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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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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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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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Media: North Korea again test-fires missiles

Jul 12, 2014

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea launched two ballistic missiles into the sea on Sunday, South Korean and Japanese media reported, the latest in a series of test-firings seen as expressions of anger over its failure to win talks on receiving outside aid, and over ongoing U.S.-South Korean ...

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Ukraine president to be at World Cup final in Rio

Jul 12, 2014

By BRADLEY BROOKS and STAN LEHMAN, Associated Press

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko will attend the World Cup final in Rio de Janeiro — along with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Brazilian authorities said Saturday.

An official in Brazil's government with direct knowledge ...

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UN warns Iraq of 'chaos' if no political progress

Jul 12, 2014

By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA, Associated Press

BAGHDAD (AP) — The U.N. urged Iraq's leaders Saturday to overcome their deep divisions and move quickly to form a new government that can unite the country and confront a surging militant threat, warning that failure to do so "risks plunging the country into ...

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Migrant boy buried in Guatemala hometown

Jul 12, 2014

By SONIA PEREZ D., Associated Press

SAN JOSE LAS FLORES, Guatemala (AP) — A 15-year-old Guatemalan boy whose death became a symbol of the perils facing children attempting to illegally cross into the United States was buried in his hometown Saturday, amid prayers and tears from his family.

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Taking to the sky: Airshow ready for take off

Jul 12, 2014

By DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press

LONDON (AP) — A lot is at stake in the Farnborough International Airshow, the aviation industry's biggest annual event, which opens Monday.

The trade show is expected to see the first presentation of the world's most advanced fighter jet, new commercial aircraft as ...

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Comatose boy, Roma evictions up pressure on France

Jul 12, 2014

By LORI HINNANT and ALISON MUTLER, Associated Press

GRIGNY, France (AP) — It looked like any shantytown the world over — tarps to keep out the weather, scattered bits of trash that no truck would ever collect, plastic buckets to lug water. Then one of the inhabitants of this Roma camp on the ...

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Ex-Church of England head backs assisted dying

Jul 12, 2014

LONDON (AP) — A former head of the Church of England says he no longer opposes assisted dying and says the church risks "promoting anguish and pain" by objecting to moves to make it legal.

George Carey, a former archbishop of Canterbury, said medical advances have created an "ethical turning ...

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Analysis: Lavrov's absence clouds Iran nuke talks

Jul 12, 2014

By GEORGE JAHN, Associated Press

VIENNA (AP) — Decisions by the foreign ministers of Russia and China to skip talks on Iran's nuclear program this weekend are further denting expectations that the stalled negotiations will produce a deal by July 20.

The U.S. — which is sending Secretary of State ...

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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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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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