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Mixed reaction to scrapping of anti-gay law in Mozambique
MAPUTO, Mozambique (AP) -- Mozambicans reacted cautiously to the government's decision to do away with a colonial-era anti-gay law.... 7/3/2015 3:36 PM

Bomb goes off inside mosque in Damascus suburb, kills cleric
BEIRUT (AP) -- A bomb exploded inside a mosque in an opposition-held suburb of Damascus on Friday killing a Sunni Muslim cleric, Syria's state TV reported.... 7/3/2015 3:35 PM

S Africa: Opposition files charges against deputy president
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- An opposition party filed criminal charges against South Africa's deputy president and other officials on Friday for their alleged involvement in the police shooting deaths of 34 miners during labor unrest.... 7/3/2015 3:31 PM

Surrogate children granted legal recognition in France
PARIS (AP) -- France's highest court has granted legal recognition to surrogate children, in a major turnaround that will make their daily lives easier and could lead to greater acceptance of new forms of families.... 7/3/2015 3:26 PM

Court rejects bid by victims' kin to clear Lockerbie bomber
LONDON (AP) -- Judges at a Scottish court ruled Friday that relatives of people killed in the 1988 bombing of a Pan Am jet over Lockerbie, Scotland cannot launch an appeal on behalf of the only man convicted of the attack.... 7/3/2015 3:24 PM

Rocket fired from Sinai hits southern Israel, no one hurt
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's military says a rocket fired from neighboring Sinai, where Egyptian troops are battling Islamic State militants, has struck southern Israel. There was no damage and no one was hurt.... 7/3/2015 3:22 PM

AP PHOTOS: Surfing takes Brazilian kids out of Rio slum
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- It's dawn and barefoot boys are hustling down the inclined alleys of Rio de Janeiro slums, surfboards under their arms. They're heading to nearby Sao Conrado and Arpoador beaches, where they catch waves and momentarily leave their impoverished lives behind.... 7/3/2015 3:21 PM

UN rights body backs call for accountability in Gaza war
BERLIN (AP) -- The U.N.'s top human rights body backed calls Friday for accountability in last year's conflict in Gaza, in which hundreds of Palestinian civilians and six Israeli civilians were killed.... 7/3/2015 3:15 PM

Lion cubs stuck at Gaza border en route to Jordan shelter
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- A pair of lion cubs are stuck at a Gaza-Israel border crossing en route to a Jordan animal sanctuary, after being kept for a year by a family in crowded Gaza.... 7/3/2015 3:13 PM

Could searchers' sonars have missed wreckage of Flight 370?
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Amid rising frustrations over the expensive, so-far fruitless search for vanished Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, experts are questioning the competence of the company in charge, including whether crews may have passed over the sunken wreckage without even noticing.... 7/3/2015 3:12 PM

Radioactivity detected in 2 places at Czech nuclear plant
PRAGUE (AP) -- An official says low radioactivity has been unexpectedly detected in two places outside one of the two reactors at a Czech nuclear power plant.... 7/3/2015 3:05 PM

Greece: Poll shows 2 sides neck and neck before referendum
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- The brief but intense campaign in Greece's critical bailout referendum ends Friday, with simultaneous rallies in Athens supporting "yes" and "no" answers to a murky question in what an opinion poll suggests could be a very close vote.... 7/3/2015 3:05 PM

Vietnam Communist Party chief to make first US visit
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) -- The powerful head of Vietnam's Communist Party will travel to the United States for the first time next week, and said he expects President Barack Obama will visit Vietnam later this year.... 7/3/2015 3:02 PM

The Latest: Fund: Greek default to spark severe consequences
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- The latest news on Greece's financial woes and its upcoming referendum on Sunday (all times local):... 7/3/2015 3:00 PM

Ugandan bill targeting civic groups raises alarm
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) -- A bill seeking to regulate the operations of civic groups in Uganda has drawn alarm from activists who say it will hamper their operations and might be used to target those seen as opposed to the government of the country's long-serving leader.... 7/3/2015 2:36 PM

Slovak agency: Russian spies increase activities in EU, NATO
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) -- Slovakia's spy agency says Russian agents have significantly increased their activities in Slovakia and all other NATO and European Union countries in connection with the crisis in Ukraine.... 7/3/2015 2:28 PM

Death toll from capsized Philippine ferry rises to 50
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Rescuers on Friday retrieved five more bodies from a ferry that capsized just moments after departing from a central Philippine port, raising the death toll to 50.... 7/3/2015 2:06 PM

Bangladesh police questioning 12 al-Qaida suspects
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) -- A Bangladesh court on Friday gave police three days to question 12 suspected members of al-Qaida's branch in the Indian subcontinent after their arrests in raids this week.... 7/3/2015 2:02 PM

China says 6.5 quake in far west kills 6, collapses homes
BEIJING (AP) -- A magnitude-6.5 earthquake shook China's far-western region of Xinjiang on Friday, killing six people and damaging or collapsing thousands of buildings, authorities said.... 7/3/2015 2:02 PM

The Hague hit by riots after death of man in police custody
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- Dutch police have detained some 200 people for ignoring a ban on public assembly imposed in a neighborhood hit by days of late-night rioting following the death of a man in police custody.... 7/3/2015 1:57 PM

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