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  • HK pro-democracy news site folds, citing pressure

    HONG KONG (AP) — A popular Hong Kong pro-democracy website has closed, citing political pressure, the latest sign of mounting tensions as the semiautonomous Chinese city braces for a possible shutdown of its financial center by activists fighting Beijing's desire to limit democratic reforms. In a letter posted on the House News website over...

  • Meat supplier says China unit violated standards

    BEIJING (AP) — A U.S. meat supplier says a Chinese unit embroiled in a safety scandal has fallen short of its requirements for maintaining high standards. The president of OSI Group, David McDonald, said Monday an investigation of complaints that its China unit, Husi Food, sold expired beef and chicken still is under way. McDonald declined...

  • 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...

  • China profits boost Asia stocks, Europe unenthused

    BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets were mostly higher Monday, shrugging off jitters about stiffer Western sanctions against Russia, after China reported strong corporate profits. Benchmarks in Paris and London also rose but many other European markets drifted lower. KEEPING SCORE: In morning European trade, France's CAC 40 rose 0.4 percent...

  • Russia ordered to pay $50B over Yukos

    LONDON (AP) — An international court on Monday ordered Russia to pay over $50 billion in compensation to the former majority shareholder of now-defunct Russian oil company Yukos over the expropriation of the company more than 10 years ago. In one of the largest arbitration cases ever, a subsidiary for GML Ltd., once the biggest shareholder...

  • UN rights chief: Flight 17 possible war crime

    GENEVA (AP) — The downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 may be a war crime, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Monday. Pillay, the U.N.'s top human rights official, called for a thorough investigation into the violation of international law that occurred when the flight was shot down with a surface-to-air missile over...

  • Israeli strikes on Gaza, rocket fire, break lull

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli jets pounded three Hamas sites in Gaza on Monday after a rocket was launched at Israel, 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 conflict...

  • Spokesman: Plane punctured by shrapnel

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — A Ukrainian security spokesman says data from the recovered flight data recorders shows Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crashed due to a massive, explosive loss of pressure after being punctured multiple times by shrapnel. National security spokesman Andriy Lysenko said Monday the plane suffered "massive explosive...

  • Abu Sayyaf gunmen kill 19 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 19, including five children, in a brazen road attack that was the bloodiest in recent years by the violent militant group, police and military officials said. Fourteen other civilians were...

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

    BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian state media have shown President Bashar Assad praying in Damascus at the start of a major Muslim holiday amid reports of an unprecedented high toll among his troops battling Islamic extremists. State TV showed Assad performing prayers in Damascus' Khair mosque early Monday. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human...

  • Japan to step up sanctions against Russia

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan is stepping up sanctions against Russia over the unrest in Ukraine. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Monday the sanctions include the freezing of assets held in Japan by individuals and groups supporting the separation of Crimea from Ukraine, and a ban on Crimean imports. He said the steps are in line with...

  • 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.

  • Obama to rename Africa program for Nelson Mandela

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A program designed to foster a new generation of young African leaders will be renamed after former South African President Nelson Mandela. President Barack Obama, who has said he was one of the untold millions of people around the world who were inspired by Mandela's life, is set to announce the name change at a town...

  • Aid Group: 2 Americans have Ebola in Liberia

    BOONE, N.C. (AP) — A relief group official says two American aid workers have tested positive for the Ebola virus while working to combat an outbreak of the deadly disease at a hospital in Liberia. Ken Isaacs, a vice president of Samaritan's Purse, says told The Associated Press on Sunday that Dr. Kent Brantly was stable and in very serious...

  • Should the condemned suffer? Victim families torn

    Randy Browning watched from behind the glass as Kimberly McCarthy slipped quietly into unconsciousness, snored briefly, then finally stopped breathing. It didn't matter to him that this woman — who'd brutally stabbed and mutilated his beloved godmother and mentor — was allowed a peaceful, painless death. For Browning, it was enough to know...

  • Memorial at sea for Ind. pilots after deadly crash

    PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (AP) — Nearly a hundred people gathered on a ferry Sunday off the coast of American Samoa during a memorial service honoring the Indiana teenager who died and his father who is missing after their plane crashed during an attempt to circumnavigate the world. The body of 17-year-old Haris Suleman was found shortly...

  • China announces war games starting Tuesday

    BEIJING (AP) — China has set up alternative flight routes to minimize delays related to military exercises along its southeastern coast that start Tuesday, the Defense Ministry said. The exercises are part of regularly scheduled drills aiming to improve the military's ability to operate under simulated war conditions, the ministry said in a...

  • Sri Lankan asylum seekers fly to Australia

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A group of 157 Sri Lankan asylum seekers that languished on board an Australian customs vessel for weeks have been temporarily brought to a detention center on Australia's mainland where their identities will be determined by Indian officials. They were aboard an Indian-flagged ship when they were intercepted by an...

  • Police in eastern China remove church's cross

    BEIJING (AP) — Hundreds of police took down a church's cross in eastern China early Monday amid a crackdown on church buildings in a coastal region where thousands of people are embracing Christianity. Evangelist Qu Linuo, who belongs to another church, said hundreds of police showed up Monday at the Longgang Huai En Church in the city of...

  • 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 just after midnight (0400 GMT) Monday morning. The council met as Muslims started celebrating the Eid al-Fitr holiday marking the end of the fasting month of...