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UN chief believes Gaza fighting will end soon
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. secretary-general said Tuesday it is his "hope and belief" that his emergency mission to the Middle East will lead to an end to the fighting between Hamas and Israel "in the very near future."... 7/22/2014 5:39 PM

Mexico's circuses caught up in animal rights spat
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexico's "circus wars" are heating up, as a growing movement to ban circus animals meets growing anger from circus workers.... 7/22/2014 5:30 PM

End comes for notorious Venezuelan vertical slum
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- The first of thousands of squatters who transformed a half-built skyscraper into a vertical slum were moved out by armed soldiers Tuesday, marking the beginning of the end for the Tower of David's haphazard community.... 7/22/2014 5:11 PM

Jakarta governor wins Indonesian presidency
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- Jakarta Gov. Joko Widodo, who captured the hearts of millions of Indonesians with his common man image, was declared the winner Tuesday of the country's presidential election, calling it a victory for all of the nation's people.... 7/22/2014 5:10 PM

Plane crash bodies removed from war zone
KHARKIV, Ukraine (AP) -- A train bearing the dead from the downed Malaysian airliner reached Ukrainian government-held territory at long last Tuesday, but the pro-Russian separatists in control of the crash site showed little willingness to allow the full-scale investigation demanded by world leaders.... 7/22/2014 5:06 PM

At least 21 dead in Iraq checkpoint car bombing
BAGHDAD (AP) -- A suicide driver rammed his explosive-laden car into a police checkpoint at the entrance to Baghdad's Khazimiyah district killing 21 people, including seven policemen manning the post.... 7/22/2014 5:05 PM

Lax security at crash site hampers investigations
HRABOVE, Ukraine (AP) -- When international monitors and Malaysian aviation experts arrived Tuesday at the two main sites where the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 smashed into the undulating countryside of eastern Ukraine, there was almost no perimeter tape.... 7/22/2014 4:51 PM

11 parents of Nigeria's abducted girls die
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) -- In the three months since Islamic extremists kidnapped more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls, 11 of their parents have died, town residents say.... 7/22/2014 4:46 PM

US cracks down on Caribbean drug trafficking ring
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Ten suspected members of a multimillion-dollar drug trafficking ring that distributed huge amounts of cocaine throughout Puerto Rico and on the U.S. mainland have been indicted, authorities said Tuesday.... 7/22/2014 4:36 PM

Racehorse owned by Britain's queen fails dope test
LONDON (AP) -- A racehorse owned by Britain's Queen Elizabeth II that won the prestigious Gold Cup at Royal Ascot last year has tested positive for the banned painkiller, morphine.... 7/22/2014 4:32 PM

Amid sanctions, France in warship sale to Russia
PARIS (AP) -- France says it will go ahead with the sale of a warship to Russia despite calls for an arms embargo against the country, highlighting how Europe's strong business ties are hindering its ability to punish Moscow over the crisis in Ukraine.... 7/22/2014 3:51 PM

Gaza blockade key to any Israel-Hamas truce deal
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Ibrahim Zain was driven from his home by Israeli tank fire this week, but says he'd rather endure more Israel-Hamas fighting than accept an unconditional cease-fire he fears will leave in place the blockade of the Gaza Strip.... 7/22/2014 3:47 PM

Peace talks eyed after Israel, Hamas cease-fire
CAIRO (AP) -- The U.S. and Egypt sought Tuesday to find an end to two weeks of bloodshed in the Gaza Strip, and officials raised the possibility of restarting stalled peace talks between Israel and Palestinian authorities as a necessary step to avoid sustained violence.... 7/22/2014 3:46 PM

Teen mother of newborn buried in NC yard arrested
LOUISBURG, N.C (AP) -- A North Carolina teenager whose newborn baby died and was buried in her family's suburban yard faces a felony charge of concealing the birth.... 7/22/2014 3:28 PM

Gaza rocket lands near Israel's main airport
JERUSALEM (AP) -- A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip landed near Israel's main airport Tuesday, wounding one Israeli and prompting all U.S. and some European and Canadian airlines to cancel flights to Tel Aviv - a reflection of high anxiety over air travel after the downing of a Malaysian jet over Ukraine.... 7/22/2014 3:22 PM

European agency urges airlines to avoid Tel Aviv
BERLIN (AP) -- The European Aviation Safety Agency says it "strongly recommends" that airlines refrain from operating flights to and from Tel Aviv.... 7/22/2014 3:19 PM

Canada deports members of human trafficking ring
HAMILTON, Ontario (AP) -- Twenty members of a Hungarian human trafficking ring that brought people to Canada from eastern Europe have been deported.... 7/22/2014 2:55 PM

UK announces inquiry for Russian spy death
LONDON (AP) -- The British government announced plans Tuesday for a wide-ranging public inquiry into the mysterious 2006 death of poisoned former Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko.... 7/22/2014 2:55 PM

Infighting as split emerges among Syrian rebels
BEIRUT (AP) -- Fighters of an al-Qaida affiliate seized a northern border town in Syria from rival rebels, activists reported Tuesday, as new infighting threatened opposition gains.... 7/22/2014 2:28 PM

Freida Pinto speaks at girls' rights summit in UK
LONDON (AP) -- Actress Freida Pinto of "Slumdog Millionaire" fame has joined forces with girls' rights campaigners in calling for an end to the practice of female genital mutilation.... 7/22/2014 2:21 PM