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  • Ugandan court invalidates anti-gay law

    Ugandan court invalidates anti-gay law

    Friday, August 1 2014 10:04 AM EDT2014-08-01 14:04:24 GMT
    A Ugandan court has invalidated an anti-gay bill signed into law earlier this year, saying it was illegally passed and is therefore unconstitutional.
    A Ugandan court on Friday invalidated an anti-gay bill signed into law earlier this year, saying the measure is illegal because it was passed during a parliamentary session that lacked a quorum.
  • WHO: Ebola moving faster than control efforts

    WHO: Ebola moving faster than control efforts

    Friday, August 1 2014 10:02 AM EDT2014-08-01 14:02:49 GMT
    Presidents from the West African countries hit by the Ebola outbreak are meeting with world health leaders to come up with ways to stop the spread of the deadly disease.
    An Ebola outbreak that has killed more than 700 people in West Africa is moving faster than the efforts to control the disease, the head of the World Health Organization warned as presidents from the affected countries met...
  • In brief lull, Gaza's displaced survey devastation

    In brief lull, Gaza's displaced survey devastation

    Friday, August 1 2014 9:55 AM EDT2014-08-01 13:55:27 GMT
    Bassem Abul Qumbus looked in despair at the wreck of his home. Shells had punched holes in an upper-floor bedroom. A wall had collapsed into the kitchen. The dozens of baby chicks he'd been raising on the roof...
    Bassem Abul Qumbus looked in despair at the wreck of his home. Shells had punched holes in an upper-floor bedroom. A wall had collapsed into the kitchen. The dozens of baby chicks he'd been raising on the roof were...
  • 12,000 evacuees return after Taiwan gas explosions

    12,000 evacuees return after Taiwan gas explosions

    Friday, August 1 2014 9:55 AM EDT2014-08-01 13:55:01 GMT
    Taiwan's National Fire Agency says 15 people were killed and 228 were injured a series of gas leak explosions in a southwestern city.
    The 12,000 people who fled in fear of more gas pipeline explosions in Taiwan's second-largest city returned to their homes Friday after authorities said there was no more risk of blasts like the series that ripped...
  • AP PHOTOS: City streets destroyed in Taiwan blasts

    AP PHOTOS: City streets destroyed in Taiwan blasts

    Friday, August 1 2014 9:43 AM EDT2014-08-01 13:43:36 GMT
    By The Associated Press City streets destroyed, transformed into trenches strewn with dirt, ripped pieces of pipe and jagged blocks of concrete. Broken fire trucks turned upside down, twisted...
    By The Associated Press City streets destroyed, transformed into trenches strewn with dirt, ripped pieces of pipe and jagged blocks of concrete. Broken fire trucks turned upside down, twisted...
  • Poland marks 70th anniversary of Warsaw Uprising

    Poland marks 70th anniversary of Warsaw Uprising

    Friday, August 1 2014 9:26 AM EDT2014-08-01 13:26:55 GMT
    On the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising, Poland is honoring the fighters and victims of the rebellion against Nazi Germans by laying wreaths, sounding sirens and singing insurgent tunes.
    Poland on Friday honored the fighters and victims of a 1944 rebellion against Nazi Germans by laying wreaths, lighting candles and singing insurgent tunes to mark the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising.
  • 35 Palestinians killed, Israeli officer missing

    35 Palestinians killed, Israeli officer missing

    Friday, August 1 2014 9:17 AM EDT2014-08-01 13:17:47 GMT
    A three-day cease-fire in the Gaza Strip has gone into effect following heavy Israel-Hamas fighting.
    A Gaza cease-fire quickly unraveled Friday as violence erupted in and around the southern town of Rafah, with at least 35 Palestinians killed by Israeli shelling and the military saying an infantry officer may have been...
  • Saudi King: Gaza war is "crime against humanity"

    Saudi King: Gaza war is "crime against humanity"

    Friday, August 1 2014 8:51 AM EDT2014-08-01 12:51:42 GMT
    Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah says the Gaza war is a "collective massacre" that has spared no Palestinian living there and describes it as a "crime against humanity."
    Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah says the Gaza war is a "collective massacre" that has spared no Palestinian living there and describes it as a "crime against humanity."
  • Iraq's top Shiite cleric urges peaceful transition

    Iraq's top Shiite cleric urges peaceful transition

    Friday, August 1 2014 8:44 AM EDT2014-08-01 12:44:33 GMT
    The United Nations says 1,737 people, mostly civilians, were killed in Iraq in July, marking a dramatic decline from the previous month, when some 2,400 people were killed as Sunni militants swept across large...
    Iraq's most influential Shiite cleric appealed to Iraqi politicians on Friday not to make themselves "an obstacle" in the country's transition as the deadline looms for selecting the next prime minister.
  • Global trade deal goes back to drawing board

    Global trade deal goes back to drawing board

    Friday, August 1 2014 8:43 AM EDT2014-08-01 12:43:57 GMT
    The World Trade Organization is regrouping to see whether it is still possible to finalize a major deal to boost global trade after a deadline passed to formally adopt it.
    The World Trade Organization began regrouping Friday to see whether it is still possible to finalize a major deal to boost global trade after a deadline passed to formally adopt it.
  • Blast flattens police building eastern Libyan city

    Blast flattens police building eastern Libyan city

    Friday, August 1 2014 8:31 AM EDT2014-08-01 12:31:51 GMT
    A strong explosion ripped through the main police building in Benghazi early Friday, nearly flattening it, days after Islamic militias overran army barracks and claimed control of the eastern Libyan city.
    A strong explosion ripped through the main police building in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi early on Friday, nearly flattening it, days after Islamic militias overran army barracks and claimed control of the city.
  • Ebola fears nix Sierra Leone troop trip to Somalia

    Ebola fears nix Sierra Leone troop trip to Somalia

    Friday, August 1 2014 8:31 AM EDT2014-08-01 12:31:07 GMT
    A military spokesman for the African Union mission in Somalia says the AU has cancelled a planned troop rotation by Sierra Leonean forces because of the breakout of Ebola.
    A military spokesman for the African Union mission in Somalia says the AU has canceled a planned troop rotation by Sierra Leonean forces because of the Ebola outbreak.
  • Image of Asia: Collecting alms in the rain

    Image of Asia: Collecting alms in the rain

    Friday, August 1 2014 8:13 AM EDT2014-08-01 12:13:19 GMT
    By The Associated Press In this photo, novice Buddhist monks walk to collect alms in a downpour during the monsoon season in Yangon, Myanmar. Buddhist scripture and monks' ascetic lifestyle...
    By The Associated Press In this photo, novice Buddhist monks walk to collect alms in a downpour during the monsoon season in Yangon, Myanmar. Buddhist scripture and monks' ascetic lifestyle preclude...
  • Investigators set up search base at jet crash site

    Investigators set up search base at jet crash site

    Friday, August 1 2014 8:04 AM EDT2014-08-01 12:04:50 GMT
    Ukrainian authorities say at least 10 government troops have been killed in an ambush by pro-Russian separatist rebels in an area near the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.
    With the sound of artillery fire in the distance, dozens of international investigators arrived Friday at the zone where a Malaysia Airlines plane crashed in eastern Ukraine and began preparations to comb the rural area...
  • Italy, Poland vie for top EU foreign policy job

    Italy, Poland vie for top EU foreign policy job

    Friday, August 1 2014 7:51 AM EDT2014-08-01 11:51:00 GMT
    The top diplomats of Italy and Poland are competing for the prestigious position of EU foreign policy chief amid the unfolding tensions with Russia.
    The top diplomats of Italy and Poland are competing for the prestigious position of EU foreign policy chief amid the unfolding tensions with Russia.
  • Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise departs Russia

    Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise departs Russia

    Friday, August 1 2014 7:43 AM EDT2014-08-01 11:43:43 GMT
    Greenpeace International says a ship held by Russian authorities for nearly a year has been released and is on its way back to the Netherlands.
    The Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise departed for the Netherlands on Friday nearly a year after Russian authorities seized it during a protest against an oil platform, the Amsterdam-based environmental group said.
  • South Africa: Giraffe's head hits highway overpass

    South Africa: Giraffe's head hits highway overpass

    Friday, August 1 2014 7:23 AM EDT2014-08-01 11:23:43 GMT
    Officials in South Africa say they plan to file charges after the death of a giraffe whose head struck a highway overpass while it was being transported in a truck.
    Those responsible for the death of a giraffe whose head struck a South African highway overpass while it was being transported in a truck will likely be prosecuted under animal protection laws, an official said Friday.
  • Pope slips out of Vatican, joins Jesuits for lunch

    Pope slips out of Vatican, joins Jesuits for lunch

    Friday, August 1 2014 7:13 AM EDT2014-08-01 11:13:09 GMT
    Maybe Pope Francis is getting tired of the food in the Vatican hotel.
    Maybe Pope Francis is getting tired of the food in the Vatican hotel.
  • Europe started WWI a century ago, blind to tragedy

    Europe started WWI a century ago, blind to tragedy

    Friday, August 1 2014 6:04 AM EDT2014-08-01 10:04:04 GMT
    British Pvt. John Parr set off on his reconnaissance bike on the lookout for German troops amid the rolling farmland and woods south of Brussels in August 1914. It was the last anyone saw of 'Ole Man' Parr,...
    British Pvt. John Parr set off on his reconnaissance bike on the lookout for German troops amid the rolling farmland and woods south of Brussels in August 1914. It was the last anyone saw of 'Ole Man' Parr, the...
  • Europe in push to stop violence against women

    Europe in push to stop violence against women

    Friday, August 1 2014 5:34 AM EDT2014-08-01 09:34:32 GMT
    The Council of Europe is taking new steps to combat violence against women under a newly ratified convention that comes into force Friday.
    The Council of Europe is taking new steps to combat violence against women under a newly ratified convention that comes into force Friday.
  • Interfaith house of prayer to be built in Berlin

    Interfaith house of prayer to be built in Berlin

    Friday, August 1 2014 3:56 AM EDT2014-08-01 07:56:31 GMT
    A rabbi, an imam and a priest start praying together under the same roof. It may sound like the start of a joke, but hopes are high it will become reality in Berlin.
    A rabbi, an imam and a priest start praying together under the same roof. It may sound like the start of a joke, but hopes are high it will become reality in Berlin.
  • Syrian refugee women face sexual exploitation

