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Germany asks top US spy to leave the country
BERLIN (AP) -- Germany took the dramatic step Thursday of asking the top U.S. intelligence official in Berlin to leave the country, following two suspected cases of American spying and the yearlong spat over eavesdropping by the National Security Agency.... 7/10/2014 10:22 AM

Qatar questions fate of citizens detained in UAE
DOHA, Qatar (AP) -- Qatar said Thursday it is looking into the fate of two of its citizens reportedly detained in the United Arab Emirates, a day after Emirati media reported that Qatari intelligence agents were being held by the federation.... 7/10/2014 10:21 AM

Robot writes Torah at Berlin's Jewish Museum
BERLIN (AP) -- The robot's quill runs across the paper scroll, from right to left, scribbling down ancient Hebrew letters with black ink. It is penning down the Torah, the Jews' holy scripture, and it is doing it much faster than a rabbi could because it doesn't need to take breaks.... 7/10/2014 10:17 AM

FIFA rejects Suarez appeal against ban for biting
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- FIFA has rejected Luis Suarez's appeal against his lengthy ban for biting an opponent in a World Cup match.... 7/10/2014 10:15 AM

KGB targeted intellectuals in 1968 Czechoslovakia
PRAGUE (AP) -- A researcher says Cold War documents released this week show that Soviet leaders were so worried about the 1968 Prague Spring reform movement in Czechoslovakia that they sent experienced KGB spies to help thwart it.... 7/10/2014 10:14 AM

UK govt seeks data retention law after EU verdict
LONDON (AP) -- Concerned after a European court ruled in favor of citizens' right to privacy, Britain's prime minister pledged Thursday to rush through emergency measures to force phone and Internet companies to store call and search records for a year.... 7/10/2014 10:05 AM

Islamic militants on offensive against Kurds
BEIRUT (AP) -- Islamic militants using weapons they recently seized in neighboring Iraq intensified an offensive against Kurdish areas in northern Syria as they fight to expand the territory under their control, activists said.... 7/10/2014 10:03 AM

Iraq's Kurds say will boycott Cabinet meetings
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's already testy relationship with Iraq's Kurdish minority further frayed Thursday, as the Kurds declared their politicians will boycott Cabinet meetings and authorities in Baghdad suspended all cargo flights to the largely autonomous northern Kurdish region.... 7/10/2014 9:51 AM

UN: no danger from stolen nuke material in Iraq
VIENNA (AP) -- The U.N.'s nuclear agency says atomic material has been taken from a university in Iraq in a region controlled by Islamic militants but it does not present a health, safety or proliferation risk.... 7/10/2014 9:46 AM

Market mood turns sour as Dow falls short of 17k
LONDON (AP) -- The failure of the main U.S. indexes to break through key thresholds and financial jitters in Europe weighed on markets Thursday as investors grew skeptical over the near-term outlook for stocks.... 7/10/2014 9:30 AM

9th Greek far-right lawmaker jailed pending trial
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greek judges have jailed a ninth lawmaker in connection with a criminal investigation into Nazi-inspired Golden Dawn - the country's third most popular party.... 7/10/2014 9:25 AM

Study says legal trade needed to end Somali piracy
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) -- A new study by two British universities says Somalia's piracy problem can be sustainably solved by building roads and harbors to encourage people in remote areas to engage in legitimate trade.... 7/10/2014 9:16 AM

Ex-OIC chief launches election campaign in Turkey
ISTANBUL (AP) -- The former head of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation has kicked off his campaign for president against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan by highlighting credentials as a champion of the Palestinian cause.... 7/10/2014 9:11 AM

Divisions appear among Ukraine's eastern rebels
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Divisions are appearing among the pro-Russia separatists fighting the Ukrainian government.... 7/10/2014 9:07 AM

Bank fears reignite Portugal market tensions
LISBON, Portugal (AP) -- Worries over the health of one of Portugal's largest financial groups hit the country's stock market hard Thursday and pushed up its borrowing rates.... 7/10/2014 9:03 AM

5 journalists jailed 10 years for Myanmar stories
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- Four reporters and the chief executive of the magazine they work for were sentenced Thursday to 10 years of hard prison labor for violating Myanmar's national security by writing and publishing stories about a weapons factory.... 7/10/2014 9:03 AM

US, China talk cyberhacking amid new allegations
BEIJING (AP) -- Top American officials said Thursday they challenged their counterparts in China to rein in alleged cybersecurity infringements as a new allegation emerged of a brazen attempt by Chinese hackers to break into U.S. government personnel files.... 7/10/2014 8:48 AM

Officials: US drone strike in Pakistan kills 6
DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan (AP) -- A suspected American drone fired two missiles at a compound in a troubled Pakistani tribal region on Thursday, killing six militants, two intelligence officials said.... 7/10/2014 8:32 AM

Vatican casts doubt on papal World Cup party
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Vatican says it is unlikely that Pope Francis and his predecessor, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, would get together to watch their home teams in the World Cup final on Sunday.... 7/10/2014 8:29 AM

India's new government unveils growth budget
MUMBAI, India (AP) -- India's new government introduced a reform-minded budget Thursday, telegraphing a contentious overhaul of populist subsidies and vowing to lift economic growth to rates of 7-8 percent by spending billions of dollars on infrastructure.... 7/10/2014 8:23 AM