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UN chief reinforces call for Gaza cease-fire
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reinforced the Security Council's call for an immediate and unconditional humanitarian cease-fire in the Gaza war on Monday and demanded that Israel and Hamas end the violence "in the name of humanity."... 7/28/2014 12:26 PM

UN rights chief: Flight 17 possible war crime
GENEVA (AP) -- The downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 may be a war crime, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Monday.... 7/28/2014 12:09 PM

Poland, Britain call for more sanctions on Russia
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- The foreign ministers of Poland and Britain have called for more economic sanctions on Russia, saying it is responsible for the downing of the Malaysia Airlines passenger jet over eastern Ukraine this month.... 7/28/2014 12:03 PM

Syrian army casualties surge, raising death toll
BEIRUT (AP) -- More than 2,000 Syrians - almost half of them pro-government forces - have been killed in just over two weeks of fighting in Syria, making it one of the worst death tolls in the country's civil war, opposition activists said Monday.... 7/28/2014 12:03 PM

Iraq police find 17 bodies, some bound, in Baghdad
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi police found 17 bullet-riddled bodies in different areas of Baghdad, officials said Monday, raising fears of more sectarian bloodletting at a time of soaring tensions as other attacks around the capital killed 10 people.... 7/28/2014 11:55 AM

Papal first: Francis visits Pentecostal church
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis has become the first pope to visit a Pentecostal church, pressing his outreach to evangelicals who represent Catholicism's greatest competition for Christian souls around the globe.... 7/28/2014 11:52 AM

Muslims mark end of Ramadan with Eid celebrations
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Millions of Muslims across the world celebrated the first day of the Eid al-Fitr holiday Monday, which marks the end of the monthlong fast of Ramadan.... 7/28/2014 11:48 AM

New Spain king moves to clean up palace's image
MADRID (AP) -- Spain's royal palace accounts will be subject to external audits and the results made public under a series of measure ordered by new King Felipe VI in an apparent bid to clean up the royal family's tarnished image.... 7/28/2014 11:46 AM

Strike hits Gaza park, killing at least 10
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- A Gaza park was attacked Monday, killing at least 10 Palestinians, including children, a Palestinian health official said. Israelis and the Palestinians traded blame for the strike.... 7/28/2014 11:45 AM

Police team turns back from Ukraine crash site
SHAKHTARSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Heavy fighting raged Monday around the Malaysia Airlines debris field, once again preventing an international police team charged with securing the site from even getting there.... 7/28/2014 11:36 AM

Rebels: C. African Republic ceasefire 'broken'
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) -- A spokesman for the mostly Muslim Seleka rebel group in Central African Republic says a ceasefire has been "broken" after its fighters came under attack from the mostly Christian anti-Balaka militia.... 7/28/2014 11:30 AM

UN condemns terrorist oil sales from Iraq, Syria
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. Security Council is strongly condemning any sale of oil from Syria or Iraq by terrorist groups and is reminding all countries that buying this illegally obtained oil violates U.N. sanctions.... 7/28/2014 11:27 AM

Female suicide bomber kills several in Nigeria
KANO, Nigeria (AP) -- A woman blew herself up at a petrol station in northern Nigeria on Monday, killing three people in the second female suicide bombing in Kano in two days, police said.... 7/28/2014 11:26 AM

Famine watch: South Sudan teams study hunger data
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Market shelves are bare. Children are getting skinnier. Warnings of mass hunger have been made. The question now being considered is the big one: Is it a famine?... 7/28/2014 11:23 AM

German court receives suit against EU bank union
BERLIN (AP) -- A group of German professors has filed a complaint to the country's highest court against the European Union's plans to create a so-called banking union, a central part of the effort to make the continent's financial system more resilient.... 7/28/2014 10:31 AM

Philippine leader: Not even a bomb can stop reform
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- An emotional Philippine President Benigno Aquino III called his opponents desperate Monday and expressed confidence that many people will carry on his reforms even if he is stopped by a bomb.... 7/28/2014 10:22 AM

Rosario Murillo: Nicaragua's 'first comrade'
MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) -- In Nicaragua, where Marxist dogma has given way to a free market economy, the red-and-black flags of the Sandinista revolution have been supplanted by the pink and baby blue colors favored by the country's first lady, "la companera" Rosario Murillo.... 7/28/2014 10:11 AM

Teens helped each other escape sinking Korean ship
ANSAN, South Korea (AP) -- Students who survived the South Korean ferry disaster testified Monday they were repeatedly ordered by loudspeaker to stay in the sinking ship but eventually helped each other flee after finding their cabins were flooded too much.... 7/28/2014 10:06 AM

US official fume as Venezuelan general slips grasp
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- US officials are saying Venezuela may have used threats to obtain the freedom of a former general detained in Aruba at the request of the American government.... 7/28/2014 10:05 AM

Ukrainian PM urges vote to pay for war
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Ukraine's prime minister says parliament needs to come up with more money to pay the mounting costs from the war against pro-Russian separatists and to rebuild infrastructure shattered by the fighting.... 7/28/2014 10:02 AM