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US pushes for truce as Gaza battle rages

Jul 23, 2014

By IBRAHIM BARZAK and PETER ENAV, Associated Press

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli troops battled Hamas militants on Wednesday near a southern Gaza Strip town as the U.S. secretary of state flew into Israel to press top-gear efforts for a truce in the conflict that has so far killed at least ...

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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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Bodies of Malaysia jet victims leave Ukraine

Jul 23, 2014

By JONA KALLGREN, Associated Press

KHARKIV, Ukraine (AP) — Two military aircraft carrying the first bodies of victims of the Malaysia Airlines crash left the embattled plains of eastern Ukraine Wednesday, bringing some consolation to grieving relatives who still must wait for positive ...

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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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In international flight, volatile conflicts abound

Jul 23, 2014

By AYA BATRAWY, Associated Press

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — In Libya, militias armed with shoulder-launched missiles are battling for control of the country's main airport. In Africa, the entire Sahel region is awash with weapons that include portable air defense systems leftover from the ...

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End comes for notorious Venezuelan vertical slum

Jul 22, 2014

By HANNAH DREIER, Associated Press

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The beginning of the end came for the world's tallest slum Tuesday as officials began evicting thousands of squatters from a haphazard community inside the half-built Caracas skyscraper known as the Tower of David.

Police in riot gear and ...

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US: No link to Russian gov't in plane downing

Jul 22, 2014

By KEN DILANIAN, AP Intelligence Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senior U.S. intelligence officials said Tuesday that Russia was responsible for "creating the conditions" that led to the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, but they offered no evidence of direct Russian government involvement.

The ...

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At least 21 dead in Iraq checkpoint car bombing

Jul 22, 2014

By SAMEER N. YACOUB

BAGHDAD (AP) — A suicide driver rammed his explosive-laden car into a police checkpoint at the entrance to Baghdad's Khazimiyah district killing 21 people, including seven policemen manning the post.

Police officials say there was a long line of cars at the checkpoint at the ...

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Lax security at crash site hampers investigations

Jul 22, 2014

By MIKE CORDER and LUCIAN KIM, Associated Press

HRABOVE, Ukraine (AP) — When international monitors and Malaysian aviation experts arrived Tuesday at the two main sites where the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 smashed into the undulating countryside of eastern Ukraine, there was almost no ...

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11 parents of Nigeria's abducted girls die

Jul 22, 2014

By MICHELLE FAUL, Associated Press

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — In the three months since Islamic extremists kidnapped more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls, 11 of their parents have died, town residents say.

The town where the girls were kidnapped, Chibok, is cut off by militants, who have been attacking ...

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Amid sanctions, France in warship sale to Russia

Jul 22, 2014

By SYLVIE CORBET

PARIS (AP) — France says it will go ahead with the sale of a warship to Russia despite calls for an arms embargo against the country, highlighting how Europe's strong business ties are hindering its ability to punish Moscow over the crisis in Ukraine.

Western powers say Russia is ...

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Gaza blockade key to any Israel-Hamas truce deal

Jul 22, 2014

By KARIN LAUB, Associated Press

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Ibrahim Zain was driven from his home by Israeli tank fire this week, but says he'd rather endure more Israel-Hamas fighting than accept an unconditional cease-fire he fears will leave in place the blockade of the Gaza Strip.

Like Zain,

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Peace talks eyed after Israel, Hamas cease-fire

Jul 22, 2014

CAIRO (AP) — The U.S. and Egypt sought Tuesday to find an end to two weeks of bloodshed in the Gaza Strip, and officials raised the possibility of restarting stalled peace talks between Israel and Palestinian authorities as a necessary step to avoid sustained violence.

It's unlikely that Washington ...

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European agency urges airlines to avoid Tel Aviv

Jul 22, 2014

BERLIN (AP) — The European Aviation Safety Agency says it "strongly recommends" that airlines refrain from operating flights to and from Tel Aviv.

The recommendation by Europe's main aviation safety body came after the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration told U.S. airlines they are prohibited ...

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UN chief believes Gaza fighting will end soon

Jul 22, 2014

By EDITH M. LEDERER, Associated Press

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. secretary-general said Tuesday it is his "hope and belief" that his emergency mission to the Middle East will lead to an end to the fighting between Hamas and Israel "in the very near future."

Ban Ki-moon told the Security Council ...

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Dutch declare day of national mourning

Jul 22, 2014

By MIKE CORDER, Associated Press

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch government has declared Wednesday a day of national mourning as the country prepares for the arrival of the first bodies of victims of the downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

The country's king and queen will be at an air base ...

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Nigerian president meets parents of abducted girls

Jul 22, 2014

By BASHIR ADIGUN and MICHELLE FAUL, Associated Press

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — President Goodluck Jonathan met for the first time Tuesday with parents of 219 kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls and dozens of classmates who managed to escape from their Islamic extremist captors.

Jonathan assured them of his ...

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British experts to analyze MH17 black boxes

Jul 22, 2014

LONDON (AP) — Black boxes from the Malaysia Airlines plane downed in eastern Ukraine will be examined by U.K. air accident investigators, Britain's prime minister said Tuesday.

British experts at the Air Accidents Investigation Branch will retrieve data from the flight recorders for analysis,

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