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China profits boost Asian stock markets
BEIJING (AP) -- Asian stock markets were mostly higher Monday, shrugging off jitters about stiffer Western sanctions against Russia, after China reported strong corporate profits.... 7/28/2014 12:05 AM

US exports help Germany increase coal, pollution
LUENEN, Germany (AP) -- One of Germany's newest coal-fired power plants rises here from the banks of a 100-year-old canal that once shipped coal mined from the Ruhr Valley to the world.... 7/28/2014 12:02 AM

Rosario Murillo: Nicaragua's 'first comrade'
MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) -- In Nicaragua, where Marxist dogma has given way to a free market economy, the red-and-black flags of the Sandinista revolution have been supplanted by the pink and baby blue colors favored by the country's first lady, "la companera" Rosario Murillo.... 7/28/2014 12:01 AM

Girls killed, hurt in attack in Thailand's south
HAT YAI, Thailand (AP) -- A 12-year-old girl was killed and seven people, including two other girls, were wounded in a roadside bomb attack near an army base in Thailand's insurgency-plagued south, police said Monday.... 7/27/2014 11:51 PM

Aruba releases Venezuelan diplomat sought by US
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- Aruba's government released a former Venezuelan general who was detained on U.S. drug charges when he arrived to serve as his country's consul on the Dutch Caribbean island, sending him home Sunday night and defusing a diplomatic fight with its neighbor.... 7/27/2014 11:27 PM

Police in China remove church's cross
BEIJING (AP) -- Hundreds of police took down a church's cross in eastern China early Monday amid a crackdown on church buildings in a coastal region where thousands of people are embracing Christianity.... 7/27/2014 11:19 PM

Hurricane Hernan in Pacific moves away from Mexico
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Hurricane Hernan spun deeper into the open Pacific on Sunday night after forming earlier in the day far off Mexico's western coast. It posed no threat to land.... 7/27/2014 11:08 PM

UN council agrees on demand for Gaza cease-fire
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. Security Council agreed on a statement Sunday calling for "an immediate and unconditional humanitarian cease-fire" in the Gaza war between Israel and Hamas and scheduled a meeting at midnight to adopt it.... 7/27/2014 10:42 PM

Gaza war rages despite Hamas, Israel truce pledges
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Israel and Hamas launched new attacks Sunday in the raging Gaza war, despite going back and forth over proposals for a temporary halt to nearly three weeks of fighting ahead of a major Muslim holiday.... 7/27/2014 10:09 PM

Ebola kills Liberian doctor, 2 Americans infected
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- One of Liberia's most high-profile doctors has died of Ebola, officials said Sunday, and an American physician was being treated for the deadly virus, highlighting the risks facing health workers trying to combat an outbreak that has killed more than 670 people in West Africa - the largest ever recorded.... 7/27/2014 7:39 PM

Israel acknowledges mortar shell hit UN school
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel acknowledged Sunday that troops fired a mortar shell that hit the courtyard of a U.N. school in Gaza last week, but said aerial footage shows the yard was empty at the time and that the shell could not have killed anyone.... 7/27/2014 7:29 PM

Islamic militants destroy historic mosque in Mosul
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Militants from the Islamic State group blew up a mosque and shrine dating back to the 14th century in Mosul on Sunday, local residents said, the latest casualty in a week that has seen a half dozen of the Iraqi city's most revered holy places destroyed.... 7/27/2014 6:51 PM

Israel, Hamas hold out for more gains in Gaza war
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Israel and Hamas are holding out for bigger gains in the Gaza war, helping explain the failure of the world's most influential diplomats to broker even a precursor to a lasting cease-fire.... 7/27/2014 6:30 PM

Fighting intensifies near MH17 disaster site
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Ukrainian armed forces mounted a major onslaught against pro-Russian separatist fighters Sunday in an attempt to gain control over the area where a Malaysia Airlines plane was downed earlier this month.... 7/27/2014 5:45 PM

Italy's Vincenzo Nibali wins Tour de France
PARIS (AP) -- Vincenzo Nibali put his lungs and legs to work one last time, marching up to the winner's podium of the Tour de France and sighing deeply before the Italian anthem echoed over the Champs-Elysees.... 7/27/2014 5:24 PM

EU, US seek Putin Achilles' heel on Ukraine
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Months after Russia annexed Crimea and stepped up support for separatists in eastern Ukraine, Europe and the United States are still searching for a way to persuade Russian President Vladimir Putin to change course.... 7/27/2014 4:57 PM

38 killed as Libyan forces battle militias in east
CAIRO (AP) -- Heavy clashes between Libyan soldiers loyal to a renegade general and Islamist-led militias killed 38 people, health officials said Sunday, as fighting between rival militias around the capital's international airport raged on and European nations warned their citizens to leave.... 7/27/2014 2:59 PM

Key World War I battle re-enacted in Poland
SZKOTOWO, Poland (AP) -- About 200 history enthusiasts from across Europe have gathered on a hilly area in Poland to reconstruct the Battle of Tannenberg, an engagement between the Russian and German Empires in the first days of World War I.... 7/27/2014 1:59 PM

Air Algerie jet's black boxes to be sent to France
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) -- Black boxes from the Air Algerie plane that crashed in northern Mali last week will be transferred to France for analysis, the French embassy in Mali said Sunday, as officials prepared for the process of identifying the remains of the dead.... 7/27/2014 12:54 PM

Costa Concordia wreck reaches final destination
GENOA, Italy (AP) -- The shipwrecked Costa Concordia cruise liner completed its final journey, reaching Genoa on Sunday where it will be scrapped.... 7/27/2014 12:19 PM