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Israeli bulldozers start demolishing West Bank settlement
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli bulldozers began demolishing a contested housing complex in a West Bank settlement on Wednesday as the prime minister's office announced the "immediate construction" of some 300 new units at another location in the same settlement and advanced plans for about 500 new units in east Jerusalem.... 7/29/2015 1:32 PM

Report says crash site of missing Lao helicopter found
BANGKOK (AP) -- Search teams in Laos have located the crash site of a Soviet-made Mi-7 Lao military helicopter that went missing this week with 23 people on board, the Southeast Asian country's state-run news agency reported Wednesday.... 7/29/2015 1:21 PM

Activists warn of refugee housing crisis in German capital
BERLIN (AP) -- A thousand refugees may be sleeping outside in Berlin each night because authorities in the German capital are overwhelmed with the sharp rise in asylum-seekers this year, an activist group said Wednesday.... 7/29/2015 1:20 PM

Nigeria president visits Cameroon to discuss militant threat
YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) -- The president of Nigeria is making a visit to neighboring Cameroon as the two countries struggle to contain the mutual threat posed by Islamic militants.... 7/29/2015 1:18 PM

Impending execution brings out mixed feelings in India
NEW DELHI (AP) -- Few countries sentence more people to death than India. Whether those punishments are actually carried out is another matter. Though well over a thousand people have been sent to death row this century, just three have been executed.... 7/29/2015 1:15 PM

Amnesty accuses Israel of possible crimes against humanity
JERUSALEM (AP) -- A leading international watchdog says the Israeli military may have committed war crimes and crimes against humanity during last summer's Gaza war when it carried out four days of intense bombardment in retaliation for an attack by Hamas militants in which an Israeli soldier was captured.... 7/29/2015 1:09 PM

Lawmakers want Croatia out of Slovenia border arbitration
ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) -- Croatian lawmakers have voted overwhelmingly to withdraw from a border arbitration with Slovenia, dealing further blow to efforts to resolve a longstanding dispute.... 7/29/2015 1:00 PM

Turkish President Erdogan in Beijing amid ethnic tensions
BEIJING (AP) -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with top Chinese officials Wednesday amid tensions over China's treatment of its Uighur minority and sensitive negotiations surrounding the possible purchase of a Chinese missile system.... 7/29/2015 12:57 PM

Michel Platini confirms he will run for FIFA president
GENEVA (AP) -- Michel Platini has launched his campaign to succeed Sepp Blatter as FIFA president, aiming to give the scandal-hit governing body "the dignity and the position it deserves."... 7/29/2015 12:52 PM

Anne Tyler, Marilynne Robinson up for Booker fiction prize
LONDON (AP) -- Novels by Americans Anne Tyler and Marilynne Robinson are among 13 contenders for the 50,000-pound ($78,000) Booker Prize for fiction.... 7/29/2015 12:46 PM

6 days missing: Search area for missing teens boaters grows
ABOVE THE ATLANTIC OCEAN (AP) -- As the search for two missing teen boaters from Florida entered its sixth day, Coast Guard crews on Wednesday extended the search area northward off the South Carolina coast, urging vessels in the wide expanse of the Atlantic to report any potential clues they might spot.... 7/29/2015 12:29 PM

Turkish gov't not ready to restart peace talks with Kurds
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkish jets hit Kurdish rebel targets in northern Iraq overnight and the government said strikes would continue until the rebels lay down their arms, despite calls Wednesday by the pro-Kurdish opposition for an immediate end to the violence and the resumption of peace efforts.... 7/29/2015 12:09 PM

Q&A: Who is the Taliban's reclusive leader Mullah Omar?
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Here are some questions and answers about Mullah Mohammed Omar:... 7/29/2015 12:05 PM

EU checking if Disneyland Paris charges unfair prices
BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Union is looking into complaints that Disneyland Paris is unfairly charging different prices for consumers depending on what nation the request comes from.... 7/29/2015 12:05 PM

Greece's Tsipras: party rebels could force early election
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece's prime minister warned rebels in his radical left Syriza party Wednesday that he would have to call early elections if they keep opposing key reforms demanded for a new international bailout.... 7/29/2015 11:59 AM

Zimbabweans linked to illegal lion hunt appear in court
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) -- Two men arrested for illegally hunting a protected lion are in court on Wednesday in Zimbabwe to face poaching charges.... 7/29/2015 11:56 AM

Iran, France talk of 'new era' in ties after nuclear deal
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius declared Wednesday during a landmark visit to Iran that the time has come for the two nations' relations to improve, calling his visit "an important trip" in the wake of a key nuclear deal reached with Tehran earlier this month.... 7/29/2015 11:54 AM

AP PHOTOS: Greece's odyssey through its latest crisis
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- It began with a Greek outburst of national defiance against years of budget cuts and quickly turned into a financial nightmare for the country's people.... 7/29/2015 11:48 AM

Calais migrants: 2nd night of mass attempts to reach England
CALAIS, France (AP) -- Migrants rushed the tunnel linking France and England repeatedly for a second night on Wednesday and one man was crushed by a truck in the chaos, deepening tensions surrounding the thousands of people camped in this northern French port city.... 7/29/2015 11:33 AM

Romania seizes heroin shipment headed to Western Europe
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- Romanian authorities have seized 333 kilograms (733 pounds) of heroin that was headed to Western Europe.... 7/29/2015 11:32 AM

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