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As Iraq gets new president, car bomb kills 21

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Iraqi officials say a double car bombing in central Baghdad has killed 21 people and wounded 33, hours after lawmakers elected the country's new president.

Air Algerie flight 'probably crashed' in Mali

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An Air Algerie flight carrying 116 people from Burkina Faso to Algeria's capital disappeared from radar early Thursday over northern Mali during a rainstorm, officials said. France deployed fighter jets to search for...

Ukrainian prime minister announces resignation

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Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk announced his resignation Thursday, opening the way for new elections that would reflect the country's starkly changed political scene after the ouster of pro-Russian...

Planes with Ukraine bodies arrive in Netherlands

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Two more military aircraft carrying remains of victims from the Malaysian plane disaster arrived in the Netherlands on Thursday, while Australian and Dutch diplomats joined to promote a plan for a U.N. team to secure the...

Prosecutors: Venezuelan official detained in Aruba

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Authorities in Aruba say they have detained a former Venezuelan intelligence official on a request from the U.S. government.

Police: Bomb blast kills 1 at Nigerian bus station

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Police say a bomb has ripped through a popular bus station in northern Nigeria, killing one person and injuring eight others.

US pulls Peace Corps volunteers from Kenya

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The Peace Corps is suspending its programs in Kenya because of security concerns and is pulling more than 50 volunteers out of the country until threat levels decrease, the Peace Corps and State Department said Thursday.

Israel swears in new president amid Gaza war

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Israel's lawmakers on Thursday swore in Reuven Rivlin from the hard-line Likud party as the country's new president, replacing Nobel Peace laureate Shimon Peres who had promoted peace throughout his long political...

UN school in Gaza caught in cross-fire; 15 killed

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Israeli tank shells hit a compound housing a U.N. school in the Gaza Strip on Thursday, killing at least 15 people and wounding dozens who were seeking shelter from fierce clashes on the streets outside, Palestinian...

Gunmen kill foreign woman on Kenya coast

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A Kenya police official says a female tourist has been shot dead in the coastal town of Mombasa, the second foreigner shot in same area this month.

Pope meets Sudanese woman sentenced to death

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Pope Francis met privately Thursday with a Sudanese woman who refused to recant her Christian faith in the face of a death sentence, blessing the woman as she cradled her infant daughter born just weeks ago in prison.

Taiwan searches plane wreckage for clues on crash

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Firefighters uncovered ID cards and body fragments as they picked through wreckage Thursday for evidence to identify the victims of a plane crash that killed 48 people on a Taiwanese island.

Ukraine accused of targeting civilians in east

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War literally came to Alexander Litvinenko's living room, when a missile punched a gaping hole into the wall of his ninth-floor apartment. The 53-year-old college philosophy teacher had just stepped into his study to...

South African race track lives on; Porsche buys

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South Africa's most famous motor racing track just got an extension.

Court: Poland violated human rights in CIA case

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Europe's top human rights court ruled Thursday that Poland violated the rights of two terror suspects by allowing the CIA to secretly imprison them on Polish soil from 2002-2003 and facilitating the conditions under...

2 Finnish aid workers killed in Afghanistan

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Gunmen riding on a motorcycle opened fire and killed two Finnish women aid workers in the western Afghan city of Herat on Thursday, officials said, the latest in a series of attacks on foreign civilians that has rattled...

Islamic militants seize part of Syrian army base

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Fighters from the extremist Islamic State group on Thursday overran part of an army base in northern Syria, which has been under the militants' siege for months, in ferocious battles that killed or wounded dozens on...

Europe lifts recommendation not to fly to Tel Aviv

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The European Aviation Safety Agency has lifted a recommendation that airlines refrain from flying to Tel Aviv airport.

Russian activists convicted of organizing riots

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Russian news agencies say two opposition activists have been convicted of organizing riots at the May 2012 protest in Moscow, a day before the inauguration of President Vladimir Putin.

18 children, 1 man die in train-bus crash in India

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Eighteen children were killed Thursday when a train crashed into their school bus at an unmanned railroad crossing in southern India, police said.

Norway: Terror threat against Norway

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Norway's intelligence service said Thursday it has received information about an imminent "concrete threat" against Norway from people with links to Islamic fighters in Syria.

