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Thai poachers kill elephant in sanctuary for tusks
BANGKOK (AP) -- A conservation center in Thailand says poachers have killed and sawed the tusks off a 50-year-old elephant that performed in royal processions and was even featured in Oliver Stone's 2004 movie "Alexander."... 7/11/2014 7:19 AM

Cholera threatens thousands in South Sudan: agency
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) -- The aid group Save the Children says an outbreak of cholera is putting thousands of lives at risk in parts of violence-hit South Sudan.... 7/11/2014 7:17 AM

UN: Europe holds 4 percent of Syrian refugees
GENEVA (AP) -- The U.N. refugee agency says Europe has taken in 123,600 Syrians since the conflict began in March 2011, including over 11,000 who were rescued off the coast of Italy this year.... 7/11/2014 7:14 AM

India village council accused of ordering rape
NEW DELHI (AP) -- Police and relatives say a 14-year-old girl was dragged into a forest and raped on the orders of a village council in remote eastern India in retaliation for a sex assault blamed on her brother.... 7/11/2014 7:14 AM

Portuguese bank says it's healthy, markets recover
LISBON, Portugal (AP) -- Senior Portuguese officials gave assurances Friday about the soundness of Portugal's biggest bank, seeking to defuse tension after world markets went into a spin over fears that Banco Espirito Santo's troubles could reignite Europe's financial difficulties.... 7/11/2014 7:12 AM

Police helicopter crashes in Macedonia, killing 4
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) -- A Macedonian police helicopter crashed overnight during a training flight near the southern town of Strumica, killing all four people on board, authorities said Friday.... 7/11/2014 7:02 AM

In Afghanistan, Kerry seeks path in voting crisis
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Secretary of State John Kerry sought Friday to broker a deal between Afghanistan's rival presidential candidates as a bitter dispute over last month's runoff election risked spiraling out of control.... 7/11/2014 6:59 AM

Indian prime minister to meet Obama in September
NEW DELHI (AP) -- India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet President Barack Obama in Washington in September during a visit aimed at restoring strained relations between the two countries.... 7/11/2014 6:55 AM

Raiders steal police guns in attack at Kenya coast
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- A local official says armed gunmen attacked a Kenyan coastal village, the latest of a series of attacks that have killed more than 80 people and displaced thousands. The attacks have continued despite a heavy presence of government security forces.... 7/11/2014 6:53 AM

4 foreign ministers confirmed at Iran nuke talks
VIENNA (AP) -- Three European powers and the U.S. have confirmed that their foreign ministers will join Iran nuclear talks this weekend in an effort to advance the stalled negotiations.... 7/11/2014 6:43 AM

Europe stocks rebound from bank scare; Asia muted
MUMBAI, India (AP) -- European stock markets rebounded Friday after slumping on worries about the soundness of a bank in Portugal, while trading in Asia was muted over the specter of more financial turmoil in Europe.... 7/11/2014 6:41 AM

Separate Taliban attacks in Afghanistan kill 13
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- A roadside bombing targeting police officers and an attack on a convoy of de-miners killed at least 13 people in Afghanistan, authorities said Friday, separate attacks blamed on the Taliban ahead of foreign troops withdrawing from the country.... 7/11/2014 6:37 AM

Man sets self ablaze outside Berlin Libyan Embassy
BERLIN (AP) -- Police say a man has sustained life-threatening injuries after setting himself alight outside the Libyan Embassy in Berlin.... 7/11/2014 6:26 AM

India asks UN group to vacate rent-free office
NEW DELHI (AP) -- India's new Hindu nationalist government has asked a U.N. body overseeing military activity in divided Kashmir to vacate a government bungalow in the heart of the nation's capital that it has used rent-free for 40 years.... 7/11/2014 6:16 AM

Malfunction forces Czech nuclear reactor shut down
PRAGUE (AP) -- An official says a Czech nuclear power plant has shut down one of its two reactors due to a fault on a cooling water pump.... 7/11/2014 6:12 AM

German FM to meet Kerry to discuss spying claims
BERLIN (AP) -- Germany's foreign minister said Friday he will tell U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at a meeting this weekend that Berlin wants to reinvigorate the two countries' friendship "on an honest basis" after asking Washington's top spy to leave.... 7/11/2014 6:09 AM

4 suspended for rigging Vanessa-Mae results
LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) -- Four Slovenian ski officials were suspended Friday for allegedly rigging the results of pop violinist Vanessa-Mae to help her qualify for the Winter Olympics in Sochi.... 7/11/2014 6:01 AM

Lebanese rockets hit Israel in offensive's 4th day
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Gaza rocket fire struck a gas station and set it ablaze Friday in southern Israel, seriously wounding one person as rocket fire also came from Lebanon for the first time in the four-day offensive.... 7/11/2014 5:58 AM

Japan seeks talks with China at November summit
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's top government spokesman said Friday that an Asian regional summit in Beijing this November would be a good opportunity for the leaders of Japan and China to hold their first talks ever amid sour relations.... 7/11/2014 5:58 AM

Turkish gas explosion kills 1, injures 36
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- A gas explosion in a bakery in southwest Turkey killed one person and injured 36 others on Friday, the country's emergency management agency said.... 7/11/2014 5:55 AM