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July 17, 2014 - 9:51pm
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ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) — Mexican authorities said Thursday that genetic testing had confirmed that human remains found near a Pacific Coast beach town were those of a New York man who vanished while riding his motorcycle to Brazil for the World Cup.

Jose Villanueva, spokesman for the government of Guerrero state, said tests identified the decomposed remains as those of Harry Devert, a 33-year-old stock trader from Pelham, New York.

Villanueva said...

July 17, 2014 - 9:12pm
1 week 3 days ago

HRABOVE, Ukraine (AP) — In the sunflower fields around eastern Ukraine, lines of rescue workers disappeared into thick, tall growth, searching the wreckage of a Malaysia Airlines jet shot down as it flew miles above the country's battlefield. Elsewhere, news of the tragedy sparked an outpouring of grief and prayer as Malaysia reeled from the second disaster to hit its national airline in less than five months.

Here is a collection of images surrounding the tragedy....

July 17, 2014 - 8:39pm
1 week 3 days ago

SYDNEY (AP) — Several world-renowned AIDS researchers and activists heading to an international AIDS conference in Australia were on board a Malaysian jetliner that was shot down over Ukraine, officials said Friday, as news of their deaths sparked an outpouring of grief across the global scientific community.

"A number of people" on board the Boeing 777 were en route to the southern Australian city of Melbourne to attend the 20th International AIDS conference, which...

July 17, 2014 - 8:25pm
1 week 3 days ago

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Palestinian United Nations envoy says he hopes "a very intensive negotiation" in Cairo might produce a cease-fire "in the hours to come" between Israel and Hamas.

Ambassador Riyad Mansour said in an interview with The Associated Press soon after Israel was reported to have launched a ground invasion into Gaza late Thursday that it "would increase and compound the number of casualties to a very exponential level."

He said...

July 17, 2014 - 8:20pm
1 week 3 days ago

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A close ally of former President Alvaro Uribe was sentenced in absentia Thursday to more than 17 years in prison for diverting farm subsidies in one of the most prominent corruption cases tied to Uribe's conservative administration.

Colombia's Supreme Court handed down the sentence against former Agriculture Minister Andres Felipe Arias, who was found guilty taking money intended for small-scale farmers and channeling it to some of the country's...

July 17, 2014 - 8:13pm
1 week 3 days ago

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia Airlines has increased the death toll from Flight 17 that was shot down over war-torn eastern Ukraine on Thursday to 298 from 295, saying that three infants had not been included in the original list.

The airline also said in a statement Friday on its website that all of its European flights "will be taking alternative routes avoiding the usual route."

Of the known nationalities of the victims, the majority —...

July 17, 2014 - 7:18pm
1 week 3 days ago

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Ukraine's U.N. ambassador said Thursday that the Malaysian airliner would not have crashed if Russia hadn't given pro-Russian separatists a sophisticated missile system that can hit planes.

Yuriy Sergeyev told The Associated Press in an interview that Russia bears responsibility for the crash, along with the separatists, whom he called "terrorists."

Sergeyev was responding to Russian President Vladimir Putin's statement that...

July 17, 2014 - 7:04pm
1 week 3 days ago

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Health officials in Puerto Rico on Thursday declared an epidemic of the mosquito-borne virus known as chikungunya, which was introduced into the Caribbean region late last year.

Health Secretary Ana Rius said that more than 200 cases had been confirmed on the island as of June 25 and that the majority of them were reported in the capital of San Juan and nearby areas.

The first case of chikungunya in the U.S. territory was...

July 17, 2014 - 7:00pm
1 week 3 days ago

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The first known litter of Mexican gray wolves has been born in the wild as part of a three-year effort to re-introduce the subspecies to a habitat where it disappeared three decades ago, Mexican officials reported Thursday.

Mexico's National Commission for Natural Protected Areas said the wolf pups were sighted in June by a team of researchers in the western Sierra Madre mountains.

"This first litter represents an important step in...

July 17, 2014 - 6:20pm
1 week 3 days ago

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin opened a meeting with top economic advisers late Thursday with comments on the crash of a Malaysian airliner in Ukraine. The text of his remarks, as taken from the Kremlin website and translated by The Associated Press:

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Dear colleagues!

You know that a terrible event occurred today in the sky over Ukraine, an awful tragedy -- a civilian plane was killed, 285 people, according to...

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