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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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Obama sends top aides to Germany amid spying flap

Jul 22, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Working to stem the fraying of ties with a key European ally, President Barack Obama dispatched his chief of staff to Berlin, a diplomatic gesture reflecting Germany's growing indignation about allegations of American spying on its soil.

Chief of staff Denis McDonough and Obama's ...

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Italy arrests smugglers accused of killing dozens

Jul 22, 2014

MILAN (AP) — Italian authorities have arrested five alleged human traffickers accused of murder in the deaths of dozens migrants who were either stabbed to death or perished of engine fume inhalation inside the overcrowded hold of a smuggling boat.

Italian police said the five people arrested in ...

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11 parents of Nigeria's abducted girls die

Jul 22, 2014

By MICHELLE FAUL, Associated Press

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nearly a dozen parents of the more than 200 kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls will never see their daughters again.

Since the mass abduction of the schoolgirls by Islamic extremists three months ago, at least 11 of their parents have died and ...

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C. African Republic talks on hold; rebels absent

Jul 22, 2014

By LOUIS OKAMBA, Associated Press

BRAZZAVILLE, Republic of Congo (AP) — Observers say Central African Republic's peace talks are on hold after a rebel delegation failed to show up for the second day of meetings.

The development Tuesday marks a setback for regional mediators trying to negotiate a ...

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Turkey detains police for 'spying' and wiretaps

Jul 22, 2014

By SUZAN FRASER, Associated Press

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish police raided the homes of colleagues on Tuesday, detaining dozens of officers on suspicion of "spying" or of illegally wiretapping government officials, including Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Turkey's spy chief, news reports ...

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Jakarta governor wins Indonesian presidency

Jul 22, 2014

By NINIEK KARMINI and ALI KOTARUMALOS, Associated Press

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Jakarta Gov. Joko Widodo, who captured the hearts of millions of Indonesians with his common man image, won the country's presidential election with 53 percent of the vote, officials said Tuesday.

A former furniture ...

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German court: chronically ill could grow marijuana

Jul 22, 2014

BERLIN (AP) — Some Germans may soon be able to grow their own marijuana to relieve chronic pain after a ruling from a court in Cologne.

The Cologne administrative court ruled Tuesday in favor of three plaintiffs who had sued for the right to grow marijuana for therapeutic purposes, sending the ...

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Israeli Soldier Missing as Gaza Fighting Rages On

Jul 22, 2014

By TIA GOLDENBERG and KARIN LAUB, Associated Press

JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli soldier is missing following a deadly battle in the Gaza Strip, a defense official said Tuesday, as Israeli airstrikes pummeled a wide range of targets along the coastal area. Diplomatic efforts intensified to end the two ...

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Credit Suisse in steep loss after US tax case

Jul 22, 2014

GENEVA (AP) — Credit Suisse, Switzerland's second-biggest bank, posted a second-quarter net loss of 700 million Swiss francs ($779 million) Tuesday after paying the largest penalty ever imposed in a U.S. criminal tax case.

The steep loss contrasted sharply with the profit of 1.045 billion francs ...

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Big milestone for Britain's little prince

Jul 22, 2014

By GREGORY KATZ and MATTHEW KNIGHT, Associated Press

LONDON (AP) — The palace is releasing special pictures, the Royal Mint is striking a commemorative coin and newspapers are publishing glowing tributes.

What's all the fuss about? A little boy who will be king.

Prince George turns 1 on Tuesday. While ...

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Norway honors victims of 2011 terror attacks

Jul 22, 2014

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg says the best way to honor the 77 people who died in terror attacks three years ago is to "fight for openness, tolerance and diversity."

In a wreath-laying ceremony Tuesday, Solberg said "violent extremism can never be excused."

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