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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, and a police investigation.... 7/30/2014 4:11 AM

Russia's central bank supports sanctions targets
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia's central bank is promising to support financial institutions hit by U.S. sanctions as stocks took a tumble on opening in Moscow.... 7/30/2014 4:06 AM

About 150 may be trapped in landslide in India
NEW DELHI (AP) -- A landslide hit a village in western India following torrential rains Wednesday, sweeping away scores of houses and burying more than 150 people, an official said.... 7/30/2014 4:00 AM

Libyan official: Assailants abduct, free lawmaker
CAIRO (AP) -- A Libyan security official says assailants abducted a lawmaker and former prime minister from his home in the capital, Tripoli, but released him hours later.... 7/30/2014 3:55 AM

Egyptian media: 3 militants die in car explosion
CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's official news agency says three suspected militants have died when their car blew up south of Cairo.... 7/30/2014 3:40 AM

Filipino hostages' release sparks hope for talks
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- The release of four police officers abducted by Filipino communist guerrillas has sparked hopes that stalled peace talks will resume, a government official said Wednesday, although major obstacle remains.... 7/30/2014 3:29 AM

Shells hit UN school in Gaza, kill 15
JEBALIYA REFUGEE CAMP, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Israeli tank shells slammed into a crowded U.N. school sheltering Gaza war refugees Wednesday, killing 15 Palestinians and wounding 90 after tearing through two classroom walls, a health official and a spokesman for a U.N. aid agency said.... 7/30/2014 3:13 AM

Spanish, Catalonia leaders meet on secession push
MADRID (AP) -- Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and the leader of the economically powerful Catalonia region are holding a crucial face-to-face meeting Wednesday in what could be a last chance to resolve a bitter dispute over the region's plans to hold a secession referendum in November.... 7/30/2014 3:01 AM

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 2:18 AM

Australia rules out new sanctions against Russia
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Australia's prime minister said Wednesday that he is not considering ratcheting up sanctions against Russia while his government focuses on retrieving Australian victims from the wreckage of the Malaysian airliner disaster in Ukraine.... 7/30/2014 2:09 AM

Khmer Rouge tribunal readies way for genocide case
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) -- A U.N.-backed tribunal on Wednesday began a hearing to prepare for the genocide trial of the two senior surviving leaders of Cambodia's Khmer Rouge, under whose rule an estimated 1.7 million people died in the late 1970s from starvation, exhaustion, disease and execution.... 7/30/2014 12:37 AM

Toyota remains at top in sales after first half
TOKYO (AP) -- Toyota remains No. 1 in global vehicles sales after the first six months of this year, followed by Volkswagen which bumped General Motors out of second place as the U.S. automaker grapples with a recall scandal.... 7/29/2014 11:57 PM

Asia stocks rise on earnings, await US growth data
TOKYO (AP) -- Asian stocks rose Wednesday ahead of U.S. economic data and as cheery earnings from major Japanese companies such as Honda Motor Co. countered a lower close on Wall Street.... 7/29/2014 11:08 PM

China: Ex-security czar Zhou under investigation
BEIJING (AP) -- China's ruling Communist Party announced an investigation into a feared ex-security chief, demonstrating President Xi Jinping's firm grip on power and breaking a longstanding taboo against publicly targeting the country's topmost leaders.... 7/29/2014 10:55 PM

Official: Venezuela tried to pressure Aruba
ORANJESTAD, Aruba (AP) -- Aruba's top prosecutor said Tuesday that Venezuela ratcheted up various types of pressure against the Dutch Caribbean island and the Netherlands in recent days to try to win the release of a powerful former general wanted on U.S. drug-trafficking charges.... 7/29/2014 10:53 PM

Australian airline passengers told to flush drugs
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- An Australian airline apologized on Wednesday for a warning a flight attendant gave passengers who might have been flying high that there were drug-sniffer dogs awaiting them at Sydney airport.... 7/29/2014 10:37 PM

Brown: California willing to shelter more migrants
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- California Gov. Jerry Brown said Tuesday his state is willing to shelter more migrant children from Central America if needed but reiterated that the United States needs to find a long-term solution to the immigration crisis.... 7/29/2014 10:13 PM

China reports deadly attack in northwest
BEIJING (AP) -- A mob armed with knives and axes rampaged through part of China's volatile northwestern region of Xinjiang and police responded with gunfire, leaving dozens of people dead in the latest violence blamed Islamic militants, state media reported Tuesday.... 7/29/2014 9:26 PM

Elegant Louvre Garden in Paris infested with rats
PARIS (AP) -- Rats are on the rampage in the elegant garden of the Louvre Museum, so bold they romp on the grass in broad daylight, defying death threats from sanitation workers and scaring tourists.... 7/29/2014 8:21 PM

6 die when swept away by swollen river in Mexico
HERMOSILLO, Mexico (AP) -- Six people have died and four are missing in northern Mexico after their vehicles were swept away by a swollen river near the U.S. border.... 7/29/2014 5:53 PM