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July 24, 2014 - 12:44pm
1 day 20 hours ago

MEXICO CITY (AP) — And the fourth and final judge for "The Voice ... Mexico" is: Ricky Martin.

The Puerto Rican pop star will join Yuri, Julion Alvarez and Italian songstress Laura Pausini as the judges for the singing contest.

Mexico's Televisa network announced that Martin will be the fourth judge in a statement Thursday, saying that "all his experience and musical abilities will be available for the next season of The Voice ... Mexico."...

July 24, 2014 - 12:34pm
1 day 22 hours ago

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is condemning a deadly attack on a U.N. school for Palestinian refugees in northern Gaza that killed many Palestinians who sought refuge there from Israeli shelling as well as U.N. staff.

The U.N. chief again demanded that Israel and Hamas abide by international humanitarian law during their conflict and respect "the sanctity of civilian life, the inviolability of U.N. premises" and protect humanitarian workers....

July 24, 2014 - 12:20pm
1 day 19 hours ago

JERUSALEM (AP) — Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shimon Peres ended his term as president of Israel on Thursday — a man who symbolizes hopes for peace capping a seven-decade public career amid the brutal reality of war. Peres handed the ceremonial but high-profile presidency over to Reuven Rivlin, a legislator from the hawkish Likud Party.

Although the globe-trotting elder statesman has made clear he has no intention to retire, few expect him to hold public office again,...

July 24, 2014 - 12:08pm
1 day 22 hours ago

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israel says it's looking into what happened at a compound containing a U.N. school in the Gaza Strip, where at least 15 people died today and dozens were wounded.

Palestinian officials say the victims had been trying to find refuge from the fighting outside, and that they were killed by Israeli tank shells.

But Israel says rockets launched by Hamas had landed in the area, and that those rockets may be responsible for the...

July 24, 2014 - 12:08pm
1 day 17 hours ago

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Nine trucks carrying food and other supplies crossed into Syria through a Turkish checkpoint Thursday — the first to do so under a U.N. resolution authorizing cross-border aid deliveries without Syrian government approval.

Amanda Pitt, spokeswoman for the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, said the trucks contained desperately needed food, water purification tablets, and sanitation and shelter materials. The convoy went...

July 24, 2014 - 11:28am
1 day 23 hours ago

HILVERSUM, Netherlands (AP) — Twenty-five forensic experts and dozens of support staff are now working to identify the remains of victims from the Malaysia Airlines plane that was shot down over eastern Ukraine last week.

The work began in the Netherlands late yesterday, after the remains of 40 victims arrived from Ukraine. Two more military aircraft with additional remains left Ukraine for the Netherlands today.

All 298 people aboard the flight were...

July 24, 2014 - 11:22am
1 day 19 hours ago

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A Jewish American group is asking Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to return an award it gave him in 2004, accusing the Turkish leader of "dangerous rhetoric" and "inciting violence against the Jewish people."

In an open letter to Erdogan Thursday, Jack Rosen, the president of the American Jewish Congress, said Erdogan had become "arguably the most virulent anti-Israel leader in the world."

Erdogan, who is campaigning...

July 24, 2014 - 11:16am
1 day 20 hours ago

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — 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 statement to The Associated Press from the State Department said that the Peace Corps "has been closely monitoring the security environment in Kenya ... and has decided to officially suspend the program in Kenya." The Peace Corps...

July 24, 2014 - 11:00am
1 day 23 hours ago

BERLIN (AP) — Emergency officials called to check out a suspected gas leak in Germany found a culprit they didn't expect: a fridge full of rotting food.

Police in the central city of Braunschweig said Thursday that the fire service evacuated an apartment block in the city Wednesday night after being alerted to the smell of gas by a resident.

They then searched for the source and traced it to a fridge in the apartment of the 35-year-old woman who had...

July 24, 2014 - 10:58am
1 day 20 hours ago

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk announced his resignation Thursday, opening the way for new elections that would reflect the country's starkly changed political scene after the ouster of pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych in February.

Yatsenyuk, a supporter of closer ties with Europe and a key participant in the protests that toppled Yanukovych, made the announcement from the dais of Parliament after two parties said they would pull...

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