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July 11, 2014 - 5:41pm
1 week 4 days ago

JERUSALEM (AP) — Asserting it has broad international support for a fierce military offensive in the Gaza Strip, Israel is showing no signs of ending the operation, vowing to press on until there is a halt to rocket attacks from the seaside territory.

But a mounting Palestinian civilian death toll is beginning to draw international criticism and could quickly put the brakes on the campaign.

Israeli officials say they are pleased with the results of...

July 11, 2014 - 5:12pm
1 week 4 days ago

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's famous Christ the Redeemer statue has been fitted with new gear to protect it from future storms.

Rio de Janeiro Archbishop Orani Tempesta on Friday presided over a ceremony marking the end of repairs that were made to the 98-foot-tall (30-meter-tall) hilltop figure.

The repair project began six months ago after lightning damaged two fingers on the statue as well as its head. Crews installed new lightning rods as part...

July 11, 2014 - 5:01pm
1 week 4 days ago

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Forty years after his death, Pablo Neruda once again was writing and reciting love poems and he walked through Santiago's streets to the admiring gazes of Chileans — virtually, that is.

The Nobel Prize-winning poet was briefly visible Friday writing verses in the window of his former home in Santiago, which is now a museum. Then his projected figure set off, traveling across the facades of buildings and homes as he appeared to slowly stroll the...

July 11, 2014 - 4:48pm
1 week 4 days ago

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — The body of a 15-year-old migrant was brought home Friday, nearly a month after he died in the hot, dry brushland of southern Texas and became a symbol for the perils facing unaccompanied children who have been flooding illegally into the U.S.

The remains of Gilberto Francisco Ramos Juarez were flown to Guatemala City in a cargo plane and turned over to his father at the airport's small chapel.

Gilberto's father, Francisco Ramos...

July 11, 2014 - 4:47pm
1 week 4 days ago

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Authorities said Friday they had rescued eight Salvadoran migrant youths who had been kidnapped by an equally youthful gang in northern Mexico.

Prosecutors also said a previously reported operation had rescued a total of 205 kidnapped migrants being held in brutal conditions in two homes in the city of Tampico during which they were forced to watch executions. On Thursday, officials had put the number at 158.

Mexican drug gangs...

July 11, 2014 - 4:19pm
1 week 4 days ago

TORONTO (AP) — A Canadian man has been convicted of two terrorism-related charges in an alleged plot against targets in Canada and abroad.

A jury on Friday convicted Misbahuddin Ahmed of conspiring to knowingly facilitate a terrorist activity and participate in activities of a terrorist group.

Ahmed faces a maximum sentence of 14 years for the conspiracy charge and life in prison for the explosive device count.

Ahmed was arrested...

July 11, 2014 - 3:47pm
1 week 4 days ago

TOKYO (AP) — A strong earthquake hit Japan's northern coast Saturday near the nuclear power plant crippled in the 2011 tsunami. At least one person was injured and a small tsunami was triggered, but no damage was reported.

Japan's Meteorological Agency said the magnitude-6.8 quake struck 10 kilometers (6 miles) below the sea surface off the coast of Fukushima. The 4:22 a.m. (1922 GMT Friday) quake shook buildings in Tokyo, about 250 kilometers (120 miles) southwest of...

July 11, 2014 - 3:37pm
1 week 4 days ago

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry has been trying to work out a deal today between Afghanistan's rival presidential candidates.

He met with the two candidates, and with the country's current leader, Hamid Karzai, during a hastily-arranged visit to the Afghan capital.

The U.S. is hoping to persuade both candidates to hold off on declaring victory or trying to set up a government until the U.N. can conduct an audit of the...

July 11, 2014 - 3:19pm
1 week 4 days ago

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The only thing clear about the death toll in eastern Ukraine, where government troops are battling separatist rebels, is that it's mounting.

After a faltering start, government efforts to reverse the tide of a pro-Russian insurgency have in recent weeks taken on an urgent impetus. It has frequently meant deadly results for the civilian population, however, as the army deploys heavy artillery and airpower to strike rebel forces that have used...

July 11, 2014 - 2:14pm
1 week 4 days ago

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — More than 25,000 soldiers and police, the biggest security detail in Brazil's history, will be deployed around Rio de Janeiro to control Sunday's World Cup final between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium.

Jose Mariano Beltrane, security secretary for the state of Rio de Janeiro, said there will be 9,300 Brazilian defense forces and at least 10,000 military police.

"This will be the biggest security operation that the...

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