• Study: Embargo wouldn't hurt Russia

    Yesterday

    LONDON (AP) — An arms embargo against Russia would be little more than symbolic because Russia is largely self-sufficient in supplying its armed forces, a report argued Sunday. European Union countries exported $583 million of military equipment to Russia last year, less than 1 percent of the nation's $68 billion defense budget, according to a study by IHS Jane's, which provides analysis on the defense industry and security issues. The bulk of that was a $521 million payment to France, which is building two Mistral class warships for Russia. The propriety of arms sales to Russia was questioned last week as the U.S.

  • AP Analysis: Putin stays on offense in Ukraine

    Yesterday

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin might be expected to hunker down into defense mode as he is besieged by accusations of Russian involvement in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. Instead he has stayed on offense and appears to positioning for the long game. In his televised appearances since last Thursday's crash, Putin's demeanor hasn't wavered from his usual steely determination. He has allowed Russian media to propound theories blaming Ukrainian forces or suggesting a U.S hand in the crash, while refusing to deny such theories and indirectly placing responsibility on the Ukrainians.

  • Ukraine launches offensive to retake Donetsk

    Updated: Sat, Jul 26, 2014

    DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian officials said their forces advanced to the outskirts of a key town north of Donetsk on Saturday as they try to retake the stronghold held for months by pro-Russia rebels. The move comes as Ukrainian forces appear to have gained some momentum recently by retaking control of territory from the rebels. But Russia also appears to becoming more involved in the fighting, with the U.S. and Ukraine accusing Moscow of moving heavily artillery across the border to the rebels. Ukrainian national security spokesman Andriy Lysenko said Ukrainian forces were outside Horlikva, just north of the regional center of Donetsk.

  • Video shows smiling American bomber in Syria

    Updated: Sat, Jul 26, 2014

    BEIRUT (AP) — An al-Qaida-linked group fighting in Syria has released video of the first American to carry out a suicide attack in the country's civil war, showing him smiling and saying he looked forward to going to heaven. The Nusra Front released the new video late Friday showing American citizen Moner Mohammad Abu-Salha, 22, with other fighters before the May 25 attack that targeted several army positions at the same time. It said two of the other three suicide attackers in the assault in the government-held northwestern city of Idlib were from foreign countries, including one who was identified as being from the Maldives. Abu-Salha appears smiling in the video and speaks in broken Arabic. "I want to rest in the a

  • Israel says it's extending Gaza truce for 24 hours

    Updated: Sat, Jul 26, 2014

    BEIT HANOUN, Gaza Strip (AP) — Hamas resumed rocket fire Saturday on Israel after rejecting Israel's offer to extend a humanitarian cease-fire, the latest setback in international efforts to negotiate an end to the Gaza war. Despite the Hamas rejection, Israel's Cabinet decided to extend a truce for 24 hours, until midnight (2100 GMT) Sunday. However, it warned that its military would respond to any fire from Gaza and would continue to demolish Hamas military tunnels during this period. The temporary lull on Saturday saw Palestinians return to neighborhoods reduced to rubble and allowed medics to collect close to 150 bodies, Palestinian health official Ashraf al-Kidra said.

  • Comic-Con gets first look at 'Mockingjay' trailer

    Updated: Sat, Jul 26, 2014

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — The trailer for the next film in the popular "Hunger Games" series is making its premiere at Comic-Con. Fans gathered Friday at the Capitol Gallery in downtown San Diego, where holographic versions of two characters from the film offered visitors a silent welcome before the minute-long teaser trailer was shown. The trailer opens with a hovership landing and a meeting between leaders of the rebellion, where Phillip Seymour Hoffman and a gray-haired Julianne Moore discuss Katniss Everdeen's role. Meanwhile, President Snow (Donald Sutherland) declares the Mockingjay symbol illegal. Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) is shown entering the underground bunker where refugees of Panem are hiding, and she agrees to t

  • OU fan buys TexsaSports.com to troll Texas fans after spelling error

    Richard Hall | Updated: Sat, Jul 26, 2014

    If there’s one thing the Texas Longhorns learned today, it’s to never give Sooner fans an opening to mess with you — because they will. Earlier today it was revealed the University of Texas misspelled Texas in the footer of every page of their Player Profile Media Guide. The link should say TexasSports. Instead, it […]

  • UK man freed 5 months after Yemen kidnapping

    Updated: Sat, Jul 26, 2014

    LONDON (AP) — A British man kidnapped in Yemen has been released safely after five months in captivity, the U.K. government said Saturday. Mike Harvey, a teacher, was abducted in Yemen's capital, Sanaa, on Feb. 12 after leaving an educational institute. Harvey "is being supported by staff at the British Embassy and will be reunited with his family soon," a Foreign Office spokesman said, adding that Harvey was released after efforts between Yemen's government and tribal intermediaries. In Yemen, a security official and a tribal leader said Harvey was freed after a ransom was paid to kidnappers. Other tribal leaders said that he was held by militants linked to al-Qaida.

  • Israeli military says 3 rockets fired from Gaza after Hamas rejects 4-hour truce extension

    Updated: Sat, Jul 26, 2014

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli military says 3 rockets fired from Gaza after Hamas rejects 4-hour truce extension.

  • Hamas official says group rejects Israel's proposed four-hour extension of Gaza war truce

    Updated: Sat, Jul 26, 2014

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Hamas official says group rejects Israel's proposed four-hour extension of Gaza war truce.

