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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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Germany: alleged spying reaped 'laughable' intel

Jul 10, 2014

BERLIN (AP) — Reported U.S. spying in Germany likely gathered information that was "laughable" but the political damage is serious, Germany's top security official said Thursday.

In separate cases over the past 10 days, one man has been arrested and an investigation against another has been ...

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Iraq's Kurds say will boycott Cabinet meetings

Jul 10, 2014

By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA, Associated Press

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's Kurds on Thursday said their politicians will stay away from Cabinet meetings and called on Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to step down, blaming him for failing to stop the Sunni militant offensive that has swept across much of the ...

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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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Israel escalates aerial offensive on Gaza

Jul 10, 2014

By ARON HELLER, Associated Press

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel dramatically escalated its aerial assault in Gaza Thursday hitting hundreds of Hamas targets, and the Palestinians said a family of eight was killed in a strike that destroyed their home. Israel's missile defense system once again intercepted ...

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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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'Calm' Kardashian joins Emma Watson at Valentino

Jul 9, 2014

By THOMAS ADAMSON, AP Fashion Writer

PARIS (AP) — She says her life is a lot calmer since she married fashionista-rapper Kanye West. And she prefers to stay at home with her baby.

But calm did not prevail Wednesday when Kim Kardashian, in a whistle-stop 24-hour visit to Paris, faced the incandescent ...

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US, Cuba hold migration talks in Washington

Jul 9, 2014

By PETER ORSI, Associated Press

HAVANA (AP) — U.S. and Cuban officials discussed efforts to combat illegal migration, human smuggling and migratory document fraud in Washington on Wednesday, a rare moment of dialogue between countries that cut ties more than five decades ago.

The latest round of ...

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Germans probe 2nd spy case reportedly involving US

Jul 9, 2014

By FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press

BERLIN (AP) — German authorities are investigating a second spy case reportedly involving the United States, a week after the arrest of a German intelligence employee cast a new shadow over relations between the two countries.

Federal prosecutors said Wednesday that ...

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Man linked to Nazi police dies in Michigan at 93

Jul 9, 2014

By ED WHITE, Associated Press

DETROIT (AP) — A man under a deportation order for serving in a Nazi-controlled police force during World War II has died in Michigan at age 93 after years of denials that he shot at Jews.

John Kalymon of Troy died at his suburban Detroit home on June 29. He had ...

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American author gored at Spain's Pamplona festival

Jul 9, 2014

By ALVARO BARRIENTOS and CIARAN GILES, Associated Press

PAMPLONA, Spain (AP) — An American who co-authored the book "Fiesta: How to Survive the Bulls of Pamplona" became one of their victims Wednesday when he was one of two men gored at the festival.

Bill Hillmann, a 32-year-old from Chicago and a ...

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Iraqi leader accuses Kurds of hosting militants

Jul 9, 2014

By RYAN LUCAS, Associated Press

BAGHDAD (AP) — The ethnic and sectarian tensions that threaten to tear Iraq apart flared Wednesday as the prime minister accused the Kurdish self-rule region of harboring the Sunni militants who have overrun much of the country, and 50 bodies were discovered dumped in ...

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Topless activists on trial over Notre Dame protest

Jul 9, 2014

PARIS (AP) — French prosecutors want activists who bared their breasts in Notre Dame Cathedral to pay thousands of euros in fines for damages.

Nine activists from feminist group Femen pounded a huge church bell in the landmark Paris cathedral in February 2013 to express anger at the Catholic ...

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