Israel

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Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah condemned the war in Gaza Friday as a "collective massacre" and a crime against humanity, but stopped short of directly condemning Israel for its ground campaign against Hamas.

Gunmen kill another Somali lawmaker in Mogadishu

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A Somali police officer says gunmen have shot and killed a Somali lawmaker in Mogadishu.

Italy, Poland vie for top EU foreign policy job

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As the European Union struggles to respond to what it perceives as Russia's aggressive meddling in Ukraine, Italy and Poland are staking their claims to provide the bloc's new foreign-policy chief - kicking off a...

In brief lull, Gaza's displaced survey devastation

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Bassem Abul Qumbus looked in despair at the wreck of his home. Shells had punched holes in an upper-floor bedroom. A wall had collapsed into the kitchen. The dozens of baby chicks he'd been raising on the roof were...

AP PHOTOS: City streets destroyed in Taiwan blasts

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By The Associated Press City streets destroyed, transformed into trenches strewn with dirt, ripped pieces of pipe and jagged blocks of concrete. Broken fire trucks turned upside down, twisted...

Iraq's top Shiite cleric urges peaceful transition

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Iraq's most influential Shiite cleric appealed to Iraqi politicians on Friday not to make themselves "an obstacle" in the country's transition as the deadline looms for selecting the next prime minister.

Global trade deal goes back to drawing board

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The World Trade Organization began regrouping Friday to see whether it is still possible to finalize a major deal to boost global trade after a deadline passed to formally adopt it.

Ebola fears nix Sierra Leone troop trip to Somalia

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A military spokesman for the African Union mission in Somalia says the AU has canceled a planned troop rotation by Sierra Leonean forces because of the Ebola outbreak.

Image of Asia: Collecting alms in the rain

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By The Associated Press In this photo, novice Buddhist monks walk to collect alms in a downpour during the monsoon season in Yangon, Myanmar. Buddhist scripture and monks' ascetic lifestyle preclude...

Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise departs Russia

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The Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise departed for the Netherlands on Friday nearly a year after Russian authorities seized it during a protest against an oil platform, the Amsterdam-based environmental group said.

South Africa: Giraffe's head hits highway overpass

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Those responsible for the death of a giraffe whose head struck a South African highway overpass while it was being transported in a truck will likely be prosecuted under animal protection laws, an official said Friday.

Pope slips out of Vatican, joins Jesuits for lunch

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Maybe Pope Francis is getting tired of the food in the Vatican hotel.

Europe started WWI a century ago, blind to tragedy

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British Pvt. John Parr set off on his reconnaissance bike on the lookout for German troops amid the rolling farmland and woods south of Brussels in August 1914. It was the last anyone saw of 'Ole Man' Parr, the...

Europe in push to stop violence against women

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The Council of Europe is taking new steps to combat violence against women under a newly ratified convention that comes into force Friday.

Interfaith house of prayer to be built in Berlin

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A rabbi, an imam and a priest start praying together under the same roof. It may sound like the start of a joke, but hopes are high it will become reality in Berlin.

Syrian refugee women face sexual exploitation

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The Syrian refugee woman huddled in the latest room she calls home, a peeling, run-down place outside a north Lebanese village. The mother of six doesn't know how she'll pay the rent. She's gotten by over the...

Senate confirms US ambassador to Russia

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After a period in limbo with a slew of other nominees to be U.S. diplomats around the world, John Tefft gained Senate confirmation Thursday night as America's new envoy to Russia.

Heavy Gaza fighting ahead of proposed 3-day truce Video included

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Palestinian officials say 17 Palestinians, including 10 members of one family, were killed in Israeli strikes ahead of a planned three-day cease-fire in the Gaza war.

Asia stocks dip on Dow drop, China data cuts loss

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Most Asian stock markets dipped on Friday following a big sell-off on Wall Street but losses were limited by optimistic reports on China's economy.

Death toll hits 51 from mudslide in Indian village

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Heavy rains hampered efforts Friday by hundreds of rescue workers digging through heavy mud and debris, as the death toll from a landslide that engulfed an entire village in western India rose to 51.

