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Israel hits symbols of Hamas rule; scores killed
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Israel on Tuesday unleashed its heaviest bombardment in a 3-week-old war against Hamas, striking symbols of the militant group's control in Gaza and firing tank shells that Palestinian officials said shut down the strip's only power plant.... 7/29/2014 1:46 PM

Activists: Syrian rebels detonate tunnels, kill 13
BEIRUT (AP) -- Insurgents fighting in Syria to oust President Bashar Assad detonated bomb-packed tunnels under buildings in the contested northern city of Aleppo on Tuesday, killing at least 13 pro-government troops, opposition activists said.... 7/29/2014 1:28 PM

Officials blame Colombia power outage on rebels
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- Colombian officials are blaming rebels for a power outage at the country's main port of Buenaventura.... 7/29/2014 1:20 PM

UBS sees profits rise, probed over trading system
GENEVA (AP) -- Switzerland's biggest bank, UBS, reported Tuesday a 15 percent rise in second-quarter profit, driven by its core wealth management business, and disclosed it was part of a group of financial companies being investigated over alternative trading systems called "dark pools."... 7/29/2014 1:17 PM

Militia gunfire in Libya capital as inferno rages
CAIRO (AP) -- Heavy gunfire between warring militias prevented firefighters from battling a massive inferno in Libya's capital Tuesday, despite calls for a cease-fire to end the worst violence in the capital since the country's 2011 civil war.... 7/29/2014 1:12 PM

Sources: EU adopts tough new sanctions on Russia
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Frustrated by the apparent ineffectiveness of previous sanctions and outraged by the deaths of 298 people aboard the Malaysia Airlines plane downed over eastern Ukraine, the European Union adopted tough new economic sanctions against Russia on Tuesday, EU officials and diplomats said.... 7/29/2014 1:08 PM

Official: Venezuela tried to pressure Aruba
ORANJESTAD, Aruba (AP) -- The top prosecutor of Aruba says Venezuela ratcheted up various types of pressure on Aruba and the Dutch government to free a former Venezuelan general who was detained on U.S. drug charges.... 7/29/2014 1:02 PM

China: Ex-security czar Zhou under investigation
BEIJING (AP) -- China's ruling Communist Party announced an investigation into a feared ex-security chief on Tuesday, demonstrating President Xi Jinping's firm grip on power and breaking a longstanding taboo against publicly targeting the country's topmost leaders.... 7/29/2014 1:01 PM

London's iconic Gherkin building put up for sale
LONDON (AP) -- One of London's most recognizable office buildings has been put up for sale.... 7/29/2014 12:34 PM

China investigating Microsoft in monopoly case
BEIJING (AP) -- China's anti-monopoly agency announced an investigation Tuesday of Microsoft Corp., stepping up regulatory pressure on foreign technology companies.... 7/29/2014 12:33 PM

AP NewsAlert
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Diplomatic sources: European Union adopts tough new economic sanctions on Russia.... 7/29/2014 12:08 PM

Elegant Louvre Garden in Paris infested with rats
PARIS (AP) -- Rats are on the rampage in the elegant garden of the Louvre Museum, so bold they romp onto the grass in broad daylight, defying sanitation workers and scaring tourists visiting the site.... 7/29/2014 11:51 AM

China reports deadly attack in northwest
BEIJING (AP) -- A mob armed with knives rampaged through part of China's volatile northwestern region of Xinjiang and police responded with gunfire, leaving dozens of people dead in the latest violence blamed on Islamic militants, state media reported Tuesday.... 7/29/2014 11:50 AM

Hamas demands for cease-fire and Israel's concerns
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Hamas rulers have presented a list of demands to stop their fire on Israel in the Gaza war. Israel has said it doesn't want to reward Hamas for its rocket campaign, but has other reasons to oppose the demands - mostly based on security.... 7/29/2014 11:46 AM

Myanmar information and health ministers step down
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- Myanmar's ministers for information and health have been allowed to retire, state television reported Tuesday, in the country's second Cabinet reshuffle in two months.... 7/29/2014 11:46 AM

Lavrov and Kerry talk about Cold war-era arms deal
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia's Foreign Ministry says the chief diplomats from Russia and the United States have discussed the situation in Ukraine and the fulfillment of a Cold War-era arms control deal that the U.S. has accused Russia of violating.... 7/29/2014 11:42 AM

Nigerian militants bomb bridge, killing 8 people
BAUCHI, Nigeria (AP) -- Witnesses say insurgents blew up a bridge in northern Nigeria, killing eight people, as soldiers stationed nearby fled for their lives.... 7/29/2014 11:41 AM

Anti-Semitic graffiti appears in Rome amid turmoil
ROME (AP) -- Rome's mayor has denounced anti-Semitic graffiti and swastikas that have appeared across Rome and ordered them removed.... 7/29/2014 11:41 AM

Shelling adds to mounting civilian toll in Ukraine
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Shelling in at least three cities in eastern Ukraine has hit a home for the elderly, a school and several apartment blocks, adding to a rapidly growing civilian death toll Tuesday.... 7/29/2014 11:39 AM

Hungary's opposition asks EU to protect democracy
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) -- An opposition group said Tuesday it would ask the European Union to step up its oversight of democracy in Hungary after the prime minster said he wants to transform the country from a liberal democracy into an "illiberal state."... 7/29/2014 11:16 AM