Long odds for justice in Malaysia jet disaster

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Anyone hoping to bring to justice whoever downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 must face sobering facts.

UN human development report faults inequality

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Improvements in life spans, education and incomes are slowing due to natural disasters, misguided government policies and worsening inequality in a world where the 85 richest people have as much wealth as the 3.5 billion...

Norway warns of 'concrete threat' linked to Syria

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Norway's intelligence service says it has been warned of an imminent "concrete threat" against the nation from people with links to Islamic fighters in Syria.

Malawi corruption suspect faces charges

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The chief suspect in a government corruption scandal that has rocked the southern African nation of Malawi faces charges of fraud and money laundering.

Israeli border towns empty, adjust to new threats

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With deadly fighting raging next door in the Gaza Strip, southern Israeli towns along the border have turned into mini army bases as most residents have fled.

US pushes for truce as Gaza battle rages Video included

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The United States announced signs of progress in cease-fire talks Wednesday, but prospects for a quick end to the fighting were dim as Palestinian families fled fierce battles in southern Gaza and the death toll rose to...

European carriers suspend more Tel Aviv flights

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

Taiwan airline suspects bad weather caused crash

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An airline said Thursday it suspected typhoon weather caused one of its planes to crash land on a small Taiwanese island, killing 48 people.

Honduran families deported back to a bleak future

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Elsa Ramirez already had lost two brothers to violence in this remote Caribbean region when co-workers handling clandestine cocaine flights from South America murdered her husband four months ago.

Iraq: al-Maliki rejects Iran's urging to step down

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Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki rejected an attempt by Iran to persuade him to step down, senior Iraqi politicians said Wednesday, underlining his determination to defy even his top ally to push for a third term...

UN says civilians make up most of Gaza deaths

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Shopkeepers say they were sitting outside their shuttered businesses Wednesday, catching a break from being cooped up during wartime, when an Israeli missile struck a nearby mosque, killing a truck driver and wounding 45...

2 bombs kill at least 39 in Kaduna, north Nigeria

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Bomb blasts appearing to target former Nigerian military ruler Muhammadu Buhari and a prominent moderate Muslim cleric killed dozens of people Wednesday, but left both leaders unharmed, according to Nigerian state security.

UN rights chief warns of possible Gaza war crimes Video included

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The U.N.'s top human rights official demanded Wednesday that all sides in the two-week war in the Gaza Strip refrain from indiscriminate attacks on civilians, warning that violations may amount to war crimes.

40 bodies from jet solemnly returned to Dutch soil Video included

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Victims of the Malaysian jetliner shot down over Ukraine returned at last Wednesday to Dutch soil in 40 wooden coffins, solemnly and gently carried to 40 identical hearses, flags at half-staff flapping in the wind.

Death sentence given in AP photographer's killing

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A Kabul court announced Wednesday that the Afghan police officer charged with killing Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus and wounding veteran AP correspondent Kathy Gannon has been convicted and sentenced to...

Central African Republic's rebels sign cease-fire

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Representatives of the Muslim and Christian factions battling in Central African Republic signed a cease-fire agreement on Wednesday in neighboring Republic of Congo.

Sierra Leone doctor fighting Ebola catches disease

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Sierra Leone's health minister confirms that the doctor in charge of battling the current Ebola outbreak has himself become ill with the deadly disease.

Egypt judge: Al-Jazeera team did "devil's" work

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An Egyptian judge released his reasoning for harsh sentences issued against three Al-Jazeera journalists, saying they were brought together "by the devil" to destabilize the country.

Somali lawmaker shot dead in drive-by shooting

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Al-Qaida-linked gunmen killed a female Somali lawmaker, who was known for singing popular folk music, in a drive-by shooting Wednesday, a police official said. The slaying is the fourth assassination of a Somali lawmaker...

Thousands attend tense pro-Gaza march in Paris

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Days after two banned pro-Gaza protests degenerated into violence, several thousands of demonstrators marched Wednesday through Paris under the eye of hundreds of riot police, this time in a legal protest.

Owner of Mexican shelter defends tough love

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The owner of a group home raided last week amid abuse and filthy conditions defended her "tough love" approach, but acknowledged that things got out of control.

