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Shelling of UN school kills 15 as Gaza war rages
JEBALIYA REFUGEE CAMP, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Israeli tank shells slammed into a crowded U.N. school Wednesday sheltering Gazans displaced by fighting, killing 15 and wounding 90 after tearing through the walls of two classrooms, a spokesman for a U.N. aid agency and a health official said.... 7/30/2014 6:43 AM

How high-level Chinese officials are taken down
BEIJING (AP) -- The investigation into China's former security chief Zhou Yongkang could pave the way for him to stand trial as the most senior politician ever prosecuted for graft. It's hard to predict how his case will be handled in the opaque, secretive world of Chinese politics, but here's how such prosecutions tend to play out, though not necessarily always in this sequence:... 7/30/2014 6:41 AM

10 guilty in India school fire that killed 94 kids
NEW DELHI (AP) -- An Indian court convicted 10 people on Wednesday in a 2004 fire that tore through a thatched-roof schoolhouse, killing 94 children in a horrifying case that focused attention on poor fire regulations in the country.... 7/30/2014 6:41 AM

Russia's central bank supports sanctions targets
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia's central bank promised to support financial institutions hit by U.S. sanctions as stocks took a tumble in Moscow on Wednesday.... 7/30/2014 6:36 AM

Landslide hits Indian village, 150 may be trapped
NEW DELHI (AP) -- A landslide hit a remote village in western India following torrential rains Wednesday, sweeping away scores of houses and possibly trapping more than 150 people, officials said.... 7/30/2014 6:35 AM

Airbus expects stable revenue despite order loss
PARIS (AP) -- European aerospace company Airbus says it expects its revenue to remain stable this year despite a big cancellation recently for some of its large A350 planes.... 7/30/2014 6:34 AM

Suspect charged with murder in Jewish Museum case
BRUSSELS (AP) -- The man suspected of killing four people at the Brussels Jewish Museum in May has been charged with "murder in a terrorist context."... 7/30/2014 6:31 AM

HRW: Syria using barrel bombs in defiance of UN
BEIRUT (AP) -- The Syrian government is still indiscriminately bombing civilians with explosives-filled barrels in defiance of a U.N. Security Council resolution, an international human rights group said Wednesday.... 7/30/2014 6:31 AM

Spanish, Catalonia leaders meet on secession push
MADRID (AP) -- Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and the leader of the economically powerful Catalonia region held a crucial face-to-face meeting Wednesday in what could be a last chance to resolve a bitter dispute over the region's plans to hold a secession referendum in November.... 7/30/2014 6:28 AM

Thai junta sets plan for fast rail links to China
BANGKOK (AP) -- Thailand's military government approved a massive budget to upgrade the country's railways including high-speed rail that would eventually link with China.... 7/30/2014 6:21 AM

Hospital: 33 dead after Guinea concert stampede
CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) -- Hospital officials say at least 33 people are dead following a stampede at a rap concert in the capital of Guinea.... 7/30/2014 6:09 AM

Pakistani troops kill 6 militants at Afghan border
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistani security forces in a troubled northwestern tribal region foiled an overnight cross-border attack from Afghanistan, killing six militants, two military officials said Wednesday.... 7/30/2014 6:03 AM

Germany: 1 killed, 5 injured as dare goes awry
BERLIN (AP) -- German authorities say a man was killed and five others injured when a mechanical digger tipped over and hit them during a so-called Cold Water Challenge, a dare that has been spreading on Facebook.... 7/30/2014 5:59 AM

Europe shares drift ahead of data; Asia gains
TOKYO (AP) -- World markets were mostly higher Wednesday ahead of U.S. economic data while cheery earnings from major Japanese companies such as Honda Motor Co. boosted Asian stocks.... 7/30/2014 5:52 AM

Toyota remains at top in sales after first half
TOKYO (AP) -- Toyota remains No. 1 in global vehicles sales after the first six months of this year, followed by Volkswagen which bumped General Motors out of second place as the U.S. automaker grapples with a recall scandal.... 7/30/2014 5:37 AM

Observers turned back from Ukraine crash site
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- International observers have turned back from another attempt to reach the site where Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 went down in eastern Ukraine.... 7/30/2014 5:20 AM

AP PHOTOS: Face of Syrian war seen in youngest
ZAATARI, Jordan (AP) -- At Jordan's Zaatari refugee camp near the border with Syria, the horror of the neighboring country's civil war can be seen in the faces of its youngest refugees.... 7/30/2014 5:08 AM

Millions reported stolen from Albania central bank
TIRANA, Albania (AP) -- Albania's central bank says 713 million leke (5 million euros; $6.75 million) has been stolen from its reserve storage building.... 7/30/2014 5:00 AM

Egyptian media: 3 militants die in car explosion
CAIRO (AP) -- Three suspected militants died Wednesday when a bomb they were carrying in their car apparently went off by accident in a town south of Cairo, Egypt's official news agency reported.... 7/30/2014 4:48 AM

AP ANALYSIS: Amid war, endgames in Gaza emerge
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) -- The savage fighting between Israel and Hamas is escalating in Gaza, cease-fire efforts take on elements of farce, and bravado rules the public discourse. But even through the fog of war, a few endgame scenarios can nonetheless be glimpsed.... 7/30/2014 4:40 AM