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Spain court studies paternity suit against ex-king
MADRID (AP) -- Spain's Supreme Court says it will consider an appeal of a rejected paternity suit filed against the recently abdicated King Juan Carlos.... 7/31/2014 9:31 AM

Pillay: Israel, Hamas committing war crimes
GENEVA (AP) -- The U.N.'s top human rights official accused both Israel and Hamas militants of committing war crimes in the latest Gaza war, but reserved her harshest words for the Israeli government, which she said Thursday was deliberately defying international law.... 7/31/2014 9:31 AM

Investigators reach Ukraine jet crash site
ROZSYPNE, Ukraine (AP) -- As fighting continued to rage in eastern Ukraine, an international team of investigators on Thursday managed to reach the crash site of the Malaysia Airline Flight 17 for the first time since it was brought down by a missile two weeks ago.... 7/31/2014 9:05 AM

Russia tensions hurting European companies
BERLIN (AP) -- Russia's standoff with the West is hurting European companies, from heavy industry to sports goods makers, even before the latest sanctions have a chance to take effect.... 7/31/2014 9:03 AM

UK judge opens inquiry into Litvinenko killing
LONDON (AP) -- A British judge on Thursday opened an inquiry into the death of former Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko, saying the central question is whether the Russian state ordered the killing.... 7/31/2014 8:59 AM

World stocks drift after US Fed stays course
MUMBAI, India (AP) -- Global stock markets were uninspired by an upbeat report on the U.S. economy, with most drifting lower Thursday after the U.S. Federal Reserve said it would make further cuts to its monetary stimulus as expected. Investors are now reckoning with an expiry date for the lavishly easy monetary policy that has underpinned gains in global stock markets for years.... 7/31/2014 8:59 AM

Panel wants TEPCO execs charged over nuke crisis
TOKYO (AP) -- A Japanese judicial panel has recommended that three former executives of the utility that operates the damaged Fukushima nuclear plant face criminal charges over their role in the disaster.... 7/31/2014 8:58 AM

AP Photos: Beating heat on Pyongyang's Moran Hill
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- Along with its towering monuments to socialism, bronze statues of its leaders and sprawling plazas for mass political gatherings and military parades, North Korea's showcase capital is a city of parks.... 7/31/2014 8:46 AM

Eurozone inflation down again but ECB seen on hold
BRUSSELS (AP) -- The inflation rate in the 18-nation eurozone dropped again in July, official data showed Thursday, in a worrying sign that adds pressure on the European Central Bank to beef up its efforts to spur the economy.... 7/31/2014 8:30 AM

Chinese man brings gay conversion therapy lawsuit
BEIJING (AP) -- A gay Chinese man said Thursday he was suing a psychological clinic for carrying out electric shocks intended to turn him straight, as well as the search engine giant Baidu for advertising the center.... 7/31/2014 8:26 AM

Expat Turks begin voting in presidential elections
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turks living abroad began voting Thursday to choose Turkey's first directly elected president. It is also the first time expatriate Turks are voting in their countries of residence for Turkish elections.... 7/31/2014 8:19 AM

Ex-Senegal leader's son starts corruption trial
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- The son of Senegal's president is going on trial after more than a year in jail, accused of illegally amassing some $248 million.... 7/31/2014 8:14 AM

Hezbollah commander killed in Iraq
BEIRUT (AP) -- Officials say a commander with the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah was killed in Iraq.... 7/31/2014 8:13 AM

Floods submerge south Romania, 2nd person drowns
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- Authorities in Romania said a second person has drowned after rivers burst their banks and the flooding has also damaged around 2,200 houses in the south of the country.... 7/31/2014 8:13 AM

Malaysian prime minister: stop fighting in Ukraine
AMSTERDAM (AP) -- Malaysia's prime minister on Thursday called on Ukrainian and pro-Russian separatists to agree to a cease-fire in the area surrounding the site where Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down.... 7/31/2014 8:03 AM

Russia ordered to pay another $2.5 bln for Yukos
PARIS (AP) -- The European Court of Human Rights on Thursday ordered Russia to pay out another 1.9 billion euros ($2.5 billion) to a group of shareholders of Yukos, the oil company the government dismantled over a decade ago.... 7/31/2014 7:58 AM

Aussie weightlifter arrested for alleged assault
GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) -- Australia's Commonwealth Games team was reeling Thursday after an alleged assault by one of its medalists and a rift within the track and field squad - just as the country's 20-year domination of the competition could be coming to an end.... 7/31/2014 7:58 AM

Dad of jailed reporter: Son a victim of injustice
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- The father of an Australian Al-Jazeera journalist jailed in Egypt said Thursday that he respects the integrity of Egypt's courts but knows his son is the victim of injustice.... 7/31/2014 7:51 AM

Myanmar reports largest heroin seizure of year
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- A Myanmar drug squad seized more than 140 kilograms (300 pounds) of heroin in a town near the Thai border in the country's largest confiscation this year, state media reported Thursday.... 7/31/2014 7:46 AM

2 killed, 1 injured in northeast China shootings
BEIJING (AP) -- Police in northeastern China said two people were killed and one injured Thursday in a pair of apparently related shooting incidents.... 7/31/2014 7:35 AM