Kerry cites progress in Gaza cease-fire talks Video included

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Offering the first glimmer of hope for a Gaza cease-fire, the United States on Wednesday said negotiations to broker a truce between Israel and Hamas militants are making some progress even if an end to more than two weeks...

Venezuelan conspiracy theories a threat to critics

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Roderick Navarro was in class when he got the news that a high-ranking minister had accused him of plotting to assassinate Venezuela's president.

Despite sanctions call, UK approves arms to Russia

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

New constitution gives Thai junta sweeping powers

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Thailand's new temporary constitution that gives the military government sweeping powers in the run-up to a planned October 2015 election also allows the leader of the current ruling junta to become interim prime...

2 Ukrainian military fighter jets shot down

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Two Ukrainian military fighter jets have been shot down in the east, according to the country's Defense Ministry.

Afghanistan criticizes Pakistan; policeman killed

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The Afghan intelligence service accused Pakistan on Wednesday of stoking instability in the country by backing militants who stage attacks in Afghanistan.

Shipwrecked Concordia making final voyage off isle

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The Costa Concordia cruise liner began its final voyage Wednesday, slowly being towed away from the tiny Italian island where it capsized more than two years ago, killing 32 people.

Israel, Hamas battle over public opinion online

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Beyond the boom of Israeli airstrikes and the stream of rockets fired from Gaza, Israel and Hamas are also battling to control the message emanating from this latest Israeli-Palestinian conflagration.

South Africa: Rhino poacher gets 77 years in jail

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A rhino poacher in South Africa has been sentenced to 77 years in prison in one of the heaviest penalties aimed at curbing poachers who target rhinos for their horns, which fetch a high price on the illegal market in parts...

In international flight, volatile conflicts abound

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In Libya, militias armed with shoulder-launched missiles are battling for control of the country's main airport. In Africa, the entire Sahel region is awash with weapons that include portable air defense systems...

US: Russia 'created the conditions' for shoot-down

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Senior U.S. intelligence officials said Tuesday that Russia was responsible for "creating the conditions" that led to the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, but they offered no evidence of direct Russian...

UN chief believes Gaza fighting will end soon Video included

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The U.N. secretary-general said Tuesday it is his "hope and belief" that his emergency mission to the Middle East will lead to an end to the fighting between Hamas and Israel "in the very near future."

Airlines ban flights to Israel after rocket strike Video included

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A Hamas rocket exploded Tuesday near Israel's main airport, prompting a ban on flights from the U.S. and many from Europe and Canada as aviation authorities responded to the shock of seeing a civilian jetliner shot...

End comes for notorious Venezuelan vertical slum

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The beginning of the end came for the world's tallest slum Tuesday as officials began evicting thousands of squatters from a haphazard community inside the half-built Caracas skyscraper known as the Tower of David.

Plane crash bodies removed from war zone Video included

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A train bearing the dead from the downed Malaysian airliner finally reached Ukrainian government-held territory Tuesday, but the pro-Russian separatists in control of the crash site showed little willingness to allow the...

At least 21 dead in Iraq checkpoint car bombing

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A suicide driver rammed his explosive-laden car into a police checkpoint in the Iraqi capital killing 21 people, including more than a dozen civilians en route to a Shiite shrine in the final days of the Islamic holy month.

Jakarta governor wins Indonesian presidency

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Jakarta Gov. Joko Widodo, who captured the hearts of millions of Indonesians with his common man image, was declared the winner Tuesday of the country's presidential election, calling it a victory for all of the...

Lax security at crash site hampers investigations Video included

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When international monitors and Malaysian aviation experts arrived Tuesday at the two main sites where the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 smashed into the undulating countryside of eastern Ukraine, there was...

11 parents of Nigeria's abducted girls die

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In the three months since Islamic extremists kidnapped more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls, 11 of their parents have died, town residents say.

NY judge orders 24-7 Argentina debt talks

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A federal judge Tuesday ordered around-the-clock negotiations aimed at averting a second debt default by Argentina in 13 years, saying a default would hurt "real people."

Amid sanctions, France in warship sale to Russia

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France says it will go ahead with the sale of a warship to Russia despite calls for an arms embargo against the country, highlighting how Europe's strong business ties are hindering its ability to punish Moscow over...

