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Meat supplier: China unit fell short of standards
BEIJING (AP) -- A U.S. meat supplier said Monday a Chinese subsidiary embroiled in a safety scandal fell short of its requirements for maintaining high standards.... 7/28/2014 6:31 AM

Britain reopens way for fracking
LONDON (AP) -- The British government has reopened the way for energy firms to explore for shale gas, three years after seismic tremors led to the suspension of fracking.... 7/28/2014 6:27 AM

Police team turns back from Ukraine crash site
SHAKHTARSK, Ukraine (AP) -- An international police team has failed to reach the crash site of a Malaysian Airlines plane for a second day running as clashes rage in a town on the road to the area.... 7/28/2014 6:18 AM

Outgoing Karzai says Afghans need new president
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Afghanistan's outgoing leader Hamid Karzai said on Monday that his nation needs a new president and urged for a speedy conclusion to the ballot audit that will determine his successor.... 7/28/2014 6:18 AM

Japan to step up sanctions against Russia
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan is stepping up sanctions against Russia over the unrest in Ukraine.... 7/28/2014 6:12 AM

Syria's Assad prays as his troops suffer high toll
BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian state media have shown President Bashar Assad praying in Damascus at the start of a major Muslim holiday amid reports of an unprecedented high toll among his troops battling Islamic extremists.... 7/28/2014 6:01 AM

Abu Sayyaf gunmen kill 19 Filipinos in road attack
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Abu Sayyaf gunmen attacked Filipino civilians traveling to celebrate the end of Ramadan with their families on Monday, killing 19, including five children, in a brazen road attack that was the bloodiest in recent years by the violent militant group, police and military officials said.... 7/28/2014 6:01 AM

Israeli strikes on Gaza, rocket fire, break lull
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli jets struck three sites in Gaza on Monday after a rocket was launched at Israel, the military said, disrupting a relative lull in the war-torn territory at the start of a major Muslim holiday.... 7/28/2014 6:33 AM

Russia ordered to pay $50 billion over Yukos
LONDON (AP) -- An international court on Monday ordered Russia to pay over $50 billion in compensation to the former majority shareholder of now-defunct oil producer Yukos over the expropriation of the company more than 10 years ago.... 7/28/2014 5:39 AM

UN rights chief: Flight 17 possible war crime
GENEVA (AP) -- The downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 may be a war crime, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Monday.... 7/28/2014 5:36 AM

China profits boost Asia stocks, Europe unenthused
BEIJING (AP) -- Asian stock markets were mostly higher Monday, shrugging off jitters about stiffer Western sanctions against Russia, after China reported strong corporate profits. Benchmarks in Paris and London also rose but many other European markets drifted lower.... 7/28/2014 5:29 AM

Oil depot catches fire amid clashes in Tripoli
CAIRO (AP) -- The Libyan government on Monday appealed for international help after a huge oil depot caught fire amid clashes over the country's international airport in the capital, Tripoli.... 7/28/2014 5:27 AM

HK pro-democracy news site folds, citing pressure
HONG KONG (AP) -- A popular Hong Kong pro-democracy website has closed, citing political pressure, the latest sign of mounting tensions as the semiautonomous Chinese city braces for a possible shutdown of its financial center by activists fighting Beijing's desire to limit democratic reforms.... 7/28/2014 5:15 AM

Memorial at sea for Ind. pilots after deadly crash
PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (AP) -- Nearly a hundred people gathered on a ferry Sunday off the coast of American Samoa during a memorial service honoring the Indiana teenager who died and his father who is missing after their plane crashed during an attempt to circumnavigate the world.... 7/28/2014 4:29 AM

Pakistani mob attacks minority Muslims, kills 3
LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) -- Pakistani police say a mob has burned down several homes belonging to minority Ahmadi Muslims in the country's east, killing a woman and her two granddaughters following rumors about blasphemous postings on Facebook.... 7/28/2014 4:29 AM

Chinese police remove church cross amid crackdown
BEIJING (AP) -- Hundreds of police took down a church's cross Monday in a city known as "China's Jerusalem" for its many houses of worship amid a crackdown on church buildings in a coastal region where thousands of people are embracing Christianity.... 7/28/2014 4:14 AM

UN Security Council calls for Gaza cease-fire
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. Security Council called for "an immediate and unconditional humanitarian cease-fire" in the Gaza war between Israel and Hamas at an emergency meeting just after midnight (0400 GMT) Monday morning.... 7/28/2014 3:28 AM

Sri Lankan asylum seekers fly to Australia
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- More than 150 Sri Lankan asylum seekers who languished on an Australian customs vessel for weeks have been temporarily brought to a detention center on Australia's mainland where their identities will be determined by Indian officials, a government minister said Monday.... 7/28/2014 3:02 AM

China announces war games starting Tuesday
BEIJING (AP) -- China has set up alternative flight routes to minimize delays related to military exercises along its southeastern coast that start Tuesday, the Defense Ministry said.... 7/28/2014 2:44 AM

US exports help Germany increase coal, pollution
LUENEN, Germany (AP) -- One of Germany's newest coal-fired power plants rises here from the banks of a 100-year-old canal that once shipped coal mined from the Ruhr Valley to the world.... 7/28/2014 2:26 AM