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Iraq lawmakers postpone vote on new president
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraq's parliament agreed to postpone a vote for a new president by a day on Wednesday as the extremist Islamic State group claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing in Baghdad the night before that killed 31 people, mainly civilians.... 7/23/2014 10:43 AM

US pushes for truce as Gaza battle rages
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Israeli troops battled Hamas militants on Wednesday near a southern Gaza Strip town as the top U.S. diplomat reported progress in efforts to broker a truce in a war that has so far killed at least 684 Palestinians and 31 Israelis.... 7/23/2014 10:39 AM

Plane crashes in Taiwan, 47 trapped, feared dead
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) -- A plane landing in stormy weather crashed outside an airport on a small Taiwanese island late Wednesday, and a transport minister said 47 people were trapped and feared dead.... 7/23/2014 10:33 AM

Despite sanctions call, UK approves arms to Russia
LONDON (AP) -- Britain is still authorizing the export of arms and military equipment to Russia despite the government's call for tough sanctions over Moscow's arming of separatist rebels in Ukraine, a group of lawmakers said in a report Wednesday.... 7/23/2014 10:31 AM

UN rights chief warns of possible Gaza war crimes
GENEVA (AP) -- The U.N.'s top human rights official has warned all sides in the two-week war in the Gaza Strip to not indiscriminately attack civilians, and that violations may amount to war crimes.... 7/23/2014 10:30 AM

Malaysia jet victims' bodies arrive in Netherlands
EINDHOVEN, Netherlands (AP) -- Two military transport planes carrying 40 coffins bearing victims of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 landed Wednesday in the southern city of Eindhoven, and pro-Russian rebels shot down two fighter jets in Ukraine's restive east as fighting flared in the region.... 7/23/2014 10:25 AM

Somali lawmaker shot dead in drive-by shooting
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- Gunmen killed a Somali lawmaker in a drive-by shooting Wednesday in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, a police official said.... 7/23/2014 10:15 AM

Abu Sayyaf militants free anti-poverty workers
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Suspected Abu Sayyaf militants have freed three abducted aid workers in the southern Philippines after the government withheld anti-poverty funds, prompting an impoverished town to pressure the rebels to release the captives, officials said Wednesday.... 7/23/2014 10:02 AM

European carriers suspend more Tel Aviv flights
BERLIN (AP) -- Air France and Germany's two largest airlines on Wednesday canceled more flights to Tel Aviv because of ongoing safety concerns amid the fighting between Israel and Hamas.... 7/23/2014 9:53 AM

New constitution gives Thai junta sweeping powers
BANGKOK (AP) -- Thailand's new temporary constitution that gives the military government sweeping powers in the run-up to a planned October 2015 election also allows the leader of the current ruling junta to become interim prime minister, a senior army official said Wednesday.... 7/23/2014 9:53 AM

US hedge fund files suit against Puerto Rico gov
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- The government of Puerto Rico is now facing a second lawsuit in response to a new law that would allow certain public corporations in the U.S. territory to restructure their debt if needed.... 7/23/2014 9:34 AM

Americans aplenty as UK's Booker Prize goes global
LONDON (AP) -- The Americans have arrived in force for Britain's Booker literary prize.... 7/23/2014 9:26 AM

EU seeks energy efficiency to ease Russia gas link
BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Union's executive is proposing legislation to curb the energy use of households and firms by almost one third by 2030 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and lower its dependence on gas imports, particularly those from Russia.... 7/23/2014 9:23 AM

Kerry cites progress in Gaza cease-fire talks
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Offering the first glimmer of hope for a Gaza cease-fire, the United States on Wednesday said negotiations to broker a truce between Israel and Hamas militants are making some progress even if an end to more than two weeks of bloodshed is nowhere near.... 7/23/2014 9:09 AM

Coroner: Heroin overdose killed Peaches Geldof
LONDON (AP) -- Model and TV personality Peaches Geldof died from a heroin overdose after relapsing from a battle to give up the drug, a British coroner ruled Wednesday.... 7/23/2014 8:20 AM

Typhoon weakens after landing in southeast China
BEIJING (AP) -- Typhoon Matmo churned ashore in southeastern China on Wednesday and was downgraded to a tropical storm, while the death toll from last week's more powerful Typhoon Rammasun rose further.... 7/23/2014 7:46 AM

2 Ukrainian military fighter jets shot down
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Two Ukrainian military fighter jets have been shot down in the east, according to the country's Defense Ministry.... 7/23/2014 7:40 AM

Lithuania to adopt euro currency in January
BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Union is giving Lithuania the green light to adopt the euro currency starting next year.... 7/23/2014 7:39 AM

Afghanistan criticizes Pakistan; policeman killed
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The Afghan intelligence service accused Pakistan on Wednesday of stoking instability in the country by backing militants who stage attacks in Afghanistan.... 7/23/2014 7:23 AM

Shipwrecked Concordia making final voyage off isle
GIGLIO ISLAND, Italy (AP) -- The Costa Concordia cruise liner began its final voyage Wednesday, slowly being towed away from the tiny Italian island where it capsized more than two years ago, killing 32 people.... 7/23/2014 7:09 AM