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Chinese man brings gay conversion therapy lawsuit
BEIJING (AP) -- A gay rights group says a Chinese man is suing a psychological clinic for carrying out electric shocks intended to turn him straight, as well as the search engine giant Baidu for advertising the center.... 7/31/2014 6:46 AM

S. Leone declares health emergency amid Ebola
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) -- The president of Sierra Leone declared a public health emergency as the Ebola crisis blamed for nearly 700 deaths deepened across West Africa, vowing to quarantine sick patients at home and conduct house-to-house searches for others who may have been exposed.... 7/31/2014 6:43 AM

Mudslide swallows Indian village; at least 30 dead
MALIN, India (AP) -- Rescuers using earth-moving equipment and their bare hands dug through heavy mud and debris Thursday after a landslide engulfed an entire village in western India, killing at least 30 people and leaving about 100 missing and feared dead.... 7/31/2014 6:40 AM

Ukrainian parliament votes to keep PM Yatsenyuk
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Ukraine's parliament has voted not to accept the resignation of Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk.... 7/31/2014 6:37 AM

7 killed, 13 missing as boat sinks in Indonesia
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- A boat carrying Indonesian villagers to their hometown to celebrate the end of Ramadan sank Thursday after hitting a stump in a river, leaving a woman and six children dead and at least 13 others missing, an official said.... 7/31/2014 6:36 AM

2 killed, 1 injured in northeast China shootings
BEIJING (AP) -- Police in northeastern China say two people have been killed and one injured in a pair of apparently related shooting incidents.... 7/31/2014 6:30 AM

Expat Turks begin voting in presidential elections
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turks living abroad began casting votes on Thursday to choose Turkey's first directly elected president. It is also the first time expatriate Turks are voting in their countries of residence for Turkish elections.... 7/31/2014 6:21 AM

Eurozone inflation drops further to 0.4 percent
BRUSSELS (AP) -- The inflation rate in the 18-nation eurozone dropped again in July, official data showed Thursday, likely adding pressure on the European Central Bank to beef up its efforts to spur the economy.... 7/31/2014 6:18 AM

Panel wants TEPCO execs charged over nuke crisis
TOKYO (AP) -- A Japanese judicial panel has recommended that three former executives of the utility that operates the damaged Fukushima nuclear plant face criminal charges over their role in the disaster.... 7/31/2014 6:15 AM

Israel vows to destroy Hamas tunnels
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday that Israel will destroy the Hamas tunnel network in the Gaza Strip "with or without a cease-fire," as the military called up another 16,000 reservists to pursue its campaign in the densely-populated territory.... 7/31/2014 6:06 AM

Haunting memories 70 years after Warsaw Uprising
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- 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 scrape with death, the teen volunteered for a heroic Polish struggle against the Nazis - becoming a messenger and a guard.... 7/31/2014 5:58 AM

UN official: Vietnam violates religious freedom
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) -- A U.N. official who went to Vietnam to assess religious freedom there said Thursday that security agents closely monitored his visit and people he wanted to meet were harassed and intimidated.... 7/31/2014 5:54 AM

Russia ordered to pay another $2.5 bln for Yukos
PARIS (AP) -- 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.... 7/31/2014 5:46 AM

Malaysian prime minister in Netherlands
AMSTERDAM (AP) -- 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 continuing problems accessing the crash site in eastern Ukraine.... 7/31/2014 5:33 AM

Panasonic, Tesla to build big US battery plant
TOKYO (AP) -- American electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc. is teaming up with Japanese electronics company Panasonic Corp. to build a battery manufacturing plant in the U.S. expected to create 6,500 jobs.... 7/31/2014 5:14 AM

Aussie weightlifter arrested for alleged assault
GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) -- The Australian team says weightlifter Francois Etoundi has been stripped of his Commonwealth Games accreditation after being arrested over an alleged assault in the athletes' village in Glasgow.... 7/31/2014 5:07 AM


JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel PM says military will dismantle Hamas tunnels `with or without a cease-fire'... 7/31/2014 5:05 AM

Spain evacuates embassy staff from Libya
MADRID (AP) -- Spain's Foreign Ministry says it is temporarily evacuating its ambassador and most embassy staff from Libya because of the worsening security situation in the capital, Tripoli.... 7/31/2014 5:03 AM

Tibetan monk cremated in Nepal without protests
KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- Thousands of Tibetan exiles recited prayers and offered white and orange scarves Thursday during the cremation ceremony for a revered Tibetan monk, whose funeral in Nepal nearly fell victim to regional politics.... 7/31/2014 5:01 AM

Fast food ambitions in China hurt by safety scares
BEIJING (AP) -- Already China's biggest restaurant operator with 4,600 outlets, KFC is pursuing Chinese consumers so avidly it opens two more every day.... 7/31/2014 4:54 AM