Gaza truce comes after days of pushing for a deal Video included

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Hours past midnight Thursday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was still working the phones, trying to come up with a cease-fire plan to stop the bloodshed in the Gaza Strip. He'd been pushing for a deal all day - in...

Default fuels uncertainty, stock drop in Argentina

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Argentina entered economic limbo Thursday, forced into a default that could undermine an already frail economy if a dispute with U.S. creditors is not resolved soon.

US, UN announce deal on 72-hour Gaza cease-fire Video included

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Israel and Hamas have agreed to a 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire to begin Friday morning, the United Nations and United States announced, although Secretary of State John Kerry cautioned there were "no guarantees" the...

US, UN announce deal on 72-hour Gaza cease-fire Video included

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Israel and Hamas have agreed to a 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire beginning Friday, during which time there will be negotiations on a more durable truce in the 24-day-old Gaza war, the United States and United Nations...

W. Africa Ebola outbreak tops 700 deaths

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The death toll from the worst recorded Ebola outbreak in history surpassed 700 in West Africa as security forces went house-to-house in Sierra Leone's capital Thursday looking for patients and others exposed to the...

Abbas seeks broad support for war crimes charges

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Nearly a month into Israel's fierce assault on Hamas in Gaza, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is facing mounting domestic pressure to seek war crimes charges against Israel at the International Criminal Court.

Investigators reach Ukraine jet wreckage site

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As mortar fire landed nearby, an international team of investigators finally reached the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 wreckage site Thursday and got their first look at a scene experts fear has been badly compromised in the...

Libya Islamic militias declare control of Benghazi

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Islamic hard-line militias, including the group accused by the United States in a 2012 attack that killed the ambassador and three other Americans, claimed control of Libya's second largest city, Benghazi, after...

Dutch retrieve DNA of some Ukraine crash victims

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The head of the Dutch-led international team investigating the Malaysian Airline Flight 17 disaster says his group has retrieved additional DNA samples from 25 victims at a mortuary in Donetsk in eastern Ukraine.

French forces arrest Mali jihadist ex-leader

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Authorities in northern Mali say a former jihadist leader in the town of Gao has been arrested by French military forces.

Norway calls off terror alert, says threat gone

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Norway's intelligence service says the Scandinavian country no longer faces an imminent terror threat from people with links to Islamic fighters in Syria.

Greece to help 'hundreds' of Chinese leave Libya

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With the violence in Libya escalating to its worst level since the 2011 ouster of dictator Moammar Gadhafi, governments from around the world are scrambling to evacuate their citizens from the country, many seeking help...

Snowden's asylum status in Russia ending

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Edward Snowden's temporary asylum status in Russia will expire at midnight Thursday, but the former U.S. National Security Agency systems administrator appears set to stay on until authorities decide on his application...

French experts in Burkina Faso to ID victims

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A presidential aide says two French experts are in Burkina Faso to collect DNA samples from the relatives who lost family members in the Air Algerie plane crash.

Afghan electoral officials to restart vote audit

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Despite lingering disputes, Afghan electoral officials said Thursday that they will resume an audit of the presidential election this weekend after the presidential candidates sparred over how to disqualify ballots amid...

China says pro-government imam murdered in NW

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China said Thursday that a leading pro-government Muslim cleric in the volatile northwestern territory of Xinjiang was murdered, and police killed two suspects and captured another.

Thai junta appoints army-dominated legislature

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Thailand's junta on Thursday appointed a military-dominated interim legislature in another step in the slow return of promised electoral democracy.

AP Analysis: Putin cornered over Ukraine

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For Russian President Vladimir Putin, there are few options left in the Ukraine crisis and they all look bad.

Female suicide bomber kills at least 6 in Nigeria

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A police official says a female teenager has carried out a suicide attack in Nigeria's northern city of Kano.

Poles protest Russian ban on their food with humor

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Poles are posting photos of themselves with apples online along with mocking comments to protest a Russian ban on Polish food.

UK judge opens inquiry into Litvinenko killing

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A British judge on Thursday opened an inquiry into the death of former Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko, saying the central question is whether the Russian state ordered the killing.

