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Iraq parliament postpones decision on new leaders
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraq's deadlocked parliament ended its second session after just 30 minutes Sunday without making any progress toward forming a new government that can unite the country and confront the Sunni militant blitz that has seized control of a huge chunk of the country.... 7/13/2014 7:05 AM

Kerry in Vienna; extension of nuclear talks likely
VIENNA (AP) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and fellow foreign ministers are adding their diplomatic muscle to try and advance troubled nuclear talks with Iran, with a target date only a week away for a pact meant to curb programs Tehran could turn to making atomic arms.... 7/13/2014 6:45 AM

Aide to ex-Romanian leader Nicolae Ceausescu dies
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- A devoted aide of ex-Romanian leader Nicolae Ceausescu who was sent to quell protests that sparked the 1989 revolution has died. He was 87.... 7/13/2014 6:34 AM

Slovenia votes in early election amid instability
LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) -- Slovenes voted Sunday in a second early election in three years amid political instability that threatened the small eurozone nation's bid to pull out of an economic downturn.... 7/13/2014 6:27 AM

Israel calls for north Gaza evacuation after raid
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel briefly deployed ground troops inside the Gaza Strip for the first time early Sunday as its military warned northern Gaza residents to evacuate their homes, part of a widening offensive that's killed more than 160 Palestinians.... 7/13/2014 6:24 AM

Russia: 1 killed near Ukraine border by shell fire
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia's foreign ministry claimed Sunday that a Ukrainian shell hit a town on the Russian border, killing one person and seriously injuring two others.... 7/13/2014 6:15 AM

Explosions, fighting heard around Libyan airport
CAIRO (AP) -- Explosions and gunfire have been heard around the international airport in Libya's capital as airlines have cancelled some international flights.... 7/13/2014 6:05 AM

Chinese officials will buy more electric cars
BEIJING (AP) -- At least 30 percent of newly purchased government cars will be electric and other types of "new energy vehicles," China's official news agency reported Sunday, as the country attempts to tackle air pollution and encourage the electric car market.... 7/13/2014 6:02 AM

BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraq's parliament, deadlocked over leadership, meets briefly before adjourning until Tuesday.... 7/13/2014 5:54 AM

4 minor injuries at Spain's running of the bulls
PAMPLONA, Spain (AP) -- In the seventh bull run at this year's San Fermin festival in Spain, four people sustained injuries along Pamplona's narrow streets Sunday.... 7/13/2014 5:27 AM

North Korea launches missiles in latest test-fire
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North Korea launched two ballistic missiles into the sea on Sunday, South Korea said, the latest in a series of test-firings seen as expressions of anger over the North's failure to win talks on receiving outside aid, and over U.S.-South Korean military drills.... 7/13/2014 5:02 AM

11 Afghan security force members killed in attacks
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Insurgent attacks across Afghanistan have killed 11 Afghan security force members, authorities said Sunday, as a suicide car bomb attack wounded three NATO troops.... 7/13/2014 5:01 AM

Yemen's president fires 2 senior army commanders
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Yemen's president has fired two senior army commanders after last week's capture of a city by Shiite Hawthi rebels, state television reported.... 7/13/2014 4:53 AM

Ukraine govt denies president will be at Cup final
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko won't be attending the World Cup final in Brazil on Sunday, a government statement said, denying assertions by Brazilian officials that he would be there.... 7/13/2014 4:11 AM

Romania puts former prison commander on trial
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- For the first time since communism collapsed in Romania 25 years ago, a former prison commander goes on trial Monday charged with being responsible for the torture and murdering prisoners considered a threat to the country's old order.... 7/13/2014 3:37 AM

Anybody home? Pacific island of Niue hit by exodus
ALOFI, Niue (AP) -- It was a school once, but there are no children here anymore. The lonely building on this remote Pacific island now contains only a punching bag that someone has strung from the classroom rafters, and a note scrawled on the chalkboard in Niuean: "Keep this place clean," it says, "so it stays beautiful."... 7/13/2014 2:55 AM

Brazil protests fizzled, but roots of anger remain
IRAJA, Brazil (AP) -- The protesters who many feared would wreck Brazil's World Cup party failed to show up. While the national team fell short of claiming the coveted championship, the country at least can say the tournament that wraps up with Sunday's title game has gone off with only scattered demonstrations.... 7/13/2014 12:54 AM

Aruba's leader, legislators launch hunger strike
ORANJESTAD, Aruba (AP) -- Aruba's prime minister and several legislators have launched a hunger strike to protest what they say is meddling by the Dutch government in local financial affairs.... 7/12/2014 11:37 PM

Afghan rivals clinch deal, easing political crisis
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Afghanistan's two rival candidates reached a breakthrough agreement Saturday to a complete audit of their contested presidential election and, whoever the victor, a national unity government.... 7/12/2014 11:30 PM

Dejected Brazilians watch another World Cup loss
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Brazilians already downhearted at missing out on reaching the World Cup final watched in dismay Saturday as their national team lost to the Netherlands 3-0 in the third-place match.... 7/12/2014 8:35 PM