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US bars some Venezuela officials from US travel
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Amid escalating tensions with socialist Venezuela, the U.S. State Department on Wednesday announced sanctions against officials it said committed human rights abuses during a crackdown on anti-government protests.... 7/30/2014 1:10 PM

Sanctions will damage Russia if not lifted quickly
MOSCOW (AP) -- U.S. and European sanctions against Russia's energy and finance sectors are strong enough to cause deep, long-lasting damage within months unless Moscow persuades the West to repeal them by withdrawing support for Ukrainian insurgents.... 7/30/2014 1:09 PM

Tunisia army chief resigns after soldier deaths
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) -- Tunisia's Defense Ministry says the army chief of staff has resigned, citing personal reasons, following a deadly attack by militants against Algerian soldiers.... 7/30/2014 1:09 PM

'Spider-Man' fights Dubliner in street, goes viral
DUBLIN (AP) -- Dublin's friendly neighborhood Spider-Man has become a social media phenomenon after being caught on video fighting a man who allegedly tried to steal his money.... 7/30/2014 1:08 PM

A look at the EU's new sanctions against Russia
BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Union's sanctions against Russia are bound to inflict pain on the country's ailing economy. While still narrowly targeted, they come as a warning shot to convince Moscow to change its Ukraine policies or face even tougher penalties.... 7/30/2014 12:58 PM

Yemen ends fuel subsidies, nearly doubling prices
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Fuel prices in Yemen nearly doubled Wednesday as the government ended a fuel subsidy program costing billions of dollars, sparking scattered demonstrations that saw one person killed as authorities quickly dispersed protesters, security officials said.... 7/30/2014 12:52 PM

Strike on crowded Gaza area kills 16, wounds 150
JEBALIYA REFUGEE CAMP, Gaza Strip (AP) -- An Israeli airstrike hit a crowded Gaza shopping area on Wednesday, killing at least 16 people and wounding more than 150, hours after Israeli tank shells slammed into a U.N. school sheltering displaced Palestinians, killing 15 people, Gaza health officials said.... 7/30/2014 12:47 PM

Iraq offers aid to those displaced by militants
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said Wednesday his government has allocated more than $850 million to assist those displaced by last month's militant takeover of much of the country, and called on Sunnis remaining in those areas to take up arms against the insurgents.... 7/30/2014 12:40 PM

UN chiefs outraged at attack on Gaza school
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Top U.N. officials are expressing shock and outrage at an attack on a U.N. school in Gaza that killed 16 people and injured more than 100.... 7/30/2014 12:36 PM

13 killed in mosque bombings in Nigeria
BAUCHI, Nigeria (AP) -- Residents say 13 people were killed and 35 injured when two mosques in northern Nigeria were bombed Tuesday night at the close of Eid al-Fitr, the Muslim holiday marking the end of Ramadan.... 7/30/2014 12:35 PM

British Airways sued in pilot sex abuse allegation
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- A London law firm representing 16 girls in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania said Wednesday it is initiating legal proceedings against British Airways over allegations that one of its pilots sexually abused the girls.... 7/30/2014 12:20 PM

UN chief: halt violence around Ukraine crash site
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling for an immediate halt to hostilities around the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in eastern Ukraine to allow unimpeded access for international investigators.... 7/30/2014 12:16 PM

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 12:02 PM

UN condemns extremist takeover of parts of Iraq
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. Security Council is condemning the offensive waged by the extremist Islamic State group and allied militants in Iraq, calling it "a major threat" to the country's future.... 7/30/2014 11:59 AM

Dubai, European airlines divert flights over Iraq
BAGHDAD (AP) -- European and Dubai-based airlines have begun rerouting flights over Iraqi airspace as a security precaution, though Iraq says its skies are safe.... 7/30/2014 11:55 AM

Fiat 2Q profits drop by 55 percent
MILAN (AP) -- Italian carmaker Fiat SpA, which controls Chrysler, on Wednesday said second-quarter profits dropped by more than a half due to lower performance in North and Latin America.... 7/30/2014 11:46 AM

South Korean ruling party wins by-elections
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korea's ruling party won most of the seats at stake Wednesday in legislative by-elections, cementing its majority and giving a boost to President Park Geun-hye's conservative government after April's ferry disaster.... 7/30/2014 11:43 AM

Hospital: 33 dead after Guinea concert stampede
CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) -- Hundreds of people leaving a late-night rap concert on a beach in Guinea rushed to leave through a single exit, creating a stampede that killed at least 33 people, officials said Wednesday.... 7/30/2014 11:28 AM

Ukraine: Clashes prevent visit to jet debris site
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Almost two weeks after Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 went down, clashes on Wednesday between Ukrainian forces and separatist rebels again prevented international experts from reaching the crash site to recover remains still baking in midsummer heat in farm fields - deepening frustration for victims' relatives and the governments whose citizens died.... 7/30/2014 11:18 AM

2 tabloid journalists charged with phone hacking
LONDON (AP) -- British police have charged two former senior journalists at the now-defunct News of the World tabloid with conspiring to hack phones.... 7/30/2014 11:04 AM