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UN human development report faults inequality
TOKYO (AP) -- Improvements in life spans, education and incomes are slowing due to natural disasters, misguided government policies and worsening inequality in a world where the 85 richest people have as much wealth as the 3.5 billion poorest, the United Nations said Thursday in its annual human development report.... 7/24/2014 5:20 AM

Plane with more crash victims leaves Ukraine
KHARKIV, Ukraine (AP) -- A Dutch military aircraft carrying remains of victims of the Malaysian plane which was downed over eastern Ukraine has departed for the Netherlands.... 7/24/2014 5:13 AM

Tropical storm brings heavy rains to eastern China
BEIJING (AP) -- Tropical storm Matmo brought heavy rains and winds to parts of eastern China on Thursday following another typhoon that killed at least 56 people in the country's south.... 7/24/2014 5:09 AM

Thailand to re-launch women-only train carriages
BANGKOK (AP) -- Thailand's railway authority is planning to re-launch women-only carriages after a 13-year-old girl was raped and killed in her berth on an overnight train.... 7/24/2014 5:01 AM

Norway: Terror threat against Norway
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- Norway's intelligence service said Thursday it has received information about an imminent "concrete threat" against Norway from people with links to Islamic fighters in Syria.... 7/24/2014 4:56 AM

Gaza fighting rages amid cease-fire efforts
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Israeli tanks and warplanes bombarded the Gaza Strip on Thursday, as Hamas militants stuck to their demand for the lifting of an Israeli and Egyptian blockade amid U.S. efforts to reach a cease-fire.... 7/24/2014 4:56 AM

Long odds for justice in Malaysia jet disaster
GENEVA (AP) -- Anyone hoping to bring to justice whoever downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 must face sobering facts.... 7/24/2014 4:50 AM

Afghan market bombing kills 6
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- A bombing in a market in northern Afghanistan on Thursday killed six people, including a young girl, an official said.... 7/24/2014 4:45 AM

Iraq: 60 dead in attack on prisoner convoy
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Gunmen attacked a prisoner convoy north of Baghdad on Thursday, setting off a gunbattle with troops in which 52 prisoners and eight soldiers were killed, officials said.... 7/24/2014 4:38 AM

Norway warns of 'concrete threat' linked to Syria
OSLO, Norway (AP) -- Norway's intelligence service says it has been warned of an imminent "concrete threat" against the nation from people with links to Islamic fighters in Syria.... 7/24/2014 4:32 AM

European Central Bank in database security breach
BERLIN (AP) -- The European Central Bank says contact data have been stolen from a database that serves its public website, though it's stressing that no internal systems or market-sensitive data were compromised.... 7/24/2014 4:27 AM

Malawi corruption suspect faces charges
BLANTYRE, Malawi (AP) -- The chief suspect in a government corruption scandal that has rocked the southern African nation of Malawi faces charges of fraud and money laundering.... 7/24/2014 4:26 AM

3 patients at Chinese nursing home castrated
BEIJING (AP) -- Police in northeastern China have detained a man accused of cutting off the testicles of three patients in a nursing home, state media and officials said Thursday.... 7/24/2014 4:25 AM

Taiwan airline suspects bad weather caused crash
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) -- Stormy weather trailing behind a typhoon was the likely cause of a plane crash on a Taiwanese island that killed 48 people on board and injured 10 on the plane and five on the ground, the airline said Thursday.... 7/24/2014 4:20 AM

12 children, man die in train-bus crash in India
NEW DELHI (AP) -- Twelve children were killed Thursday when a train crashed into their school bus at an unmanned railroad crossing in southern India, police said.... 7/24/2014 4:20 AM

South Korea unveils stimulus after ferry sinking
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korea's government announced a $40 billion stimulus plan Thursday after the shock of a deadly ferry sinking slowed economic growth to the lowest level in three quarters.... 7/24/2014 4:10 AM

World shares subdued amid Russia sanctions report
TOKYO (AP) -- World shares were rattled Thursday by reports the European Union is weighing stiffer financial sanctions against Russia.... 7/24/2014 4:05 AM

Spanish jobless falls as recovery gains traction
MADRID (AP) -- Official figures show that Spain's unemployment rate edged down to 24.5 percent in the second quarter from 25.9 percent in the previous three-month period, a further sign that the economy's recovery is gaining traction and making solid inroads into the labor market.... 7/24/2014 3:50 AM

Australia readies 50 police to send to Ukraine
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Australia has sent 50 police to London in anticipation of deploying them to the Ukraine to secure the Malaysian plane crash site as part of a United Nations team.... 7/24/2014 3:37 AM

China's love and dating scene laid out on stage
BEIJING (AP) -- For many of today's Chinese youth looking for a partner, love takes second place to parental pressure, moving up the social ladder and a heavy dose of fear drummed into women that they will end up as "leftover."... 7/24/2014 3:20 AM