Gaza blockade key to any Israel-Hamas truce deal Video included

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Ibrahim Zain was driven from his home by Israeli tank fire this week, but says he'd rather endure more Israel-Hamas fighting than accept an unconditional cease-fire he fears will leave in place the blockade of the Gaza...

Peace talks eyed after Israel, Hamas cease-fire

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The U.S. and Egypt sought Tuesday to find an end to two weeks of bloodshed in the Gaza Strip, and officials raised the possibility of restarting stalled peace talks between Israel and Palestinian authorities as a necessary...

European agency urges airlines to avoid Tel Aviv Video included

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The European Aviation Safety Agency says it "strongly recommends" that airlines refrain from operating flights to and from Tel Aviv.

UK announces inquiry for Russian spy death

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The British government announced plans Tuesday for a wide-ranging public inquiry into the mysterious 2006 death of poisoned former Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko.

Iraq Christians flee with little more than clothes

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Iraqi Christians who fled the northern city of Mosul rather than convert to Islam by a deadline imposed by extremist militants said they had to leave most of their belongings behind and gunmen stole much of what they did...

Dutch declare day of national mourning

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The Dutch government has declared Wednesday a day of national mourning as the country prepares for the arrival of the first bodies of victims of the downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

Report finds Islamic plot to control UK schools

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A British government investigation found evidence Tuesday that Muslim fundamentalists successfully gained control of some schools, raising fears that pupils are now vulnerable to radicalization.

Parents of abducted girls, escapees meet president

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President Goodluck Jonathan met for the first time Tuesday with parents of 219 kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls and dozens of classmates who managed to escape from their Islamic extremist captors.

British experts to analyze MH17 black boxes

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Black boxes from the Malaysia Airlines plane downed in eastern Ukraine will be examined by U.K. air accident investigators, Britain's prime minister said Tuesday.

Obama sends top aides to Germany amid spying flap

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Working to stem the fraying of ties with a key European ally, President Barack Obama dispatched his chief of staff to Berlin, a diplomatic gesture reflecting Germany's growing indignation about allegations of American...

Italy arrests smugglers accused of killing dozens

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

Turkish PM says he, Obama no longer talk directly

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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said he no longer holds "direct" telephone conversations with U.S. President Barack Obama, suggesting a rift between the leaders who were once close.

Assailants attack Congo military camp in capital

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A Congolese government spokesman says a group of men armed with machetes has been repelled after trying to attack a military compound in the capital.

Credit Suisse in steep loss after US tax case

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

C. African Republic talks on hold; rebels absent

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Observers say Central African Republic's peace talks are on hold after a rebel delegation failed to show up for the second day of meetings.

Polish leader wants NATO to beef up eastern flank

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Poland's president says the downing of a passenger plane in rebel-controlled eastern Ukraine reinforces the need for NATO to strengthen its defenses on its eastern flank.

Russians fed conspiracy theories on Ukraine crash Video included

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An assassination attempt against Russian President Vladimir Putin. A desperate ploy to draw the West into the battle for Ukraine's east. A botched mission to commit mass murder against Russian citizens.

Turkey detains police for 'spying' and wiretaps

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Turkish police raided the homes of colleagues on Tuesday, detaining dozens of officers on suspicion of "spying" or of illegally wiretapping government officials, including Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and...

Norway honors victims of 2011 terror attacks

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Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg said Tuesday the best way to honor the 77 people who died in terror attacks in her country three years ago is to "fight for openness, tolerance and diversity."

German court: chronically ill could grow marijuana

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

Big milestone for Britain's little prince

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

T-shirt typo turns heads at Mandela bicycle ride

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Nelson Mandela had a way with words, but not quite like this.

Suicide bomber kills 4 foreign guards in Kabul

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A suicide bomber on a motorcycle targeted a police compound housing foreign advisers in Kabul on Tuesday, killing four foreign security guards and wounding six, Afghan officials said.

Egypt calls for Israeli, Palestinian peace talks

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Egypt's foreign minister raised the possibility Tuesday of restarting stalled peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians as part of negotiating a cease-fire in the war that has broken out on the Gaza Strip.

