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France: Air Algerie flight vanishes over N Mali
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) -- An Air Algerie flight carrying 116 people from Burkina Faso to Algeria's capital disappeared from radar early Thursday over northern Mali after heavy rains were reported, according to the plane's owner and government officials in France and Burkina Faso. Nearly half of the passengers were French.... 7/24/2014 9:10 AM

Poland cancels plans for cultural year with Russia
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- The Polish government has canceled plans for a year of cultural celebrations with Russia out of anger with Russian actions in Ukraine.... 7/24/2014 9:07 AM

ICC: Gadhafi-era spy chief can be tried in Libya
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- Appeals judges at the International Criminal Court have upheld a decision that allows Libyan authorities to put on trial a former intelligence chief from Moammar Gadhafi's era.... 7/24/2014 8:56 AM

Iraq: Kurdish politician Massoum named president
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Kurdish politician Fouad Massoum was named Iraq's new president on Thursday hours after an attack on a prison convoy killed dozens of people, brutally underscoring the challenges faced by the country's leaders as they struggle to form a new government.... 7/24/2014 8:54 AM

EU regulator: Morning-after pill OK for all women
LONDON (AP) -- A commonly used morning-after pill is suitable for use by heavier women, the European Medicines Agency said Thursday after a review of the evidence sparked by the French manufacturer's declaration that the drugs didn't work in women weighing more than 80 kilograms (176 pounds).... 7/24/2014 8:44 AM

Russian activists convicted of organizing riots
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian news agencies say two opposition activists have been convicted of organizing riots at the May 2012 protest in Moscow, a day before the inauguration of President Vladimir Putin.... 7/24/2014 8:39 AM

Pope meets Christian sentenced to death for faith
ROME (AP) -- Pope Francis has met privately with a Sudanese woman who arrived in Italy after escaping a death sentence in Sudan for refusing to recant her Christian faith.... 7/24/2014 8:37 AM

UK: Former reporter sentenced for phone hacking
LONDON (AP) -- A former British tabloid reporter was given a 10-month suspended prison sentence Thursday for his role in the long-running phone hacking scandal that shook Rupert Murdoch's media empire.... 7/24/2014 8:35 AM

Europe lifts recommendation not to fly to Tel Aviv
BERLIN (AP) -- The European Aviation Safety Agency has lifted a recommendation that airlines refrain from flying to Tel Aviv airport.... 7/24/2014 8:33 AM

Taiwan airline suspects bad weather caused crash
XIXI, Taiwan (AP) -- Stormy weather trailing behind a typhoon was the likely cause of a plane crash on a Taiwanese island that killed 48 people on board and injured 10 on the plane and five on the ground, the airline said Thursday.... 7/24/2014 8:29 AM

Cuba looks to mangroves to fend off rising seas
SURGIDERO DE BATABANO, Cuba. (AP) -- Many people in this hamlet on the southern coast of Cuba remember when the shore lay about 100 meters (yards) farther out. That was four decades ago.... 7/24/2014 8:23 AM

Troubled Myanmar state invites back aid groups
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- Authorities in Myanmar's Rakhine state have said international aid organizations are welcome to return to the area they left in April after Buddhist mobs disrupted their work helping displaced Rohingya Muslims.... 7/24/2014 8:17 AM

2 Finnish aid workers killed in Afghanistan
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Two Finnish aid workers were shot dead Thursday in the western Afghan city of Herat, officials said.... 7/24/2014 8:16 AM

Court: Poland violated human rights in CIA case
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Europe's top human rights court ruled Thursday that Poland violated the rights of two terror suspects by allowing the CIA to secretly imprison them on Polish soil from 2002-2003 and facilitating the conditions under which they were subject to torture.... 7/24/2014 8:08 AM

More works found at German collector's apartment
BERLIN (AP) -- More art works have been found at the Munich apartment of the late collector Cornelius Gurlitt, including a sculpture apparently by Edgar Degas and another that could be by Auguste Rodin, the task force investigating the pieces' origin said Thursday.... 7/24/2014 7:54 AM

Gaza fighting rages amid cease-fire efforts
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Israeli tanks and warplanes bombarded the Gaza Strip on Thursday, as Hamas militants stuck to their demand for the lifting of an Israeli and Egyptian blockade amid international efforts to broker a cease-fire.... 7/24/2014 7:26 AM

Planes with Malaysia Airlines bodies leave Ukraine
KHARKIV, Ukraine (AP) -- Two military aircraft carrying remains of victims from the Malaysian plane disaster departed for the Netherlands Thursday, while Australian and Dutch diplomats joined to promote a plan for a U.N. team to secure the crash scene which has been controlled by pro-Russian rebels.... 7/24/2014 7:13 AM

Thailand to re-launch women-only train carriages
BANGKOK (AP) -- Thailand's railway authority said on Thursday it will re-launch women- and children-only carriages in main routes nationwide after a 13-year-old girl was raped and killed in her berth on an overnight train earlier this month.... 7/24/2014 7:11 AM

Ukrainian government moves to ban Communist Party
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- A court in Kiev is holding a hearing on Thursday on the government's request to ban the Communist Party of Ukraine.... 7/24/2014 7:08 AM

18 children, 1 man die in train-bus crash in India
HYDERABAD, India (AP) -- Eighteen children were killed Thursday when a train crashed into their school bus at an unmanned railroad crossing in southern India, police said.... 7/24/2014 6:55 AM