• Egypt: 20 'terrorists' carried out border attack

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    CAIRO (AP) — The spokesman of Egypt's military says 20 "terrorists" carried out a deadly border post attack that killed 22 soldiers, the deadliest assault on Egypt's military in years. A statement posted Tuesday on the official Facebook page of military spokesman Brig. Gen. Mohammed Samir said attackers driving four pickup trucks loaded with explosives first exchanged gunfire with soldiers at a border post in el-Wadi el-Gadid, Egypt's largest province bordering Libya and Sudan. The statement said the gunfire prevented the attackers from storming the post. However, it said attackers fired rocket-propelled grenades at a gas cylinder, blowing it up and causing a fire in an ammunition warehouse that exploded and killed the sold

  • European airlines Air France, Lufthansa suspend all flights to Tel Aviv over safety concerns

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    BERLIN (AP) — European airlines Air France, Lufthansa suspend all flights to Tel Aviv over safety concerns.

  • Report finds Islamic plot to control UK schools

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    LONDON (AP) — A British government investigation found evidence Tuesday that Muslim fundamentalists successfully gained control of some schools, raising fears that pupils are now vulnerable to radicalization. It said there was an "effective take-over" by like-minded people of a number of schools in Birmingham, Britain's second-largest city, leading to "the reinforcement of Muslim identity to the exclusion or disparagement of others." British Education Secretary Nicky Morgan said the report's findings were disturbing. "What has been so upsetting about the history in this small handful of schools is that the success of efforts to encourage more British Muslims to take up governing roles has been damaged by the actions o

  • Saudi stock market to allow foreign investment

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    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — The Saudi government has approved a measure that will open the region's largest stock market to direct foreign investment next year, news that sent the exchange surging Tuesday to its highest level in nearly seven years. The Tadawul All Share Index closed up nearly 3 percent. The Cabinet's decision Monday, reported by the official Saudi Press Agency, paves the way for foreign financial institutions to directly buy and sell stocks listed on Saudi Arabia's $530 billion Tadawul All Share Index starting sometime in the first half of 2015. Foreign investors outside the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council currently can buy Saudi stocks through swaps and exchange-traded funds.

  • British experts to analyze MH17 black boxes

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    LONDON (AP) — Black boxes from the Malaysia Airlines plane downed in eastern Ukraine will be examined by U.K. air accident investigators, Britain's prime minister said Tuesday. British experts at the Air Accidents Investigation Branch will retrieve data from the flight recorders for analysis, following a request from the government of the Netherlands, David Cameron said on Twitter. The experts expect to download all the information within 24 hours of retrieving them, a Department of Transport spokesman said. They will not publish their findings but will pass them on to Dutch authorities, who will then decide what information can be released.

  • Parents of abducted girls, escapees meet president

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    ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — President Goodluck Jonathan met for the first time Tuesday with parents of 219 kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls and dozens of classmates who managed to escape from their Islamic extremist captors. Jonathan assured them of his determination that those still in captivity "are brought out alive," presidential spokesman Reuben Abati told reporters after the meeting. It was "a very successful event," said Abati. Some of the girls described their escapes and Jonathan gave assurances that the education of the girls and their still-captive classmates would not suffer in any way, he said. "Mr.

  • Germany, France, Italy condemn anti-Semitic demos

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    BERLIN (AP) — The foreign ministers of Germany, France and Italy on Tuesday condemned the rise in anti-Semitic protests and violence over the conflict in Gaza, saying they will do everything possible to combat it in their countries. "Anti-Semitic rhetoric and hostility against Jews, attacks on people of Jewish belief and synagogues have no place in our societies," German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, France's Laurent Fabius and Italy's Federica Mogherini said in a joint statement issued in Brussels. The three said that while they respect demonstrators' freedom of speech and right to assemble, they will also do everything possible to fight "acts and statements that cross the line to anti-Semitism, racism and xeno

  • Italy arrests smugglers accused of killing dozens

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    MILAN (AP) — Italian authorities have arrested five alleged human traffickers accused of murder in the deaths of dozens migrants who were either stabbed to death or perished of engine fume inhalation inside the overcrowded hold of a smuggling boat. Italian police said the five people arrested in Sicily on Tuesday are accused of stabbing and throwing overboard some 60 men and women after passengers tried to escape the cargo hold, where many had been imprisoned. No bodies have been found, but Italian authorities say survivors have reported seeing "friends and relatives, stabbed and stunned" floating in the sea, but were under threat and unable to help. More than 550 were rescued Saturday while the bodies of 30, many of

  • Minibus crash in France kills 5 children, 1 adult

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    PARIS (AP) — The collision of a truck and a minibus near the northeastern French city of Troyes has left six people dead, including five children. French President Francois Hollande issued a statement expressing his sadness and shock at Tuesday's accident in the town of Courteranges. It's not immediately clear what caused the accident, and Hollande has asked for an investigation. French TV showed footage of the small minibus completely smashed and the truck spun diagonally across a road in the countryside. France's interior minister will visit the site of the crash Tuesday night.

  • Turkish PM says he, Obama no longer talk directly

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    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said he no longer holds "direct" telephone conversations with U.S. President Barack Obama, suggesting a rift between the leaders who were once close. In an interview with Turkey's ATV television late Monday, Erdogan said that "in the past, I used to call him directly. Because I was not able to get direct results on Syria, now our foreign ministers talk to each other." Erdogan did not elaborate. But the Turkish leader is known to have been frustrated by U.S. reluctance for a military involvement in Syria to end the violence there. Erdogan told ATV he speaks with Vice President Joe Biden to discuss Iraq.