EU meets as some countries seek tougher sanctions

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European Union foreign ministers are meeting to consider further sanctions against Russia because of the downing of the Malaysian jetliner, with Britain and some other countries demanding much tougher measures.

Moscow subway chief fired after 22 killed in crash

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

Australia wants security job for wronged countries

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Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Tuesday countries that have been "so wronged" should take responsibility for securing the crime scene where the Malaysian jetliner was shot down in Ukraine.

Body of missing S. Korean shipping tycoon found

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South Korean police said Tuesday that a badly decomposed body found surrounded by liquor bottles in a field last month was that of a fugitive billionaire businessman blamed for April's ferry disaster that killed more...

Israeli aircraft hit more than 70 targets in Gaza Video included

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A police spokesman says Israeli aircraft have hit more than 70 targets in the Gaza Strip, including the home of the late leader of Hamas' military wing, five mosques and a football stadium.

Rebels release train with bodies from downed jet Video included

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

Gaza death toll rises as truce effort intensifies Video included

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

Mexico declares group home owner mentally unfit

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The owner of a group home raided last week is mentally unfit to face allegations that she frequently hit children living in the shelter, Mexico's top federal prosecutor said Monday.

Obama urges immediate access to Ukraine crash site Video included

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

Vital evidence feared withheld by Ukraine's rebels

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

UN calls for probe of plane downed over Ukraine

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

US urges global push for Israeli, Hamas cease-fire

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

Israeli mood turns dark with mounting casualties

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

Official: Turkish soldier killed in clash

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

Dutch anger swells at treatment of Ukraine bodies Video included

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The families and friends of Dutch citizens blown out of the sky above Ukraine poured out their grief and anger Monday at a meeting with their monarch and political leaders.

Romania: president blames Russia for downing plane

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Romania's president says Russia is acting as a "partner for terrorists" in eastern Ukraine and responsible for the downing of a Malaysian jetliner.

Rebels to give Flight 17 black boxes to Malaysia

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

Clashes between rival militias in Libya kill 47

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Clashes between rival Libyan militias fighting for control of the capital's international airport killed 47 people over the last week, Libya's Health Ministry said, as violence in an eastern city killed five.

Turkey declares 3-day mourning over Gaza Video included

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Turkey's government announced a three-day period of national mourning, starting on Tuesday, in a show of solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza.

Kenya military Twitter account hacked

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The Twitter account run by Kenya's military was taken over by hackers claiming to be from the international activist collective Anonymous, a military spokesman said Monday

Ukraine at potential turning point after crash Video included

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The crash of the Malaysian airliner in rebel-held eastern Ukraine is being viewed as a potential turning-point in the conflict - either, the international revulsion over the death of all 298 people on board will force the...

Flight 17 tragic end for family of 6 coming home

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Mohammad Afif and his family were about to start a new chapter in their lives. Afif was getting set to begin his university studies in architecture, and his father was preparing to move back to Malaysia with his wife and...

EU extends Iran sanctions hold-off until November

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The European Union has agreed to keep holding off on some sanctions against Iran as negotiations continue on a comprehensive deal restricting the Islamic republic's nuclear program.

US Embassy apologies to Ghana leader for tweet

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

4-year-old boy dies in South Africa carjacking

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South African police on Monday searched for assailants who forced a family from their car and drove off with a 4-year-old boy hanging out of the vehicle. The boy was later found dead in the abandoned vehicle.

New York mayor talks migration with Vatican No. 2

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New York City's mayor has paid a call on Pope Francis' top aide to discuss migration issues.

South African park considers rhino evacuation

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South Africa's Kruger National Park is considering a plan to move some rhinos out of the flagship wildlife reserve in an attempt to protect them from poachers.

Armed bandits demand water in dry northern India

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Armed bandits in drought-stricken northern India are threatening to kill hundreds of villagers unless they deliver 35 buckets of water each day to the outlaws in their rural hideouts.

Overnight attacks in Iraq kill at least 16 people

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Attacks overnight in two Iraqi cities killed at least 16 people, officials said Monday as authorities struggle to stop the Sunni militants' offensive that has left huge areas in northern and western Iraq outside of...

AP PHOTOS: As Ramadan fast ends, the feasts begin

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By The Associated Press For the millions of Muslims abstaining from food and drink from sunrise to sunset every day during Islam's holiest month of Ramadan, that first sip of water after a grueling...

