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In international flight, volatile conflicts abound

Israeli police officers secure a destroyed house that was hit by a rocket fired by Palestinians militants from Gaza, in Yahud, central Israel, Tuesday, July 22, 2014. Israel has said its campaign, launched July 8, is aimed at stopping Hamas rocket fire into Israel — some...
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China detains employees of suspect meat seller

A man eats a burger at a McDonald’s restaurant in Beijing Tuesday, July 22, 2014. China’s food safety agency on Tuesday announced a nationwide inspection of processing factories and meat suppliers used by a company accused of selling expired beef and chicken to...
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Gaza families plead for evacuation amid battle

Smoke and fire from the explosion of an Israeli strike rise over Gaza City, Tuesday, July 22, 2014, as Israeli airstrikes pummeled a wide range of locations along the coastal area and diplomatic efforts intensified to end the two-week war. Disagreement over whether to lift the...

Global stocks bolstered by US earnings, home sales

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Global stocks mostly rose Wednesday, bolstered by solid U.S. earnings and home sales as tensions between Russia and the West over Ukraine eased. Europe markets opened with moderate gains. Britain’s FTSE 100 gained 0.2 percent to 6,806.46...

Coroner: Heroin overdose killed Peaches Geldof

LONDON (AP) — A British coroner has concluded that model and TV personality Peaches Geldof died from a heroin overdose. Coroner Roger Hatch said Wednesday that Geldof had taken a fatal dose after a period of trying to come off the drug. The 25-year-old daughter of Live...

Americans aplenty as UK’s Booker Prize goes global

LONDON (AP) — The Americans have arrived in force for Britain’s Booker literary prize. Five U.S.-based writers are on the 13-book long-list for the prestigious fiction award. The list, announced Wednesday, includes Americans Joshua Ferris, Karen Joy Fowler, Siri...
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With GOP runoff over, Perdue and Nunn face off

David Perdue waves to supporters after declaring victory in the Republican primary runoff for nomination to the U.S. Senate from Georgia, at his election-night party in Atlanta, Tuesday, July 22, 2014. Perdue defeated Rep. Jack Kingston. (AP Photo) David Perdue waves to...
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U.S. pushes for truce as Gaza battle rages

Smoke from an Israeli strike rises over Gaza City, Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Israeli troops battled Hamas militants on Wednesday near a southern Gaza Strip town, sending Palestinian residents fleeing, as the U.S. secretary of state presses ahead with top-gear efforts to end the...

Son of British singer Adele wins privacy case

LONDON (AP) — British singer Adele’s toddler son has won a five-figure sum in damages after paparazzi photographed private family moments. Adele’s lawyer Jenny Afia said Wednesday that the Grammy-winning performer was adamant her son Angelo must never become...
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Flight bans show skittishness over trouble spots

A traveler views a departures board Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at the Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia. The Federal Aviation Administration is telling U.S. airlines they are prohibited from flying to the Tel Aviv airport in Israel for 24 hours after a Hamas rocket...