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Europe, Asia stocks up ahead of US data
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- European and Asian stocks rose Tuesday ahead of a string of U.S. and Chinese economic reports later this week and despite the possibility of more sanctions on Russia. Wall Street was expected to rise on the open.... 7/29/2014 8:07 AM

China: Ex-security czar Zhou under investigation
BEIJING (AP) -- China's ruling Communist Party announced an investigation into a feared ex-security chief on Tuesday, demonstrating President Xi Jinping's grip on power and breaking a longstanding taboo against publicly targeting the country's topmost leaders.... 7/29/2014 8:02 AM

Turkish PM Erdogan returning Jewish American award
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is returning an award given to him by a Jewish American group in 2004, after the group asked for it back because of comments he made regarding the conflict in Gaza.... 7/29/2014 8:00 AM

Quake shakes Mexico's Gulf coast
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A strong earthquake has shaken eastern Mexico, but there are no immediate reports of damage or injury.... 7/29/2014 8:00 AM

China investigating Microsoft in monopoly case
BEIJING (AP) -- China's anti-monopoly agency has announced an investigation of Microsoft Corp., stepping up pressure on foreign technology companies.... 7/29/2014 7:57 AM

Airport in Russia's St. Petersburg evacuated
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) -- A Russian official says the Pulkovo airport in St. Petersburg has been evacuated, reportedly because of a bomb threat.... 7/29/2014 7:57 AM

Renault profits rise thanks to cost cuts
PARIS (AP) -- French carmaker Renault says its profits in the first half of the year rose, partly thanks to lower costs as its revenue dropped.... 7/29/2014 7:40 AM

German minister: best for Snowden to return to US
BERLIN (AP) -- Germany's justice minister says the best outcome for National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden would be a deal with U.S. authorities to return home.... 7/29/2014 7:30 AM

Madagascar billed as surfing paradise
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Itching to catch a wave? Try Madagascar.... 7/29/2014 7:28 AM

Kosovo prosecutor suspects some killed for organs
BRUSSELS (AP) -- A special European Union prosecutor says there are "compelling indications" that up to ten captives were killed to have their organs harvested for illegal trafficking during the 1998-99 Kosovo war.... 7/29/2014 7:26 AM

16-year-old Nigerian weightlifter fails drug test
GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) -- A 16-year-old Nigerian weightlifter failed a doping test after becoming the youngest ever female to win a Commonwealth Games gold medal in the sport, organizers said Tuesday.... 7/29/2014 7:22 AM

Suicide bomber kills Afghan president's cousin
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- A cousin and close associate of outgoing Afghan President Hamid Karzai was assassinated on Tuesday by a suicide bomber who hid his explosives under his turban, a provincial official said.... 7/29/2014 7:21 AM

Pope to visit Sri Lanka, Philippines Jan. 12-19
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Vatican has confirmed the dates for Pope Francis' second trip to Asia, a weeklong visit Jan. 12-19 to Sri Lanka and the Philippines.... 7/29/2014 7:20 AM

Center of main rebel city in Ukraine hit by shells
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- At least one person has been killed after three shells hit an apartment block in the center of the main separatist rebel stronghold of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine.... 7/29/2014 7:17 AM

22 civilians reported killed in east Ukraine
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- At least 22 civilians were killed Tuesday by shelling in two conflict-stricken cities in eastern Ukraine, local authorities said.... 7/29/2014 7:01 AM

Swiss bank UBS settles German case as profits rise
GENEVA (AP) -- Switzerland's biggest bank, UBS, reported Tuesday a 15 percent rise in second-quarter profit, driven by strong results from its core wealth management business and trimmed-down investment banking franchises despite a tough market environment.... 7/29/2014 6:49 AM

Israel hits symbols of Hamas power in Gaza war
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Israel escalated its military campaign against Hamas on Tuesday, striking symbols of the group's control in Gaza and firing tank shells that shut down the strip's only power plant in the heaviest bombardment in the fighting so far.... 7/29/2014 6:39 AM

IMF approves new $5B credit line for Morocco
RABAT, Morocco (AP) -- The International Monetary fund has announced a new, two-year $5 billion credit line for Morocco to support reform efforts.... 7/29/2014 6:32 AM

US, EU preparing new sanctions against Russia
BRUSSELS (AP) -- The United States and the European Union are preparing a powerful one-two punch against the Russian economy, with EU ambassadors meeting Tuesday to discuss a dramatic escalation in the trade bloc's sanctions.... 7/29/2014 6:29 AM

Nepal to allow cremation of Tibetan Buddhist monk
KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- The body of a revered Tibetan Buddhist monk can now be cremated at his monastery in the hills outside Nepal's capital, the government said Tuesday after reversing its earlier objections to bringing the body into the country.... 7/29/2014 6:28 AM