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'B' sample confirms teen weightlifter's doping
GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) -- A 16-year-old Nigerian weightlifter faces being stripped of her Commonwealth Games gold medal after her backup doping sample confirmed a previous finding for banned substances.... 8/1/2014 6:52 AM

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JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli army says soldier "feared" captured by Gaza militants.... 8/1/2014 6:47 AM

Appeal keeps French rogue trader Kerviel in jail
PARIS (AP) -- A Frenchman convicted of one of history's biggest trading frauds was accorded a conditional release from prison - only to have freedom denied with a quick appeal by the prosecutor's office.... 8/1/2014 6:46 AM

Uganda court invalidates anti-gay law
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) -- A Ugandan court has invalidated an anti-gay bill signed into law earlier this year, saying it was illegally passed and is therefore unconstitutional.... 8/1/2014 6:41 AM

UN: More than 1,700 killed in Iraq in July
BAGHDAD (AP) -- More than 1,700 people were killed in Iraq in July, the United Nations said Friday, making it one of the deadliest months of the year but marking a decline from the previous month, when Sunni militants swept across much of the country.... 8/1/2014 6:37 AM

Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise released by Russia
MOSCOW (AP) -- Greenpeace International says a ship held by Russian authorities for nearly a year has been released and is on its way back to the Netherlands.... 8/1/2014 6:25 AM

27 Palestinians killed as Gaza truce unravels
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- A Palestinian official says Israeli shelling has killed at least 27 Palestinians in southern Gaza as an Israel-Hamas truce unraveled less hours after coming into effect.... 8/1/2014 6:25 AM

Large expert team reaches Ukraine crash site
HRABOVE, Ukraine (AP) -- A team of several dozen international investigators descended Friday on the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash site in eastern Ukraine to begin combing an area now designated as a crime scene.... 8/1/2014 6:20 AM

Brokering a truce in Gaza no easy deal for Kerry
NEW DELHI (AP) -- Hours past midnight Thursday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was still working the phones, trying to come up with a cease-fire plan to stop the bloodshed in the Gaza Strip. He'd been pushing for a deal all day - in fact, for more than a week - and nailing down a final agreement was proving elusive.... 8/1/2014 6:03 AM

Japan names 5 disputed islets in East China Sea
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan on Friday named five uninhabited small isles belonging to an island group in the center of a dispute with China as part of efforts to reinforce its claim, a move likely to spark anger from Beijing and another claimant, Taiwan.... 8/1/2014 6:01 AM

Europe started WWI a century ago, blind to tragedy
SAINT-SYMPHORIEN, Belgium (AP) -- British Pvt. John Parr set off on his reconnaissance bike on the lookout for German troops amid the rolling farmland and woods south of Brussels in August 1914. It was the last anyone saw of `Ole Man' Parr, the ironic nickname he won due to his tender age of 17. He became known as the first Commonwealth soldier to die on the Western Front of World War I, likely killed by German gunfire.... 8/1/2014 5:56 AM

Mud, rain hamper landslide rescue in India
MALIN, India (AP) -- Rescuers searching for dozens of people still missing after a landslide in western India said Friday that sniffer dogs and machines to detect signs of life were all but useless in 15 feet (4.5 meters) of heavy mud and debris.... 8/1/2014 5:53 AM

Poland marks 70th anniversary of Warsaw Uprising
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- On the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising, Poland is honoring the fighters and victims of the rebellion against Nazi Germans by laying wreaths, sounding sirens and singing insurgent tunes.... 8/1/2014 5:51 AM

Global trade deal goes back to drawing board
GENEVA (AP) -- The World Trade Organization began regrouping Friday to see whether it is still possible to finalize a major deal to boost global trade after a deadline passed to formally adopt it.... 8/1/2014 5:29 AM

Europe in push to stop violence against women
PARIS (AP) -- The Council of Europe is taking new steps to combat violence against women under a newly ratified convention that comes into force Friday.... 8/1/2014 5:25 AM

World stocks extend slump on Wall Street sell-off
HONG KONG (AP) -- World stock markets sank on Friday, with European benchmarks opening sharply lower after Wall Street's sharp sell-off. Asian stock markets posted modest losses as strong reports on China's economy countered some of the pessimism.... 8/1/2014 5:24 AM

Ebola fears nix Sierra Leone troop trip to Somalia
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- A military spokesman for the African Union mission in Somalia says the AU has cancelled a planned troop rotation by Sierra Leonean forces because of the breakout of Ebola.... 8/1/2014 5:13 AM

South Africa: Giraffe's head hits highway overpass
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Officials in South Africa say they plan to file charges after the death of a giraffe whose head struck a highway overpass while it was being transported in a truck.... 8/1/2014 4:56 AM

Macau casino revenue falls for 2nd straight month
HONG KONG (AP) -- Casino revenue in the global gambling mecca of Macau fell for a second straight month in July as Chinese high rollers stayed away because of Beijing's corruption crackdown.... 8/1/2014 4:01 AM

More bodies found in Indonesia's 2 boat disasters
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- Rescuers in Indonesia recovered more bodies after vessels carrying villagers to celebrations of a Muslim holiday capsized in two separate rivers, raising the death toll to 34, officials said Friday.... 8/1/2014 3:49 AM