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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.... 7/29/2014 11:57 PM

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.... 7/29/2014 11:13 PM

Asia stocks rise on earnings, await US growth data
TOKYO (AP) -- Asian stocks rose Wednesday ahead of U.S. economic data and as cheery earnings from major Japanese companies such as Honda Motor Co. countered a lower close on Wall Street.... 7/29/2014 11:08 PM

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

Australian airline passengers told to flush drugs
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- An Australian airline apologized on Wednesday for a warning a flight attendant gave passengers who might have been flying high that there were drug-sniffer dogs awaiting them at Sydney airport.... 7/29/2014 10:37 PM

Brown: California willing to shelter more migrants
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- California Gov. Jerry Brown said Tuesday his state is willing to shelter more migrant children from Central America if needed but reiterated that the United States needs to find a long-term solution to the immigration crisis.... 7/29/2014 10:13 PM

China reports deadly attack in northwest
BEIJING (AP) -- A mob armed with knives and axes rampaged through part of China's volatile northwestern region of Xinjiang and police responded with gunfire, leaving dozens of people dead in the latest violence blamed Islamic militants, state media reported Tuesday.... 7/29/2014 9:26 PM

Elegant Louvre Garden in Paris infested with rats
PARIS (AP) -- Rats are on the rampage in the elegant garden of the Louvre Museum, so bold they romp on the grass in broad daylight, defying death threats from sanitation workers and scaring tourists.... 7/29/2014 8:21 PM

Australia rules out new sanctions against Russia
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Wednesday he is not considering ratcheting up sanctions against Russia while his government is focused on retrieving Australian victims from the wreckage of the Malaysian airliner disaster in Ukraine.... 7/29/2014 8:13 PM

Israel hits symbols of Hamas rule; 128 killed
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Israel unleashed its heaviest air and artillery assault of the Gaza war on Tuesday, destroying key symbols of Hamas control, shutting down the territory's only power plant and leaving at least 128 Palestinians dead on the bloodiest day of the 22-day conflict.... 7/29/2014 6:25 PM

6 die when swept away by swollen river in Mexico
HERMOSILLO, Mexico (AP) -- Six people have died and four are missing in northern Mexico after their vehicles were swept away by a swollen river near the U.S. border.... 7/29/2014 5:53 PM

Passengers stuck 3 nights in Hawaii finally leave
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- A group of Air New Zealand passengers finally got airborne Tuesday after being stranded for three nights due to repeated delays from mechanical problems.... 7/29/2014 5:48 PM

Canada: Chinese hackers infiltrated government org
TORONTO (AP) -- Chinese hackers infiltrated the computer systems of Canada's top research and development organization, the Canadian government said Tuesday.... 7/29/2014 4:29 PM

Top doctor dies from Ebola after treating dozens
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) -- A leading doctor who risked his own life to treat dozens of Ebola patients died Tuesday from the disease, officials said, as a major regional airline announced it was suspending flights to the cities hardest hit by an outbreak that has killed more than 670 people.... 7/29/2014 4:27 PM

Global task force created after plane shot down
MONTREAL (AP) -- The United Nations agency that governs civil aviation said Tuesday it is creating a task force aimed at improving security measures after the shoot-down of a Malaysia Airlines jet over eastern Ukraine.... 7/29/2014 3:51 PM

Hundreds evacuated, 3 dead in East Europe floods
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- Three people died and several hundreds were forced to evacuate as surging floodwaters submerged villages in Eastern Europe on Tuesday.... 7/29/2014 3:08 PM

EU adopts tough new sanctions on Russia
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Shocked into action by the downing of the Malaysian airliner and the resulting deaths of more than 200 Europeans, the European Union approved dramatically tougher economic sanctions Tuesday against Russia, to be followed swiftly by similar punitive measures from the U.S.... 7/29/2014 2:58 PM

Militia gunfire in Libya capital as inferno rages
CAIRO (AP) -- Heavy gunfire between warring militias prevented firefighters from battling a massive inferno in Libya's capital Tuesday, despite calls for a cease-fire to end the worst violence in the capital since the country's 2011 civil war.... 7/29/2014 2:45 PM

Argentina fights with debt holdouts; default nears
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Argentina risks financial default unless it reaches an agreement with a group of holdout bondholders by Wednesday. Here are the issues at stake:... 7/29/2014 2:31 PM