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Taiwan plane survivor crawls out, phones dad
XIXI, Taiwan (AP) -- The 10 survivors of Taiwan's worst air disaster in more than a decade include a 34-year-old woman who called her father after scrambling from the wreckage and seeking help at a nearby home.... 7/25/2014 1:05 PM

In Gaza, pediatrics wing crowded with war wounded
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- The pediatrics wing of the largest hospital in the Gaza Strip is filled with the youngest victims of more than two weeks of Israel-Hamas fighting.... 7/25/2014 1:05 PM

Russian execs fear lasting damage from plane crash
MOSCOW (AP) -- Having for months dismissed Western sanctions on Russia as toothless, business leaders here are now afraid that the downing of the Malaysian jetliner will bring about an international isolation that will cause serious and lasting economic damage.... 7/25/2014 1:02 PM

Australia, Netherlands ready to secure crash site
KHARKIV, Ukraine (AP) -- A small group of Dutch and Australian investigators combed the sprawling, unsecured site where Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 went down, taking notes and photos as their governments prepared police detachments they hope can help protect the crash area and bring the last of the victims home.... 7/25/2014 12:59 PM

Hezbollah leader vows to support Gazans
BEIRUT (AP) -- The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah group has vowed to support Palestinian militants battling Israeli troops in Gaza.... 7/25/2014 12:50 PM

5 killed in West Bank, amid new Gaza truce efforts
JERUSALEM (AP) -- The U.N. chief and the U.S. secretary of state made a new attempt Friday to nail down a temporary truce between Israel and Hamas, as Israel's 18-day military operation in the Gaza Strip fueled unrest in the West Bank, where five Palestinians were killed in protests.... 7/25/2014 12:48 PM

US fighter jets escort plane back to Toronto
TORONTO (AP) -- Two U.S. F16 fighter jets escorted a plane bound for Panama City back to Toronto's Pearson Airport about 45 minutes after departure after a passenger threatened the aircraft.... 7/25/2014 12:48 PM

FIFA rejects calls to strip Russia of World Cup
GENEVA (AP) -- FIFA rejected calls to move the 2018 World Cup from Russia, saying the tournament "can achieve positive change."... 7/25/2014 12:44 PM

Bayreuth Wagner fest starts with stage malfunction
BERLIN (AP) -- Bayreuth's annual opera festival has gotten off to an unexpectedly dramatic start, with a technical malfunction forcing an interruption shortly after the opening performance of Richard Wagner's "Tannhaeuser" kicked off.... 7/25/2014 12:37 PM

Gaza officials accuse Israel of war crimes at ICC
PARIS (AP) -- Top Palestinian officials have accused Israel of war crimes in Gaza, filing a complaint Friday to the International Criminal Court in The Hague.... 7/25/2014 12:27 PM

Prominent Libyan activist abducted amid clashes
CAIRO (AP) -- Armed men abducted a well-known Libyan political activist in the country's capital, his father said Friday, the latest in rampant attacks that have targeted officials, activists and foreigners in the strife-torn nation.... 7/25/2014 12:27 PM

Turkish high-speed rail opens between main cities
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkey inaugurated a high-speed rail service Friday linking Ankara to Istanbul which will cut travel time between the country's main two cities by half. The launch suffered a mishap however, with a technical fault causing the train to stop for 15 minutes until it was repaired.... 7/25/2014 12:26 PM

Top German court rejects bid for Eichmann files
BERLIN (AP) -- Germany's highest court has rejected a newspaper's bid to gain unrestricted access to all the foreign intelligence service's files on Adolf Eichmann, known as the architect of the Holocaust.... 7/25/2014 12:25 PM

Black box found at Air Algerie wreckage site
PARIS (AP) -- French soldiers recovered a black box from the Air Algerie wreckage site in a desolate region of restive northern Mali on Friday, officials said. Terrorism hasn't been ruled out as a cause, although officials say the most likely reason for the catastrophe that killed all 118 people onboard is bad weather.... 7/25/2014 12:18 PM

World stocks fall on US earnings, Russia sanctions
LONDON (AP) -- Global stock markets turned lower on Friday after weak earnings from Visa and Amazon and as European countries planned a range of sanctions against some Russian businesses.... 7/25/2014 12:17 PM

Rule change: Blood and bumps at Commonwealth Games
GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) -- It was the first bout of the boxing competition at the Commonwealth Games. Within minutes, Mathew Martin of Nauru had a large lump on his head from a punch. Northern Ireland's Michael Conlan, who won unanimously on points, had blood streaming down his face.... 7/25/2014 12:01 PM

Cyprus passes international bailout review
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) -- Cyprus' international creditors said Friday that the country's bailout program is making good progress as fiscal targets have been comfortably met, welfare reform has moved forward and more steps have been taken to shore up the banking sector.... 7/25/2014 11:59 AM

Lufthansa, Air France to resume Tel Aviv flights
BERLIN (AP) -- Air France and Germany's two biggest airlines decided Friday to resume flights to Tel Aviv after canceling operations for several days over safety concerns.... 7/25/2014 11:52 AM

Oil company worker from Malta is abducted in Libya
VALLETTA, Malta (AP) -- Malta's foreign ministry says a Maltese man who works for an oil company in Libya has been kidnapped by rebels on the outskirts of Tripoli.... 7/25/2014 11:50 AM

World Cup over, but some Argentines won't go home
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Lucas Bazan Pontoni rifled through his pockets for the 45-cent lunch fee as he stood in line at a downtown soup kitchen. When he came up short, an acquaintance sprang for the government-subsidized meal.... 7/25/2014 11:47 AM