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Iraqis: Jihadis destroy ancient mosque in Mosul
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Residents of the Iraqi city of Mosul say Islamic extremist militants have blown up a revered Muslim shrine traditionally said to be the burial place of the Prophet Jonah.... 7/24/2014 12:10 PM

UN says aid to Syria being used as `tactic of war'
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is accusing the Syrian government and opposition fighters of obstructing humanitarian aid to Syrians as "a tactic of war" and demanding that all parties allow access to millions in desperate need of help.... 7/24/2014 12:08 PM

Markets solid amid mixed US economic news
LONDON (AP) -- Markets were solid Thursday as geopolitical tensions largely related to the downing of a Malaysia Airlines jet over Ukraine subsided somewhat and after further upbeat U.S. jobs data was offset somewhat by surprisingly weak homes data.... 7/24/2014 12:03 PM

Ukrainian prime minister announces resignation
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk announced his resignation Thursday, opening the way for new elections that would reflect the country's starkly changed political scene after the ouster of pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych in February.... 7/24/2014 12:01 PM

Nokia sees brighter future without handset unit
HELSINKI (AP) -- There is life after mobile phones for Nokia.... 7/24/2014 12:00 PM

Taiwan searches plane wreckage for clues on crash
XIXI, Taiwan (AP) -- Firefighters uncovered ID cards and body fragments as they picked through wreckage Thursday for evidence to identify the victims of a plane crash that killed 48 people on a Taiwanese island.... 7/24/2014 11:51 AM

US pulls Peace Corps volunteers from Kenya
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- The Peace Corps is suspending its programs in Kenya because of security concerns and is pulling more than 50 volunteers out of the country until threat levels decrease, the Peace Corps and State Department said Thursday.... 7/24/2014 11:44 AM

Pope meets Sudanese woman sentenced to death
ROME (AP) -- Pope Francis met privately Thursday with a Sudanese woman who refused to recant her Christian faith in the face of a death sentence, blessing the woman as she cradled her infant daughter born just weeks ago in prison.... 7/24/2014 11:38 AM

Official: Air Algerie flight 'probably crashed'
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) -- An Air Algerie flight carrying 116 people from Burkina Faso to Algeria's capital disappeared from radar early Thursday over northern Mali, officials said. France's foreign minister said no wreckage had been found, but that the plane "probably crashed."... 7/24/2014 11:37 AM

South African race track lives on; Porsche buys
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- South Africa's most famous motor racing track just got an extension.... 7/24/2014 11:28 AM

Jewish group wants Turkish PM to return award
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- A Jewish American group is asking Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to return an award it gave him in 2004, accusing the Turkish leader of "dangerous rhetoric" and "inciting violence against the Jewish people."... 7/24/2014 11:22 AM

Ukraine accused of targeting civilians in east
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- War literally came to Alexander Litvinenko's living room, when a missile punched a gaping hole into the wall of his ninth-floor apartment. The 53-year-old college philosophy teacher had just stepped into his study to check the news online, barely escaping death.... 7/24/2014 11:22 AM


NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Officials: Peace Corps pulling more than 50 volunteers out of Kenya over security fears.... 7/24/2014 11:12 AM

Israeli fire hits UN facility in Gaza, killing 15
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Israeli tank shells hit a compound housing a U.N. school in the Gaza Strip on Thursday, killing at least 15 people and wounding dozens who were seeking shelter from fierce clashes on the streets outside, Palestinian officials said, as Israel pressed forward with its 17-day war against the territory's Hamas rulers.... 7/24/2014 11:00 AM

Rotting food prompts German gas leak scare
BERLIN (AP) -- Emergency officials called to check out a suspected gas leak in Germany found a culprit they didn't expect: a fridge full of rotting food.... 7/24/2014 11:00 AM

London critics fall for 'Shakespeare in Love'
LONDON (AP) -- A hit. A very palpable hit.... 7/24/2014 10:49 AM

6 dead in Mexico border shootings
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Six suspected cartel gunmen are dead following shootings in the northern Mexico state of Tamaulipas, near the Texas border.... 7/24/2014 10:41 AM

German prosecutors criticized in Nazi probe
BERLIN (AP) -- A lawyer for families of alleged victims of a suspected Nazi death camp guard who died this week before he could be extradited for trial says German investigators should have acted more quickly to bring charges.... 7/24/2014 10:25 AM

Planes with Malaysia Airlines bodies leave Ukraine
KHARKIV, Ukraine (AP) -- Two military aircraft carrying remains of victims from the Malaysian plane disaster departed for the Netherlands Thursday, while Australian and Dutch diplomats joined to promote a plan for a U.N. team to secure the crash scene which has been controlled by pro-Russian rebels.... 7/24/2014 10:24 AM

2 Finnish aid workers killed in Afghanistan
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Gunmen riding on a motorcycle opened fire and killed two Finnish women aid workers in the western Afghan city of Herat on Thursday, officials said, the latest in a series of attacks on foreign civilians that has rattled aid workers, contractors and journalists.... 7/24/2014 10:17 AM