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UN humanitarian chief calls for aid revamp
TOKYO (AP) -- The U.N.'s top humanitarian official called Thursday for major changes in the delivery of relief, as funding falls short because of a growing number of conflicts and disasters.... 7/24/2014 12:11 AM

Taiwan airline suspects bad weather caused crash
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) -- An airline said Thursday it suspected typhoon weather caused one of its planes to crash land on a small Taiwanese island, killing 48 people.... 7/24/2014 12:09 AM

New Zealand raises interest rate to 3.5 percent
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- New Zealand on Thursday raised its benchmark interest rate to 3.5 percent but signaled a pause in its program of rate hikes.... 7/24/2014 12:05 AM

Cuba looks to mangroves to fend off rising seas
HAVANA (AP) -- Many people in this tiny hamlet on the southern coast of Cuba remember when the shore lay about 100 meters (yards) farther out. That was four decades ago.... 7/24/2014 12:01 AM

China factory index at 18-month high in July
HONG KONG (AP) -- China's manufacturing rose in July to its highest level in 18 months, in a sign that mini-stimulus measures to shore up growth in the world's No. 2 economy have taken hold.... 7/23/2014 11:50 PM

Jailed Venezuelan opposition leader goes on trial
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- A top leader of the anti-government protests that wracked Venezuela for months this spring is getting his day in court.... 7/23/2014 11:44 PM

South Korea unveils stimulus after ferry sinking
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korea's government unveiled stimulus plans Thursday after the shock of a deadly ferry sinking slowed economic growth to the lowest level in three quarters.... 7/23/2014 11:21 PM

Japan trade deficit at record $75B in first half
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's trade deficit surged to a record 7.6 trillion yen ($74.9 billion) in the first half of the year as exports failed to keep pace with surging imports, the Finance Ministry reported Thursday.... 7/23/2014 10:37 PM

Australia vows help to secure Ukraine crash site
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Australia's foreign minister said Thursday that her country stood ready to provide whatever resources were needed to secure the Malaysian airliner's crash site in Ukraine, as newspapers reported Australian troops and police could soon be sent.... 7/23/2014 10:18 PM

Rockets found at UN Gaza school went missing
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. secretary-general on Wednesday said he was "alarmed" to hear that rockets were placed in a U.N.-run school in Gaza and now "have gone missing," and he demanded a full review of such incidents.... 7/23/2014 9:02 PM

Venezuelan network Telesur expands into English
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- The Spanish-language television network started by the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez as a vehicle for promoting in Latin America his leftist brand of political change will now reach audiences in English.... 7/23/2014 8:58 PM

Fans hop aboard exclusive train to Comic-Con
ABOARD THE SILVER SPLENDOR (AP) -- For a lucky fellowship of fans, Comic-Con is beginning early on a private train car trekking to the pop-culture convention.... 7/23/2014 8:34 PM

Casualty numbers raise questions about Gaza war
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Shopkeepers say they were sitting outside their shuttered businesses Wednesday, catching a break from being cooped up during wartime, when an Israeli missile struck a nearby mosque, killing a truck driver and wounding 45 people.... 7/23/2014 8:05 PM

Argentina president says country will not default
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Argentina's president said Wednesday that her country will not go into default because it has been paying debts to bondholders on time.... 7/23/2014 7:58 PM

Honduran families deported back to a bleak future
TOCOA, Honduras (AP) -- Elsa Ramirez already had lost two brothers to violence in this remote Caribbean region when co-workers handling clandestine cocaine flights from South America murdered her husband four months ago.... 7/23/2014 7:34 PM

Patriotic parade at big Peru psychiatric hospital
LIMA, Peru (AP) -- Patients and staff at Peru's largest psychiatric hospital put on a patriotic parade at the facility Wednesday to celebrate the 193rd anniversary of the country's independence from Spain.... 7/23/2014 7:15 PM

European carriers suspend more Tel Aviv flights
BERLIN (AP) -- Air France and Germany's two largest airlines on Wednesday canceled more flights to Tel Aviv because of safety concerns amid the fighting between Israel and Hamas.... 7/23/2014 6:32 PM

Iraq: al-Maliki rejects Iran's urging to step down
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki rejected an attempt by Iran to persuade him to step down, senior Iraqi politicians said Wednesday, underlining his determination to defy even his top ally to push for a third term in office and further exacerbating the country's political crisis.... 7/23/2014 6:25 PM

Cuba, US begin 5-game exhibition baseball series
HAVANA (AP) -- Cuba is hoping to use a five-game baseball exhibition against a team of U.S. college players to bounce back from recent disappointing international results in a sport that's considered the island's national pastime.... 7/23/2014 6:13 PM

US pushes for truce as Gaza battle rages
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- The United States announced signs of progress in cease-fire talks Wednesday, but prospects for a quick end to the fighting were dim as Palestinian families fled fierce battles in southern Gaza and the death toll rose to more than 700 Palestinians and 34 Israelis.... 7/23/2014 6:08 PM