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Death toll hits 51 from mudslide in Indian village
MALIN, India (AP) -- Heavy rains hampered efforts Friday by hundreds of rescue workers digging through heavy mud and debris, as the death toll from a landslide that engulfed an entire village in western India rose to 51.... 7/31/2014 10:13 PM

Survey: China manufacturing at 27-month high
HONG KONG (AP) -- An official report says Chinese manufacturing rose to the highest level in more than two years in July.... 7/31/2014 9:57 PM

Gas explosions kill 24, injure 271 in Taiwan
KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan (AP) -- At least 24 people were killed and 271 others injured when several underground gas explosions ripped through Taiwan's second-largest city overnight, hurling concrete through the air and blasting long trenches in the streets, authorities said Friday.... 7/31/2014 9:46 PM

Officials: US citizen killed by bandits in Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- An American citizen of Haitian descent was killed last week by armed robbers shortly after arriving in her impoverished Caribbean homeland to visit relatives, friends and officials said Thursday.... 7/31/2014 9:11 PM

Default fuels uncertainty, stock drop in Argentina
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Argentina entered economic limbo Thursday, forced into a default that could undermine an already frail economy if a dispute with U.S. creditors is not resolved soon.... 7/31/2014 9:07 PM

Gaza truce comes after days of pushing for a deal
NEW DELHI (AP) -- Hours past midnight Thursday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was still working the phones, trying to come up with a cease-fire plan to stop the bloodshed in the Gaza Strip. He'd been pushing for a deal all day - in fact, for more than a week - and nailing down a final agreement was proving elusive.... 7/31/2014 9:01 PM

Australia welcomes Gaza ceasefire as 'marvelous'
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Australia's prime minister on Friday welcomed a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas as "a marvelous humanitarian thing."... 7/31/2014 8:59 PM

US, UN announce deal on 72-hour Gaza cease-fire
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel and Hamas have agreed to a 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire to begin Friday morning, the United Nations and United States announced, although Secretary of State John Kerry cautioned there were "no guarantees" the lull in violence would bring an end to the 24-day-old Gaza war.... 7/31/2014 8:55 PM

Judge won't free Russian accused of hacking in US
HAGATNA, Guam (AP) -- A federal judge in the U.S. territory of Guam denied a motion Thursday to release a Russian lawmaker's son accused of hacking computers inside hundreds of U.S. businesses.... 7/31/2014 8:44 PM

Top UN aid official urges daily `pauses' in Gaza
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. humanitarian chief called Thursday for daily "humanitarian pauses" until a long-term cease-fire is reached between Israel and Hamas in order to deliver relief to hundreds of thousands in need in Gaza, rescue the injured and give civilians a reprieve from the war.... 7/31/2014 7:00 PM

Power gradually being restored in Colombia city
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- Authorities in Colombia say electricity is gradually being restored in the port city of Buenaventura, which was blacked out Monday night when suspected rebels blew up a transmission tower.... 7/31/2014 6:51 PM

Comm Games athlete convicted for assault on rival
GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) -- An Australian medal-winning weightlifter was convicted Thursday of head-butting another Commonwealth Games competitor in the athletes' village and Australia's athletics coach was sent home for criticizing his top star - just as the country's 20-year domination of the competition appeared to be coming to an end.... 7/31/2014 6:08 PM

W. Africa Ebola outbreak tops 700 deaths
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) -- The death toll from the worst recorded Ebola outbreak in history surpassed 700 in West Africa as security forces went house-to-house in Sierra Leone's capital Thursday looking for patients and others exposed to the disease.... 7/31/2014 5:45 PM

Abbas seeks broad support for war crimes charges
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Nearly a month into Israel's fierce assault on Hamas in Gaza, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is facing mounting domestic pressure to seek war crimes charges against Israel at the International Criminal Court.... 7/31/2014 5:10 PM

NY Fed: Puerto Rico should seek economic reforms
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- New York's Federal Reserve Bank warned on Thursday that Puerto Rico needs to improve its financial health soon or face a "painful adjustment."... 7/31/2014 4:34 PM

2 Azerbaijan rights activists charged with treason
BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) -- Two prominent human rights activists in Azerbaijan have been charged with spying for Armenia, with one of them jailed for three months pending trial.... 7/31/2014 4:33 PM

Investigators reach Ukraine jet wreckage site
ROZSYPNE, Ukraine (AP) -- As mortar fire landed nearby, an international team of investigators finally reached the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 wreckage site Thursday and got their first look at a scene experts fear has been badly compromised in the two weeks since the plane was blown out of the sky.... 7/31/2014 4:30 PM

Libya Islamic militias declare control of Benghazi
BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) -- Islamic hard-line militias, including the group accused by the United States in a 2012 attack that killed the ambassador and three other Americans, claimed control of Libya's second largest city, Benghazi, after overrunning army barracks and seizing heavy weapons.... 7/31/2014 4:26 PM

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 3:40 PM

Dutch retrieve DNA of some Ukraine crash victims
AMSTERDAM (AP) -- The head of the Dutch-led international team investigating the Malaysian Airline Flight 17 disaster says his group has retrieved additional DNA samples from 25 victims at a mortuary in Donetsk in eastern Ukraine.... 7/31/2014 3:24 PM