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Ukraine launches offensive to retake Donetsk
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Ukrainian officials said their forces advanced to the outskirts of a key town north of Donetsk on Saturday in hopes of retaking the stronghold held for months by pro-Russia rebels.... 7/26/2014 11:06 AM

Bombing kills 4 Afghan civilians; vote count halts
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- A bomb blast in southern Afghanistan killed four civilians Saturday, an official said, as a recount in the country's presidential election halted before a major holiday.... 7/26/2014 11:04 AM

AP PHOTOS: Brief cease-fire halts Gaza war
GAZA CITY, Gaza (AP) -- A brief cease-fire Saturday in the Gaza war between Israel and Hamas militants allowed thousands to return home to see the destruction.... 7/26/2014 10:46 AM

North Korea fires short-range missile into sea
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korea's Defense Ministry says North Korea has fired a short-range ballistic missile into waters off its east coast.... 7/26/2014 10:43 AM

UN finds second black box of Air Algerie jet
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) -- The U.N. peacekeeping mission in Mali said Saturday that its experts found the second black box of the Air Algerie plane that fell from the sky and disintegrated in remote northern Mali, killing all 118 people onboard.... 7/26/2014 10:36 AM

Egypt to try 20 suspected in terrorist attacks
CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's chief prosecutor charged 20 suspected militants Saturday with carrying terrorist attacks that killed seven people and wounded more than 100, amid new clashes between soldiers and insurgents in the restive Sinai Peninsula.... 7/26/2014 10:30 AM

Egypt warns Turkey of worsening ties
CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's Foreign Ministry on Saturday condemned Turkey's prime minister for calling Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi a "tyrant," warning already sour relations between the two countries could worsen.... 7/26/2014 9:45 AM

Activists: Car bomb explodes in north Syria town
BEIRUT (AP) -- A car bomb exploded in a northern Syrian town near the Turkish border Saturday, killing and wounding a number of people hours after Syrian rebels shot down a helicopter gunship over a slum in the northern city of Aleppo, activists said.... 7/26/2014 9:19 AM

Minister: Flights between Aruba, Venezuela resume
ORANJESTAD, Aruba (AP) -- Flights between Aruba and Venezuela have resumed after the South American country suspended them following the arrest of the highest-ranking Venezuelan official ever detained on a U.S. warrant.... 7/26/2014 9:12 AM

French minister calls on protesters to observe ban
PARIS (AP) -- France's interior minister has called on organizers of a banned pro-Gaza protest to observe the order, fearing anti-Semitic violence.... 7/26/2014 8:41 AM

Hungary leader says NGOs serving foreign interests
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) -- Hungary's prime minister says that certain civic groups financed from abroad are holding back the nation's development.... 7/26/2014 8:39 AM

In Gaza lull, residents return to destroyed areas
BEIT HANOUN, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Thousands of Gaza residents who had fled Israel-Hamas fighting streamed back to devastated border areas during a lull Saturday to find large-scale destruction: scores of homes were pulverized, wreckage blocked roads and power cables dangled in the streets.... 7/26/2014 8:33 AM

Diplomats call for extension of Gaza cease-fire
PARIS (AP) -- Foreign Ministers from seven nations are calling for an extension of the 12-hour humanitarian cease-fire in the Gaza Strip.... 7/26/2014 8:31 AM

Russia: EU sanctions weaken anti-terrorism efforts
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia lashed out Saturday at the latest round of Ukraine-related sanctions imposed by the European Union, saying they endanger the fight against international terrorism, and accused the United States of spreading flagrant lies about Russia's alleged involvement in the downing of a Malaysian airliner over Ukraine.... 7/26/2014 8:28 AM

Sunni official taken by gunmen in Baghdad
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Gunmen traveling in 10 black SUVs seized a senior Sunni politician who had previously been jailed on terrorism charges from his home in Baghdad, police officers said Saturday.... 7/26/2014 7:40 AM

2 critics of Swaziland government sentenced
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Two government critics in Swaziland have been sentenced to two years in prison after being found guilty of contempt of court for publishing articles lamenting alleged threats to judicial independence in the southern African kingdom.... 7/26/2014 7:31 AM

Malaysian prime minister to travel to Netherlands
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak will travel to the Netherlands on Wednesday to discuss the downed Malaysia Airlines jet with his Dutch counterpart.... 7/26/2014 6:23 AM

AP Essay: Air tragedies bring grief without order
LONDON (AP) -- When air travel goes wrong, the modern world has given us a script to follow.... 7/26/2014 4:24 AM

Holy month of Ramadan is a big boon for retailers
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Glitzy billboards in the Middle East and postage stamps in the U.S. Advertisements for lingerie and sales on modest skirts. Lavish buffets and cellphone apps.... 7/26/2014 2:21 AM

In Chinese shadow, Hong Kong fights for its future
HONG KONG (AP) -- As skyscrapers around Hong Kong harbor erupted into a reverie of laser beams and giant digital displays during their synchronized nightly light show, one innocuous 28-story building near the water's edge had stayed dark for months, clad in bamboo scaffolding for a face-lift.... 7/26/2014 2:01 AM