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July 9, 2014 - 5:59am
2 days 5 hours ago

BERLIN (AP) — Germans awoke on Wednesday to discover the 7-1 demolition of Brazil in their World Cup semifinal was not a delightful dream but a scarcely believable reality.

The front-page headline in the country's biggest-selling newspaper, Bild, read simply: "7-1. No words for it!"

The paper dedicated the next six pages to pictures of the Germany players scoring and celebrating, and marked veteran striker's Miroslav Klose's record-breaking 16th...

July 9, 2014 - 5:40am
2 days 6 hours ago

BEIJING (AP) — Yao Ming is putting on the full-court press against wildlife trafficking.

The former NBA star, a Chinese basketball icon, is working with top American and Chinese officials to stamp out global trade in endangered species and their parts.

Yao, who retired from basketball in 2011, has focused much of his efforts against shark fin consumption and elephant ivory use.

Yao says, "We are not the only creatures on Earth...

July 9, 2014 - 5:14am
2 days 7 hours ago

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli army is intensifying its offensive on Hamas in the Gaza Strip today.

The army says it's attacked more than 160 sites in Gaza, including 118 concealed rocket launch sites, six Hamas compounds and 10 militant commander centers.

Since the offensive began Tuesday, Israel says it's attacked more than 400 sites.

A Gaza health official says today's airstrikes killed eight people, including a militant in...

July 9, 2014 - 5:12am
2 days 49 min ago

LONDON (AP) — Britain has authorized airport security staff to require any traveler to turn on electronic devices as a way to test for hidden explosives. France and Germany are implementing similar measures, but only for travel to and from the United States.

American intelligence officials are worried about new al-Qaida efforts to produce a bomb. Powering up computers or phones allows screeners to make sure that explosives have not been substituted for batteries or...

July 9, 2014 - 5:08am
2 days 6 hours ago

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka has banned civil activist groups from holding news conferences and training for journalists, with the organizations rejecting the move as unconstitutional.

J.C. Weliamuna, a lawyer from the Civil Society Collective, an umbrella organization, said Wednesday that the defense ministry's order is "absolutely unconstitutional" and violates the public's rights of freedom of association and expression. He called it a "continuation of threats...

July 9, 2014 - 5:06am
1 day 19 hours ago

BAGHDAD (AP) — The ethnic and sectarian tensions that threaten to tear Iraq apart flared Wednesday as the prime minister accused the Kurdish self-rule region of harboring the Sunni militants who have overrun much of the country, and 50 bodies were discovered dumped in a village south of Baghdad.

It was not clear who the men were or why they were killed, but such grisly scenes were common during the darkest days of the Iraq war, and the deaths raised fears of another...

July 9, 2014 - 5:04am
2 days 4 hours ago

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Somalia's government fired the police and intelligence chiefs a day after Islamic militants attacked the heavily guarded presidential palace in the capital, Mogadishu, the information minister announced Wednesday.

Government troops and African Union peacekeepers repelled the attack and no government official was hurt, Mustafa Dhuhulow said. Three of the four extremist attackers were shot dead by soldiers after they forced their way into the...

July 9, 2014 - 5:00am
2 days 6 hours ago

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's main opposition leader called on Wednesday for a no-confidence vote in the liberal government of Prime Minister Donald Tusk following leaks of secretly taped conversations of some ministers and officials.

Jaroslaw Kaczynski asked the Parliament to oust Tusk's team and proposed his own candidate, Piotr Glinski, to lead a new government. Glinski was also proposed last year to become prime minister but was defeated.

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July 9, 2014 - 4:27am
2 days 7 hours ago

NEW DELHI (AP) — A close aide of India's prime minister who is widely credited with his party's spectacular electoral win was appointed Wednesday chief of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party.

Amit Shah was unanimously chosen as the BJP's new president at a meeting of party leaders in New Delhi. He replaces Rajnath Singh, who recently was sworn in as home minister in Narendra Modi's Cabinet.

Shah, 50, is widely seen as the architect of the BJP's...

July 9, 2014 - 4:00am
2 days 5 hours ago

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The Greek Coast Guard rescued 77 migrants Wednesday in two boats trying to travel from the nearby Turkish coast to Greek islands in the eastern Aegean Sea.

The migrants were picked up in separate incidents before dawn near the island of Chios, the agency said. No information was immediately available on the migrants' nationalities.

Greece is a major entry point for people, mostly from war-ravaged countries in the Middle East and...

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