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Death toll mounts as clashes intensify in Ukraine
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- At least eight civilians have been killed by fighting and shelling in two Ukrainian cities held by separatist militants, officials in the rebellion-wracked east said Monday.... 7/28/2014 4:33 AM

Russia ordered to pay $50B over Yukos
LONDON (AP) -- The former majority shareholder in Yukos Oil Company says it has won in excess of $50 billion in a court ruling against Russia.... 7/28/2014 4:32 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

Outgoing Karzai says Afghans need new president
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Afghanistan's outgoing leader Hamid Karzai says his nation needs a new president and urged for a speedy conclusion to the ballot audit that will determine his successor.... 7/28/2014 4:25 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

HK pro-democracy news site folds over pressure
HONG KONG (AP) -- A popular Hong Kong pro-democracy website has closed, citing political pressure.... 7/28/2014 3:50 AM

Filipino extremists kill at least 18 villagers
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Abu Sayyaf gunmen killed at least 18 villagers, including women and children, in a road attack Monday as the civilians traveled in two vans to visit relatives and celebrate the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan in the southern Philippines, military officials said.... 7/28/2014 3:37 AM

Relative lull in Gaza as UN calls for cease-fire
JERUSALEM (AP) -- A relative lull descended on the war-torn Gaza Strip at the start of a major Muslim holiday on Monday, as international efforts intensified to end the three-week war between Israel and Hamas and the U.N. called for an "immediate" cease-fire.... 7/28/2014 3:33 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

Tanker catches fire amid clashes in Libyan capital
CAIRO (AP) -- The Libyan government is appealing for "international help" after several oil tankers caught fire amid clashes over the country's international airport in the capital, Tripoli.... 7/28/2014 2:53 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

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.... 7/28/2014 2:19 AM

China profits boost Asian stock markets
BEIJING (AP) -- Asian stock markets were mostly higher Monday, shrugging off jitters about stiffer Western sanctions against Russia, after China reported strong corporate profits.... 7/28/2014 2:17 AM

MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Philippine military says at least 16 villagers killed by Abu Sayyaf militants in road ambush.... 7/28/2014 1:54 AM

Rosario Murillo: Nicaragua's 'first comrade'
MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) -- In Nicaragua, where Marxist dogma has given way to a free market economy, the red-and-black flags of the Sandinista revolution have been supplanted by the pink and baby blue colors favored by the country's first lady, "la companera" Rosario Murillo.... 7/28/2014 12:01 AM

Girls killed, hurt in attack in Thailand's south
HAT YAI, Thailand (AP) -- A 12-year-old girl was killed and seven people, including two other girls, were wounded in a roadside bomb attack near an army base in Thailand's insurgency-plagued south, police said Monday.... 7/27/2014 11:51 PM

Aruba releases Venezuelan diplomat sought by US
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- Aruba's government released a former Venezuelan general who was detained on U.S. drug charges when he arrived to serve as his country's consul on the Dutch Caribbean island, sending him home Sunday night and defusing a diplomatic fight with its neighbor.... 7/27/2014 11:27 PM