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July 30, 2014 - 8:23pm
6 min 1 sec ago

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's prime minister and foreign minister on Thursday sent mixed messages on whether Russia was frustrating Dutch and Australian police efforts to retrieve the bodies of victims of the Malaysian airliner disaster in war-torn east Ukraine.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said she feared Russia was behind the daily artillery barrages blocking police, while Prime Minister Tony Abbott said it was too early to judge. Abbott has declined to...

July 30, 2014 - 8:15pm
6 min 1 sec ago

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung Electronics Co. said Thursday that its second-quarter profit dropped 20 percent as smartphone and tablet sales fell.

Its net income during the April-June quarter was 6.3 trillion won ($6.1 billion), compared with 7.8 trillion won a year earlier.

That was the lowest since the second quarter of 2012 and below forecasts. Analysts surveyed by FactSet forecast 6.5 trillion won income.

Samsung had...

July 30, 2014 - 8:08pm
6 min 1 sec ago

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Cho Yang-ho, the South Korean business tycoon who led Pyeongchang's successful bid to host the 2018 Winter Olympics, will take charge of the local organizing committee following the sudden resignation of the previous president.

The Hanjin Group chairman was unanimously elected in a meeting of 94 committee officials on Thursday and will serve out the remainder of Kim Jin-sun's scheduled term as the Pyeongchang organizing committee president,...

July 30, 2014 - 6:09pm
1 hour 55 min ago

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Thirty-two countries have written to a U.N. General Assembly committee asking the United Nations to recognize Judaism's holiest day, Yom Kippur, as an official holiday.

The letter to the assembly's Committee on Conferences, circulated on Wednesday, says the U.N. "recognizes the major festivals of many of the world's main religions, yet Judaism is not represented."

"We believe that the United Nations calendar should reflect the...

July 30, 2014 - 5:59pm
1 hour 55 min ago

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The head of Venezuela's opposition alliance resigned Wednesday, delivering a blow to anti-government forces bitterly divided over how best to challenge socialist President Nicolas Maduro as frustrations rise with his handling of the struggling economy.

Ramon Guillermo Aveledo had held the perennially fractious opposition together ever since the Democratic Unity alliance was created five years ago. After years of infighting and fumbled strategies...

July 30, 2014 - 5:23pm
2 hours 15 min ago

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Bolivia's leftist president has declared Israel a "terrorist state" because of its offensive in the Gaza Strip, and his government will now require Israeli citizens to obtain a visa to visit the Andean nation.

President Evo Morales already broke off diplomatic relations with the Jewish state in 2009, calling Israel's treatment of Palestinians "a genocide."

The action announced Wednesday will especially hit young Israelis, who...

July 30, 2014 - 5:09pm
46 min ago

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican prosecutors plan to question the son of a former governor after a video surfaced that purportedly shows him talking with the leader of a drug cartel, a federal official said Wednesday.

The official said federal prosecutors plan to question Rodrigo Vallejo, whose father was governor of the trafficking-plagued state of Michoacan. The official, who agreed to discuss the case only if not quoted by name because he was not authorized to talk to the...

July 30, 2014 - 4:49pm
6 min 1 sec ago

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — The largest recorded Ebola outbreak in history has led the U.S. Peace Corps to evacuate hundreds of volunteers from three affected West African countries, and a State Department official on Wednesday said two volunteers were under isolation after having contact with a person who later died of the virus.

Meanwhile, Liberia's president ordered the nation's schools to shut down and most civil servants to stay home as fears deepened over the virus...

July 30, 2014 - 4:44pm
2 hours 15 min ago

SANTA MARIA NEBAJ, Guatemala (AP) — The remains of 31 Ixil Mayans killed more than three decades ago during the height of Guatemala's civil war were laid to rest Wednesday in the country's western highlands amid the sounds of a violin and wafts of incense.

Hundreds of people joined in a procession that carried small wooden boxes containing the remains to a cemetery in Xecax, the village in Quiche province where the massacre happened.

Villagers have...

July 30, 2014 - 4:24pm
4 hours 15 min ago

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Two new attacks in Gaza have pushed the Palestinian death toll above 1,300 in more than three weeks of fighting.

Israeli strikes today hit a crowded shopping area in Gaza City, where Palestinian officials say at least 16 people were killed and more than 200 wounded. Hours earlier, tank shells tore through the wall of a U.N. school that was crowded with war refugees, killing at least 17 people and wounding 90 others.

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