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Australia focuses on both Malaysian jet disasters
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Australia says the hunt for the Malaysian airliner that vanished off the Australian coast continues uninterrupted despite the top search official shifting his attention to recovering bodies from the Ukraine air disaster.... 7/23/2014 12:22 AM

Venezuelan conspiracy theories a threat to critics
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Roderick Navarro was in class when he got the news that a high-ranking minister had accused him of plotting to assassinate Venezuela's president.... 7/23/2014 12:01 AM

China braces for 2nd typhoon; Taiwan drenched
BEIJING (AP) -- China was bracing Wednesday for the arrival of a second typhoon in as many weeks, as communities along the country's southern coast cleared away debris in the wake of the earlier storm that killed 46 people.... 7/22/2014 11:56 PM

Parts of Chinese city sealed for bubonic plague
BEIJING (AP) -- Parts of a northern Chinese city have been quarantined after state media said a man there died of bubonic plague.... 7/22/2014 10:56 PM

Argentina zoo freezes polar bear move to Canada
MENDOZA, Argentina (AP) -- Argentina's last captive polar bear will remain in the country despite a petition by more than a half million people asking that it be moved to Canada.... 7/22/2014 9:48 PM

China cracks down on online rumors, porn
BEIJING (AP) -- Chinese authorities have tightened already rigorous Internet controls by cracking down on online pornography and what state media called "rumormongers" and "slanderous content."... 7/22/2014 9:46 PM

In international flight, volatile conflicts abound
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- In Libya, militias armed with shoulder-launched missiles are battling for control of the country's main airport. In Africa, the entire Sahel region is awash with weapons that include portable air defense systems leftover from the ouster of Moammar Gadhafi.... 7/22/2014 8:59 PM

UN chief believes Gaza fighting will end soon
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. secretary-general said Tuesday it is his "hope and belief" that his emergency mission to the Middle East will lead to an end to the fighting between Hamas and Israel "in the very near future."... 7/22/2014 7:55 PM

Mexico's circuses caught up in animal rights spat
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexico's "circus wars" are heating up, with a growing movement to ban circus animals meeting rising anger from circus workers.... 7/22/2014 7:38 PM

Airlines ban flights to Israel after rocket strike
JERUSALEM (AP) -- A Hamas rocket exploded Tuesday near Israel's main airport, prompting a ban on flights from the U.S. and many from Europe and Canada as aviation authorities responded to the shock of seeing a civilian jetliner shot down over Ukraine.... 7/22/2014 7:35 PM

Qatar, Saudi rulers meet for Gaza cease-fire talks
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- For the first time since an unprecedented diplomatic rift among Gulf powerhouses, Qatar's emir flew to Saudi Arabia late Tuesday in a surprise visit and met with King Abdullah to discuss cease-fire efforts that have yet to bring an end to 15 days of war in the Gaza Strip.... 7/22/2014 7:32 PM

Puerto Rico police probe deaths of 16 cats, dogs
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Police launched an investigation Tuesday into the deaths of at least 16 cats and dogs found near a bridge where dozens of animals were thrown to their deaths seven years ago in a case that sparked international outrage.... 7/22/2014 7:02 PM

Physician detained for defaming Ecuador president
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) -- Authorities in Ecuador say prominent physician Carlos Figueroa has been detained near Quito and sent to prison to serve a six-month sentence for defaming President Rafael Correa.... 7/22/2014 6:19 PM

End comes for notorious Venezuelan vertical slum
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- The beginning of the end came for the world's tallest slum Tuesday as officials began evicting thousands of squatters from a haphazard community inside the half-built Caracas skyscraper known as the Tower of David.... 7/22/2014 6:11 PM

Plane crash bodies removed from war zone
KHARKIV, Ukraine (AP) -- A train bearing the dead from the downed Malaysian airliner finally reached Ukrainian government-held territory Tuesday, but the pro-Russian separatists in control of the crash site showed little willingness to allow the full-scale investigation demanded by world leaders.... 7/22/2014 5:49 PM

Jakarta governor wins Indonesian presidency
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- Jakarta Gov. Joko Widodo, who captured the hearts of millions of Indonesians with his common man image, was declared the winner Tuesday of the country's presidential election, calling it a victory for all of the nation's people.... 7/22/2014 5:10 PM

At least 21 dead in Iraq checkpoint car bombing
BAGHDAD (AP) -- A suicide driver rammed his explosive-laden car into a police checkpoint at the entrance to Baghdad's Khazimiyah district killing 21 people, including seven policemen manning the post.... 7/22/2014 5:05 PM

Lax security at crash site hampers investigations
HRABOVE, Ukraine (AP) -- When international monitors and Malaysian aviation experts arrived Tuesday at the two main sites where the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 smashed into the undulating countryside of eastern Ukraine, there was almost no perimeter tape.... 7/22/2014 4:51 PM

11 parents of Nigeria's abducted girls die
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) -- In the three months since Islamic extremists kidnapped more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls, 11 of their parents have died, town residents say.... 7/22/2014 4:46 PM

US cracks down on Caribbean drug trafficking ring
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Ten suspected members of a multimillion-dollar drug trafficking ring that distributed huge amounts of cocaine throughout Puerto Rico and on the U.S. mainland have been indicted, authorities said Tuesday.... 7/22/2014 4:36 PM