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Officials: Deadly fighting on Syria-Lebanon border

Jul 14, 2014

By BASSEM MROUE, Associated Press

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese officials and a Syrian activist group say heavy clashes along the Syria-Lebanon border have killed several people, including a number of Hezbollah fighters.

Syrian troops backed by Hezbollah militants have been on the offensive in Syria's ...

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Israel says it's downed drone along southern coast

Jul 14, 2014

By PETER ENAV, Associated Press

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's military said it downed a drone along its southern coastline on Monday, the first time it encountered such a weapon since its campaign against the Gaza Strip militants began last week.

The drone came from Gaza and was shot down near the ...

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Witty dealmaker Juncker to be EU's new CEO

Jul 14, 2014

By JUERGEN BAETZ, Associated Press

BRUSSELS (AP) — The incoming leader of Europe's most powerful bureaucracy is a master of the backroom deal — and an outspoken and witty career politician who once advocated the right to lie in times of crisis.

Jean-Claude Juncker, who was prime minister of ...

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Seoul: N. Korea fires artillery shells into ocean

Jul 14, 2014

By HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated Press

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Another day, another defiant weapons test from North Korea.

A day after launching two ballistic missiles from a base near the border with archrival South Korea, Pyongyang on Monday fired a barrage of artillery shells into waters near its ...

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Argentine World Cup celebration marred by violence

Jul 14, 2014

By LUIS ANDRES HENAO, Associated Press

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Riot police used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse a group of rock-throwing vandals who disturbed a rally by Argentines celebrating their team's gutsy performance in a 1-0 loss to Germany in the World Cup finals.

Thousands ...

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Thousands of Palestinians flee northern Gaza

Jul 13, 2014

By KARIN LAUB and JOSEF FEDERMAN, Associated Press

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Thousands of Palestinian residents of the northern Gaza Strip fled their homes on Sunday and sought safety in U.N. shelters, heeding warnings from the Israeli military about impending plans to bomb the area in the sixth ...

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Israeli strike kills 18, stirs debate over targets

Jul 13, 2014

By KARIN LAUB, Associated Press

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The target was the Gaza police chief. He survived the Israeli airstrike on a cousin's home with critical injuries, but 18 family members were killed, including five children and teens.

The weekend attack highlighted Israel's broad ...

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Afghans express relief at election deal

Jul 13, 2014

By JOHN DANISZEWSKI and RAHIM FAIEZ, The Associated Press

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Amid relief that a dangerous rift in the country's troubled democracy has been averted, Afghan officials praised a deal between presidential contenders brokered by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and said Sunday ...

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Russia: 1 killed near Ukraine border by shell fire

Jul 13, 2014

By LAURA MILLS, Associated Press

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's foreign ministry said Sunday that a Ukrainian shell hit a Russian border town, killing one person and seriously injuring two others. Ukraine denied firing a shell into Russian territory.

President Vladimir Putin expressed "grave concern" over ...

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Iraq parliament postpones decision on new leaders

Jul 13, 2014

By SINAN SALAHEDDIN and QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA, Associated Press

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's deadlocked parliament failed Sunday to overcome the deep divisions hampering the formation of a new government, making no progress on choosing new leaders who could help hold the nation together and confront the Sunni ...

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Bomb kills 7 security forces in western Algeria

Jul 13, 2014

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algerian authorities say a remote-controlled homemade bomb exploded and killed seven security officers in the northwest of the North African country.

The Defense Ministry says in a statement Sunday the victims were aboard a military truck en route to their base when they ...

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Ukraine govt denies president will be at Cup final

Jul 13, 2014

By PETER LEONARD, Associated Press

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko won't be attending the World Cup final in Brazil on Sunday, a government statement said, denying assertions by Brazilian officials that he would be there.

On Saturday, a Brazilian official said Poroshenko ...

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Search for body to follow Costa Concordia removal

Jul 13, 2014

GIGLIO ISLAND, Italy (AP) — An Italian official has promised that a search will be conducted for the only unrecovered body of the 32 Costa Concordia shipwreck victims as soon as the wrecked cruise liner is towed away from the island where it struck a reef in 2012.

Franco Gabrielli, who heads the ...

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Annual Protestant march in Belfast mostly peaceful

Jul 13, 2014

LONDON (AP) — Police in Northern Ireland say an annual Protestant parade that typically sparks riots and disorder has taken place peacefully.

Assistant chief constable Will Kerr praised the "responsible behavior" of those involved in the annual July 12 march, saying he was pleased it was one of ...

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Heads up! Supermoon is here

Jul 13, 2014

By The Associated Press

Look! Up in the sky! It's supermoon!

Because our celestial neighbor is relatively close to Earth, these full moons will appear to be unusually large. That distance varies because the moon follows an elliptical orbit. When it's close and full, it appears bigger and brighter ...

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4 minor injuries at Spain's running of the bulls

Jul 13, 2014

PAMPLONA, Spain (AP) — In the seventh bull run at this year's San Fermin festival in Spain, four people have sustained cuts and bruises along Pamplona's narrow streets.

But none of the several thousand daredevils testing their bravery by running beside six fighting bulls were gored in Sunday's ...

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Israel troops briefly raid Gaza as offensive rages

Jul 13, 2014

By KHALED KHAZZIHA and MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH, Associated Press

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Ignoring international appeals for a cease-fire, Israel widened its range of Gaza bombing targets to civilian institutions with suspected Hamas ties and deployed ground troops inside Gaza for the first time ...

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Anybody home? Pacific island of Niue hit by exodus

Jul 13, 2014

By NICK PERRY, Associated Press

ALOFI, Niue (AP) — It was a school once, but there are no children here anymore. The lonely building on this remote Pacific island now contains only a punching bag that someone has strung from the classroom rafters, and a note scrawled on the chalkboard in Niuean:

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Brazil protests fizzled, but roots of anger remain

Jul 13, 2014

JENNY BARCHFIELD, Associated Press

IRAJA, Brazil (AP) — The protesters who many feared would wreck Brazil's World Cup party failed to show up. While the national team fell short of claiming the coveted championship, the country at least can say the tournament that wraps up with Sunday's title game ...

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Israel-NYC flight makes safe emergency landing

Jul 13, 2014

By MICHAEL R. SISAK, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York-bound Delta Air Lines flight from Israel declared an emergency and returned to Tel Aviv early Sunday after developing a mechanical problem, vexing passengers already on edge as Palestinian militants launched rocket attacks on the city.

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