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5 killed in West Bank amid new Gaza truce efforts

By The Associated Press 11:48 a.m.
JERUSALEM — The U.N. chief and the U.S. secretary of state made a new attempt Friday to nail down a temporary truce between Israel and …

2014 has been among deadliest for the world’s airline industry

By Tom Fontaine
The disappearance of an airliner in northern Africa on Thursday supports Todd Curtis’ grim theory. “Plane crashes often happen in threes,” said Curtis, a former …

116 die as jet goes down in storm in Mali

By The Associated Press
OUAGADOUGO, Burkina Faso — An Air Algerie jetliner carrying 116 people crashed on Thursday in a rainstorm over restive Mali, and its wreckage was found …

Poland ordered to pay terror suspects $310K

By The Associated Press
WARSAW — Europe’s top human rights court ruled on Thursday that Poland violated the rights of two terror suspects by allowing the CIA to secretly imprison them on Polish soil from 2002-03 and facilitating the conditions under which they were …

Aid groups driven from violent Myanmar region invited back

By The Associated Press
YANGON, Myanmar — Authorities in Myanmar’s Rakhine state said international aid organizations are welcome to return to the area they left in April because Buddhist mobs disrupted their work helping displaced Rohingya Muslims. They specifically invited back Doctors Without Borders, …

German midwife suspected of attempted murders

By The Associated Press
BERLIN — Police in Germany have arrested a midwife on suspicion of attempted murder, alleging that she administered a blood thinner to women undergoing cesarean sections. Munich police said Thursday that a hospital in the city alerted prosecutors after bleeding …

Peace Corps volunteers pulled from Kenya

By The Associated Press
NAIROBI, Kenya — The Peace Corps is suspending its programs in Kenya because of security concerns and is pulling more than 50 volunteers out of the country until threat levels decrease, the Peace Corps and State Department said Thursday. A …

Rome, Pope greet Sudanese Christian

By From Wire Reports
Meriam Ibrahim, a Sudanese Christian sentenced to death because she wouldn’t renounce her faith, arrived in Italy on Thursday with her two small children and …

Afghan ballot recount paused as candidate disagree over criteria to scrap ballots

By The Washington Post
KABUL — Election authorities on Wednesday halted the inspection of about 8 million ballots cast in the June presidential runoff in Afghanistan — heightening concerns that an already chaotic process to choose the country’s new leader could take months to …

Kurd elected president of Iraq

By The Washington Post
BAGHDAD — A veteran Kurdish politician was elected president of Iraq on Thursday, as political leaders moved closer to forming a government that will face …

Ukraine PM resigns amid coalition’s fall

By The Los Angeles Times
KIEV, Ukraine — Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk abruptly resigned on Thursday afternoon as Kiev’s ruling parliamentary coalition fell apart. In a brief statement, Yatsenyuk …

Solution to surge of illegal immigrants elusive, experts say

By The Dallas Morning News
SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras — Alma Hercules isn’t giving up on her attempt to reach the United States, even if in her first try she faced every imaginable obstacle. In Mexico, she said, customs officials took everything, including her last …

Bodies of Malaysia Airlines plane crash victims return to Netherlands

By From Wire Reports
KIEV, Ukraine — As about 1,000 relatives of the dead from Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 gathered on Wednesday to meet the first bodies returned to …

Ukraine rebel leader admits they had BUK

By Reuters
DONETSK, Ukraine — A powerful Ukrainian rebel leader has confirmed that pro-Russian separatists had an anti-aircraft missile of the type Washington says was used to …

Junta gets expanse of powers in document

By The Associated Press
BANGKOK — 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 …

Afghan officer sentenced to death in photographer’s killing

By The Associated Press
KABUL, Afghanistan — A Kabul court announced on Wednesday that the Afghan police officer charged with killing Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus and wounding veteran AP correspondent Kathy Gannon in April has been convicted and sentenced to death. It was …

Acetaminophen no better for back pain than placebo, researchers report

By The Associated Press
LONDON — Acetaminophen isn’t any better at relieving back pain than a fake pill, despite almost universal recommendations to take the drug, according to the first big trial to test it. Acetaminophen, sold as Tylenol and Paracetamol, among other names, …

47 killed in Taiwan plane crash; 11 hurt

By The Associated Press
TAIPEI, Taiwan — A plane attempting to land in stormy weather crashed on a small Taiwanese island late Wednesday, killing 47 people and wrecking houses …

Suicide bombs in Nigeria kill 82; ex-leader targeted

By Reuters
KADUNA, Nigeria — At least 82 people were killed on Wednesday in two suicide bombings in the north Nigerian city of Kaduna, one aimed at opposition leader and ex-president Muhammadu Buhari and another at a moderate Muslim cleric about to …

Ban of flights to and from Israel feared to bolster Hamas

By The Washington Post
JERUSALEM — A missing Israeli soldier and the cancellation of international flights to and from Israel on Tuesday could aid Hamas, potentially shifting the dynamics of diplomatic efforts to bring about a cease-fire in the two-week-old Gaza Strip conflict. If …