AP Photos: Beating heat on Pyongyang's Moran Hill

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Along with its towering monuments to socialism, bronze statues of its leaders and sprawling plazas for mass political gatherings and military parades, North Korea's showcase capital is a city of parks.

Lebanese Hezbollah commander killed in Iraq

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A commander with the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah was recently killed while on a "jihadi mission" in Iraq, officials in Lebanon said Thursday.

Spain court studies paternity suit against ex-king

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Spain's Supreme Court says it will consider an appeal of a rejected paternity suit filed against the recently abdicated King Juan Carlos.

Russia tensions hurting European companies

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Russia's standoff with the West is hurting European companies, from heavy industry to sports goods makers, even before the latest sanctions have a chance to take effect.

Ex-Senegal leader's son starts corruption trial

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The son of Senegal's president is going on trial after more than a year in jail, accused of illegally amassing some $248 million.

Malaysian prime minister: stop fighting in Ukraine

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Malaysia's prime minister on Thursday called on Ukrainian and pro-Russian separatists to agree to a cease-fire in the area surrounding the site where Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down.

Russia ordered to pay another $2.5 bln for Yukos

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The European Court of Human Rights on Thursday ordered Russia to pay out another 1.9 billion euros ($2.5 billion) to a group of shareholders of Yukos, the oil company the government dismantled over a decade ago.

Dad of jailed reporter: Son a victim of injustice

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The father of an Australian Al-Jazeera journalist jailed in Egypt said Thursday that he respects the integrity of Egypt's courts but knows his son is the victim of injustice.

Investigators reach Ukraine crash site

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An international team of investigators in eastern Ukraine on Thursday reached the crash site of the Malaysia Airline Flight 17 for the first time.

Former aide to Prince Philip charged in sex case

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Prosecutors have charged a former aide to Prince Philip with three indecent assaults against a young girl in the early 1970s.

19 swimmers drown off Pakistan beaches

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At least 19 people have drowned off southern Pakistani beaches because of heavy waves and strong currents, rescuers said Thursday.

Haunting memories 70 years since Warsaw Uprising

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Kazimierz Mikos ran down a Warsaw street, zig-zagging to avoid the bullets that whizzed past him. As the 14-year-old ran for his life, he was struck with terror at the sight of a dead body in the street. Even after the...

Fast food ambitions in China hurt by safety scares

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Already China's biggest restaurant operator with 4,600 outlets, KFC is pursuing Chinese consumers so avidly it opens two more every day.

Landslide buries Indian village; at least 24 dead

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Rescue workers and desperate villagers dug through deep mud, rocks and the debris of shattered homes Thursday after a massive landslide buried a remote village in western India, killing at least 24 people and trapping more...

Hospital: 33 dead after Guinea concert stampede

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Hundreds of people leaving a late-night rap concert on a beach in Guinea rushed to leave through a single exit, creating a stampede that killed at least 33 people, officials said Wednesday.

AP PHOTOS: At least 17 die in Gaza school attack Video included

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Shelling of a school crowded with refugees in Gaza early Wednesday killed at least 17 people and wounded 90 more, according to Palestinian health officials.

Obama takes tougher line against Gaza casualties Video included

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The Obama administration condemned the deadly shelling of a United Nations school in Gaza Wednesday, using tough, yet carefully worded language that reflects growing White House irritation with Israel and the mounting...

Argentina heads into default as debt talks fail

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Talks aimed at averting Argentina's second default in 13 years ended with bitter recriminations Wednesday as the South American country said it could not accept a deal with U.S. hedge fund creditors it dismisses as...

Peace Corps evacuates over Ebola as 2 isolated

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The largest recorded Ebola outbreak in history has led the U.S. Peace Corps to evacuate hundreds of volunteers from three affected West African countries, and a State Department official on Wednesday said two volunteers...

Deadly Israeli strikes hit UN school, market area

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Israeli artillery shells tore through the walls of a U.N. school crowded with sleeping war refugees and back-to-back explosions rocked a market filled with shoppers Wednesday as Israel's stepped up campaign against...

