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Ebola fears nix Sierra Leone troop trip to Somalia
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- A military spokesman for the African Union mission in Somalia says the AU has cancelled a planned troop rotation by Sierra Leonean forces because of the breakout of Ebola.... 8/1/2014 5:13 AM

Brokering a truce in Gaza no easy deal for Kerry
NEW DELHI (AP) -- Hours past midnight Thursday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was still working the phones, trying to come up with a cease-fire plan to stop the bloodshed in the Gaza Strip. He'd been pushing for a deal all day - in fact, for more than a week - and nailing down a final agreement was proving elusive.... 8/1/2014 5:10 AM

South Africa: Giraffe's head hits highway overpass
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Officials in South Africa say they plan to file charges after the death of a giraffe whose head struck a highway overpass while it was being transported in a truck.... 8/1/2014 4:56 AM

UN: Iraq deaths drop to 1,700 in July
BAGHDAD (AP) -- The United Nations says 1,737 people, mostly civilians, were killed in Iraq in July, marking a dramatic decline from the previous month, when some 2,400 people were killed as Sunni militants swept across large parts of the country, capturing the second largest city Mosul.... 8/1/2014 4:48 AM

Global trade deal goes back to drawing board
GENEVA (AP) -- The World Trade Organization is regrouping to see whether it is still possible to finalize a major deal to boost global trade after a deadline passed to formally adopt it.... 8/1/2014 4:39 AM

4 Palestinians killed after Gaza truce begins
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- A three-day Gaza cease-fire went into force on Friday as diplomats worked to broker a lasting truce in the 25-day-old Israel-Hamas war, but Gaza officials said the lull was broken after nearly two hours when Israeli tank fire killed at least four Palestinians.... 8/1/2014 4:21 AM

Ukrainian troops suffer heavy loss in ambush
DEBALTSEVE, Ukraine (AP) -- Ukrainian authorities said Friday that at least 10 government troops were killed in an ambush by pro-Russian separatists in an area near the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, but international inspectors nonetheless set off for a second day at the crash site.... 8/1/2014 4:09 AM

Macau casino revenue falls for 2nd straight month
HONG KONG (AP) -- Casino revenue in the global gambling mecca of Macau fell for a second straight month in July as Chinese high rollers stayed away because of Beijing's corruption crackdown.... 8/1/2014 4:01 AM

Europe in push to stop violence against women
PARIS (AP) -- The Council of Europe is taking new steps to combat violence against women under a newly ratified convention that comes into force Friday.... 8/1/2014 3:50 AM

More bodies found in Indonesia's 2 boat disasters
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- Rescuers in Indonesia recovered more bodies after vessels carrying villagers to celebrations of a Muslim holiday capsized in two separate rivers, raising the death toll to 34, officials said Friday.... 8/1/2014 3:49 AM

Interfaith house of prayer to be built in Berlin
BERLIN (AP) -- A rabbi, an imam and a priest start praying together under the same roof. It may sound like the start of a joke, but hopes are high it will become reality in Berlin.... 8/1/2014 3:43 AM

Uganda court to rule on legality of anti-gay law
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) -- A Ugandan court is expected to rule Friday on a petition by activists who say the East African country's new anti-gay measure is invalid because it was passed during a parliamentary session that lacked quorum.... 8/1/2014 3:30 AM

Syrian refugee women face sexual exploitation
TEL EL-HAYAT, Lebanon (AP) -- The Syrian refugee woman huddled in the latest room she calls home, a peeling, run-down place outside a north Lebanese village. The mother of six doesn't know how she'll pay the rent. She's gotten by over the past year by taking a series of lovers who would pay for her housing.... 8/1/2014 3:12 AM

Gas blasts kill 25, injure 267 in Taiwanese port
KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan (AP) -- At least 25 people were killed and 267 injured when underground gas explosions ripped through Taiwan's second-largest city, hurling concrete and cars through the air and blasting long trenches in the streets, authorities said Friday, as they searched for the cause.... 8/1/2014 3:02 AM

Japan names islets in disputed area, around nation
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan said Friday that it will name five uninhabited islands as part of a group in the East China Sea, a move likely to spark anger from other claimants China and Taiwan.... 8/1/2014 2:11 AM

Asia stocks dip on Dow drop, China data cuts loss
HONG KONG (AP) -- Most Asian stock markets dipped on Friday following a big sell-off on Wall Street but losses were limited by optimistic reports on China's economy.... 8/1/2014 1:48 AM

Japan provides Vietnam with 6 vessels
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) -- Japan says it will provide Vietnam six vessels as part of a grant aid package that will boost Hanoi's maritime security patrol capacity at a time the country is locked in a territorial standoff with China in the South China Sea.... 8/1/2014 1:20 AM

Judge won't free Russian accused of hacking in US
HAGATNA, Guam (AP) -- A federal judge in the U.S. territory of Guam denied a motion Thursday to release a Russian lawmaker's son accused of hacking computers inside hundreds of U.S. businesses.... 8/1/2014 12:19 AM

Abbas seeks broad support for war crimes charges
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Nearly a month into Israel's fierce assault on Hamas in Gaza, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is facing mounting domestic pressure to seek war crimes charges against Israel at the International Criminal Court.... 7/31/2014 11:58 PM

Default fuels uncertainty, stock drop in Argentina
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Argentina entered economic limbo Thursday, forced into a default that could undermine an already frail economy if a dispute with U.S. creditors is not resolved soon.... 7/31/2014 11:01 PM