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US pushes for truce as Gaza battle rages

Jul 24, 2014

By IBRAHIM BARZAK and TIA GOLDENBERG, Associated Press

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The United States announced signs of progress in cease-fire talks Wednesday, but prospects for a quick end to the fighting were dim as Palestinian families fled fierce battles in southern Gaza and the death toll rose ...

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Relatives fly to Taiwan plane crash site, 48 dead

Jul 23, 2014

By RALPH JENNINGS, Associated Press

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Family members of victims of a plane crash were flying to the small Taiwanese island on Thursday where the plane had unsuccessfully attempted to land in stormy weather, killing 48. There were 10 survivors, and authorities were searching for ...

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Iraq: al-Maliki rejects Iran's urging to step down

Jul 23, 2014

By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA and VIVIAN SALAMA, Associated Press

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki rejected an attempt by Iran to persuade him to step down, senior Iraqi politicians said Wednesday, underlining his determination to defy even his top ally to push for a third term in office ...

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Hamas, the First Palestinian Army

Jul 23, 2014

By: Shlomi Eldar, Columnist for Al-Monitor
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In recent years, two narratives developed in Israel regarding its face-off against the Hamas movement. According to the first one, Hamas is a terrorist organization and, therefore, classic anti-terror tactics must be used to fight it. The ...

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2 bombs kill at least 39 in Kaduna, north Nigeria

Jul 23, 2014

By GODWIN ISENYO and HEATHER MURDOCK, Associated Press

KADUNA, Nigeria (AP) — Bomb blasts appearing to target former Nigerian military ruler Muhammadu Buhari and a prominent moderate Muslim cleric killed dozens of people Wednesday, but left both leaders unharmed, according to Nigerian state ...

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UN says civilians make up most of Gaza deaths

Jul 23, 2014

By KARIN LAUB and YOUSUR ALHLOU, Associated Press

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Shopkeepers say they were sitting outside their shuttered businesses Wednesday, catching a break from being cooped up during wartime, when an Israeli missile struck a nearby mosque, killing a truck driver and wounding 45 ...

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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.

The warning by U.N. High Commissioner for ...

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Egypt judge: Al-Jazeera team did "devil's" work

Jul 23, 2014

By SARAH EL DEEB, Associated Press

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian judge released his reasoning for harsh sentences issued against three Al-Jazeera journalists, saying they were brought together "by the devil" to destabilize the country.

The main evidence cited in the 57-page document obtained by The ...

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Malaysia jet victims' bodies arrive in Netherlands

Jul 23, 2014

By DOROTHEE THIESING and MSTYSLAV CHERNOV, Associated Press

EINDHOVEN, Netherlands (AP) — Victims of the Malaysian jetliner shot down over Ukraine returned at last Wednesday to Dutch soil in 40 wooden coffins, solemnly and gently carried to 40 identical hearses, flags at half-staff flapping in the ...

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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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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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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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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.

U.S. Secretary ...

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