    Syrian refugee women face sexual exploitation

    Friday, August 1 2014 3:23 AM EDT2014-08-01 07:23:42 GMT
    The Syrian refugee woman huddled in the latest room she calls home, a peeling, run-down place outside a north Lebanese village. The mother of six doesn't know how she'll pay the rent. She's gotten by...
    The Syrian refugee woman huddled in the latest room she calls home, a peeling, run-down place outside a north Lebanese village. The mother of six doesn't know how she'll pay the rent. She's gotten by over the...
  • Senate confirms US ambassador to Russia

    Senate confirms US ambassador to Russia

    Friday, August 1 2014 1:09 AM EDT2014-08-01 05:09:29 GMT
    After a period in limbo with a slew of other nominees to be U.S. diplomats around the world, John Tefft gained Senate confirmation Thursday night as America's new envoy to Russia.
    After a period in limbo with a slew of other nominees to be U.S. diplomats around the world, John Tefft gained Senate confirmation Thursday night as America's new envoy to Russia.
  • Heavy Gaza fighting ahead of proposed 3-day truce

    Heavy Gaza fighting ahead of proposed 3-day truce

    Friday, August 1 2014 12:33 AM EDT2014-08-01 04:33:42 GMT
    Palestinian officials say 17 Palestinians, including 10 members of one family, were killed in Israeli strikes ahead of a planned three-day cease-fire in the Gaza war.
    Palestinian officials say 17 Palestinians, including 10 members of one family, were killed in Israeli strikes ahead of a planned three-day cease-fire in the Gaza war.
  • Asia stocks dip on Dow drop, China data cuts loss

    Asia stocks dip on Dow drop, China data cuts loss

    Friday, August 1 2014 12:23 AM EDT2014-08-01 04:23:33 GMT
    Global stock markets were uninspired by an upbeat report on the U.S. economy, with most drifting lower Thursday after the U.S. Federal Reserve said it would make further cuts to its monetary stimulus as expected....
    Most Asian stock markets dipped on Friday following a big sell-off on Wall Street but losses were limited by optimistic reports on China's economy.
  • Death toll hits 51 from mudslide in Indian village

    Death toll hits 51 from mudslide in Indian village

    Thursday, July 31 2014 10:34 PM EDT2014-08-01 02:34:24 GMT
    Rescue workers and desperate villagers dug through deep mud, rocks and the debris of shattered homes Thursday after a massive landslide buried a remote village in western India, killing at least 24 people and...
    Heavy rains hampered efforts Friday by hundreds of rescue workers digging through heavy mud and debris, as the death toll from a landslide that engulfed an entire village in western India rose to 51.
  • Gaza truce comes after days of pushing for a deal

    Gaza truce comes after days of pushing for a deal

    Thursday, July 31 2014 9:16 PM EDT2014-08-01 01:16:07 GMT
    The United States and United Nations are announcing that Israel and Hamas have agreed to a humanitarian cease-fire to start Friday morning for 72 hours.
    Hours past midnight Thursday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was still working the phones, trying to come up with a cease-fire plan to stop the bloodshed in the Gaza Strip. He'd been pushing for a deal all day - in...
  • Default fuels uncertainty, stock drop in Argentina

    Default fuels uncertainty, stock drop in Argentina

    Thursday, July 31 2014 9:14 PM EDT2014-08-01 01:14:49 GMT
    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...
    Argentina entered economic limbo Thursday, forced into a default that could undermine an already frail economy if a dispute with U.S. creditors is not resolved soon.
  • US, UN announce deal on 72-hour Gaza cease-fire

    US, UN announce deal on 72-hour Gaza cease-fire

    Thursday, July 31 2014 9:06 PM EDT2014-08-01 01:06:13 GMT
    Israel's military says it is calling up another 16,000 reserves.
    Israel and Hamas have agreed to a 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire to begin Friday morning, the United Nations and United States announced, although Secretary of State John Kerry cautioned there were "no guarantees" the...
  • US, UN announce deal on 72-hour Gaza cease-fire

    US, UN announce deal on 72-hour Gaza cease-fire

    Thursday, July 31 2014 7:04 PM EDT2014-07-31 23:04:02 GMT
    Israel and Hamas have agreed to a 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire beginning Friday, during which time there will be negotiations on a more durable truce in the 24-day-old Gaza war, the United States and United...
    Israel and Hamas have agreed to a 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire beginning Friday, during which time there will be negotiations on a more durable truce in the 24-day-old Gaza war, the United States and United Nations...
  • W. Africa Ebola outbreak tops 700 deaths

    W. Africa Ebola outbreak tops 700 deaths

    Thursday, July 31 2014 6:25 PM EDT2014-07-31 22:25:02 GMT
    The president of Sierra Leone has declared a public health emergency as the Ebola crisis deepens across West Africa.
    The death toll from the worst recorded Ebola outbreak in history surpassed 700 in West Africa as security forces went house-to-house in Sierra Leone's capital Thursday looking for patients and others exposed to the...
  • Abbas seeks broad support for war crimes charges

    Abbas seeks broad support for war crimes charges

    Thursday, July 31 2014 6:02 PM EDT2014-07-31 22:02:00 GMT
    The U.N.'s top human rights official is accusing Israel and Hamas militants of committing war crimes in the latest Gaza war.
    Nearly a month into Israel's fierce assault on Hamas in Gaza, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is facing mounting domestic pressure to seek war crimes charges against Israel at the International Criminal Court.
  • Investigators reach Ukraine jet wreckage site

    Investigators reach Ukraine jet wreckage site

    Thursday, July 31 2014 5:08 PM EDT2014-07-31 21:08:32 GMT
    An international team of investigators in eastern Ukraine on Thursday reached the crash site of the Malaysia Airline Flight 17 for the first time.
    As mortar fire landed nearby, an international team of investigators finally reached the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 wreckage site Thursday and got their first look at a scene experts fear has been badly compromised in the...
  • Libya Islamic militias declare control of Benghazi

    Libya Islamic militias declare control of Benghazi

    Thursday, July 31 2014 4:40 PM EDT2014-07-31 20:40:20 GMT
    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...
    Islamic hard-line militias, including the group accused by the United States in a 2012 attack that killed the ambassador and three other Americans, claimed control of Libya's second largest city, Benghazi, after...
  • Dutch retrieve DNA of some Ukraine crash victims

    Dutch retrieve DNA of some Ukraine crash victims

    Thursday, July 31 2014 3:33 PM EDT2014-07-31 19:33:19 GMT
    The head of the Dutch-led international team investigating the Malaysian Airline Flight 17 disaster says his group has retrieved additional DNA samples from 25 victims at a mortuary in Donetsk in eastern Ukraine.
    The head of the Dutch-led international team investigating the Malaysian Airline Flight 17 disaster says his group has retrieved additional DNA samples from 25 victims at a mortuary in Donetsk in eastern Ukraine.
  • French forces arrest Mali jihadist ex-leader

    French forces arrest Mali jihadist ex-leader

    Thursday, July 31 2014 2:42 PM EDT2014-07-31 18:42:54 GMT
    Authorities in northern Mali say a former jihadist leader in the town of Gao has been arrested by French military forces.
    Authorities in northern Mali say a former jihadist leader in the town of Gao has been arrested by French military forces.
  • Norway calls off terror alert, says threat gone

    Norway calls off terror alert, says threat gone

    Thursday, July 31 2014 2:34 PM EDT2014-07-31 18:34:02 GMT
    Norway's intelligence service says the Scandinavian country no longer faces an imminent terror threat from people with links to Islamic fighters in Syria.
    Norway's intelligence service says the Scandinavian country no longer faces an imminent terror threat from people with links to Islamic fighters in Syria.
  • Greece to help 'hundreds' of Chinese leave Libya

    Greece to help 'hundreds' of Chinese leave Libya

    Thursday, July 31 2014 2:07 PM EDT2014-07-31 18:07:32 GMT
    With the violence in Libya escalating to its worst level since the 2011 ouster of dictator Moammar Gadhafi, governments from around the world are scrambling to evacuate their citizens from the country, many seeking...
    With the violence in Libya escalating to its worst level since the 2011 ouster of dictator Moammar Gadhafi, governments from around the world are scrambling to evacuate their citizens from the country, many seeking help...
  • Snowden's asylum status in Russia ending

    Snowden's asylum status in Russia ending

    Thursday, July 31 2014 2:03 PM EDT2014-07-31 18:03:29 GMT
    Edward Snowden's temporary asylum status in Russia will expire at midnight Thursday, but the former U.S. National Security Agency systems administrator appears set to stay on until authorities decide on his...
    Edward Snowden's temporary asylum status in Russia will expire at midnight Thursday, but the former U.S. National Security Agency systems administrator appears set to stay on until authorities decide on his application...
  • French experts in Burkina Faso to ID victims

    French experts in Burkina Faso to ID victims

    Thursday, July 31 2014 1:33 PM EDT2014-07-31 17:33:33 GMT
    A presidential aide says two French experts are in Burkina Faso to collect DNA samples from the relatives who lost family members in the Air Algerie plane crash.
    A presidential aide says two French experts are in Burkina Faso to collect DNA samples from the relatives who lost family members in the Air Algerie plane crash.
  • Afghan electoral officials to restart vote audit

    Afghan electoral officials to restart vote audit

    Thursday, July 31 2014 1:29 PM EDT2014-07-31 17:29:40 GMT
    Afghan officials say they'll resume an audit of the presidential election this weekend after resolving disputes between the candidates over how to disqualify ballots amid allegations of massive fraud.
    Despite lingering disputes, Afghan electoral officials said Thursday that they will resume an audit of the presidential election this weekend after the presidential candidates sparred over how to disqualify ballots amid...
  • China says pro-government imam murdered in NW

    China says pro-government imam murdered in NW

    Thursday, July 31 2014 1:00 PM EDT2014-07-31 17:00:04 GMT
    China says a leading pro-government Muslim cleric in the volatile northwestern territory of Xinjiang was murdered and police killed two suspects and captured another.
    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.
  • Thai junta appoints army-dominated legislature

    Thai junta appoints army-dominated legislature

    Thursday, July 31 2014 12:46 PM EDT2014-07-31 16:46:31 GMT
    Thailand's junta on Thursday appointed a military-dominated interim legislature in another step in the slow return of promised electoral democracy.
    Thailand's junta on Thursday appointed a military-dominated interim legislature in another step in the slow return of promised electoral democracy.
  • AP Analysis: Putin cornered over Ukraine

