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June 30, 2014 - 5:14am
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BRUSSELS (AP) — A 24-hour strike is disrupting train service throughout Belgium, and has caused the cancellation of high-speed Thalys services between Brussels and Paris, Amsterdam and other European cities.

As of Monday morning Belgian national railways reported virtually no passenger service in the country's French-speaking Wallonia region, and "very limited" service in Dutch-speaking Flanders.

The company is advising people who want to travel in...

June 30, 2014 - 5:10am
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BEIJING (AP) — Prosecutors announced murder and terrorism charges Monday against four people for a knife attack that killed 29 people at a train station, part of an upsurge in unrest the government blames on Muslim extremists.

The announcement by the national prosecutor's office came during a security crackdown launched after the violence in March in Kunming in China's southwest and attacks in the restive Muslim northwest.

The four defendants, a...

June 30, 2014 - 5:09am
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KALAK, Iraq (AP) — Waving pots and pans, police pushed back dozens of hungry Iraqi refugees as they rushed to seize free food, ending their first daylong fast of the holy Muslim month of Ramadan in an encampment for the displaced.

Shouting men scrambled Sunday to reach pots of rice, meat and chicken stew in this dusty, hot encampment some 60 miles (100 kilometers) from the northern city of Irbil, the capital of Iraq's self-ruled Kurdish region. The chaotic scene...

June 30, 2014 - 5:01am
1 week 5 days ago

BRUSSELS (AP) — The inflation rate across the 18-country eurozone languished at a low of 0.5 percent in June, official figures showed Monday, adding urgency to the European Central Bank's recently announced measures to help the economy.

Some economists warn the persistently low inflation rate can hurt growth. In a worst case, an extended drop in prices could cause a deflationary spiral, which can choke off growth and take years — if not decades — to break out of....

June 30, 2014 - 4:59am
1 week 5 days ago

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai authorities said Monday they have revoked the passports of six people wanted on arrest warrants, including two who founded an anti-coup movement in exile, as the military junta continues to promote obeisance to its rule.

After taking power by coup in May, the junta has summoned hundreds of people for discussion, interrogation and detention —usually for a maximum of a week. The six are among a handful who defied the summons.

The...

June 30, 2014 - 4:55am
1 week 5 days ago

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — A Somali police official says two people have been killed after a land mine exploded at a business center in the northern outskirts of the capital, Mogadishu.

Col. Ali Hassan said the land mine was detonated by remote control, killing one soldier and a civilian woman on Monday. He offered no more details about the blast, which tore roofs off shops and destroyed business stalls.

After the explosion, government soldiers fired...

June 30, 2014 - 4:50am
1 week 4 days ago

CAIRO (AP) — Three homemade bombs went off near Egypt's presidential palace on Monday, killing two senior police officers and injuring 10 other people on the anniversary of mass protests that led to the ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.

The devices were planted less than 20 meters (yards) away from the walls of the Ittihadiya palace in the upscale Heliopolis district in eastern Cairo, in what appeared to be a serious security breach in the heavily policed area...

June 30, 2014 - 4:44am
1 week 5 days ago

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan launched a ground offensive against militant strongholds near the Afghan border on Monday after evacuating nearly half a million people from the region, the army said, in the most significant escalation of a two-week long operation to root out insurgents trying to overthrow the government.

The ground offensive is the second phase of a long-awaited operation against militants in the North Waziristan tribal area, a lawless, mountainous stretch of...

June 30, 2014 - 4:08am
1 week 4 days ago

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military found the bodies of three missing teenagers on Monday just over two weeks after they were abducted in the West Bank — a grim discovery that ended a frantic search that led to Israel's largest ground operation in the Palestinian territory in nearly a decade and drew Israeli threats of retaliation.

"Hamas is responsible and Hamas will pay," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed, referring to the Islamic militant group that Israel has...

June 30, 2014 - 4:00am
1 week 5 days ago

SAINT-NAZAIRE, France (AP) — A Russian naval ship carrying 400 sailors docked Monday at a French harbor to start weeks of training aboard a warship that France is selling to Russia as part of a criticized 1.2-billion euro ($1.6 billion) deal.

France has pushed ahead with the 2011 contract — the biggest-ever sale of NATO weaponry to Moscow — despite renewed criticism after Russia annexed the Crimean Peninsula.

The Russian ship Smolniy docked just...

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