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French minister calls on protesters to observe ban
PARIS (AP) -- French police fired tear gas as clashes broke out at a banned pro-Gaza demonstration on Saturday as thousands defied a ban on the protest.... 7/26/2014 12:22 PM

Obama, senior EU officials barred from Chechnya
MOSCOW (AP) -- Although Russia has not responded to U.S. sanctions by putting a travel ban on President Barack Obama, there's one part of the country he's blocked from: Chechnya.... 7/26/2014 12:19 PM

Aretha Franklin slams server's D-I-S-R-E-S-P-E-C-T
NIAGARA FALLS, Ontario (AP) -- Aretha Franklin has some harsh words for a server who showed D-I-S-R-E-S-P-E-C-T by telling the Queen of Soul she wasn't allowed to eat her takeout inside the restaurant.... 7/26/2014 12:16 PM

Egypt to try 20 suspected in terrorist attacks
CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's chief prosecutor charged 20 suspected militants Saturday with carrying terrorist attacks that killed seven people and wounded more than 100, amid new clashes between soldiers and insurgents in the restive Sinai Peninsula.... 7/26/2014 12:16 PM

Custody death to mar NYC mayor's return from Italy
ROME (AP) -- New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and his family are wrapping up a whirlwind vacation in his ancestral homeland of Italy, complete with cheering crowds, paparazzi and, yes, even proof Italians do eat pizza with a knife and fork.... 7/26/2014 12:14 PM

Video shows smiling American bomber in Syria
BEIRUT (AP) -- An al-Qaida-linked group fighting in Syria has released video of the first American to carry out a suicide attack in the country's civil war, showing him smiling and saying he looked forward to going to heaven.... 7/26/2014 12:12 PM

AP PHOTOS: Brief cease-fire halts Gaza war
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- A brief cease-fire Saturday in the Gaza war between Israel and Hamas militants allowed thousands to return home to see the destruction.... 7/26/2014 12:10 PM

Ukraine launches offensive to retake Donetsk
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Ukrainian officials said their forces advanced to the outskirts of a key town north of Donetsk on Saturday as they try to retake the stronghold held for months by pro-Russia rebels.... 7/26/2014 12:02 PM

Official: Over 1,000 Palestinians dead in Gaza war
BEIT HANOUN, Gaza Strip (AP) -- A Palestinian official says more than 1,000 Palestinians have been killed in the ongoing Gaza war as Israel battles Hamas militants.... 7/26/2014 11:59 AM

In Chinese shadow, Hong Kong fights for its future
HONG KONG (AP) -- As skyscrapers around Hong Kong harbor erupted into a reverie of laser beams and giant digital displays during their synchronized nightly light show, one innocuous 28-story building near the water's edge had stayed dark for months, clad in bamboo scaffolding for a face-lift.... 7/26/2014 11:51 AM

MH17 victims' family: Airline lacking compassion
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- The family of two brothers killed in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 is unhappy that the carrier has offered them no grief counselling in more than a week and is refusing to organize a flight home to Houston for the boys' grandmother.... 7/26/2014 11:48 AM

North Korea fires short-range missile into sea
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North Korea fired a short-range ballistic missile into waters off its east coast on Saturday, a South Korean defense official said, adding to its unusually high number of weapons tests this year. The launch came on the eve of the 61st anniversary of the signing of an armistice that ended the Korean War.... 7/26/2014 11:44 AM

Minister: Flights between Aruba, Venezuela resume
ORANJESTAD, Aruba (AP) -- Flights between Aruba and Venezuela have resumed after the South American country suspended them to protest the arrest of its designated counsel to the island territory, the highest-ranking Venezuelan official ever detained on a U.S. warrant, officials said Saturday.... 7/26/2014 11:38 AM

Seized Sunni politician in Iraq released
BAGHDAD (AP) -- An official says a prominent Sunni politician earlier seized by gunmen in Iraq's capital has been released.... 7/26/2014 11:30 AM

UN finds second black box of Air Algerie jet
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) -- The U.N. peacekeeping mission in Mali said Saturday that its experts found the second black box of the Air Algerie plane that fell from the sky and disintegrated in remote northern Mali, killing all 118 people onboard.... 7/26/2014 11:13 AM

Bombing kills 4 Afghan civilians; vote count halts
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- A bomb blast in southern Afghanistan killed four civilians Saturday, an official said, as a recount in the country's presidential election halted before a major holiday.... 7/26/2014 11:04 AM

Egypt warns Turkey of worsening ties
CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's Foreign Ministry on Saturday condemned Turkey's prime minister for calling Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi a "tyrant," warning already sour relations between the two countries could worsen.... 7/26/2014 9:45 AM

Hungary leader says NGOs serving foreign interests
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) -- Hungary's prime minister says that certain civic groups financed from abroad are holding back the nation's development.... 7/26/2014 8:39 AM

Diplomats call for extension of Gaza cease-fire
PARIS (AP) -- Foreign Ministers from seven nations are calling for an extension of the 12-hour humanitarian cease-fire in the Gaza Strip.... 7/26/2014 8:31 AM

Russia: EU sanctions weaken anti-terrorism efforts
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia lashed out Saturday at the latest round of Ukraine-related sanctions imposed by the European Union, saying they endanger the fight against international terrorism, and accused the United States of spreading flagrant lies about Russia's alleged involvement in the downing of a Malaysian airliner over Ukraine.... 7/26/2014 8:28 AM