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Comm Games athlete fined for assault on rival
GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) -- A Scottish court has ordered an Australian medal winner to pay compensation to a Welsh weightlifter after he admitted head-butting him in the athletes' village at the Commonwealth Games.... 7/31/2014 12:17 PM

Poles protest Russian ban on their food with humor
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Poles are posting photos of themselves with apples online along with mocking comments to protest a Russian ban on Polish food.... 7/31/2014 12:15 PM

AP Analysis: Putin cornered over Ukraine
MOSCOW (AP) -- For Russian President Vladimir Putin, there are few options left in the Ukraine crisis and they all look bad.... 7/31/2014 12:13 PM

Female suicide bomber kills at least 6 in Nigeria
KANO, Nigeria (AP) -- A police official says a female teenager has carried out a suicide attack in Nigeria's northern city of Kano.... 7/31/2014 12:13 PM

NY Fed: Puerto Rico should seek economic reforms
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- New York's Federal Reserve Bank released a report Thursday in which it warned that Puerto Rico needs to improve its financial health soon or face what it called a "painful adjustment."... 7/31/2014 12:09 PM

Toronto mayor Ford orders 5 espressos in video
TORONTO (AP) -- Famed DJ deadmau5 asked Rob Ford to go for a coffee run in his Ferrari and was jolted by the Toronto mayor's order: five espressos in one cup.... 7/31/2014 12:07 PM

Libya Islamic militias declare control of Benghazi
CAIRO (AP) -- Islamic hard-line militias claimed to have taken control of Libya's second largest city, Benghazi, after defeating army units, taking over military barracks and seizing tanks, rockets and hundreds of boxes of ammunition, as deadly clashes continue in the western edge of the country in the capital between rival militias, promoting a wave of evacuation by foreign nationals, diplomats and Libyans.... 7/31/2014 12:03 PM

China says pro-government imam murdered in NW
BEIJING (AP) -- China said Thursday that a leading pro-government Muslim cleric in the volatile northwestern territory of Xinjiang was murdered, and police killed two suspects and captured another.... 7/31/2014 11:44 AM

Floods submerge parts of Balkans, 2 have died
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- A second person has drowned after rivers burst their banks in Romania, authorities said Thursday, and the flooding also caused damage across the Balkans, inundating a power plant in Serbia and causing landslides in Montenegro.... 7/31/2014 11:43 AM

W. Africa Ebola outbreak tops 700 deaths
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- The worst recorded Ebola outbreak in history surpassed 700 deaths in West Africa as the World Health Organization on Thursday announced dozens of new fatalities.... 7/31/2014 11:43 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 11:38 AM

EU identifies 5 Russian banks it is sanctioning
BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Union has revealed the names of five Russian banks it is sanctioning over what the 28-nation bloc decries as Moscow's meddling in Ukraine.... 7/31/2014 11:37 AM

Ex-Senegal leader's son starts corruption trial
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- The son of Senegal's president is going on trial after more than a year in jail, accused of illegally amassing some $248 million.... 7/31/2014 11:33 AM

Palestinians mull war crime charges against Israel
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Palestinian officials say President Mahmoud Abbas is seeking broad political support, including from rival Hamas, before making any attempt to press possible war crimes charges against Israel.... 7/31/2014 11:32 AM

Thai junta appoints army-dominated legislature
BANGKOK (AP) -- Thailand's junta has appointed a military-dominated interim legislature in another step in the slow return of promised electoral democracy.... 7/31/2014 11:29 AM

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 11:29 AM

Kerry: `No promise' of cease-fire
NEW DELHI (AP) -- Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday there is "no promise" of a negotiated cease-fire between Israel and militants in the Gaza Strip, but he said the U.S. remains hopeful.... 7/31/2014 11:23 AM

Top UN aid official urges daily `pauses' in Gaza
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. humanitarian chief is calling for daily "humanitarian pauses" in Gaza until a long-term cease-fire is reached between Israel and Hamas to deliver relief to hundreds of thousands in need, rescue the injured and give civilians a reprieve from war.... 7/31/2014 11:10 AM

Irish bookmaker apologizes for 2010 data breach
DUBLIN (AP) -- Irish betting company Paddy Power says it is notifying hundreds of thousands of customers that most of their profile information was stolen in 2010, but hackers did not gain their credit card details or log-in passwords.... 7/31/2014 11:06 AM

Investigators make it to Ukraine jet crash site
ROZSYPNE, Ukraine (AP) -- As fighting raged in eastern Ukraine, an international team of investigators on Thursday reached the crash site of the Malaysia Airline Flight 17 and got a first look at where it was brought down by a missile two weeks ago.... 7/31/2014 10:50 AM