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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

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 2:21 PM

2 bombs kill at least 39 in Kaduna, north Nigeria
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) -- At least 39 people were killed Wednesday by two bombings in the northern city of Kaduna, according to State Police Commissioner Umar Usman Shehu.... 7/23/2014 2:18 PM

UN rights chief warns of possible Gaza war crimes
GENEVA (AP) -- The U.N.'s top human rights official demanded Tuesday 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 2:14 PM

Malaysia jet victims' bodies arrive in Netherlands
EINDHOVEN, Netherlands (AP) -- Two planes carrying 40 coffins bearing victims of the downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 landed Wednesday in the southern city of Eindhoven, and pro-Russian rebels shot down two fighter jets in Ukraine's restive east as fighting flared in the region.... 7/23/2014 1:28 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

European carriers suspend more Tel Aviv flights
BERLIN (AP) -- Air France and Germany's two largest airlines on Wednesday canceled more flights to Tel Aviv because of safety concerns amid the fighting between Israel and Hamas.... 7/23/2014 12:45 PM

Envoy urges UN to demand halt to Iraq extremists
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The top U.N. envoy in Iraq is urging the Security Council to demand that the Islamic State extremist group stop all hostilities and atrocities.... 7/23/2014 12:35 PM

Death sentence given in AP photographer's killing
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- A Kabul court announced Wednesday that the Afghan police officer charged with killing Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus and wounding veteran AP correspondent Kathy Gannon has been convicted and sentenced to death.... 7/23/2014 12:30 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 12:15 PM

China detains employees of suspect meat seller
BEIJING (AP) -- Five employees of a company accused of selling expired beef and chicken to McDonald's, KFC and other restaurants in China were detained by police Wednesday after an official said illegal activity was an organized effort by the supplier.... 7/23/2014 11:52 AM

Ex-general to challenge Indonesian election defeat
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- Indonesia's losing presidential candidate plans to file a legal challenge in the nation's highest court, his campaign said Wednesday, a move that is likely to prolong the political uncertainty in the country's transition to democracy.... 7/23/2014 11:47 AM

Global stocks bolstered by US earnings, home sales
LONDON (AP) -- Markets were steady Wednesday as the focus turned toward U.S. corporate earnings and as tensions between Russia and the West over the downing of a Malaysian jetliner in Ukraine eased.... 7/23/2014 11:41 AM

Typhoon rains hit China; plane crashes in Taiwan
BEIJING (AP) -- The second typhoon to hit China in a week quickly weakened to a tropical storm as it reached the country's heavily populated southeastern provinces on Wednesday after passing across Taiwan overnight.... 7/23/2014 10:57 AM

Kerry cites progress in Gaza cease-fire talks
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Offering the first glimmer of hope for a Gaza cease-fire, the United States on Wednesday said negotiations to broker a truce between Israel and Hamas militants are making some progress even if an end to more than two weeks of bloodshed is nowhere near.... 7/23/2014 10:52 AM

Iraq lawmakers postpone vote on new president
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraq's parliament agreed to postpone a vote for a new president by a day on Wednesday as the extremist Islamic State group claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing in Baghdad the night before that killed 31 people, mainly civilians.... 7/23/2014 10:43 AM

Despite sanctions call, UK approves arms to Russia
LONDON (AP) -- Britain is still authorizing the export of arms and military equipment to Russia despite the government's call for tough sanctions over Moscow's arming of separatist rebels in Ukraine, a group of lawmakers said in a report Wednesday.... 7/23/2014 10:31 AM