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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

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 5:58 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

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 5:48 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

10 guilty in fire deaths of 94 Indian school kids
NEW DELHI (AP) -- A court in southern India convicted 10 people on Wednesday for a fire in 2004 that raged through a thatched-roof schoolhouse and killed 94 children while most of the faculty escaped unscathed.... 7/30/2014 5:16 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

Landslide hits Indian village, 150 may be trapped
NEW DELHI (AP) -- A landslide hit a village in western India following torrential rains Wednesday, sweeping away scores of houses and raising fears that more than 150 people could be trapped, officials said.... 7/30/2014 4:32 AM

Bank scandal tarnishes powerful Portuguese family
LISBON, Portugal (AP) -- Portugal's Espirito Santo family business survived wars, dictatorship, revolution and family feuds for almost 150 years. Now, one of Europe's last banking dynasties is being stripped of its wealth and influence amid accounting irregularities, huge unreported debts, and a police investigation.... 7/30/2014 4:11 AM

Libyan official: Assailants abduct, free lawmaker
CAIRO (AP) -- A Libyan security official says assailants abducted a lawmaker and former prime minister from his home in the capital, Tripoli, but released him hours later.... 7/30/2014 3:55 AM

Filipino hostages' release sparks hope for talks
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- The release of four police officers abducted by Filipino communist guerrillas has sparked hopes that stalled peace talks will resume, a government official said Wednesday, although major obstacle remains.... 7/30/2014 3:29 AM

Australia rules out new sanctions against Russia
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Australia's prime minister said Wednesday that he is not considering ratcheting up sanctions against Russia while his government focuses on retrieving Australian victims from the wreckage of the Malaysian airliner disaster in Ukraine.... 7/30/2014 2:09 AM