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July 28, 2014 - 7:22pm
8 min 14 sec ago

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations Security Council is welcoming agreement on a roadmap for negotiations between the Malian government and Tuareg separatists. And the council is calling on both sides to engage in follow-up peace talks starting Aug. 17.

Talks between the Bamako-based government and Tuareg separatists in the Algerian capital Algiers are aimed at restoring stability in northern Mali, which fell under the control of al-Qaida-linked Islamic extremists...

July 28, 2014 - 6:19pm
8 min 13 sec ago

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Brazil's president is calling Israel's conflict with Hamas "a massacre."

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff made the comment while speaking with local media outlets Monday from the presidential residence in Brasilia.

In an article posted on the website of the newspaper Folha de S. Paulo, Rousseff says that "I think what's happening in the Gaza Strip is dangerous. I don't think it's genocide, but I think it's a massacre."...

July 28, 2014 - 6:13pm
8 min 13 sec ago

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Authorities destroyed roughly 2,000 firearms Monday and plan to use the mangled metal to build a monument promoting peace.

The Dominican Republic's attorney general, Francisco Dominguez, and other officials gathered in the capital of Santo Domingo to watch a steamroller destroy the haul of guns seized by police over the years.

The metal from the destroyed weapons will be given to sculptor Jose Ignacio Morales...

July 28, 2014 - 5:37pm
48 min 17 sec ago

PARIS (AP) — France is ready to open its door to Christians from northern Iraq who were hounded out of their homes by extremist Islamic militants.

France's interior and foreign ministers said in a joint statement on Monday that "we are ready, if they wish, to help (them) gain asylum on our soil."

Most Christians left Mosul — Iraq's second-largest city and home to some of the most ancient Christian communities — after the Islamic State and other Sunni...

July 28, 2014 - 5:15pm
48 min 17 sec ago

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Hamas and Israel blamed each other for an explosion at a Gaza park Monday that killed at least 10 Palestinians — including nine children playing on a swing — in a horrific scene that underscored the heavy price civilians are paying in the conflict.

Israel's military said a rocket misfired by Gaza militants was responsible, and it later released aerial photos that it said showed the weapon's path. Gaza officials blamed Israeli airstrikes....

July 28, 2014 - 4:47pm
1 hour 8 min ago

SAO PAULO (AP) — Torture remains a serious problem in Brazil despite government efforts to curb it, a leading human rights group said Monday.

The New York-based Human Rights Watch said in an emailed statement that it found evidence showing that since 2010, security forces and prison authorities practiced cruel and inhumane treatment against 64 people in their custody.

The group said more than 150 police officers and prison guards were involved in...

July 28, 2014 - 4:30pm
1 hour 8 min ago

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israel's military is urging residents in parts of the Gaza Strip to leave their homes, ahead of what appears to be a broadening of the three-week war. In phone messages, the Israelis warn, "What is coming will be worse."

Israeli leaders have been mulling whether to expand the assault against Hamas in Gaza or respond to international calls for a truce. But Israel and Hamas are far apart on possible cease-fire terms.

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July 28, 2014 - 4:17pm
1 hour 28 min ago

VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — Malta's prime minister says the Maltese oil company worker who was kidnapped by Libyan rebels on July 17 has been released.

Retired armed forces Capt. Martin Galea, 42, was flown back to Malta on Monday on a flight that left from Mitiga airport, near Tripoli. The Libyan capital's international airport is closed as fighting between different Libyan factions rages on.

Galea was abducted on the outskirts of Tripoli while on his...

July 28, 2014 - 3:03pm
8 min 13 sec ago

MEXICO CITY (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown took a not-so-subtle dig at Texas' decision to deploy National Guard troops to the border, saying Monday he expects it to be a short-lived measure and that "wiser minds will prevail."

Brown is in Mexico for three days of meetings, focusing on migration, trade, investment and environmental cooperation.

At a news conference with Mexican Foreign Relations Secretary Jose Antonio Meade, Brown said the...

July 28, 2014 - 2:13pm
4 hours 28 min ago

PARIS (AP) — In a story July 27 about the Tour de France, The Associated Press reported erroneously the number of years it's been since cyclist Marco Pantani died. He died 10 years ago.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Italy's Vincenzo Nibali wins Tour de France

Crowning of an 'emperor': Vincenzo Nibali gives Italy its 1st Tour de France winner since 1998

By JAMEY KEATEN

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