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Israeli strikes on Gaza, rocket fire, break lull
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli jets pounded three Hamas sites in Gaza on Monday after a rocket was launched at Israel, disrupting a relative lull in the war-torn territory at the start of a major Muslim holiday.... 7/28/2014 5:40 AM

Russia ordered to pay $50 billion over Yukos
LONDON (AP) -- An international court on Monday ordered Russia to pay over $50 billion in compensation to the former majority shareholder of now-defunct oil producer Yukos over the expropriation of the company more than 10 years ago.... 7/28/2014 5:39 AM

UN rights chief: Flight 17 possible war crime
GENEVA (AP) -- The downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 may be a war crime, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Monday.... 7/28/2014 5:36 AM

China profits boost Asia stocks, Europe unenthused
BEIJING (AP) -- Asian stock markets were mostly higher Monday, shrugging off jitters about stiffer Western sanctions against Russia, after China reported strong corporate profits. Benchmarks in Paris and London also rose but many other European markets drifted lower.... 7/28/2014 5:29 AM

Oil depot catches fire amid clashes in Tripoli
CAIRO (AP) -- The Libyan government on Monday appealed for international help after a huge oil depot caught fire amid clashes over the country's international airport in the capital, Tripoli.... 7/28/2014 5:27 AM

Meat supplier says China unit violated standards
BEIJING (AP) -- A U.S. meat supplier says a Chinese unit embroiled in a safety scandal has fallen short of its requirements for maintaining high standards.... 7/28/2014 5:17 AM

HK pro-democracy news site folds, citing pressure
HONG KONG (AP) -- A popular Hong Kong pro-democracy website has closed, citing political pressure, the latest sign of mounting tensions as the semiautonomous Chinese city braces for a possible shutdown of its financial center by activists fighting Beijing's desire to limit democratic reforms.... 7/28/2014 5:15 AM

Death toll mounts as clashes intensify in Ukraine
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- At least eight civilians have been killed by fighting and shelling in two Ukrainian cities held by separatist militants, officials in the rebellion-wracked east said Monday.... 7/28/2014 4:33 AM

Memorial at sea for Ind. pilots after deadly crash
PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (AP) -- Nearly a hundred people gathered on a ferry Sunday off the coast of American Samoa during a memorial service honoring the Indiana teenager who died and his father who is missing after their plane crashed during an attempt to circumnavigate the world.... 7/28/2014 4:29 AM

Pakistani mob attacks minority Muslims, kills 3
LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) -- Pakistani police say a mob has burned down several homes belonging to minority Ahmadi Muslims in the country's east, killing a woman and her two granddaughters following rumors about blasphemous postings on Facebook.... 7/28/2014 4:29 AM

Outgoing Karzai says Afghans need new president
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Afghanistan's outgoing leader Hamid Karzai says his nation needs a new president and urged for a speedy conclusion to the ballot audit that will determine his successor.... 7/28/2014 4:25 AM

Chinese police remove church cross amid crackdown
BEIJING (AP) -- Hundreds of police took down a church's cross Monday in a city known as "China's Jerusalem" for its many houses of worship amid a crackdown on church buildings in a coastal region where thousands of people are embracing Christianity.... 7/28/2014 4:14 AM

Filipino extremists kill at least 18 villagers
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Abu Sayyaf gunmen killed at least 18 villagers, including women and children, in a road attack Monday as the civilians traveled in two vans to visit relatives and celebrate the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan in the southern Philippines, military officials said.... 7/28/2014 3:37 AM

UN Security Council calls for Gaza cease-fire
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. Security Council called for "an immediate and unconditional humanitarian cease-fire" in the Gaza war between Israel and Hamas at an emergency meeting just after midnight (0400 GMT) Monday morning.... 7/28/2014 3:28 AM

Sri Lankan asylum seekers fly to Australia
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- More than 150 Sri Lankan asylum seekers who languished on an Australian customs vessel for weeks have been temporarily brought to a detention center on Australia's mainland where their identities will be determined by Indian officials, a government minister said Monday.... 7/28/2014 3:02 AM

China announces war games starting Tuesday
BEIJING (AP) -- China has set up alternative flight routes to minimize delays related to military exercises along its southeastern coast that start Tuesday, the Defense Ministry said.... 7/28/2014 2:44 AM

US exports help Germany increase coal, pollution
LUENEN, Germany (AP) -- One of Germany's newest coal-fired power plants rises here from the banks of a 100-year-old canal that once shipped coal mined from the Ruhr Valley to the world.... 7/28/2014 2:26 AM

Toppled crosses in China spur defiance
WUXI VILLAGE, China (AP) -- The battle started when a government-hired crew tore down the metal cross atop the one-room church in this village surrounded by rice paddies last month.... 7/28/2014 2:19 AM


MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Philippine military says at least 16 villagers killed by Abu Sayyaf militants in road ambush.... 7/28/2014 1:54 AM

Rosario Murillo: Nicaragua's 'first comrade'
MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) -- In Nicaragua, where Marxist dogma has given way to a free market economy, the red-and-black flags of the Sandinista revolution have been supplanted by the pink and baby blue colors favored by the country's first lady, "la companera" Rosario Murillo.... 7/28/2014 12:01 AM