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Pope meets Christian sentenced to death for faith

Jul 24, 2014

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis has met privately with a Sudanese woman who arrived in Italy after escaping a death sentence in Sudan for refusing to recant her Christian faith.

The Vatican said Pope Francis had "a very affectionate" meeting with Meriam Ibrahim, 27, her husband and their two small ...

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France: Air Algerie flight vanishes over N Mali

Jul 24, 2014

By AOMAR OUALI, Associated Press

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — An Air Algerie flight carrying 116 people from Burkina Faso to Algeria's capital disappeared from radar early Thursday over northern Mali after heavy rains were reported, according to the plane's owner and government officials in France and ...

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2 Finnish aid workers killed in Afghanistan

Jul 24, 2014

By AMIR SHAH, Associated Press

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Two Finnish aid workers were shot dead Thursday in the western Afghan city of Herat, officials said.

The two women were riding in a taxi when they were shot dead by two men on a motorcycle, said Sami Wafa, the chief of staff of the Herat ...

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Gaza fighting rages amid cease-fire efforts

Jul 24, 2014

By IBRAHIM BARZAK and PETER ENAV, Associated Press

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli tanks and warplanes bombarded the Gaza Strip on Thursday, as Hamas militants stuck to their demand for the lifting of an Israeli and Egyptian blockade amid international efforts to broker a cease-fire.

Six members ...

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18 children, 1 man die in train-bus crash in India

Jul 24, 2014

By OMER FAROOQ, Associated Press

HYDERABAD, India (AP) — Eighteen children were killed Thursday when a train crashed into their school bus at an unmanned railroad crossing in southern India, police said.

The bus driver also died while another 20 children ages 7 to 14 were injured and hospitalized,

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Russian activists convicted of organizing riots

Jul 24, 2014

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian news agencies say two opposition activists have been convicted of organizing riots at the May 2012 protest in Moscow, a day before the re-election of President Vladimir Putin.

Sergei Udaltsov and Leonid Razvozzhayev were awaiting sentence Thursday in a Moscow court on charges ...

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Court: Poland violated human rights in CIA case

Jul 24, 2014

By VANESSA GERA, Associated Press

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Europe's top human rights court ruled Thursday that Poland violated the European Convention on Human Rights by allowing the CIA to imprison and torture two alleged terrorists on Polish soil.

In its ruling the court in Strasbourg, France, said ...

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Long odds for justice in Malaysia jet disaster

Jul 24, 2014

By JOHN HEILPRIN, Associated Press

GENEVA (AP) — Anyone hoping to bring to justice whoever downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 must face sobering facts.

The wreckage scene is compromised, key evidence may have disappeared altogether and political complexities could block an international court from ...

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Norway: Terror threat against Norway

Jul 24, 2014

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Norway's intelligence service said Thursday it has received information about an imminent "concrete threat" against Norway from people with links to Islamic fighters in Syria.

Benedicte Bjoernland, the head of Norwegian security service PST, said the agency has received ...

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Iraq: 60 dead in attack on prisoner convoy

Jul 24, 2014

By SINAN SALAHEDDIN, Associated Press

BAGHDAD (AP) — Gunmen attacked a prisoner convoy north of Baghdad on Thursday, setting off a gunbattle with troops in which 52 prisoners and eight soldiers were killed, officials said.

The attack came as Iraq's parliament was set to elect a president, part of a ...

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Norway warns of 'concrete threat' linked to Syria

Jul 24, 2014

OSLO, Norway (AP) — Norway's intelligence service says it has been warned of an imminent "concrete threat" against the nation from people with links to Islamic fighters in Syria.

Benedicte Bjoernland, the head of Norwegian security service PST, said Thursday the agency had received "reliable ...

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Malawi corruption suspect faces charges

Jul 24, 2014

BLANTYRE, Malawi (AP) — The chief suspect in a government corruption scandal that has rocked the southern African nation of Malawi faces charges of fraud and money laundering.

Authorities say businessman Oswald Lutepo was released on bail on Tuesday after being arrested over the weekend for an ...

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UN human development report faults inequality

Jul 24, 2014

By ELAINE KURTENBACH, AP Business Writer

TOKYO (AP) — Improvements in life spans, education and incomes are slowing due to natural disasters, misguided government policies and worsening inequality in a world where the 85 richest people have as much wealth as the 3.5 billion poorest people, the ...

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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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