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Ex-general to challenge Indonesian election defeat
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- A campaign team spokesman for the losing candidate in Indonesia's presidential election says they are preparing a legal challenge to be filed in the country's highest court.... 7/23/2014 3:43 AM

China detains employees of suspect meat seller
BEIJING (AP) -- Five employees of a company accused of selling expired beef and chicken to McDonald's, KFC and other restaurants were detained by police Wednesday after an official said illegal activity was an organized effort by the supplier.... 7/23/2014 3:40 AM

Bodies of Malaysia jet victims to leave Ukraine
KHARKIV, Ukraine (AP) -- Ukraine prepared a departure ceremony for the bodies of Malaysia Airlines passengers and crew who became victims of fighting raging far below them on the plains of eastern Ukraine.... 7/23/2014 3:35 AM

In international flight, volatile conflicts abound
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- In Libya, militias armed with shoulder-launched missiles are battling for control of the country's main airport. In Africa, the entire Sahel region is awash with weapons that include portable air defense systems leftover from the ouster of Moammar Gadhafi.... 7/23/2014 3:26 AM

Gaza families plead for evacuation amid battle
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Dozens of Palestinian families trapped by clashes between Hamas militants and Israeli troops are scrambling to flee a southern Gaza Strip neighborhood as Israel reported that two more of its soldiers have died in the conflict.... 7/23/2014 3:15 AM

Israel, Hamas battle over public opinion online
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Beyond the boom of Israeli airstrikes and the stream of rockets fired from Gaza, Israel and Hamas are also battling to control the message emanating from this latest Israeli-Palestinian conflagration.... 7/23/2014 2:44 AM

Asia stocks bolstered by US earnings, home sales
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Asian stock markets mostly rose Wednesday, bolstered by solid U.S. earnings and home sales. Indonesian stocks advanced after the official vote count showed Joko Widodo the clear winner of a bitterly contested presidential election.... 7/23/2014 2:14 AM

China braces for 2nd typhoon; Taiwan drenched
BEIJING (AP) -- China was bracing Wednesday for the arrival of a second typhoon in as many weeks, as communities along the country's southern coast cleared away debris in the wake of the earlier storm that killed 46 people.... 7/23/2014 2:14 AM

Australia focuses on both Malaysian jet disasters
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- The monthslong hunt for the Malaysian airliner that vanished off the Australian coast will not be interrupted by the top search official's new job in recovering bodies from the downed airliner in Ukraine, the Australian government said Wednesday.... 7/23/2014 1:07 AM

Venezuelan conspiracy theories a threat to critics
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Roderick Navarro was in class when he got the news that a high-ranking minister had accused him of plotting to assassinate Venezuela's president.... 7/23/2014 12:01 AM

Parts of Chinese city sealed for bubonic plague
BEIJING (AP) -- Parts of a northern Chinese city have been quarantined after state media said a man there died of bubonic plague.... 7/22/2014 10:56 PM

Argentina zoo freezes polar bear move to Canada
MENDOZA, Argentina (AP) -- Argentina's last captive polar bear will remain in the country despite a petition by more than a half million people asking that it be moved to Canada.... 7/22/2014 9:48 PM

China cracks down on online rumors, porn
BEIJING (AP) -- Chinese authorities have tightened already rigorous Internet controls by cracking down on online pornography and what state media called "rumormongers" and "slanderous content."... 7/22/2014 9:46 PM

UN chief believes Gaza fighting will end soon
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. secretary-general said Tuesday it is his "hope and belief" that his emergency mission to the Middle East will lead to an end to the fighting between Hamas and Israel "in the very near future."... 7/22/2014 7:55 PM

Mexico's circuses caught up in animal rights spat
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexico's "circus wars" are heating up, with a growing movement to ban circus animals meeting rising anger from circus workers.... 7/22/2014 7:38 PM

Qatar, Saudi rulers meet for Gaza cease-fire talks
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- For the first time since an unprecedented diplomatic rift among Gulf powerhouses, Qatar's emir flew to Saudi Arabia late Tuesday in a surprise visit and met with King Abdullah to discuss cease-fire efforts that have yet to bring an end to 15 days of war in the Gaza Strip.... 7/22/2014 7:32 PM

Puerto Rico police probe deaths of 16 cats, dogs
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Police launched an investigation Tuesday into the deaths of at least 16 cats and dogs found near a bridge where dozens of animals were thrown to their deaths seven years ago in a case that sparked international outrage.... 7/22/2014 7:02 PM

Physician detained for defaming Ecuador president
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) -- Authorities in Ecuador say prominent physician Carlos Figueroa has been detained near Quito and sent to prison to serve a six-month sentence for defaming President Rafael Correa.... 7/22/2014 6:19 PM

End comes for notorious Venezuelan vertical slum
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- The beginning of the end came for the world's tallest slum Tuesday as officials began evicting thousands of squatters from a haphazard community inside the half-built Caracas skyscraper known as the Tower of David.... 7/22/2014 6:11 PM

At least 21 dead in Iraq checkpoint car bombing
BAGHDAD (AP) -- A suicide driver rammed his explosive-laden car into a police checkpoint at the entrance to Baghdad's Khazimiyah district killing 21 people, including seven policemen manning the post.... 7/22/2014 5:05 PM