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July 18, 2014 - 12:27pm
1 week 4 days ago

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Almost four years after Venezuela enacted a law to bar the U.S. from funding groups frequently critical of the socialist government, millions of the American dollars the administration tried to ban still flow to these organizations, an analysis by The Associated Press shows. Much more U.S. support is under consideration.  

The State Department and the National Endowment for Democracy, a government-funded nonprofit organization, together budgeted...

July 18, 2014 - 12:24pm
1 week 4 days ago

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Health officials in the Gaza Strip say 25 Palestinians have been killed since Israel began its ground operation in Gaza late yesterday, including three teenage siblings who died when a tank shell hit their home.

The father of the teens says they were sleeping when the shell struck, and that he had to dig them out from under the rubble.

Israel says it is going to great lengths to avoid civilian casualties. It blames them...

July 18, 2014 - 12:23pm
1 week 4 days ago

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Ukraine's ambassador to the U.N. says the downing of the Malaysian airliner would not have happened if Russia did not provide sophisticated anti-aircraft systems to separatist rebels.

Ambassador Yuriy Sergeyev told an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Friday that communications and intercepts, photos and videos indicate that the rebels have at least two SA-11 missile systems.

He added that detained rebels have...

July 18, 2014 - 12:22pm
1 week 4 days ago

SYDNEY (AP) — There's an outpouring of grief today from the scientific community, following word that researchers and activists heading to an AIDS conference in Australia were among those on the Malaysian jetliner.

The passengers included the former head of the International AIDS Society, Joep Lange (yoop LAHN'-guh), a well-known researcher from the Netherlands. The hospital where he worked in Amsterdam says a colleague was also on board.

The...

July 18, 2014 - 11:51am
1 week 4 days ago

LONDON (AP) — A British coroner has cleared a travel company of blame in the fatal mauling of a teen by a polar bear during an Arctic expedition.

Ian Singleton said Friday the British Schools Exploring Society had not been neglectful in the August 2011 incident on Norway's Svalbard archipelago.

Horatio Chapple was sleeping in his tent when the bear attacked and killed him. Four others were injured before the bear was shot dead. The 17-year-old died...

July 18, 2014 - 11:43am
1 week 4 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Russia's ambassador to the U.N. has questioned why Ukrainian aviation authorities allowed a passenger flight through an area of armed clashes where anti-aircraft systems were working.

Ambassador Vitaly Churkin was speaking at an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Friday on the downing of a Malaysian airlines jet, killing 298 people on board.

He said there should be an impartial and open investigation into what...

July 18, 2014 - 11:30am
1 week 4 days ago

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The nearly 300 people who died on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 included international passengers from all walks of life -- among them, a prominent AIDS researcher, a florist and a nun.

Several passengers were traveling to Melbourne, Australia, for the 20th International AIDS conference, which starts Sunday. The Academic Medical Center hospital in Amsterdam said in a statement that two of its staff, including renowned AIDS researcher Joep (...

July 18, 2014 - 11:05am
1 week 4 days ago

LONDON (AP) — To figure out why a Malaysian jetliner fell from the sky, investigators will use the wreckage of any missile found to determine where it came from and who fired it, experts said Friday. That may be easier said than done in the middle of a war zone.

The first international monitors to arrive on the scene, 24 hours after Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 came down, found bodies strewn on the ground and restrictions from armed militiamen.

That...

July 18, 2014 - 10:43am
1 week 4 days ago

LONDON (AP) — Glum news for "Glee" — Britain's High Court ruled Friday that the musical TV show must change its name because it breaches the trademark of a chain of comedy clubs.

A judge told Twentieth Century Fox that it had to re-name the series in Britain, though the order won't take effect until an appeal has been heard.

The studio was sued by Comic Enterprises, which operates a string of venues called The Glee Club.

Judge...

July 18, 2014 - 10:18am
1 week 4 days ago

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power told an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Friday that the United States cannot rule out that Russia helped in the launch of the surface-to-air missile that shot down a Malaysia Airlines jet over eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board.

Power said the U.S. believes the plane was likely downed by an SA-11 missile fired from an area in eastern Ukraine controlled by pro-Russian separatists. She...

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