    AP Analysis: Putin cornered over Ukraine

    Thursday, July 31 2014 12:36 PM EDT2014-07-31 16:36:34 GMT
    For Russian President Vladimir Putin, there are few options left in the Ukraine crisis and they all look bad.
    For Russian President Vladimir Putin, there are few options left in the Ukraine crisis and they all look bad.
  • Female suicide bomber kills at least 6 in Nigeria

    Female suicide bomber kills at least 6 in Nigeria

    Thursday, July 31 2014 12:29 PM EDT2014-07-31 16:29:34 GMT
    A police official says a female teenager has carried out a suicide attack in Nigeria's northern city of Kano.
    A police official says a female teenager has carried out a suicide attack in Nigeria's northern city of Kano.
  • Poles protest Russian ban on their food with humor

    Poles protest Russian ban on their food with humor

    Thursday, July 31 2014 11:44 AM EDT2014-07-31 15:44:08 GMT
    Poles are posting photos of themselves with apples online along with mocking comments to protest a Russian ban on Polish food.
    Poles are posting photos of themselves with apples online along with mocking comments to protest a Russian ban on Polish food.
  • UK judge opens inquiry into Litvinenko killing

    UK judge opens inquiry into Litvinenko killing

    Thursday, July 31 2014 11:14 AM EDT2014-07-31 15:14:48 GMT
    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.
    A British judge on Thursday opened an inquiry into the death of former Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko, saying the central question is whether the Russian state ordered the killing.
  • AP Photos: Beating heat on Pyongyang's Moran Hill

    AP Photos: Beating heat on Pyongyang's Moran Hill

    Thursday, July 31 2014 10:38 AM EDT2014-07-31 14:38:14 GMT
    Along with its towering monuments to socialism, bronze statues of its leaders and sprawling plazas for mass political gatherings and military parades, North Korea's showcase capital is a city of parks.
    Along with its towering monuments to socialism, bronze statues of its leaders and sprawling plazas for mass political gatherings and military parades, North Korea's showcase capital is a city of parks.
  • Lebanese Hezbollah commander killed in Iraq

    Lebanese Hezbollah commander killed in Iraq

    Thursday, July 31 2014 9:52 AM EDT2014-07-31 13:52:47 GMT
    Officials say a commander with the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah was killed in Iraq.
    A commander with the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah was recently killed while on a "jihadi mission" in Iraq, officials in Lebanon said Thursday.
  • Spain court studies paternity suit against ex-king

    Spain court studies paternity suit against ex-king

    Thursday, July 31 2014 9:40 AM EDT2014-07-31 13:40:19 GMT
    Spain's Supreme Court says it will consider an appeal of a rejected paternity suit filed against the recently abdicated King Juan Carlos.
    Spain's Supreme Court says it will consider an appeal of a rejected paternity suit filed against the recently abdicated King Juan Carlos.
  • Russia tensions hurting European companies

    Russia tensions hurting European companies

    Thursday, July 31 2014 9:09 AM EDT2014-07-31 13:09:58 GMT
    A group representing Germany's machinery industry revised its output forecast sharply lower on Thursday, pointing to the effects of political tension with Russia and the wider uncertainty it has caused.
    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.
  • Ex-Senegal leader's son starts corruption trial

    Ex-Senegal leader's son starts corruption trial

    Thursday, July 31 2014 8:18 AM EDT2014-07-31 12:18:15 GMT
    The son of Senegal's president is going on trial after more than a year in jail, accused of illegally amassing some $248 million.
    The son of Senegal's president is going on trial after more than a year in jail, accused of illegally amassing some $248 million.
  • Malaysian prime minister: stop fighting in Ukraine

    Malaysian prime minister: stop fighting in Ukraine

    Thursday, July 31 2014 8:10 AM EDT2014-07-31 12:10:01 GMT
    Malaysia's prime minister has arrived in the Netherlands ahead of a meeting with his Dutch counterpart to discuss plans for repatriating remains of Malaysian victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, and...
    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.
  • Russia ordered to pay another $2.5 bln for Yukos

    Russia ordered to pay another $2.5 bln for Yukos

    Thursday, July 31 2014 8:09 AM EDT2014-07-31 12:09:14 GMT
    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.
    The European Court of Human Rights on Thursday ordered Russia to pay out another 1.9 billion euros ($2.5 billion) to a group of shareholders of Yukos, the oil company the government dismantled over a decade ago.
  • Dad of jailed reporter: Son a victim of injustice

    Dad of jailed reporter: Son a victim of injustice

    Thursday, July 31 2014 7:57 AM EDT2014-07-31 11:57:56 GMT
    The father of an Australian Al-Jazeera journalist jailed in Egypt says he respects the integrity of Egypt's courts but knows his son is the victim of injustice.
    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.
  • Investigators reach Ukraine crash site

    Investigators reach Ukraine crash site

    Thursday, July 31 2014 7:27 AM EDT2014-07-31 11:27:34 GMT
    Ukraine's parliament is meeting in special session to decide whether to accept Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk's decision to resign.
    An international team of investigators in eastern Ukraine on Thursday reached the crash site of the Malaysia Airline Flight 17 for the first time.
  • Former aide to Prince Philip charged in sex case

    Former aide to Prince Philip charged in sex case

    Thursday, July 31 2014 6:56 AM EDT2014-07-31 10:56:44 GMT
    Prosecutors have charged a former aide to Prince Philip with three indecent assaults against a young girl in the early 1970s.
    Prosecutors have charged a former aide to Prince Philip with three indecent assaults against a young girl in the early 1970s.
  • 19 swimmers drown off Pakistan beaches

    19 swimmers drown off Pakistan beaches

    Thursday, July 31 2014 6:07 AM EDT2014-07-31 10:07:34 GMT
    Rescuers say at least 19 people have drowned off southern Pakistan beaches because of heavy waves and strong currents.
    At least 19 people have drowned off southern Pakistani beaches because of heavy waves and strong currents, rescuers said Thursday.
  • Haunting memories 70 years since Warsaw Uprising

    Haunting memories 70 years since Warsaw Uprising

    Thursday, July 31 2014 5:29 AM EDT2014-07-31 09:29:20 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • Fast food ambitions in China hurt by safety scares

    Fast food ambitions in China hurt by safety scares

    Thursday, July 31 2014 5:09 AM EDT2014-07-31 09:09:10 GMT
    Already China's biggest restaurant operator with 4,600 outlets, KFC is pursuing Chinese consumers so avidly it opens two more every day.
    Already China's biggest restaurant operator with 4,600 outlets, KFC is pursuing Chinese consumers so avidly it opens two more every day.
  • Landslide buries Indian village; at least 24 dead

    Landslide buries Indian village; at least 24 dead

    Thursday, July 31 2014 1:08 AM EDT2014-07-31 05:08:02 GMT
    An Indian official says that more than 150 people are feared buried under a landslide that hit a village in western India following torrential rains.
    Rescue workers and desperate villagers dug through deep mud, rocks and the debris of shattered homes Thursday after a massive landslide buried a remote village in western India, killing at least 24 people and trapping more...
  • Hospital: 33 dead after Guinea concert stampede

    Hospital: 33 dead after Guinea concert stampede

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 11:36 PM EDT2014-07-31 03:36:28 GMT
    Hospital officials say at least 33 people are dead following a stampede at a rap concert in the capital of Guinea.
    Hundreds of people leaving a late-night rap concert on a beach in Guinea rushed to leave through a single exit, creating a stampede that killed at least 33 people, officials said Wednesday.
  • AP PHOTOS: At least 17 die in Gaza school attack

    AP PHOTOS: At least 17 die in Gaza school attack

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 10:17 PM EDT2014-07-31 02:17:58 GMT
    Shelling of a school crowded with refugees in Gaza early Wednesday killed at least 17 people and wounded 90 more, according to Palestinian health officials.
    Shelling of a school crowded with refugees in Gaza early Wednesday killed at least 17 people and wounded 90 more, according to Palestinian health officials.
  • Obama takes tougher line against Gaza casualties

    Obama takes tougher line against Gaza casualties

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 9:14 PM EDT2014-07-31 01:14:35 GMT
    The United States is condemning Israel's shelling of a U.N. school in the Gaza Strip that was sheltering displaced Palestinians.
    The Obama administration condemned the deadly shelling of a United Nations school in Gaza Wednesday, using tough, yet carefully worded language that reflects growing White House irritation with Israel and the mounting...
  • Argentina heads into default as debt talks fail

    Argentina heads into default as debt talks fail

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 8:57 PM EDT2014-07-31 00:57:12 GMT
    Argentina's economy minister led a last-gasp effort Wednesday to strike a deal with U.S. creditors that would prevent the South American country from slipping into default.
    Talks aimed at averting Argentina's second default in 13 years ended with bitter recriminations Wednesday as the South American country said it could not accept a deal with U.S. hedge fund creditors it dismisses as...
  • Peace Corps evacuates over Ebola as 2 isolated

    Peace Corps evacuates over Ebola as 2 isolated

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 8:38 PM EDT2014-07-31 00:38:23 GMT
    Liberia's president late Wednesday ordered the nation's schools to shut down and most civil servants to stay home as an Ebola outbreak that already has killed more than 130 people in the country deepened.
    The largest recorded Ebola outbreak in history has led the U.S. Peace Corps to evacuate hundreds of volunteers from three affected West African countries, and a State Department official on Wednesday said two volunteers...
  • Deadly Israeli strikes hit UN school, market area

    Deadly Israeli strikes hit UN school, market area

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 8:26 PM EDT2014-07-31 00:26:47 GMT
    A Palestinian health official says 13 people were killed after tank shells hit a U.N. school in Gaza where hundreds of Palestinians had taken refuge from Israeli attacks.
    Israeli artillery shells tore through the walls of a U.N. school crowded with sleeping war refugees and back-to-back explosions rocked a market filled with shoppers Wednesday as Israel's stepped up campaign against...
  • Sanctions will damage Russia if not lifted quickly

    Sanctions will damage Russia if not lifted quickly

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 6:37 PM EDT2014-07-30 22:37:50 GMT
    Russia's central bank is promising to support financial institutions hit by U.S. sanctions as stocks took a tumble on opening in Moscow.
    U.S. and European sanctions against Russia's energy and finance sectors are strong enough to cause deep, long-lasting damage within months unless Moscow persuades the West to repeal them by withdrawing support for...
  • Bank scandal tarnishes powerful Portuguese family

