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No truce, but 12-hour lull in Gaza fighting begins
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Israel and Hamas began a 12-hour humanitarian cease-fire in Gaza Saturday after the efforts of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry failed to produce a longer truce aimed at ending nearly three weeks of fighting.... 7/26/2014 2:48 AM

Holy month of Ramadan is a big boon for retailers
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Glitzy billboards in the Middle East and postage stamps in the U.S. Advertisements for lingerie and sales on modest skirts. Lavish buffets and cellphone apps.... 7/26/2014 2:21 AM

In Chinese shadow, Hong Kong fights for its future
HONG KONG (AP) -- As skyscrapers around Hong Kong harbor erupted into a reverie of laser beams and giant digital displays during their synchronized nightly light show, one innocuous 28-story building near the water's edge had stayed dark for months, clad in bamboo scaffolding for a face-lift.... 7/26/2014 2:01 AM

EU hits Russian intelligence chiefs with sanctions
BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Union on Friday extended its Ukraine-related sanctions to target top Russian intelligence officials and leaders of the pro-Russia revolt in eastern Ukraine, official documents showed.... 7/26/2014 12:48 AM

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BRUSSELS (AP) -- EU extends Ukraine sanctions to hit Russian intelligence officials, rebel leaders: documents.... 7/25/2014 11:09 PM

Aruba to hold Venezuelan official seeking immunity
ORANJESTAD, Aruba (AP) -- A judge in Aruba ruled Friday that the highest-ranking Venezuelan official ever arrested on a U.S. warrant must remain behind bars pending an extradition request on drug-trafficking charges, prompting Venezuela to cancel flights to the Dutch Caribbean island in retaliation.... 7/25/2014 11:01 PM

War crimes commission takes aim at Islamic State
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The head of the independent U.N. commission on Syrian war crimes said Friday that commanders of the Islamic State extremist group are "good candidates" to be put on a confidential list of alleged perpetrators.... 7/25/2014 8:08 PM

Israel: 12-hour Gaza cease-fire to start Saturday
JERUSALEM (AP) -- The Israeli military says a 12-hour humanitarian cease-fire in Gaza will start Saturday morning.... 7/25/2014 7:53 PM

US: Russia is firing across border into Ukraine
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Russia is launching artillery attacks from its soil on Ukrainian troops and preparing to move heavier weaponry across the border, the U.S. and Ukraine charged Friday in what appeared to be an ominous escalation of the crisis.... 7/25/2014 7:07 PM

Ebola outbreak spreads to 4th West African country
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) -- An Ebola outbreak that has left more than 660 people dead across West Africa has spread to the continent's most populous nation after a Liberian man with a high fever vomited aboard an airplane to Nigeria and then died there, officials said Friday.... 7/25/2014 7:00 PM

France to host meeting on Gaza cease-fire talks
PARIS (AP) -- More than a half-dozen foreign ministers including U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will hold a meeting in France to press for a cease-fire in Gaza.... 7/25/2014 5:41 PM

Russia: McDonald's food has 'too many calories'
MOSCOW (AP) -- Nearly a quarter-century after McDonald's startled and delighted Soviets with their first taste of American fast-food culture, the company's now facing a suit that could ban it from selling some of its signature products.... 7/25/2014 5:26 PM

McNuggets pulled from sale in HK after meat scare
HONG KONG (AP) -- McDonald's restaurants in Hong Kong have taken chicken nuggets and chicken filet burgers off the menu after a U.S.-owned supplier in mainland China was accused of selling expired meat.... 7/25/2014 5:15 PM

AP ANALYSIS: Old story, new twists in Gaza war
CAIRO (AP) -- The third Gaza war is playing out much like the first one more than five years ago: The harrowing civilian toll in Gaza is now at the center of the discourse, eclipsing the rocket attacks by Hamas militants that were the stated reason for the Israeli assault.... 7/25/2014 4:55 PM

Teams converge on remote site to probe plane crash
PARIS (AP) -- Aviation experts, criminal investigators and soldiers began converging Friday on an isolated patch of restive Mali to search for clues that might explain why an Air Algerie jetliner fell from the sky in a storm and apparently disintegrated on impact.... 7/25/2014 4:23 PM

Ukrainian president: Confidence vote Thursday
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko says the government of Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk will face a vote of confidence in a special session of Parliament next week.... 7/25/2014 4:21 PM

What happened? The day Flight 17 was downed
SNIZHNE, Ukraine (AP) -- It was lunchtime when a tracked launcher with four SA-11 surface-to-air missiles rolled into town and parked on Karapetyan Street. Fifteen hundred miles (2,400 kilometers) to the west, passengers were checking in for Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.... 7/25/2014 3:53 PM

Yemen's Shiite rebels pull out of northern city
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Yemen's Shiite rebels battling their conservative Sunni rivals from one of the country's largest tribes have pulled out of a northern city they captured earlier this month, the rebels' spokesman said Friday.... 7/25/2014 3:53 PM

Nigeria arrests 1 connected to Kaduna bombings
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) -- Nigerian security forces are holding one man connected to the Wednesday double bombings in the northern city of Kaduna that targeted a former head of state and a prominent moderate Muslim cleric and killed at least 44 bystanders, according to a defense ministry statement on Friday.... 7/25/2014 3:49 PM


GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Israeli defense minister tells troops Israel might significantly widen Gaza ground operation.... 7/25/2014 3:31 PM