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July 30, 2014 - 11:59am
2 min 5 sec ago

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council is condemning the offensive waged by the extremist Islamic State group and allied militants in Iraq, calling it "a major threat" to the country's future.

The council stressed in a resolution adopted unanimously Wednesday extending the U.N. political mission in Iraq that the only way to address the threat is for political leadership "to make decisions that will unite the country."

Council members called...

July 30, 2014 - 11:54am
2 min 5 sec ago

BAGHDAD (AP) — European and Dubai-based airlines have begun rerouting flights over Iraqi airspace as a security precaution, though Iraq says its skies are safe.

An Emirates Airline spokesperson in Dubai told The Associated Press on Monday it will divert planes that use Iraqi airspace. A number of European carriers, including Virgin Atlantic, KLM and Air France also say they will do the same.

This follows the crash of a Malaysia Airlines flight over...

July 30, 2014 - 11:17am
2 min 5 sec ago

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's ruling party won most of the seats at stake Wednesday in legislative by-elections, cementing its majority and giving a boost to President Park Geun-hye's conservative government after April's ferry disaster.

Park's Saenuri Party won 11 of the 15 vacant seats in the National Assembly, while liberal opposition candidates won the remaining four, according to the National Election Commission.

Nine of the seats had...

July 30, 2014 - 10:57am
42 min 18 sec ago

LONDON (AP) — British police have charged two former senior journalists at the now-defunct News of the World tabloid with conspiring to hack phones.

Former features editor Jules Stenson and ex-deputy editor Neil Wallis are accused of conspiring to illegally listen to voicemails between 2003 and 2007.

Their editor was Andy Coulson, who was convicted last month of hacking. Coulson, who also served as Prime Minister David Cameron's communications chief...

July 30, 2014 - 10:33am
42 min 17 sec ago

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Amid escalating tensions with socialist Venezuela, the U.S. State Department on Wednesday announced new travel restrictions against Venezuelan officials believed to have committed human rights abuses during a spring crackdown on anti-government protests.

The move, the U.S.' strongest official action yet against the South American country, "underscores our commitment to holding accountable individuals who commit human rights abuses" deputy...

July 30, 2014 - 10:18am
52 min 14 sec ago

DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — A Ukraine security spokesman says pro-Russia rebels have mined areas around the Malaysia Airlines crash site. And he says, "This makes the work of the international experts impossible."

Investigators from the Netherlands have been trying to reach the site for four days, and today international observers trying to get to the scene were turned back after discussions with the rebels.

Nearly two weeks after the disaster, safety...

July 30, 2014 - 10:14am
42 min 17 sec ago

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's government has nearly doubled fuel prices in an attempt to reform government subsidies and narrow a budget deficit.

According to new prices posted Wednesday in the capital, Sanaa, the government raised price of regular gasoline to 200 Yemeni riyals per liter (93 U.S. cents) from 125 riyals (58 U.S. cents). Diesel used for public transport and trucks rose to 195 riyals per liter (91 U.S. cents) from 100 riyals (46 U.S. cents)....

July 30, 2014 - 10:13am
52 min 14 sec ago

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A Hamas spokesman says the four-hour cease-fire declared by Israel doesn't have any "value," because it excludes border areas from which Hamas wants to evacuate the wounded.

The Israeli military says it's declared the cease-fire in some areas of the Gaza Strip for humanitarian reasons.

The partial cease-fire comes after Israeli tank shells earlier today slammed into a crowded U.N. school, killing 15 people and wounding 90...

July 30, 2014 - 10:05am
1 hour 2 min ago

DUBLIN (AP) — Ireland's second-largest bank, Allied Irish Banks, has returned to profit for the first time since a 2008 property crash pushed the nation to the brink of bankruptcy.

Finance Minister Michael Noonan said Wednesday's first-half results exceeded expectations and made it more likely that the government could sell its stake in the nationalized bank at a profit.

Ireland pumped 20 billion euros ($26 billion) into Allied Irish to keep it...

July 30, 2014 - 10:00am
1 hour 2 min ago

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turks are divided on how they feel about Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan ahead of his bid to become president in an upcoming election, and about their country's direction, according to an opinion poll published Wednesday.

The Aug. 10 ballot will be the first time Turkish voters directly elect their president, and Erdogan, whose moderate Islamist AKP party has dominated Turkish politics for more than a decade, is a strong favorite....

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