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Thai junta sets plan for fast rail links to China
BANGKOK (AP) -- Thailand's military government approved a massive budget to upgrade the country's railways including high-speed rail that would eventually link with China as part of an eight-year plan to improve infrastructure, officials said Wednesday.... 7/30/2014 9:19 AM

Hospital: 33 dead after Guinea concert stampede
CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) -- Hundreds of people leaving a late-night rap concert on a beach in Guinea rushed to leave through a single exit, creating a stampede that killed at least 33 people, officials said Wednesday.... 7/30/2014 9:06 AM

Landslide hits Indian village; 150 may be trapped
NEW DELHI (AP) -- Torrential rains triggered a massive landslide that buried a remote village in western India Wednesday, sweeping away scores of houses and possibly trapping more than 150 people, officials said.... 7/30/2014 9:02 AM

Chinese minority scholar indicted for separatism
BEIJING (AP) -- An outspoken Chinese minority scholar was indicted on separatism charges Wednesday amid continuing anti-government violence in the country's far west.... 7/30/2014 9:01 AM

15 killed at Gaza UN school; Israel holds fire
JEBALIYA REFUGEE CAMP, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Israeli tank shells slammed into a crowded U.N. school sheltering Gazans displaced by fighting on Wednesday, killing 15 and wounding 90 after tearing through the walls of two classrooms, a spokesman for a U.N. aid agency and a health official said.... 7/30/2014 9:00 AM

Britain to test driverless cars next year
LONDON (AP) -- British officials says driverless cars will be tested on roads in as many as three cities in a trial program to begin in January... 7/30/2014 8:54 AM

Bolt upset over report he criticized Glasgow Games
GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) -- Even before stepping on the track, Usain Bolt is causing a stir at the Commonwealth Games.... 7/30/2014 8:49 AM

Crop circle in Germany attracts many visitors
BERLIN (AP) -- Thousands of people are trekking to a Bavarian farmer's field to check out a mysterious set of crop circles.... 7/30/2014 8:48 AM

Iraq offers aid to those displaced by militants
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on Wednesday said his government has allocated more than $850 million to assist those displaced by last month's militant takeover of much of the country, and called on Sunnis remaining in those areas to take up arms against the insurgents.... 7/30/2014 8:47 AM

British Airways sued in pilot sex abuse allegation
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- A London law firm is initiating legal proceedings against British Airways over allegations that one of its pilots sexually abused 16 girls in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania during layovers.... 7/30/2014 8:45 AM

10 guilty in India school fire that killed 94 kids
NEW DELHI (AP) -- An Indian court convicted 10 people on Wednesday in a 2004 fire that tore through a thatched-roof schoolhouse, killing 94 children in a horrifying case that focused attention on poor fire regulations in the country.... 7/30/2014 8:36 AM

Europe shares drift ahead of US data; Asia gains
TOKYO (AP) -- World markets were mostly higher Wednesday ahead of U.S. economic data, while cheery earnings from major Japanese companies such as Honda Motor Co. boosted Asian stocks.... 7/30/2014 8:32 AM

Greece: Farm owner cleared over migrant shootings
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- A court in southern Greece has convicted two employees at a strawberry farm for shooting and wounding 28 migrant workers protesting unpaid wages, but the farm's owner and head foreman were cleared.... 7/30/2014 8:24 AM

Russia counts cost of new US, EU sanctions
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia was counting the potential cost of Western sanctions targeting its key energy and finance sectors on Wednesday, with the central bank promising to support lenders hit with penalties.... 7/30/2014 8:18 AM

Rights group: Syria using barrel bombs, defying UN
BEIRUT (AP) -- The Syrian government is still indiscriminately bombing civilians with explosives-filled barrels in defiance of a U.N. Security Council resolution, an international human rights group said Wednesday.... 7/30/2014 8:11 AM

Filipino hostages' release sparks hope for talks
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- The release of four police officers abducted by Filipino communist guerrillas has sparked hopes that stalled peace talks will resume, a government official said Wednesday, although major obstacle remains.... 7/30/2014 8:11 AM

Ukraine official: Rebels lay mines near crash site
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- International observers turned back Wednesday after making another attempt to reach the site where Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 went down in eastern Ukraine, and a government official said the area near the zone had been mined by pro-Russian separatists who control it.... 7/30/2014 8:01 AM

South Korea says North Korea fires 4 projectiles
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North Korea fired four short-range projectiles toward the ocean off its east coast on Wednesday in its latest in a series of missile and artillery tests, officials said.... 7/30/2014 7:41 AM

Turkey arrests 11 more police officers
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkey's state-run news agency says an Istanbul court has ordered 11 more police officers formally arrested and jailed pending trial for allegedly illegally wiretapping Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and other officials.... 7/30/2014 6:51 AM

Khmer Rouge tribunal clears way for genocide trial
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) -- A United Nations-assisted tribunal on Wednesday cleared the way to begin the genocide trial of two elderly former top leaders of Cambodia's 1970s Khmer Rouge regime.... 7/30/2014 6:50 AM