UN to vote on crash resolution; Russia has doubts

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The U.N. Security Council will vote Monday on an Australia-proposed resolution demanding international access to the Ukraine plane crash site and a cease-fire around the area, with diplomats pressuring a reluctant Russia...

66-yard crater appears in far northern Siberia

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Russian scientists say they believe a 60-meter (66-yard) wide crater discovered recently in far northern Siberia could be the result of changing temperatures in the region.

After hybrid success, Toyota gambles on fuel cell

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Rocket science long dismissed as too impractical and expensive for everyday cars is getting a push into the mainstream by Toyota, the world's top-selling automaker.

UN Security Council holds urgent meeting on Gaza Video included

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The U.N. Security Council emerged from an emergency session late Sunday on the worsening situation in Gaza expressing "serious concern" about the rising civilian death toll and demanding an immediate end to the fighting.

Airlines symbolize nations' hopes or reflect shame

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The jetliner is much more than a machine used to get from one spot to another. It often carries deep symbolism, especially when flying for a national airline.

Scores dead in first major ground battle in Gaza Video included

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The first major ground battle in two weeks of Israel-Hamas fighting exacted a steep price Sunday: It killed 65 Palestinians and 13 Israeli soldiers and forced thousands of terrified Palestinian civilians to flee their...

UN: Iran gets rid of sensitive nuclear material

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Iran has turned all of its enriched uranium closest to the level needed to make nuclear arms into more harmless forms, the United Nations' nuclear agency said Sunday.

Amid bloodshed, frenetic Gaza hospital improvises Video included

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In the heart of Gaza City, as its citizens again find themselves under fire from Israeli airstrikes and artillery, the wounded and their wailing families stream into Shifa Hospital without end.

Bodies from downed jet piled in boxcars in Ukraine Video included

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Pro-Moscow rebels piled nearly 200 bodies from the downed Malaysian jetliner into four refrigerated boxcars Sunday in eastern Ukraine, and cranes at the crash scene moved big chunks of the Boeing 777, drawing condemnation...

Owner of raided Mexico shelter freed, no charges

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The owner of a group home raided last week amid charges of abuse and other mistreatment of children living there has been released from custody without charge, an official in the federal Attorney General's Office said...

Without radar, missile may not have identified jet

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If Ukrainian rebels shot down the Malaysian jetliner, killing 298 people, it may have been because they didn't have the right systems in place to distinguish between military and civilian aircraft, experts said Saturday.

Distraught Dutch mother: 'Send my children home'

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A distraught, grieving mother summed up a swelling mood of despair and anguish in the Netherlands on Sunday at faltering efforts to repatriate the bodies of loved ones killed in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17,...

Iraqi PM condemns jihadis' targeting of Christians

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Iraq's prime minister on Sunday condemned the Islamic State extremist group's actions targeting Christians in territory it controls, saying they reveal the threat the jihadists pose to the minority community's...

US outlines case against Russia on downed plane Video included

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Video of a rocket launcher, one surface-to-air missile missing, leaving the likely launch site. Imagery showing the firing. Calls claiming credit for the strike. Recordings said to reveal a cover-up at the crash site.

Dutch leader calls on Putin to help crash probe

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An angry Dutch prime minister says he has had an "extremely intense" telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin in which he urged him to "show the world he intends to help" in the investigation into the...

Bosnians bury kin found in wartime mass grave

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Bosnian families on Sunday buried the remains of 283 Muslims and one Roman Catholic Croat who were killed at the start of the Bosnian war of 1992-95.

Women go online to protest 'everyday sexism'

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When Laura Bates was followed home one night by a man from her bus, she didn't think much of it. Incidents like that just seemed to be part of living in London.

UN: S. Sudan rebels violate peace-pact with govt

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The United Nations says rebel forces in South Sudan attacked a town in the Upper Nile State.

Lebanese troops kill militant linked to bombing

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Lebanese soldiers killed a wanted militant Sunday suspected of involvement in a suicide bombing at a Beirut hotel last month and arrested another man, setting off gunbattles in the tense northern city of Tripoli, state...