  • Thailand's junta adopts interim constitution

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    BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand adopted a temporary constitution on Tuesday, taking its first step toward the slow return of electoral democracy after two months of military rule. But the charter's clauses allow the ruling junta to continue to hold substantial power even after an interim Cabinet and legislature take office. The 48-article charter was announced on television after being endorsed by the king and posted on the website of the Royal Gazette, where new laws must be published. Its enactment is mostly a formality to carry out previously announced plans for drafting a permanent constitution and forming an interim legislature. The temporary constitution will allow an interim legislature and Cabinet to begin governing the country i

  • Credit Suisse in steep loss after US tax case

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    GENEVA (AP) — Credit Suisse, Switzerland's second-biggest bank, posted a second-quarter net loss of 700 million Swiss francs ($779 million) Tuesday after paying the largest penalty ever imposed in a U.S. criminal tax case. The steep loss contrasted sharply with the profit of 1.045 billion francs ($1.16 billion) it posted in the April-June period a year ago. It resulted in what the bank called a final settlement of the U.S. government's case against the bank for helping wealthy Americans avoid paying taxes through secret offshore accounts. The Zurich-based bank pleaded guilty in May to aiding U.S. tax evaders and agreed to pay about $2.6 billion to the U.S. government and regulators, allowing it to put the criminal investiga

  • Big milestone for Britain's little prince

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    LONDON (AP) — The palace is releasing special pictures, the Royal Mint is striking a commemorative coin and newspapers are publishing glowing tributes. What's all the fuss about? A little boy who will be king. Prince George turns 1 on Tuesday. While he may be too young to appreciate it, the milestone is a national event. Editorial writers call him a symbol of hope, newspaper headlines hail him as "Gorgeous George" and one published a 24-page glossy magazine chronicling his first 12 months.

  • Polish leader wants NATO to beef up eastern flank

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    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's president says the downing of a passenger plane in rebel-controlled eastern Ukraine reinforces the need for NATO to strengthen its defenses on its eastern flank. Bronislaw Komorowski described the shooting down of the plane as a terrorist act and said it should mobilize central and eastern European countries to find ways to enhance their defenses. He encouraged the region's leaders to increase their defense budgets. Komorowski spoke to reporters Tuesday on the sideline of a meeting with the presidents of eight other countries in central and eastern Europe, all ex-communist countries now in NATO and the European Union. The leaders met ahead of a NATO summit in September.

  • Obama commemorates moon landing's 45th anniversary

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — This week's 45th anniversary of man's first landing on the moon is being celebrated at the White House. President Barack Obama met with representatives of the Apollo 11 mission in the Oval Office Tuesday morning. Apollo 11 landed on the lunar surface on July 20, 1969. Astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first human to walk on the moon, died two years ago. Armstrong's fellow crew members, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, were among those who met with Obama, along with Armstrong's widow, Carol. NASA administrator Charles Bolden and White House science and technology official Patricia Falcone also participated in the private meeting.

  • Russians fed conspiracy theories on Ukraine crash

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    MOSCOW (AP) — An assassination attempt against Russian President Vladimir Putin. A desperate ploy to draw the West into the battle for Ukraine's east. A botched mission to commit mass murder against Russian citizens. Russian news consumers are getting plenty of explanations for the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, which killed 298 people. While they vary wildly in content, all point the finger at Ukraine. None admits the possibility that Russia may bear responsibility. The story of the airline tragedy that is unfolding for Russians differs starkly from the one that people are following in the West. As U.S.

  • Turkey detains police for 'spying' and wiretaps

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    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish police raided the homes of colleagues on Tuesday, detaining dozens of officers on suspicion of "spying" or of illegally wiretapping government officials, including Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Turkey's spy chief, news reports and officials said. Police conducted overnight raids in 25 provinces, detaining the police officers, including at least one former senior-ranking anti-terrorism officer who was seen being taken away in handcuffs. Turkish media reports said some of the officers were involved in a corruption probe launched in December that targeted four government ministers.

  • 5 highlights on NC child health in new report

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    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Children in North Carolina are healthier and better at math and reading than they were in 2005, according to a new Kids Count report released this week. The report is created by the Annie E. Casey foundation, a philanthropy and research organization based in Baltimore. The 2014 Kids Count Data Book, published by the group, examines 16 measures of child well-being in four categories and ranks states from 1 to 50. North Carolina ranked 34th in the nation for overall child well-being, and 38th for economic well-being. Notable setbacks include the number of North Carolina's children living in a poverty area, which increased from 2005. Gains include the numbers of students passing state standards in ma

  • German court: chronically ill could grow marijuana

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    BERLIN (AP) — Some Germans may soon be able to grow their own marijuana to relieve chronic pain after a ruling from a court in Cologne. The Cologne administrative court ruled Tuesday in favor of three plaintiffs who had sued for the right to grow marijuana for therapeutic purposes, sending the cases back to the government agency responsible for approving medical marijuana products. The court says the three demonstrated they could not combat their pain any other way and could not afford to purchase medical marijuana, which is permitted in Germany but not usually covered by the country's health insurance system.

  • Pennsylvania man convicted in 'leftover' pot trial

    Yesterday

    RIDGWAY, Pa. (AP) — A northwestern Pennsylvania man has been convicted of possessing five pounds of marijuana and at least 10 live marijuana plants that he claimed were merely "leftovers" from a police raid on his home two years earlier. A sentencing date has yet to be set for 59-year-old Edward Pisani, of Johnsonburg. Pisani was sentenced to 1 to 2 years in state prison after he was convicted of possessing hundreds of marijuana plants at his home in 2010. Police searched Pisani's home again in September 2012 and allegedly found pounds of pot in trash bags and more live plants. Pisani has claimed the drugs found in 2012 were leftovers, but police say they were evidence that he continued to grow and possess marij