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As Iraq gets new president, car bomb kills 21
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi officials say a double car bombing in central Baghdad has killed 21 people and wounded 33, hours after lawmakers elected the country's new president.... 7/24/2014 1:31 PM

London critics fall for 'Shakespeare in Love'
LONDON (AP) -- A hit. A very palpable hit.... 7/24/2014 1:25 PM

Ukrainian prime minister announces resignation
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk announced his resignation Thursday, opening the way for new elections that would reflect the country's starkly changed political scene after the ouster of pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych in February.... 7/24/2014 1:21 PM

Prosecutors: Venezuelan official detained in Aruba
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) -- Authorities in Aruba say they have detained a former Venezuelan intelligence official on a request from the U.S. government.... 7/24/2014 1:18 PM

Police: Bomb blast kills 1 at Nigerian bus station
KANO, Nigeria (AP) -- Police say a bomb has ripped through a popular bus station in northern Nigeria, killing one person and injuring eight others.... 7/24/2014 1:13 PM

Planes with Ukraine bodies arrive in Netherlands
KHARKIV, Ukraine (AP) -- Two more military aircraft carrying remains of victims from the Malaysian plane disaster arrived in the Netherlands on Thursday, while Australian and Dutch diplomats joined to promote a plan for a U.N. team to secure the crash site which has been controlled by pro-Russian rebels.... 7/24/2014 1:12 PM

US pulls Peace Corps volunteers from Kenya
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- The Peace Corps is suspending its programs in Kenya because of security concerns and is pulling more than 50 volunteers out of the country until threat levels decrease, the Peace Corps and State Department said Thursday.... 7/24/2014 1:05 PM

Israel swears in new president amid Gaza war
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's lawmakers on Thursday swore in Reuven Rivlin from the hard-line Likud party as the country's new president, replacing Nobel Peace laureate Shimon Peres who had promoted peace throughout his long political career but whose term ended as Israel is fighting a war against Hamas in Gaza.... 7/24/2014 1:04 PM

UN school in Gaza caught in cross-fire; 15 killed
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Israeli tank shells hit a compound housing a U.N. school in the Gaza Strip on Thursday, killing at least 15 people and wounding dozens who were seeking shelter from fierce clashes on the streets outside, Palestinian officials said, as Israel pressed forward with its 17-day war against the territory's Hamas rulers.... 7/24/2014 12:58 PM

Official: Air Algerie flight 'probably crashed'
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) -- An Air Algerie flight carrying 116 people from Burkina Faso to Algeria's capital disappeared from radar early Thursday over northern Mali during a rainstorm, officials said. France's foreign minister said no wreckage had been found, but that the plane "probably crashed."... 7/24/2014 12:57 PM

Gunmen kill foreign woman on Kenya coast
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- A Kenya police official says a female tourist has been shot dead in the coastal town of Mombasa, the second foreigner shot in same area this month.... 7/24/2014 12:51 PM

Ricky Martin to be judge on 'The Voice ... Mexico'
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- And the fourth and final judge for "The Voice ... Mexico" is: Ricky Martin.... 7/24/2014 12:44 PM

UN chief condemns attack on UN school in Gaza
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is condemning a deadly attack on a U.N. school for Palestinian refugees in northern Gaza that killed many Palestinians who sought refuge there from Israeli shelling as well as U.N. staff.... 7/24/2014 12:41 PM

Pope meets Sudanese woman sentenced to death
ROME (AP) -- Pope Francis met privately Thursday with a Sudanese woman who refused to recant her Christian faith in the face of a death sentence, blessing the woman as she cradled her infant daughter born just weeks ago in prison.... 7/24/2014 12:16 PM

Swiss drug maker Roche posts 7 percent profit drop
GENEVA (AP) -- Swiss drugmaker Roche Holding AG on Thursday posted a net profit drop of 7 percent compared with a year ago, weighed down by a strong Swiss franc and charges from one of its diagnostic units.... 7/24/2014 12:16 PM

UN says aid to Syria being used as `tactic of war'
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is accusing the Syrian government and opposition fighters of obstructing humanitarian aid to Syrians as "a tactic of war" and demanding that all parties allow access to millions in desperate need of help.... 7/24/2014 12:08 PM

Markets solid amid mixed US economic news
LONDON (AP) -- Markets were solid Thursday as geopolitical tensions largely related to the downing of a Malaysia Airlines jet over Ukraine subsided somewhat and after further upbeat U.S. jobs data was offset somewhat by surprisingly weak homes data.... 7/24/2014 12:03 PM

Nokia sees brighter future without handset unit
HELSINKI (AP) -- There is life after mobile phones for Nokia.... 7/24/2014 12:00 PM

Taiwan searches plane wreckage for clues on crash
XIXI, Taiwan (AP) -- Firefighters uncovered ID cards and body fragments as they picked through wreckage Thursday for evidence to identify the victims of a plane crash that killed 48 people on a Taiwanese island.... 7/24/2014 11:51 AM

South African race track lives on; Porsche buys
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- South Africa's most famous motor racing track just got an extension.... 7/24/2014 11:28 AM