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Global stocks bolstered by US earnings, home sales
LONDON (AP) -- Markets were steady Wednesday as the focus turned toward U.S. corporate earnings and as tensions between Russia and the West over the downing of a Malaysian jetliner in Ukraine eased.... 7/23/2014 11:41 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 11:40 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 the transport minister said 47 people were trapped and feared dead.... 7/23/2014 11:27 AM

Malaysia jet victims' bodies arrive in Netherlands
EINDHOVEN, Netherlands (AP) -- Two military transport planes carrying 40 coffins bearing victims of the downed 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 11:25 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 in China were detained by police Wednesday after an official said illegal activity was an organized effort by the supplier.... 7/23/2014 11:24 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 more than 680 Palestinians and 31 Israelis.... 7/23/2014 11:20 AM

Owner of Mexican shelter defends tough love
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- The owner of a group home raided last week because of abuse and filthy conditions defended her `tough love' approach, but acknowledged that things got out of control.... 7/23/2014 10:59 AM

Typhoon rains hit China; plane crashes in Taiwan
BEIJING (AP) -- The second typhoon to hit China in a week quickly weakened to a tropical storm as it reached the country's heavily populated southeastern provinces on Wednesday after passing across Taiwan overnight.... 7/23/2014 10:57 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 10:52 AM

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

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

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

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

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

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