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  • Israeli military says 13 soldiers killed in Gaza fighting Sunday as ground offensive rages

    Updated: Sun, Jul 20, 2014

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli military says 13 soldiers killed in Gaza fighting Sunday as ground offensive rages.

  • Cypriots mark 40th anniversary of invasion

    Updated: Sun, Jul 20, 2014

    NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — With a celebratory parade on one side and somber memorial services on the other, the two sides of divided Cyprus on Sunday marked the 40th anniversary of Turkey's invasion that cleaved the island along ethnic lines. The contrasting commemorations have become emblematic of the country's division as renewed negotiations strive to reunify the country under an envisioned federation. Many other rounds of talks over four decades have failed. In the internationally recognized Greek Cypriot south, the chilling shriek of air raid sirens sounded at dawn, the exact moment the invasion unfolded. Turkey invaded after a coup that aimed to unite the island with Greece in 1974.

  • 3 killed as Libyan militias fight over airport

    Updated: Sun, Jul 20, 2014

    CAIRO (AP) — Rival Libyan militias battled for control the capital's international airport Sunday, fighting that killed at least three people, a security official said. The weeklong fight over the airport is being waged by a powerful militia from the western city of Zintan, which controls the facility, and Islamist-led militias, including fighters from Misrata, east of Tripoli. The clashes resumed early Sunday after cease-fire efforts failed. A security official said the fighting killed two militiamen from Misrata and a civilian who died when a stray rocket hit his house. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to journalists.

  • Pope expresses concern for Iraqi Christians

    Updated: Sun, Jul 20, 2014

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has expressed concern for Christians forced to flee Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city, where Christians have resided for centuries. The pontiff in his traditional Angelus blessing on Sunday offered prayers for Iraqi Christians who "are persecuted, chased away, forced to leave their houses without out the possibility of taking anything" with them. Christians departed Mosul this week for the largely autonomous Kurdish region after they were issued an ultimatum to convert to Islam, pay a tax or face death. It's the latest exodus of Christians from the city where communities date from the first centuries of Christianity.

  • Israeli bulldozers destroy Hamas tunnels in Gaza

    Updated: Sun, Jul 20, 2014

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israel said it widened its ground offensive early Sunday, sending more troops into Gaza after demolishing more than a dozen Hamas tunnels and intensifying tank fire on border areas. Loud explosions shook Gaza as Israeli flares lit up the night sky and Israeli fighter jets flew low across the densely populated territory. Since the start of Israel-Hamas fighting almost two weeks ago, 348 Palestinians were killed and 2,700 wounded in Israeli air and artillery strikes, according to Palestinian health officials. One-fourth of the deaths were reported since the start of the ground offensive late Thursday, the officials said.

  • Monitors try to secure Ukraine plane crash site

    Updated: Sat, Jul 19, 2014

    HRABOVE, Ukraine (AP) — International monitors moved gingerly Saturday through fields reeking of the decomposing corpses that fell from a Malaysian airliner shot down over rebel-held eastern Ukraine, trying to secure the sprawling site in hopes that a credible investigation can be conducted. But before inspectors ever reach the scene, doubts arose about whether evidence was being compromised. The Ukrainian government and separatist rebels accuse each other of firing a surface-to-air missile at the Boeing 777 with almost 300 people aboard. Many see the hand of Russia, either for its suspected support of the insurgents or perhaps for firing the missile itself. The latest U.S.

  • Gunmen attack Egypt troops, killing 21 near Libya

    Updated: Sat, Jul 19, 2014

    CAIRO (AP) — Gunmen armed with rocket-propelled grenades attacked a border guard post Saturday in Egypt's western desert in a brazen assault that killed 21 troops deployed in the province along the border with neighboring Libya. Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi called it a "terrorist attack" on soldiers defending the country's borders that will "not go unanswered. "Terrorism will be uprooted from every part of Egypt," a statement from the presidency said. It declared a three-day mourning period. The attack was the second in as many months on the same post, where a border guards company is based. Coming just over a month after el-Sissi took office, the attack is the worst single loss for military troops in recen

