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Swiss central bank reports $17.7BN half-year gain
GENEVA (AP) -- Switzerland's central bank is reporting a profit of 16.1 billion Swiss francs ($17.7 billion) for the first half of the year, a big turnaround from its loss of 9 billion francs for 2013.... 7/31/2014 2:12 AM

Israel calls up another 16,000 reserves
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's military said Thursday it was calling up another 16,000 reserves, a move that allows it to substantially widen its 23-day campaign against Islamic militants in the Gaza Strip.... 7/31/2014 2:03 AM

Samsung profit falls as smartphone sales slow
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Samsung Electronics Co. reported a bigger-than-expected fall in second quarter profit on Thursday and said it was uncertain if earnings from its handset business would improve in the current quarter.... 7/31/2014 1:52 AM

AP NewsAlert
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's military says 16,000 more reserves called up for Gaza fighting.... 7/31/2014 1:23 AM

Landslide buries Indian village; at least 24 dead
MALIN, India (AP) -- Rescue workers and desperate villagers dug through deep mud, rocks and the debris of shattered homes Thursday after a massive landslide buried a remote village in western India, killing at least 24 people and trapping more than 150, authorities said.... 7/31/2014 1:10 AM

Asian markets drift after US Fed stays course
MUMBAI, India (AP) -- Asian stock markets were uninspired by an upbeat report on the U.S. economy, with most drifting lower Thursday after the U.S. Federal Reserve said it would make further cuts to its monetary stimulus as expected.... 7/31/2014 12:36 AM

Australian leaders differ on Russian role in war
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Australia's prime minister and foreign minister on Thursday sent mixed messages on whether Russia was frustrating Dutch and Australian police efforts to retrieve the bodies of victims of the Malaysian airliner disaster in war-torn east Ukraine.... 7/31/2014 12:00 AM

Chinese minority scholar indicted for separatism
BEIJING (AP) -- An outspoken Chinese minority scholar was indicted on separatism charges amid a renewed flare-up of bloody anti-government violence in the country's far west.... 7/30/2014 11:29 PM

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 PM

KFC owner says China scandal hurting sales
BEIJING (AP) -- The owner of the KFC and Pizza Hut restaurant chains said Thursday a food safety scandal in China has hurt sales and might be severe enough to cut into the company's global profit.... 7/30/2014 11:19 PM

AP PHOTOS: At least 17 die in Gaza school attack
JEBALIYA, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Shelling of a school crowded with refugees in Gaza early Wednesday killed at least 17 people and wounded 90 more, according to Palestinian health officials.... 7/30/2014 10:57 PM

Cho to lead 2018 Olympics organizing committee
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Cho Yang-ho, the South Korean business tycoon who led Pyeongchang's successful bid to host the 2018 Winter Olympics, will take charge of the local organizing committee following the sudden resignation of the previous president.... 7/30/2014 9:18 PM

Peace Corps evacuates over Ebola as 2 isolated
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- The largest recorded Ebola outbreak in history has led the U.S. Peace Corps to evacuate hundreds of volunteers from three affected West African countries, and a State Department official on Wednesday said two volunteers were under isolation after having contact with a person who later died of the virus.... 7/30/2014 8:19 PM

Bolt upset over report he criticized Glasgow Games
GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) -- Even before stepping on the track, Usain Bolt caused a stir at the Commonwealth Games.... 7/30/2014 8:02 PM

Mexico prosecutors to question ex-governor's son
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexican prosecutors plan to question the son of a former governor after a video surfaced that purportedly shows him talking with the leader of a drug cartel, a federal official said Wednesday.... 7/30/2014 7:58 PM

El Salvador charges priest with helping gang
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) -- Police arrested a Spanish priest Wednesday on allegations he tried to get favorable treatment for Salvadoran gang members and helped smuggled contraband into prisons.... 7/30/2014 7:33 PM

32 nations back Judaism's Yom Kippur as UN holiday
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Thirty-two countries have written to a U.N. General Assembly committee asking the United Nations to recognize Judaism's holiest day, Yom Kippur, as an official holiday.... 7/30/2014 6:46 PM

Venezuela's opposition coordinator resigns post
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- The head of Venezuela's opposition alliance resigned Wednesday, delivering a blow to anti-government forces bitterly divided over how best to challenge socialist President Nicolas Maduro as frustrations rise with his handling of the struggling economy.... 7/30/2014 5:59 PM

Vatican taking action in divisive Paraguay diocese
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis is taking action in a divisive diocese in Paraguay where an Argentine priest, accused by a former superior of being a "serious threat to young people," has been removed as the No. 2.... 7/30/2014 5:38 PM

Bolivia to require visas for Israeli travelers
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) -- Bolivia's leftist president has declared Israel a "terrorist state" because of its offensive in the Gaza Strip, and his government will now require Israeli citizens to obtain a visa to visit the Andean nation.... 7/30/2014 5:23 PM