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French experts in Burkina Faso to ID victims
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) -- A presidential aide says two French experts are in Burkina Faso to collect DNA samples from the relatives who lost family members in the Air Algerie plane crash.... 7/31/2014 1:27 PM

UN official: Vietnam violates religious freedom
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) -- A U.N. official who went to Vietnam to assess religious freedom in this Southeast Asian country said Thursday that security agents closely monitored his visit and people he wanted to meet were harassed and intimidated.... 7/31/2014 1:23 PM

Libya Islamic militias declare control of Benghazi
BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) -- Islamic hard-line militias claimed to have taken control of Libya's second largest city, Benghazi, after defeating army units, taking over military barracks and seizing tanks, rockets and hundreds of boxes of ammunition, as fighting in the capital prompted a wave of evacuations Thursday by foreign nationals, diplomats and Libyans.... 7/31/2014 1:17 PM

Afghan electoral officials to restart vote audit
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Despite lingering disputes, Afghan electoral officials said Thursday that they will resume an audit of the presidential election this weekend after the presidential candidates sparred over how to disqualify ballots amid allegations of massive fraud.... 7/31/2014 1:17 PM

Comm Games athlete fined for assault on rival
GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) -- An Australian medal-winning weightlifter was convicted Thursday of head-butting another competitor in the athletes' village and Australia's track and field coach was sent home for criticizing his top star - just as the country's 20-year domination of the competition appeared to be coming to an end.... 7/31/2014 1:06 PM

EU identifies 5 Russian banks it is sanctioning
BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Union on Thursday revealed the details of its broad economic sanctions against Russia, including the names of five major banks which will see their access to the 28-nation bloc's capital market curtailed.... 7/31/2014 1:06 PM

Palestinians mull war crime charges against Israel
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is seeking written pledges of support from all political factions, including rival Hamas, before making any attempt to press for possible war crimes charges against Israel, senior officials said Thursday.... 7/31/2014 1:04 PM

Irish bookmaker apologizes for 2010 data breach
DUBLIN (AP) -- Irish betting company Paddy Power announced Thursday it is notifying hundreds of thousands of customers that most of their profile information was stolen in 2010, but hackers did not gain their credit card details or log-in passwords.... 7/31/2014 1:01 PM

Paris riot police deployed for pro-Israel rally
PARIS (AP) -- Hundreds of riot police in Paris have been deployed near the Israeli Embassy for the first major pro-Israel rally since the start of the latest Gaza war.... 7/31/2014 12:57 PM

Investigators make it to Ukraine jet crash site
ROZSYPNE, Ukraine (AP) -- International investigators got their first look Thursday at the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, finally reaching the site two weeks after a missile brought down the plane. Fighting between Ukrainian troops and separatist rebels raged around them but the investigators called their brief inspection visit a success.... 7/31/2014 12:53 PM

Toronto mayor Ford orders 5 espressos in video
TORONTO (AP) -- Famed DJ deadmau5 asked Rob Ford to go for a coffee run in his Ferrari and was jolted by the Toronto mayor's order: five espressos in one cup.... 7/31/2014 12:52 PM

China says pro-government imam murdered in NW
BEIJING (AP) -- China said Thursday that a leading pro-government Muslim cleric in the volatile northwestern territory of Xinjiang was murdered, and police killed two suspects and captured another.... 7/31/2014 12:39 PM

Mudslide swallows Indian village; at least 41 dead
MALIN, India (AP) -- Rescuers using earth-moving equipment and their bare hands dug through heavy mud and debris Thursday after a landslide engulfed an entire village in western India, killing at least 41 people and leaving about 100 missing and feared dead.... 7/31/2014 12:35 PM

Thai junta appoints army-dominated legislature
BANGKOK (AP) -- Thailand's junta on Thursday appointed a military-dominated interim legislature in another step in the slow return of promised electoral democracy.... 7/31/2014 12:33 PM

Top UN aid official urges daily `pauses' in Gaza
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. humanitarian chief called Thursday for daily "humanitarian pauses" until a long-term cease-fire is reached between Israel and Hamas in order to deliver relief to hundreds of thousands in need in Gaza, rescue the injured, and give civilians a reprieve from the war.... 7/31/2014 12:32 PM

Greece to help 'hundreds' of Chinese leave Libya
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- With the violence in Libya escalating to its worst level since the 2011 ouster of dictator Moammar Gadhafi, governments from around the world are scrambling to evacuate their citizens from the country, many seeking help from nearby Greece.... 7/31/2014 12:26 PM

Poles protest Russian ban on their food with humor
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Poles are posting photos of themselves with apples online along with mocking comments to protest a Russian ban on Polish food.... 7/31/2014 12:15 PM

AP Analysis: Putin cornered over Ukraine
MOSCOW (AP) -- For Russian President Vladimir Putin, there are few options left in the Ukraine crisis and they all look bad.... 7/31/2014 12:13 PM

Female suicide bomber kills at least 6 in Nigeria
KANO, Nigeria (AP) -- A police official says a female teenager has carried out a suicide attack in Nigeria's northern city of Kano.... 7/31/2014 12:13 PM

NY Fed: Puerto Rico should seek economic reforms
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- New York's Federal Reserve Bank released a report Thursday in which it warned that Puerto Rico needs to improve its financial health soon or face what it called a "painful adjustment."... 7/31/2014 12:09 PM