Sanctions will damage Russia if not lifted quickly Video included

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U.S. and European sanctions against Russia's energy and finance sectors are strong enough to cause deep, long-lasting damage within months unless Moscow persuades the West to repeal them by withdrawing support for...

Bank scandal tarnishes powerful Portuguese family

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Portugal's Espirito Santo family business survived wars, dictatorship, revolution and family feuds for almost 150 years. Now, one of Europe's last banking dynasties is being stripped of its wealth and influence...

Tunisia army chief resigns after soldier deaths

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Tunisia's Defense Ministry says the army chief of staff has resigned, citing personal reasons, following a deadly attack by militants against Tunisian soldiers.

US imposes travel ban on some Venezuelan officials

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Amid escalating tensions with Venezuela, the U.S. State Department on Wednesday announced a travel ban for officials of the socialist government it said committed human rights abuses during a crackdown on opposition protests.

Thousands flee to Tunisia to escape Libya fighting

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Up to 6,000 people a day have fled Libya into neighboring Tunisia this week, the Tunisian foreign minister said Wednesday, the biggest influx since Libya's 2011 civil war in a sign of the spiraling turmoil as rival...

UN chief calls attack on Gaza school 'shameful' Video included

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the attack on a U.N. school in Gaza that killed at least 16 people early Wednesday as "outrageous" and "unjustifiable," and demanded an immediate humanitarian cease-fire in the war...

3 Putin allies among 8 hit with new EU sanctions

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The European Union targeted Russian President Vladimir Putin's inner circle for the first time Wednesday for the Kremlin's actions in Ukraine, subjecting three of his long-time associates to EU-wide asset freezes...

Top doctor dies from Ebola after treating dozens

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A leading doctor who risked his own life to treat dozens of Ebola patients died Tuesday from the disease, officials said, as a major regional airline announced it was suspending flights to the cities hardest hit by an...

A look at the EU's new sanctions against Russia

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The European Union's sanctions against Russia are bound to inflict pain on the country's ailing economy. While still narrowly targeted, they come as a warning shot to convince Moscow to change its Ukraine policies...

Clashes prevent experts from reaching bodies

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Almost two weeks after Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was blown out of the sky, the remains of some passengers are feared rotting in the 90-degree (32-degree Celsius) midsummer heat, deepening the frustration of relatives...

First lady asks leaders to change gender attitudes

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Michelle Obama called on young African leaders to change traditional attitudes and beliefs that harm girls and women, adding that educating and making women financially literate is not enough.

AP ANALYSIS: Amid war, endgames in Gaza emerge Video included

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The savage fighting between Israel and Hamas is escalating in Gaza, cease-fire efforts take on elements of farce, and bravado rules the public discourse. But even through the fog of war, a few endgame scenarios can...

Turkish women protest deputy PMs no laughter quip

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Women in Turkey have taken to social media to protest against comments by the country's deputy prime minister that "women should not laugh aloud in public."

Argentines shrug off risk of default

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In 2001, it was ground zero for Argentina's financial earthquake. A neo-colonial architectural gem built long ago by the Bank of Boston, it became the focal point for angry mobs of protesters who stared down riot...

Dissent quieted with most Israelis behind Gaza war Video included

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Despite Israeli casualties and world criticism, a near-consensus in Israel supports the government's conduct of the Gaza war, views Hamas as the aggressor and considers outsiders' moralizing as hypocritical,...

Dubai, European airlines divert flights over Iraq

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European airlines and a Dubai-based carrier are rerouting flights over Iraqi airspace as a security precaution amid fears that militants with the Islamic State group have weapons capable of shooting down planes, despite...

Rights group: Syria using barrel bombs, defying UN

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The Syrian government is still indiscriminately bombing civilians with explosives-filled barrels in defiance of a U.N. Security Council resolution, an international human rights group said Wednesday.

Iraq offers aid to those displaced by militants

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Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said Wednesday his government has allocated more than $850 million to assist those displaced by last month's militant takeover of much of the country, and called on Sunnis remaining...

Historic English pier engulfed in flames

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A huge fire sending thick plumes of black smoke into the air has engulfed the historic Eastbourne Pier on the English seafront, 70 miles southeast of London.

