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Samsung profit falls as smartphone sales slow
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Samsung Electronics Co. reported a bigger-than-expected fall in second quarter profit on Thursday and said it was uncertain if earnings from its handset business would improve in the current quarter.... 7/31/2014 12:13 AM

Australian leaders differ on Russian role in war
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Australia's prime minister and foreign minister on Thursday sent mixed messages on whether Russia was frustrating Dutch and Australian police efforts to retrieve the bodies of victims of the Malaysian airliner disaster in war-torn east Ukraine.... 7/31/2014 12:00 AM

Chinese minority scholar indicted for separatism
BEIJING (AP) -- An outspoken Chinese minority scholar was indicted on separatism charges amid a renewed flare-up of bloody anti-government violence in the country's far west.... 7/30/2014 11:29 PM

Hospital: 33 dead after Guinea concert stampede
CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) -- Hundreds of people leaving a late-night rap concert on a beach in Guinea rushed to leave through a single exit, creating a stampede that killed at least 33 people, officials said Wednesday.... 7/30/2014 11:28 PM

KFC owner says China scandal hurting sales
BEIJING (AP) -- The owner of the KFC and Pizza Hut restaurant chains said Thursday a food safety scandal in China has hurt sales and might be severe enough to cut into the company's global profit.... 7/30/2014 11:19 PM

AP PHOTOS: At least 17 die in Gaza school attack
JEBALIYA, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Shelling of a school crowded with refugees in Gaza early Wednesday killed at least 17 people and wounded 90 more, according to Palestinian health officials.... 7/30/2014 10:57 PM

Landslide hits Indian village, killing at least 21
NEW DELHI (AP) -- Rescuers worked in rain Thursday to dig through a remote village in western India where at least 21 people died as a landslide swept away scores of houses, possibly trapping many more people under debris, officials said.... 7/30/2014 10:56 PM

Cho to lead 2018 Olympics organizing committee
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Cho Yang-ho, the South Korean business tycoon who led Pyeongchang's successful bid to host the 2018 Winter Olympics, will take charge of the local organizing committee following the sudden resignation of the previous president.... 7/30/2014 9:18 PM

Peace Corps evacuates over Ebola as 2 isolated
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- The largest recorded Ebola outbreak in history has led the U.S. Peace Corps to evacuate hundreds of volunteers from three affected West African countries, and a State Department official on Wednesday said two volunteers were under isolation after having contact with a person who later died of the virus.... 7/30/2014 8:19 PM

Deadly Israeli strikes hit UN school, market area
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Israeli artillery shells tore through the walls of a U.N. school crowded with sleeping war refugees and back-to-back explosions rocked a market filled with shoppers Wednesday as Israel's stepped up campaign against Gaza's Hamas rulers claimed at least 116 Palestinian lives.... 7/30/2014 8:13 PM

Bolt upset over report he criticized Glasgow Games
GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) -- Even before stepping on the track, Usain Bolt caused a stir at the Commonwealth Games.... 7/30/2014 8:02 PM

Mexico prosecutors to question ex-governor's son
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexican prosecutors plan to question the son of a former governor after a video surfaced that purportedly shows him talking with the leader of a drug cartel, a federal official said Wednesday.... 7/30/2014 7:58 PM

El Salvador charges priest with helping gang
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) -- Police arrested a Spanish priest Wednesday on allegations he tried to get favorable treatment for Salvadoran gang members and helped smuggled contraband into prisons.... 7/30/2014 7:33 PM

32 nations back Judaism's Yom Kippur as UN holiday
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Thirty-two countries have written to a U.N. General Assembly committee asking the United Nations to recognize Judaism's holiest day, Yom Kippur, as an official holiday.... 7/30/2014 6:46 PM

Venezuela's opposition coordinator resigns post
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- The head of Venezuela's opposition alliance resigned Wednesday, delivering a blow to anti-government forces bitterly divided over how best to challenge socialist President Nicolas Maduro as frustrations rise with his handling of the struggling economy.... 7/30/2014 5:59 PM

Vatican taking action in divisive Paraguay diocese
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis is taking action in a divisive diocese in Paraguay where an Argentine priest, accused by a former superior of being a "serious threat to young people," has been removed as the No. 2.... 7/30/2014 5:38 PM

Bolivia to require visas for Israeli travelers
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) -- Bolivia's leftist president has declared Israel a "terrorist state" because of its offensive in the Gaza Strip, and his government will now require Israeli citizens to obtain a visa to visit the Andean nation.... 7/30/2014 5:23 PM

Victims of 1982 Guatemala massacre laid to rest
SANTA MARIA NEBAJ, Guatemala (AP) -- The remains of 31 Ixil Mayans killed more than three decades ago during the height of Guatemala's civil war were laid to rest Wednesday in the country's western highlands amid the sounds of a violin and wafts of incense.... 7/30/2014 5:18 PM

Bank scandal tarnishes powerful Portuguese family
LISBON, Portugal (AP) -- Portugal's Espirito Santo family business survived wars, dictatorship, revolution and family feuds for almost 150 years. Now, one of Europe's last banking dynasties is being stripped of its wealth and influence amid accounting irregularities, huge unreported debts, record losses at the family bank and a police investigation.... 7/30/2014 5:16 PM

US imposes travel ban on some Venezuelan officials
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Amid escalating tensions with Venezuela, the U.S. State Department on Wednesday announced a travel ban for officials of the socialist government it said committed human rights abuses during a crackdown on opposition protests.... 7/30/2014 5:02 PM