    Bank scandal tarnishes powerful Portuguese family

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 5:29 PM EDT2014-07-30 21:29:57 GMT
    Portugal's Espirito Santo family business survived wars, dictatorship, revolution and family feuds for almost 150 years. Now, one of Europe's last banking dynasties is being stripped of its wealth and...
    Portugal's Espirito Santo family business survived wars, dictatorship, revolution and family feuds for almost 150 years. Now, one of Europe's last banking dynasties is being stripped of its wealth and influence...
  • Tunisia army chief resigns after soldier deaths

    Tunisia army chief resigns after soldier deaths

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 5:08 PM EDT2014-07-30 21:08:06 GMT
    Tunisia's Defense Ministry says the army chief of staff has resigned, citing personal reasons, following a deadly attack by militants against Algerian soldiers.
    Tunisia's Defense Ministry says the army chief of staff has resigned, citing personal reasons, following a deadly attack by militants against Tunisian soldiers.
  • US imposes travel ban on some Venezuelan officials

    US imposes travel ban on some Venezuelan officials

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 5:08 PM EDT2014-07-30 21:08:03 GMT
    Citing political instability, the State Department is imposing new restrictions on travel to the United States by Venezuelan government officials believed to be involved in human rights abuses.
    Amid escalating tensions with Venezuela, the U.S. State Department on Wednesday announced a travel ban for officials of the socialist government it said committed human rights abuses during a crackdown on opposition protests.
  • Thousands flee to Tunisia to escape Libya fighting

    Thousands flee to Tunisia to escape Libya fighting

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 5:08 PM EDT2014-07-30 21:08:00 GMT
    A Libyan security official says assailants abducted a lawmaker and former prime minister from his home in the capital, Tripoli, but released him hours later.
    Up to 6,000 people a day have fled Libya into neighboring Tunisia this week, the Tunisian foreign minister said Wednesday, the biggest influx since Libya's 2011 civil war in a sign of the spiraling turmoil as rival...
  • UN chief calls attack on Gaza school 'shameful'

    UN chief calls attack on Gaza school 'shameful'

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 4:56 PM EDT2014-07-30 20:56:46 GMT
    Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the attack on a U.N. school in Gaza that killed at least 16 people early Wednesday as "outrageous" and "unjustifiable," and demanded an immediate humanitarian cease-fire in...
    Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the attack on a U.N. school in Gaza that killed at least 16 people early Wednesday as "outrageous" and "unjustifiable," and demanded an immediate humanitarian cease-fire in the war...
  • 3 Putin allies among 8 hit with new EU sanctions

    3 Putin allies among 8 hit with new EU sanctions

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 4:48 PM EDT2014-07-30 20:48:00 GMT
    An official European Union document shows three long-time Putin cronies are among eight people who have been hit with new EU sanctions.
    The European Union targeted Russian President Vladimir Putin's inner circle for the first time Wednesday for the Kremlin's actions in Ukraine, subjecting three of his long-time associates to EU-wide asset freezes...
  • Top doctor dies from Ebola after treating dozens

    Top doctor dies from Ebola after treating dozens

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 4:47 PM EDT2014-07-30 20:47:56 GMT
    The West African airline that transported a passenger sick with Ebola last week says it's now suspending flights to the two cities hardest hit by the disease.
    A leading doctor who risked his own life to treat dozens of Ebola patients died Tuesday from the disease, officials said, as a major regional airline announced it was suspending flights to the cities hardest hit by an...
  • A look at the EU's new sanctions against Russia

    A look at the EU's new sanctions against Russia

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 4:37 PM EDT2014-07-30 20:37:54 GMT
    The European Union's sanctions against Russia are bound to inflict pain on the country's ailing economy. While still narrowly targeted, they come as a warning shot to convince Moscow to change its Ukraine...
    The European Union's sanctions against Russia are bound to inflict pain on the country's ailing economy. While still narrowly targeted, they come as a warning shot to convince Moscow to change its Ukraine policies...
  • Clashes prevent experts from reaching bodies

    Clashes prevent experts from reaching bodies

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 4:19 PM EDT2014-07-30 20:19:41 GMT
    Officials in the Donetsk region in eastern Ukraine say 19 people have died in fighting between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian separatists.
    Almost two weeks after Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was blown out of the sky, the remains of some passengers are feared rotting in the 90-degree (32-degree Celsius) midsummer heat, deepening the frustration of relatives...
  • First lady asks leaders to change gender attitudes

    First lady asks leaders to change gender attitudes

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 4:18 PM EDT2014-07-30 20:18:44 GMT
    Michelle Obama is calling on young African leaders to change longtime "attitudes and beliefs" that harm girls and women.
    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.
  • AP ANALYSIS: Amid war, endgames in Gaza emerge

    AP ANALYSIS: Amid war, endgames in Gaza emerge

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 3:52 PM EDT2014-07-30 19:52:17 GMT
    The savage fighting between Israel and Hamas is escalating in Gaza, cease-fire efforts take on elements of farce, and bravado rules the public discourse. But even through the fog of war, a few endgame scenarios can...
    The savage fighting between Israel and Hamas is escalating in Gaza, cease-fire efforts take on elements of farce, and bravado rules the public discourse. But even through the fog of war, a few endgame scenarios can...
  • Turkish women protest deputy PMs no laughter quip

    Turkish women protest deputy PMs no laughter quip

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 3:06 PM EDT2014-07-30 19:06:41 GMT
    Women in Turkey have taken to social media to protest against comments by the country's deputy prime minister that "women should not laugh aloud in public."
    Women in Turkey have taken to social media to protest against comments by the country's deputy prime minister that "women should not laugh aloud in public."
  • Argentines shrug off risk of default

    Argentines shrug off risk of default

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 3:06 PM EDT2014-07-30 19:06:38 GMT
    In 2001, it was ground zero for Argentina's financial earthquake. A neo-colonial architectural gem built long ago by the Bank of Boston, it became the focal point for angry mobs of protesters who stared down...
    In 2001, it was ground zero for Argentina's financial earthquake. A neo-colonial architectural gem built long ago by the Bank of Boston, it became the focal point for angry mobs of protesters who stared down riot...
  • Dissent quieted with most Israelis behind Gaza war

    Dissent quieted with most Israelis behind Gaza war

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 3:06 PM EDT2014-07-30 19:06:33 GMT
    Despite Israeli casualties and world criticism, a near-consensus in Israel supports the government's conduct of the Gaza war, views Hamas as the aggressor and considers outsiders' moralizing as...
    Despite Israeli casualties and world criticism, a near-consensus in Israel supports the government's conduct of the Gaza war, views Hamas as the aggressor and considers outsiders' moralizing as hypocritical,...
  • Dubai, European airlines divert flights over Iraq

    Dubai, European airlines divert flights over Iraq

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 2:26 PM EDT2014-07-30 18:26:29 GMT
    European and Dubai-based airlines have begun rerouting flights over Iraqi airspace as a security precaution, though Iraq says its skies are safe.
    European airlines and a Dubai-based carrier are rerouting flights over Iraqi airspace as a security precaution amid fears that militants with the Islamic State group have weapons capable of shooting down planes, despite...
  • Rights group: Syria using barrel bombs, defying UN

    Rights group: Syria using barrel bombs, defying UN

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 2:09 PM EDT2014-07-30 18:09:08 GMT
    The Syrian government is still indiscriminately bombing civilians with explosives-filled barrels in defiance of a U.N. Security Council resolution, an international human rights group said Wednesday.
    The Syrian government is still indiscriminately bombing civilians with explosives-filled barrels in defiance of a U.N. Security Council resolution, an international human rights group said Wednesday.
  • Iraq offers aid to those displaced by militants

    Iraq offers aid to those displaced by militants

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 1:37 PM EDT2014-07-30 17:37:45 GMT
    Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki says his government has allocated two installments of 500 billion dinars ($429 million) to assist citizens who have been internally displaced by the advance of Sunni militants...
    Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said Wednesday his government has allocated more than $850 million to assist those displaced by last month's militant takeover of much of the country, and called on Sunnis remaining...
  • Historic English pier engulfed in flames

    Historic English pier engulfed in flames

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 1:37 PM EDT2014-07-30 17:37:41 GMT
    A huge fire sending thick plumes of black smoke into the air has engulfed the historic Eastbourne Pier on the English seafront, 70 miles southeast of London.
    A huge fire sending thick plumes of black smoke into the air has engulfed the historic Eastbourne Pier on the English seafront, 70 miles southeast of London.
  • 13 killed in mosque bombings in Nigeria

    13 killed in mosque bombings in Nigeria

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 1:25 PM EDT2014-07-30 17:25:03 GMT
    Residents say 13 people were killed and 35 injured when two mosques in northern Nigeria were bombed Tuesday night at the close of Eid al-Fitr, the Muslim holiday marking the end of Ramadan.
    Residents say 13 people were killed and 35 injured when two mosques in northern Nigeria were bombed Tuesday night at the close of Eid al-Fitr, the Muslim holiday marking the end of Ramadan.
  • 2 tabloid journalists charged with phone hacking

    2 tabloid journalists charged with phone hacking

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 1:11 PM EDT2014-07-30 17:11:34 GMT
    British police have charged two former senior journalists at the now-defunct News of the World tabloid with conspiring to hack phones.
    British police have charged two former senior journalists at the now-defunct News of the World tabloid with conspiring to hack phones.
  • British Airways sued in pilot sex abuse allegation

    British Airways sued in pilot sex abuse allegation

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 1:06 PM EDT2014-07-30 17:06:34 GMT
    A London law firm is initiating legal proceedings against British Airways over allegations that one of its pilots sexually abused 16 girls in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania during layovers.
    A London law firm representing 16 girls in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania said Wednesday it is initiating legal proceedings against British Airways over allegations that one of its pilots sexually abused the girls.
  • Leaders of Spain, Catalonia hold secession talks

    Leaders of Spain, Catalonia hold secession talks

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 11:02 AM EDT2014-07-30 15:02:37 GMT
    Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and the leader of the economically powerful Catalonia region are holding a crucial face-to-face meeting Wednesday in what could be a last chance for the two men to resolve a...
    The leader of the economically powerful Catalonia region held firm in a meeting with Spain's prime minister on Wednesday, saying he intends to push ahead with a secession referendum in November despite the central...
  • Poll: Turks divided on Erdogan before election

