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  • Russia ordered to pay $50 billion over Yukos

    LONDON (AP) — An international court on Monday ordered Russia to pay more than $50 billion to the former majority shareholders of now defunct oil company Yukos, ruling that the state engaged in a ruthless campaign to destroy what was once the country's biggest oil producer. In one of the biggest such cases ever, the Permanent Court for...

  • Syria's Assad prays as his troops suffer high toll

    BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad prayed at a Damascus mosque at the start of a major Muslim holiday on Monday amid reports of an unprecedented high death toll among his troops battling Islamic extremists. The military casualties came as fighting intensified in the past two weeks, with militants from the al-Qaida-breakaway Islamic...

  • Police team turns back from Ukraine crash site

    SHAKHTARSK, Ukraine (AP) — Heavy fighting raged Monday around the Malaysia Airlines debris field, once again preventing an international police team charged with securing the site from even getting there. Government troops have stepped up their push to win back territory from pro-Russian separatists in fighting that the United Nations said...

  • Philippine leader: Not even a bomb can stop reform

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — An emotional Philippine president has called his opponents desperate and says many people will carry on his reforms even if he was stopped by a bomb. Benigno Aquino III said in his annual state of the nation address before Congress Monday that he could not avoid thinking somebody may make an attempt on his life...

  • Oil depot catches fire amid clashes in Tripoli

    CAIRO (AP) — The Libyan government on Monday appealed for international help after a huge oil depot caught fire amid clashes over the country's international airport in the capital, Tripoli. The interim government said in a statement posted on its website that the fighting between rival militias caused the huge blaze, which could trigger a...

  • Abu Sayyaf gunmen kill 21 Filipinos in road attack

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Abu Sayyaf gunmen attacked Filipino civilians traveling to celebrate the end of Ramadan with their families on Monday, killing 21, including at least six children, in a brazen road attack that was the bloodiest in recent years by the violent militant group, police and military officials said. Eleven other civilians...

  • Pakistani mob attacks minority Muslims, kills 3

    LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — A Pakistani mob burned down several homes belonging to the minority Ahmadi sect in the country's east, killing a woman and her two granddaughters in riots following rumors about blasphemous postings on Facebook, police said Monday. The rioting in the city of Gujranwala erupted late Sunday after claims that an Ahmadi...

  • In war-struck Gaza, civilians struggle to get by

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Caught in the fighting between Israel and Hamas, Gaza's civilians are increasingly struggling to get by. There is no electricity 21 hours a day because power lines have been hit. Water taps have run dry because there's no power to their fuel pumps and tens of thousands of displaced sleep on the floors of schools...

  • UN Security Council calls for Gaza cease-fire

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council called for "an immediate and unconditional humanitarian cease-fire" in the Gaza war between Israel and Hamas at an emergency meeting early Monday morning. The pressure for a cease-fire followed new attacks launched by Israel and Hamas on Sunday despite back-and-forth over proposals for another...

  • Air Algerie plane's black boxes arrive in France

    PARIS (AP) — The two black boxes from the Algerian passenger jet that went down in Mali last week, killing all 118 aboard, have arrived in France for analysis. Martine Del Bono, spokeswoman for the French aviation investigation office, said the data and voice recorders of the Air Algerie plane arrived early Monday and are in the hands of...

  • Government said to suppress evidence in Blackwater

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawyers for Blackwater security guards are accusing the government of suppressing evidence favorable to the defendants, who are accused in the killings of 14 Iraqis in Nisoor Square in Baghdad. The attorneys say the suppressed evidence consists of photographs of eight spent shell casings that would fit an AK-47 — the...

  • Mom on teen's 9-month absence: She isn't pregnant

    NORTH CONWAY, N.H. (AP) — The mother of a 15-year-old New Hampshire girl reunited with her family nine months after she vanished says rumors that she was pregnant aren't true. Investigators have been trying to find out how and why Abigail Hernandez of North Conway disappeared and who may have helped conceal her. She returned home July 20....

  • Britain reopens way for fracking

    LONDON (AP) — Energy firms will be able to bid for licenses Monday to explore for shale gas in Britain, three years after the controversial fracking process caused seismic tremors which led the government to suspend operations. Business and Energy Minister Matthew Hancock said shale gas has the potential to increase the country's energy...

  • Israeli strikes on Gaza, rocket fire, break lull

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli jets struck three sites in Gaza on Monday after a rocket was launched at Israel, the military said, disrupting a relative lull in the war-torn territory at the start of a major Muslim holiday. The strikes followed an almost 12-hour pause in fighting and came as international efforts intensified to end the three-week...

  • Iraqi officials: 14 bodies found in Baghdad

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials say that 14 bullet-riddled bodies have been found in different areas of the capital, Baghdad. The discovery is a grim reminder of the sectarian killing that engulfed Iraq in 2006 and 2007. Two police officers and a morgue official say the bodies were dumped in the streets and discovered late Sunday and early...

  • Father, stepmother of found boy due in court

    DETROIT (AP) — The father and stepmother of a 12-year-old Detroit boy who was found in his basement after an 11-day disappearance are due back in court. A pretrial hearing is scheduled Monday morning in Wayne County juvenile court for Charlie Bothuell IV and Monique Dillard-Bothuell. The state wants to terminate the couple's rights to two...

  • Japan to step up sanctions against Russia

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan's top government spokesman said Monday that the country is stepping up sanctions against Russia over the unrest in Ukraine. The sanctions include the freezing of assets held in Japan by individuals and groups supporting the separation of Crimea from Ukraine, as well as a ban on Crimean imports, Chief Cabinet Secretary...

  • Porch shooter back in court for 3rd day of trial

    DETROIT (AP) — The trial of a Detroit-area man who killed a young unarmed woman on his porch is entering its first full week of testimony. Theodore Wafer will return to Wayne County court Monday. He's charged with second-degree murder in the death of 19-year-old Renisha McBride, who was shot outside Wafer's Dearborn Heights home last fall....

  • Meat supplier: China unit fell short of standards

    BEIJING (AP) — A U.S. meat supplier said Monday a Chinese subsidiary embroiled in a safety scandal fell short of its requirements for maintaining high standards. The president of OSI Group, David G. McDonald, declined to give details of what the company has found at Shanghai Husi Food Co. A Shanghai TV station reported last week that Husi...

  • International police team abandons effort to reach Ukraine crash site as heavy fighting erupts

    SHAKHTARSK, Ukraine (AP) — International police team abandons effort to reach Ukraine crash site as heavy fighting erupts.

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