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Rights group: Syria using barrel bombs, defying UN
BEIRUT (AP) -- The Syrian government is still indiscriminately bombing civilians with explosives-filled barrels in defiance of a U.N. Security Council resolution, an international human rights group said Wednesday.... 7/30/2014 8:11 AM

Filipino hostages' release sparks hope for talks
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- The release of four police officers abducted by Filipino communist guerrillas has sparked hopes that stalled peace talks will resume, a government official said Wednesday, although major obstacle remains.... 7/30/2014 8:11 AM

Ukraine official: Rebels lay mines near crash site
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- International observers turned back Wednesday after making another attempt to reach the site where Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 went down in eastern Ukraine, and a government official said the area near the zone had been mined by pro-Russian separatists who control it.... 7/30/2014 8:01 AM

Israel says it will hold Gaza fire for 4 hours
JERUSALEM (AP) -- The Israeli military has declared a four-hour cease-fire in some areas of the Gaza Strip, saying it's for humanitarian reasons.... 7/30/2014 7:58 AM

Landslide hits Indian village; 150 may be trapped
NEW DELHI (AP) -- Torrential rains triggered a massive landslide that buried a remote village in western India Wednesday, sweeping away scores of houses and possibly trapping more than 150 people, officials said.... 7/30/2014 7:49 AM

South Korea says North Korea fires 4 projectiles
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North Korea fired four short-range projectiles toward the ocean off its east coast on Wednesday in its latest in a series of missile and artillery tests, officials said.... 7/30/2014 7:41 AM

Thai junta sets plan for fast rail links to China
BANGKOK (AP) -- Thailand's military government approved a massive budget to upgrade the country's railways including high-speed rail that would eventually link with China as part of an eight-year plan to improve infrastructure, officials said Wednesday.... 7/30/2014 7:40 AM

Iraq offers aid to those displaced by militants
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki says his government has allocated two installments of 500 billion dinars ($429 million) to assist citizens who have been internally displaced by the advance of Sunni militants across northern and western Iraq.... 7/30/2014 7:21 AM

Usain Bolt annoyed by claim he criticized Glasgow
GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) -- Usain Bolt isn't finding his first trip to the "Friendly Games" to be completely friendly.... 7/30/2014 7:14 AM

Britain to test driverless cars next year
LONDON (AP) -- British officials says driverless cars will be tested on roads in as many as three cities in a trial program to begin in January... 7/30/2014 6:57 AM

Turkey arrests 11 more police officers
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkey's state-run news agency says an Istanbul court has ordered 11 more police officers formally arrested and jailed pending trial for allegedly illegally wiretapping Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and other officials.... 7/30/2014 6:51 AM

Khmer Rouge tribunal clears way for genocide trial
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) -- A United Nations-assisted tribunal on Wednesday cleared the way to begin the genocide trial of two elderly former top leaders of Cambodia's 1970s Khmer Rouge regime.... 7/30/2014 6:50 AM

How high-level Chinese officials are taken down
BEIJING (AP) -- The investigation into China's former security chief Zhou Yongkang could pave the way for him to stand trial as the most senior politician ever prosecuted for graft. It's hard to predict how his case will be handled in the opaque, secretive world of Chinese politics, but here's how such prosecutions tend to play out, though not necessarily always in this sequence:... 7/30/2014 6:41 AM

10 guilty in India school fire that killed 94 kids
NEW DELHI (AP) -- An Indian court convicted 10 people on Wednesday in a 2004 fire that tore through a thatched-roof schoolhouse, killing 94 children in a horrifying case that focused attention on poor fire regulations in the country.... 7/30/2014 6:41 AM

Russia's central bank supports sanctions targets
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia's central bank promised to support financial institutions hit by U.S. sanctions as stocks took a tumble in Moscow on Wednesday.... 7/30/2014 6:36 AM

Airbus expects stable revenue despite order loss
PARIS (AP) -- European aerospace company Airbus says it expects its revenue to remain stable this year despite a big cancellation recently for some of its large A350 planes.... 7/30/2014 6:34 AM

Suspect charged with murder in Jewish Museum case
BRUSSELS (AP) -- The man suspected of killing four people at the Brussels Jewish Museum in May has been charged with "murder in a terrorist context."... 7/30/2014 6:31 AM

Spanish, Catalonia leaders meet on secession push
MADRID (AP) -- Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and the leader of the economically powerful Catalonia region held a crucial face-to-face meeting Wednesday in what could be a last chance to resolve a bitter dispute over the region's plans to hold a secession referendum in November.... 7/30/2014 6:28 AM

Hospital: 33 dead after Guinea concert stampede
CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) -- Hospital officials say at least 33 people are dead following a stampede at a rap concert in the capital of Guinea.... 7/30/2014 6:09 AM

Pakistani troops kill 6 militants at Afghan border
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistani security forces in a troubled northwestern tribal region foiled an overnight cross-border attack from Afghanistan, killing six militants, two military officials said Wednesday.... 7/30/2014 6:03 AM