13 killed in mosque bombings in Nigeria

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Residents say 13 people were killed and 35 injured when two mosques in northern Nigeria were bombed Tuesday night at the close of Eid al-Fitr, the Muslim holiday marking the end of Ramadan.

2 tabloid journalists charged with phone hacking

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British police have charged two former senior journalists at the now-defunct News of the World tabloid with conspiring to hack phones.

British Airways sued in pilot sex abuse allegation

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A London law firm representing 16 girls in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania said Wednesday it is initiating legal proceedings against British Airways over allegations that one of its pilots sexually abused the girls.

Leaders of Spain, Catalonia hold secession talks

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The leader of the economically powerful Catalonia region held firm in a meeting with Spain's prime minister on Wednesday, saying he intends to push ahead with a secession referendum in November despite the central...

Poll: Turks divided on Erdogan before election

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Turks are divided on how they feel about Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan ahead of his bid to become president in an upcoming election, and about their country's direction, according to an opinion poll published...

AP PHOTOS: Cambodians attend Khmer Rouge tribunal

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By The Associated Press Buddhist monks and ordinary Cambodians attended a hearing Wednesday in which a U.N.-backed tribunal prepared for the genocide trial later this year of two surviving leaders of the...

Khmer Rouge tribunal clears way for genocide trial

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A United Nations-assisted tribunal on Wednesday cleared the way to begin the genocide trial of two elderly former top leaders of Cambodia's 1970s Khmer Rouge regime.

How high-level Chinese officials are taken down

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The investigation into China's former security chief Zhou Yongkang could pave the way for him to stand trial as the most senior politician ever prosecuted for graft. It's hard to predict how his case will be...

Suspect charged with murder in Jewish Museum case

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The man suspected of killing four people at the Brussels Jewish Museum in May has been charged with "murder in a terrorist context."

Millions reported stolen from Albania central bank

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Albania's central bank says 713 million leke (5 million euros; $6.75 million) has been stolen from its reserve storage building.

Egyptian media: 3 militants die in car explosion

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Three suspected militants died Wednesday when a bomb they were carrying in their car apparently went off by accident in a town south of Cairo, Egypt's official news agency reported.

AP PHOTOS: Face of Syrian war seen in youngest

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At Jordan's Zaatari refugee camp near the border with Syria, the horror of the neighboring country's civil war can be seen in the faces of its youngest refugees.

New fears about Ebola spread after plane scare

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No one knows for sure just how many people Patrick Sawyer came into contact with the day he boarded a flight in Liberia, had a stopover in Ghana, changed planes in Togo, and then arrived in Nigeria, where authorities say...

China: Ex-security czar Zhou under investigation

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China's ruling Communist Party announced an investigation into a feared ex-security chief, demonstrating President Xi Jinping's firm grip on power and breaking a longstanding taboo against publicly targeting the...

China reports deadly attack in northwest

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A mob armed with knives and axes rampaged through part of China's volatile northwestern region of Xinjiang and police responded with gunfire, leaving dozens of people dead in the latest violence blamed Islamic...

US, Europe impose tough new sanctions on Russia Video included

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Spurred to action by the downing of the Malaysian airliner, the European Union approved dramatically tougher economic sanctions Tuesday against Russia, including an arms embargo and restrictions on state-owned banks....

Israel hits symbols of Hamas rule; 128 killed

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Israel unleashed its heaviest air and artillery assault of the Gaza war on Tuesday, destroying key symbols of Hamas control, shutting down the territory's only power plant and leaving at least 128 Palestinians dead on...

Activists want gay rights on Africa summit agenda

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By DAVID CRARY AP National Writer Human rights and gay rights activists on Tuesday urged President Barack Obama to ensure that the issue of anti-gay discrimination in Africa is on the agenda at next...

Activists want gay rights on Africa summit agenda

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By DAVID CRARY AP National Writer Human rights and gay rights activists are urging President Barack Obama to ensure that the issue of anti-gay discrimination in Africa is on the agenda at next week's...

Obama to announce US sanctions on Russia Video included

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President Barack Obama is to announce a new round of U.S. sanctions against Russian banks and a shipbuilding company Tuesday.

