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France sends soldiers to guard Air Algeria wreck
PARIS (AP) -- French officials dispatched a military unit to secure the site in restive Mali where an Air Algeria plane crashed with 116 people aboard. France's interior minister said Friday that terrorism cannot be excluded as a cause for the tragedy, though it was likely due to bad weather.... 7/25/2014 4:59 AM

Philippine soldiers clash with militants; 5 dead
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Philippine troops attacked a Muslim militant hideout on southern Basilan island, triggering a clash that killed three Abu Sayyaf members believed to have been involved in the 2011 kidnapping of an American woman and her teenage son, a military report said Friday. Two government militiamen were killed and two others were wounded.... 7/25/2014 4:56 AM

Taliban kill 14 Shiites in Afghanistan road attack
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- An Afghan official says Taliban insurgents halted minibuses in western Afghanistan, identified 14 Shiite passengers and shot them dead by the side of the road.... 7/25/2014 4:49 AM

Toppled crosses in China spur defiance
WUXI VILLAGE, China (AP) -- The battle started when a government-hired crew tore down the metal cross atop the one-room church in this village surrounded by rice paddies last month.... 7/25/2014 4:43 AM

Ukraine reports overnight rebel attacks on border
MOSCOW (AP) -- The Ukrainian army on Friday claimed that soldiers came under artillery fire from the Russian side of the border overnight and were attacked by rebels in several other places in the restive east.... 7/25/2014 4:28 AM

Towering worry: Small holes cause big jitters
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- For the developers of the world's sixth tallest building near Seoul, a mysteriously shrinking lake and the appearance of small sinkholes in residential neighborhoods couldn't have come at a more inopportune time.... 7/25/2014 4:27 AM

BSkyB to take over Italian, German pay TV networks
LONDON (AP) -- London-based satellite broadcaster BSkyB has announced agreements to purchase Sky Italia and 57 percent of Sky Deutschland from 21st Century Fox.... 7/25/2014 4:19 AM

Israel hits 30 Gaza homes, kills senior militant
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli aircraft struck 30 houses in the Gaza Strip early Friday, killing a leader of the militant Islamic Jihad group and two of his sons, while ground troops and Hamas gunmen fought intense battles in the north and center of the territory, Palestinian officials said.... 7/25/2014 4:17 AM

German airlines cancel more Tel Aviv flights
BERLIN (AP) -- Germany's two largest airlines say they are not yet resuming flights to Israel even though the European Aviation Safety Agency has lifted a recommendation that airlines refrain from flying to Tel Aviv airport.... 7/25/2014 3:45 AM

Australia readies 90 police for Ukraine crash site
SYDNEY (AP) -- Australia is close to finalizing a deal with Ukraine to send police and a small number of troops to secure the Malaysian plane crash site as part of a multinational team, the Australian prime minister said Friday.... 7/25/2014 3:38 AM

Hamas tunnel threat at center of war with Israel
JERUSALEM (AP) -- A network of tunnels Palestinian militants have dug from Gaza to Israel - dubbed "lower Gaza" by the Israeli military - is taking center stage in the latest war between Hamas and Israel.... 7/25/2014 3:22 AM

Surgeons in India remove 232 teeth from teen
MUMBAI, India (AP) -- Dental surgeons in India's largest city say they have removed 232 small "tooth-like structures" from the mouth of a teenage boy with a rare medical condition.... 7/25/2014 3:19 AM

McNuggets pulled from sale in HK after meat scare
HONG KONG (AP) -- McDonald's restaurants in Hong Kong have taken chicken nuggets and chicken filet burgers off the menu after a U.S.-owned supplier in mainland China was accused of selling expired meat.... 7/25/2014 3:12 AM

S.Korea lab fails to find out how ferry owner died
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korea's state-run forensic lab said Friday it has failed to determine the cause of death for a fugitive billionaire blamed for April's ferry disaster, amid mounting public criticism that authorities didn't identify his body for a long time and still continued a massive manhunt for him.... 7/25/2014 2:22 AM

Black boxes from Taiwan air crash investigated
XIXI, Taiwan (AP) -- Investigators on Friday were examining wreckage and flight data recorders for clues into a plane crash on a Taiwanese island that killed 48 people.... 7/25/2014 2:13 AM

Sri Lankan asylum seekers to be taken to Australia
SYDNEY (AP) -- A group of Sri Lankan asylum seekers that has been languishing on board an Australian customs vessel for weeks will temporarily be brought to Australia's mainland and may be sent to India, Australia's government said Friday, following a court challenge and outrage from human rights groups.... 7/25/2014 2:02 AM

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, the third major international aviation disaster in a week.... 7/25/2014 1:41 AM

Asian stocks bolstered by US economic data
MUMBAI, India (AP) -- Most major Asian stock markets rose Friday after U.S. unemployment claims fell to an eight-year low and tensions over the downing of a Malaysia Airlines jet eased.... 7/25/2014 1:09 AM

Navy secretary: Cost for newest ship will decline
ABOARD USS INDEPENDENCE (AP) -- Operating costs for the U.S. Navy's newest ships will decline and "become more normal" over time, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said Thursday.... 7/25/2014 12:34 AM

Report: China to declare Qualcomm a monopoly
BEIJING (AP) -- Chinese regulators have concluded Qualcomm Inc., one of the biggest makers of chips used in mobile devices, has a monopoly, a government newspaper reported Friday.... 7/25/2014 12:26 AM