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July 25, 2014 - 2:20pm
3 min 37 sec ago

SNIZHNE, Ukraine (AP) — It was lunchtime when a tracked launcher with four SA-11 surface-to-air missiles rolled into town and parked on Karapetyan Street. Fifteen hundred miles (2,400 kilometers) to the west, passengers were checking in for Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

It had been a noisy day in this eastern Ukrainian town, residents recounted. Plenty of military equipment was moving through. But still it was hard to miss the bulky missile system, also known as a Buk M-1...

July 25, 2014 - 2:20pm
3 min 37 sec ago

PARIS (AP) — French investigators are due to arrive tomorrow at the scene of a plane crash in the northwest African country of Mali. In the meantime, more than 200 troops are guarding the site, in a desolate and restive region of the country.

Terrorism hasn't been ruled out as the cause, although officials say bad weather is the most likely reason for the crash, which killed all 118 people on board. Nearly half of the victims were French.

Soldiers...

July 25, 2014 - 1:39pm
13 min 49 sec ago

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A judge in Aruba is expected to rule today whether the highest-ranking Venezuelan official ever arrested on a U.S. warrant will remain in jail pending an extradition request.

Hugo Carvajal was arrested Thursday upon arriving at Aruba's airport and is being sought by U.S. authorities on drug trafficking charges.

Attorney Chris Lejuez told The Associated Press in a phone interview Friday that he plans to seek diplomatic...

July 25, 2014 - 1:22pm
13 min 49 sec ago

TORONTO (AP) — Two U.S. F16 fighter jets have escorted a plane bound for Panama City back to Toronto's Pearson Airport. The airline says the plane turned around after a passenger threatened the aircraft.

A Sunwing Airlines spokeswoman says the plane left Toronto at 7 a.m. and turned around over West Virginia when an "agitated passenger directly threatened the aircraft." She didn't elaborate on the threat.

NORAD says the two fighter jets from Ohio...

July 25, 2014 - 1:04pm
3 min 37 sec ago

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The pediatrics wing of the largest hospital in the Gaza Strip is filled with the youngest victims of more than two weeks of Israel-Hamas fighting.

Palestinian health officials say more than 800 Palestinians have been killed and more than 5,200 wounded by Israeli airstrikes and tank fire aimed at what Israel says are Hamas targets. The United Nations says civilians make up three-fourths of the dead and a majority of the wounded. Among the dead...

July 25, 2014 - 12:50pm
13 min 49 sec ago

BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of Lebanon's militant Hezbollah group vowed on Friday to support Palestinian militants battling Israeli troops in Gaza, even as his own fighters are bogged down in the war in neighboring Syria.

In his first remarks on the latest Israeli-Palestinian fighting that erupted on July 8, Hassan Nasrallah warned Israel that it would be "suicide" to continue waging war in the Gaza Strip.

Hezbollah, a Shiite group, has long been one of...

July 25, 2014 - 12:48pm
1 hour 43 min ago

TORONTO (AP) — Two U.S. F16 fighter jets escorted a plane bound for Panama City back to Toronto's Pearson Airport about 45 minutes after departure after a passenger threatened the aircraft.

Sunwing Airlines spokeswoman Janine Chapman said Friday that Flight 772 departed at 7 a.m. (1100 GMT) and turned around over West Virginia when an "agitated passenger directly threatened the aircraft." Chapman did not elaborate on the threat.

NORAD Captain...

July 25, 2014 - 12:37pm
1 hour 43 min ago

BERLIN (AP) — Bayreuth's annual opera festival has gotten off to an unexpectedly dramatic start, with a technical malfunction forcing an interruption shortly after the opening performance of Richard Wagner's "Tannhaeuser" kicked off.

German news agency dpa, citing its reporters at Friday's performance, said the audience was asked to leave the auditorium after about 20 minutes for safety reasons. It said spectators heard two bangs and saw parts break off a mobile cage on...

July 25, 2014 - 11:50am
2 hours 3 min ago

VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — Malta's foreign ministry says a Maltese man who works for an oil company in Libya has been kidnapped by rebels on the outskirts of Tripoli.

The ministry on Friday said Martin Galea, 42, is a retired Maltese armed forces captain. It said he was abducted on July 17 as he was being driven to work and was taken to an undisclosed location.

Maltese officials were informed of the abduction last week. They said efforts by Malta's...

July 25, 2014 - 11:37am
2 hours 3 min ago

GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — It was the first bout of the boxing competition at the Commonwealth Games. Within minutes, Mathew Martin of Nauru had a large lump on his head from a punch. Northern Ireland's Michael Conlan, who won unanimously on points, had blood streaming down his face.

That's what fighting without protective headgear can do.

In a decision last year, the International Boxing Association stopped the use of headgear in male bouts, citing...

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