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1,300 migrants avoid harm as Mexico train derails
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Authorities in southern Mexico say a cargo train derailed without causing any injuries to about 1,300 Central American migrants who had jammed onto the freight cars on their way north toward the United States.... 7/10/2014 5:41 PM

Kerry arrives in Afghanistan to meet candidates
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The U.S. and its allies are growing increasingly concerned as Afghanistan shows signs of unraveling in its first democratic transfer of power from President Hamid Karzai. With Iraq wracked by insurgency, Afghanistan's dispute over election results poses a new challenge to President Barack Obama's effort to leave behind two secure states while ending America's long wars.... 7/10/2014 5:32 PM

Portuguese bank fears rekindle euro market tension
LISBON, Portugal (AP) -- The specter of Europe's financial crisis is back to haunt investors.... 7/10/2014 5:28 PM

UN names 3rd point man in Syrian war
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Staffan de Mistura, who has held top U.N. positions in Iraq and Afghanistan, on Thursday inherited the mandate to try to end Syria's three-year-old conflict, a goal that eluded his two predecessors.... 7/10/2014 5:25 PM

Brazil's new stadiums seek post-World Cup events
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Once the World Cup and its traveling circus leaves town, four gleaming stadiums that cost $1.6 billion and hosted massive crowds will echo noisily as their owners struggle to find a use for them or even partially fill them.... 7/10/2014 5:20 PM

Puerto Rico to seek US aid for moderate drought
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Puerto Rico's acting governor says he plans to declare a state of emergency to allow the U.S. territory to apply for federal aid to deal with abnormally dry conditions in the island's southern and central regions.... 7/10/2014 5:04 PM

13 killed in 2 shootouts in southern Mexico town
ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) -- Two days of gunbattles in a southern Mexico mountain town killed 13 people, officials said Thursday.... 7/10/2014 4:42 PM

Iraq's Kurds will boycott Cabinet meetings
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's already testy relationship with Iraq's Kurdish minority further frayed Thursday, as the Kurds declared their politicians will boycott Cabinet meetings and authorities in Baghdad suspended all cargo flights to the largely autonomous northern Kurdish region.... 7/10/2014 4:39 PM

Beyonc?? and J-Lo's designers cap Paris couture
PARIS (AP) -- They're fashion newcomers - but already have star clients like Beyonc??, Angelina Jolie, Kristen Stewart and Jennifer Lopez.... 7/10/2014 4:14 PM

Police hunting for Whelan in ticket scalping case
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Brazilian police on Thursday said they consider as a fugitive the director of a World Cup hospitality company implicated in a ticket scalping scheme.... 7/10/2014 4:14 PM

Opposition sides claim Haiti elections jeopardized
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- Haiti's leading opposition factions allege the country's presidentially appointed electoral council is stacking the deck in favor of President Michel Martelly.... 7/10/2014 4:12 PM

Rifts appear among Ukraine's pro-Russian rebels
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Deep strains emerged Thursday in the ranks of Ukraine's pro-Moscow insurgents as dozens turned in their weapons in disgust at Russian inaction and bickering broke out between rebel factions.... 7/10/2014 3:46 PM

Israel's 'Iron Dome' changes the face of battle
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's "Iron Dome" defense system has emerged as a game-changer in the current round of violence with Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip, shooting down dozens of incoming rockets and being credited with preventing numerous civilian casualties.... 7/10/2014 3:25 PM

UN chief urges Israeli-Palestinian cease-fire
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Thursday that it is more urgent than ever to avoid another Israeli-Palestinian war that could engulf the entire region and called on both sides to agree to a cease-fire.... 7/10/2014 3:12 PM

Foreign ministers to join troubled Iran nuke talks
VIENNA (AP) -- Big-power foreign ministers are joining Iran nuclear talks on a diplomatic rescue mission. But even their muscle is seen as unlikely to bridge differences on Tehran's atomic activities in time to meet the July 20 target date for a deal.... 7/10/2014 3:12 PM

Germany kicks out top US spy over espionage claims
BERLIN (AP) -- Germany on Thursday demanded Washington's top spy in Berlin leave the country as a new round of allegations of U.S. espionage worsened the friction between the two allies.... 7/10/2014 2:44 PM

Israel escalates Gaza offensive, casualties mount
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel dramatically escalated its aerial assault targeting hundreds of Hamas sites in the Gaza Strip Thursday as Palestinians reported the strikes also hit a home and a beachside cafe, raising the total number of people killed in this week's offensive to at least 85. Israel's missile defense system also once again intercepted rockets fired by Gaza militants at the country's two largest cities, Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.... 7/10/2014 2:43 PM

France pleads for new EU economic strategy
PARIS (AP) -- France's economy minister is blaming European authorities for the lack of growth in France and Europe, and says it's time for a new economic policy that shuns austerity.... 7/10/2014 1:56 PM

Islamic militants on offensive against Kurds
BEIRUT (AP) -- Islamic militants using weapons they recently seized in neighboring Iraq intensified an offensive against Kurdish areas in northern Syria as they fight to expand the territory under their control, activists said Thursday.... 7/10/2014 1:28 PM

Greek heart surgeon arrested on bribery charges
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greek authorities have arrested a heart surgeon in a major Athens hospital on charges of bribery and blackmail for allegedly demanding money in order to perform urgent surgery, police said Thursday.... 7/10/2014 12:34 PM