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Israel escalates aerial offensive on Gaza

Jul 10, 2014

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel dramatically escalated its aerial assault in Gaza, now in its 3rd day, hitting hundreds of Hamas targets as its missile defense system once again intercepted rockets.

Military spokesman Peter Lerner said Thursday that Israel struck more than 300 Hamas targets overnight,

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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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5 things to know about Indonesia's election

Jul 9, 2014

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesians voted Wednesday for their next president, and unofficial results showed a narrow victory for former furniture maker Joko "Jokowi" Widodo. Prabowo Subianto, a former general, was also claiming victory, but official results won't be known for two weeks. Here are ...

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Ukrainian charged with Russian journalists' deaths

Jul 9, 2014

By NATALIYA VASILYEVA, Associated Press

MOSCOW (AP) — A Ukrainian air force pilot who was captured by separatist rebels last month has been arrested in Russia and charged with abetting the killing of two Russian journalists, Russian officials said on Wednesday.

Ukraine has been rocked by fighting ...

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Both rivals claim victory in Indonesian election

Jul 9, 2014

By NINIEK KARMINI, Associated Press

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The rival candidates in Indonesia's presidential election each claimed victory Wednesday, raising uncertainty about the political and legal landscape in a nation that made the transition from dictatorship to democracy less than two ...

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Bahrain questions activists after diplomat meeting

Jul 9, 2014

By REEM KHALIFA, Associated Press

MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Bahraini authorities summoned two prominent opposition activists for questioning Wednesday in connection with their meeting with a U.S. diplomat who was ordered to leave the Gulf island nation this week.

The head of the country's main Shiite ...

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Syria rebels storm Sunni village, kill 14

Jul 9, 2014

By BARBARA SURK, Associated Press

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian rebels rampaged through a Sunni village in the central province of Hama Wednesday, firing indiscriminately at civilians and killing 14 people, including seven women, state media and opposition activists said.

State news agency SANA said an ...

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Newspaper says sorry after Clooney slams story

Jul 9, 2014

By JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press

LONDON (AP) — Britain's Daily Mail newspaper apologized to George Clooney on Wednesday for alleging his fiancee's mother opposed the marriage on religious grounds — a story Clooney called both wrong and irresponsible.

Clooney is engaged to Beirut-born London lawyer ...

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Iran: "Substantial differences" at nuke talks

Jul 9, 2014

VIENNA (AP) — An Iranian official says some progress is being made at nuclear talks with six world powers ahead of a July 20 target date for a deal, but "substantial differences" remain.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Marzieh Afkham spoke Wednesday as negotiators worked on a draft agreement meant to ...

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Lawyer: Snowden asks to extend stay in Russia

Jul 9, 2014

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian lawyer for former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden says his client has applied to extend his stay in Russia.

Anatoly Kucherena said in comments quoted Wednesday by Russian news agencies that Snowden has applied to Russia's migration authorities since his ...

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Japan protests China paper's map of atomic clouds

Jul 9, 2014

By MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press

TOKYO (AP) — Japan protested Wednesday to China over a newspaper's depiction of exploding mushroom clouds in a map of Japan, calling it offensive.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters that Japan, as the only nation to have suffered atomic ...

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