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Official: Israel Cabinet to discuss cease-fire
JERUSALEM (AP) -- An Israeli defense official says the Security Cabinet is meeting to discuss international cease-fire efforts, but also the option of expanding its eight-day-old ground operation in Gaza.... 7/25/2014 2:49 AM

France sends soldiers to guard Air Algeria wreck
PARIS (AP) -- French officials have dispatched a military unit to secure the site in Mali where an Air Algeria plane crashed in a heavy rainstorm with 116 people aboard.... 7/25/2014 2:38 AM

S.Korea lab fails to find out how ferry owner died
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korea's state-run forensic lab said Friday it has failed to determine the cause of death for a fugitive billionaire blamed for April's ferry disaster, amid mounting public criticism that authorities didn't identify his body for a long time and still continued a massive manhunt for him.... 7/25/2014 2:22 AM

Black boxes from Taiwan air crash investigated
XIXI, Taiwan (AP) -- Investigators on Friday were examining wreckage and flight data recorders for clues into a plane crash on a Taiwanese island that killed 48 people.... 7/25/2014 2:13 AM

Sri Lankan asylum seekers to be taken to Australia
SYDNEY (AP) -- A group of Sri Lankan asylum seekers that has been languishing on board an Australian customs vessel for weeks will temporarily be brought to Australia's mainland and may be sent to India, Australia's government said Friday, following a court challenge and outrage from human rights groups.... 7/25/2014 2:02 AM

Toppled crosses in China spur defiance
WUXI VILLAGE, China (AP) -- The battle started when a government-hired crew tore down the metal cross atop the one-room church in this village surrounded by rice paddies last month.... 7/25/2014 1:56 AM

Air Algerie jet with 116 on board crashes in Mali
OUAGADOUGO, Burkina Faso (AP) -- An Air Algerie jetliner carrying 116 people crashed Thursday in a rainstorm over restive Mali, the third major international aviation disaster in a week.... 7/25/2014 1:41 AM

Chicken off McDonald's HK menu after food scandal
HONG KONG (AP) -- McDonald's restaurants in Hong Kong have taken chicken nuggets and chicken filet burgers off the menu after a mainland Chinese supplier was accused of selling expired meat.... 7/25/2014 1:14 AM

Asian stocks bolstered by US economic data
MUMBAI, India (AP) -- Most major Asian stock markets rose Friday after U.S. unemployment claims fell to an eight-year low and tensions over the downing of a Malaysia Airlines jet eased.... 7/25/2014 1:09 AM

Navy secretary: Cost for newest ship will decline
ABOARD USS INDEPENDENCE (AP) -- Operating costs for the U.S. Navy's newest ships will decline and "become more normal" over time, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said Thursday.... 7/25/2014 12:34 AM

Report: China to declare Qualcomm a monopoly
BEIJING (AP) -- Chinese regulators have concluded Qualcomm Inc., one of the biggest makers of chips used in mobile devices, has a monopoly, a government newspaper reported Friday.... 7/25/2014 12:26 AM

World Cup over, but some Argentines won't go home
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Lucas Bazan Pontoni rifled through his pockets for the 45-cent lunch fee as he stood in line at a downtown soup kitchen. When he came up short, an acquaintance sprang for the government-subsidized meal.... 7/25/2014 12:08 AM

Malaysia to send officer to face NZ sex charges
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- Malaysian officials said Friday they still plan to send a military officer back to New Zealand to face sexual assault charges despite not returning him in early July as they had promised.... 7/24/2014 11:40 PM

Planes with Ukraine bodies arrive in Netherlands
KHARKIV, Ukraine (AP) -- Two more military aircraft carrying remains of victims from the Malaysian plane disaster arrived in the Netherlands on Thursday, while Australian and Dutch diplomats joined to promote a plan for a U.N. team to secure the crash site which has been controlled by pro-Russian rebels.... 7/24/2014 10:15 PM

Australian reporter imprisoned in Egypt to appeal
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- An Australian Al-Jazeera journalist will appeal his conviction on charges that he aided Egypt's outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, his brother said Friday.... 7/24/2014 9:11 PM

3 charged in Nicaragua bus attacks that killed 5
MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) -- Three men have been charged with murder and organized crime in the weekend attacks on two buses carrying supporters of Nicaragua's governing party that left five people dead and 28 wounded, the country's top prosecutor said Thursday.... 7/24/2014 9:01 PM

Ex-Venezuelan intelligence chief detained in Aruba
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- Authorities in Aruba announced Thursday that they arrested a close confidant of late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez who was sent as that country's consul to the Caribbean island despite being sanctioned by the U.S. government on charges of drug trafficking.... 7/24/2014 7:59 PM

Trinidad pair cleared of caging protected animals
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) -- A judge in Trinidad & Tobago has aggrieved conservationists by dismissing charges against a couple who were found with 55 protected animals caged at their home amid a no-trapping, no-hunting moratorium in the Caribbean nation.... 7/24/2014 7:50 PM

Witness: Teen's plane didn't show obvious distress
PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (AP) -- A man who saw a plane flown by an Indiana teen who was killed during an around-the-world flight attempt says the aircraft was flying low but didn't show any obvious signs of distress before diving into the ocean off American Samoa.... 7/24/2014 7:24 PM

UN urges quick implementation of CAR cease-fire
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. Security Council on Thursday called on Muslim and Christian factions battling in Central African Republic to immediately implement a cease-fire agreement they signed this week.... 7/24/2014 6:51 PM