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Toppled crosses in China spur defiance
WUXI VILLAGE, China (AP) -- The battle started when a government-hired crew tore down the metal cross atop the one-room church in this village surrounded by rice paddies last month.... 7/28/2014 2:19 AM

China profits boost Asian stock markets
BEIJING (AP) -- Asian stock markets were mostly higher Monday, shrugging off jitters about stiffer Western sanctions against Russia, after China reported strong corporate profits.... 7/28/2014 2:17 AM

Relative lull in Gaza as UN calls for cease-fire
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel and Hamas have lowered the pace of the fighting in the three-week-old Gaza war as international efforts intensify to end the conflict that has already killed 1,030 Palestinians and 43 Israeli soldiers.... 7/28/2014 2:12 AM

Filipino extremists kill at least 16 villagers
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Philippine military officials say Abu Sayyaf gunmen have killed at least 16 villagers, including women and children, in a road attack as the civilians traveled in two vans to visit relatives at the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan in the south of the country.... 7/28/2014 2:06 AM

UN Security Council calls for Gaza cease-fire
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. Security Council called for "an immediate and unconditional humanitarian cease-fire" in the Gaza war between Israel and Hamas at an emergency meeting just after midnight (0400 GMT) Monday morning.... 7/28/2014 2:02 AM

Memorial at sea for Ind. pilots after deadly crash
PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (AP) -- Nearly a hundred people gathered on a ferry Sunday off the coast of American Samoa during a memorial service honoring the Indiana teenager who died and his father who is missing after their plane crashed during an attempt to circumnavigate the world.... 7/28/2014 1:27 AM

US exports help Germany increase coal, pollution
LUENEN, Germany (AP) -- One of Germany's newest coal-fired power plants rises here from the banks of a 100-year-old canal that once shipped coal mined from the Ruhr Valley to the world.... 7/28/2014 12:14 AM

Rosario Murillo: Nicaragua's 'first comrade'
MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) -- In Nicaragua, where Marxist dogma has given way to a free market economy, the red-and-black flags of the Sandinista revolution have been supplanted by the pink and baby blue colors favored by the country's first lady, "la companera" Rosario Murillo.... 7/28/2014 12:01 AM

Girls killed, hurt in attack in Thailand's south
HAT YAI, Thailand (AP) -- A 12-year-old girl was killed and seven people, including two other girls, were wounded in a roadside bomb attack near an army base in Thailand's insurgency-plagued south, police said Monday.... 7/27/2014 11:51 PM

Aruba releases Venezuelan diplomat sought by US
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- Aruba's government released a former Venezuelan general who was detained on U.S. drug charges when he arrived to serve as his country's consul on the Dutch Caribbean island, sending him home Sunday night and defusing a diplomatic fight with its neighbor.... 7/27/2014 11:27 PM

Police in China remove church's cross
BEIJING (AP) -- Hundreds of police took down a church's cross in eastern China early Monday amid a crackdown on church buildings in a coastal region where thousands of people are embracing Christianity.... 7/27/2014 11:19 PM

Hurricane Hernan in Pacific moves away from Mexico
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Hurricane Hernan spun deeper into the open Pacific on Sunday night after forming earlier in the day far off Mexico's western coast. It posed no threat to land.... 7/27/2014 11:08 PM

Ebola kills Liberian doctor, 2 Americans infected
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- One of Liberia's most high-profile doctors has died of Ebola, officials said Sunday, and an American physician was being treated for the deadly virus, highlighting the risks facing health workers trying to combat an outbreak that has killed more than 670 people in West Africa - the largest ever recorded.... 7/27/2014 7:39 PM

Israel acknowledges mortar shell hit UN school
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel acknowledged Sunday that troops fired a mortar shell that hit the courtyard of a U.N. school in Gaza last week, but said aerial footage shows the yard was empty at the time and that the shell could not have killed anyone.... 7/27/2014 7:29 PM

Islamic militants destroy historic mosque in Mosul
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Militants from the Islamic State group blew up a mosque and shrine dating back to the 14th century in Mosul on Sunday, local residents said, the latest casualty in a week that has seen a half dozen of the Iraqi city's most revered holy places destroyed.... 7/27/2014 6:51 PM

Israel, Hamas hold out for more gains in Gaza war
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Israel and Hamas are holding out for bigger gains in the Gaza war, helping explain the failure of the world's most influential diplomats to broker even a precursor to a lasting cease-fire.... 7/27/2014 6:30 PM

Fighting intensifies near MH17 disaster site
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Ukrainian armed forces mounted a major onslaught against pro-Russian separatist fighters Sunday in an attempt to gain control over the area where a Malaysia Airlines plane was downed earlier this month.... 7/27/2014 5:45 PM

Italy's Vincenzo Nibali wins Tour de France
PARIS (AP) -- Vincenzo Nibali put his lungs and legs to work one last time, marching up to the winner's podium of the Tour de France and sighing deeply before the Italian anthem echoed over the Champs-Elysees.... 7/27/2014 5:24 PM

EU, US seek Putin Achilles' heel on Ukraine
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Months after Russia annexed Crimea and stepped up support for separatists in eastern Ukraine, Europe and the United States are still searching for a way to persuade Russian President Vladimir Putin to change course.... 7/27/2014 4:57 PM

38 killed as Libyan forces battle militias in east
CAIRO (AP) -- Heavy clashes between Libyan soldiers loyal to a renegade general and Islamist-led militias killed 38 people, health officials said Sunday, as fighting between rival militias around the capital's international airport raged on and European nations warned their citizens to leave.... 7/27/2014 2:59 PM