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Activists: Syrian rebels shoot down helicopter
BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian rebels have shot down a helicopter gunship over a slum in the northern city of Aleppo, killing at least four people, activists said Saturday.... 7/26/2014 7:51 AM

Sunni official taken by gunmen in Baghdad
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Gunmen traveling in 10 black SUVs seized a senior Sunni politician who had previously been jailed on terrorism charges from his home in Baghdad, police officers said Saturday.... 7/26/2014 7:40 AM

2 critics of Swaziland government sentenced
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Two government critics in Swaziland have been sentenced to two years in prison after being found guilty of contempt of court for publishing articles lamenting alleged threats to judicial independence in the southern African kingdom.... 7/26/2014 7:31 AM

In Gaza lull, residents return to destroyed areas
BEIT HANOUN, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Thousands of Gaza residents who had fled Israel-Hamas fighting streamed back to devastated border areas during a lull Saturday to find large-scale destruction: scores of homes were pulverized, wreckage blocked roads and power cables dangled in the streets.... 7/26/2014 7:00 AM

Malaysian prime minister to travel to Netherlands
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak will travel to the Netherlands on Wednesday to discuss the downed Malaysia Airlines jet with his Dutch counterpart.... 7/26/2014 6:23 AM

Russia: EU sanctions weaken anti-terrorism efforts
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia is lashing out at the latest round of Ukraine-related sanctions imposed by the European Union, saying they endanger the fight against international terrorism.... 7/26/2014 6:15 AM

AP Essay: Air tragedies bring grief without order
LONDON (AP) -- When air travel goes wrong, the modern world has given us a script to follow.... 7/26/2014 4:24 AM

Holy month of Ramadan is a big boon for retailers
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Glitzy billboards in the Middle East and postage stamps in the U.S. Advertisements for lingerie and sales on modest skirts. Lavish buffets and cellphone apps.... 7/26/2014 2:21 AM

In Chinese shadow, Hong Kong fights for its future
HONG KONG (AP) -- As skyscrapers around Hong Kong harbor erupted into a reverie of laser beams and giant digital displays during their synchronized nightly light show, one innocuous 28-story building near the water's edge had stayed dark for months, clad in bamboo scaffolding for a face-lift.... 7/26/2014 2:01 AM

EU hits Russian intelligence chiefs with sanctions
BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Union on Friday extended its Ukraine-related sanctions to target top Russian intelligence officials and leaders of the pro-Russia revolt in eastern Ukraine, official documents showed.... 7/26/2014 12:48 AM

AP NewsAlert
BRUSSELS (AP) -- EU extends Ukraine sanctions to hit Russian intelligence officials, rebel leaders: documents.... 7/25/2014 11:09 PM

Aruba to hold Venezuelan official seeking immunity
ORANJESTAD, Aruba (AP) -- A judge in Aruba ruled Friday that the highest-ranking Venezuelan official ever arrested on a U.S. warrant must remain behind bars pending an extradition request on drug-trafficking charges, prompting Venezuela to cancel flights to the Dutch Caribbean island in retaliation.... 7/25/2014 11:01 PM

War crimes commission takes aim at Islamic State
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The head of the independent U.N. commission on Syrian war crimes said Friday that commanders of the Islamic State extremist group are "good candidates" to be put on a confidential list of alleged perpetrators.... 7/25/2014 8:08 PM

Israel: 12-hour Gaza cease-fire to start Saturday
JERUSALEM (AP) -- The Israeli military says a 12-hour humanitarian cease-fire in Gaza will start Saturday morning.... 7/25/2014 7:53 PM

US: Russia is firing across border into Ukraine
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Russia is launching artillery attacks from its soil on Ukrainian troops and preparing to move heavier weaponry across the border, the U.S. and Ukraine charged Friday in what appeared to be an ominous escalation of the crisis.... 7/25/2014 7:07 PM

Ebola outbreak spreads to 4th West African country
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) -- An Ebola outbreak that has left more than 660 people dead across West Africa has spread to the continent's most populous nation after a Liberian man with a high fever vomited aboard an airplane to Nigeria and then died there, officials said Friday.... 7/25/2014 7:00 PM

France to host meeting on Gaza cease-fire talks
PARIS (AP) -- More than a half-dozen foreign ministers including U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will hold a meeting in France to press for a cease-fire in Gaza.... 7/25/2014 5:41 PM

Russia: McDonald's food has 'too many calories'
MOSCOW (AP) -- Nearly a quarter-century after McDonald's startled and delighted Soviets with their first taste of American fast-food culture, the company's now facing a suit that could ban it from selling some of its signature products.... 7/25/2014 5:26 PM

McNuggets pulled from sale in HK after meat scare
HONG KONG (AP) -- McDonald's restaurants in Hong Kong have taken chicken nuggets and chicken filet burgers off the menu after a U.S.-owned supplier in mainland China was accused of selling expired meat.... 7/25/2014 5:15 PM

AP ANALYSIS: Old story, new twists in Gaza war
CAIRO (AP) -- The third Gaza war is playing out much like the first one more than five years ago: The harrowing civilian toll in Gaza is now at the center of the discourse, eclipsing the rocket attacks by Hamas militants that were the stated reason for the Israeli assault.... 7/25/2014 4:55 PM