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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 2:07 PM

Rights group: Syria using barrel bombs, defying UN
BEIRUT (AP) -- The Syrian government is still indiscriminately bombing civilians with explosives-filled barrels in defiance of a U.N. Security Council resolution, an international human rights group said Wednesday.... 7/30/2014 2:04 PM

Crop circle in Germany attracts many visitors
BERLIN (AP) -- Thousands of people are trekking to a Bavarian farmer's field to check out a mysterious set of crop circles.... 7/30/2014 2:02 PM

IMF says Cyprus will need more spending cuts
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) -- Cyprus' president on Wednesday rebuffed an International Monetary Fund assessment that Cyprus will need to make additional spending cuts to meet a key target of its financial rescue program.... 7/30/2014 1:59 PM

Dubai, European airlines divert flights over Iraq
BAGHDAD (AP) -- European airlines and a Dubai-based carrier are rerouting flights over Iraqi airspace as a security precaution amid fears that militants with the Islamic State group have weapons capable of shooting down planes, despite Iraq saying its skies are safe.... 7/30/2014 1:40 PM

Thousands flee to Tunisia to escape Libya fighting
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) -- Up to 6,000 people have fled Libya into neighboring Tunisia over the past few days, 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 1:38 PM

Iraq offers aid to those displaced by militants
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said Wednesday his government has allocated more than $850 million to assist those displaced by last month's militant takeover of much of the country, and called on Sunnis remaining in those areas to take up arms against the insurgents.... 7/30/2014 1:23 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 1:22 PM

Historic English pier engulfed in flames
LONDON (AP) -- A huge fire sending thick plumes of black smoke into the air has engulfed the historic Eastbourne Pier on the English seafront, 70 miles southeast of London.... 7/30/2014 1:19 PM

UN chief: halt violence around Ukraine crash site
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling for an immediate halt to hostilities around the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in eastern Ukraine to allow unimpeded access for international investigators.... 7/30/2014 1:16 PM

US bars some Venezuela officials from US travel
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Amid escalating tensions with socialist Venezuela, the U.S. State Department on Wednesday announced sanctions against officials it said committed human rights abuses during a crackdown on anti-government protests.... 7/30/2014 1:10 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 1:09 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 Algerian soldiers.... 7/30/2014 1:09 PM

'Spider-Man' fights Dubliner in street, goes viral
DUBLIN (AP) -- Dublin's friendly neighborhood Spider-Man has become a social media phenomenon after being caught on video fighting a man who allegedly tried to steal his money.... 7/30/2014 1:08 PM

Yemen ends fuel subsidies, nearly doubling prices
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Fuel prices in Yemen nearly doubled Wednesday as the government ended a fuel subsidy program costing billions of dollars, sparking scattered demonstrations that saw one person killed as authorities quickly dispersed protesters, security officials said.... 7/30/2014 12:52 PM

Strike on crowded Gaza area kills 16, wounds 150
JEBALIYA REFUGEE CAMP, Gaza Strip (AP) -- An Israeli airstrike hit a crowded Gaza shopping area on Wednesday, killing at least 16 people and wounding more than 150, hours after Israeli tank shells slammed into a U.N. school sheltering displaced Palestinians, killing 15 people, Gaza health officials said.... 7/30/2014 12:47 PM

UN chiefs outraged at attack on Gaza school
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Top U.N. officials are expressing shock and outrage at an attack on a U.N. school in Gaza that killed 16 people and injured more than 100.... 7/30/2014 12:36 PM

13 killed in mosque bombings in Nigeria
BAUCHI, Nigeria (AP) -- Residents say 13 people were killed and 35 injured when two mosques in northern Nigeria were bombed Tuesday night at the close of Eid al-Fitr, the Muslim holiday marking the end of Ramadan.... 7/30/2014 12:35 PM

British Airways sued in pilot sex abuse allegation
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- A London law firm representing 16 girls in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania said Wednesday it is initiating legal proceedings against British Airways over allegations that one of its pilots sexually abused the girls.... 7/30/2014 12:20 PM

UN condemns extremist takeover of parts of Iraq
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. Security Council is condemning the offensive waged by the extremist Islamic State group and allied militants in Iraq, calling it "a major threat" to the country's future.... 7/30/2014 11:59 AM