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UN rights chief warns of possible Gaza war crimes

Jul 23, 2014

By JOHN HEILPRIN, Associated Press

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N.'s top human rights official demanded Wednesday that all sides in the two-week war in the Gaza Strip refrain from indiscriminate attacks on civilians, warning that violations may amount to war crimes.

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US pushes for truce as Gaza battle rages

Jul 23, 2014

By IBRAHIM BARZAK and PETER ENAV, Associated Press

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli troops battled Hamas militants on Wednesday near a southern Gaza Strip town as the top U.S. diplomat reported progress in efforts to end fighting that has so far killed more than 680 Palestinians and 34 Israelis.

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Somali lawmaker shot dead in drive-by shooting

Jul 23, 2014

By ABDI GULED, Associated Press

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Al-Qaida-linked gunmen killed a female Somali lawmaker, who was known for singing popular folk music, in a drive-by shooting Wednesday, a police official said. The slaying is the fourth assassination of a Somali lawmaker this year.

Saado Ali ...

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Honduran families deported back to a bleak future

Jul 23, 2014

By SONIA PEREZ D., Associated Press

TOCOA, Honduras (AP) — Elsa Ramirez already had lost two brothers to violence in this remote Caribbean region when co-workers handling clandestine cocaine flights from South America murdered her husband four months ago.

Then the killers came looking for her.

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Thousands attend tense pro-Gaza march in Paris

Jul 23, 2014

PARIS (AP) — Days after two banned pro-Gaza protests degenerated into violence, thousands of demonstrators were marching through Paris under the eye of hundreds of riot police, this time in a legal protest.

Wednesday's march tests a government grappling with how best to allow freedom of expression ...

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Owner of Mexican shelter defends tough love

Jul 23, 2014

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The owner of a group home raided last week amid abuse and filthy conditions defended her "tough love" approach, but acknowledged that things got out of control.

Seventy-nine-year-old Rosa Verduzco spoke with the Univision television network in an interview, excerpts of which ...

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2 bombs kill at least 25 in Kaduna, north Nigeria

Jul 23, 2014

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Police say at least 25 people were killed Wednesday by two bombings in the northern city of Kaduna.

Police Commissioner Umar Usman Shehu said the first blast came after Sheik Dahiru Bauchi gave an annual Ramadan speech for thousands of faithful in an outdoor service. Sheik ...

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Death sentence given in AP photographer's killing

Jul 23, 2014

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A Kabul court announced Wednesday that the Afghan police officer charged with killing Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus and wounding veteran AP correspondent Kathy Gannon has been convicted and sentenced to death.

It was the first court hearing in the case ...

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European carriers suspend more Tel Aviv flights

Jul 23, 2014

BERLIN (AP) — Air France and Germany's two largest airlines on Wednesday canceled more flights to Tel Aviv because of ongoing safety concerns amid the fighting between Israel and Hamas.

Germany's Lufthansa and Air Berlin extended their cancelations through Thursday and Air France said it was ...

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Iraq to vote on president after deadly bombing

Jul 23, 2014

By SINAN SALAHEDDIN and SAMEER N. YACOUB, Associated Press

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's parliament agreed to postpone a vote for a new president by a day on Wednesday as the extremist Islamic State group claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing in Baghdad the night before that killed 31 people, mainly ...

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Despite sanctions call, UK approves arms to Russia

Jul 23, 2014

LONDON (AP) — Britain is still authorizing the export of arms and military equipment to Russia despite the government's call for tough sanctions over Moscow's arming of separatist rebels in Ukraine, a group of lawmakers said in a report Wednesday.

A group of legislative committees that oversee ...

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Plane crashes in Taiwan, 47 trapped, feared dead

Jul 23, 2014

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A plane landing in stormy weather crashed outside an airport on a small Taiwanese island late Wednesday, and a transport minister said 47 people were trapped and feared dead.

Taiwan's Transport Minister Yeh Kuang-shih was quoted by the government's Central News Agency as ...

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Malaysia jet victims' bodies arrive in Netherlands

Jul 23, 2014

By DOROTHEE THIESING, Associated Press

EINDHOVEN, Netherlands (AP) — Two military transport planes carrying 40 coffins bearing victims of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 landed Wednesday in the southern city of Eindhoven, and pro-Russian rebels shot down two Ukrainian fighter jets in the ...

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Thai junta defends strong powers under new charter

Jul 23, 2014

By THANYARAT DOKSONE, Associated Press

BANGKOK (AP) — A senior army official said Wednesday that the leader of Thailand's ruling junta is allowed to serve as interim prime minister under a new temporary constitution that gives the military government sweeping powers in the run-up to a planned 2015 ...

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Shipwrecked Concordia Making Final Voyage Off Isle

Jul 23, 2014

By PAOLO SANTALUCIA, Associated Press

GIGLIO ISLAND, Italy (AP) — The Costa Concordia cruise liner has begun its final voyage, slowly being towed away from the tiny Italian island where it capsized, killing 32 people in 2012.

Sirens on nearby boats wailed and bells on the island tolled just before ...

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South Africa: Rhino poacher gets 77 years in jail

Jul 23, 2014

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A rhino poacher in South Africa has been sentenced to 77 years in prison in one of the heaviest penalties aimed at curbing poachers who target rhinos for their horns, which fetch a high price on the illegal market in parts of Asia.

South Africa's national parks service said ...

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John Kerry Flies to Tel Aviv Despite FAA Ban

Jul 23, 2014

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — The top U.S. diplomat defied a Federal Aviation Administration ban and flew into Israel's main airport Wednesday in a sign of sheer will to achieve a cease-fire agreement in the warring Gaza Strip despite little evidence of progress in ongoing negotiations.

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In international flight, volatile conflicts abound

Jul 23, 2014

By AYA BATRAWY, Associated Press

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — In Libya, militias armed with shoulder-launched missiles are battling for control of the country's main airport. In Africa, the entire Sahel region is awash with weapons that include portable air defense systems leftover from the ...

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End comes for notorious Venezuelan vertical slum

Jul 22, 2014

By HANNAH DREIER, Associated Press

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The beginning of the end came for the world's tallest slum Tuesday as officials began evicting thousands of squatters from a haphazard community inside the half-built Caracas skyscraper known as the Tower of David.

Police in riot gear and ...

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US: No link to Russian gov't in plane downing

Jul 22, 2014

By KEN DILANIAN, AP Intelligence Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senior U.S. intelligence officials said Tuesday that Russia was responsible for "creating the conditions" that led to the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, but they offered no evidence of direct Russian government involvement.

The ...

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