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UN chief urges Israeli-Palestinian cease-fire
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Thursday that it is more urgent than ever to avoid another Israeli-Palestinian war that could engulf the entire region and called on both sides to agree to a cease-fire.... 7/10/2014 3:12 PM

Foreign ministers to join troubled Iran nuke talks
VIENNA (AP) -- Big-power foreign ministers are joining Iran nuclear talks on a diplomatic rescue mission. But even their muscle is seen as unlikely to bridge differences on Tehran's atomic activities in time to meet the July 20 target date for a deal.... 7/10/2014 3:12 PM

Police plan to re-arrest Whelan in scalping case
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Brazilian police plan to re-arrest the director of a World Cup hospitality company implicated in a ticket scalping scheme.... 7/10/2014 3:10 PM

UN chief names de Mistura to be Syria point man
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has officially named veteran Italian-Swedish diplomat Staffan de Mistura to be the new U.N. point man on Syria, with a mandate to try to end the conflict now in its fourth year.... 7/10/2014 3:03 PM

Germany kicks out top US spy over espionage claims
BERLIN (AP) -- Germany on Thursday demanded Washington's top spy in Berlin leave the country as a new round of allegations of U.S. espionage worsened the friction between the two allies.... 7/10/2014 2:44 PM

Divisions appear among Ukraine's eastern rebels
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Deep strains emerged Thursday in the ranks of Ukraine's pro-Russia insurgents, as dozens of militiamen turned in their weapons in disgust at Russian inaction and bickering broke out between rebel factions.... 7/10/2014 2:43 PM

Israel escalates Gaza offensive, casualties mount
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel dramatically escalated its aerial assault targeting hundreds of Hamas sites in the Gaza Strip Thursday as Palestinians reported the strikes also hit a home and a beachside cafe, raising the total number of people killed in this week's offensive to at least 85. Israel's missile defense system also once again intercepted rockets fired by Gaza militants at the country's two largest cities, Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.... 7/10/2014 2:43 PM

France pleads for new EU economic strategy
PARIS (AP) -- France's economy minister is blaming European authorities for the lack of growth in France and Europe, and says it's time for a new economic policy that shuns austerity.... 7/10/2014 1:56 PM

Portuguese bank fears rekindle euro market tension
LISBON, Portugal (AP) -- The specter of Europe's financial crisis is back to haunt investors.... 7/10/2014 1:33 PM

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 Thursday.... 7/10/2014 1:28 PM

Greek heart surgeon arrested on bribery charges
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greek authorities have arrested a heart surgeon in a major Athens hospital on charges of bribery and blackmail for allegedly demanding money in order to perform urgent surgery, police said Thursday.... 7/10/2014 12:34 PM

Ex-OIC chief launches election campaign in Turkey
ISTANBUL (AP) -- The former head of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation kicked off his campaign to become president of Turkey Thursday, highlighting his credentials as a champion of the Palestinian cause and promising to be a uniting force.... 7/10/2014 12:21 PM

Impunity in C. African Republic must end: Amnesty
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- Fighters on both sides of the conflict in Central African Republic are living freely despite committing war crimes and some who have been jailed already have escaped from prison, Amnesty International said Thursday.... 7/10/2014 12:19 PM

13 killed in 2 shootouts in southern Mexico town
ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) -- Two days of gun battles in a southern Mexican town have left 13 people dead, officials said Thursday.... 7/10/2014 12:08 PM

Hoping to project power, China finds itself alone
BEIJING (AP) -- Nearly three decades after Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping famously instructed his diplomats to "be good at maintaining a low profile and never claim leadership," a new generation of rulers has made it clear that they're ready to shed the humility and show off their country's rising military and political power.... 7/10/2014 11:56 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 11:55 AM

Market mood turns sour amid Portugal tensions
LONDON (AP) -- Renewed financial jitters in Europe and the failure of U.S. indexes to break through key thresholds weighed on markets Thursday as investors grew skeptical over the outlook for stocks.... 7/10/2014 11:54 AM

A rare look inside Pakistan's militant haven
MIRAN SHAH, Pakistan (AP) -- The streets of the one-time militant haven of Miran Shah were all but deserted, with only a few donkeys wandering around and soldiers standing guard in the alleys and roads. The destroyed buildings were testament to the ferocity of a government operation to clear this area in northwestern Pakistan of extremists.... 7/10/2014 11:49 AM

German, French leaders call Putin over Ukraine
BERLIN (AP) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande have urged Russia to use its influence on rebels in eastern Ukraine so that a meeting on a possible cease-fire can take place as soon as possible.... 7/10/2014 11:23 AM

KGB targeted intellectuals in 1968 Czechoslovakia
PRAGUE (AP) -- 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, a researcher said Thursday.... 7/10/2014 11:13 AM