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MH17 victims' family: Airline lacking compassion
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- The family of two brothers killed in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 called the carrier rigid and bureaucratic Saturday, saying it has offered them no professional grief counselling in more than a week and refused to organize a flight home to Houston for the boys' grandmother.... 7/26/2014 1:08 PM

Egypt to try 20 suspected in terrorist attacks
CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's chief prosecutor charged 20 suspected militants Saturday with carrying terrorist attacks that killed seven people and wounded more than 100, amid new clashes between soldiers and insurgents in the restive Sinai Peninsula.... 7/26/2014 1:03 PM

Nigeria to screen airline travelers for Ebola
ABUJA (AP) -- Nigerian officials say they are screening passengers arriving from foreign countries for symptoms of Ebola, after a traveler from Liberia died of the contagious disease in Lagos.... 7/26/2014 12:55 PM

Israel agrees to extend Gaza war truce by 4 hours
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel agreed Saturday to extend a 12-hour humanitarian truce in the Gaza war by four hours, a Cabinet minister said. In Gaza, a health official said the Palestinian death toll in 19 days of fighting had surpassed 1,000.... 7/26/2014 12:53 PM

15 killed in Afghan attacks as vote count stops
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Attacks across Afghanistan, including hundreds of Taliban fighters swarming police checkpoints across the south, killed at least 15 people Saturday, officials said, as a recount in the country's presidential election halted before a major holiday.... 7/26/2014 12:52 PM

Spain ex-regional leader admits to undeclared cash
MADRID (AP) -- A former president of the Spanish region of Catalonia has admitted to concealing large sums of undeclared money in secret foreign bank accounts.... 7/26/2014 12:51 PM

Video shows smiling American bomber in Syria
BEIRUT (AP) -- An al-Qaida-linked group fighting in Syria has released video of the first American to carry out a suicide attack in the country's civil war, showing him smiling and saying he looked forward to going to heaven.... 7/26/2014 12:50 PM

Ukraine launches offensive to retake Donetsk
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Ukrainian officials said their forces advanced to the outskirts of a key town north of Donetsk on Saturday as they try to retake the stronghold held for months by pro-Russia rebels.... 7/26/2014 12:36 PM

Turkey: 20 police arrested for illegal wiretaps
ISTANBUL (AP) -- Turkey's state-run news agency says an Istanbul court has charged 20 police officers with illegal wiretapping and ordered their arrest pending a trial.... 7/26/2014 12:36 PM

Sunni politician seized in Iraq released by gunmen
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Gunmen in Iraq seized and later released a prominent Sunni politician, officials said Saturday, as confusion remained over who abducted the lawmaker.... 7/26/2014 12:27 PM

French minister calls on protesters to observe ban
PARIS (AP) -- French police fired tear gas as clashes broke out at a banned pro-Gaza demonstration on Saturday as thousands defied a ban on the protest.... 7/26/2014 12:22 PM

Obama, senior EU officials barred from Chechnya
MOSCOW (AP) -- Although Russia has not responded to U.S. sanctions by putting a travel ban on President Barack Obama, there's one part of the country he's blocked from: Chechnya.... 7/26/2014 12:19 PM

Aretha Franklin slams server's D-I-S-R-E-S-P-E-C-T
NIAGARA FALLS, Ontario (AP) -- Aretha Franklin has some harsh words for a server who showed D-I-S-R-E-S-P-E-C-T by telling the Queen of Soul she wasn't allowed to eat her takeout inside the restaurant.... 7/26/2014 12:16 PM

Custody death to mar NYC mayor's return from Italy
ROME (AP) -- New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and his family are wrapping up a whirlwind vacation in his ancestral homeland of Italy, complete with cheering crowds, paparazzi and, yes, even proof Italians do eat pizza with a knife and fork.... 7/26/2014 12:14 PM

AP PHOTOS: Brief cease-fire halts Gaza war
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- A brief cease-fire Saturday in the Gaza war between Israel and Hamas militants allowed thousands to return home to see the destruction.... 7/26/2014 12:10 PM

In Chinese shadow, Hong Kong fights for its future
HONG KONG (AP) -- As skyscrapers around Hong Kong harbor erupted into a reverie of laser beams and giant digital displays during their synchronized nightly light show, one innocuous 28-story building near the water's edge had stayed dark for months, clad in bamboo scaffolding for a face-lift.... 7/26/2014 11:51 AM

North Korea fires short-range missile into sea
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North Korea fired a short-range ballistic missile into waters off its east coast on Saturday, a South Korean defense official said, adding to its unusually high number of weapons tests this year. The launch came on the eve of the 61st anniversary of the signing of an armistice that ended the Korean War.... 7/26/2014 11:44 AM

Minister: Flights between Aruba, Venezuela resume
ORANJESTAD, Aruba (AP) -- Flights between Aruba and Venezuela have resumed after the South American country suspended them to protest the arrest of its designated counsel to the island territory, the highest-ranking Venezuelan official ever detained on a U.S. warrant, officials said Saturday.... 7/26/2014 11:38 AM

UN finds second black box of Air Algerie jet
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) -- The U.N. peacekeeping mission in Mali said Saturday that its experts found the second black box of the Air Algerie plane that fell from the sky and disintegrated in remote northern Mali, killing all 118 people onboard.... 7/26/2014 11:13 AM

Egypt warns Turkey of worsening ties
CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's Foreign Ministry on Saturday condemned Turkey's prime minister for calling Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi a "tyrant," warning already sour relations between the two countries could worsen.... 7/26/2014 9:45 AM