Death toll rises to 22 in Egypt border post attack

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The death toll from a brazen attack on a border post in Egypt's western desert along the border with Libya has risen to 22 troops, including three officers, the military said Sunday.

Germany honors officers who tried to kill Hitler

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Germany on Sunday honored a group of Nazi-era officers who tried to kill Adolf Hitler 70 years ago. The plot - portrayed in films such as the 2008 Hollywood movie "Valkyrie" - helped establish a principle under which...

New Peru law weakens environmental safeguards

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Dozens of international groups, the United Nations, and even Peru's own citizen ombudsman are objecting to a new law that weakens environmental protections in the Andean nation even as it prepares to host international...

Scientists name Puerto Rico water mite after JLo

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Pop singer Jennifer Lopez may be thinking life is funny after a group of scientists named a water mite in her honor after discovering a new species near Puerto Rico.

Cameron demands Russia cease support for rebels

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British Prime Minister David Cameron demanded Sunday that Russia end its support for the rebels in Ukraine, arguing that Russia's policies destabilized the country and created the conditions that appear to have led to...

3 killed as Libyan militias fight over airport

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Rival Libyan militias battled for control the capital's international airport Sunday, fighting that killed at least three people, a security official said.

Ukraine crisis shows divisions in old Soviet bloc

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Poland's foreign minister had sharp words on the downing of the Malaysia Airlines jumbo jet in Ukraine - blaming the crash on Russia-backed "bandits." But throughout most of central and eastern Europe, leaders withheld...

La democracia indonesia a punto de ser testada

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Después de una desagradable campaña electoral para elegir presidente, Indonesia ha fijado el martes como el día en el que anunciará quien es el ganador, y por tanto nuevo presidente del país, sin embargo el anuncio puede...

Double disasters taint Malaysia Airlines

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Hit by two astonishing tragedies in quick succession, the Malaysia Airlines brand may become the airline industry's equivalent of asbestos or News of the World: toxic to the public and, experts say, impossible to redeem.

Israeli bulldozers destroy Hamas tunnels in Gaza Video included

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Israel said it widened its ground offensive early Sunday, sending more troops into Gaza after demolishing more than a dozen Hamas tunnels and intensifying tank fire on border areas.

Monitors try to secure Ukraine plane crash site Video included

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International monitors moved gingerly Saturday through fields reeking of the decomposing corpses that fell from a Malaysian airliner shot down over rebel-held eastern Ukraine, trying to secure the sprawling site in hopes...

Gunmen attack Egypt troops, killing 21 near Libya

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Gunmen armed with rocket-propelled grenades attacked a border guard post Saturday in Egypt's western desert in a brazen assault that killed 21 troops deployed in the province along the border with neighboring Libya.

Russia bans congressman, 12 other Americans

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Russia has placed a U.S. lawmaker and 12 other people connected with the Guantanamo Bay detention camp and the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq on its list of those banned from entering the country.

Under threat, Iraq's Christians flee city of Mosul

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The message played over loudspeakers gave the Christians of Iraq's second-largest city until midday Saturday to make a choice: convert to Islam, pay a tax or face death.

Paris police wound thief with gold loot in Metro

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Police in the French capital say they shot and wounded a thief with about 100,000 euros ($135,000) in gold coins in a rare chase in the Paris Metro.

French police and pro-Palestinian protesters clash

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Police clashed on Saturday with thousands of pro-Palestinian protesters who defied a ban on a Paris demonstration over the Israeli offensive in Gaza. More than 30 people were arrested and it wasn't immediately clear if...

Erdogan says Israel more barbaric than Hitler

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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused Israel of "barbarism that surpasses Hitler" during its ground invasion of Gaza.

Correction: Switzerland-Obit-Winter story

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In a story July 17 about the death of Texas blues legend Johnny Winter, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Winter's last performance was on July 12 at the Lovely Days Festival in Wiesen, Austria. His last...

DNA being collected to ID Ukraine crash victims Video included

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Forensic teams fanned out across the Netherlands on Saturday to collect material that will help positively identify the remains of victims killed in the downing of the Malaysia Airlines plane over Ukraine. Families and...

Kenya Red Cross: 7 die in militant attack on coast

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Seven people were killed when gunmen attacked a bus at the Kenyan coast where previous attacks had left 87 people dead, Kenya Red Cross said Saturday.

