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July 23, 2014 - 7:53am
8 min 48 sec ago

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine officials say suspected Abu Sayyaf militants have freed three abducted government aid workers in the south after the government withheld anti-poverty funds, prompting a poor town to pressure the gunmen to release the captives.

Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman says the three workers and a companion were kidnapped last Thursday in remote Talipao town in Sulu province where they were checking on poor families to be given cash...

July 23, 2014 - 7:40am
8 min 47 sec ago

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Two Ukrainian military fighter jets have been shot down in the east, according to the country's Defense Ministry.

The Sukhoi-25 fighters were shot down 1:30 p.m. local time Wednesday over an area called Savur Mogila.

Defense Ministry spokesman Oleksiy Dmitrashkovsky says the planes may have been carrying up to two crew members each.

July 23, 2014 - 7:38am
8 min 47 sec ago

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is giving Lithuania the green light to adopt the euro currency starting next year.

Ministers from the 28-nation bloc on Wednesday cleared the final legal hurdle for Lithuania to become the 19th member of the currency zone encompassing some 330 million people. The country had been given preliminary approval in June.

Lithuanian Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevicius said adopting the euro will strengthen the Baltic...

July 23, 2014 - 7:13am
18 min 47 sec ago

LONDON (AP) — The Americans have arrived in force for Britain's Booker literary prize.

Five U.S.-based writers are on the 13-book long-list for the prestigious fiction award.

The list, announced Wednesday, includes Americans Joshua Ferris, Karen Joy Fowler, Siri Hustvedt and Richard Powers, as well as Irish-American writer Joseph O'Neill.

Also on the list are Britain's Howard Jacobson, Neel Mukherjee, Paul Kingsnorth, David...

July 23, 2014 - 6:55am
48 min 50 sec ago

LONDON (AP) — British singer Adele's toddler son has won a five-figure sum in damages after paparazzi photographed private family moments.

Adele's lawyer Jenny Afia said Wednesday that the Grammy-winning performer was adamant her son Angelo must never become "public property."

She said: "It is a matter of profound sadness that many of his milestone moments, such as his first family outing and his first trip to playgroup, were photographed and...

July 23, 2014 - 6:33am
8 min 48 sec ago

LONDON (AP) — Model and TV personality Peaches Geldof died from a heroin overdose after relapsing from a battle to give up the drug, a British coroner ruled Wednesday.

Coroner Roger Hatch said Geldof took a fatal dose of high-purity heroin shortly before she was found dead at her home south of London on April 7.

An inquest heard that Geldof — daughter of Live Aid organizer Bob Geldof — was a heroin addict and had been taking the drug substitute...

July 23, 2014 - 6:14am
8 min 48 sec ago

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N.'s top human rights official warned all sides in the two-week war in the Gaza Strip to not indiscriminately attack civilians, and that violations may amount to war crimes.

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Wednesday that around three-quarters of the 650 Palestinians and around 30 Israelis killed in the conflict were civilians, and thousands more have been injured. The toll, she said, includes 147 children killed in Gaza over...

July 23, 2014 - 6:11am
58 min 49 sec ago

NEW DELHI (AP) — The head of a school in southern India where a 6-year-old girl was raped earlier this month was arrested on Wednesday and charged with hindering the investigation and negligence, police said.

M.N. Reddi, the top police official in Bangalore city, told reporters that Rustom Kerawalla, the chairman of VIBGYOR High school, was charged with negligence for failing to ensure the student's safety.

Reddi gave no details on how Kerawalla...

July 23, 2014 - 6:02am
1 hour 28 min ago

BEIJING (AP) — Typhoon Matmo has weakened to a tropical storm as it churns ashore in southeastern China.

After passing across Taiwan overnight, Matmo made landfall in China's heavily populated province of Fujian, with gusts of 67 miles per hour. At last check China's weather agency says it was moving at 12 mph.

The typhoon weakened after dumping heavy rain on Taiwan, where the island's Central News Agency says five people were injured and power was...

July 23, 2014 - 5:47am
1 hour 38 min ago

KHARKIV, Ukraine (AP) — Two military aircraft carrying the first bodies of victims of the Malaysia Airlines crash have left the embattled eastern Ukraine today.

They're headed for the Netherlands for positive identification.

The Dutch government has declared today a day of mourning as the country prepares for the arrival of the bodies this afternoon.

All 298 people on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 were killed when the plane was...

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