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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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Impunity in C. African Republic must end: Amnesty

Jul 10, 2014

By KRISTA LARSON, Associated Press

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Fighters on both sides of the conflict in Central African Republic are living freely despite committing war crimes and some who have been jailed already have escaped from prison, Amnesty International said Thursday.

The report from the ...

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Britain accused of covering up CIA flights

Jul 10, 2014

LONDON (AP) — A lawyer representing people allegedly flown on CIA flights to Libya and tortured has accused Britain of covering up details of its involvement. Britain says its records are incomplete because of water damage.

Cori Crider, a lawyer from charity Reprieve which is investigating CIA ...

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Kerry: Crisis in Israel, Gaza, needs de-escalation

Jul 10, 2014

By BRADLEY KLAPPER, Associated Press

BEIJING (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry says the U.S. is trying to stem the surging violence in Israel and Gaza in a way that allows the Jewish state to continue defending itself from Hamas rocket fire.

Kerry, in Beijing for a summit with Chinese leaders,

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Indians balk at $33 million statue in new budget

Jul 10, 2014

By MUNEEZA NAQVI, Associated Press

NEW DELHI (AP) — In a country grappling with poverty, sluggish growth and a daunting deficit, India's new budget has set aside 2 billion rupees ($33 million) for a colossal iron-and-bronze statue almost twice the size of the Statue of Liberty.

The plans in ...

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Indonesia deadlock: court may decide new president

Jul 10, 2014

By MARGIE MASON, Associated Press

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A day after Indonesia's presidential elections failed to produce a clear winner, Jakarta's police chief promised to prevent violence by cracking down on anyone celebrating prematurely. With both candidates continuing to claim victory, the ...

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South Africa denies parole to apartheid killer

Jul 10, 2014

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The South African government has denied parole to the former head of a covert police unit that tortured and killed dozens of people during white minority rule.

Michael Masutha, the minister of justice and correctional services, said Thursday that families of those killed by ...

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5 Myanmar journalists jailed 10 years

Jul 10, 2014

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Four reporters and the chief executive officer of a magazine in Myanmar have been sentenced to 10 years at hard labor in prison on a national security charge for investigative stories about a weapons factory.

All five men from the Yangon-based Unity journal were sentenced by ...

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2 gored in 4th bull-run of Spain's San Fermin

Jul 10, 2014

PAMPLONA, Spain (AP) — A fighting bull gored two Spaniards and tossed several others into the air in a frantic fourth running of the bulls Thursday at Spain's San Fermin festival in Pamplona.

A Navarra regional government statement said the two men were gored in the leg and another five people ...

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What now for Indonesia after poll dispute?

Jul 10, 2014

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Jakarta Governor Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and former army general Prabowo Subianto are both claiming victory in Indonesia's presidential election based on unofficial "quick counts," raising the specter of prolonged political instability in Southeast Asia's largest economy.

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Israel steps up offensive as diplomacy kicks off

Jul 9, 2014

By JOSEF FEDERMAN, Associated Press

JERUSALEM (AP) — With rockets raining deep inside Israel, the military pummeled Palestinian targets Wednesday across the Gaza Strip and threatened a broad ground offensive, while the first diplomatic efforts to end two days of heavy fighting got underway.

Egypt,

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Diplomats: Staffan de Mistura is new Syria envoy

Jul 9, 2014

By EDITH M. LEDERER, Associated Press

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Veteran Italian-Swedish diplomat Staffan de Mistura has been chosen by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to replace Lakhdar Brahimi as the international point man on Syria, diplomats said Wednesday.

The diplomats, speaking on condition of ...

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