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Moscow subway chief fired after 22 killed in crash

Jul 22, 2014

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian news agencies say the head of Moscow's subway system has been fired in the wake of a rush-hour derailment that killed 22 people and injured 136 others.

Moscow mayor Sergei Sobyanin on Tuesday dismissed Ivan Besedin, who has served in the post since 2011. Sobyanin said that ...

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US wants international push for Mideast cease-fire

Jul 22, 2014

CAIRO (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is hoping to get international support as he pushes for a Mideast cease-fire, but he acknowledges the differences between Israel and Hamas run very deep and must be addressed in any long-term solution.

"We will work to see if there is some way to not ...

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Body of missing S. Korean shipping tycoon found

Jul 22, 2014

By HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated Press

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean police said Tuesday that a badly decomposed body found surrounded by liquor bottles in a field last month was that of a fugitive billionaire businessman blamed for April's ferry disaster that killed more than 300 people.

The ...

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Suicide bomber kills 4 foreign guards in Kabul

Jul 22, 2014

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan officials say a suicide bomber on a motorcycle targeted a police compound in Kabul, killing four foreign security guards and wounding six.

Deputy interior minister, Gen. Mohammad Ayoub Salangi, says the attacker targeted the compound that houses foreign advisers to ...

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Australia wants security job for wronged countries

Jul 22, 2014

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has suggested that countries that have been "so wronged" take responsibility for securing the crime scene where the Malaysian jetliner was shot down in Ukraine.

Abbott on Tuesday listed Malaysia, Netherlands as well as Australia ...

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Israeli aircraft hit more than 70 targets in Gaza

Jul 22, 2014

By KARIN LAUB, Associated Press

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israel bombed five mosques, a sports stadium and the home of the late Hamas military chief across the Gaza Strip early on Tuesday, a Gaza police official said, as the U.N. chief and the U.S. secretary of state launched a high-level effort ...

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Gaza death toll rises as truce effort intensifies

Jul 21, 2014

By KARIN LAUB and YOUSUR ALHLOU, Associated Press

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A high-level attempt by the U.N. chief and the U.S. secretary of state to end deadly Israel-Hamas fighting was off to a rough start Monday: Gaza's Hamas rulers signaled they won't agree to an unconditional cease-fire,

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Obama urges immediate access to Ukraine crash site

Jul 21, 2014

By JULIE PACE, AP White House Correspondent

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama sternly called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to compel Kremlin-backed separatists to stop hampering the probe at the Ukraine site of a downed passenger jet and allow international investigators unfettered ...

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Rebels release train with bodies from downed jet

Jul 21, 2014

By NICOLAS GARRIGA and NICOLAE DUMITRACHE, Associated Press

HRABOVE, Ukraine (AP) — Bowing to international pressure, pro-Moscow separatists released a train packed with bodies and handed over the black boxes from the downed Malaysia Airlines plane, four days after it plunged into rebel-held eastern ...

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Mexico declares group home owner mentally unfit

Jul 21, 2014

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican prosecutors say the owner of a group home raided last week is mentally unfit to face allegations that she frequently hit children.

Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam says the woman who founded the shelter where about 600 people were rescued shows "symptoms ...

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Vital evidence feared withheld by Ukraine's rebels

Jul 21, 2014

By DANICA KIRKA and JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, Associated Press

LONDON (AP) — "What exactly are they trying to hide?" President Barack Obama asked Monday as he demanded that Ukrainian rebels give investigators access to the wreckage of the downed jetliner.

The answer is: potentially a lot.

Aviation and ...

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UN calls for probe of plane downed over Ukraine

Jul 21, 2014

By ALEXANDRA OLSON, Associated Press

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution Monday demanding international access to the site of the plane downed over eastern Ukraine and an end to military activities around the area, following intense pressure on a ...

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US urges global push for Israeli, Hamas cease-fire

Jul 21, 2014

By LARA JAKES, AP National Security Writer

CAIRO (AP) — With high hopes but low expectations, the U.S. stepped up calls Monday for an international push to end fighting in the Gaza Strip as President Barack Obama sent his top envoy to the Mideast to help broker a new cease-fire between Israel and ...

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Official: Turkish soldier killed in clash

Jul 21, 2014

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — An official says Turkish soldiers have clashed with a group of suspected smugglers on the Turkish-Syrian border. One soldier was killed and two others were wounded.

Izzettin Kucuk, the governor for Sanliurfa province, told the private Dogan news agency that the firefight ...

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Israeli mood turns dark with mounting casualties

Jul 21, 2014

By ARON HELLER and DAN PERRY, Associated Press

JERUSALEM (AP) — For almost two weeks, Israel practically bristled with confidence and pride: The Iron Dome air defense system was dependably zapping incoming Hamas rockets from the skies, the military was successfully repelling infiltration attempts on ...

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Gaza Tunnels Take IDF by Surprise

Jul 21, 2014

By: Shlomi Eldar, Columnist for Al-Monitor
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The ground phase of Operation Protective Edge raises many questions that will require answers once the campaign is over. Was Israel aware of the extent and scope of the Hamas terrorist tunnel project? Was the Israeli military establishment ...

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Rebels to give Flight 17 black boxes to Malaysia

Jul 21, 2014

By SATISH CHENEY, Associated Press

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The leader of the pro-Russian rebels has agreed to hand over both black boxes from Flight 17 to Malaysian investigators who are in Ukraine, Malaysia's prime minister said early Tuesday.

Prime Minister Najib Razak also said that as ...

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Dutch anger swells at treatment of Ukraine bodies

Jul 21, 2014

By MIKE CORDER, Associated Press

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The families and friends of Dutch citizens blown out of the sky above Ukraine poured out their grief and anger Monday at a meeting with their monarch and political leaders.

"This terrible disaster has left a deep wound in our society," a ...

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U.S. Spent $3 Million on Unused Afghanistan Facility

By | Jul 21, 2014

Are you looking to expand your business into southern Afghanistan? A multimillion-dollar facility on a demined lot with a on-site water and power generation could be yours.

A report released Monday finds the U.S. government spent $2.89 million on building the facility, which offers 10,000 square ...

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US Embassy apologies to Ghana leader for tweet

Jul 21, 2014

ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — The U.S. Embassy in Ghana is apologizing after a staff member sent what's being described as "an errant tweet" criticizing the president from the official Embassy Twitter account.

Ghanaian President John Mahama had tweeted about the country's financial woes, saying that "as a ...

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