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July 29, 2014 - 9:09am
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KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The group stoking fear among many Burundians includes stick-wielding men who sing patriotic tunes as they march through villages. As the youth wing of Burundi's ruling party, the group has become so powerful that watchdog groups believe its members carry out murders with impunity.

One of the poorest countries in the world, the small Central African nation of Burundi shares both a history of ethnic strife and a border with Rwanda. In a report...

July 29, 2014 - 9:01am
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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A Palestinian health official says at least 100 Palestinians have been killed in the fighting in Gaza today.

The high death toll comes as Israel has escalated its military offensive in the coastal strip.

Gaza health official Ashraf al-Kidra says the toll counts those killed from midnight on Monday.

The Palestinian death toll in more than three weeks of Israel-Hamas fighting has surpassed 1,100....

July 29, 2014 - 8:55am
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MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Communist guerrillas on Tuesday freed four police officers they abducted from a police station in the southern Philippines three weeks ago, the military said.

Regional military commander Maj. Gen. Ricardo Visaya said the New People's Army rebels released the police officers before dawn in a remote village in Kitcharao town in Agusan del Norte where a five-day cease-fire was declared to avoid clashes.

The freed officers were...

July 29, 2014 - 8:41am
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BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — An opposition group says it will ask the European Union to step up its oversight of democracy in Hungary after the prime minster said he wants to transform the country from a liberal democracy into an "illiberal state."

Viktor Szigetvari, co-chairman of the E14-PM alliance, said Tuesday that the group wants to draw the attention of the incoming European Commission, the bloc's executive body, to the "constantly deteriorating quality of Hungarian...

July 29, 2014 - 8:36am
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CAIRO (AP) — Militias fighting for control of the airport in Libya's capital agreed to a 24-hour cease-fire to allow firefighters to battle an out-of-control fire at its oil depot, authorities said Tuesday.

The cease-fire agreement, reached late Monday night and mediated by the Tripoli City Council, marked a rare pause in two weeks of fighting in the capital, a level of violence unseen since the downfall of longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi in 2011.


July 29, 2014 - 8:00am
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ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is returning an award given to him by a Jewish American group in 2004, after the group asked for it back because of comments he made regarding the conflict in Gaza.

Turkey's ambassador to the U.S., Serdar Kilic, wrote to Jack Rosen, president of the American Jewish Congress, on Erdogan's behalf. Kilic said Erdogan would be glad to return the award because of Israel's actions in Gaza and "the regrettable...

July 29, 2014 - 8:00am
8 min 14 sec ago

VERACRUZ, Mexico (AP) — A strong earthquake shook much of eastern Mexico on Tuesday, but there were no reports of damage or injury.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude-6.3 quake was centered in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz, about 260 miles (418 kilometers) east-southeast of Mexico City. The epicenter was 59 miles (95 kilometers) below the surface.

"These types of earthquakes are short and very fast," National Civil Protection...

July 29, 2014 - 7:57am
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BEIJING (AP) — China's anti-monopoly agency announced an investigation Tuesday of Microsoft Corp., stepping up regulatory pressure on foreign technology companies.

The State Administration for Industry and Commerce said it opened a case in June after complaints Microsoft improperly failed to publish all documentation for its Windows operating system and Office software. It said investigators visited Microsoft's China headquarters in Beijing and branches in Shanghai,...

July 29, 2014 - 7:57am
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ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — The Pulkovo airport in Russia's St. Petersburg was briefly evacuated on Tuesday because of a bomb threat.

Transit police of the north-west region said the airport received an anonymous telephone bomb threat at 1.30 p.m. and that a bomb squad was searching the terminal.

Anna Fedoseyeva, spokeswoman for the airport in Russia's second-largest city, said the evacuation of passengers and staff began at 3 p.m. local time. An...

July 29, 2014 - 7:39am
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PARIS (AP) — French carmaker Renault says its profits in the first half of the year rose, partly thanks to lower costs as its revenue dropped.

The maker of the Twingo and Clio hatchbacks said Tuesday its net income rose to 749 million euros ($1 billion) from 39 million euros a year earlier.

It sold more vehicles — 1.36 million compared with 1.30 million a year earlier — mainly thanks to an improvement in European markets. But revenue still fell, by 3...

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