    Poll: Turks divided on Erdogan before election

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 10:16 AM EDT2014-07-30 14:16:40 GMT
    An opinion poll shows Turks are divided on how they feel about Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan ahead of his bid to become president in an upcoming election, and about their country's direction.
    Turks are divided on how they feel about Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan ahead of his bid to become president in an upcoming election, and about their country's direction, according to an opinion poll published...
  • AP PHOTOS: Cambodians attend Khmer Rouge tribunal

    AP PHOTOS: Cambodians attend Khmer Rouge tribunal

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 8:36 AM EDT2014-07-30 12:36:41 GMT
    By The Associated Press Buddhist monks and ordinary Cambodians attended a hearing Wednesday in which a U.N.-backed tribunal prepared for the genocide trial later this year of two surviving...
    By The Associated Press Buddhist monks and ordinary Cambodians attended a hearing Wednesday in which a U.N.-backed tribunal prepared for the genocide trial later this year of two surviving leaders of the...
  • Khmer Rouge tribunal clears way for genocide trial

    Khmer Rouge tribunal clears way for genocide trial

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 6:57 AM EDT2014-07-30 10:57:14 GMT
    A United Nations-assisted tribunal on Wednesday cleared the way to begin the genocide trial of two elderly former top leaders of Cambodia's 1970s Khmer Rouge regime.
    A United Nations-assisted tribunal on Wednesday cleared the way to begin the genocide trial of two elderly former top leaders of Cambodia's 1970s Khmer Rouge regime.
  • How high-level Chinese officials are taken down

    How high-level Chinese officials are taken down

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 6:48 AM EDT2014-07-30 10:48:28 GMT
    The investigation into China's former security chief Zhou Yongkang could pave the way for him to stand trial as the most senior politician ever prosecuted for graft. It's hard to predict how his case will...
    The investigation into China's former security chief Zhou Yongkang could pave the way for him to stand trial as the most senior politician ever prosecuted for graft. It's hard to predict how his case will be...
  • Suspect charged with murder in Jewish Museum case

    Suspect charged with murder in Jewish Museum case

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 6:38 AM EDT2014-07-30 10:38:07 GMT
    The man suspected of killing four people at the Brussels Jewish Museum in May has been charged with "murder in a terrorist context."
    The man suspected of killing four people at the Brussels Jewish Museum in May has been charged with "murder in a terrorist context."
  • Millions reported stolen from Albania central bank

    Millions reported stolen from Albania central bank

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 5:07 AM EDT2014-07-30 09:07:00 GMT
    Albania's central bank says 713 million leke (5 million euros; $6.75 million) has been stolen from its reserve storage building.
    Albania's central bank says 713 million leke (5 million euros; $6.75 million) has been stolen from its reserve storage building.
  • Egyptian media: 3 militants die in car explosion

    Egyptian media: 3 militants die in car explosion

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 4:55 AM EDT2014-07-30 08:55:52 GMT
    Egypt's official news agency says three suspected militants have died when their car blew up south of Cairo.
    Three suspected militants died Wednesday when a bomb they were carrying in their car apparently went off by accident in a town south of Cairo, Egypt's official news agency reported.
  • AP PHOTOS: Face of Syrian war seen in youngest

    AP PHOTOS: Face of Syrian war seen in youngest

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 4:28 AM EDT2014-07-30 08:28:08 GMT
    At Jordan's Zaatari refugee camp near the border with Syria, the horror of the neighboring country's civil war can be seen in the faces of its youngest refugees.
    At Jordan's Zaatari refugee camp near the border with Syria, the horror of the neighboring country's civil war can be seen in the faces of its youngest refugees.
  • New fears about Ebola spread after plane scare

    New fears about Ebola spread after plane scare

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 3:20 AM EDT2014-07-30 07:20:04 GMT
    No one knows for sure just how many people Patrick Sawyer came into contact with the day he boarded a plane in Liberia, had a layover in Togo and then arrived in Nigeria where authorities say he died days later...
    No one knows for sure just how many people Patrick Sawyer came into contact with the day he boarded a flight in Liberia, had a stopover in Ghana, changed planes in Togo, and then arrived in Nigeria, where authorities say...
  • China: Ex-security czar Zhou under investigation

    China: Ex-security czar Zhou under investigation

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 11:34 PM EDT2014-07-30 03:34:09 GMT
    China's Communist Party says it has launched an investigation into a former domestic security chief who was once among the country's most feared leaders.
    China's ruling Communist Party announced an investigation into a feared ex-security chief, demonstrating President Xi Jinping's firm grip on power and breaking a longstanding taboo against publicly targeting the...
  • China reports deadly attack in northwest

    China reports deadly attack in northwest

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 9:37 PM EDT2014-07-30 01:37:14 GMT
    A mob armed with knives rampaged through part of China's volatile northwestern region of Xinjiang and police responded with gunfire, leaving dozens of people dead in the latest violence blamed on Islamic...
    A mob armed with knives and axes rampaged through part of China's volatile northwestern region of Xinjiang and police responded with gunfire, leaving dozens of people dead in the latest violence blamed Islamic...
  • US, Europe impose tough new sanctions on Russia

    US, Europe impose tough new sanctions on Russia

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 6:53 PM EDT2014-07-29 22:53:08 GMT
    European Union ambassadors are meeting to discuss a dramatic toughening of the trade bloc's sanctions against Russia.
    Spurred to action by the downing of the Malaysian airliner, the European Union approved dramatically tougher economic sanctions Tuesday against Russia, including an arms embargo and restrictions on state-owned banks....
  • Israel hits symbols of Hamas rule; 128 killed

    Israel hits symbols of Hamas rule; 128 killed

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 6:33 PM EDT2014-07-29 22:33:28 GMT
    Israeli aircraft, tanks and navy gunboats pounded symbols of Hamas control in Gaza City in the heaviest night of bombardment in three weeks of Israel-Hamas fighting.
    Israel unleashed its heaviest air and artillery assault of the Gaza war on Tuesday, destroying key symbols of Hamas control, shutting down the territory's only power plant and leaving at least 128 Palestinians dead on...
  • Activists want gay rights on Africa summit agenda

    Activists want gay rights on Africa summit agenda

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 5:30 PM EDT2014-07-29 21:30:08 GMT
    By DAVID CRARY AP National Writer Human rights and gay rights activists on Tuesday urged President Barack Obama to ensure that the issue of anti-gay discrimination in Africa is on the agenda at...
    By DAVID CRARY AP National Writer Human rights and gay rights activists on Tuesday urged President Barack Obama to ensure that the issue of anti-gay discrimination in Africa is on the agenda at next...
  • Activists want gay rights on Africa summit agenda

    Activists want gay rights on Africa summit agenda

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 5:20 PM EDT2014-07-29 21:20:41 GMT
    By DAVID CRARY AP National Writer Human rights and gay rights activists are urging President Barack Obama to ensure that the issue of anti-gay discrimination in Africa is on the agenda at next...
    By DAVID CRARY AP National Writer Human rights and gay rights activists are urging President Barack Obama to ensure that the issue of anti-gay discrimination in Africa is on the agenda at next week's...
  • Obama to announce US sanctions on Russia

    Obama to announce US sanctions on Russia

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 3:40 PM EDT2014-07-29 19:40:58 GMT
    President Barack Obama is expected to announce a new round of U.S. sanctions against Russia Tuesday.
    President Barack Obama is to announce a new round of U.S. sanctions against Russian banks and a shipbuilding company Tuesday.
  • Militia gunfire in Libya capital as inferno rages

    Militia gunfire in Libya capital as inferno rages

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 2:57 PM EDT2014-07-29 18:57:20 GMT
    Heavy gunfire between warring militias prevented firefighters from battling a massive inferno in Libya's capital Tuesday, despite calls for a cease-fire to end the worst violence in the capital since the...
    Heavy gunfire between warring militias prevented firefighters from battling a massive inferno in Libya's capital Tuesday, despite calls for a cease-fire to end the worst violence in the capital since the country's...
  • Argentina fights with debt holdouts; default nears

    Argentina fights with debt holdouts; default nears

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 2:38 PM EDT2014-07-29 18:38:21 GMT
    Argentina risks financial default unless it reaches an agreement with a group of holdout bondholders by Wednesday. Here are the issues at stake:
    Argentina risks financial default unless it reaches an agreement with a group of holdout bondholders by Wednesday. Here are the issues at stake:
  • Elegant Louvre Garden in Paris infested with rats

    Elegant Louvre Garden in Paris infested with rats

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 2:32 PM EDT2014-07-29 18:32:55 GMT
    Rats are on the rampage in the elegant garden of the Louvre Museum, so bold they romp onto the grass in broad daylight, defying death threats from sanitation workers and scaring tourists visiting the site.
    Rats are on the rampage in the elegant garden of the Louvre Museum, so bold they romp on the grass in broad daylight, defying death threats from sanitation workers and scaring tourists.
  • Shelling adds to mounting civilian toll in Ukraine

    Shelling adds to mounting civilian toll in Ukraine

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 2:29 PM EDT2014-07-29 18:29:05 GMT
    Local authorities in eastern Ukraine say at least 22 civilians have been killed in one day by shelling.
    Shells smashed into a residential neighborhood of Donetsk on Tuesday as Ukrainian forces intensified their campaign to encircle the rebel stronghold. The shelling killed at least two people, blew gaping holes in an...
  • 5 things to know about Ebola outbreak in W. Africa

    5 things to know about Ebola outbreak in W. Africa

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 2:22 PM EDT2014-07-29 18:22:22 GMT
    There has been panic and fear about the deadly Ebola disease spreading ever since Nigerian health officials reported Friday that a Liberian man sick with the disease had traveled to Togo and then Nigeria before...
    There has been panic and fear about the deadly Ebola disease spreading ever since Nigerian health officials reported Friday that a Liberian man sick with the disease had traveled to Togo and then Nigeria before dying. Here...
  • UBS sees profits rise, probed over trading system

    UBS sees profits rise, probed over trading system

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 1:27 PM EDT2014-07-29 17:27:07 GMT
    Swiss banking giant UBS AG reported a 15 percent jump Tuesday in second-quarter net profit compared to a year ago, driven by strong results from its core wealth management and trimmed-down investment banking...
    Switzerland's biggest bank, UBS, reported Tuesday a 15 percent rise in second-quarter profit, driven by its core wealth management business, and disclosed it was part of a group of financial companies being...
  • US negotiator gives no hard deadline for Iran deal

