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7 killed, 13 missing as boat sinks in Indonesia
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- An official says a boat carrying villagers sank after hitting a stump in a river in western Indonesia, leaving a woman and six children dead and at least 13 others missing.... 7/31/2014 5:37 AM

Malaysian prime minister in Netherlands
AMSTERDAM (AP) -- Malaysia's prime minister has arrived in the Netherlands ahead of a meeting with his Dutch counterpart to discuss plans for repatriating remains of Malaysian victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, and continuing problems accessing the crash site in eastern Ukraine.... 7/31/2014 5:33 AM

UN official: Vietnam violates religious freedom
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) -- A U.N. official who went to Vietnam to assess religious freedom there said Thursday that security agents closely monitored his visit and people he wanted to meet were harassed and intimidated.... 7/31/2014 5:33 AM

Mudslide swallows Indian village; at least 30 dead
MALIN, India (AP) -- Rescuers using earth-moving equipment and their bare hands dug through heavy mud and debris Thursday after a landslide engulfed an entire village in western India, killing at least 30 people and leaving about 100 missing and feared dead.... 7/31/2014 5:21 AM

Israel vows to destroy Hamas tunnels
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says the military will dismantle the Hamas tunnel network in the Gaza Strip "with or without a cease-fire."... 7/31/2014 5:19 AM

Haunting memories 70 years since Warsaw Uprising
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Kazimierz Mikos ran down a Warsaw street, zig-zagging to avoid the bullets that whizzed past him. As the 14-year-old ran for his life, he was struck with terror at the sight of a dead body in the street. Even after the scrape with death, the teen volunteered for a heroic Polish struggle against the Nazis - becoming a messenger and a guard.... 7/31/2014 5:16 AM

Panasonic, Tesla to build big US battery plant
TOKYO (AP) -- American electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc. is teaming up with Japanese electronics company Panasonic Corp. to build a battery manufacturing plant in the U.S. expected to create 6,500 jobs.... 7/31/2014 5:14 AM

Aussie weightlifter arrested for alleged assault
GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) -- The Australian team says weightlifter Francois Etoundi has been stripped of his Commonwealth Games accreditation after being arrested over an alleged assault in the athletes' village in Glasgow.... 7/31/2014 5:07 AM


JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel PM says military will dismantle Hamas tunnels `with or without a cease-fire'... 7/31/2014 5:05 AM

Spain evacuates embassy staff from Libya
MADRID (AP) -- Spain's Foreign Ministry says it is temporarily evacuating its ambassador and most embassy staff from Libya because of the worsening security situation in the capital, Tripoli.... 7/31/2014 5:03 AM

Tibetan monk cremated in Nepal without protests
KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- Thousands of Tibetan exiles recited prayers and offered white and orange scarves Thursday during the cremation ceremony for a revered Tibetan monk, whose funeral in Nepal nearly fell victim to regional politics.... 7/31/2014 5:01 AM

Eurozone inflation drops further to 0.4 percent
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Official data show the inflation rate in the 18-nation eurozone fell further in July, to 0.4 percent from 0.5 percent a month earlier.... 7/31/2014 5:01 AM

Fast food ambitions in China hurt by safety scares
BEIJING (AP) -- Already China's biggest restaurant operator with 4,600 outlets, KFC is pursuing Chinese consumers so avidly it opens two more every day.... 7/31/2014 4:54 AM

Cho to lead 2018 Olympics organizing committee
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Cho Yang-ho, the South Korean business tycoon who led Pyeongchang's successful bid to host the 2018 Winter Olympics, will take charge of the local organizing committee following the sudden resignation of the previous president.... 7/31/2014 4:51 AM

World stocks drift after US Fed stays course
MUMBAI, India (AP) -- Global stock markets were uninspired by an upbeat report on the U.S. economy, with most drifting lower Thursday after the U.S. Federal Reserve said it would make further cuts to its monetary stimulus as expected. Investors are now reckoning with an expiry date for the lavishly easy monetary policy that has underpinned gains in global stock markets for several years.... 7/31/2014 4:45 AM

Swiss central bank reports $17.7B half-year profit
GENEVA (AP) -- Switzerland's central bank posted a profit Thursday of 16.1 billion Swiss francs ($17.7 billion) for the first half of the year, a big turnaround from its loss of 9 billion francs for 2013.... 7/31/2014 4:36 AM

Panel wants TEPCO execs charged over nuke crisis
TOKYO (AP) -- A Japanese judicial panel has recommended that three former executives of the utility that operates the damaged Fukushima nuclear plant face criminal charges over their role in the disaster.... 7/31/2014 4:30 AM

China lets 1st foreigners into army news briefing
BEIJING (AP) -- Not many years ago, foreign reporters in China trying to call the country's secretive military couldn't even get a connection because phone numbers assigned to the journalists were barred from reaching the Defense Ministry.... 7/31/2014 4:29 AM

Expat Turks begin voting in presidential elections
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turks living abroad have begun casting votes in Turkey's first direct presidential elections. It is also the first time expatriate Turks are casting votes in their countries of residence.... 7/31/2014 4:26 AM

Spain rail strike hits busy vacation period start
MADRID (AP) -- Spanish train workers have begun a nationwide strike as one of the country's busiest holiday periods kicks off.... 7/31/2014 4:10 AM