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July 23, 2014 - 3:38pm
6 min 23 sec ago

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian judge released his reasoning for harsh sentences issued against three Al-Jazeera journalists, saying they were brought together "by the devil" to destabilize the country.

The main evidence cited in the 57-page document obtained by The Associated Press on Wednesday was footage produced by the journalists that included voices critical of the government and showed the turmoil in Egypt after the overthrow of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi last...

July 23, 2014 - 3:37pm
6 min 23 sec ago

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A top leader of the anti-government protests that wracked Venezuela for months this spring is getting his day in court.

The trial of opposition firebrand Leopoldo Lopez for inciting violence at demonstrations began Wednesday in Caracas.

Lopez was arrested in February after he spoke at a demonstration that turned violent. That protest marked the start of three months of deadly street demonstrations. While the protest movement...

July 23, 2014 - 3:19pm
6 min 23 sec ago

BRAZZAVILLE, Republic of Congo (AP) — Representatives of the Muslim and Christian factions battling in Central African Republic signed a cease-fire agreement on Wednesday in neighboring Republic of Congo.

The ceremony was carried live on the Republic of Congo's state television.

The signing on Wednesday comes after heavy pressure from regional mediators and only one day after the Seleka Muslim rebels failed to show up for the second day of talks....

July 23, 2014 - 2:59pm
6 min 23 sec ago

JERUSALEM (AP) — Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg landed Wednesday in Israel in spite of a U.S. flight ban amid the ongoing war in the Gaza Strip, offering the country support amid growing international frustration over the violence.

Bloomberg arrived at Israel's Ben-Gurion International Airport on Israel's national carrier El Al, where he was met by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The Federal Aviation Administration renewed a...

July 23, 2014 - 2:56pm
36 min 28 sec ago

GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — After years of exhaustive preparation formulating tactics to deliver success, comes the final push for glory in Scotland.

Not just for the thousands of athletes in Glasgow for the start of the Commonwealth Games on Wednesday but also for the nationalist politicians trying to persuade Scots to sanction the breakup of Britain.

The once-in-a-generation chance to change the course of a nation's history comes in less than two...

July 23, 2014 - 2:43pm
1 hour 6 min ago

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Sierra Leone's health minister confirms that the doctor in charge of battling the current Ebola outbreak has himself become ill with the deadly disease.

Minister of Health and Sanitation Miatta Kargbo issued a statement Tuesday saying that Dr. Sheik Humarr Khan has a confirmed case of Ebola.

The minister described the stricken doctor as a national hero for the sacrifices he has made during the current outbreak of the...

July 23, 2014 - 2:21pm
1 hour 6 min ago

TOCOA, Honduras (AP) — Elsa Ramirez already had lost two brothers to violence in this remote Caribbean region when co-workers handling clandestine cocaine flights from South America murdered her husband four months ago.

Then the killers came looking for her.

Ramirez had seen Facebook messages and heard from relatives that mothers travelling to the United States with children would be allowed to stay if they made it across the border, so she took off...

July 23, 2014 - 2:01pm
1 hour 6 min ago

PARIS (AP) — Days after two banned pro-Gaza protests degenerated into violence, several thousands of demonstrators marched Wednesday through Paris under the eye of hundreds of riot police, this time in a legal protest.

With banners featuring slogans such as "Boycott Israel" and "Israel Murderer," demonstrators tested a government grappling with how best to allow freedom of expression while containing violence — and hate speech against France's Jews.

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July 23, 2014 - 1:18pm
1 hour 36 min ago

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan police officer charged with killing Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus (AHN'-yuh NEE'-dring-hows) and wounding veteran AP correspondent Kathy Gannon has been convicted and sentenced to death.

The ruling announced today by a court in Kabul followed a two-hour court hearing yesterday and a three-month police investigation.

Six judges at the Kabul District Court found the former Afghan police unit...

July 23, 2014 - 1:01pm
1 hour 36 min ago

HAVANA (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping is wrapping up his visit to Cuba after signing dozens of agreements for such things as investment by Chinese firms on the island.

The official newspaper Granma on Wednesday published a description of the agreements signed by the Chinese leader and Cuban President Raul Castro.

One calls for joint construction of a multipurpose port terminal in the eastern city of Santiago, while another would form a real...

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