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Japan names islets in disputed area, around nation
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan said Friday that it will name five uninhabited islands as part of a group in the East China Sea, a move likely to spark anger from other claimants China and Taiwan.... 8/1/2014 2:11 AM

Interfaith house of prayer to be built in Berlin
BERLIN (AP) -- A rabbi, an imam and a priest start praying together under the same roof. It may sound like the start of a joke, but hopes are high it will become reality in Berlin.... 8/1/2014 1:56 AM

Asia stocks dip on Dow drop, China data cuts loss
HONG KONG (AP) -- Most Asian stock markets dipped on Friday following a big sell-off on Wall Street but losses were limited by optimistic reports on China's economy.... 8/1/2014 1:48 AM

3-day Gaza cease-fire goes into effect
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- A three-day cease-fire in the Gaza Strip went into effect Friday following heavy Israel-Hamas fighting that killed 17 Palestinians and five Israeli soldiers.... 8/1/2014 1:31 AM

Japan provides Vietnam with 6 vessels
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) -- Japan says it will provide Vietnam six vessels as part of a grant aid package that will boost Hanoi's maritime security patrol capacity at a time the country is locked in a territorial standoff with China in the South China Sea.... 8/1/2014 1:20 AM

Death toll in Indonesia boat accidents up to 34
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- Rescuers in Indonesia recovered more bodies after vessels carrying villagers to celebrations of a Muslim holiday capsized in two separate rivers, raising the death toll to 34, officials said Friday.... 8/1/2014 12:56 AM

Gas blasts kill 24, injure 271 in Taiwanese port
KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan (AP) -- At least 24 people were killed and 271 injured when several underground gas explosions ripped through Taiwan's second-largest city, hurling concrete and cars through the air and blasting trenches in the streets, authorities said Friday, as a search for the cause began.... 8/1/2014 12:38 AM

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.... 8/1/2014 12:19 AM

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 11:58 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 11:01 PM

Survey: China manufacturing at 27-month high
HONG KONG (AP) -- Chinese manufacturing rose to the highest level in more than two years in July in the latest sign that the world's No. 2 economy is perking up after a series of mini-stimulus measures unleashed by authorities.... 7/31/2014 10:41 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 10:24 PM

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

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

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

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

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