Militia gunfire in Libya capital as inferno rages

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Heavy gunfire between warring militias prevented firefighters from battling a massive inferno in Libya's capital Tuesday, despite calls for a cease-fire to end the worst violence in the capital since the country's...

Argentina fights with debt holdouts; default nears

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Argentina risks financial default unless it reaches an agreement with a group of holdout bondholders by Wednesday. Here are the issues at stake:

Elegant Louvre Garden in Paris infested with rats Video included

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Rats are on the rampage in the elegant garden of the Louvre Museum, so bold they romp on the grass in broad daylight, defying death threats from sanitation workers and scaring tourists.

Shelling adds to mounting civilian toll in Ukraine

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Shells smashed into a residential neighborhood of Donetsk on Tuesday as Ukrainian forces intensified their campaign to encircle the rebel stronghold. The shelling killed at least two people, blew gaping holes in an...

5 things to know about Ebola outbreak in W. Africa

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There has been panic and fear about the deadly Ebola disease spreading ever since Nigerian health officials reported Friday that a Liberian man sick with the disease had traveled to Togo and then Nigeria before dying. Here...

UBS sees profits rise, probed over trading system

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Switzerland's biggest bank, UBS, reported Tuesday a 15 percent rise in second-quarter profit, driven by its core wealth management business, and disclosed it was part of a group of financial companies being...

US negotiator gives no hard deadline for Iran deal

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The Obama administration's chief nuclear negotiator refused Tuesday to provide a hard deadline for a deal with Iran to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons. She vowed to consult with Congress before suspending...

Lavrov and Kerry talk about Cold war-era arms deal

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Russia's Foreign Ministry says the chief diplomats from Russia and the United States have discussed the situation in Ukraine and the fulfillment of a Cold War-era arms control deal that the U.S. has accused Russia of...

Nigerian militants bomb bridge, killing 8 people

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Witnesses say insurgents blew up a bridge in northern Nigeria, killing eight people, as soldiers stationed nearby fled for their lives.

Strong quake shakes Mexico's Gulf coast

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A strong earthquake shook much of eastern Mexico on Tuesday, but there were no reports of damage or injury.

Suicide bomber kills Afghan president's cousin

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A powerful cousin of outgoing Afghan President Hamid Karzai was assassinated by a suicide bomber hiding explosives in his cap on Tuesday, a provincial official said. It was the latest attack targeting Afghan power brokers...

Burundi on edge amid rise of violent youth group

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The group stoking fear among many Burundians includes stick-wielding men who sing patriotic tunes. The youth wing of Burundi's ruling party is also threatening and sometimes killing opposition members with impunity, a...

Kosovo prosecutor suspects some killed for organs

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A special European Union prosecutor said Tuesday he had "compelling indications" that up to ten captives were killed to have their organs harvested for illegal trafficking and black market sale during the 1998-99 Kosovo war.

Turkish PM Erdogan returning Jewish American award

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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is returning an award given to him by a Jewish American group in 2004, after the group asked for it back because of comments he made regarding the conflict in Gaza.

St. Petersburg airport briefly evacuated

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The Pulkovo airport in Russia's St. Petersburg was briefly evacuated on Tuesday because of a bomb threat.

German minister: best for Snowden to return to US

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Germany's justice minister says the best outcome for National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden would be a deal with U.S. authorities to return home.

Madagascar billed as surfing paradise

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Itching to catch a wave? Try Madagascar.

BP warns of impact of Russia sanctions on profits

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Energy company BP warned Tuesday that further international sanctions on Russia could hurt its profits because of its stake in the country's oil giant, Rosneft.

Deutsche Bank posts 29 percent drop in profit

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Deutsche Bank AG posted a 29 percent drop in second-quarter net profit Tuesday, hit by higher taxes, declining revenue and political instability affecting financial markets.

Lonely Londoners looking to open up to strangers

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It's a typical urban routine: Sit on the subway, headphones in, fiddling with the smartphone to avoid eye contact with fellow passengers.

