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Shelling adds to mounting civilian toll in Ukraine
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Shelling in at least three cities in eastern Ukraine has hit a home for the elderly, a school and several apartment blocks, adding to a rapidly growing civilian death toll Tuesday.... 7/29/2014 11:39 AM

Myanmar information and health ministers step down
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- Myanmar's ministers for information and health have been allowed to retire, in the country's second Cabinet reshuffle in two months.... 7/29/2014 11:28 AM

China: Ex-security czar Zhou under investigation
BEIJING (AP) -- China's ruling Communist Party announced an investigation into a feared ex-security chief on Tuesday, demonstrating President Xi Jinping's firm grip on power and breaking a longstanding taboo against publicly targeting the country's topmost leaders.... 7/29/2014 11:18 AM

Hungary's opposition asks EU to protect democracy
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) -- An opposition group said Tuesday it would ask the European Union to step up its oversight of democracy in Hungary after the prime minster said he wants to transform the country from a liberal democracy into an "illiberal state."... 7/29/2014 11:16 AM

Hundreds evacuated, 1 dead in East Europe floods
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- One person died and several hundreds were forced to evacuate as surging floodwaters submerged villages in Eastern Europe on Tuesday.... 7/29/2014 11:14 AM

China reports deadly attack in northwest
BEIJING (AP) -- A mob armed with knives rampaged through part of China's volatile northwestern region of Xinjiang and police responded with gunfire, leaving dozens of people dead in the latest violence blamed on Islamic militants, state media reported Tuesday.... 7/29/2014 11:09 AM

Israel hits symbols of Hamas rule; scores killed
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Israel escalated its military campaign against Hamas on Tuesday, striking symbols of the militant group's control in Gaza and firing tank shells that Palestinian officials said shut down the strip's only power plant in the heaviest bombardment in the war so far.... 7/29/2014 11:02 AM

Shell hits despite cease-fire over Libyan airport
CAIRO (AP) -- A shell fired by warring Libyan militias hit an oil tank Tuesday near the capital's international airport, despite local officials saying they struck a cease-fire to allow firefighters to battle an out-of-control blaze at its oil depot, an official said.... 7/29/2014 10:53 AM

Strong quake shakes Mexico's Gulf coast
VERACRUZ, Mexico (AP) -- A strong earthquake shook much of eastern Mexico on Tuesday, but there were no reports of damage or injury.... 7/29/2014 10:52 AM

Elegant Louvre Garden infested with rats
PARIS (AP) -- Rats are on the rampage in the elegant garden of the Louvre Museum, so bold they romp onto the grass in broad daylight, defying death threats from sanitation workers and scaring tourists visiting the site.... 7/29/2014 10:19 AM

Death toll rises to 23 in Philippine road attack
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- A 3-year-old boy and his father died from wounds suffered in a brazen attack by Abu Sayyaf extremists on Filipinos celebrating the end of Ramadan, raising the toll Tuesday to 23 dead, officials said.... 7/29/2014 10:18 AM

West African airline suspends flights amid Ebola
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- Police officers deployed to Liberia's international airport to ensure passengers are screened for Ebola symptoms as a major regional airline announced Tuesday it was suspending flights to the cities hardest hit by an outbreak that has killed more than 670 people.... 7/29/2014 10:16 AM

China investigating Microsoft in monopoly case
BEIJING (AP) -- China's anti-monopoly agency announced an investigation Tuesday of Microsoft Corp., stepping up regulatory pressure on foreign technology companies.... 7/29/2014 10:16 AM

Suicide bomber kills Afghan president's cousin
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- A powerful cousin of outgoing Afghan President Hamid Karzai was assassinated by a suicide bomber hiding explosives in his cap on Tuesday, a provincial official said. It was the latest attack targeting Afghan power brokers and government officials as insurgents and political factions struggle for power ahead of the withdrawal of foreign combat forces by the end of this year.... 7/29/2014 10:15 AM

Burundi on edge amid rise of violent youth group
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) -- The group stoking fear among many Burundians includes stick-wielding men who sing patriotic tunes. The youth wing of Burundi's ruling party is also threatening and sometimes killing opposition members with impunity, a human rights watchdog group said Tuesday.... 7/29/2014 10:14 AM

16-year-old Nigerian weightlifter fails drug test
GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) -- A 16-year-old Nigerian weightlifter failed a doping test after becoming the youngest ever female to win a Commonwealth Games gold medal in the sport, organizers said Tuesday.... 7/29/2014 9:35 AM

Kosovo prosecutor suspects some killed for organs
BRUSSELS (AP) -- A special European Union prosecutor said Tuesday he had "compelling indications" that up to ten captives were killed to have their organs harvested for illegal trafficking and black market sale during the 1998-99 Kosovo war.... 7/29/2014 9:34 AM

Pope to visit Sri Lanka, Philippines Jan. 12-19
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Vatican has confirmed the dates for Pope Francis' second trip to Asia, a weeklong visit Jan. 12-19 to Sri Lanka and the Philippines.... 7/29/2014 9:27 AM

Turkish PM Erdogan returning Jewish American award
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is returning an award given to him by a Jewish American group in 2004, after the group asked for it back because of comments he made regarding the conflict in Gaza.... 7/29/2014 9:08 AM

Filipino rebels free 4 policemen taken 3 weeks ago
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Communist guerrillas on Tuesday freed four police officers they abducted from a police station in the southern Philippines three weeks ago, the military said.... 7/29/2014 8:55 AM