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July 18, 2014 - 7:25am
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BRUSSELS (AP) — Visions of chlorine-drenched chickens and the prospect of genetically modified "Frankenfood" invading dinner tables across the European Union are proving serious impediments to the signing of a sweeping free trade agreement between the United States and the 28-country bloc.

Optimism that negotiations, which marked their first-year anniversary this week, would lead to a deal to create a trading bloc of 800 million people representing around half the world'...

July 18, 2014 - 6:50am
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SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgaria has identified a suicide bomber who blew up a bus containing Israeli tourists two years ago as a dual Lebanese-French citizen.

The prosecutor's office and the national security agency said in a joint statement Friday that the bomber was 23-year-old Mohamad Hassan El-Husseini, who was born in Lebanon.

The July 2012 explosion outside an airport on Bulgaria's Black Sea coast killed five Israeli tourists, the Bulgarian bus...

July 18, 2014 - 6:31am
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BERLIN (AP) — Germany wants "sensible talks" with the United States on the two countries' spat over alleged American spying, Chancellor Angela Merkel said Friday, indicating that Berlin is still aiming for a formal accord.

Washington has dismissed the idea of a "no-spy" agreement demanded by Germany since reports last year that the U.S. National Security Agency was conducting mass surveillance of German citizens — and eavesdropping even on Merkel's cellphone. The...

July 18, 2014 - 6:28am
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KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The Committee to Protect Journalists says Ethiopia's government has charged nine journalists with terrorism and inciting violence.

The watchdog group said the journalists include six bloggers from Zone 9, an independent collective that publishes critical news and commentary. They were arrested in April.

The group urged Ethiopia's government to release all the journalists, saying they were in detention simply for doing their...

July 18, 2014 - 6:23am
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SINGAPORE (AP) — Two children's books dealing with gay subjects won't be destroyed after all and will be restored to Singapore's public libraries, an official said Friday.

Minister of Communications and Information Yaacob Ibrahim had said in mid-July he supported the state-run National Library Board's decision to pulp three books deemed to have inappropriate content. But many people in the conservative Southeast Asian city-state objected.

"I...

July 18, 2014 - 6:22am
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STOCKHOLM (AP) — Swedish home appliance maker Electrolux has posted a second-quarter net loss of 92 million ($13.5 million) kronor, citing large restructuring charges, but says demand in Europe and the United States is picking up.

The world's second-largest appliance maker said Friday its sales fell in the April to June period to 26.3 billion kronor from 27.7 billion a year earlier.

It said the improved demand in the Europe and the U.S. was offset by...

July 18, 2014 - 6:19am
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SYDNEY (AP) — In an almost incomprehensible twist of fate, an Australian woman who lost her brother in the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 learned on Friday that her stepdaughter was on the plane shot down over Ukraine.

Kaylene Mann's brother Rod Burrows and sister-in-law Mary Burrows were on board Flight 370 when it vanished in March. On Friday, Mann found out that her stepdaughter, Maree Rizk, was killed along with 297 others on Malaysia Airlines Flight...

July 18, 2014 - 6:13am
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MILAN (AP) — The number of executions worldwide rose last year despite a general global trend toward capital punishment abolition, according to a report released Friday by an Italian anti-death penalty group.

The organization Hands off Cain, based in Rome, said Friday that at least 4,106 people were executed in 2013, up from 3,967 in 2012, due to increases in Iran, which recorded the highest number of executions in 15 years, and Iraq, which had the highest number since...

July 18, 2014 - 5:49am
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BAGHDAD (AP) — Violence in Iraq has killed more than 5,500 civilians over the first six months of the year, the U.N. said Friday in a new report that documents the massive humanitarian toll of an ongoing Sunni militant offensive in the country.

The Islamic State extremist group and other Sunni insurgents seized control of the city of Fallujah, as well as part of the nearby city of Ramadi in Anbar province in early January. The militants then launched a massive blitz in...

July 18, 2014 - 5:48am
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JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africans marked Nelson Mandela's birthday on Friday with charitable acts in honor of the former president, whose death in December prompted a global outpouring of tributes.

People picked up litter, cooked at homes for the elderly and donated food, blankets and other basic necessities to the poor. The United Nations has declared July 18 to be Nelson Mandela International Day.

Organizers had urged people to perform acts of...

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