Nigeria death shows Ebola can spread by air travel

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Nigerian health authorities raced to stop the spread of Ebola on Saturday after a man sick with one of the world's deadliest diseases brought it by plane to Lagos, Africa's largest city with 21 million people.

AP PHOTOS: NKorea opens summer camp for kids

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Summer camp in North Korea? It's got one - and it's got everything from giant water slides and a private beach to video games and volleyball courts. Oh, and, of course, a big bronze statue of the late leaders Kim...

Khmer Rouge tribunal to tackle genocide charges

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The slow course of justice for the leaders of Cambodia's murderous Khmer Rouge regime will inch forward again Wednesday, as a U.N.-backed tribunal holds an initial hearing against a pair of defendants in their 80s...

Be ready for 'prolonged' Gaza war, Netanyahu says Video included

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Signaling an escalation of Israel's Gaza operation, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Israelis Monday to be ready for a "prolonged" war, and the military warned Palestinians in three large neighborhoods to leave...

Defense: Gov't suppressed evidence in Blackwater

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Lawyers for Blackwater security guards said Monday that the government has suppressed evidence favorable to defendants who are on trial in the killings of 14 Iraqis in Nisoor Square in Baghdad.

Hamas, Israel trade blame for deaths of 9 children

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Hamas and Israel blamed each other for an explosion at a Gaza park Monday that killed at least 10 Palestinians - including nine children playing on a swing - in a horrific scene that underscored the heavy price civilians...

Obama: Female oppression crippling parts of Africa

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President Barack Obama criticized gender oppression in Africa that he said is "crippling" development in some countries, speaking out publicly Monday for the first time against female genital mutilation while encouraging...

Fighting in Ukraine prompts residents to flee

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Panicky residents in an eastern Ukrainian town fled their homes Monday carrying a few possessions in plastic bags and small suitcases as shells exploded in the distance, fighting that also prevented an international police...

Russia ordered to pay $50 billion over Yukos

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Russian President Vladimir Putin's government must pay $50 billion for using tax claims to destroy Yukos, once the country's largest oil producer, and its Kremlin-critical CEO, an international court has ruled.

Oil depot ablaze amid clashes in Libyan capital

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A fire at the oil depot for the airport in Libya's capital raged out of control Monday after being struck in the crossfire of warring militias battling for control of the airfield, the latest violence to plague the...

In Iraq's Mosul, radicals unleash their vision

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Residents of Mosul have watched helplessly as extremists ruling the northern Iraqi city blew up some of their most beloved landmarks and shrines to impose a stark vision of Islam. Next up for destruction, they feared: the...

3 female suicide bomber kill several in Nigeria

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A woman blew herself up at a petrol station in northern Nigeria on Monday, killing three people in one of three suicide bombings by females in Kano in two days, police said.

Millions displaced by religious violence in 2013

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Millions of people were forced from their homes because of their religious beliefs last year, the U.S. government said Monday, citing the devastating impact of conflicts in Syria, Iraq and the Central African Republic.

Clinton: US needs orderly process for border kids

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Hillary Rodham Clinton says she supports creating a refugee screening process for Central American children in their home countries to discourage dangerous trips to the U.S. and opposes changing a 2008 immigration law...

Syrian casualties surge as jihadis consolidate

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More than 2,000 Syrians - almost half of them pro-government forces - have been killed in just over two weeks of fighting in Syria, marking one of the worst death tolls in the country's three-year civil war, opposition...

UN chief reinforces call for Gaza cease-fire Video included

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reinforced the Security Council's call for an immediate and unconditional humanitarian cease-fire in the Gaza war on Monday and demanded that Israel and Hamas end the violence "in the name...

UN rights chief: Flight 17 possible war crime

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The downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 may be a war crime, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Monday.

Muslims mark end of Ramadan with Eid celebrations

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Millions of Muslims across the world celebrated the first day of the Eid al-Fitr holiday Monday, which marks the end of the monthlong fast of Ramadan.

New Spain king moves to clean up palace's image

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Spain's royal palace accounts will be subject to external audits and the results made public under a series of measure ordered by new King Felipe VI in an apparent bid to clean up the royal family's tarnished image.

