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US imposes visa ban on Venezuelan officials
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Amid escalating tensions with Venezuela, the U.S. State Department on Wednesday announced a travel ban for officials of the socialist government it said committed human rights abuses during a crackdown on opposition protests.... 7/30/2014 3:48 PM

Israeli strikes hit UN school, Gaza shopping area
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Israeli strikes hit a crowded shopping area in Gaza City Wednesday, hours after tank shells tore through the walls of a U.N. school crowded with war refugees in the deadliest of a series of air and artillery attacks that pushed the Palestinian death toll above 1,300 in more than three weeks of fighting.... 7/30/2014 3:47 PM

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 3:39 PM

Vatican taking action in divisive Paraguay diocese
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis is taking action in a divisive diocese in Paraguay where an Argentine priest, accused by a former superior of being a "serious threat to young people," has been removed as the No. 2.... 7/30/2014 3:38 PM

3 Putin allies among 8 hit with new EU sanctions
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Three long-time Putin associates are among eight people who have been hit with new European Union sanctions, an official EU document showed Wednesday.... 7/30/2014 3:24 PM

Thousands flee to Tunisia to escape Libya fighting
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) -- Up to 6,000 people a day have fled Libya into neighboring Tunisia this week, the Tunisian foreign minister said Wednesday, the biggest influx since Libya's 2011 civil war in a sign of the spiraling turmoil as rival militias battle over control of the airport in the capital Tripoli.... 7/30/2014 3:11 PM

AP NewsAlert
BRUSSELS (AP) -- EU document: 3 long-time Putin cronies, including ex-judo partner, hit with EU sanctions.... 7/30/2014 2:59 PM

Argentines shrug off risk of default
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- In 2001, it was ground zero for Argentina's financial earthquake. A neo-colonial architectural gem built long ago by the Bank of Boston, it became the focal point for angry mobs of protesters who stared down riot police to demand the return of their savings, which the government confiscated in a last-ditch, and ultimately failed, attempt to stay current on its debt.... 7/30/2014 2:56 PM

Turkish women protest deputy PMs no laughter quip
ISTANBUL (AP) -- Women in Turkey have taken to social media to protest against comments by the country's deputy prime minister that "women should not laugh aloud in public."... 7/30/2014 2:51 PM

Dissent quieted with most Israelis behind Gaza war
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Despite Israeli casualties and world criticism, a near-consensus in Israel supports the government's conduct of the Gaza war, views Hamas as the aggressor and considers outsiders' moralizing as hypocritical, ignorant or both. And in an echo-chamber fed by ubiquitous updates on Hamas rocket and tunnel attacks, the minority of local voices that do agonize over Gazans' suffering are being silenced in a way rarely seen in a country long proud of its spirited, democratic de... 7/30/2014 2:49 PM

UN chief calls attack on Gaza school 'shameful'
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the attack on a U.N. school in Gaza that killed at least 16 people early Wednesday as "outrageous" and "unjustifiable," and demanded an immediate humanitarian cease-fire in the war between Israel and Hamas.... 7/30/2014 2:42 PM

Clashes prevent experts from reaching bodies
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Almost two weeks after Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was blown out of the sky, the remains of some passengers are feared rotting in the 90-degree (32-degree Celsius) midsummer heat, deepening the frustration of relatives desperate to recover the bodies of their loved ones.... 7/30/2014 2:32 PM

Landslide hits Indian village, killing at least 17
NEW DELHI (AP) -- Torrential rains triggered a massive landslide that buried a remote village in western India on Wednesday, killing at least 17 people as it swept away scores of houses and possibly trapping many more people under debris, officials said.... 7/30/2014 2:27 PM

Rights group: Syria using barrel bombs, defying 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 2:04 PM

Crop circle in Germany attracts many visitors
BERLIN (AP) -- Thousands of people are trekking to a Bavarian farmer's field to check out a mysterious set of crop circles.... 7/30/2014 2:02 PM

IMF says Cyprus will need more spending cuts
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) -- Cyprus' president on Wednesday rebuffed an International Monetary Fund assessment that Cyprus will need to make additional spending cuts to meet a key target of its financial rescue program.... 7/30/2014 1:59 PM

Dubai, European airlines divert flights over Iraq
BAGHDAD (AP) -- European airlines and a Dubai-based carrier are rerouting flights over Iraqi airspace as a security precaution amid fears that militants with the Islamic State group have weapons capable of shooting down planes, despite Iraq saying its skies are safe.... 7/30/2014 1:40 PM

Iraq offers aid to those displaced by militants
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said Wednesday his government has allocated more than $850 million to assist those displaced by last month's militant takeover of much of the country, and called on Sunnis remaining in those areas to take up arms against the insurgents.... 7/30/2014 1:23 PM

A look at the EU's new sanctions against Russia
BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Union's sanctions against Russia are bound to inflict pain on the country's ailing economy. While still narrowly targeted, they come as a warning shot to convince Moscow to change its Ukraine policies or face even tougher penalties.... 7/30/2014 1:22 PM

Historic English pier engulfed in flames
LONDON (AP) -- A huge fire sending thick plumes of black smoke into the air has engulfed the historic Eastbourne Pier on the English seafront, 70 miles southeast of London.... 7/30/2014 1:19 PM