  • Airlines symbolize nations' hopes or reflect shame

    Updated: Sat, Jul 19, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — The jetliner is much more than a machine used to get from one spot to another. It often carries deep symbolism, especially when flying for a national airline. It can represent hope, modernity and a country's power. And when things go wrong, that once mighty plane can bring about deep national disgrace. Malaysia now finds itself grappling with the horrific — and extremely unusual — loss of two of its airplanes, just four months apart. It's a sad coincidence that also stings. "It is unbelievable misfortune that struck (Malaysia Airlines) in such a short span of time. It will not affect Malaysia's name, but it will damage the airline's reputation," said James Chin, political analyst at Monash Universi

  • Russia bans congressman, 12 other Americans

    Updated: Sat, Jul 19, 2014

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia has placed a U.S. lawmaker and 12 other people connected with the Guantanamo Bay detention camp and the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq on its list of those banned from entering the country. In a statement Saturday, Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said congressman Jim Moran, a Democrat from Virginia, was banned in response to the July 2 U.S. ban on Russian parliament member Adam Delimkhanov. He said Moran had been repeatedly accused of financial misdeeds but didn't elaborate. The other 12, including Guantanamo commander Rear Adm.

  • Without radar, missile may not have identified jet

    Updated: Sat, Jul 19, 2014

    LONDON (AP) — If Ukrainian rebels shot down the Malaysian jetliner, killing 298 people, it may have been because they didn't have the right systems in place to distinguish between military and civilian aircraft, experts said Saturday. American officials said Friday that they believe the Boeing 777 was brought down by an SA-11 missile fired from an area of eastern Ukraine controlled by pro-Russian separatists. U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power said the Russians might have provided technical help to the rebels to operate the systems. But to function correctly, an SA-11 launcher, also known as a Buk, is supposed to be connected to a central radar command — as opposed to acting alone — to be certain of exactly what kind of air

  • Under threat, Iraq's Christians flee city of Mosul

    Updated: Sat, Jul 19, 2014

    BAGHDAD (AP) — The message played over loudspeakers gave the Christians of Iraq's second-largest city until midday Saturday to make a choice: convert to Islam, pay a tax or face death. By the time the deadline imposed by the Islamic State extremist group expired, the vast majority of Christians in Mosul had made their decision. They fled. They clambered into cars — children, parents, grandparents — and headed for the largely autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq or other areas protected by the Kurdish security forces. Their departure marks the latest — and perhaps final — exodus of Christians from the city, emptying out communities that date back to the first centuries of Christianity, including Chaldean, Assyr

  • French police and pro-Palestinian protesters clash

    Updated: Sat, Jul 19, 2014

    PARIS (AP) — Police clashed on Saturday with thousands of pro-Palestinian protesters who defied a ban on a Paris demonstration over the Israeli offensive in Gaza. More than 30 people were arrested and it wasn't immediately clear if there were injuries. Some protesters threw stones and other objects at riot police, who responded with tear gas in an hours-long confrontation in a working class neighborhood, which had been designated as the starting point of the banned march. Hundreds of riot police stopped the protesters from marching, but several demonstrators climbed onto a building under construction and burned an Israeli flag. Others waved a Palestinian flag from atop a street sign.

  • Erdogan says Israel more barbaric than Hitler

    Updated: Sat, Jul 19, 2014

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused Israel of "barbarism that surpasses Hitler" during its ground invasion of Gaza. Erdogan made the comment during a campaign speech Saturday in the Black Sea port city of Ordu. He is running for the presidency in elections next month. He has been speaking out strongly against Israel during its offensive against Hamas militants in Gaza, which has killed more than 300 Palestinians. He accuses Israel of using disproportionate force and has said the operation there has derailed efforts to normalize Turkish-Israeli ties. Those soured after Israel's 2010 raid on an aid ship which killed eight Turks and a Turkish-American.