Rebels: C. African Republic ceasefire 'broken'

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A spokesman for the mostly Muslim Seleka rebel group in Central African Republic says a ceasefire has been "broken" after its fighters came under attack from the mostly Christian anti-Balaka militia.

Philippine leader: Not even a bomb can stop reform

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An emotional Philippine President Benigno Aquino III called his opponents desperate Monday and expressed confidence that many people will carry on his reforms even if he is stopped by a bomb.

Famine watch: South Sudan teams study hunger data

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Market shelves are bare. Children are getting skinnier. Warnings of mass hunger have been made. The question now being considered is the big one: Is it a famine?

Liberia president orders new anti-Ebola measures

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Liberia's president has closed all but three land border crossings, restricted public gatherings and quarantined communities heavily affected by the Ebola outbreak in the West African nation.

Abu Sayyaf gunmen kill 21 Filipinos in road attack

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Abu Sayyaf gunmen attacked Filipino civilians traveling to celebrate the end of Ramadan with their families on Monday, killing 21, including at least six children, in a brazen road attack that was the bloodiest in recent...

Georgia opens criminal case against ex-president

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Georgian authorities say they are opening a criminal case against former president Mikhail Saakashvili.

In war-struck Gaza, civilians struggle to get by Video included

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Caught in the fighting between Israel and Hamas, Gaza's civilians are increasingly struggling to get by. There is no electricity 21 hours a day because power lines have been hit. Water taps have run dry because...

Outgoing Karzai says Afghans need new president

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Afghanistan's outgoing leader Hamid Karzai said on Monday that his nation needs a new president and urged for a speedy conclusion to the ballot audit that will determine his successor.

US: Russia has fired rockets into Ukraine Video included

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Stepping up pressure on Moscow, the U.S. has released satellite images it says show that rockets have been fired from Russia into neighboring eastern Ukraine and that heavy artillery for separatists has crossed the border.

Chinese police remove church cross amid crackdown

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Hundreds of police took down a church's cross Monday in a city known as "China's Jerusalem" for its many houses of worship amid a crackdown on church buildings in a coastal region where thousands of people are...

Study: Embargo wouldn't hurt Russia Video included

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An arms embargo against Russia would be little more than symbolic because Russia is largely self-sufficient in supplying its armed forces, a report argued Sunday.

EU hits Russian intelligence chiefs with sanctions Video included

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The European Union on Friday extended its Ukraine-related sanctions to target top Russian intelligence officials and leaders of the pro-Russia revolt in eastern Ukraine, official documents showed.

Gaza war rages despite Hamas, Israel truce pledges Video included

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Israel and Hamas launched new attacks Sunday in the raging Gaza war, despite going back and forth over proposals for a temporary halt to nearly three weeks of fighting ahead of a major Muslim holiday.

Aruba releases Venezuelan diplomat sought by US

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Aruba's government released a former Venezuelan general who was detained on U.S. drug charges when he arrived to serve as his country's consul on the Dutch Caribbean island, sending him home Sunday night and...

UN council agrees on demand for Gaza cease-fire

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The U.N. Security Council agreed on a statement Sunday calling for "an immediate and unconditional humanitarian cease-fire" in the Gaza war between Israel and Hamas and scheduled a meeting at midnight to adopt it.

Gaza war rages despite Hamas, Israel truce pledges Video included

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Israel and Hamas launched new attacks Sunday in the raging Gaza war, despite going back and forth over proposals for a temporary halt to nearly three weeks of fighting ahead of a major Muslim holiday.

Video shows smiling American bomber in Syria Video included

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An al-Qaida-linked group fighting in Syria has released video of the first American to carry out a suicide attack in the country's civil war, showing him smiling and saying he looked forward to going to heaven.

Ebola kills Liberian doctor, 2 Americans infected

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One of Liberia's most high-profile doctors has died of Ebola, officials said Sunday, and an American physician was being treated for the deadly virus, highlighting the risks facing health workers trying to combat an...

Fighting intensifies near MH17 disaster site

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Ukrainian armed forces mounted a major onslaught against pro-Russian separatist fighters Sunday in an attempt to gain control over the area where a Malaysia Airlines plane was downed earlier this month.

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