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August 1, 2014 - 1:09pm
4 min 27 sec ago

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Uruguay's plan to create the world's first national, government-regulated marketplace for legal pot may be going up in smoke.

Delays in implementing the plan are putting it at risk as polls point to opposition gains in October general elections and show most Uruguayans oppose a legal pot marketplace. Opposition politicians have said they will seek to repeal or modify the legislation, which gives the national government power to oversee the...

August 1, 2014 - 1:01pm
4 min 27 sec ago

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — At least 44 Palestinians are now reported dead in the violence that erupted in a southern Gaza town, as a cease-fire that began less than two hours earlier fell apart.

Israel and Hamas are accusing each other of breaking the truce.

The Israeli military says two of its soldiers were killed, and that an Israeli infantry officer may have been captured during fighting. If confirmed, the capture of the soldier -- identified as...

August 1, 2014 - 12:26pm
4 min 27 sec ago

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon blamed Hamas on Friday for violating the cease-fire in Gaza and demanded the immediate and unconditional release of an Israeli soldier reportedly captured after it started.

The U.N. chief urged both sides "to show maximum restraint and return to the agreed 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire that tragically lasted such a brief period of time," U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said.

Israel and Hamas...

August 1, 2014 - 11:45am
1 hour 14 min ago

GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — Reacting to sensationalistic headlines such as "Ebola Terror at Commonwealth Games" in a British newspaper, officials said on Friday that a Sierra Leone cyclist passed tests for the Ebola virus and competed.

"There is no Ebola in the athletes' village," a games statement said. "We can confirm an athlete was tested for a number of things when he fell ill last week, including Ebola. The tests were negative and the athlete competed in his event on...

August 1, 2014 - 11:16am
1 hour 24 min ago

LONDON (AP) — British police say a fire that gutted a landmark seaside pier in southern England may have been started deliberately.

Sussex Police said Friday that they were treating the blaze at the 144-year-old Eastbourne Pier as suspicious.

No one was injured in Wednesday's fire, which destroyed about a third of the 1,000 foot-long (300 meter-long) structure.

Prime Minister David Cameron visited Eastbourne, 70 miles (110...

August 1, 2014 - 10:58am
1 hour 44 min ago

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — A Somali police officer says gunmen have shot and killed a Somali lawmaker in Mogadishu.

Hassan Abdullahi said two gunmen shot and killed Sheikh Aden Mader on Friday as he left a mosque. Mader, a former minister in the Somali government, is the fifth Somali parliamentarian to be killed this year.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. Al-Shabab, an al-Qaida-linked group of militants, often carries out...

August 1, 2014 - 10:38am
1 hour 34 min ago

BEIJING (AP) — China said nine suspects were killed Friday and another captured in a police action in the restive northwestern region of Xinjiang that follows a wave of militant violence.

The official Xinhua News Agency said in a brief report that the confrontation took place in Hotan prefecture in the southern part of the vast region. It described those killed and captured as "terror suspects" but gave no other details.

That followed the murder on...

August 1, 2014 - 10:15am
4 min 27 sec ago

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Two American tourists charged with "anti-state" crimes in North Korea said Friday they expect to be tried soon and pleaded for help from the U.S. government to secure their release from what they say could be long prison terms.

In their first appearance since being detained more than three months ago, Matthew Todd Miller and Jeffrey Edward Fowle told a local AP Television News crew that they were in good health and were being treated well....

August 1, 2014 - 9:57am
2 hours 44 min ago

HRABOVE, Ukraine (AP) — Dozens of international investigators are setting up a base of operations at a chicken farm in eastern Ukraine. From there, they will carry out a search of the surrounding area for debris from the Malaysia Airlines crash, and the remains of as many as 80 of the people on board.

The region is still seeing some fighting between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russia rebels. As the investigators arrived, the sound of artillery fire could be heard in the...

August 1, 2014 - 9:46am
2 hours 44 min ago

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Bassem Abul Qumbus looked in despair at the wreck of his home. Shells had punched holes in an upper-floor bedroom. A wall had collapsed into the kitchen. The dozens of baby chicks he'd been raising on the roof were dead, except for three tiny survivors and a slightly injured white duck.

"I'm heart-broken," said Abul Qumbus. The 35-year-old father of eight had spent the earnings of a lifetime — about $55,000 — to build the three-story home....

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