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European carriers suspend more Tel Aviv flights

Jul 23, 2014

BERLIN (AP) — Air France and Germany's two largest airlines on Wednesday canceled more flights to Tel Aviv because of ongoing safety concerns amid the fighting between Israel and Hamas.

Germany's Lufthansa and Air Berlin extended their cancelations through Thursday and Air France said it was ...

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Iraq to vote on president after deadly bombing

Jul 23, 2014

By SINAN SALAHEDDIN and SAMEER N. YACOUB, Associated Press

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's parliament agreed to postpone a vote for a new president by a day on Wednesday as the extremist Islamic State group claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing in Baghdad the night before that killed 31 people, mainly ...

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Despite sanctions call, UK approves arms to Russia

Jul 23, 2014

LONDON (AP) — Britain is still authorizing the export of arms and military equipment to Russia despite the government's call for tough sanctions over Moscow's arming of separatist rebels in Ukraine, a group of lawmakers said in a report Wednesday.

A group of legislative committees that oversee ...

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Plane crashes in Taiwan, 47 trapped, feared dead

Jul 23, 2014

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A plane landing in stormy weather crashed outside an airport on a small Taiwanese island late Wednesday, and a transport minister said 47 people were trapped and feared dead.

Taiwan's Transport Minister Yeh Kuang-shih was quoted by the government's Central News Agency as ...

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Malaysia jet victims' bodies arrive in Netherlands

Jul 23, 2014

By DOROTHEE THIESING, Associated Press

EINDHOVEN, Netherlands (AP) — Two military transport planes carrying 40 coffins bearing victims of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 landed Wednesday in the southern city of Eindhoven, and pro-Russian rebels shot down two Ukrainian fighter jets in the ...

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Somali lawmaker shot dead in drive-by shooting

Jul 23, 2014

By ABDI GULED, Associated Press

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Gunmen killed a Somali lawmaker in a drive-by shooting Wednesday in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, a police official said.

Lawmaker Saado Ali Warsame, who also was a popular singer of Somali folk music, was shot dead by gunmen who pulled up ...

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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 reported progress in efforts to broker a truce in the conflict that has so far killed at least 657 ...

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UN rights chief: Strong possibility of Gaza crimes

Jul 23, 2014

By JOHN HEILPRIN, Associated Press

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N.'s top human rights official warned all sides in the two-week war in the Gaza Strip to not indiscriminately attack civilians, and that violations may amount to war crimes.

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Wednesday ...

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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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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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