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UN says civilians make up most of Gaza deaths
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Shopkeepers say they were sitting outside their shuttered businesses Wednesday, catching a break from being cooped up during wartime, when an Israeli missile struck a nearby mosque, killing a truck driver and wounding 45 people.... 7/23/2014 4:45 PM

UN chief 'alarmed' at rockets put at UN Gaza site
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. secretary-general says he is "alarmed" to hear that rockets were placed in a U.N.-run school in Gaza and that "subsequently these have gone missing."... 7/23/2014 4:40 PM

Honduran families deported back to a bleak future
TOCOA, Honduras (AP) -- Elsa Ramirez already had lost two brothers to violence in this remote Caribbean region when co-workers handling clandestine cocaine flights from South America murdered her husband four months ago.... 7/23/2014 4:25 PM

2 bombs kill at least 39 in Kaduna, north Nigeria
KADUNA, Nigeria (AP) -- Bomb blasts appearing to target former Nigerian military ruler Muhammadu Buhari and a prominent moderate Muslim cleric killed dozens of people Wednesday, but left both leaders unharmed, according to Nigerian state security.... 7/23/2014 4:12 PM

Canadian man faces terror charge
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- A Canadian man has been charged under a new anti-terrorism law for allegedly leaving the country to join Islamist fighters in Syria.... 7/23/2014 4:07 PM

Egypt judge: Al-Jazeera team did "devil's" work
CAIRO (AP) -- An Egyptian judge released his reasoning for harsh sentences issued against three Al-Jazeera journalists, saying they were brought together "by the devil" to destabilize the country.... 7/23/2014 4:06 PM

Bloomberg lands in Israel in show of support
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg landed Wednesday in Israel in spite of a U.S. flight ban amid the ongoing war in the Gaza Strip, offering the country support amid growing international frustration over the violence.... 7/23/2014 3:48 PM

Central African Republic's rebels sign cease-fire
BRAZZAVILLE, Republic of Congo (AP) -- Representatives of the Muslim and Christian factions battling in Central African Republic signed a cease-fire agreement on Wednesday in neighboring Republic of Congo.... 7/23/2014 3:45 PM

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 top U.S. diplomat reported progress in efforts to end fighting that has so far killed more than 680 Palestinians and 34 Israelis.... 7/23/2014 3:41 PM

Jailed Venezuelan opposition leader goes on trial
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- A top leader of the anti-government protests that wracked Venezuela for months this spring is getting his day in court.... 7/23/2014 3:40 PM

Malaysia jet victims' bodies arrive in Netherlands
EINDHOVEN, Netherlands (AP) -- Victims of the Malaysian jetliner shot down over Ukraine returned at last Wednesday to Dutch soil in 40 wooden coffins, solemnly and gently carried to 40 identical hearses, flags at half-staff flapping in the wind.... 7/23/2014 3:03 PM

Envoy urges UN to demand halt to Iraq extremists
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The top U.N. envoy in Iraq urged the Security Council on Wednesday to demand that the Islamic State extremist group stop all hostilities and atrocities.... 7/23/2014 2:57 PM

Politicized games before Scots' independence vote
GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) -- After years of exhaustive preparation formulating tactics to deliver success, comes the final push for glory in Scotland.... 7/23/2014 2:56 PM

UN rights chief warns of possible Gaza war crimes
GENEVA (AP) -- The U.N.'s top human rights official demanded Wednesday that all sides in the two-week war in the Gaza Strip refrain from indiscriminate attacks on civilians, warning that violations may amount to war crimes.... 7/23/2014 2:52 PM

Sierra Leone doctor fighting Ebola catches disease
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) -- Sierra Leone's health minister confirms that the doctor in charge of battling the current Ebola outbreak has himself become ill with the deadly disease.... 7/23/2014 2:43 PM

Somali lawmaker shot dead in drive-by shooting
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- Al-Qaida-linked gunmen killed a female Somali lawmaker, who was known for singing popular folk music, in a drive-by shooting Wednesday, a police official said. The slaying is the fourth assassination of a Somali lawmaker this year.... 7/23/2014 2:26 PM

Plane crashes while landing in Taiwan, killing 47
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) -- A plane attempting to land in stormy weather crashed on a small Taiwanese island late Wednesday, killing 47 people and wrecking houses and cars on the ground.... 7/23/2014 2:25 PM

Thousands attend tense pro-Gaza march in Paris
PARIS (AP) -- Days after two banned pro-Gaza protests degenerated into violence, several thousands of demonstrators marched Wednesday through Paris under the eye of hundreds of riot police, this time in a legal protest.... 7/23/2014 2:25 PM

Owner of Mexican shelter defends tough love
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- The owner of a group home raided last week amid abuse and filthy conditions defended her "tough love" approach, but acknowledged that things got out of control.... 7/23/2014 1:17 PM

Chinese leader signs accords, wraps up Cuba visit
HAVANA (AP) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping is wrapping up his visit to Cuba after signing dozens of agreements for such things as investment by Chinese firms on the island.... 7/23/2014 1:02 PM