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UN chief blames Hamas for breaking cease-fire
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon blamed Hamas on Friday for violating the cease-fire in Gaza and demanded the immediate and unconditional release of an Israeli soldier reportedly captured after it started.... 8/1/2014 12:55 PM

Ugandan court invalidates anti-gay law
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) -- A Ugandan court on Friday invalidated an anti-gay bill signed into law earlier this year, pleasing activists and watchdog groups who called the measure draconian and wanted it repealed.... 8/1/2014 12:50 PM

2 Americans detained in North Korea seek US help
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- Two American tourists charged with "anti-state" crimes in North Korea said Friday they expect to be tried soon and pleaded for help from the U.S. government to secure their release from what they say could be long prison terms.... 8/1/2014 12:19 PM

Saudi king condemns Gaza war but not Israel
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah condemned the war in Gaza Friday as a "collective massacre" and a crime against humanity, but stopped short of directly condemning Israel for its ground campaign against Hamas.... 8/1/2014 12:18 PM

Teen weightlifter stripped of Commonwealth gold
GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) -- A 16-year-old Nigerian weightlifter was stripped of her Commonwealth Games gold medal on Friday because of a positive doping test, a case that raised concerns about how such a young athlete had access to banned substances.... 8/1/2014 12:15 PM

44 killed in Gaza; Israeli soldier feared captured
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- A Gaza cease-fire quickly unraveled Friday as violence erupted in a southern town in the war-ravaged strip, killing at least 44 Palestinians. The Israeli military said two soldiers were killed and an infantry officer was feared captured during fighting.... 8/1/2014 12:14 PM

Poland marks 70th anniversary of Warsaw Uprising
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Sirens let out a long and mournful wail and people and traffic stood still on the streets of Warsaw on Friday as Poland commemorated the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising, a revolt against Nazi Germany that ended tragically for the Poles.... 8/1/2014 12:09 PM

Sierra Leone cyclist cleared of Ebola at Glasgow
GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) -- Reacting to sensationalistic headlines such as "Ebola Terror at Commonwealth Games" in a British newspaper, officials said on Friday that a Sierra Leone cyclist passed tests for the Ebola virus and competed.... 8/1/2014 11:45 AM

WHO: Ebola moving faster than control efforts
CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) -- An Ebola outbreak that has killed more than 700 people in West Africa is moving faster than the efforts to control the disease, the head of the World Health Organization warned as presidents from the affected countries met Friday in Guinea's capital.... 8/1/2014 11:44 AM

Italy, Poland vie for top EU foreign policy job
BRUSSELS (AP) -- As the European Union struggles to respond to what it perceives as Russia's aggressive meddling in Ukraine, Italy and Poland are staking their claims to provide the bloc's new foreign-policy chief - kicking off a race in which the candidates' views of Moscow will likely be decisive.... 8/1/2014 11:29 AM

Tropical Storm Bertha approaches Caribbean
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Tropical Storm Bertha approached the Caribbean on Friday as islands in the eastern region prepared for heavy rains and strong winds.... 8/1/2014 11:23 AM

Ukraine: Investigators start jet crash site search
HRABOVE, Ukraine (AP) -- With the sound of artillery blasts at a distance, 70 international investigators arrived Friday at the eastern Ukraine site where Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crashed and started recovering the remains of as many as 80 victims that have been lying in farm fields for two weeks.... 8/1/2014 11:18 AM

Police say UK pier fire may have been arson
LONDON (AP) -- British police say a fire that gutted a landmark seaside pier in southern England may have been started deliberately.... 8/1/2014 11:16 AM

China says 9 suspects killed in Xinjiang raid
BEIJING (AP) -- China said nine suspects were killed Friday and another captured in a police action in the restive northwestern region of Xinjiang that follows a wave of militant violence.... 8/1/2014 11:02 AM

Tunisia closes borders with Libya after violence
RAS AJDIR, Tunisia (AP) -- Tunisia closed its main border crossing with Libya on Friday after thousands of stranded Egyptian and foreign nationals, fleeing militias' fighting and violence in Libya, tried to break through the passage, the Tunisian news agency said.... 8/1/2014 10:59 AM

Gunmen kill another Somali lawmaker in Mogadishu
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- A Somali police officer says gunmen have shot and killed a Somali lawmaker in Mogadishu.... 8/1/2014 10:58 AM

Japan names 5 disputed islets in East China Sea
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan on Friday gave names to five uninhabited islets in an island group at the center of a territorial dispute with China as part of efforts to reinforce its claim, sparking quick condemnation from Beijing.... 8/1/2014 10:35 AM

In brief lull, Gaza's displaced survey devastation
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Bassem Abul Qumbus looked in despair at the wreck of his home. Shells had punched holes in an upper-floor bedroom. A wall had collapsed into the kitchen. The dozens of baby chicks he'd been raising on the roof were dead, except for three tiny survivors and a slightly injured white duck.... 8/1/2014 9:46 AM

6 dead following earthquake in Algeria
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) -- Algerian officials say six people are dead and 420 injured following an earthquake that shook Algiers Friday morning.... 8/1/2014 9:44 AM

12,000 evacuees return after Taiwan gas explosions
KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan (AP) -- The 12,000 people who fled in fear of more gas pipeline explosions in Taiwan's second-largest city returned to their homes Friday after authorities said there was no more risk of blasts like the series that ripped apart streets overnight, killing 26 people and injuring 267.... 8/1/2014 9:42 AM