Multiple bus crash in Germany kills 10, injures 69

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A crash involving several buses on a highway in eastern Germany killed 10 people and injured 69, police said Saturday.

Extremists kill more than 100 in northeast Nigeria

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Boko Haram extremists have killed more than 100 people and hoisted their black and white flag over a town left undefended by Nigeria's military, just 85 kilometers (53 miles) from the northeastern state capital of...

Mideast divisions cloud Gaza cease-fire efforts Video included

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Even as the death toll mounts in the Gaza Strip, attempts to broker a cease-fire between Hamas and Israel have so far run aground - in part because they have become mired in the deep divisions between Mideast countries.

French President announces new operation in Africa

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France's president announced the redeployment of 3,000 French troops in five of its former colonies across northwest Africa as part of an operation to help fight terrorism in the region.

Syrian troops seek to retake jihadi-held gas field

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Syrian government forces have launched a counter-attack to recapture a gas field seized by Islamic extremists, activists said Saturday, as the death toll from three days of fighting there rose to more than 200 people killed.

400 migrants rescued near Malta; 19 dead

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Italian and Maltese naval vessels assisted by a passing cargo ship rescued some 400 migrants aboard a smugglers' boat in waters near Malta and found the bodies of 18 people inside.

Kony's rebels change tactics to evade hunt

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Knives, ropes, tarpaulins, AK-47s, and gun lubricant. These are some of the items handed over to the Ugandan army by three fighters who defected last month from Joseph Kony's rebels, the Lord's Resistance Army, in...

Officials: US drone strike kills 11 in NW Pakistan

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A U.S. drone fired several missiles at a sprawling compound in Pakistan's northwestern tribal region bordering Afghanistan on Saturday, killing eleven militants, two Pakistani intelligence officials said.

Unlike 1st, Malaysia's 2nd disaster brings closure

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Less than five months ago, they had rushed to Kuala Lumpur International Airport - anxious relatives with a hope in their hearts, however faint, that a missing jumbo jet with their loved ones had not crashed, and would...

Unlike 1st, Malaysia's 2nd disaster brings closure

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Less than five months ago, they had rushed to Kuala Lumpur International Airport - anxious relatives with a hope in their hearts, however faint, that a missing jumbo jet with their loved ones had not crashed, and would...

Credible probe sought in downing of Malaysian jet

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World leaders demanded Friday that pro-Russia rebels who control the eastern Ukraine crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 give immediate, unfettered access to independent investigators to determine who shot down the...

AIDS conference attendees on downed Malaysian jet

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A prominent researcher, two activists and at least three others headed to an AIDS conference in Australia were on the Malaysian jetliner shot down over Ukraine, news that sparked an outpouring of grief across the...

Downed jet claimed victims from 13 countries

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The human cost of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 hit home around the world Friday, upending scores of families and small communities spanning half of the planet, from a Dutch fishing village to an Australian...

US: Can't rule out Russian role in plane downing Video included

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U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power told an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Friday that the United States cannot rule out that Russia helped in the launch of the surface-to-air missile that shot down a...

Iran nuke talks to be extended for 4 months

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Iran and six world powers failed Saturday to meet their target date for cutting a nuclear deal but agreed to extend the talks until Nov. 24 in a bid to overcome stubborn differences over the size and capacity of activities...

Israel pushes in Gaza, expanding ground operation Video included

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Israeli troops pushed deeper into Gaza on Friday in a ground offensive that officials said could last up to two weeks as the prime minister ordered the military to prepare for a "significantly" wider campaign.

1 in 5 of Gaza dead are children Video included

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Sobbing and shaking, Ismail Abu Musallam leaned against the wall of a hospital Friday, waiting for three of his children to be prepared for burial. They were killed as they slept when an Israeli tank shell hit their home,...

What we know, and don't, 1 day after Ukraine crash Video included

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One day after the crash of a Malaysian jetliner carrying 298 people in eastern Ukraine, here's what is known, and what has been claimed:

Turkey's Erdogan condemns Israel over Gaza Video included

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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan intensified his fiery rhetoric against Israel over its ground invasion of Gaza on Friday, accusing the country of state terrorism and genocide and saying the two countries will...

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