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Mud, rain hamper landslide rescue in India
MALIN, India (AP) -- Rescuers searching for dozens of people still missing after a landslide in western India said Friday that sniffer dogs and machines to detect signs of life were all but useless in 15 feet (4.5 meters) of heavy mud and debris.... 8/1/2014 5:53 AM

Poland marks 70th anniversary of Warsaw Uprising
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- On the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising, Poland is honoring the fighters and victims of the rebellion against Nazi Germans by laying wreaths, sounding sirens and singing insurgent tunes.... 8/1/2014 5:51 AM

Gaza truce unravels within hours
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- A three-day Gaza cease-fire that began Friday quickly unraveled, with Israel and Hamas accusing each other of violating the truce as four Palestinians were killed in a heavy exchange of fire in the southern town of Rafah.... 8/1/2014 5:44 AM

'B' sample confirms teen weightlifter's doping
GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) -- The Commonwealth Games Federation says a 16-year-old Nigerian weightlifter's backup doping sample has also come back positive for banned substances.... 8/1/2014 5:39 AM

Global trade deal goes back to drawing board
GENEVA (AP) -- The World Trade Organization began regrouping Friday to see whether it is still possible to finalize a major deal to boost global trade after a deadline passed to formally adopt it.... 8/1/2014 5:29 AM

Europe in push to stop violence against women
PARIS (AP) -- The Council of Europe is taking new steps to combat violence against women under a newly ratified convention that comes into force Friday.... 8/1/2014 5:25 AM

World stocks extend slump on Wall Street sell-off
HONG KONG (AP) -- World stock markets sank on Friday, with European benchmarks opening sharply lower after Wall Street's sharp sell-off. Asian stock markets posted modest losses as strong reports on China's economy countered some of the pessimism.... 8/1/2014 5:24 AM

Japan names 5 disputed islets in East China Sea
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan on Friday named five uninhabited small isles belonging to an island group in the center of a dispute with China as part of efforts to reinforce its claim, a move likely to spark anger from Beijing and another claimant, Taiwan.... 8/1/2014 5:23 AM

Ukrainian troops suffer heavy loss in ambush
HRABOVE, Ukraine (AP) -- A team of several dozen international investigators descended Friday on the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash site in eastern Ukraine to begin combing an area now designated as a crime scene.... 8/1/2014 5:22 AM

Ebola fears nix Sierra Leone troop trip to Somalia
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- A military spokesman for the African Union mission in Somalia says the AU has cancelled a planned troop rotation by Sierra Leonean forces because of the breakout of Ebola.... 8/1/2014 5:13 AM

Brokering a truce in Gaza no easy deal for Kerry
NEW DELHI (AP) -- Hours past midnight Thursday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was still working the phones, trying to come up with a cease-fire plan to stop the bloodshed in the Gaza Strip. He'd been pushing for a deal all day - in fact, for more than a week - and nailing down a final agreement was proving elusive.... 8/1/2014 5:10 AM

South Africa: Giraffe's head hits highway overpass
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Officials in South Africa say they plan to file charges after the death of a giraffe whose head struck a highway overpass while it was being transported in a truck.... 8/1/2014 4:56 AM

UN: Iraq deaths drop to 1,700 in July
BAGHDAD (AP) -- The United Nations says 1,737 people, mostly civilians, were killed in Iraq in July, marking a dramatic decline from the previous month, when some 2,400 people were killed as Sunni militants swept across large parts of the country, capturing the second largest city Mosul.... 8/1/2014 4:48 AM

Macau casino revenue falls for 2nd straight month
HONG KONG (AP) -- Casino revenue in the global gambling mecca of Macau fell for a second straight month in July as Chinese high rollers stayed away because of Beijing's corruption crackdown.... 8/1/2014 4:01 AM

More bodies found in Indonesia's 2 boat disasters
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- Rescuers in Indonesia recovered more bodies after vessels carrying villagers to celebrations of a Muslim holiday capsized in two separate rivers, raising the death toll to 34, officials said Friday.... 8/1/2014 3:49 AM

Interfaith house of prayer to be built in Berlin
BERLIN (AP) -- A rabbi, an imam and a priest start praying together under the same roof. It may sound like the start of a joke, but hopes are high it will become reality in Berlin.... 8/1/2014 3:43 AM

Uganda court to rule on legality of anti-gay law
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) -- A Ugandan court is expected to rule Friday on a petition by activists who say the East African country's new anti-gay measure is invalid because it was passed during a parliamentary session that lacked quorum.... 8/1/2014 3:30 AM

Syrian refugee women face sexual exploitation
TEL EL-HAYAT, Lebanon (AP) -- The Syrian refugee woman huddled in the latest room she calls home, a peeling, run-down place outside a north Lebanese village. The mother of six doesn't know how she'll pay the rent. She's gotten by over the past year by taking a series of lovers who would pay for her housing.... 8/1/2014 3:12 AM

Gas blasts kill 25, injure 267 in Taiwanese port
KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan (AP) -- At least 25 people were killed and 267 injured when underground gas explosions ripped through Taiwan's second-largest city, hurling concrete and cars through the air and blasting long trenches in the streets, authorities said Friday, as they searched for the cause.... 8/1/2014 3:02 AM

Japan provides Vietnam with 6 vessels
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) -- Japan says it will provide Vietnam six vessels as part of a grant aid package that will boost Hanoi's maritime security patrol capacity at a time the country is locked in a territorial standoff with China in the South China Sea.... 8/1/2014 1:20 AM