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El Salvador arrests gang leader suspected in bus attacks
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) -- Authorities arrested the leader of a gang believed responsible for a string of threats and attacks on bus drivers that has disrupted public transportation in El Salvador's capital, prosecutors said Wednesday.... 7/30/2015 1:00 AM

Searcher says wing find won't change MH370 seabed search
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- The discovery of a piece of aircraft wing on an island in the western Indian Ocean is unlikely to alter the seabed search for a missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner in the southern Indian Ocean, the search leader said Thursday.... 7/30/2015 12:51 AM

Samsung reports fifth straight quarterly profit drop
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Samsung Electronics reported Thursday a fifth straight quarterly profit drop as the Galaxy S6 series of smartphones failed to reverse its declining fortune in the smartphone industry.... 7/30/2015 12:49 AM

UN says too soon for new Syrian peace conference
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. point man on Syria said Wednesday it's too soon for another peace conference in Geneva and invited Syrians to hold intensive preparatory talks on key issues including a political transition and fighting terrorism.... 7/30/2015 12:12 AM

Israeli bulldozers start demolishing West Bank settlement
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli bulldozers began demolishing a contested housing complex in a West Bank settlement on Wednesday as the prime minister's office announced the "immediate construction" of some 300 new units at another location in the same settlement and advanced plans for about 500 new units in east Jerusalem.... 7/29/2015 11:43 PM

Uber cars bashed in Mexico, cabbies protest rideshare apps
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A raucous crowd attacked Uber drivers and their vehicles with clubs and stones outside the Mexico City airport, the company said Wednesday, as licensed taxi drivers demonstrated to demand a "total halt" to app-based rideshare services in the capital.... 7/29/2015 11:34 PM

Colombia-Venezuela border closed after merchant's death
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- Colombian street vendors clashed for hours with Venezuela's national guard Wednesday after an alleged Colombian smuggler was killed, leading authorities to briefly close the main border crossing between the two countries.... 7/29/2015 11:22 PM

Russia vetoes Security Council proposal on MH17 tribunal
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Russia on Wednesday vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution that would set up an international criminal court to prosecute those responsible for shooting down a Malaysia Airlines plane over Ukraine a year ago.... 7/29/2015 10:51 PM

Mexico declares 1st 'alert' over violence against women
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Activists on Wednesday hailed the Mexican federal government's first-ever "gender alert," declared for a central state in response to a high incidence of killings and disappearances of women.... 7/29/2015 10:48 PM

Afghanistan says Taliban leader Mullah Omar died 2 years ago
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Afghanistan asserted Wednesday that the Taliban's reclusive leader, Mullah Mohammad Omar, died more than two years ago in a Pakistani hospital - an announcement that injects new uncertainty into the country's fragile peace process.... 7/29/2015 10:10 PM

Orphanage founder returns to Haiti after US jury ruling
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- A U.S. citizen who founded a Haiti orphanage for boys returned to the Caribbean country Wednesday after a U.S. jury ordered an activist to pay $14.5 million in damages for falsely accusing him of sexually abusing children in his care.... 7/29/2015 9:43 PM

Argentina's foreign minister questions Iran nuclear deal
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Argentina's foreign minister is asking U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to clarify whether Washington's nuclear deal with Iran includes removing from Interpol's list an Iranian wanted in a major bombing in the South American country.... 7/29/2015 9:20 PM

France deploys riot police to bolster Calais security
CALAIS, France (AP) -- The young Afghan has tried every single day for three months to get into the railway tunnel in Calais leading to England and what he hopes will be a better life. For him, like the dozens who appeared as darkness fell, Wednesday would be the same even if their numbers were immeasurably larger than even a week ago.... 7/29/2015 8:58 PM

Turkish attacks on Kurds muddle Obama's Islamic State fight
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- President Barack Obama's stepped-up partnership with Turkey in fighting the Islamic State may come at the cost of alienating another key group he's counting on for help in the same conflict: the Kurds.... 7/29/2015 8:27 PM

UN: Expect 11.2 billion population by the end of the century
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Move over: The world's population is expected to reach 8.5 billion by 2030 and 9.7 billion in 2050, a new United Nations report says. And there should be 11.2 billion people on Earth by the end of this century.... 7/29/2015 7:38 PM

French, German tank makers sign tie-up agreement
PARIS (AP) -- French and German executives from two of Europe's leading armored vehicle makers signed a long-awaited merger deal Wednesday aimed at creating a new European champion in the $50 billion annual terrestrial defense market.... 7/29/2015 7:36 PM

TV depiction of Colombia's only saint angers her devotees
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- For weeks, billboards on buses and television spots have been announcing what promises to be Colombia's next big prime-time sensation.... 7/29/2015 7:06 PM

Hungary says fence to stop migrants will be done by Aug. 31
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) -- The construction of a fence meant to stop the flow of immigrants and refugees entering Hungary through its southern border with Serbia will be completed by Aug. 31, the Hungarian government said Wednesday.... 7/29/2015 6:21 PM

Jordan court sentences 8 in alleged Hezbollah attack plot
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -- Jordan's state security court handed down prison terms Wednesday for eight defendants in an alleged decade-old plot by Lebanon's Hezbollah militia to attack U.S. troops in Jordan, defense lawyers said.... 7/29/2015 6:14 PM

Yemen's president orders militias merged into his forces
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- From his exile in Saudi Arabia, Yemen's president on Wednesday ordered that militias battling Shiite rebels in Yemen be merged with his national army units, a move that comes in an apparent attempt to unify forces fighting on the ground.... 7/29/2015 5:50 PM

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