Friday, August 01, 2014
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TS Bertha dumps heavy rain in eastern Caribbean
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Tropical Storm Bertha swirled through the eastern Caribbean on Friday as it unleashed heavy rains and strong winds in the region, knocking out power on some islands.... 8/1/2014 8:23 PM

70 kidnapped migrants rescued in northern Mexico
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Authorities in northern Mexico say security forces have rescued 70 migrants who had been kidnapped and were being held at a house inside a gated community in the coastal city of Madero.... 8/1/2014 7:28 PM

2 Americans detained in North Korea seek US help
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- Two American tourists charged with "anti-state" crimes in North Korea said Friday they expect to be tried soon and pleaded for help from the U.S. government to secure their release from what they say could be long prison terms.... 8/1/2014 7:05 PM

NKorea seeks UN meeting on US-SKorea drills
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- North Korea said Friday it has asked for an emergency U.N. Security Council meeting to protest upcoming U.S.-South Korean military exercises, warning the drills increase the danger of war on the Korean peninsula.... 8/1/2014 6:53 PM

Ebola moving faster than control efforts
CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) -- An Ebola outbreak that has killed more than 700 people in West Africa is moving faster than efforts to control the disease, the head of the World Health Organization warned as presidents from the affected countries met Friday in Guinea's capital.... 8/1/2014 6:32 PM

China bladder trade sending porpoise to extinction
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Gillnet fishing in the upper Sea of Cortez has pushed the vaquita marina, the world's smallest porpoise, to the brink of extinction, according to an environmental report published Friday which states fewer than 100 of them are believed left.... 8/1/2014 6:02 PM

Moody's upgrades Greece's credit rating
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Moody's ratings agency late Friday upgraded Greece's government bond rating, predicting a gradual decline of its massive national debt.... 8/1/2014 6:02 PM

Sierra Leone cyclist cleared of Ebola at Glasgow
GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) -- Reacting to sensationalistic headlines such as "Ebola Terror at Commonwealth Games" in a British newspaper, officials said on Friday that a Sierra Leone cyclist passed tests for the Ebola virus and competed.... 8/1/2014 5:12 PM

Israel pushes deeper in Gaza after soldier seized
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Backed by tank fire and airstrikes, Israeli forces pushed deep into southern Gaza on Friday, searching for an Israeli army officer believed to be captured by Hamas fighters during deadly clashes that shattered an internationally brokered cease-fire.... 8/1/2014 4:40 PM

Uruguayan pot marketplace may go up in smoke
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) -- Uruguay's plan to create the world's first national, government-regulated marketplace for legal pot may be going up in smoke.... 8/1/2014 4:36 PM

UN chief blames Hamas for breaking cease-fire
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon blamed Hamas on Friday for violating the cease-fire in Gaza and demanded the immediate and unconditional release of an Israeli soldier reportedly captured after it started.... 8/1/2014 4:07 PM

A look at Israeli soldiers who have been captured
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli officer Hadar Goldin, a 23-year-old second lieutenant from the central Israeli city of Kfar Saba, was apparently captured on Friday in the mayhem that followed a surprise attack on Israeli troops by militants in the Gaza Strip.... 8/1/2014 3:47 PM

Ukraine: Body parts retrieved at jet crash site
HRABOVE, Ukraine (AP) -- Wearing gloves and carrying blue plastic buckets, international investigators finally began gathering up body parts and victims' belongings Friday in the fields where Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 came down.... 8/1/2014 3:28 PM

Why isn't there a treatment or vaccine for Ebola?
LONDON (AP) -- In the four decades since the Ebola virus was first identified in Africa, treatment hasn't changed much. There are no licensed drugs or vaccines for the deadly disease.... 8/1/2014 3:08 PM

Remains of Air Algerie crash victims now in Paris
PARIS (AP) -- France's foreign and transport ministries say the first traces of passenger remains from the site where the Air Algerie plane went down in Mali last month have been brought to Paris for identification.... 8/1/2014 2:54 PM

Tunisia closes borders with Libya after violence
RAS AJDIR, Tunisia (AP) -- Tunisia closed its main border crossing with Libya on Friday after thousands of stranded Egyptian and foreign nationals, fleeing militias' fighting and violence in Libya, tried to break through the passage, the Tunisian news agency said.... 8/1/2014 2:45 PM

Iran opens first state-run alcohol rehab center
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran has opened the country's first, state-run rehab and treatment center for alcoholism, an Iranian semi-official news agency reported on Friday.... 8/1/2014 2:42 PM

Poland marks 70th anniversary of Warsaw Uprising
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Sirens let out a long and mournful wail and people and traffic stood still on the streets of Warsaw on Friday as Poland commemorated the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising, a revolt against Nazi Germany that ended tragically for the Poles.... 8/1/2014 2:38 PM

Banksy's 'Spy Booth' artwork defaced
LONDON (AP) -- A mural by street artist Banksy that sparked a local preservation campaign has been defaced.... 8/1/2014 2:07 PM

Ukraine, Russia spar over soccer in Crimea
MOSCOW (AP) -- Five months after the annexation of Crimea, Russia and Ukraine are now squabbling over soccer clubs in the region.... 8/1/2014 1:29 PM