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Israel, Hamas battle over public opinion online
JERUSALEM (AP) -- 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.... 7/23/2014 5:42 AM

Neo-Nazi group banned in Germany's Bavaria state
BERLIN (AP) -- Authorities in the German state of Bavaria say they have banned a neo-Nazi group that operated in the region.... 7/23/2014 5:36 AM

Afghanistan criticizes Pakistan; policeman killed
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The Afghan intelligence service has accused Pakistan of stoking instability by backing militants who stage attacks in Afghanistan.... 7/23/2014 5:35 AM

Despite sanctions call, UK exports arms to Russia
LONDON (AP) -- British lawmakers say the country is still exporting arms and military equipment to Russia, despite the government's call for tough sanctions over Moscow's arming of separatist rebels in Ukraine.... 7/23/2014 5:33 AM

Bodies of Malaysia jet victims leave Ukraine
KHARKIV, Ukraine (AP) -- Two military aircraft carrying the first bodies of victims of the Malaysia Airlines crash left the embattled plains of eastern Ukraine Wednesday, bringing some consolation to grieving relatives who still must wait for positive identifications and answers about who caused the disaster.... 7/23/2014 5:26 AM

Ex-general to challenge Indonesian election defeat
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- Indonesia's losing presidential candidate plans to file a legal challenge in the nation's highest court, his campaign said Wednesday, a move that may prolong the political uncertainty in the country's transition to democracy.... 7/23/2014 5:21 AM

Typhoon weakens after landing in southeast China
BEIJING (AP) -- Typhoon Matmo churned ashore in southeastern China on Wednesday and was downgraded to a tropical storm, while the death toll from last week's more powerful Typhoon Rammasun rose further.... 7/23/2014 5:20 AM

South Africa: Rhino poacher gets 77 years in jail
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- 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 of Asia.... 7/23/2014 5:16 AM

John Kerry flies to Tel Aviv despite FAA ban
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) -- The top U.S. diplomat flew into Israel's main airport Wednesday despite a Federal Aviation Administration ban in an apparent sign of his determination to achieve a cease-fire agreement in the warring Gaza Strip despite little evidence of progress in ongoing negotiations.... 7/23/2014 5:16 AM

Thai junta defends strong powers under new charter
BANGKOK (AP) -- A new temporary constitution gives Thailand's military government sweeping powers in the run-up to a planned 2015 election, and a senior army official says the junta leader could serve as interim premier.... 7/23/2014 5:12 AM

Parts of Chinese city sealed for bubonic plague
BEIJING (AP) -- Parts of a northern Chinese city have been quarantined after state media said a man there died of bubonic plague.... 7/23/2014 5:04 AM

Australia: All Ukraine victims may not be found
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- The remains of some victims of the Malaysian airliner crash may never be recovered unless there is a secure and thorough search of the area in rebel-controlled east Ukraine where it was shot down, Australia's prime minister said Wednesday.... 7/23/2014 5:01 AM

Shipwrecked Concordia on verge of final voyage
GIGLIO ISLAND, Italy (AP) -- Rotated by tugboats, the shipwrecked Costa Concordia cruise liner is being readied for its final voyage.... 7/23/2014 4:56 AM

Iraq: Death toll from Baghdad attack rises to 31
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi officials say the death toll from a late night suicide attack targeting a police checkpoint in Baghdad has climbed to 31 people, most of them civilians.... 7/23/2014 4:25 AM

Gaza families plead for evacuation amid battle
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Israeli troops battled Hamas militants on Wednesday near a southern Gaza Strip town as dozens of Palestinian families trapped by the fighting scrambled to flee the area. The U.S. secretary of state meanwhile presses ahead with top-gear efforts to end the conflict that has killed at least 650 Palestinians and 31 Israelis.... 7/23/2014 4:20 AM


TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) -- John Kerry files to Tel Aviv despite FAA ban, pushes cease-fire between Israel, Hamas.... 7/23/2014 4:00 AM

China cracks down on online rumors, porn
BEIJING (AP) -- Chinese authorities have tightened already rigorous Internet controls by cracking down on online pornography and what state media called "rumormongers" and "slanderous content."... 7/23/2014 3:59 AM

China detains employees of suspect meat seller
BEIJING (AP) -- Five employees of a company accused of selling expired beef and chicken to McDonald's, KFC and other restaurants were detained by police Wednesday after an official said illegal activity was an organized effort by the supplier.... 7/23/2014 3:56 AM

In international flight, volatile conflicts abound
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- 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 leftover from the ouster of Moammar Gadhafi.... 7/23/2014 3:26 AM

Asia stocks bolstered by US earnings, home sales
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Asian stock markets mostly rose Wednesday, bolstered by solid U.S. earnings and home sales. Indonesian stocks advanced after the official vote count showed Joko Widodo the clear winner of a bitterly contested presidential election.... 7/23/2014 2:14 AM