    US negotiator gives no hard deadline for Iran deal

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 12:43 PM EDT2014-07-29 16:43:37 GMT
    The Obama administration's nuclear negotiator is refusing to impose a hard deadline for a deal with Iran to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons.
    The Obama administration's chief nuclear negotiator refused Tuesday to provide a hard deadline for a deal with Iran to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons. She vowed to consult with Congress before suspending...
  • Lavrov and Kerry talk about Cold war-era arms deal

    Lavrov and Kerry talk about Cold war-era arms deal

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 11:48 AM EDT2014-07-29 15:48:32 GMT
    Russia's Foreign Ministry says the chief diplomats from Russia and the United States have discussed the situation in Ukraine and the fulfillment of a Cold War-era arms control deal that the U.S. has accused...
    Russia's Foreign Ministry says the chief diplomats from Russia and the United States have discussed the situation in Ukraine and the fulfillment of a Cold War-era arms control deal that the U.S. has accused Russia of...
  • Nigerian militants bomb bridge, killing 8 people

    Nigerian militants bomb bridge, killing 8 people

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 11:47 AM EDT2014-07-29 15:47:47 GMT
    Witnesses say insurgents blew up a bridge in northern Nigeria, killing eight people, as soldiers stationed nearby fled for their lives.
    Witnesses say insurgents blew up a bridge in northern Nigeria, killing eight people, as soldiers stationed nearby fled for their lives.
  • Strong quake shakes Mexico's Gulf coast

    Strong quake shakes Mexico's Gulf coast

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 11:14 AM EDT2014-07-29 15:14:38 GMT
    A strong earthquake has shaken eastern Mexico, but there are no immediate reports of damage or injury.
    A strong earthquake shook much of eastern Mexico on Tuesday, but there were no reports of damage or injury.
  • Suicide bomber kills Afghan president's cousin

    Suicide bomber kills Afghan president's cousin

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 10:30 AM EDT2014-07-29 14:30:24 GMT
    An Afghan official says a suicide bomber, his explosives hidden inside his turban, has assassinated the cousin of President Hamid Karzai.
    A powerful cousin of outgoing Afghan President Hamid Karzai was assassinated by a suicide bomber hiding explosives in his cap on Tuesday, a provincial official said. It was the latest attack targeting Afghan power brokers...
  • Burundi on edge amid rise of violent youth group

    Burundi on edge amid rise of violent youth group

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 10:25 AM EDT2014-07-29 14:25:41 GMT
    The group stoking fear among many Burundians includes stick-wielding men who sing patriotic tunes as they march through villages. As the youth wing of Burundi's ruling party, the group has become so powerful...
    The group stoking fear among many Burundians includes stick-wielding men who sing patriotic tunes. The youth wing of Burundi's ruling party is also threatening and sometimes killing opposition members with impunity, a...
  • Kosovo prosecutor suspects some killed for organs

    Kosovo prosecutor suspects some killed for organs

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 9:48 AM EDT2014-07-29 13:48:12 GMT
    A special European Union prosecutor says there are "compelling indications" that up to 10 captives were killed to have their organs harvested for illegal trafficking during the 1998-99 Kosovo war.
    A special European Union prosecutor said Tuesday he had "compelling indications" that up to ten captives were killed to have their organs harvested for illegal trafficking and black market sale during the 1998-99 Kosovo war.
  • Turkish PM Erdogan returning Jewish American award

    Turkish PM Erdogan returning Jewish American award

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 9:17 AM EDT2014-07-29 13:17:21 GMT
    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is returning an award given to him by a Jewish American group in 2004, after the group asked for it back because of comments he made regarding the conflict in Gaza.
    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is returning an award given to him by a Jewish American group in 2004, after the group asked for it back because of comments he made regarding the conflict in Gaza.
  • St. Petersburg airport briefly evacuated

    St. Petersburg airport briefly evacuated

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 8:35 AM EDT2014-07-29 12:35:45 GMT
    A Russian official says the Pulkovo airport in St. Petersburg has been evacuated, reportedly because of a bomb threat.
    The Pulkovo airport in Russia's St. Petersburg was briefly evacuated on Tuesday because of a bomb threat.
  • German minister: best for Snowden to return to US

    German minister: best for Snowden to return to US

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 8:08 AM EDT2014-07-29 12:08:15 GMT
    Germany's justice minister says the best outcome for National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden would be a deal with U.S. authorities to return home.
    Germany's justice minister says the best outcome for National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden would be a deal with U.S. authorities to return home.
  • Madagascar billed as surfing paradise

    Madagascar billed as surfing paradise

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 7:36 AM EDT2014-07-29 11:36:46 GMT
    Itching to catch a wave? Try Madagascar.
    Itching to catch a wave? Try Madagascar.
  • BP warns of impact of Russia sanctions on profits

    BP warns of impact of Russia sanctions on profits

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 6:11 AM EDT2014-07-29 10:11:21 GMT
    Energy company BP has warned that further international sanctions on Russia could have an adverse impact on its profits because of its stake in the oil giant, Rosneft.
    Energy company BP warned Tuesday that further international sanctions on Russia could hurt its profits because of its stake in the country's oil giant, Rosneft.
  • Deutsche Bank posts 29 percent drop in profit

    Deutsche Bank posts 29 percent drop in profit

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 5:38 AM EDT2014-07-29 09:38:08 GMT
    Deutsche Bank AG posted a 29 percent drop in second-quarter net profit Tuesday, hit by what it described as higher taxes, declining revenue and political instability affecting the markets.
    Deutsche Bank AG posted a 29 percent drop in second-quarter net profit Tuesday, hit by higher taxes, declining revenue and political instability affecting financial markets.
  • Lonely Londoners looking to open up to strangers

    Lonely Londoners looking to open up to strangers

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 5:15 AM EDT2014-07-29 09:15:46 GMT
    It's a typical urban routine: Sit on the subway, headphones in, fiddling with the smartphone to avoid eye contact with fellow passengers.
    It's a typical urban routine: Sit on the subway, headphones in, fiddling with the smartphone to avoid eye contact with fellow passengers.
  • Nigeria death shows Ebola can spread by air travel

    Nigeria death shows Ebola can spread by air travel

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 3:19 AM EDT2014-07-29 07:19:06 GMT
    Nigerian officials say they are screening passengers arriving from foreign countries for symptoms of Ebola, after a traveler from Liberia died of the contagious disease in Lagos.
    Nigerian health authorities raced to stop the spread of Ebola on Saturday after a man sick with one of the world's deadliest diseases brought it by plane to Lagos, Africa's largest city with 21 million people.
  • AP PHOTOS: NKorea opens summer camp for kids

    AP PHOTOS: NKorea opens summer camp for kids

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 3:10 AM EDT2014-07-29 07:10:03 GMT
    Summer camp in North Korea? It's got one - and it's got everything from giant water slides and a private beach to video games and volleyball courts. Oh, and, of course, a big bronze statue of the late...
    Summer camp in North Korea? It's got one - and it's got everything from giant water slides and a private beach to video games and volleyball courts. Oh, and, of course, a big bronze statue of the late leaders Kim...
  • Khmer Rouge tribunal to tackle genocide charges

    Khmer Rouge tribunal to tackle genocide charges

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 2:25 AM EDT2014-07-29 06:25:22 GMT
    The slow course of justice for the leaders of Cambodia's murderous Khmer Rouge regime will inch forward again Wednesday, as a U.N.-backed tribunal holds an initial hearing against a pair of defendants in their...
    The slow course of justice for the leaders of Cambodia's murderous Khmer Rouge regime will inch forward again Wednesday, as a U.N.-backed tribunal holds an initial hearing against a pair of defendants in their 80s...
  • Be ready for 'prolonged' Gaza war, Netanyahu says

    Be ready for 'prolonged' Gaza war, Netanyahu says

    Monday, July 28 2014 10:30 PM EDT2014-07-29 02:30:02 GMT
    Israel and Hamas have lowered the pace of the fighting in the three-week-old Gaza war as international efforts intensify to end the conflict that has already killed 1,030 Palestinians and 43 Israeli soldiers.
    Signaling an escalation of Israel's Gaza operation, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Israelis Monday to be ready for a "prolonged" war, and the military warned Palestinians in three large neighborhoods to leave...
  • Defense: Gov't suppressed evidence in Blackwater

    Defense: Gov't suppressed evidence in Blackwater

    Monday, July 28 2014 6:36 PM EDT2014-07-28 22:36:49 GMT
    Lawyers for Blackwater security guards are accusing the government of suppressing evidence favorable to the defendants, who are accused in the killings of 14 Iraqis in Nisoor Square in Baghdad.
    Lawyers for Blackwater security guards said Monday that the government has suppressed evidence favorable to defendants who are on trial in the killings of 14 Iraqis in Nisoor Square in Baghdad.
  • Hamas, Israel trade blame for deaths of 9 children

    Hamas, Israel trade blame for deaths of 9 children

    Monday, July 28 2014 6:19 PM EDT2014-07-28 22:19:01 GMT
    Hamas and Israel blamed each other for an explosion at a Gaza park Monday that killed at least 10 Palestinians - including nine children playing on a swing - in a horrific scene that underscored the heavy price...
    Hamas and Israel blamed each other for an explosion at a Gaza park Monday that killed at least 10 Palestinians - including nine children playing on a swing - in a horrific scene that underscored the heavy price civilians...
  • Obama: Female oppression crippling parts of Africa

    Obama: Female oppression crippling parts of Africa

    Monday, July 28 2014 5:35 PM EDT2014-07-28 21:35:57 GMT
    A program designed to foster a new generation of young African leaders will be renamed after former South African President Nelson Mandela.
    President Barack Obama criticized gender oppression in Africa that he said is "crippling" development in some countries, speaking out publicly Monday for the first time against female genital mutilation while encouraging...
  • Fighting in Ukraine prompts residents to flee

    Fighting in Ukraine prompts residents to flee

    Monday, July 28 2014 5:21 PM EDT2014-07-28 21:21:47 GMT
    Officials in rebellion-wracked eastern Ukraine say at least eight civilians have been killed by fighting and shelling in two cities held by separatist militants.
    Panicky residents in an eastern Ukrainian town fled their homes Monday carrying a few possessions in plastic bags and small suitcases as shells exploded in the distance, fighting that also prevented an international police...
  • Russia ordered to pay $50 billion over Yukos

