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China says pro-government imam murdered in NW

Jul 31, 2014

By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN, Associated Press

BEIJING (AP) — China said Thursday that a leading pro-government Muslim cleric in the volatile northwestern territory of Xinjiang was murdered, and police killed two suspects and captured another.

The state media report late Thursday was the first official ...

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Poles protest Russian ban on their food with humor

Jul 31, 2014

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poles are posting photos of themselves with apples online along with mocking comments to protest a Russian ban on Polish food.

Russia will begin banning imports of most fruit and vegetables from Poland on Friday for what it says are violations of health regulations and ...

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Afghan electoral officials to restart vote audit

Jul 31, 2014

By AMIR SHAH, Associated Press

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — In the latest setback to the Afghan presidential election, officials said Thursday that they will resume an audit of millions of votes this weekend to resolve disputes between the presidential candidates over how to disqualify ballots amid ...

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Libya Islamic militias declare control of Benghazi

Jul 31, 2014

By MAGGIE MICHAEL, Associated Press

CAIRO (AP) — Islamic hard-line militias are claiming to have taken control of Libya's second largest city, Benghazi, after defeating army units, taking over military barracks and seizing tanks, rockets and hundreds of boxes of ammunition.

A commander of one of ...

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Spain court studies paternity suit against ex-king

Jul 31, 2014

MADRID (AP) — Spain's Supreme Court says it will consider an appeal of a rejected paternity suit filed against the recently abdicated King Juan Carlos.

The court said Thursday the case of Alberto Sola, who claims he may be the ex-monarch's illegitimate son, had been under review in a lower court ...

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Pillay: Israel, Hamas committing war crimes

Jul 31, 2014

By JOHN HEILPRIN, Associated Press

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N.'s top human rights official accused both Israel and Hamas militants of committing war crimes in the latest Gaza war, but reserved her harshest words for the Israeli government, which she said Thursday was deliberately defying international ...

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Russia tensions hurting European companies

Jul 31, 2014

By GEIR MOULSON, Associated Press

BERLIN (AP) — Russia's standoff with the West is hurting European companies, from heavy industry to sports goods makers, even before the latest sanctions have a chance to take effect.

A group representing Germany's machinery industry cut its output forecast sharply ...

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Malaysian prime minister: stop fighting in Ukraine

Jul 31, 2014

By TOBY STERLING, Associated Press

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Malaysia's prime minister on Thursday called on Ukrainian and pro-Russian separatists to agree to a cease-fire in the area surrounding the site where Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down.

Two weeks after the plane's destruction on July 17,

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UK judge opens inquiry into Litvinenko killing

Jul 31, 2014

LONDON (AP) — A British judge has opened an inquiry into the death of former Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko, saying the central question is whether the Russian state ordered the killing.

Litvinenko died in London in 2006 after drinking tea laced with radioactive polonium-210.

On his deathbed,

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Dad of jailed reporter: Son a victim of injustice

Jul 31, 2014

By JASON STRAZIUSO, Associated Press

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The father of an Australian Al-Jazeera journalist jailed in Egypt said Thursday that he respects the integrity of Egypt's courts but knows his son is the victim of injustice.

Peter Greste is appealing his seven-year prison sentence after a ...

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Investigators say they reach Ukraine crash site

Jul 31, 2014

By MSTYSLAV CHERNOV, Associated Press

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — An international team of investigators in eastern Ukraine has for the first time reached the crash site of the Malaysia Airline Flight 17.

Fighting along the route to the wreckage site between government troops and pro-Russian separatist ...

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S. Leone declares health emergency amid Ebola

Jul 31, 2014

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — The president of Sierra Leone has declared a public health emergency as the Ebola crisis deepens across West Africa.

The announcement from President Ernest Bai Koroma late Wednesday came as neighboring Liberia also ramped up efforts to slow the virulent disease's ...

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Israel vows to destroy Hamas tunnels

Jul 31, 2014

By PETER ENAV and IBRAHIM BARZAK, Associated Press

JERUSALEM (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday that Israel will destroy the Hamas tunnel network in the Gaza Strip "with or without a cease-fire," as the military called up another 16,000 reservists to pursue its campaign in the ...

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Mudslide swallows Indian village; at least 30 dead

Jul 31, 2014

By MANISH MEHTA, Associated Press

MALIN, India (AP) — Rescuers using earth-moving equipment and their bare hands dug through heavy mud and debris Thursday after a landslide engulfed an entire village in western India, killing at least 30 people and leaving about 100 missing and feared dead.

More ...

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Russia ordered to pay another $2.5 bln for Yukos

Jul 31, 2014

PARIS (AP) — The European Court of Human Rights has ordered Russia to pay out nearly 1.9 billion euros ($2.5 billion) to shareholders of Yukos, the oil producer that the government had dismantled over a decade ago.

Thursday's ruling said Russia must produce a plan to distribute the funds within ...

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Haunting memories 70 years since Warsaw Uprising

Jul 31, 2014

By MONIKA SCISLOWSKA, Associated Press

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Kazimierz Mikos ran down a Warsaw street, zig-zagging to avoid the bullets that whizzed past him. As the 14-year-old ran for his life, he was struck with terror at the sight of a dead body in the street. Even after the scrape with death,

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Fast food ambitions in China hurt by safety scares

Jul 31, 2014

By JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer

BEIJING (AP) — Already China's biggest restaurant operator with 4,600 outlets, KFC is pursuing Chinese consumers so avidly it opens two more every day.

That dramatic growth comes with a big catch: KFC's quality control is struggling to keep up.

The Louisville,

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19 swimmers drown off Pakistan beaches

Jul 31, 2014

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — At least 19 people have drowned off southern Pakistani beaches because of heavy waves and strong currents, rescuers said Thursday.

Shoaib Sadiqui, the administrator of Pakistan's largest city Karachi, said the victims ignored safety warnings and drowned Wednesday. He said ...

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First lady asks leaders to change gender attitudes

Jul 31, 2014

By STACY A. ANDERSON, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama called on young African leaders to change traditional attitudes and beliefs that harm girls and women, adding that educating and making women financially literate is not enough.

"No country can ever truly flourish if it stifles ...

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Argentina slides into default as debt talks fail

Jul 31, 2014

By CLAUDIA TORRENS, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — The collapse of talks with U.S. creditors sent Argentina into its second debt default in 13 years and raised questions about what comes next for financial markets and the South American nation's staggering economy.

A midnight Wednesday deadline to ...

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