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Tropical storm Neoguri hits Japan's main islands
TOKYO (AP) -- A major storm dumped heavy rain on western Japan Thursday after sweeping through the southern islands of Okinawa, where it caused extensive flooding, knocked out power and injured at least 32 people. The storm also boosted rainfall levels in other parts of the country, leaving two people dead.... 7/9/2014 10:27 PM

Israel steps up offensive as diplomacy kicks off
JERUSALEM (AP) -- With rockets raining deep inside Israel, the military pummeled Palestinian targets Wednesday across the Gaza Strip and threatened a broad ground offensive, while the first diplomatic efforts to end two days of heavy fighting got underway.... 7/9/2014 10:23 PM

Nicaragua confirms first chikungunya virus cases
MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) -- The Nicaraguan government has confirmed the country's first two cases of people infected with a mosquito-borne virus that has spread quickly through the Caribbean region this year.... 7/9/2014 10:07 PM

Mexico judge investigated for links to drug gang
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexico's judiciary says it is investigating possible links to drug traffickers for a federal judge who ordered the release of a son of since captured drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.... 7/9/2014 9:56 PM

Column: Messi missing signature World Cup moment
SAO PAULO (AP) -- The World Cup can only hope that Lionel Messi is leaving his best for last.... 7/9/2014 9:54 PM

Argentina soccer fans celebrate cup final berth
SAO PAULO (AP) -- It was Argentina's joy, and another sting for Brazil.... 7/9/2014 9:22 PM

Diplomats: Staffan de Mistura is new Syria envoy
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Veteran Italian-Swedish diplomat Staffan de Mistura has been chosen by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to replace Lakhdar Brahimi as the international point man on Syria, diplomats said Wednesday.... 7/9/2014 9:04 PM

Argentina reaches World Cup final after penalties
SAO PAULO (AP) -- The World Cup's second semifinal was supposed to put the silky skills of Lionel Messi and Arjen Robben in the spotlight. Instead, a goalkeeper and two rock-solid defenses stole the show.... 7/9/2014 8:35 PM

UN chief calls Mideast leaders, urges restraint
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for restraint and an end to the new wave of Israeli-Palestinian violence in a blitz of phone calls Wednesday to their leaders and key players in the region, warning that the situation raises the risk of another full-blown war.... 7/9/2014 8:07 PM

More 'headline-grabbing' corporate deals expected
LONDON (AP) -- More "headline-grabbing" acquisitions are likely over the coming year as businesses take advantage of a period of improving economic growth and cheap financing.... 7/9/2014 7:02 PM

'Calm' Kardashian joins Emma Watson at Valentino
PARIS (AP) -- She says her life is a lot calmer since she married fashionista-rapper Kanye West. And she prefers to stay at home with her baby.... 7/9/2014 6:48 PM

Canadian real estate tycoon David Azrieli has died
MONTREAL (AP) -- David Azrieli, a billionaire real estate developer and philanthropist, died Wednesday at his summer home in rural Quebec. He was 92.... 7/9/2014 6:05 PM

US, Cuba hold migration talks in Washington
HAVANA (AP) -- U.S. and Cuban officials discussed efforts to combat illegal migration, human smuggling and migratory document fraud in Washington on Wednesday, a rare moment of dialogue between countries that cut ties more than five decades ago.... 7/9/2014 6:02 PM

Bosnians pay respect to 175 Srebrenica victims
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) -- Hundreds of people turned out in Sarajevo's main street on Wednesday to pay respect to 175 victims of the Srebrenica massacre - Europe's worst since World War II - as a truck carried their coffins to a final resting place.... 7/9/2014 5:30 PM

EU to sanction 11 more people over Ukraine
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Ambassadors of the European Union's countries have agreed to add 11 new names to the list of people sanctioned for participating in the pro-Russian insurgency in Ukraine's east, an EU source said Wednesday.... 7/9/2014 5:20 PM

Iran wants to greatly expand uranium enrichment
VIENNA (AP) -- Iran said Wednesday it wants to greatly expand its uranium enrichment program despite Western fears that it could be used to make atomic arms.... 7/9/2014 5:05 PM

Germans probe 2nd spy case reportedly involving US
BERLIN (AP) -- German authorities are investigating a second spy case reportedly involving the United States, a week after the arrest of a German intelligence employee cast a new shadow over relations between the two countries.... 7/9/2014 4:59 PM

American author gored at Spain's Pamplona festival
PAMPLONA, Spain (AP) -- An American who co-authored the book "Fiesta: How to Survive the Bulls of Pamplona" became one of their victims Wednesday when he was one of two men gored at the festival.... 7/9/2014 4:09 PM

Iraqi leader accuses Kurds of hosting militants
BAGHDAD (AP) -- The ethnic and sectarian tensions that threaten to tear Iraq apart flared Wednesday as the prime minister accused the Kurdish self-rule region of harboring the Sunni militants who have overrun much of the country, and 50 bodies were discovered dumped in a village south of Baghdad.... 7/9/2014 4:09 PM

North Korea again fires missiles into sea
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North Korea launched two short-range ballistic missiles Wednesday morning into the sea off its east coast, a South Korean defense official said, in a continuation of a recent series of missile and rocket test launches.... 7/9/2014 4:06 PM