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Malaysia to send officer to face NZ sex charges
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- Malaysian officials said Friday they still plan to send a military officer back to New Zealand to face sexual assault charges despite not returning him in early July as they had promised.... 7/24/2014 11:40 PM

Navy secretary says combat ship costs 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.... 7/24/2014 11:25 PM

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 find out how a fugitive billionaire blamed for April's ferry disaster died.... 7/24/2014 11:13 PM

Chicken off McDonald's HK menu after food scandal
HONG KONG (AP) -- McDonald's restaurants in Hong Kong have taken chicken nuggets and chicken burgers off the menu after a mainland Chinese supplier was accused of selling expired meat.... 7/24/2014 10:24 PM

Planes with Ukraine bodies arrive in Netherlands
KHARKIV, Ukraine (AP) -- Two more military aircraft carrying remains of victims from the Malaysian plane disaster arrived in the Netherlands on Thursday, while Australian and Dutch diplomats joined to promote a plan for a U.N. team to secure the crash site which has been controlled by pro-Russian rebels.... 7/24/2014 10:15 PM

Australian reporter imprisoned in Egypt to appeal
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- An Australian Al-Jazeera journalist will appeal his conviction on charges that he aided Egypt's outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, his brother said Friday.... 7/24/2014 9:11 PM

UN school in Gaza caught in cross-fire; 15 killed
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- A U.N. school in Gaza crowded with hundreds of Palestinians seeking refuge from fierce fighting came under fire Thursday, killing at least 15 civilians and leaving a sad tableau of blood-spattered pillows, blankets and children's clothing scattered in the courtyard.... 7/24/2014 9:08 PM

3 charged in Nicaragua bus attacks that killed 5
MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) -- Three men have been charged with murder and organized crime in the weekend attacks on two buses carrying supporters of Nicaragua's governing party that left five people dead and 28 wounded, the country's top prosecutor said Thursday.... 7/24/2014 9:01 PM

Ex-Venezuelan intelligence chief detained in Aruba
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- Authorities in Aruba announced Thursday that they arrested a close confidant of late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez who was sent as that country's consul to the Caribbean island despite being sanctioned by the U.S. government on charges of drug trafficking.... 7/24/2014 7:59 PM

Trinidad pair cleared of caging protected animals
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) -- A judge in Trinidad & Tobago has aggrieved conservationists by dismissing charges against a couple who were found with 55 protected animals caged at their home amid a no-trapping, no-hunting moratorium in the Caribbean nation.... 7/24/2014 7:50 PM

Witness: Teen's plane didn't show obvious distress
PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (AP) -- A man who saw a plane flown by an Indiana teen who was killed during an around-the-world flight attempt says the aircraft was flying low but didn't show any obvious signs of distress before diving into the ocean off American Samoa.... 7/24/2014 7:24 PM

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, and its wreckage was found near the border of neighboring Burkina Faso - the third major international aviation disaster in a week.... 7/24/2014 7:23 PM

UN urges quick implementation of CAR cease-fire
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. Security Council on Thursday called on Muslim and Christian factions battling in Central African Republic to immediately implement a cease-fire agreement they signed this week.... 7/24/2014 6:51 PM

6 to stand trial in group home case in Mexico
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A Mexican judge has ordered six employees of a group home raided amid charges of abuse and filthy conditions to stand trial, federal prosecutors said Thursday.... 7/24/2014 6:46 PM

In Gaza war, Egypt taking hard line over border
CAIRO (AP) -- In the Gaza war now in its third bloody week, Hamas' battle isn't only with Israel, even though that's the country it is firing rockets at. The militant group that rules Gaza is demanding Egypt open its border with the tiny, blockaded strip of territory.... 7/24/2014 5:56 PM


OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) -- Burkina Faso official says wreckage, remains from missing air Algerie flight found in Mali .... 7/24/2014 5:55 PM

UN: 9 aid trucks enter Syria without government OK
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Nine trucks carrying food and other supplies crossed into Syria through a Turkish checkpoint Thursday - the first to do so under a U.N. resolution authorizing cross-border aid deliveries without Syrian government approval.... 7/24/2014 5:52 PM

Dutch sending unarmed police to Ukraine crash site
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- The Netherlands is sending 40 unarmed military police to eastern Ukraine as part of a ramped-up effort to find the last victims of the downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 still at the wreckage site, Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced late Thursday.... 7/24/2014 4:57 PM

Uruguay leader thirsty for Paraguay's yerba mate
ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) -- Paraguayan yerba mate producers say Uruguay's president is thirsty for more of the traditional tea for his country and is asking them to fill the need at a lower price.... 7/24/2014 4:50 PM

Iraq elects new president as attacks kill dozens
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi lawmakers elected a veteran Kurdish politician on Thursday to replace long-serving Jalal Talabani as the country's new president in the latest step toward forming a new government. But a series of attacks killed dozens of people and Islamic militants destroyed a Muslim shrine traditionally said to be the burial place of the Prophet Jonah, underscoring the overwhelming challenges facing the divided nation.... 7/24/2014 4:31 PM