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Typhoon weakens after landing in southeast China
BEIJING (AP) -- Typhoon Matmo churned ashore in southeastern China on Wednesday and was downgraded to a tropical storm, while the death toll from last week's more powerful Typhoon Rammasun rose further.... 7/23/2014 7:46 AM

Bodies of Malaysia jet victims leave Ukraine
KHARKIV, Ukraine (AP) -- Two military aircraft carrying the first bodies of victims of the Malaysia Airlines crash left the embattled plains of eastern Ukraine Wednesday, while British investigators began work on a pair of "black boxes" to retrieve data on the flight's last minutes.... 7/23/2014 7:44 AM

2 Ukrainian military fighter jets shot down
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Two Ukrainian military fighter jets have been shot down in the east, according to the country's Defense Ministry.... 7/23/2014 7:40 AM

Lithuania to adopt euro currency in January
BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Union is giving Lithuania the green light to adopt the euro currency starting next year.... 7/23/2014 7:39 AM

Coroner: Heroin overdose killed Peaches Geldof
LONDON (AP) -- A British coroner has concluded that model and TV personality Peaches Geldof died from a heroin overdose.... 7/23/2014 7:34 AM

Kerry cites progress in Gaza cease-fire talks
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Offering the first glimmer of hope for a Gaza cease-fire, the United States on Wednesday said negotiations to broker a truce between Israel and Hamas militants are making some progress even if an end to more than two weeks of bloodshed is nowhere near.... 7/23/2014 7:33 AM

Afghanistan criticizes Pakistan; policeman killed
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The Afghan intelligence service accused Pakistan on Wednesday of stoking instability in the country by backing militants who stage attacks in Afghanistan.... 7/23/2014 7:23 AM

Americans aplenty as UK's Booker Prize goes global
LONDON (AP) -- The Americans have arrived in force for Britain's Booker literary prize.... 7/23/2014 7:13 AM

Shipwrecked Concordia making final voyage off isle
GIGLIO ISLAND, Italy (AP) -- The Costa Concordia cruise liner began its final voyage Wednesday, slowly being towed away from the tiny Italian island where it capsized more than two years ago, killing 32 people.... 7/23/2014 7:09 AM

Israel, Hamas battle over public opinion online
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Beyond the boom of Israeli airstrikes and the stream of rockets fired from Gaza, Israel and Hamas are also battling to control the message emanating from this latest Israeli-Palestinian conflagration.... 7/23/2014 7:09 AM

US pushes for truce as Gaza battle rages
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Israeli troops battled Hamas militants on Wednesday near a southern Gaza Strip town as the U.S. secretary of state flew into Israel to press top-gear efforts for a truce in the conflict that has so far killed at least 657 Palestinians and 31 Israelis.... 7/23/2014 6:57 AM

Son of British singer Adele wins privacy case
LONDON (AP) -- British singer Adele's toddler son has won a five-figure sum in damages after paparazzi photographed private family moments.... 7/23/2014 6:55 AM

Iraq to vote on president after deadly bombing
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraq's parliament convened to vote for a new president on Wednesday as the extremist Islamic State group claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing in Baghdad the night before that killed 31 people, mainly civilians.... 7/23/2014 6:53 AM

Thai junta defends strong powers under new charter
BANGKOK (AP) -- Thailand's new temporary constitution allows the leader of the ruling junta to become interim prime minister and gives the military government sweeping powers in the run-up to a planned October 2015 election, a senior army official said Wednesday.... 7/23/2014 7:53 AM

School head arrested in India after girl, 6, raped
NEW DELHI (AP) -- The head of a school in southern India where a 6-year-old girl was raped earlier this month was arrested on Wednesday and charged with hindering the investigation and negligence, police said.... 7/23/2014 6:43 AM

China detains employees of suspect meat seller
BEIJING (AP) -- Five employees of a company accused of selling expired beef and chicken to McDonald's, KFC and other restaurants in China were detained by police Wednesday after an official said illegal activity was an organized effort by the supplier.... 7/23/2014 6:41 AM

South Africa: Rhino poacher gets 77 years in jail
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- A rhino poacher in South Africa has been sentenced to 77 years in prison in one of the heaviest penalties aimed at curbing poachers who target rhinos for their horns, which fetch a high price on the illegal market in parts of Asia.... 7/23/2014 6:33 AM

UN rights chief: Strong possibility of Gaza crimes
GENEVA (AP) -- The U.N.'s top human rights official has told diplomats that Israel's military and Hamas militants appear to have violated international humanitarian law and might have committed war crimes during their two-week war in the Gaza Strip.... 7/23/2014 6:14 AM

Despite sanctions call, UK OKs Russia arms exports
LONDON (AP) -- Britain is still authorizing the export of arms and military equipment to Russia despite the government's call for tough sanctions over Moscow's arming of separatist rebels in Ukraine, a group of lawmakers said Wednesday.... 7/23/2014 6:04 AM

Global stocks bolstered by US earnings, home sales
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Global stocks mostly rose Wednesday, bolstered by solid U.S. earnings and home sales as tensions between Russia and the West over Ukraine eased.... 7/23/2014 5:52 AM