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Israel escalates Gaza offensive, casualties mount
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel dramatically escalated its aerial assault targeting hundreds of Hamas sites in the Gaza Strip Thursday as Palestinians reported the strikes also hit a home and a beachside cafe, raising the total number of people killed in this week's offensive to at least 85. Israel's missile defense system also once again intercepted rockets fired by militants at the country's two largest cities, Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.... 7/10/2014 11:23 AM

German, French leaders call Putin over Ukraine
BERLIN (AP) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande have urged Russia to use its influence on rebels in eastern Ukraine so that a meeting on a possible cease-fire can take place as soon as possible.... 7/10/2014 11:23 AM

13 killed in 2 shootouts in southern Mexico town
ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) -- Officials say 12 criminal suspects and one police officer have died in two days of running gun battles in a southern Mexico town.... 7/10/2014 11:20 AM

Greek heart surgeon arrested on bribery charges
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greek police say they have arrested a heart surgeon in a major Athens hospital on felony charges of bribery and blackmail for allegedly demanding a bribe from a patient in order to perform urgent surgery.... 7/10/2014 11:14 AM

KGB targeted intellectuals in 1968 Czechoslovakia
PRAGUE (AP) -- Cold War documents released this week show that Soviet leaders were so worried about the 1968 Prague Spring reform movement in Czechoslovakia that they sent experienced KGB spies to help thwart it, a researcher said Thursday.... 7/10/2014 11:13 AM

UN chief urges Israeli-Palestinian cease-fire
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Thursday that it is more urgent than ever to avoid another Israeli-Palestinian war that could spill into the Mideast and called on both sides to agree to a cease-fire.... 7/10/2014 11:10 AM

AP NewsAlert
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Air raid sirens sound across Jerusalem, signaling rocket attack.... 7/10/2014 11:02 AM

9th Greek far-right lawmaker jailed pending trial
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greek judges on Thursday jailed a ninth lawmaker in connection with a criminal investigation into the Nazi-inspired Golden Dawn - the country's third most popular party.... 7/10/2014 10:57 AM

Germany asks top US spy to leave the country
BERLIN (AP) -- Germany took the dramatic step Thursday of asking the top U.S. intelligence official in Berlin to leave the country, following two suspected cases of American spying and the yearlong spat over eavesdropping by the National Security Agency.... 7/10/2014 10:22 AM

Qatar questions fate of citizens detained in UAE
DOHA, Qatar (AP) -- Qatar said Thursday it is looking into the fate of two of its citizens reportedly detained in the United Arab Emirates, a day after Emirati media reported that Qatari intelligence agents were being held by the federation.... 7/10/2014 10:21 AM

Robot writes Torah at Berlin's Jewish Museum
BERLIN (AP) -- The robot's quill runs across the paper scroll, from right to left, scribbling down ancient Hebrew letters with black ink. It is penning down the Torah, the Jews' holy scripture, and it is doing it much faster than a rabbi could because it doesn't need to take breaks.... 7/10/2014 10:17 AM

FIFA rejects Suarez appeal against ban for biting
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- FIFA has rejected Luis Suarez's appeal against his lengthy ban for biting an opponent in a World Cup match.... 7/10/2014 10:15 AM

UK govt seeks data retention law after EU verdict
LONDON (AP) -- Concerned after a European court ruled in favor of citizens' right to privacy, Britain's prime minister pledged Thursday to rush through emergency measures to force phone and Internet companies to store call and search records for a year.... 7/10/2014 10:05 AM

Islamic militants on offensive against Kurds
BEIRUT (AP) -- Islamic militants using weapons they recently seized in neighboring Iraq intensified an offensive against Kurdish areas in northern Syria as they fight to expand the territory under their control, activists said.... 7/10/2014 10:03 AM

Iraq's Kurds say will boycott Cabinet meetings
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's already testy relationship with Iraq's Kurdish minority further frayed Thursday, as the Kurds declared their politicians will boycott Cabinet meetings and authorities in Baghdad suspended all cargo flights to the largely autonomous northern Kurdish region.... 7/10/2014 9:51 AM

UN: no danger from stolen nuke material in Iraq
VIENNA (AP) -- The U.N.'s nuclear agency says atomic material has been taken from a university in Iraq in a region controlled by Islamic militants but it does not present a health, safety or proliferation risk.... 7/10/2014 9:46 AM

Market mood turns sour as Dow falls short of 17k
LONDON (AP) -- The failure of the main U.S. indexes to break through key thresholds and financial jitters in Europe weighed on markets Thursday as investors grew skeptical over the near-term outlook for stocks.... 7/10/2014 9:30 AM

Study says legal trade needed to end Somali piracy
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) -- A new study by two British universities says Somalia's piracy problem can be sustainably solved by building roads and harbors to encourage people in remote areas to engage in legitimate trade.... 7/10/2014 9:16 AM

Ex-OIC chief launches election campaign in Turkey
ISTANBUL (AP) -- The former head of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation has kicked off his campaign for president against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan by highlighting credentials as a champion of the Palestinian cause.... 7/10/2014 9:11 AM

Divisions appear among Ukraine's eastern rebels
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Divisions are appearing among the pro-Russia separatists fighting the Ukrainian government.... 7/10/2014 9:07 AM