    Russia ordered to pay $50 billion over Yukos

    Monday, July 28 2014 4:16 PM EDT2014-07-28 20:16:08 GMT
    The former majority shareholder in Yukos Oil Company says it has won in excess of $50 billion in a court ruling against Russia.
    Russian President Vladimir Putin's government must pay $50 billion for using tax claims to destroy Yukos, once the country's largest oil producer, and its Kremlin-critical CEO, an international court has ruled.
  • Oil depot ablaze amid clashes in Libyan capital

    Oil depot ablaze amid clashes in Libyan capital

    Monday, July 28 2014 3:47 PM EDT2014-07-28 19:47:26 GMT
    The Libyan government is appealing for "international help" after several oil tankers caught fire amid clashes over the country's international airport in the capital, Tripoli.
    A fire at the oil depot for the airport in Libya's capital raged out of control Monday after being struck in the crossfire of warring militias battling for control of the airfield, the latest violence to plague the...
  • In Iraq's Mosul, radicals unleash their vision

    In Iraq's Mosul, radicals unleash their vision

    Monday, July 28 2014 3:02 PM EDT2014-07-28 19:02:38 GMT
    Residents of Mosul have watched helplessly as extremists ruling the northern Iraqi city blew up some of their most beloved landmarks and shrines to impose a stark vision of Islam. Next up for destruction, they...
    Residents of Mosul have watched helplessly as extremists ruling the northern Iraqi city blew up some of their most beloved landmarks and shrines to impose a stark vision of Islam. Next up for destruction, they feared: the...
  • 3 female suicide bomber kill several in Nigeria

    3 female suicide bomber kill several in Nigeria

    Monday, July 28 2014 2:16 PM EDT2014-07-28 18:16:58 GMT
    Witnesses say a woman blew herself up at a petrol station in northern Nigeria, killing at least three people.
    A woman blew herself up at a petrol station in northern Nigeria on Monday, killing three people in one of three suicide bombings by females in Kano in two days, police said.
  • Millions displaced by religious violence in 2013

    Millions displaced by religious violence in 2013

    Monday, July 28 2014 2:01 PM EDT2014-07-28 18:01:25 GMT
    The U.S. says millions of people were forced from their homes because of their religious beliefs last year.
    Millions of people were forced from their homes because of their religious beliefs last year, the U.S. government said Monday, citing the devastating impact of conflicts in Syria, Iraq and the Central African Republic.
  • Clinton: US needs orderly process for border kids

    Clinton: US needs orderly process for border kids

    Monday, July 28 2014 1:36 PM EDT2014-07-28 17:36:22 GMT
    Hillary Rodham Clinton says she opposes changing a 2008 immigration law under consideration by Congress. The potential 2016 Democratic presidential candidate says she supports creating a refugee screening process...
    Hillary Rodham Clinton says she supports creating a refugee screening process for Central American children in their home countries to discourage dangerous trips to the U.S. and opposes changing a 2008 immigration law...
  • Syrian casualties surge as jihadis consolidate

    Syrian casualties surge as jihadis consolidate

    Monday, July 28 2014 1:21 PM EDT2014-07-28 17:21:18 GMT
    Syrian state media have shown President Bashar Assad praying in Damascus at the start of a major Muslim holiday amid reports of an unprecedented high toll among his troops battling Islamic extremists.
    More than 2,000 Syrians - almost half of them pro-government forces - have been killed in just over two weeks of fighting in Syria, marking one of the worst death tolls in the country's three-year civil war, opposition...
  • UN chief reinforces call for Gaza cease-fire

    UN chief reinforces call for Gaza cease-fire

    Monday, July 28 2014 12:40 PM EDT2014-07-28 16:40:00 GMT
    The U.N. Security Council has called for "an immediate and unconditional humanitarian cease-fire" in the Gaza war between Israel and Hamas.
    Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reinforced the Security Council's call for an immediate and unconditional humanitarian cease-fire in the Gaza war on Monday and demanded that Israel and Hamas end the violence "in the name...
  • UN rights chief: Flight 17 possible war crime

    UN rights chief: Flight 17 possible war crime

    Monday, July 28 2014 12:21 PM EDT2014-07-28 16:21:41 GMT
    The downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 may be a war crime, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Monday.
    The downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 may be a war crime, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Monday.
  • Muslims mark end of Ramadan with Eid celebrations

    Muslims mark end of Ramadan with Eid celebrations

    Monday, July 28 2014 12:00 PM EDT2014-07-28 16:00:55 GMT
    Millions of Muslims across the world are celebrating the first day of the Eid al-Fitr holiday, which marks the end of the monthlong fast of Ramadan.
    Millions of Muslims across the world celebrated the first day of the Eid al-Fitr holiday Monday, which marks the end of the monthlong fast of Ramadan.
  • New Spain king moves to clean up palace's image

    New Spain king moves to clean up palace's image

    Monday, July 28 2014 12:00 PM EDT2014-07-28 16:00:18 GMT
    Spain's new King Felipe VI has ordered the palace's accounts to be audited externally and the results made public, in an apparent bid to clean up the royal family's tarnished image.
    Spain's royal palace accounts will be subject to external audits and the results made public under a series of measure ordered by new King Felipe VI in an apparent bid to clean up the royal family's tarnished image.
  • Rebels: C. African Republic ceasefire 'broken'

    Rebels: C. African Republic ceasefire 'broken'

    Monday, July 28 2014 11:36 AM EDT2014-07-28 15:36:59 GMT
    A spokesman for the mostly Muslim Seleka rebel group in Central African Republic says a ceasefire has been "broken" after its fighters came under attack from the mostly Christian anti-Balaka militia.
    A spokesman for the mostly Muslim Seleka rebel group in Central African Republic says a ceasefire has been "broken" after its fighters came under attack from the mostly Christian anti-Balaka militia.
  • Philippine leader: Not even a bomb can stop reform

    Philippine leader: Not even a bomb can stop reform

    Monday, July 28 2014 10:34 AM EDT2014-07-28 14:34:57 GMT
    An emotional Philippine President Benigno Aquino III called his opponents desperate Monday and expressed confidence that many people will carry on his reforms even if he was stopped by a bomb.
    An emotional Philippine President Benigno Aquino III called his opponents desperate Monday and expressed confidence that many people will carry on his reforms even if he is stopped by a bomb.
  • Famine watch: South Sudan teams study hunger data

    Famine watch: South Sudan teams study hunger data

    Monday, July 28 2014 10:27 AM EDT2014-07-28 14:27:59 GMT
    Market shelves are bare. Children are getting skinnier. Warnings of mass hunger have been made. The question now being considered is the big one: Is it a famine?
    Market shelves are bare. Children are getting skinnier. Warnings of mass hunger have been made. The question now being considered is the big one: Is it a famine?
  • Liberia president orders new anti-Ebola measures

    Liberia president orders new anti-Ebola measures

    Monday, July 28 2014 10:06 AM EDT2014-07-28 14:06:40 GMT
    Liberia President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has closed some border crossings and ordered strict quarantines of communities affected by the Ebola outbreak.
    Liberia's president has closed all but three land border crossings, restricted public gatherings and quarantined communities heavily affected by the Ebola outbreak in the West African nation.
  • Abu Sayyaf gunmen kill 21 Filipinos in road attack

    Abu Sayyaf gunmen kill 21 Filipinos in road attack

    Monday, July 28 2014 9:06 AM EDT2014-07-28 13:06:34 GMT
    Abu Sayyaf gunmen attacked Filipino civilians traveling to celebrate the end of Ramadan with their families on Monday, killing 19, including five children, in a brazen road attack that was the bloodiest in recent...
    Abu Sayyaf gunmen attacked Filipino civilians traveling to celebrate the end of Ramadan with their families on Monday, killing 21, including at least six children, in a brazen road attack that was the bloodiest in recent...
  • Georgia opens criminal case against ex-president

    Georgia opens criminal case against ex-president

    Monday, July 28 2014 8:45 AM EDT2014-07-28 12:45:58 GMT
    Georgian authorities say they are opening a criminal case against former president Mikhail Saakashvili.
    Georgian authorities say they are opening a criminal case against former president Mikhail Saakashvili.
  • In war-struck Gaza, civilians struggle to get by

    In war-struck Gaza, civilians struggle to get by

    Monday, July 28 2014 8:17 AM EDT2014-07-28 12:17:59 GMT
    Caught in the fighting between Israel and Hamas, Gaza's civilians are increasingly struggling to get by. There is no electricity 21 hours a day because power lines have been hit. Water taps have run dry because...
    Caught in the fighting between Israel and Hamas, Gaza's civilians are increasingly struggling to get by. There is no electricity 21 hours a day because power lines have been hit. Water taps have run dry because...
  • Outgoing Karzai says Afghans need new president

    Outgoing Karzai says Afghans need new president

    Monday, July 28 2014 6:25 AM EDT2014-07-28 10:25:41 GMT
    Afghanistan's outgoing leader Hamid Karzai says his nation needs a new president and urged for a speedy conclusion to the ballot audit that will determine his successor.
    Afghanistan's outgoing leader Hamid Karzai said on Monday that his nation needs a new president and urged for a speedy conclusion to the ballot audit that will determine his successor.
  • US: Russia has fired rockets into Ukraine

    US: Russia has fired rockets into Ukraine

    Monday, July 28 2014 5:38 AM EDT2014-07-28 09:38:13 GMT
    Stepping up pressure on Moscow, the U.S. has released satellite images it says show that rockets have been fired from Russia into neighboring eastern Ukraine and that heavy artillery for separatists has crossed the...
    Stepping up pressure on Moscow, the U.S. has released satellite images it says show that rockets have been fired from Russia into neighboring eastern Ukraine and that heavy artillery for separatists has crossed the border.
  • Chinese police remove church cross amid crackdown

    Chinese police remove church cross amid crackdown

    Monday, July 28 2014 4:27 AM EDT2014-07-28 08:27:37 GMT
    Hundreds of police took down a church's cross Monday in a city known as "China's Jerusalem" for its many houses of worship amid a crackdown on church buildings in a coastal region where thousands of people...
    Hundreds of police took down a church's cross Monday in a city known as "China's Jerusalem" for its many houses of worship amid a crackdown on church buildings in a coastal region where thousands of people are...
  • Study: Embargo wouldn't hurt Russia