  • Aid workers in Sudan freed after 32-day captivity

    Updated: Sat, Jul 19, 2014

    KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — Three Sudanese aid workers taken hostage in Sudan's Darfur region were freed Saturday after being held by gunmen for over a month. The joint U.N. African Union Mission in Darfur said in a statement that the three were released after 32 days in captivity. It said they appear to be unharmed. The statement identified one of the three Sudanese workers as an employee of UNICEF, the U.N.'s children agency. It said two others work for the Irish humanitarian agency GOAL. The mission said the three were among 25 humanitarian workers abducted by armed men in North Darfur on June 18. The statement said 20 were released on the same day and two others were freed two weeks later. Darfur has been gripped

  • Mideast divisions cloud Gaza cease-fire efforts

    Updated: Sat, Jul 19, 2014

    CAIRO (AP) — Even as the death toll mounts in the Gaza Strip, attempts to broker a cease-fire between Hamas and Israel have so far run aground — in part because they have become mired in the deep divisions between Mideast countries. At the center of the problems is the bitter enmity between Egypt and its Gulf allies like Saudi Arabia on one side and Gaza's Hamas rulers and its allies, Turkey and Qatar, on the other. An Egyptian cease-fire proposal quickly fell apart the past week when Israel accepted it but Hamas rejected it. Hamas demanded greater guarantees for the lifting of the blockade of Gaza, enforced by Israel and Egypt.

  • DNA being collected to ID Ukraine crash victims

    Updated: Sat, Jul 19, 2014

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Forensic teams fanned out across the Netherlands on Saturday to collect material that will help positively identify the remains of victims killed in the downing of the Malaysia Airlines plane over Ukraine. Families and friends of the dead huddled to console one another at churches, schools and sports clubs across the nation. Altius, a small soccer club on the edge of the central city of Hilversum, was typical of scenes that played out across the Netherlands. A couple of dozen members held a small ceremony at Altius' clubhouse to remember a family of four killed in the crash, as the team's flag fluttered at half-staff in the warm afternoon breeze.

  • Kenya Red Cross: 7 die in militant attack on coast

    Updated: Sat, Jul 19, 2014

    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Seven people were killed when gunmen attacked a bus at the Kenyan coast where previous attacks had left 87 people dead, Kenya Red Cross said Saturday. The attack Friday night occurred in an area called Corner Mbaya, which is 5 kilometers (3 miles) from the coastal town of Witu in Lamu county, the humanitarian group said. Authorities believe many of the passengers who were on the 52-seat bus traveling from Mombasa to Lamu town, fled into a nearby forest. Al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab militants from Somalia claimed responsibility for the attack. Police chief David Kimaiyo issued a dusk to dawn curfew for Lamu County and declared the Boni forests and adjoining forests prohibited. The areas are believed

  • Security officials say 15 Egyptian troops killed in an attack by gunmen in western desert

    Updated: Sat, Jul 19, 2014

    CAIRO (AP) — Security officials say 15 Egyptian troops killed in an attack by gunmen in western desert.

  • Multiple bus crash in Germany kills 10, injures 69

    Updated: Sat, Jul 19, 2014

    BERLIN (AP) — A crash involving several buses on a highway in eastern Germany killed 10 people and injured 69, police said Saturday. The crash near Dresden occurred shortly before 2 a.m. when a Polish bus hit the rear of a Ukrainian bus and then broke through the median barrier, slamming into a Polish minibus traveling in the opposite direction, police said. The larger vehicle partly crushed the minibus before rolling down a verge. "In my 36 years of work as a professional firefighter, I've never witnessed an operation with such a large number of dead and injured," Dresden fire chief Andreas Ruempel told German public broadcaster MDR. Police said nine people died at the scene, and a 10th person succumbed to injuries i

  • Tom Hanks in Egypt to film 'Hologram for the King'

    Updated: Sat, Jul 19, 2014

    CAIRO (AP) — Hollywood star Tom Hanks has started shooting portions of his new film "A Hologram for the King" in Egypt's Red Sea resort city of Hurghada, the country's state news agency reported Saturday. Hanks arrived Friday in Egypt and told the local independent daily newspaper Al-Masry Al-Youm that it was his first visit to the Red Sea, though he's read a lot about it. The newspaper said Hanks will be sleeping in a yacht in the Red Sea during the filming. Egypt's state news agency MENA reported that Hanks will film scenes in diving areas off the coast. The movie is directed by German filmmaker Tom Tykwer and is based on a 2012 novel by Dave Eggers.