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Iraq: al-Maliki rejects Iran's urging to step down
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki rejected an attempt by Iran to persuade him to step down, senior Iraqi politicians said Wednesday, underlining his determination to defy even his top ally to push for a third term in office and further exacerbating the country's political crisis.... 7/23/2014 6:25 PM

Fans hop aboard exclusive train to Comic-Con
ABOARD THE SILVER SPLENDOR (AP) -- For a lucky fellowship of fans, Comic-Con is beginning early on a private train car trekking to the pop-culture convention.... 7/23/2014 6:20 PM

Cuba, US begin 5-game exhibition baseball series
HAVANA (AP) -- Cuba is hoping to use a five-game baseball exhibition against a team of U.S. college players to bounce back from recent disappointing international results in a sport that's considered the island's national pastime.... 7/23/2014 6:13 PM

US pushes for truce as Gaza battle rages
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- The United States announced signs of progress in cease-fire talks Wednesday, but prospects for a quick end to the fighting were dim as Palestinian families fled fierce battles in southern Gaza and the death toll rose to more than 700 Palestinians and 34 Israelis.... 7/23/2014 6:08 PM

Jamaica police arrest 41 suspected scammers
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) -- More than three dozen Jamaicans have been arrested as suspected lottery scammers, police on the Caribbean island said Wednesday.... 7/23/2014 5:46 PM

New Zealand raises interest rate to 3.5 percent
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- New Zealand has raised its benchmark interest rate for the fourth time this year, to 3.5 percent.... 7/23/2014 5:34 PM

Austria: Israeli club's match disrupted by protest
VIENNA (AP) -- A football match in Austria between Israeli team Maccabi Haifa and French side Lille OSC has been disrupted by pro-Palestinian protesters.... 7/23/2014 5:23 PM

2 bombs kill at least 39 in Kaduna, north Nigeria
KADUNA, Nigeria (AP) -- Bomb blasts appearing to target former Nigerian military ruler Muhammadu Buhari and a prominent moderate Muslim cleric killed dozens of people Wednesday, but left both leaders unharmed, according to Nigerian state security.... 7/23/2014 5:22 PM

UN says civilians make up most of Gaza deaths
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Shopkeepers say they were sitting outside their shuttered businesses Wednesday, catching a break from being cooped up during wartime, when an Israeli missile struck a nearby mosque, killing a truck driver and wounding 45 people.... 7/23/2014 5:22 PM

UN rights chief warns of possible Gaza war crimes
GENEVA (AP) -- The U.N.'s top human rights official demanded Wednesday that all sides in the two-week war in the Gaza Strip refrain from indiscriminate attacks on civilians, warning that violations may amount to war crimes.... 7/23/2014 5:17 PM

40 bodies from jet solemnly returned to Dutch soil
EINDHOVEN, Netherlands (AP) -- Victims of the Malaysian jetliner shot down over Ukraine returned at last Wednesday to Dutch soil in 40 wooden coffins, solemnly and gently carried to 40 identical hearses, flags at half-staff flapping in the wind.... 7/23/2014 5:03 PM

Puerto Rico to pay for chikungunya virus testing
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Puerto Rico's health department is paying for laboratory tests that determine whether someone has the chikungunya virus amid an epidemic in the U.S. territory.... 7/23/2014 5:02 PM

Death sentence given in AP photographer's killing
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- A Kabul court announced Wednesday that the Afghan police officer charged with killing Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus and wounding veteran AP correspondent Kathy Gannon has been convicted and sentenced to death.... 7/23/2014 4:58 PM

Jailed Venezuelan opposition leader goes on trial
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- A top leader of the anti-government protests that wracked Venezuela for months this spring is getting his day in court.... 7/23/2014 4:54 PM

Quebec police try to prevent auction of locomotive
MONTREAL (AP) -- Quebec provincial police say they've taken steps to prevent the U.S. auction of the locomotive from the runaway oil train that derailed and exploded in the town of Lac-Megantic, killing 47 people.... 7/23/2014 4:51 PM

Argentina's embattled vice president back in court
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Argentina's embattled Vice President was back in court Wednesday, this time over false data in documents for an old car that he bought about 20 years ago.... 7/23/2014 4:49 PM

UN chief 'alarmed' at rockets put at UN Gaza site
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. secretary-general says he is "alarmed" to hear that rockets were placed in a U.N.-run school in Gaza and that "subsequently these have gone missing."... 7/23/2014 4:40 PM

Honduran families deported back to a bleak future
TOCOA, Honduras (AP) -- Elsa Ramirez already had lost two brothers to violence in this remote Caribbean region when co-workers handling clandestine cocaine flights from South America murdered her husband four months ago.... 7/23/2014 4:25 PM

Canadian man faces terror charge
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- A Canadian man has been charged under a new anti-terrorism law for allegedly leaving the country to join Islamist fighters in Syria.... 7/23/2014 4:07 PM

Egypt judge: Al-Jazeera team did "devil's" work
CAIRO (AP) -- An Egyptian judge released his reasoning for harsh sentences issued against three Al-Jazeera journalists, saying they were brought together "by the devil" to destabilize the country.... 7/23/2014 4:06 PM