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July 13, 2014 - 3:45am
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BAGHDAD (AP) — The Iraqi parliament's Sunni blocs have agreed on a candidate for the post of parliament speaker, paving the way for the legislature to take the first formal step toward forming a new government.

The legislature is scheduled to meet Sunday amid pressure to quickly agree on new leadership that can hold the country together in the face of a Sunni militant offensive. Lawmakers failed to make any progress in parliament's first session on electing a new speaker...

July 13, 2014 - 3:42am
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CAIRO (AP) — Explosions and gunfire have been heard around the international airport in Libya's capital as airlines have cancelled some international flights.

The fighting erupted Sunday morning, though it was unclear who was involved. Libya has seen fierce fighting between rival militias since the 2011 civil war that toppled dictator Moammar Gadhafi.

Authorities had said Saturday that the airport was to have been handed over into government control...

July 13, 2014 - 3:25am
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BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — For the first time since communism collapsed in Romania 25 years ago, a former prison commander goes on trial Monday charged with being responsible for the torture and murdering prisoners considered a threat to the country's old order.

Survivors say the delay in bringing perpetrators to justice was a cynical tactic by Romania's new rulers, some of whom held senior positions under the communist regime, to avoid accountability.

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July 13, 2014 - 2:58am
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PAMPLONA, Spain (AP) — In the seventh bull run at this year's San Fermin festival in Spain, four people have sustained cuts and bruises along Pamplona's narrow streets.

But none of the several thousand daredevils testing their bravery by running beside six fighting bulls were gored in Sunday's race.

Dr. Oscar Gorria says three runners have been hospitalized with head injuries and one was being treated for a chest injury.

There...

July 13, 2014 - 2:48am
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SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's president has fired two senior army commanders after last week's capture of a city by Shiite Hawthi rebels, state television reported.

The TV report said President Abed Rabo Mansour Hadi issued decrees removing Maj. Gen. Mohammed al-Someli and Maj. Gen. Mohammed Ali al-Maqdishi.

The report late Saturday gave no reason for their removal. However, it comes after Shiite Hawthi rebels took the northeastern city of Amran last...

July 13, 2014 - 2:30am
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JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel briefly deployed ground troops inside the Gaza Strip for the first time early Sunday as its military warned northern residents to evacuate their homes, part of a widening campaign against militant rocket fire that's seen more than 160 Palestinians killed.

Israeli troops launched the brief raid into northern Gaza to destroy what it described as a rocket-launching site, an operation the military said left four soldiers slightly wounded....

July 13, 2014 - 1:55am
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KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's two rival candidates have agreed to a complete audit of their contested presidential election and to form a national unity government, whoever the victor.

The deal, brokered by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, offers a path out of what threatened to be a debilitating political crisis for Afghanistan, with both candidates claiming victory and talking of setting up competing governments.

Such a scenario could...

July 13, 2014 - 1:21am
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KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Authorities say three NATO troops have been wounded in a suicide car bombing targeting their convoy in eastern Afghanistan.

Ahmad Zia Abdulzai, a spokesman for the governor of Nangarhar province, says the attack happened Saturday night in the province's Bhesoud district. NATO says soldiers killed the attacker and there were no other fatalities.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.

The...

July 13, 2014 - 1:03am
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ALOFI, Niue (AP) — It was a school once, but there are no children here anymore. The lonely building on this remote Pacific island now contains only a punching bag that someone has strung from the classroom rafters, and a note scrawled on the chalkboard in Niuean: "Keep this place clean," it says, "so it stays beautiful."

While much of the world worries about how it will accommodate rapidly growing populations, some islands in the Pacific face the opposite dilemma: how...

July 13, 2014 - 12:06am
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VIENNA (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and other officials gathering in Vienna face a deadline only days away for a comprehensive pact preventing Tehran from developing nuclear weapons.

However, world powers and Iran appear set to extend the deadline to allow more time for negotiations.

Britain, France and Germany also sent their foreign ministers to Austria's capital for talks over the next few days, as has Iran. But the top diplomats from...

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