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Media rights group sues German spy agency
BERLIN (AP) -- Media rights group Reporters without Borders says it is suing Germany's foreign intelligence agency, claiming that it spies on the organization's emails sent to foreign contacts in countries such as China or Uzbekistan.... 7/1/2015 1:44 PM

Israel arrests dozens of Hamas operatives in West Bank
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's internal security service says it arrested 40 Hamas operatives working to expand the militant Islamic group's reach in the West Bank.... 7/1/2015 1:44 PM

Father: American burned in Taiwan park fire fights for life
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) -- The father of an American who was badly burned in a fire at a Taiwan water park said Wednesday that the family was anxious about how the young man would fare in the next few days.... 7/1/2015 1:43 PM

AP PHOTOS: Pope to visit poor in Ecuador, Bolivia, Paraguay
ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) -- Pigs rummage through garbage searching for leftovers. The people live in shacks made of plywood and corrugated metal. Any semblance of stability in the sprawling slum of 15,000 families is upended when heavy rains burst the banks of the nearby Paraguay River, turning dirt roads to impassable pools of mud.... 7/1/2015 1:41 PM

South Sudan military is accused of widespread abuses
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) -- South Sudan's army has burned people alive, raped and shot girls, and forced tens of thousands from their homes, according to interviews with survivors by The Associated Press and corroborated by human rights groups.... 7/1/2015 1:29 PM

Turnout slim as thousands in Hong Kong rally for democracy
HONG KONG (AP) -- Tens of thousands of Hong Kongers took to the streets Wednesday to renew their call for full democracy but the turnout was noticeably lower than in recent years, reflecting an impasse after a year of bitter battles over political reform.... 7/1/2015 1:28 PM

IAEA chief travels to Iran as nuke talks continue in Vienna
VIENNA (AP) -- The head of the U.N. agency tasked to monitor a nuclear deal is traveling to Tehran to meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, the agency said Wednesday, as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met again in Vienna with Iran's foreign minister.... 7/1/2015 1:18 PM

Western Europe sweats _ and enjoys _ unusual heat wave
PARIS (AP) -- Commuters bared lots of skin, temperatures broke records in cities and towns, and millions gulped down water or splashed away in it as Western Europe sweltered in a heat wave.... 7/1/2015 1:08 PM

Greece appears to cave to demands, but Europe skeptical
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece's government appeared to be caving into demands from its creditors on Wednesday, offering concessions in a desperate attempt to get more aid hours after its bailout program expired.... 7/1/2015 1:08 PM

Mural of rainbow flag sparks rare Palestinian debate on gays
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- A Palestinian artist whose mural of a rainbow flag on Israel's West Bank separation barrier was whitewashed by anti-gay protesters says his work sparked a rare debate among Palestinians about gay rights.... 7/1/2015 1:07 PM

Austrian court rejects jurisdiction in Facebook privacy suit
VIENNA (AP) -- A court in Austria has rejected a class-action lawsuit against Facebook alleging invasion of privacy, saying it lacks jurisdiction in the case.... 7/1/2015 1:05 PM

The Latest: Pope offers prayers for Greeks amid the crisis
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- The latest news on Greece's financial woes (all times local):... 7/1/2015 1:47 PM

World mayors, others pitch in toward global climate accord
LYON, France (AP) -- Hundreds of mayors, CEOs and trade groups from around the world are submitting their ideas for reducing global warming to the French government as it prepares to host a major U.N. climate conference later this year.... 7/1/2015 12:58 PM

Militants attack Egyptian army checkpoints in Sinai, kill 50
EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) -- Islamic militants on Wednesday unleashed a wave of simultaneous attacks, including suicide car bombings, on Egyptian army checkpoints in the restive northern Sinai Peninsula, killing at least 50 soldiers, security and military officials said.... 7/1/2015 12:55 PM

Anti-capitalist eco-crusader Naomi Klein hosted at Vatican
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Vatican has yet another strange bedfellow in its expanding ecological alliance, hosting anti-capitalist eco-crusader Naomi Klein at a conference on saving the planet.... 7/1/2015 12:48 PM

UN: At least 1,466 Iraqis killed in June due to violence
BAGHDAD (AP) -- At least 1,466 Iraqis were killed by armed conflict in June, up more than 40 percent from the previous month as security forces suffered mounting casualties battling the Islamic State group, according to U.N. figures released Wednesday.... 7/1/2015 12:46 PM

The Latest: Egyptian troops battling militants in Sinai
CAIRO (AP) -- The latest news on the coordinated militant attacks in Egypt's restive northern Sinai Peninsula that killed 50 soldiers (all times local):... 7/1/2015 12:46 PM

Hungary: fence on Serbia border forced step to stop migrants
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) -- Hungary's prime minister says the fence his country wants to build on the Serbian border to stem the flow of illegal migrants is a "forced measure" not aimed at its southern neighbor.... 7/1/2015 12:35 PM

Repatriation of British terror victims gets underway
LONDON (AP) -- Britain on Wednesday began repatriating the remains of victims of last week's terror attack at a Tunisian beach resort, as Prime Minister David Cameron confirmed that the British death toll rose to 27.... 7/1/2015 12:19 PM

Russia halts gas supply to Ukraine amid pricing dispute
MOSCOW (AP) -- The Russian gas company Gazprom halted supplies to neighboring Ukraine on Wednesday after the collapse of pricing talks, a company official said - but an EU official said both nations gave assurances the dispute would not affect the flow of Russian gas to Europe.... 7/1/2015 12:14 PM

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