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Russia's central bank supports sanctions targets
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia's central bank promised to support financial institutions hit by U.S. sanctions as stocks took a tumble in Moscow on Wednesday.... 7/30/2014 5:48 AM

Shelling of UN school kills 15 as Gaza war rages
JEBALIYA REFUGEE CAMP, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Israeli tank shells slammed into a crowded U.N. school Wednesday sheltering Gazans displaced by fighting, 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 5:43 AM

Toyota remains at top in sales after first half
TOKYO (AP) -- Toyota remains No. 1 in global vehicles sales after the first six months of this year, followed by Volkswagen which bumped General Motors out of second place as the U.S. automaker grapples with a recall scandal.... 7/30/2014 5:37 AM

Observers turned back from Ukraine crash site
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- International observers have turned back from another attempt to reach the site where Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 went down in eastern Ukraine.... 7/30/2014 5:20 AM

10 guilty in fire deaths of 94 Indian school kids
NEW DELHI (AP) -- A court in southern India convicted 10 people on Wednesday for a fire in 2004 that raged through a thatched-roof schoolhouse and killed 94 children while most of the faculty escaped unscathed.... 7/30/2014 5:16 AM

AP PHOTOS: Face of Syrian war seen in youngest
ZAATARI, Jordan (AP) -- At Jordan's Zaatari refugee camp near the border with Syria, the horror of the neighboring country's civil war can be seen in the faces of its youngest refugees.... 7/30/2014 5:08 AM

Millions reported stolen from Albania central bank
TIRANA, Albania (AP) -- Albania's central bank says 713 million leke (5 million euros; $6.75 million) has been stolen from its reserve storage building.... 7/30/2014 5:00 AM

Egyptian media: 3 militants die in car explosion
CAIRO (AP) -- Three suspected militants died Wednesday when a bomb they were carrying in their car apparently went off by accident in a town south of Cairo, Egypt's official news agency reported.... 7/30/2014 4:48 AM

AP ANALYSIS: Amid war, endgames in Gaza emerge
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) -- The savage fighting between Israel and Hamas is escalating in Gaza, cease-fire efforts take on elements of farce, and bravado rules the public discourse. But even through the fog of war, a few endgame scenarios can nonetheless be glimpsed.... 7/30/2014 4:40 AM

Europe shares down ahead of data; Asia gains
TOKYO (AP) -- European stocks were lower Wednesday ahead of U.S. economic data while cheery earnings from major Japanese companies such as Honda Motor Co. boosted Asian markets.... 7/30/2014 4:33 AM

Landslide hits Indian village, 150 may be trapped
NEW DELHI (AP) -- A landslide hit a village in western India following torrential rains Wednesday, sweeping away scores of houses and raising fears that more than 150 people could be trapped, officials said.... 7/30/2014 4:32 AM

Pakistani troops kill 6 militants at Afghan border
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistani military officials say security forces have foiled a cross-border attack from Afghanistan, killing six militants.... 7/30/2014 4:16 AM

Bank scandal tarnishes powerful Portuguese family
LISBON, Portugal (AP) -- Portugal's Espirito Santo family business survived wars, dictatorship, revolution and family feuds for almost 150 years. Now, one of Europe's last banking dynasties is being stripped of its wealth and influence amid accounting irregularities, huge unreported debts, and a police investigation.... 7/30/2014 4:11 AM

Libyan official: Assailants abduct, free lawmaker
CAIRO (AP) -- A Libyan security official says assailants abducted a lawmaker and former prime minister from his home in the capital, Tripoli, but released him hours later.... 7/30/2014 3:55 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 3:29 AM

Spanish, Catalonia leaders meet on secession push
MADRID (AP) -- Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and the leader of the economically powerful Catalonia region are holding a crucial face-to-face meeting Wednesday in what could be a last chance to resolve a bitter dispute over the region's plans to hold a secession referendum in November.... 7/30/2014 3:01 AM

Australia rules out new sanctions against Russia
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Australia's prime minister said Wednesday that he is not considering ratcheting up sanctions against Russia while his government focuses on retrieving Australian victims from the wreckage of the Malaysian airliner disaster in Ukraine.... 7/30/2014 2:09 AM

Khmer Rouge tribunal readies way for genocide case
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) -- A U.N.-backed tribunal on Wednesday began a hearing to prepare for the genocide trial of the two senior surviving leaders of Cambodia's Khmer Rouge, under whose rule an estimated 1.7 million people died in the late 1970s from starvation, exhaustion, disease and execution.... 7/30/2014 12:37 AM

China: Ex-security czar Zhou under investigation
BEIJING (AP) -- China's ruling Communist Party announced an investigation into a feared ex-security chief, demonstrating President Xi Jinping's firm grip on power and breaking a longstanding taboo against publicly targeting the country's topmost leaders.... 7/29/2014 10:55 PM

Official: Venezuela tried to pressure Aruba
ORANJESTAD, Aruba (AP) -- Aruba's top prosecutor said Tuesday that Venezuela ratcheted up various types of pressure against the Dutch Caribbean island and the Netherlands in recent days to try to win the release of a powerful former general wanted on U.S. drug-trafficking charges.... 7/29/2014 10:53 PM