  • MH17 victims' family: Airline lacking compassion

    Updated: Sat, Jul 26, 2014

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The family of two brothers killed in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 called the carrier rigid and bureaucratic Saturday, saying it has offered them no professional grief counselling in more than a week and refused to organize a flight home to Houston for the boys' grandmother. Harun Calehr, the uncle of victims Miguel and Shaka Panduwinata, said the family's frustration has grown as they felt they had to haggle for help from the airline in the days after the Boeing 777 was shot down over Ukraine on July 17. "You know, one would have hoped that there would have been more compassion, more understanding, and not such a rigid, bureaucratic attitude towards everything that we need," Caleh

  • Egypt to try 20 suspected in terrorist attacks

    Updated: Sat, Jul 26, 2014

    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's chief prosecutor charged 20 suspected militants Saturday with carrying terrorist attacks that killed seven people and wounded more than 100, amid new clashes between soldiers and insurgents in the restive Sinai Peninsula. The statement released by Hisham Barakat's office said those charged belonged to a terror group called Ajnad Misr, which started its attacks after the July ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. The group's name means "Soldiers of Egypt" in Arabic. The statement said the suspected militants planted explosives around police stations and security checkpoints. It said 14 suspected members are in custody and six others are on the run.

  • Sunni politician seized in Iraq released by gunmen

    Updated: Sat, Jul 26, 2014

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Gunmen in Iraq seized and later released a prominent Sunni politician, officials said Saturday, as confusion remained over who abducted the lawmaker. Riyadh al-Adhadah, head of the Baghdad Provincial Council, returned to his home a day after gunmen abducted him and four of his bodyguards, said Ghalib al-Zamili, a member of the council. The bodyguards also were released, according to a police officer who declined to be named because he is not authorized to brief journalists. It was not immediately clear if al-Adhdah was arrested by security forces or abducted. In 2012 al-Adhdah, a medical doctor and member of the Iraqi Islamic Party, was imprisoned for eight months on terrorism charges. He has maintained his i

  • French minister calls on protesters to observe ban

    Updated: Sat, Jul 26, 2014

    PARIS (AP) — French police fired tear gas as clashes broke out at a banned pro-Gaza demonstration on Saturday as thousands defied a ban on the protest. The interior minister had earlier called on organizers of the Paris demonstration to observe the ban imposed to halt potential anti-Semitic violence. At least 3,000 people gathered anyway at the Place de la Republique in eastern Paris under the watch of several hundred riot police, who blocked streets leading into the big square, cutting short plans for a march. Tension mounted as hundreds of protesters, some masked, began throwing stones and projectiles at police who responded with tear gas. Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve made his public appeal to obey the ban sh

  • Obama, senior EU officials barred from Chechnya

    Updated: Sat, Jul 26, 2014

    MOSCOW (AP) — Although Russia has not responded to U.S. sanctions by putting a travel ban on President Barack Obama, there's one part of the country he's blocked from: Chechnya. The president of the small Russian republic that was the scene of two devastating separatist wars in the past 20 years on Saturday said he was placing Obama on a list of people banned from visiting. Also on the list are European Union figures Jose Manuel Barroso, Herbert Van Rompuy and Catherine Ashton. Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov wrote on his Instagram account Saturday that the ban is in response to U.S. and EU actions in Ukraine, Libya, Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, which he called "state terrorism.

  • AP PHOTOS: Brief cease-fire halts Gaza war

    Updated: Sat, Jul 26, 2014

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A brief cease-fire Saturday in the Gaza war between Israel and Hamas militants allowed thousands to return home to see the destruction. Palestinians walked through the concrete rubble that once used to be homes, collecting what keepsakes they could recover. Some openly wept when they saw what little remained. Two men poured water for birds left behind in one demolished home. Some Palestinian men climbed over an Israeli armored vehicle, apparently left behind during a military operation. Others held funerals for their dead. At least 985 Palestinians, mainly civilians, have been killed and more than 6,000 wounded over the past 19 days, according to Palestinian officials.

  • Palestinian official says more than 1,000 Palestinians have been killed in ongoing Gaza war

    Updated: Sat, Jul 26, 2014

    GAZA CITY, Gaza (AP) — Palestinian official says more than 1,000 Palestinians have been killed in ongoing Gaza war.

  • North Korea fires short-range missile into sea

    Updated: Sat, Jul 26, 2014

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea fired a short-range ballistic missile into waters off its east coast on Saturday, a South Korean defense official said, adding to its unusually high number of weapons tests this year. The launch came on the eve of the 61st anniversary of the signing of an armistice that ended the Korean War. The missile, fired from North Korea's southwest Hwanghae province on Saturday evening, flew about 500 kilometers (310 miles) across the country before landing in the sea, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because of department rules. He gave no further details. North Korea routinely test-fires missiles, artillery and rockets, but the number of weapons tests it has conducted this

  • Israeli government official says Israel leaning toward extending 12-hour truce in Gaza war

    Updated: Sat, Jul 26, 2014

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli government official says Israel leaning toward extending 12-hour truce in Gaza war.

  • Egypt warns Turkey of worsening ties

    Updated: Sat, Jul 26, 2014

    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's Foreign Ministry has condemned Turkey's prime minister for calling Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi a "tyrant," warning already sour relations between the two countries could worsen. In a strongly-worded statement Saturday, the ministry said it summoned the Turkish charge d' affaires, the highest-ranking Turkish official in the country, over the comments. It said Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is driven by "narrow ideological interests," referencing Turkey's support to the Muslim Brotherhood group, branded as a terrorist organization in Egypt. Relations between Egypt and Turkey soured after el-Sissi led the last year's ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, a Brotherhood leade