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Expat Turks begin voting in presidential elections
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turks living abroad began voting Thursday to choose Turkey's first directly elected president. It is also the first time expatriate Turks are voting in their countries of residence for Turkish elections.... 7/31/2014 8:19 AM

Ex-Senegal leader's son starts corruption trial
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- The son of Senegal's president is going on trial after more than a year in jail, accused of illegally amassing some $248 million.... 7/31/2014 8:14 AM

Hezbollah commander killed in Iraq
BEIRUT (AP) -- Officials say a commander with the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah was killed in Iraq.... 7/31/2014 8:13 AM

Floods submerge south Romania, 2nd person drowns
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- Authorities in Romania said a second person has drowned after rivers burst their banks and the flooding has also damaged around 2,200 houses in the south of the country.... 7/31/2014 8:13 AM

Malaysian prime minister: stop fighting in Ukraine
AMSTERDAM (AP) -- Malaysia's prime minister on Thursday called on Ukrainian and pro-Russian separatists to agree to a cease-fire in the area surrounding the site where Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down.... 7/31/2014 8:03 AM

Russia ordered to pay another $2.5 bln for Yukos
PARIS (AP) -- The European Court of Human Rights on Thursday ordered Russia to pay out another 1.9 billion euros ($2.5 billion) to a group of shareholders of Yukos, the oil company the government dismantled over a decade ago.... 7/31/2014 7:58 AM

Aussie weightlifter arrested for alleged assault
GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) -- Australia's Commonwealth Games team was reeling Thursday after an alleged assault by one of its medalists and a rift within the track and field squad - just as the country's 20-year domination of the competition could be coming to an end.... 7/31/2014 7:58 AM

UK judge opens inquiry into Litvinenko killing
LONDON (AP) -- A British judge has opened an inquiry into the death of former Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko, saying the central question is whether the Russian state ordered the killing.... 7/31/2014 7:57 AM

Dad of jailed reporter: Son a victim of injustice
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- The father of an Australian Al-Jazeera journalist jailed in Egypt said Thursday that he respects the integrity of Egypt's courts but knows his son is the victim of injustice.... 7/31/2014 7:51 AM

Myanmar reports largest heroin seizure of year
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- A Myanmar drug squad seized more than 140 kilograms (300 pounds) of heroin in a town near the Thai border in the country's largest confiscation this year, state media reported Thursday.... 7/31/2014 7:46 AM

Investigators reach Ukraine jet crash site
ROZSYPNE, Ukraine (AP) -- An international team of investigators in eastern Ukraine on Thursday reached the crash site of the Malaysia Airline Flight 17 for the first time.... 7/31/2014 7:44 AM

2 killed, 1 injured in northeast China shootings
BEIJING (AP) -- Police in northeastern China said two people were killed and one injured Thursday in a pair of apparently related shooting incidents.... 7/31/2014 7:35 AM

AP Photos: Beating heat on Pyongyang's Moran Hill
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- Along with its towering monuments to socialism, bronze statues of its leaders and sprawling plazas for mass political gatherings and military parades, North Korea's showcase capital is a city of parks.... 7/31/2014 7:34 AM

Pillay: Israel, Hamas committing war crimes
GENEVA (AP) -- The U.N.'s top human rights official is accusing Israel and Hamas militants of committing war crimes in the latest Gaza war.... 7/31/2014 7:33 AM

Chinese man brings gay conversion therapy lawsuit
BEIJING (AP) -- A gay Chinese man said Thursday he was suing a psychological clinic for carrying out electric shocks intended to turn him straight, as well as the search engine giant Baidu for advertising the center.... 7/31/2014 7:33 AM

China lets 1st foreigners into army news briefing
BEIJING (AP) -- Not many years ago, foreign reporters in China trying to call the country's secretive military couldn't even get a connection because phone numbers assigned to the journalists were barred from reaching the Defense Ministry.... 7/31/2014 7:18 AM

German machinery industry hit by Russia tensions
BERLIN (AP) -- A group representing Germany's machinery industry revised its output forecast sharply lower on Thursday, pointing to the effects of political tension with Russia and the wider uncertainty it has caused.... 7/31/2014 6:56 AM

Former aide to Prince Philip charged in sex case
LONDON (AP) -- Prosecutors have charged a former aide to Prince Philip with three indecent assaults against a young girl in the early 1970s.... 7/31/2014 6:49 AM

S. Leone declares health emergency amid Ebola
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) -- The president of Sierra Leone declared a public health emergency as the Ebola crisis blamed for nearly 700 deaths deepened across West Africa, vowing to quarantine sick patients at home and conduct house-to-house searches for others who may have been exposed.... 7/31/2014 6:43 AM

Mudslide swallows Indian village; at least 30 dead
MALIN, India (AP) -- Rescuers using earth-moving equipment and their bare hands dug through heavy mud and debris Thursday after a landslide engulfed an entire village in western India, killing at least 30 people and leaving about 100 missing and feared dead.... 7/31/2014 6:40 AM