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Venezuela's opposition coordinator resigns post
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- The head of Venezuela's opposition alliance resigned Wednesday, delivering a blow to anti-government forces bitterly divided over how best to challenge socialist President Nicolas Maduro as frustrations rise with his handling of the struggling economy.... 7/30/2014 5:59 PM

Deadly Israeli strikes hit UN school, market area
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Israeli strikes hit a crowded shopping area in Gaza City Wednesday, hours after tank shells tore through the walls of a U.N. school crowded with war refugees in the deadliest of a series of air and artillery attacks that pushed the Palestinian death toll above 1,360 in more than three weeks of fighting.... 7/30/2014 5:58 PM

Vatican taking action in divisive Paraguay diocese
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis is taking action in a divisive diocese in Paraguay where an Argentine priest, accused by a former superior of being a "serious threat to young people," has been removed as the No. 2.... 7/30/2014 5:38 PM

Bolivia to require visas for Israeli travelers
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) -- Bolivia's leftist president has declared Israel a "terrorist state" because of its offensive in the Gaza Strip, and his government will now require Israeli citizens to obtain a visa to visit the Andean nation.... 7/30/2014 5:23 PM

Victims of 1982 Guatemala massacre laid to rest
SANTA MARIA NEBAJ, Guatemala (AP) -- The remains of 31 Ixil Mayans killed more than three decades ago during the height of Guatemala's civil war were laid to rest Wednesday in the country's western highlands amid the sounds of a violin and wafts of incense.... 7/30/2014 5:18 PM

Liberia's president closes schools amid Ebola
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- Liberia's president late Wednesday ordered the nation's schools to shut down and most civil servants to stay home as an Ebola outbreak that already has killed more than 130 people in the country deepened.... 7/30/2014 5:18 PM

Bank scandal tarnishes powerful Portuguese family
LISBON, Portugal (AP) -- Portugal's Espirito Santo family business survived wars, dictatorship, revolution and family feuds for almost 150 years. Now, one of Europe's last banking dynasties is being stripped of its wealth and influence amid accounting irregularities, huge unreported debts, record losses at the family bank and a police investigation.... 7/30/2014 5:16 PM

Mexico prosecutors to question ex-governor's son
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexican prosecutors plan to question the son of a former governor after a video surfaced that purportedly shows him talking with the leader of a drug cartel, a federal official said Wednesday.... 7/30/2014 5:09 PM

US imposes travel ban on some Venezuelan officials
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Amid escalating tensions with Venezuela, the U.S. State Department on Wednesday announced a travel ban for officials of the socialist government it said committed human rights abuses during a crackdown on opposition protests.... 7/30/2014 5:02 PM

Tunisia army chief resigns after soldier deaths
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) -- Tunisia's Defense Ministry says the army chief of staff has resigned, citing personal reasons, following a deadly attack by militants against Tunisian soldiers.... 7/30/2014 4:57 PM

Thousands flee to Tunisia to escape Libya fighting
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) -- Up to 6,000 people a day have fled Libya into neighboring Tunisia this week, the Tunisian foreign minister said Wednesday, the biggest influx since Libya's 2011 civil war in a sign of the spiraling turmoil as rival militias battle over control of the airport in the capital Tripoli.... 7/30/2014 4:55 PM

UN chief calls attack on Gaza school 'shameful'
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the attack on a U.N. school in Gaza that killed at least 16 people early Wednesday as "outrageous" and "unjustifiable," and demanded an immediate humanitarian cease-fire in the war between Israel and Hamas.... 7/30/2014 4:50 PM

3 Putin allies among 8 hit with new EU sanctions
BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Union targeted Russian President Vladimir Putin's inner circle for the first time Wednesday for the Kremlin's actions in Ukraine, subjecting three of his long-time associates to EU-wide asset freezes and travel bans.... 7/30/2014 4:37 PM

A look at the EU's new sanctions against Russia
BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Union's sanctions against Russia are bound to inflict pain on the country's ailing economy. While still narrowly targeted, they come as a warning shot to convince Moscow to change its Ukraine policies or face even tougher penalties.... 7/30/2014 4:27 PM

El Salvador charges priest with helping gangs
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) -- Police arrested a Spanish priest Wednesday on allegations he tried to get favorable treatment for Salvadoran gang members and smuggled contraband into prisons.... 7/30/2014 4:26 PM

Sanctions will damage Russia if not lifted quickly
MOSCOW (AP) -- U.S. and European sanctions against Russia's energy and finance sectors are strong enough to cause deep, long-lasting damage within months unless Moscow persuades the West to repeal them by withdrawing support for Ukrainian insurgents.... 7/30/2014 4:11 PM

Clashes prevent experts from reaching bodies
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Almost two weeks after Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was blown out of the sky, the remains of some passengers are feared rotting in the 90-degree (32-degree Celsius) midsummer heat, deepening the frustration of relatives desperate to recover the bodies of their loved ones.... 7/30/2014 4:09 PM

AP ANALYSIS: Amid war, endgames in Gaza emerge
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) -- The savage fighting between Israel and Hamas is escalating in Gaza, cease-fire efforts take on elements of farce, and bravado rules the public discourse. But even through the fog of war, a few endgame scenarios can nonetheless be glimpsed.... 7/30/2014 3:39 PM

AP NewsAlert
BRUSSELS (AP) -- EU document: 3 long-time Putin cronies, including ex-judo partner, hit with EU sanctions.... 7/30/2014 2:59 PM

Argentines shrug off risk of default
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- In 2001, it was ground zero for Argentina's financial earthquake. A neo-colonial architectural gem built long ago by the Bank of Boston, it became the focal point for angry mobs of protesters who stared down riot police to demand the return of their savings, which the government confiscated in a last-ditch, and ultimately failed, attempt to stay current on its debt.... 7/30/2014 2:56 PM