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UN school in Gaza caught in cross-fire; 15 killed
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- A U.N. school in Gaza crowded with hundreds of Palestinians seeking refuge from fierce fighting came under fire Thursday, killing at least 15 civilians and leaving a sad tableau of blood-spattered pillows, blankets and children's clothing scattered in the courtyard.... 7/24/2014 7:21 PM

Ex-Venezuelan intelligence chief detained in Aruba
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- Authorities in Aruba announced Thursday that they arrested a close confidant of late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez who was sent as that country's consul to the Caribbean island despite being sanctioned by the U.S. government on charges of drug trafficking.... 7/24/2014 7:12 PM

Witness: Teen's plane didn't show obvious distress
PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (AP) -- A man who saw a plane flown by a teen killed during an around-the-world flight says the aircraft was flying low but didn't show any obvious signs of distress before diving into the ocean.... 7/24/2014 7:06 PM

UN urges quick implementation of CAR cease-fire
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. Security Council on Thursday called on Muslim and Christian factions battling in Central African Republic to immediately implement a cease-fire agreement they signed this week.... 7/24/2014 6:51 PM

Air Algerie jet with 116 on board crashes in Mali
OUAGADOUGO, Burkina Faso (AP) -- An Air Algerie jetliner carrying 116 people crashed Thursday in a rainstorm over restive Mali, and its wreckage was found near the border of neighboring Burkina Faso - the third major international aviation disaster in a week.... 7/24/2014 6:47 PM

6 to stand trial in group home case in Mexico
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A Mexican judge has ordered six employees of a group home raided amid charges of abuse and filthy conditions to stand trial, federal prosecutors said Thursday.... 7/24/2014 6:46 PM

Planes with Ukraine bodies arrive in Netherlands
KHARKIV, Ukraine (AP) -- Two more military aircraft carrying remains of victims from the Malaysian plane disaster arrived in the Netherlands on Thursday, while Australian and Dutch diplomats joined to promote a plan for a U.N. team to secure the crash site which has been controlled by pro-Russian rebels.... 7/24/2014 6:16 PM

Trinidad pair cleared of caging protected animals
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) -- A judge in Trinidad & Tobago has angered environmentalists by dismissing charges against a couple who were found with 55 protected animals caged at their home amid a no-trapping, no-hunting moratorium in the Caribbean nation.... 7/24/2014 6:05 PM

In Gaza war, Egypt taking hard line over border
CAIRO (AP) -- In the Gaza war now in its third bloody week, Hamas' battle isn't only with Israel, even though that's the country it is firing rockets at. The militant group that rules Gaza is demanding Egypt open its border with the tiny, blockaded strip of territory.... 7/24/2014 5:56 PM


OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) -- Burkina Faso official says wreckage, remains from missing air Algerie flight found in Mali .... 7/24/2014 5:55 PM

UN: 9 aid trucks enter Syria without government OK
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Nine trucks carrying food and other supplies crossed into Syria through a Turkish checkpoint Thursday - the first to do so under a U.N. resolution authorizing cross-border aid deliveries without Syrian government approval.... 7/24/2014 5:52 PM

3 charged in Nicaragua bus attacks that killed 5
MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) -- Three men have been charged with murder and organized crime in the weekend attacks on two buses carrying supporters of Nicaragua's governing party that left five people dead and 28 wounded, the country's top prosecutor said Thursday.... 7/24/2014 5:47 PM

Dutch sending unarmed police to Ukraine crash site
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- The Netherlands is sending 40 unarmed military police to eastern Ukraine as part of a ramped-up effort to find the last victims of the downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 still at the wreckage site, Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced late Thursday.... 7/24/2014 4:57 PM

Uruguay leader thirsty for Paraguay's yerba mate
ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) -- Paraguayan yerba mate producers say Uruguay's president is thirsty for more of the traditional tea for his country and is asking them to fill the need at a lower price.... 7/24/2014 4:50 PM

Iraq elects new president as attacks kill dozens
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi lawmakers elected a veteran Kurdish politician on Thursday to replace long-serving Jalal Talabani as the country's new president in the latest step toward forming a new government. But a series of attacks killed dozens of people and Islamic militants destroyed a Muslim shrine traditionally said to be the burial place of the Prophet Jonah, underscoring the overwhelming challenges facing the divided nation.... 7/24/2014 4:31 PM

Busy Gaza morgue performs Muslim burial rituals
BEIT LAHIYA, Gaza Strip (AP) -- In the morgue at a small Gaza hospital, the anguished cries of those who lost loved ones in Israeli airstrikes fell silent Thursday when Ahmed Jadallah began attending to the corpses, one by one, on his wooden work table.... 7/24/2014 4:28 PM

2 attacks in Nigeria's north kills at least 12
BAUCHI, Nigeria (AP) -- Two attacks in Nigeria's north killed more than a dozen people, an official and resident said Thursday, as the death toll from twin blasts that targeted a prominent politician and sheik on Wednesday rose.... 7/24/2014 3:29 PM

Ukraine accused of targeting civilians in east
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- War literally came to Alexander Litvinenko's living room, when a missile punched a gaping hole into the wall of his ninth-floor apartment. The 53-year-old college philosophy teacher had just stepped into his study to check the news online, barely escaping death.... 7/24/2014 3:26 PM

Israel swears in new president amid Gaza war
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shimon Peres ended his term as president of Israel on Thursday - a man who symbolizes hopes for peace capping a seven-decade public career amid the brutal reality of war. Peres handed the ceremonial but high-profile presidency over to Reuven Rivlin, a legislator from the hawkish Likud Party.... 7/24/2014 3:07 PM

Court: Poland violated human rights in CIA case
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Europe's top human rights court ruled Thursday that Poland violated the rights of two terror suspects by allowing the CIA to secretly imprison them on Polish soil from 2002-2003 and facilitating the conditions under which they were subjected to torture.... 7/24/2014 2:52 PM