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Serbia finance minister resigns over reform pace
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) -- Serbia's finance minister has resigned, saying he disagreed with the prime minister over the pace of reform and the austerity measures needed to restart the Balkan country's economy.... 7/12/2014 1:30 PM

Israel widens air attack, Gaza death toll tops 125
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Israel widened its air assault against the Gaza Strip's Hamas rulers on Saturday, hitting a mosque, Hamas-affiliated charities and an Islamic home for the disabled, as Palestinians said the death toll from the five-day offensive rose to over 125.... 7/12/2014 1:01 PM

UN calls for Israeli-Palestinian cease-fire
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. Security Council called Saturday for a cease-fire in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict centered on the Gaza Strip.... 7/12/2014 12:57 PM

Migrant boy buried in Guatemala hometown
SAN JOSE LAS FLORES, Guatemala (AP) -- A 15-year-old Guatemalan migrant was buried in his hometown Saturday, nearly a month after he became a symbol of the perils facing unaccompanied children who have been flooding illegally into the U.S.... 7/12/2014 12:21 PM

Fighters kill Pakistan soldiers near Afghan border
KHAR, Pakistan (AP) -- Militants killed a Pakistan army captain and two soldiers in a cross-border attack early Saturday in a tribal region near Afghanistan, as an airstrike killed 13 suspected extremist fighters, authorities said.... 7/12/2014 12:09 PM

Comatose boy, Roma evictions up pressure on France
GRIGNY, France (AP) -- It looked like any shantytown the world over - tarps to keep out the weather, scattered bits of trash that no truck would ever collect, plastic buckets to lug water. Then one of the inhabitants of this Roma camp on the northwest edge of Paris, a teenage boy named Darius, was beaten into a coma, apparently by residents of a neighboring housing project.... 7/12/2014 12:01 PM

Businessman linked to terror killed on Kenya coast
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- A Kenyan official says unknown gunmen have killed a prominent businessman, who was facing terrorism related charges.... 7/12/2014 11:37 AM

Analysis: Lavrov's absence clouds Iran nuke talks
VIENNA (AP) -- Decisions by the foreign ministers of Russia and China to skip talks on Iran's nuclear program this weekend are further denting expectations that the stalled negotiations will produce a deal by July 20.... 7/12/2014 11:15 AM

Taking to the sky: Airshow ready for take off
LONDON (AP) -- A lot is at stake in the Farnborough International Airshow, the aviation industry's biggest annual event, which opens Monday.... 7/12/2014 11:09 AM

Merkel thinks Germany will win World Cup
BERLIN (AP) -- Chancellor Angela Merkel is optimist about Germany's chances of winning the World Cup final against Argentina, but is cautioning football fans that anything can happen.... 7/12/2014 10:47 AM

Kerry meeting again with Afghan candidates
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was engaged Saturday in a difficult round of shuttle diplomacy between Afghanistan's rival presidential candidates, hoping to secure a path out of the country's postelection crisis.... 7/12/2014 10:34 AM

Work to tow away Costa Concordia to start soon
GIGLIO ISLAND, Italy (AP) -- Italian authorities say work to float the shipwrecked Costa Concordia so it can be towed away for scrapping can start Monday, weather-permitting.... 7/12/2014 10:20 AM

Iraq sending 4,000 volunteers to help in Ramadi
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraq is airlifting some 4,000 volunteers to an embattled city west of Baghdad to help bolster government forces locked in a running battle with Sunni militants there, authorities said Saturday.... 7/12/2014 10:20 AM

Merkel doubtful US will stop spying on Germany
BERLIN (AP) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel is doubtful the U.S. will stop spying on Germany.... 7/12/2014 10:16 AM

4 civilians killed in artillery fire in Ukraine
MARYINKA, Ukraine (AP) -- Artillery fire killed at least four people in an overnight attack on a residential area in eastern Ukraine, spurring more people to flee the besieged city of Donetsk and its suburbs on Saturday to take their chances elsewhere.... 7/12/2014 9:30 AM

China's popular TV journalist taken by prosecutors
BEIJING (AP) -- A top business journalist at China's state broadcaster was taken away by prosecutors, abruptly absent from his nightly newscast he was anchoring, China's financial news magazine Caixin reported Saturday.... 7/12/2014 8:28 AM

Ex-Church of England head backs assisted dying
LONDON (AP) -- A former head of the Church of England says he no longer opposes assisted dying and says the church risks "promoting anguish and pain" by objecting to moves to make it legal.... 7/12/2014 8:09 AM

Gas explosion injures 8 in Istanbul
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- A gas explosion in a five-story building in Istanbul injured eight people on Saturday, officials said.... 7/12/2014 7:17 AM

Israeli bombing turns Gaza into ghost town
GAZA CITY, Gaza (AP) -- It's the holy month of Ramadan, when people throughout the Muslim world meet with friends and family, buy presents for loved ones and break a day-long fast each evening amid colorful street scenes.... 7/12/2014 6:54 AM

Singapore backs call to destroy gay-themed books
SINGAPORE (AP) -- A children's book inspired by a real-life story of two male penguins raising a baby chick in New York's zoo has been deemed inappropriate by state-run Singapore libraries, and the conservative city-state's information minister said he supports the decision to destroy all copies alongside two other titles.... 7/12/2014 6:27 AM