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WHO: Ebola moving faster than control efforts
CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) -- An Ebola outbreak that has killed more than 700 people in West Africa is moving faster than the efforts to control the disease, the head of the World Health Organization warned as presidents from the affected countries met Friday in Guinea's capital.... 8/1/2014 9:49 AM

In brief lull, Gaza's displaced survey devastation
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Bassem Abul Qumbus looked in despair at the wreck of his home. Shells had punched holes in an upper-floor bedroom. A wall had collapsed into the kitchen. The dozens of baby chicks he'd been raising on the roof were dead, except for three tiny survivors and a slightly injured white duck.... 8/1/2014 9:46 AM

6 dead following earthquake in Algeria
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) -- Algerian officials say six people are dead and 420 injured following an earthquake that shook Algiers Friday morning.... 8/1/2014 9:44 AM

12,000 evacuees return after Taiwan gas explosions
KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan (AP) -- The 12,000 people who fled in fear of more gas pipeline explosions in Taiwan's second-largest city returned to their homes Friday after authorities said there was no more risk of blasts like the series that ripped apart streets overnight, killing 26 people and injuring 267.... 8/1/2014 9:42 AM

Slovenia ex-premier gets brief prison furlough
LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) -- Slovenian ex-Prime Minister Janez Jansa was granted a brief prison furlough on Friday to attend the country's first parliamentary session after he won a seat in last month's election.... 8/1/2014 9:17 AM

Pamela Anderson wants Faeroes to stop whale drive
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- A more than four century-old pilot whales drive in the Faeroe Islands is a "barbaric, psychotic frenzy" which should cease, actress and animal rights activist Pamela Anderson said Friday.... 8/1/2014 9:16 AM

Stocks down but US jobs report provides support
HONG KONG (AP) -- World stock markets sank on Friday, but the losses were tempered by a report showing the U.S. economy continues to create jobs at a steady pace. After big losses in the U.S. the day before, indexes in Europe were down sharply, though Wall Street was expected to stabilize.... 8/1/2014 9:15 AM

35 Palestinians killed, Israeli officer missing
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- A Gaza cease-fire quickly unraveled Friday as violence erupted in and around the southern town of Rafah, with at least 35 Palestinians killed by Israeli shelling and the military saying an infantry officer may have been captured.... 8/1/2014 9:00 AM

Ukraine: Search base set up at jet crash site
HRABOVE, Ukraine (AP) -- With the sound of artillery fire in the distance, dozens of international investigators arrived Friday at the zone where a Malaysia Airlines plane crashed in eastern Ukraine and began preparations to comb the rural area for remains of as many as 80 victims and jet debris.... 8/1/2014 8:57 AM

5 suspected rebels killed in clash in Indonesia
JAYAPURA, Indonesia (AP) -- Five suspected rebels were killed Friday in a clash with Indonesian soldiers in restive Papua province, the military said.... 8/1/2014 8:55 AM

Poland marks 70th anniversary of Warsaw Uprising
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Poland on Friday honored the fighters and victims of a 1944 rebellion against Nazi Germans by laying wreaths, lighting candles and singing insurgent tunes to mark the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising.... 8/1/2014 8:52 AM

Saudi King: Gaza war is "crime against humanity"
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah says the Gaza war is a "collective massacre" that has spared no Palestinian living there and describes it as a "crime against humanity."... 8/1/2014 8:40 AM

Iraq's top Shiite cleric urges peaceful transition
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraq's most influential Shiite cleric appealed to Iraqi politicians on Friday not to make themselves "an obstacle" in the country's transition as the deadline looms for selecting the next prime minister.... 8/1/2014 8:35 AM

Global trade deal goes back to drawing board
GENEVA (AP) -- The World Trade Organization began regrouping Friday to see whether it is still possible to finalize a major deal to boost global trade after a deadline passed to formally adopt it.... 8/1/2014 8:28 AM

Ebola fears nix Sierra Leone troop trip to Somalia
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- A military spokesman for the African Union mission in Somalia says the AU has canceled a planned troop rotation by Sierra Leonean forces because of the Ebola outbreak.... 8/1/2014 8:26 AM

Tropical Storm Bertha approaches Caribbean
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Tropical Storm Bertha swirled toward the Caribbean on Friday as islands in the eastern region prepared for heavy rains and strong winds.... 8/1/2014 8:20 AM

Blast flattens police building eastern Libyan city
BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) -- A strong explosion ripped through the main police building in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi early on Friday, nearly flattening it, days after Islamic militias overran army barracks and claimed control of the city.... 8/1/2014 8:19 AM

Ugandan court invalidates anti-gay law
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) -- A Ugandan court on Friday invalidated an anti-gay bill signed into law earlier this year, saying the measure is illegal because it was passed during a parliamentary session that lacked a quorum.... 8/1/2014 8:17 AM

Banksy's 'Spy Booth' artwork defaced
LONDON (AP) -- A mural by street artist Banksy that sparked a local preservation campaign has been defaced.... 8/1/2014 7:51 AM

Italy, Poland vie for top EU foreign policy job
BRUSSELS (AP) -- The top diplomats of Italy and Poland are competing for the prestigious position of EU foreign policy chief amid the unfolding tensions with Russia.... 8/1/2014 7:48 AM