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California governor takes dig at Texas guard plan
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- California Gov. Jerry Brown took a not-so-subtle dig at Texas' decision to deploy National Guard troops to the border, saying Monday he expects it to be a short-lived measure and that "wiser minds will prevail."... 7/28/2014 4:21 PM

Malta oil worker kidnapped in Libya released
VALLETTA, Malta (AP) -- Malta's prime minister says the Maltese oil company worker who was kidnapped by Libyan rebels on July 17 has been released.... 7/28/2014 4:17 PM

Russia ordered to pay $50 billion over Yukos
LONDON (AP) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin's government must pay $50 billion for using tax claims to destroy Yukos, once the country's largest oil producer, and its Kremlin-critical CEO, an international court has ruled.... 7/28/2014 4:06 PM

Fighting in Ukraine prompts residents to flee
SHAKHTARSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Panicky residents in an eastern Ukrainian town fled their homes Monday carrying a few possessions in plastic bags and small suitcases as shells exploded in the distance, fighting that also prevented an international police team from reaching the site of the Malaysia Airlines crash.... 7/28/2014 3:48 PM

Oil depot ablaze amid clashes in Libyan capital
CAIRO (AP) -- A fire at the oil depot for the airport in Libya's capital raged out of control Monday after being struck in the crossfire of warring militias battling for control of the airfield, the latest violence to plague the country as foreigners flee the chaos.... 7/28/2014 3:34 PM

Israeli PM warns of prolonged campaign in Gaza war
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Israel's prime minister warned Monday that the country faced a prolonged campaign against Hamas in the Gaza Strip, as the military urged residents in parts of the embattled territory to evacuate ahead of what appeared to be a broadening of the three-week war.... 7/28/2014 3:15 PM

In Iraq's Mosul, radicals unleash their vision
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Residents of Mosul have watched helplessly as extremists ruling the northern Iraqi city blew up some of their most beloved landmarks and shrines to impose a stark vision of Islam. Next up for destruction, they feared: the Crooked Minaret, a more than 840-year-old tower that leans like Italy's Tower of Pisa.... 7/28/2014 2:51 PM

JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli military says 9 soldiers killed in Gaza war in separate attacks as violence mounts.... 7/28/2014 2:45 PM

New fears about Ebola spread after plane scare
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- No one knows for sure just how many people Patrick Sawyer came into contact with the day he boarded a flight in Liberia, had a stopover in Ghana, changed planes in Togo, and then arrived in Nigeria, where authorities say he died days later from Ebola, one of the deadliest diseases known to man.... 7/28/2014 2:36 PM

Correction: Tour de France story
PARIS (AP) -- In a story July 27 about the Tour de France, The Associated Press reported erroneously the number of years it's been since cyclist Marco Pantani died. He died 10 years ago.... 7/28/2014 2:13 PM

3 female suicide bomber kill several in Nigeria
KANO, Nigeria (AP) -- A woman blew herself up at a petrol station in northern Nigeria on Monday, killing three people in one of three suicide bombings by females in Kano in two days, police said.... 7/28/2014 2:09 PM

Bolivian president seeks votes in the bedroom
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) -- As night falls and Bolivian couples slip between the sheets, pillow talk turns, naturally, to economic policy.... 7/28/2014 1:57 PM

US: 'Threats' behind release of Venezuela general
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- U.S. officials said Monday they believe Venezuela used "threats" against Aruba to pressure it to release a powerful former general who is wanted by the United States for alleged drug trafficking.... 7/28/2014 1:24 PM

5 things to know about Ebola outbreak in W. Africa
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- There has been panic and fear about the deadly Ebola disease spreading ever since Nigerian health officials reported Friday that a Liberian man sick with the disease had traveled to Togo and then Nigeria before dying. Here are five things to know about Ebola and how it is spread:... 7/28/2014 1:14 PM

Papal first: Francis visits Pentecostal church
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis has become the first pope to visit a Pentecostal church, pressing his outreach to evangelicals who represent Catholicism's greatest competition for Christian souls around the globe.... 7/28/2014 1:07 PM

Air Algerie plane's black boxes arrive in France
PARIS (AP) -- The remains of the 118 victims from the Algerian passenger jet that went down in Mali last week have been "pulverized," making identification extremely difficult, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Monday.... 7/28/2014 1:04 PM

Syrian casualties surge as jihadis consolidate
BEIRUT (AP) -- More than 2,000 Syrians - almost half of them pro-government forces - have been killed in just over two weeks of fighting in Syria, marking one of the worst death tolls in the country's three-year civil war, opposition activists said Monday.... 7/28/2014 1:02 PM

UN condemns terrorist oil sales from Iraq, Syria
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. Security Council strongly condemned any sale of oil from Syria or Iraq by terrorist groups and reminded all countries that buying this illegally obtained oil violates U.N. sanctions.... 7/28/2014 12:56 PM

Argentina in last-ditch effort to avert default
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Argentina's government said Monday it will make another effort to reach a deal with US. creditors ahead of a looming deadline that risks sending the country into its second default in 13 years.... 7/28/2014 12:48 PM

UN chief reinforces call for Gaza cease-fire
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reinforced the Security Council's call for an immediate and unconditional humanitarian cease-fire in the Gaza war on Monday and demanded that Israel and Hamas end the violence "in the name of humanity."... 7/28/2014 12:26 PM