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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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19 Ukraine servicemen killed in rocket attack

Jul 11, 2014

By PETER LEONARD, Associated Press

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Pro-Russia rebels fired missiles Friday at government troops near the Russian border, killing at least 19 servicemen, Ukraine's Defense Ministry said, adding that four other troops died elsewhere in eastern Ukraine.

The statement revised an ...

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Iraqi Kurds take over 2 northern oil fields

Jul 11, 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, Iraq's Oil Ministry said, the latest move in a deepening a dispute with the government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

Oil ...

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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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Raiders steal police guns in attack at Kenya coast

Jul 11, 2014

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A local official says armed gunmen attacked a Kenyan coastal village, the latest of a series of attacks that have killed more than 80 people and displaced thousands. The attacks have continued despite a heavy presence of government security forces.

The security official, who ...

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4 foreign ministers confirmed at Iran nuke talks

Jul 11, 2014

VIENNA (AP) — Three European powers and the U.S. have confirmed that their foreign ministers will join Iran nuclear talks this weekend in an effort to advance the stalled negotiations.

But the Itar-Tass news agency reported Friday that their Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, isn't coming. That ...

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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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Lebanese rockets hit Israel in offensive's 4th day

Jul 11, 2014

By ARON HELLER, Associated Press

JERUSALEM (AP) — Gaza rocket fire struck a gas station and set it ablaze Friday in southern Israel, seriously wounding one person as rocket fire also came from Lebanon for the first time in the four-day offensive.

The attack on the gas station in Ashdod looked to be ...

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China tells reporters to work within state media

Jul 11, 2014

By DIDI TANG, Associated Press

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese regulators have banned the country's journalists from sharing information they have obtained on the job with overseas media or publishing it in any venue, such as blogging sites, outside the media they are employed, in a move that critics say ...

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Latin Americans reluctantly rally behind Argentina

Jul 11, 2014

By JOSHUA GOODMAN, Associated Press

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — With a reputation for arrogance and illusions of European-styled grandeur, Argentines have long been the objects of scorn and the butt of jokes across Latin America

But for at least 90 minutes on Sunday, when Argentina takes on Germany in ...

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China jails 32 people for online terror charges

Jul 11, 2014

BEIJING (AP) — Courts in a restive region of western China sentenced 32 people to prison, three of them for life, for downloading and spreading violent Internet content that authorities have blamed for inspiring a recent string of deadly attacks, state media said Friday.

The other 29 people were ...

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Germany kicks out top US spy over espionage claims

Jul 10, 2014

By FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press

BERLIN (AP) — Germany on Thursday demanded Washington's top spy in Berlin leave the country as a new round of allegations of U.S. espionage worsened the friction between the two allies.

The immediate trigger was the emergence of two new cases of alleged American ...

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Portuguese bank fears rekindle euro market tension

Jul 10, 2014

By BARRY HATTON, Associated Press

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — The specter of Europe's financial crisis is back to haunt investors.

Worries over the health of Portugal's biggest bank on Thursday raised fears that the country might run into financial trouble again — just weeks after emerging from a bailout ...

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Iraq's Kurds will boycott Cabinet meetings

Jul 10, 2014

By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA, Associated Press

BAGHDAD (AP) — Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's already testy relationship with Iraq's Kurdish minority further frayed Thursday, as the Kurds declared their politicians will boycott Cabinet meetings and authorities in Baghdad suspended all cargo flights to the ...

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Divisions appear among Ukraine's eastern rebels

Jul 10, 2014

By YURAS KARMANAU, Associated Press

DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Deep strains emerged Thursday in the ranks of Ukraine's pro-Russia insurgents, as dozens of militiamen turned in their weapons in disgust at Russian inaction and bickering broke out between rebel factions.

In the past two weeks, Ukrainian ...

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Israel escalates Gaza offensive, casualties mount

Jul 10, 2014

By ARON HELLER AND NAJIB JOBAIN, Associated Press

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel dramatically escalated its aerial assault targeting hundreds of Hamas sites in the Gaza Strip Thursday as Palestinians reported the strikes also hit a home and a beachside cafe, raising the total number of people killed in ...

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Foreign ministers to join troubled Iran nuke talks

Jul 10, 2014

By GEORGE JAHN, Associated Press

VIENNA (AP) — Big-power foreign ministers are joining Iran nuclear talks on a diplomatic rescue mission. But even their muscle is seen as unlikely to bridge differences on Tehran's atomic activities in time to meet the July 20 target date for a deal.

"Obviously both ...

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Islamic militants on offensive against Kurds

Jul 10, 2014

By BASSEM MROUE, Associated Press

BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic militants using weapons they recently seized in neighboring Iraq intensified an offensive against Kurdish areas in northern Syria as they fight to expand the territory under their control, activists said Thursday.

The clashes came as a Syrian ...

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