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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

Malaysian prime minister: stop fighting in Ukraine
AMSTERDAM (AP) -- Malaysia's prime minister Wednesday 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 7:47 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

7 killed, 13 missing as boat sinks in Indonesia
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- A boat carrying Indonesian villagers to their hometown to celebrate the end of Ramadan sank Thursday after hitting a stump in a river, leaving a woman and six children dead and at least 13 others missing, an official said.... 7/31/2014 6:36 AM

Expat Turks begin voting in presidential elections
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turks living abroad began casting votes on 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 6:21 AM

Eurozone inflation drops further to 0.4 percent
BRUSSELS (AP) -- The inflation rate in the 18-nation eurozone dropped again in July, official data showed Thursday, likely adding pressure on the European Central Bank to beef up its efforts to spur the economy.... 7/31/2014 6:18 AM

Panel wants TEPCO execs charged over nuke crisis
TOKYO (AP) -- A Japanese judicial panel has recommended that three former executives of the utility that operates the damaged Fukushima nuclear plant face criminal charges over their role in the disaster.... 7/31/2014 6:15 AM

Israel vows to destroy Hamas tunnels
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday that Israel will destroy the Hamas tunnel network in the Gaza Strip "with or without a cease-fire," as the military called up another 16,000 reservists to pursue its campaign in the densely-populated territory.... 7/31/2014 6:06 AM

Haunting memories 70 years after Warsaw Uprising
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Kazimierz Mikos ran down a Warsaw street, zig-zagging to avoid the bullets that whizzed past him. As the 14-year-old ran for his life, he was struck with terror at the sight of a dead body in the street. Even after the scrape with death, the teen volunteered for a heroic Polish struggle against the Nazis - becoming a messenger and a guard.... 7/31/2014 5:58 AM