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Be ready for 'prolonged' Gaza war, Netanyahu says
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Signaling an escalation of Israel's Gaza operation, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Israelis Monday to be ready for a "prolonged" war, and the military warned Palestinians in three large neighborhoods to leave their homes and head immediately for Gaza City.... 7/28/2014 7:04 PM

California governor takes dig at Texas guard plan
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- California Gov. Jerry Brown took a not-so-subtle dig at Texas' decision to deploy National Guard troops to the border, saying Monday he expects it to be a short-lived measure and that "wiser minds will prevail."... 7/28/2014 7:03 PM

Argentina in last-ditch effort to avert default
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Argentina's government said Monday it will make another effort to reach a deal with US. creditors ahead of a looming deadline that risks sending the country into its second default in 13 years.... 7/28/2014 7:00 PM

UN condemns terrorist oil sales from Iraq, Syria
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. Security Council strongly condemned any sale of oil from Syria or Iraq by terrorist groups and reminded all countries that buying the illegally obtained oil violates U.N. sanctions.... 7/28/2014 6:40 PM

Dominican officials destroy 2,000 seized guns
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) -- Authorities destroyed roughly 2,000 firearms Monday and plan to use the mangled metal to build a monument promoting peace.... 7/28/2014 6:37 PM

Brazil's leader calls Gaza conflict 'a massacre'
BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) -- Brazil's president is calling Israel's conflict with Hamas "a massacre."... 7/28/2014 6:20 PM

US: 'Threats' behind release of Venezuela general
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- U.S. officials said Monday they believe Venezuela used "threats" against Aruba to achieve the release of a powerful former general who is wanted by the United States on drug-trafficking charges.... 7/28/2014 6:07 PM

New fears about Ebola spread after plane scare
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- No one knows for sure just how many people Patrick Sawyer came into contact with the day he boarded a flight in Liberia, had a stopover in Ghana, changed planes in Togo, and then arrived in Nigeria, where authorities say he died days later from Ebola, one of the deadliest diseases known to man.... 7/28/2014 6:04 PM

Hamas, Israel trade blame for deaths of 9 children
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Hamas and Israel blamed each other for an explosion at a Gaza park Monday that killed at least 10 Palestinians - including nine children playing on a swing - in a horrific scene that underscored the heavy price civilians are paying in the conflict.... 7/28/2014 5:52 PM

France offers asylum to Christians of north Iraq
PARIS (AP) -- France is ready to open its door to Christians from northern Iraq who were hounded out of their homes by extremist Islamic militants.... 7/28/2014 5:37 PM

Fighting in Ukraine prompts residents to flee
SHAKHTARSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Panicky residents in an eastern Ukrainian town fled their homes Monday carrying a few possessions in plastic bags and small suitcases as shells exploded in the distance, fighting that also prevented an international police team from reaching the area where the Malaysia Airlines plane was downed.... 7/28/2014 4:57 PM

Rights group: Torture in Brazil still a problem
SAO PAULO (AP) -- Torture remains a serious problem in Brazil despite government efforts to curb it, a leading human rights group said Monday.... 7/28/2014 4:47 PM

Malta oil worker kidnapped in Libya released
VALLETTA, Malta (AP) -- Malta's prime minister says the Maltese oil company worker who was kidnapped by Libyan rebels on July 17 has been released.... 7/28/2014 4:17 PM

Russia ordered to pay $50 billion over Yukos
LONDON (AP) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin's government must pay $50 billion for using tax claims to destroy Yukos, once the country's largest oil producer, and its Kremlin-critical CEO, an international court has ruled.... 7/28/2014 4:06 PM

Oil depot ablaze amid clashes in Libyan capital
CAIRO (AP) -- A fire at the oil depot for the airport in Libya's capital raged out of control Monday after being struck in the crossfire of warring militias battling for control of the airfield, the latest violence to plague the country as foreigners flee the chaos.... 7/28/2014 3:34 PM

In Iraq's Mosul, radicals unleash their vision
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Residents of Mosul have watched helplessly as extremists ruling the northern Iraqi city blew up some of their most beloved landmarks and shrines to impose a stark vision of Islam. Next up for destruction, they feared: the Crooked Minaret, a more than 840-year-old tower that leans like Italy's Tower of Pisa.... 7/28/2014 2:51 PM

JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli military says 9 soldiers killed in Gaza war in separate attacks as violence mounts.... 7/28/2014 2:45 PM

Correction: Tour de France story
PARIS (AP) -- In a story July 27 about the Tour de France, The Associated Press reported erroneously the number of years it's been since cyclist Marco Pantani died. He died 10 years ago.... 7/28/2014 2:13 PM

3 female suicide bomber kill several in Nigeria
KANO, Nigeria (AP) -- A woman blew herself up at a petrol station in northern Nigeria on Monday, killing three people in one of three suicide bombings by females in Kano in two days, police said.... 7/28/2014 2:09 PM

Bolivian president seeks votes in the bedroom
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) -- As night falls and Bolivian couples slip between the sheets, pillow talk turns, naturally, to economic policy.... 7/28/2014 1:57 PM