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July 24, 2014 - 8:35pm
22 min 1 sec ago

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian Al-Jazeera journalist will appeal his conviction on charges that he aided Egypt's outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, his brother said Friday.

Journalist Peter Greste's brother Mike Greste said a Cairo legal firm had been appointed and was in the process of lodging the Al-Jazeera-funded appeal. Family spokeswoman Heidi Ross said she could not say whether the journalist's two Al-Jazeera colleagues would also appeal their convictions....

July 24, 2014 - 7:06pm
1 hour 2 min ago

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (AP) — A man who saw a plane flown by an Indiana teen who was killed during an around-the-world flight attempt says the aircraft was flying low but didn't show any obvious signs of distress before diving into the ocean off American Samoa.

Bert Thompson of Matuu, American Samoa, told The Associated Press on Thursday he saw no fire, explosions or emergency lighting on the plane carrying 17-year-old Haris Suleman and his father, 58-year-old Babar...

July 24, 2014 - 6:30pm
2 hours 21 min ago

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council on Thursday called on Muslim and Christian factions battling in Central African Republic to immediately implement a cease-fire agreement they signed this week.

A press statement approved by all 15 council members welcomed Wednesday's signing in neighboring Republic of Congo but stressed that the agreement is only "a first step" to ensure "durable peace, respect for human rights, protection of civilians and the rule of law...

July 24, 2014 - 6:22pm
2 hours 42 min ago

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A Mexican judge has ordered six employees of a group home raided amid charges of abuse and filthy conditions to stand trial, federal prosecutors said Thursday.

The five men and one woman have been charged with kidnapping for allegedly refusing to release residents and with human trafficking for purportedly forcing them to beg for money. The six also face organized crime charges, the Attorney General's Office said in a statement.

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July 24, 2014 - 6:04pm
22 min 1 sec ago

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — A judge in Trinidad & Tobago has aggrieved conservationists by dismissing charges against a couple who were found with 55 protected animals caged at their home amid a no-trapping, no-hunting moratorium in the Caribbean nation.

In dropping the case, Senior Magistrate Lucina Cardenas Ragoonanan ordered authorities to return the seized birds, turtles and a monkey to the couple in central Freeport, but told forestry officials to periodically...

July 24, 2014 - 5:56pm
3 hours 31 min ago

CAIRO (AP) — In the Gaza war now in its third bloody week, Hamas' battle isn't only with Israel, even though that's the country it is firing rockets at. The militant group that rules Gaza is demanding Egypt open its border with the tiny, blockaded strip of territory.

Even as it presents itself as a mediator in the conflict, Egypt is taking a hard line, refusing any opening that would strengthen Hamas, a group it accuses of fueling militancy on its soil....

July 24, 2014 - 5:38pm
22 min 1 sec ago

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Three men have been charged with murder and organized crime in the weekend attacks on two buses carrying supporters of Nicaragua's governing party that left five people dead and 28 wounded, the country's top prosecutor said Thursday.

Attorney General Ana Julia Guido alleged that the two brothers and another man accepted money to throw rocks at the buses and slow them down so gunmen could open fire. The buses were carrying members of the...

July 24, 2014 - 4:49pm
3 hours 31 min ago

ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — Paraguayan yerba mate producers say Uruguay's president is thirsty for more of the traditional tea for his country and is asking them to fill the need at a lower price.

The farmers say President Jose Mujica, a regular mate drinker, met with them during a recent visit and complained about the high prices that other regional countries charge for the commodity.

Farmer Nestor Goralewski said Thursday that Mujica told them the $...

July 24, 2014 - 4:11pm
3 hours 41 min ago

BEIT LAHIYA, Gaza Strip (AP) — In the morgue at a small Gaza hospital, the anguished cries of those who lost loved ones in Israeli airstrikes fell silent Thursday when Ahmed Jadallah began attending to the corpses, one by one, on his wooden work table.

With swift, steady movements, Jadallah swaddled a toddler in a white burial shroud and later gently cleaned the soot-stained face of the child's father — Islamic rituals that momentarily reassured the grieving....

July 24, 2014 - 4:03pm
3 hours 31 min ago

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Netherlands is sending 40 unarmed military police to eastern Ukraine as part of a ramped-up effort to find the last victims of the downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 still at the wreckage site, Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced late Thursday.

He also is sending forensic investigators to the site to try to piece together exactly what happened when the plane was shot down a week ago, killing all 298 people on board.

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