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Taiwan explosions probe focuses on petrochem firm
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) -- Authorities in Taiwan's second-biggest city were focusing on a petrochemical firm Saturday in their investigation into a series of gas pipeline explosions that killed 27 people and injured 267.... 8/2/2014 4:42 AM

Greek frigate returns after Libya evacuation
PIRAEUS, Greece (AP) -- A Greek navy frigate carrying embassy staff and nearly 200 people from Greece, China and other countries evacuated from the conflict in Libya returned early Saturday to a port near Athens.... 8/2/2014 4:21 AM

Israel bombards Gaza as it searches for soldier
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Israel bombarded the southern Gaza town of Rafah on Saturday as troops searched for an officer they believe was captured by Hamas in an ambush that shattered a humanitarian cease-fire and set the stage for a major escalation of the 26-day-old war.... 8/2/2014 4:11 AM

Landslide blocks Nepal river; 8 people die
KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- A massive landslide killed at least eight people and blocked a mountain river in northern Nepal, causing the water to form a lake that threatens to burst and sweep several villages, officials said Saturday.... 8/2/2014 3:42 AM

Car parts plant blast in China kills 65, hurts 100
BEIJING (AP) -- Sixty-five people were killed and dozens seriously burned Saturday by an explosion at an eastern Chinese automotive parts factory that says it supplies General Motors, state media reported.... 8/2/2014 3:28 AM

Justice delayed is pondered in Cambodia
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) -- A U.N.-assisted genocide tribunal will deliver a verdict this coming Thursday in the trial of the two top leaders of the communist Khmer Rouge, whose extremist policies in the late 1970s are blamed for the deaths of an estimated 1.7 million Cambodians though starvation, medical neglect, overwork and execution.... 8/2/2014 2:29 AM

Puerto Rico braces for rain from tropical storm
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Tropical Storm Bertha spun toward Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic early Saturday after dumping heavy rain across the eastern Caribbean and causing several power outages in the region.... 8/2/2014 12:01 AM

BEIJING (AP) -- Chinese state media: factory blast has killed between 40 and 65 people in eastern Kunshan city.... 8/1/2014 11:09 PM

70 kidnapped migrants rescued in northern Mexico
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Authorities in northern Mexico say security forces have rescued 70 migrants who had been kidnapped and were being held at a house inside a gated community in the coastal city of Madero.... 8/1/2014 7:28 PM

2 Americans detained in North Korea seek US help
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- Two American tourists charged with "anti-state" crimes in North Korea said Friday they expect to be tried soon and pleaded for help from the U.S. government to secure their release from what they say could be long prison terms.... 8/1/2014 7:05 PM

NKorea seeks UN meeting on US-SKorea drills
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- North Korea said Friday it has asked for an emergency U.N. Security Council meeting to protest upcoming U.S.-South Korean military exercises, warning the drills increase the danger of war on the Korean peninsula.... 8/1/2014 6:53 PM

Ebola moving faster than control efforts
CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) -- An Ebola outbreak that has killed more than 700 people in West Africa is moving faster than efforts to control the disease, the head of the World Health Organization warned as presidents from the affected countries met Friday in Guinea's capital.... 8/1/2014 6:32 PM

China bladder trade sending porpoise to extinction
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Gillnet fishing in the upper Sea of Cortez has pushed the vaquita marina, the world's smallest porpoise, to the brink of extinction, according to an environmental report published Friday which states fewer than 100 of them are believed left.... 8/1/2014 6:02 PM

Moody's upgrades Greece's credit rating
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Moody's ratings agency late Friday upgraded Greece's government bond rating, predicting a gradual decline of its massive national debt.... 8/1/2014 6:02 PM

Sierra Leone cyclist cleared of Ebola at Glasgow
GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) -- Reacting to sensationalistic headlines such as "Ebola Terror at Commonwealth Games" in a British newspaper, officials said on Friday that a Sierra Leone cyclist passed tests for the Ebola virus and competed.... 8/1/2014 5:12 PM

Uruguayan pot marketplace may go up in smoke
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) -- Uruguay's plan to create the world's first national, government-regulated marketplace for legal pot may be going up in smoke.... 8/1/2014 4:36 PM

UN chief blames Hamas for breaking cease-fire
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon blamed Hamas on Friday for violating the cease-fire in Gaza and demanded the immediate and unconditional release of an Israeli soldier reportedly captured after it started.... 8/1/2014 4:07 PM

A look at Israeli soldiers who have been captured
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli officer Hadar Goldin, a 23-year-old second lieutenant from the central Israeli city of Kfar Saba, was apparently captured on Friday in the mayhem that followed a surprise attack on Israeli troops by militants in the Gaza Strip.... 8/1/2014 3:47 PM

Ukraine: Body parts retrieved at jet crash site
HRABOVE, Ukraine (AP) -- Wearing gloves and carrying blue plastic buckets, international investigators finally began gathering up body parts and victims' belongings Friday in the fields where Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 came down.... 8/1/2014 3:28 PM

Why isn't there a treatment or vaccine for Ebola?
LONDON (AP) -- In the four decades since the Ebola virus was first identified in Africa, treatment hasn't changed much. There are no licensed drugs or vaccines for the deadly disease.... 8/1/2014 3:08 PM