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500 evacuated due to flooding in Romania
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- Authorities evacuated 500 people from an area in southwest Romania after surging floodwaters submerged villages during one of the country's wettest summers in recent years.... 7/29/2014 10:02 AM

16-year-old Nigerian weightlifter fails drug test
GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) -- A 16-year-old Nigerian weightlifter failed a doping test after becoming the youngest ever female to win a Commonwealth Games gold medal in the sport, organizers said Tuesday.... 7/29/2014 9:35 AM

Kosovo prosecutor suspects some killed for organs
BRUSSELS (AP) -- A special European Union prosecutor said Tuesday he had "compelling indications" that up to ten captives were killed to have their organs harvested for illegal trafficking and black market sale during the 1998-99 Kosovo war.... 7/29/2014 9:34 AM

PLO offers truce as at least 100 killed in Gaza
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- A senior PLO official proposed a 24-hour humanitarian cease-fire Tuesday in the Gaza war, saying he spoke in the name of Hamas, but was contradicted a short while later by a spokesman of the Islamic militant group.... 7/29/2014 9:30 AM

Pope to visit Sri Lanka, Philippines Jan. 12-19
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Vatican has confirmed the dates for Pope Francis' second trip to Asia, a weeklong visit Jan. 12-19 to Sri Lanka and the Philippines.... 7/29/2014 9:27 AM

West African airline suspends flights amid Ebola
LOME, Togo (AP) -- The West African airline that transported a passenger sick with Ebola last week says it's now suspending flights to the two cities hardest hit by the disease.... 7/29/2014 9:18 AM

Cease-fire in Libyan airport fight to battle fire
CAIRO (AP) -- Militias fighting for control of the airport in Libya's capital agreed to a 24-hour cease-fire to allow firefighters to battle an out-of-control fire at its oil depot, authorities said Tuesday.... 7/29/2014 9:10 AM

Burundi on edge amid rise of violent youth group
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) -- The group stoking fear among many Burundians includes stick-wielding men who sing patriotic tunes as they march through villages. As the youth wing of Burundi's ruling party, the group has become so powerful that watchdog groups believe its members carry out murders with impunity.... 7/29/2014 9:10 AM

Strong quake shakes Mexico's Gulf coast
VERACRUZ, Mexico (AP) -- A strong earthquake shook much of eastern Mexico on Tuesday, but there were no reports of damage or injury.... 7/29/2014 9:10 AM

Turkish PM Erdogan returning Jewish American award
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is returning an award given to him by a Jewish American group in 2004, after the group asked for it back because of comments he made regarding the conflict in Gaza.... 7/29/2014 9:08 AM

Suicide bomber kills Afghan president's cousin
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- A powerful cousin of Afghan President Hamid Karzai was assassinated by a suicide bomber hiding explosives in his cap on Tuesday, a provincial official said.... 7/29/2014 9:07 AM

Filipino rebels free 4 policemen taken 3 weeks ago
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Communist guerrillas on Tuesday freed four police officers they abducted from a police station in the southern Philippines three weeks ago, the military said.... 7/29/2014 8:55 AM

China investigating Microsoft in monopoly case
BEIJING (AP) -- China's anti-monopoly agency announced an investigation Tuesday of Microsoft Corp., stepping up regulatory pressure on foreign technology companies.... 7/29/2014 8:46 AM

UBS sees profits rise, probed over trading system
GENEVA (AP) -- Switzerland's biggest bank, UBS, reported Tuesday a 15 percent rise in second-quarter profit, driven by its core wealth management business, and disclosed it was part of a group of financial companies being investigated over alternative trading systems called "dark pools."... 7/29/2014 8:45 AM

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Gaza official: At least 100 Palestinians killed in Israeli airstrikes and shelling on Tuesday.... 7/29/2014 8:42 AM

Egypt military kills 7 militants in volatile Sinai
CAIRO (AP) -- Egyptian troops killed seven suspected militants and arrested five as part of an ongoing offensive in the volatile Sinai Peninsula, where the military has been trying to quell a spreading insurgency by Islamic militants, an army spokesman said.... 7/29/2014 8:41 AM

Hungary's opposition asks EU to protect democracy
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) -- An opposition group says it will ask the European Union to step up its oversight of democracy in Hungary after the prime minster said he wants to transform the country from a liberal democracy into an "illiberal state."... 7/29/2014 8:41 AM

Madagascar billed as surfing paradise
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Itching to catch a wave? Try Madagascar.... 7/29/2014 8:39 AM

St. Petersburg airport briefly evacuated
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) -- The Pulkovo airport in Russia's St. Petersburg was briefly evacuated on Tuesday because of a bomb threat.... 7/29/2014 8:32 AM

US, EU preparing new sanctions against Russia
BRUSSELS (AP) -- The United States and the European Union, finally in synch on how to deal with Russian President Vladimir Putin, are preparing a powerful one-two punch against Russia's economy, with EU ambassadors meeting on Tuesday to discuss a dramatic escalation in the trade bloc's sanctions.... 7/29/2014 8:21 AM