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French forces arrest Mali jihadist ex-leader
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) -- Authorities in northern Mali say a former jihadist leader in the town of Gao has been arrested by French military forces.... 7/31/2014 2:32 PM

Norway calls off terror alert, says threat gone
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- Norway's intelligence service says the Scandinavian country no longer faces an imminent terror threat from people with links to Islamic fighters in Syria.... 7/31/2014 2:18 PM

Stocks fall in Argentina as country enters default
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Stocks fell sharply in Argentina on Thursday as the country defaulted on its bills for the second time in 13 years, raising fears the move could diminish foreign reserves, stoke inflation and drive the economy deeper into recession.... 7/31/2014 2:14 PM

Comm Games athlete fined 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 2:12 PM

Palestinians mull war crime charges against Israel
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is seeking written pledges of support from all political factions, including rival Hamas, before making any attempt to press for possible war crimes charges against Israel, senior officials said Thursday.... 7/31/2014 2:07 PM

W. Africa Ebola outbreak tops 700 deaths
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) -- Security forces went house-to-house looking for Ebola patients and others exposed to the disease Thursday in Sierra Leone's capital as the death toll from the worst recorded outbreak in history surpassed 700 in West Africa.... 7/31/2014 2:05 PM

Greece to help 'hundreds' of Chinese leave Libya
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- With the violence in Libya escalating to its worst level since the 2011 ouster of dictator Moammar Gadhafi, governments from around the world are scrambling to evacuate their citizens from the country, many seeking help from nearby Greece.... 7/31/2014 1:56 PM

Snowden's asylum status in Russia ending
MOSCOW (AP) -- Edward Snowden's temporary asylum status in Russia will expire at midnight Thursday, but the former U.S. National Security Agency systems administrator appears set to stay on until authorities decide on his application for an extension.... 7/31/2014 1:46 PM

Israel vows to destroy Hamas tunnels
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday that Israel will destroy Hamas' tunnel network in the Gaza Strip designed for deadly attacks inside Israel, "with or without a cease-fire," as the military called up another 16,000 reservists to pursue its campaign against Palestinian militants in the densely-populated territory.... 7/31/2014 1:43 PM

Travel ban for Sierra Leone players over Ebola
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) -- The Sierra Leone soccer team has been banned from traveling to the Seychelles for an African Cup of Nations qualifier because of fears over the deadly Ebola virus.... 7/31/2014 1:43 PM

French experts in Burkina Faso to ID victims
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) -- A presidential aide says two French experts are in Burkina Faso to collect DNA samples from the relatives who lost family members in the Air Algerie plane crash.... 7/31/2014 1:27 PM

UN official: Vietnam violates religious freedom
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) -- A U.N. official who went to Vietnam to assess religious freedom in this Southeast Asian country said Thursday that security agents closely monitored his visit and people he wanted to meet were harassed and intimidated.... 7/31/2014 1:23 PM

Libya Islamic militias declare control of Benghazi
BENGHAZI, Libya (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 fighting in the capital prompted a wave of evacuations Thursday by foreign nationals, diplomats and Libyans.... 7/31/2014 1:17 PM

Afghan electoral officials to restart vote audit
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Despite lingering disputes, Afghan electoral officials said Thursday that they will resume an audit of the presidential election this weekend after the presidential candidates sparred over how to disqualify ballots amid allegations of massive fraud.... 7/31/2014 1:17 PM

EU identifies 5 Russian banks it is sanctioning
BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Union on Thursday revealed the details of its broad economic sanctions against Russia, including the names of five major banks which will see their access to the 28-nation bloc's capital market curtailed.... 7/31/2014 1:06 PM

Irish bookmaker apologizes for 2010 data breach
DUBLIN (AP) -- Irish betting company Paddy Power announced Thursday 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 1:01 PM

Paris riot police deployed for pro-Israel rally
PARIS (AP) -- Hundreds of riot police in Paris have been deployed near the Israeli Embassy for the first major pro-Israel rally since the start of the latest Gaza war.... 7/31/2014 12:57 PM

Investigators make it to Ukraine jet crash site
ROZSYPNE, Ukraine (AP) -- International investigators got their first look Thursday at the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, finally reaching the site two weeks after a missile brought down the plane. Fighting between Ukrainian troops and separatist rebels raged around them but the investigators called their brief inspection visit a success.... 7/31/2014 12:53 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 12:52 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 12:39 PM