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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 devastated a more than 2 square kilometers (1 square mile) area, killing 26 people and injuring 267.... 8/1/2014 9:04 AM

W. African leaders, WHO meet to address Ebola
CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) -- Presidents from the West African countries hit by the Ebola outbreak are meeting with world health leaders to come up with ways to stop the spread of the deadly disease.... 8/1/2014 9:01 AM

35 Palestinians killed, Israeli officer missing
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- A Gaza cease-fire quickly unraveled Friday as violence erupted in and around the southern town of Rafah, with at least 35 Palestinians killed by Israeli shelling and the military saying an infantry officer may have been captured.... 8/1/2014 9:00 AM

Ukraine: Search base set up at jet crash site
HRABOVE, Ukraine (AP) -- With the sound of artillery fire in the distance, dozens of international investigators arrived Friday at the zone where a Malaysia Airlines plane crashed in eastern Ukraine and began preparations to comb the rural area for remains of as many as 80 victims and jet debris.... 8/1/2014 8:57 AM

5 suspected rebels killed in clash in Indonesia
JAYAPURA, Indonesia (AP) -- Five suspected rebels were killed Friday in a clash with Indonesian soldiers in restive Papua province, the military said.... 8/1/2014 8:55 AM

Poland marks 70th anniversary of Warsaw Uprising
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Poland on Friday honored the fighters and victims of a 1944 rebellion against Nazi Germans by laying wreaths, lighting candles and singing insurgent tunes to mark the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising.... 8/1/2014 8:52 AM

Slovenia ex-premier gets brief prison furlough
LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) -- Slovenian ex-Prime Minister Janez Jansa was granted a brief prison furlough on Friday to attend the country's first parliamentary session after he won a seat in last month's election.... 8/1/2014 8:50 AM

Saudi King: Gaza war is "crime against humanity"
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah says the Gaza war is a "collective massacre" that has spared no Palestinian living there and describes it as a "crime against humanity."... 8/1/2014 8:40 AM

Iraq's top Shiite cleric urges peaceful transition
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraq's most influential Shiite cleric appealed to Iraqi politicians on Friday not to make themselves "an obstacle" in the country's transition as the deadline looms for selecting the next prime minister.... 8/1/2014 8:35 AM

Pamela Anderson wants Faeroes to stop whale drive
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- Actress and animal rights activist Pamela Anderson says a more than four century-old pilot whales drive in the Faeroe Islands is a "barbaric, psychotic frenzy."... 8/1/2014 8:35 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 8:28 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 canceled a planned troop rotation by Sierra Leonean forces because of the Ebola outbreak.... 8/1/2014 8:26 AM

Tropical Storm Bertha approaches Caribbean
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Tropical Storm Bertha swirled toward the Caribbean on Friday as islands in the eastern region prepared for heavy rains and strong winds.... 8/1/2014 8:20 AM

Blast flattens police building eastern Libyan city
BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) -- A strong explosion ripped through the main police building in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi early on Friday, nearly flattening it, days after Islamic militias overran army barracks and claimed control of the city.... 8/1/2014 8:19 AM

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, saying the measure is illegal because it was passed during a parliamentary session that lacked a quorum.... 8/1/2014 8:17 AM

Banksy's 'Spy Booth' artwork defaced
LONDON (AP) -- A mural by street artist Banksy that sparked a local preservation campaign has been defaced.... 8/1/2014 7:51 AM

Italy, Poland vie for top EU foreign policy job
BRUSSELS (AP) -- The top diplomats of Italy and Poland are competing for the prestigious position of EU foreign policy chief amid the unfolding tensions with Russia.... 8/1/2014 7:48 AM

Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise departs Russia
MOSCOW (AP) -- The Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise departed for the Netherlands on Friday nearly a year after Russian authorities seized it during a protest against an oil platform, the Amsterdam-based environmental group said.... 8/1/2014 7:31 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 7:24 AM

Severed leg found in Dublin recycling plant
DUBLIN (AP) -- A severed leg has been found at a Dublin recycling plant, and police are searching trash for the rest of the body.... 8/1/2014 7:21 AM