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Tropical Storm Bertha approaches Caribbean
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Tropical Storm Bertha swirled toward the Caribbean on Friday as islands in the eastern region prepared for heavy rains and strong winds.... 8/1/2014 8:20 AM

Blast flattens police building eastern Libyan city
BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) -- A strong explosion ripped through the main police building in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi early on Friday, nearly flattening it, days after Islamic militias overran army barracks and claimed control of the city.... 8/1/2014 8:19 AM

Ugandan court invalidates anti-gay law
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) -- A Ugandan court on Friday invalidated an anti-gay bill signed into law earlier this year, saying the measure is illegal because it was passed during a parliamentary session that lacked a quorum.... 8/1/2014 8:17 AM

5 suspected rebels killed in clash in Indonesia
JAYAPURA, Indonesia (AP) -- Five suspected rebels have been killed in a clash with Indonesian soldiers in restive Papua province.... 8/1/2014 8:09 AM

Investigators set up search base at jet crash site
HRABOVE, Ukraine (AP) -- With the sound of artillery fire in the distance, dozens of international investigators arrived Friday at the zone where a Malaysia Airlines plane crashed in eastern Ukraine and began preparations to comb the rural area for remains of as many as 80 victims and jet debris.... 8/1/2014 7:55 AM

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 7:51 AM

Italy, Poland vie for top EU foreign policy job
BRUSSELS (AP) -- The top diplomats of Italy and Poland are competing for the prestigious position of EU foreign policy chief amid the unfolding tensions with Russia.... 8/1/2014 7:48 AM

Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise departs Russia
MOSCOW (AP) -- The Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise departed for the Netherlands on Friday nearly a year after Russian authorities seized it during a protest against an oil platform, the Amsterdam-based environmental group said.... 8/1/2014 7:31 AM

Brokering a truce in Gaza no easy deal for Kerry
NEW DELHI (AP) -- Hours past midnight Thursday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was still working the phones, trying to come up with a cease-fire plan to stop the bloodshed in the Gaza Strip. He'd been pushing for a deal all day - in fact, for more than a week - and nailing down a final agreement was proving elusive.... 8/1/2014 7:24 AM

Iraq's top Shiite cleric appeals to politicians
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraq's most influential Shiite cleric is appealing to politicians not to be "an obstacle" in the process of transition as Iraq nears a deadline to select its next prime minister.... 8/1/2014 7:21 AM

Severed leg found in Dublin recycling plant
DUBLIN (AP) -- A severed leg has been found at a Dublin recycling plant, and police are searching trash for the rest of the body.... 8/1/2014 7:21 AM

35 killed, soldier missing as Gaza truce unravels
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- A Gaza cease-fire quickly unraveled Friday as violence erupted in and around the southern town of Rafah, with 35 Palestinians killed by Israeli shelling and the military saying one of its soldiers may have been abducted.... 8/1/2014 7:18 AM

Slovenia ex-premier gets brief prison furlough
LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) -- Slovenian ex-Prime Minister Janez Jansa has been granted a brief prison furlough to attend the country's first parliamentary session after he won a seat in last month's election.... 8/1/2014 7:17 AM

South Africa: Giraffe's head hits highway overpass
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Those responsible for the death of a giraffe whose head struck a South African highway overpass while it was being transported in a truck will likely be prosecuted under animal protection laws, an official said Friday.... 8/1/2014 7:12 AM

Pope slips out of Vatican, joins Jesuits for lunch
ROME (AP) -- Maybe Pope Francis is getting tired of the food in the Vatican hotel.... 8/1/2014 7:01 AM

Taiwan gas pipeline blasts kill 25, injure 267
KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan (AP) -- Heavy machinery pulled vehicles from huge trenches gouged by explosions along an underground pipeline in Taiwan's second-largest city that killed at least 25 people and injured 267.... 8/1/2014 6:59 AM

'B' sample confirms teen weightlifter's doping
GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) -- A 16-year-old Nigerian weightlifter faces being stripped of her Commonwealth Games gold medal after her backup doping sample confirmed a previous finding for banned substances.... 8/1/2014 6:52 AM

AP NewsAlert
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli army says soldier "feared" captured by Gaza militants.... 8/1/2014 6:47 AM

Appeal keeps French rogue trader Kerviel in jail
PARIS (AP) -- A Frenchman convicted of one of history's biggest trading frauds was accorded a conditional release from prison - only to have freedom denied with a quick appeal by the prosecutor's office.... 8/1/2014 6:46 AM

Japan names 5 disputed islets in East China Sea
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan on Friday named five uninhabited small isles belonging to an island group in the center of a dispute with China as part of efforts to reinforce its claim, a move likely to spark anger from Beijing and another claimant, Taiwan.... 8/1/2014 6:01 AM