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Australia: All Ukraine victims may not be found
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Australia's prime minister says the remains of some victims of the Malaysian airliner crash may never be recovered unless there is a thorough search of the site in Ukraine where it was shot down.... 7/23/2014 4:37 AM

Ex-general to challenge Indonesian election defeat
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- The former general defeated in Indonesia's presidential election will challenge the results in the country's highest court, his campaign team spokesman said.... 7/23/2014 4:33 AM

Iraq: Death toll from Baghdad attack rises to 31
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi officials say the death toll from a late night suicide attack targeting a police checkpoint in Baghdad has climbed to 31 people, most of them civilians.... 7/23/2014 4:25 AM

Gaza families plead for evacuation amid battle
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Israeli troops battled Hamas militants on Wednesday near a southern Gaza Strip town as dozens of Palestinian families trapped by the fighting scrambled to flee the area. The U.S. secretary of state meanwhile presses ahead with top-gear efforts to end the conflict that has killed at least 650 Palestinians and 31 Israelis.... 7/23/2014 4:20 AM

China braces for 2nd typhoon; Taiwan drenched
BEIJING (AP) -- China was bracing Wednesday for the arrival of a second typhoon in less than a week, as communities along the country's southern coast cleared away debris in the wake of the earlier storm, which killed dozens of people.... 7/23/2014 4:15 AM

John Kerry files to Tel Aviv despite FAA ban
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) -- The top U.S. diplomat defied a Federal Aviation Administration ban and flew into Israel's main airport Wednesday in a sign of sheer will to achieve a cease-fire agreement in the warring Gaza Strip despite little evidence of progress in ongoing negotiations.... 7/23/2014 4:11 AM


TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) -- John Kerry files to Tel Aviv despite FAA ban, pushes cease-fire between Israel, Hamas.... 7/23/2014 4:00 AM

China cracks down on online rumors, porn
BEIJING (AP) -- Chinese authorities have tightened already rigorous Internet controls by cracking down on online pornography and what state media called "rumormongers" and "slanderous content."... 7/23/2014 3:59 AM

China detains employees of suspect meat seller
BEIJING (AP) -- Five employees of a company accused of selling expired beef and chicken to McDonald's, KFC and other restaurants were detained by police Wednesday after an official said illegal activity was an organized effort by the supplier.... 7/23/2014 3:56 AM

Bodies of Malaysia jet victims to leave Ukraine
KHARKIV, Ukraine (AP) -- Ukraine prepared a departure ceremony for the bodies of Malaysia Airlines passengers and crew who became victims of fighting raging far below them on the plains of eastern Ukraine.... 7/23/2014 3:35 AM

In international flight, volatile conflicts abound
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- In Libya, militias armed with shoulder-launched missiles are battling for control of the country's main airport. In Africa, the entire Sahel region is awash with weapons that include portable air defense systems leftover from the ouster of Moammar Gadhafi.... 7/23/2014 3:26 AM

Israel, Hamas battle over public opinion online
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Beyond the boom of Israeli airstrikes and the stream of rockets fired from Gaza, Israel and Hamas are also battling to control the message emanating from this latest Israeli-Palestinian conflagration.... 7/23/2014 2:44 AM

Asia stocks bolstered by US earnings, home sales
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Asian stock markets mostly rose Wednesday, bolstered by solid U.S. earnings and home sales. Indonesian stocks advanced after the official vote count showed Joko Widodo the clear winner of a bitterly contested presidential election.... 7/23/2014 2:14 AM

Australia focuses on both Malaysian jet disasters
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- The monthslong hunt for the Malaysian airliner that vanished off the Australian coast will not be interrupted by the top search official's new job in recovering bodies from the downed airliner in Ukraine, the Australian government said Wednesday.... 7/23/2014 1:07 AM

Venezuelan conspiracy theories a threat to critics
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Roderick Navarro was in class when he got the news that a high-ranking minister had accused him of plotting to assassinate Venezuela's president.... 7/23/2014 12:01 AM

Parts of Chinese city sealed for bubonic plague
BEIJING (AP) -- Parts of a northern Chinese city have been quarantined after state media said a man there died of bubonic plague.... 7/22/2014 10:56 PM

Argentina zoo freezes polar bear move to Canada
MENDOZA, Argentina (AP) -- Argentina's last captive polar bear will remain in the country despite a petition by more than a half million people asking that it be moved to Canada.... 7/22/2014 9:48 PM

UN chief believes Gaza fighting will end soon
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. secretary-general said Tuesday it is his "hope and belief" that his emergency mission to the Middle East will lead to an end to the fighting between Hamas and Israel "in the very near future."... 7/22/2014 7:55 PM

Mexico's circuses caught up in animal rights spat
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexico's "circus wars" are heating up, with a growing movement to ban circus animals meeting rising anger from circus workers.... 7/22/2014 7:38 PM

Qatar, Saudi rulers meet for Gaza cease-fire talks
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- For the first time since an unprecedented diplomatic rift among Gulf powerhouses, Qatar's emir flew to Saudi Arabia late Tuesday in a surprise visit and met with King Abdullah to discuss cease-fire efforts that have yet to bring an end to 15 days of war in the Gaza Strip.... 7/22/2014 7:32 PM