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Floods submerge parts of Balkans, 2 have died
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- A second person has drowned after rivers burst their banks in Romania, authorities said Thursday, and the flooding also caused damage across the Balkans, inundating a power plant in Serbia and causing landslides in Montenegro.... 7/31/2014 10:54 AM

Poles protest Russian ban on their food with humor
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Poles are posting photos of themselves with apples online along with mocking comments to protest a Russian ban on Polish food.... 7/31/2014 10:51 AM

Investigators make it to Ukraine jet crash site
ROZSYPNE, Ukraine (AP) -- As fighting raged in eastern Ukraine, an international team of investigators on Thursday reached the crash site of the Malaysia Airline Flight 17 and got a first look at where it was brought down by a missile two weeks ago.... 7/31/2014 10:50 AM

W. Africa Ebola outbreak tops 700 deaths
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- The deadliest recorded Ebola outbreak surpassed 700 deaths across West Africa on Thursday as the World Health Organization announced dozens of new deaths reported in the last several days.... 7/31/2014 10:34 AM

China accuses 3 radicals of killing leading imam
BEIJING (AP) -- China says a leading pro-government Muslim cleric in the volatile northwestern territory of Xinjiang was murdered and police killed two suspects and captured another.... 7/31/2014 10:27 AM

China denies hacking Canadian tech research group
BEIJING (AP) -- A Chinese official said Thursday that Canada should withdraw its accusation that China was behind the hacking of Canada's top technology development organization.... 7/31/2014 10:13 AM

Israel vows to destroy Hamas tunnels
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday that Israel will destroy the Hamas tunnel network in the Gaza Strip "with or without a cease-fire," as the military called up another 16,000 reservists to pursue its campaign in the densely-populated territory.... 7/31/2014 10:08 AM

Afghan electoral officials to restart vote audit
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- In the latest setback to the Afghan presidential election, officials said Thursday that they will resume an audit of millions of votes this weekend to resolve disputes between the presidential candidates over how to disqualify ballots amid allegations of massive fraud.... 7/31/2014 10:07 AM

Libya Islamic militias declare control of Benghazi
CAIRO (AP) -- Islamic hard-line militias are claiming to have taken control of Libya's second largest city, Benghazi, after defeating army units, taking over military barracks and seizing tanks, rockets and hundreds of boxes of ammunition.... 7/31/2014 10:05 AM

Eurozone inflation down again but ECB seen on hold
BRUSSELS (AP) -- The inflation rate in the 18-nation eurozone dropped again in July, official data showed Thursday, in a worrying sign that adds pressure on the European Central Bank to beef up its efforts to spur the economy.... 7/31/2014 10:00 AM

Lebanese Hezbollah commander killed in Iraq
BEIRUT (AP) -- A commander with the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah was recently killed while on a "jihadi mission" in Iraq, officials in Lebanon said Thursday.... 7/31/2014 9:44 AM

Spain court studies paternity suit against ex-king
MADRID (AP) -- Spain's Supreme Court says it will consider an appeal of a rejected paternity suit filed against the recently abdicated King Juan Carlos.... 7/31/2014 9:31 AM

Pillay: Israel, Hamas committing war crimes
GENEVA (AP) -- The U.N.'s top human rights official accused both Israel and Hamas militants of committing war crimes in the latest Gaza war, but reserved her harshest words for the Israeli government, which she said Thursday was deliberately defying international law.... 7/31/2014 9:31 AM

Russia tensions hurting European companies
BERLIN (AP) -- Russia's standoff with the West is hurting European companies, from heavy industry to sports goods makers, even before the latest sanctions have a chance to take effect.... 7/31/2014 9:03 AM

UK judge opens inquiry into Litvinenko killing
LONDON (AP) -- A British judge on Thursday opened an inquiry into the death of former Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko, saying the central question is whether the Russian state ordered the killing.... 7/31/2014 8:59 AM

Panel wants TEPCO execs charged over nuke crisis
TOKYO (AP) -- A Japanese judicial panel has recommended that three former executives of the utility that operates the damaged Fukushima nuclear plant face criminal charges over their role in the disaster.... 7/31/2014 8:58 AM

AP Photos: Beating heat on Pyongyang's Moran Hill
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- Along with its towering monuments to socialism, bronze statues of its leaders and sprawling plazas for mass political gatherings and military parades, North Korea's showcase capital is a city of parks.... 7/31/2014 8:46 AM

Chinese man brings gay conversion therapy lawsuit
BEIJING (AP) -- A gay Chinese man said Thursday he was suing a psychological clinic for carrying out electric shocks intended to turn him straight, as well as the search engine giant Baidu for advertising the center.... 7/31/2014 8:26 AM

Expat Turks begin voting in presidential elections
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turks living abroad began voting Thursday to choose Turkey's first directly elected president. It is also the first time expatriate Turks are voting in their countries of residence for Turkish elections.... 7/31/2014 8:19 AM

Ex-Senegal leader's son starts corruption trial
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- The son of Senegal's president is going on trial after more than a year in jail, accused of illegally amassing some $248 million.... 7/31/2014 8:14 AM