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Israeli bombing turns Gaza into ghost town

Jul 12, 2014

By KHALID KAZZIHA, Associated Press

GAZA CITY, Gaza (AP) — It's the holy month of Ramadan, when people throughout the Muslim world meet with friends and family, buy presents for loved ones and break a day-long fast each evening amid colorful street scenes.

But not in Gaza City, one of the world's ...

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Singapore backs call to destroy gay-themed books

Jul 12, 2014

SINGAPORE (AP) — A children's book inspired by a real-life story of two male penguins raising a baby chick in New York's zoo has been deemed inappropriate by state-run Singapore libraries.

The conservative city-state's information minister, Yaacob Ibrahim, says he supports the decision to destroy ...

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EU names latest Ukraine sanctions targets

Jul 12, 2014

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is extending sanctions to cover 11 leaders of the pro-Moscow rebellion in eastern Ukraine.

Targets of the asset freeze and travel ban include two Russian spin doctors, Alexander Borodai, prime minister of the separatist Donetsk People's Republic, and his ...

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3 injured in 6th bull-run at Spain's San Fermin

Jul 12, 2014

By ALVARO BARRIENTOS and HAROLD HECKLE, Associated Press

PAMPLONA, Spain (AP) — Three Spanish men were injured Saturday as several thousand people tested their bravery by dashing alongside six fighting bulls through the slippery streets of Pamplona in the sixth running of the bulls at Spain's San ...

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Israel strikes Gaza mosque as death toll tops 120

Jul 12, 2014

By NAJIB JOBAIN and ARON HELLER, Associated Press

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli airstrikes targeting Hamas in Gaza hit a mosque its military says concealed the militant group's weapons, as the Palestinian death toll topped 120 Saturday in an offensive that showed no signs of slowing down.

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Iraqi Kurds take over 2 northern oil fields

Jul 12, 2014

By SINAN SALAHEDDIN, Associated Press

BAGHDAD (AP) — Kurdish security forces took over two major oil fields outside the disputed northern city of Kirkuk before dawn Friday and said they would use some of the production for domestic purposes, further widening a split with the central government of ...

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Indicted Russian's family say he's innocent

Jul 11, 2014

By NATALIYA VASILYEVA, Associated Press

MOSCOW (AP) — Family members of a Russian man charged with hacking in the United States insist he is innocent and fear he will die in custody if he doesn't have his medication.

Roman Seleznev, son of a prominent Russian lawmaker, was arrested on bank fraud ...

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Ukraine death toll climbs, but information scant

Jul 11, 2014

By PETER LEONARD, Associated Press

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The only thing clear about the death toll in eastern Ukraine, where government troops are battling separatist rebels, is that it's mounting.

After a faltering start, government efforts to reverse the tide of a pro-Russian insurgency have in ...

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Eastern Ukrainians flee as army suffers losses

Jul 11, 2014

By YURAS KARMANAU and PETER LEONARD, Associated Press

DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's president vowed vengeance in blood after 19 troops were killed in an insurgent rocket attack Friday, and residents of the rebel-held city of Donetsk began fleeing in large numbers for fear of a government siege.

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French court convicts 9 in Afghan terror network

Jul 11, 2014

PARIS (AP) — A Paris court on Friday convicted nine people of belonging to a terrorist network that trained in Afghanistan and reportedly planned attacks in France.

The 15-day trial underscored the concerns of French and other European officials over Europeans returning from war zones in Syria —

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Israel leader: World pressure won't stop offensive

Jul 11, 2014

By JOSEF FEDERMAN, Associated Press

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's prime minister vowed Friday to press forward with a broad military offensive in the Gaza Strip, saying international pressure will not halt what he said was a determined effort to halt rocket fire by Palestinian militants as the death ...

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German FM to meet Kerry to discuss spying claims

Jul 11, 2014

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's foreign minister said Friday he will tell U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at a meeting this weekend that Berlin wants to reinvigorate the two countries' friendship "on an honest basis" after asking Washington's top spy to leave.

Thursday's decision to demand the ...

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McKellen shares pic of him as 93-year-old Sherlock

Jul 11, 2014

LONDON (AP) — British actor Ian McKellen has revealed the first picture of himself playing a 93-year-old Sherlock Holmes in a new movie.

Filming has begun on "Mr. Holmes," which imagines the famous sleuth in his old age as a retiree living in seclusion by the sea. The movie, based on Mitch ...

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UN doubts legality of Israeli air campaign

Jul 11, 2014

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N.'s top human rights official says she is alarmed that Israel's air campaign in Gaza may violate international laws prohibiting the targeting of civilians.

Navi Pillay says the Israeli military, which claims to have hit more than 1,100 targets that it says are mostly ...

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Indicted Russian's family say he's innocent

Jul 11, 2014

By NATALIYA VASILYEVA, Associated Press

MOSCOW (AP) — Family members of a Russian man charged with hacking in the United States insist he is innocent and fear he will die in custody if he doesn't have his medication.

Roman Seleznev, son of a prominent Russian lawmaker, was arrested on bank fraud ...

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Thai poachers kill elephant in sanctuary for tusks

Jul 11, 2014

BANGKOK (AP) — A conservation center in Thailand says poachers have killed and sawed the tusks off a 50-year-old elephant that performed in royal processions and was even featured in Oliver Stone's 2004 movie "Alexander."

Laithongrian Meephan of the Ayutthaya Elephant Palace and Royal Kraal said ...

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Cholera threatens thousands in South Sudan: agency

Jul 11, 2014

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The aid group Save the Children says an outbreak of cholera is putting thousands of lives at risk in parts of violence-hit South Sudan.

The group said Friday that the disease has infected more than 2,600 people and killed at least 60 since the first cases were reported in ...

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