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UN mission evacuates from Libya

Jul 14, 2014

CAIRO (AP) — The United Nations mission in Libya has announced it is withdrawing its staff from Libya "temporarily" because of security deterioration in the country.

In a statement posted Monday on its official website, the United Nations Support Mission in Libya said that the withdrawal comes ...

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Nobel Prize-winning author Nadine Gordimer dies

Jul 14, 2014

By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA, Associated Press

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Nobel Prize-winning author Nadine Gordimer has died at the age of 90 in South Africa, her family said Monday.

Gordimer, who won the literature prize in 1991, died peacefully in her sleep at her home in Johannesburg on Sunday, the family ...

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Ukraine says plane shot down by rocket from Russia

Jul 14, 2014

By PETER LEONARD, Associated Press

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's Defense Minister says a military plane has been shot down along the country's eastern border with Russia.

Rebels in conflict-wracked eastern Ukraine claimed responsibility for downing the Antonov-26 but Defense Minister Valeriy ...

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Shipwrecked Concordia floated for tow to Genova

Jul 14, 2014

By ANNALISA CAMILLI, Associated Press

GIGLIO, Italy (AP) — The shipwrecked Costa Concordia was successfully refloated Monday in preparation to be towed away for scrapping, 30 months after it struck a reef and capsized, killing 32 people.

Authorities expressed satisfaction that the operation to ...

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Egypt: Mubarak party leaders can run for elections

Jul 14, 2014

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's state news agency says a Cairo appeal court has ruled that leaders of the former ruling party of ousted President Hosni Mubarak will not be barred from running for elections.

The decision Monday overturns an earlier ruling that banned leaders of Mubarak's National Democratic ...

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Clashes on Syria-Lebanon border kill several

Jul 14, 2014

By ALBERT AJI and BASSEM MROUE, Associated Press

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian Red Crescent trucks loaded with 1,000 food parcels crossed into a rebel-held Damascus suburb that has been besieged by government troops for more than two years as heavy clashes broke out between Syrian rebels and ...

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Activist Malala in Nigeria: 'Bring Back Our Girls'

Jul 14, 2014

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai is celebrating her 17th birthday in Nigeria and meeting with the parents of some 219 girls still held by Islamic extremists, and with the dozens that escaped.

She says, "My birthday wish this year is Bring Back Our Girls now and ...

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Church of England set to vote on women bishops

Jul 14, 2014

LONDON (AP) — The Church of England is set to vote on whether women should be allowed to enter its top ranks as bishops.

The Church's national assembly, known as the General Synod, is meeting in York, northern England, where it will debate the issue ahead of a vote Monday.

Archbishop of ...

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ECB's Draghi set for grilling as industry falters

Jul 14, 2014

By PAN PYLAS, Associated Press

LONDON (AP) — European Central Bank President Mario Draghi is likely to face a barrage of questions Monday from lawmakers asking what can be done to reduce the value of the euro amid further signs the recovery in the 18-country eurozone is faltering.

The ECB is coming ...

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Copter crash kills 2 Cambodian military generals

Jul 14, 2014

By SOPHENG CHEANG, Associated Press

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Two generals who led the helicopter unit of Cambodia's air force were killed in a crash Monday, along with two pilots, police said. Defense Minister Tea Banh, who rushed to the crash site in a muddy pond south of the capital, said a ...

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Cypriots file war crimes complaint against Turkey

Jul 14, 2014

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — A group of Cypriots has filed a war crimes complaint against Turkey at the International Criminal Court over what they say is its policy of settling Cyprus' breakaway north with mainland Turks.

Cyprus split into a Turkish-speaking north and an internationally recognized ...

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Extremists bomb Nigeria bridge, limit base access

Jul 14, 2014

By HARUNA UMAR and MICHELLE FAUL, Associated Press

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Suspected Islamic extremists bombed a major bridge on a northeast Nigerian highway, further limiting access to base camps in the Sambisa Forest where scores of kidnapped girls are believed to be held captive, witnesses and ...

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Israel Says It's Downed Drone Along Southern Coast

Jul 14, 2014

By PETER ENAV, Associated Press

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military said it downed a drone on Monday along the country's southern coastline, the first time it encountered an unmanned aircraft since the campaign against Gaza Strip militants began last week.

The drone was launched from Gaza and ...

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Witty dealmaker Juncker to be EU's new CEO

Jul 14, 2014

By JUERGEN BAETZ, Associated Press

BRUSSELS (AP) — The incoming leader of Europe's most powerful bureaucracy is a master of the backroom deal — and an outspoken and witty career politician who once advocated the right to lie in times of crisis.

Jean-Claude Juncker, who was prime minister of ...

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Seoul: N. Korea fires artillery shells into ocean

Jul 14, 2014

By HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated Press

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Another day, another defiant weapons test from North Korea.

A day after launching two ballistic missiles from a base near the border with archrival South Korea, Pyongyang on Monday fired a barrage of artillery shells into waters near its ...

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Argentine World Cup celebration marred by violence

Jul 14, 2014

By LUIS ANDRES HENAO, Associated Press

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Riot police used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse a group of rock-throwing vandals who disturbed a rally by Argentines celebrating their team's gutsy performance in a 1-0 loss to Germany in the World Cup finals.

Thousands ...

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Thousands of Palestinians flee northern Gaza

Jul 13, 2014

By KARIN LAUB and JOSEF FEDERMAN, Associated Press

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Thousands of Palestinian residents of the northern Gaza Strip fled their homes on Sunday and sought safety in U.N. shelters, heeding warnings from the Israeli military about impending plans to bomb the area in the sixth ...

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Israeli strike kills 18, stirs debate over targets

Jul 13, 2014

By KARIN LAUB, Associated Press

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The target was the Gaza police chief. He survived the Israeli airstrike on a cousin's home with critical injuries, but 18 family members were killed, including five children and teens.

The weekend attack highlighted Israel's broad ...

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Afghans express relief at election deal

Jul 13, 2014

By JOHN DANISZEWSKI and RAHIM FAIEZ, The Associated Press

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Amid relief that a dangerous rift in the country's troubled democracy has been averted, Afghan officials praised a deal between presidential contenders brokered by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and said Sunday ...

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Russia: 1 killed near Ukraine border by shell fire

Jul 13, 2014

By LAURA MILLS, Associated Press

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's foreign ministry said Sunday that a Ukrainian shell hit a Russian border town, killing one person and seriously injuring two others. Ukraine denied firing a shell into Russian territory.

President Vladimir Putin expressed "grave concern" over ...

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