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Egypt military pounds Sinai militant positions, kills 23
CAIRO (AP) -- The Egyptian military pounded Islamic militant positions and killed 23 extremists in dawn raids in Sinai on Thursday, a day after an unprecedented assault by Islamic State-linked extremists in the restive peninsula that undermined government efforts to stem an insurgency in the area despite a two-year crackdown.... 7/2/2015 5:19 PM

Disillusioned ex-Israeli peace negotiator finds hope online
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) -- Four years ago, disillusioned former peace negotiator Uri Savir launched a Facebook group aimed at bringing together moderate voices from Israel and across the Arab world. Now he's celebrating his vision with a near million-strong online movement stretching across the Middle East's most hostile borders.... 7/2/2015 5:02 PM

Documents: Mexican army ordered troops to 'kill criminals'
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A Mexican human rights group is releasing what it says are military documents that show high-ranking officers had given soldiers standing orders to "kill criminals" ahead of last year's army slaying of suspected criminals.... 7/2/2015 5:00 PM

The Latest: Professor criticizes IMF, EU stances on Greece
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- The latest news on Greece's financial woes (all times local):... 7/2/2015 4:58 PM

Kenya detains alleged Islamic State recruiters from Uganda
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Kenyan authorities are holding two Ugandan men who are accused of recruiting for the Islamic State group in East Africa.... 7/2/2015 4:51 PM

Merkel's office invites US envoy to discuss latest spy claim
BERLIN (AP) -- Chancellor Angela Merkel's chief of staff asked the U.S. ambassador for a meeting Thursday to discuss the latest reports of alleged American spying on Germany and told him that German law must be adhered to, the German government said.... 7/2/2015 4:45 PM

Report: Saudi king censors TV host, pro-Brotherhood scholar
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- A government-linked Saudi news website says that King Salman has ordered an investigation and trial against a pro-Muslim Brotherhood scholar and a television host after an episode that was critical of King Abdullah's policies toward the outlawed Islamist group.... 7/2/2015 4:43 PM

Iran takes hard line on inspections, sanctions at nuke talks
VIENNA (AP) -- Iran took a hard line Thursday on two of the biggest demands of world powers in a final nuclear accord, rejecting any extraordinary inspection rules and threatening to ramp up enrichment of bomb-making material if the United States and other countries re-impose sanctions after the deal is in place.... 7/2/2015 4:42 PM

Attack on UN convoy in north Mali kills 6 workers, wounds 5
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) -- Six U.N. peacekeepers were killed and five wounded in an attack on their convoy in northern Mali, the U.N. said Thursday. All of the victims were from Burkina Faso.... 7/2/2015 4:37 PM

Tunisia: 8 people suspected of direct links to beach attack
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) -- Eight people are in custody in Tunisia, suspected of having direct links to a deadly beach attack that killed 38 people, but four other possible suspects have been released, a minister said Thursday.... 7/2/2015 4:34 PM

Bill Clinton visits Vietnam to mark 20th anniversary of ties
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) -- For Bill Clinton, President Barack Obama's announcement this week of plans to resume diplomatic relations with Cuba must have stirred memories. It was 20 years ago this month that Clinton pulled off a similar diplomatic and political success, normalizing relations with Vietnam.... 7/2/2015 4:32 PM

French mother gets 9 years in prison for killing 8 newborns
PARIS (AP) -- A Frenchwoman accused of killing eight of her newborns over more than a decade has been sentenced to nine years in prison after a dramatic and teary murder trial.... 7/2/2015 4:26 PM

Ukulele orchestra wins UK court ruling against upstart rival
LONDON (AP) -- A judge has delivered sweet music to the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, ruling that a rival ensemble can't call itself the United Kingdom Ukulele Orchestra.... 7/2/2015 4:19 PM

Top American diplomat in Cuba in line to head new embassy
HAVANA (AP) -- From his office high above Havana, Jeffrey DeLaurentis has a sweeping view of the cerulean Florida Straits and the blood-red letters declaring Cuba's defiance of the United States.... 7/2/2015 4:13 PM

UN says coca production jumped 44 percent in Colombia
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- Cultivation of the leaf used to make cocaine skyrocketed last year in Colombia, according to a new study by the United Nations that is likely to raise questions about the government's decision to abandon a US-backed aerial eradication campaign.... 7/2/2015 3:56 PM

The case for Greece: when it forgave Germany's debt
LONDON (AP) -- Forgiving debt, if done right, can get an economy back on its feet.... 7/2/2015 3:46 PM

Polish PM candidate vows no euro, more economic justice
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Beata Szydlo led a little-known politician to a surprise victory in Poland's recent presidential election. Now she hopes to repeat that winning formula for herself.... 7/2/2015 3:35 PM

The Latest: Israel PM offers condolences over Sinai attacks
CAIRO (AP) -- The latest on the aftermath of a coordinated militant assault on Egyptian security forces in the restive northern Sinai that killed dozens of troops and set off the bloodiest fighting in the peninsula in decades (all times local).... 7/2/2015 3:35 PM

Easygoing Irish crooner Val Doonican dies at 88
LONDON (AP) -- Val Doonican, an easygoing Irish singer whose warm style and fondness for knitwear made him an icon of light entertainment, has died. He was 88.... 7/2/2015 3:30 PM

UK minister: Illogical to attack IS in Iraq but not Syria
LONDON (AP) -- Britain's defense minister says lawmakers should consider expanding Royal Air Force airstrikes against the Islamic State from Iraq into Syria.... 7/2/2015 3:19 PM

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