    Study: Embargo wouldn't hurt Russia

    Monday, July 28 2014 4:17 AM EDT2014-07-28 08:17:34 GMT
    An arms embargo against Russia would be little more than symbolic because Russia is largely self-sufficient in supplying its armed forces, a report argued Sunday.
    An arms embargo against Russia would be little more than symbolic because Russia is largely self-sufficient in supplying its armed forces, a report argued Sunday.
  • EU hits Russian intelligence chiefs with sanctions

    EU hits Russian intelligence chiefs with sanctions

    Monday, July 28 2014 4:14 AM EDT2014-07-28 08:14:30 GMT
    European Union ambassadors have reached a preliminary deal on stepped-up sanctions against Russia, targeting its access to European capital markets and trade in the defense sector, dual-use goods and sensitive...
    The European Union on Friday extended its Ukraine-related sanctions to target top Russian intelligence officials and leaders of the pro-Russia revolt in eastern Ukraine, official documents showed.
  • Gaza war rages despite Hamas, Israel truce pledges

    Gaza war rages despite Hamas, Israel truce pledges

    Monday, July 28 2014 12:37 AM EDT2014-07-28 04:37:23 GMT
    Israel and Hamas launched new attacks Sunday in the raging Gaza war, despite going back and forth over proposals for a temporary halt to nearly three weeks of fighting ahead of a major Muslim holiday.
    Israel and Hamas launched new attacks Sunday in the raging Gaza war, despite going back and forth over proposals for a temporary halt to nearly three weeks of fighting ahead of a major Muslim holiday.
  • Aruba releases Venezuelan diplomat sought by US

    Aruba releases Venezuelan diplomat sought by US

    Sunday, July 27 2014 11:35 PM EDT2014-07-28 03:35:19 GMT
    A former Venezuelan general detained in Aruba on U.S. drug charges will be released by the Dutch Caribbean island and sent home, authorities said Sunday.
    Aruba's government released a former Venezuelan general who was detained on U.S. drug charges when he arrived to serve as his country's consul on the Dutch Caribbean island, sending him home Sunday night and...
  • UN council agrees on demand for Gaza cease-fire

    UN council agrees on demand for Gaza cease-fire

    Sunday, July 27 2014 10:54 PM EDT2014-07-28 02:54:14 GMT
    The U.N. Security Council has agreed on a statement calling for "an immediate and unconditional humanitarian cease-fire" in the Gaza fighting between Israel and Hamas and is meeting at midnight to adopt it.
    The U.N. Security Council agreed on a statement Sunday calling for "an immediate and unconditional humanitarian cease-fire" in the Gaza war between Israel and Hamas and scheduled a meeting at midnight to adopt it.
  • Gaza war rages despite Hamas, Israel truce pledges

    Gaza war rages despite Hamas, Israel truce pledges

    Sunday, July 27 2014 10:17 PM EDT2014-07-28 02:17:30 GMT
    Palestinian militants have launched a big rocket salvo at Israel, endangering a unilateral cease-fire.
    Israel and Hamas launched new attacks Sunday in the raging Gaza war, despite going back and forth over proposals for a temporary halt to nearly three weeks of fighting ahead of a major Muslim holiday.
  • Video shows smiling American bomber in Syria

    Video shows smiling American bomber in Syria

    Sunday, July 27 2014 7:46 PM EDT2014-07-27 23:46:28 GMT
    Activists say Syrian rebels have shot down a helicopter gunship over a slum in the northern city of Aleppo, killing at least four people.
    An al-Qaida-linked group fighting in Syria has released video of the first American to carry out a suicide attack in the country's civil war, showing him smiling and saying he looked forward to going to heaven.
  • Ebola kills Liberian doctor, 2 Americans infected

    Ebola kills Liberian doctor, 2 Americans infected

    Sunday, July 27 2014 7:46 PM EDT2014-07-27 23:46:12 GMT
    A health official says a senior doctor working at Liberia's largest hospital has died of Ebola.
    One of Liberia's most high-profile doctors has died of Ebola, officials said Sunday, and an American physician was being treated for the deadly virus, highlighting the risks facing health workers trying to combat an...
  • Fighting intensifies near MH17 disaster site

    Fighting intensifies near MH17 disaster site

    Sunday, July 27 2014 5:56 PM EDT2014-07-27 21:56:54 GMT
    Dutch police are traveling to the scene of the Malaysian plane disaster in eastern Ukraine to secure the site, which investigators complain has already been compromised.
    Ukrainian armed forces mounted a major onslaught against pro-Russian separatist fighters Sunday in an attempt to gain control over the area where a Malaysia Airlines plane was downed earlier this month.
  • Ukraine launches offensive to retake Donetsk

    Ukraine launches offensive to retake Donetsk

    Sunday, July 27 2014 5:56 PM EDT2014-07-27 21:56:24 GMT
    The parents of a woman who died on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 travelled from Perth, Australia to honor their daughter at the crash site in eastern Ukraine.
    Ukrainian officials said their forces advanced to the outskirts of a key town north of Donetsk on Saturday as they try to retake the stronghold held for months by pro-Russia rebels.
  • Key World War I battle re-enacted in Poland

    Key World War I battle re-enacted in Poland

    Sunday, July 27 2014 2:04 PM EDT2014-07-27 18:04:27 GMT
    About 200 history enthusiasts from across Europe have gathered on hilly area in Poland to reconstruct the Battled of Tannenberg, an engagement between the Russian and German Empires in the first days of World War I.
    About 200 history enthusiasts from across Europe have gathered on a hilly area in Poland to reconstruct the Battle of Tannenberg, an engagement between the Russian and German Empires in the first days of World War I.
  • Air Algerie jet's black boxes to be sent to France

    Air Algerie jet's black boxes to be sent to France

    Sunday, July 27 2014 1:05 PM EDT2014-07-27 17:05:50 GMT
    A French embassy spokesman says black boxes from the Air Algerie plane that crashed last week in northern Mali will be transferred to France for analysis.
    Black boxes from the Air Algerie plane that crashed in northern Mali last week will be transferred to France for analysis, the French embassy in Mali said Sunday, as officials prepared for the process of identifying the...
  • Costa Concordia wreck reaches final destination

    Costa Concordia wreck reaches final destination

    Sunday, July 27 2014 12:24 PM EDT2014-07-27 16:24:43 GMT
    The shipwrecked Costa Concordia cruise liner has completed its final journey.
    The shipwrecked Costa Concordia cruise liner completed its final journey, reaching Genoa on Sunday where it will be scrapped.
  • US evacuates embassy in Libya amid clashes

    US evacuates embassy in Libya amid clashes

    Sunday, July 27 2014 11:25 AM EDT2014-07-27 15:25:23 GMT
    The State Department has shuttered the U.S. embassy in Libya and evacuated American staffers there as the security situation in the capital Tripoli deteriorates amid worsening clashes between rival militias.
    The United States shuttered its embassy in Libya on Saturday and evacuated its diplomats to neighboring Tunisia under U.S. military escort as fighting intensified between rival militias. Secretary of State John Kerry said...
  • Boko Haram kidnaps top official's wife in Cameroon

    Boko Haram kidnaps top official's wife in Cameroon

    Sunday, July 27 2014 9:55 AM EDT2014-07-27 13:55:30 GMT
    A government spokesman says Boko Haram fighters kidnapped the wife of Cameroon's vice prime minister in an attack that also resulted in multiple deaths.
    A government spokesman says Boko Haram fighters kidnapped the wife of Cameroon's vice prime minister in an attack that also resulted in multiple deaths.
  • AP PHOTOS: North Korea marks war anniversary

    AP PHOTOS: North Korea marks war anniversary

    Sunday, July 27 2014 9:26 AM EDT2014-07-27 13:26:53 GMT
    The 1950-53 Korean War ended in an armistice, meaning the two Koreas remain technically at war. But in North Korea, the anniversary of the agreement ending the hostilities is commemorated as "Victory in the...
    The 1950-53 Korean War ended in an armistice, meaning the two Koreas remain technically at war. But in North Korea, the anniversary of the agreement ending the hostilities is commemorated as "Victory in the Fatherland...
  • Israeli Arabs caught in the middle of Gaza war

    Israeli Arabs caught in the middle of Gaza war

    Sunday, July 27 2014 5:46 AM EDT2014-07-27 09:46:51 GMT
    Facing the threat of rocket fire along with the rest of Israel, residents in this central Israeli Arab town have found themselves caught in the middle between Jewish neighbors and their fellow Palestinians who are...
    Facing the threat of rocket fire along with the rest of Israel, residents in this central Israeli Arab town have found themselves caught in the middle between Jewish neighbors and their fellow Palestinians who are dying in...
  • Taliban attack Afghan police chief's home

    Taliban attack Afghan police chief's home

    Sunday, July 27 2014 5:19 AM EDT2014-07-27 09:19:32 GMT
    Taliban insurgents attacked the home of a well-known provincial police chief in restive southern Afghanistan on Sunday, killing a civilian and a border policeman before being shot dead by police, officials said.
    Taliban insurgents attacked the home of a well-known provincial police chief in restive southern Afghanistan on Sunday, killing a civilian and a border policeman before being shot dead by police, officials said.
  • AP Analysis: Putin stays on offense in Ukraine

    AP Analysis: Putin stays on offense in Ukraine

    Sunday, July 27 2014 2:44 AM EDT2014-07-27 06:44:19 GMT
    Russian President Vladimir Putin might be expected to hunker down into defense mode as he is besieged by accusations of Russian involvement in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. Instead he has stayed on...
    Russian President Vladimir Putin might be expected to hunker down into defense mode as he is besieged by accusations of Russian involvement in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. Instead he has stayed on offense...
  • Israel says it's extending Gaza truce for 24 hours

    Israel says it's extending Gaza truce for 24 hours

    Saturday, July 26 2014 7:04 PM EDT2014-07-26 23:04:50 GMT
    A 12-hour humanitarian cease-fire has begun to allow civilians in Gaza to receive aid and evacuate to safer areas.
    Hamas resumed rocket fire Saturday on Israel after rejecting Israel's offer to extend a humanitarian cease-fire, the latest setback in international efforts to negotiate an end to the Gaza war.
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