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Syrian casualties surge as jihadis consolidate

| |Monday, Jul. 28, 2014

More than 2,000 Syrians — almost half of them pro-government forces — have been killed in just over two weeks of fighting in Syria, marking one of the worst death tolls in the country's three-year civil war, opposition activists said Monday.

UN rights chief: Flight 17 possible war crime

| |Monday, Jul. 28, 2014

The downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 may be a war crime, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Monday.

Meat supplier: China unit fell short of standards

| |Monday, Jul. 28, 2014

A U.S. meat supplier said Monday a Chinese subsidiary embroiled in a safety scandal fell short of its requirements for maintaining high standards.

HK pro-democracy news site folds, citing pressure

|Monday, Jul. 28, 2014

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.

Russia ordered to pay $50 billion over Yukos

| |Monday, Jul. 28, 2014

Russian President Vladimir Putin's government must pay $50 billion for using tax claims to destroy Yukos, once the country's largest oil producer, and its Kremlin-critical CEO, an international court has ruled.

Pakistani mob attacks minority Muslims, kills 3

| |Monday, Jul. 28, 2014

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.

Outgoing Karzai says Afghans need new president

|Monday, Jul. 28, 2014

Afghanistan's outgoing leader Hamid Karzai said on Monday that his nation needs a new president and urged for a speedy conclusion to the ballot audit that will determine his successor.

Fighting in Ukraine prompts residents to flee

| |Monday, Jul. 28, 2014

Panicky residents in an eastern Ukrainian town fled their homes Monday carrying a few possessions in plastic bags and small suitcases as shells exploded in the distance, fighting that also prevented an international police team from reaching the area where the Malaysia Airlines plane was downed.

Chinese police remove church cross amid crackdown

|Monday, Jul. 28, 2014

Hundreds of police took down a church's cross Monday in a city known as "China's Jerusalem" for its many houses of worship amid a crackdown on church buildings in a coastal region where thousands of people are embracing Christianity.

Oil depot ablaze amid clashes in Libyan capital

| |Monday, Jul. 28, 2014

A fire at the oil depot for the airport in Libya's capital raged out of control Monday after being struck in the crossfire of warring militias battling for control of the airfield, the latest violence to plague the country as foreigners flee the chaos.

Sri Lankan asylum seekers fly to Australia

| |Monday, Jul. 28, 2014

More than 150 Sri Lankan asylum seekers who languished on 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, a government minister said Monday.

China announces war games starting Tuesday

|Monday, Jul. 28, 2014

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.

Stocks pause as traders await key economic news

| |Monday, Jul. 28, 2014

After dawdling between small gains and losses in a slow day of summer trading, the stock market ended little changed on Monday.

Be ready for 'prolonged' Gaza war, Netanyahu says

| |Monday, Jul. 28, 2014

Signaling an escalation of Israel's Gaza operation, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Israelis Monday to be ready for a "prolonged" war, and the military warned Palestinians in three large neighborhoods to leave their homes and head immediately for Gaza City.

Abu Sayyaf gunmen kill 21 Filipinos in road attack

| |Monday, Jul. 28, 2014

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.

AP News Alert

|Monday, Jul. 28, 2014

Philippine military says at least 16 villagers killed by Abu Sayyaf militants in road ambush.

Memorial at sea for Ind. pilots after deadly crash

| |Monday, Jul. 28, 2014

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.

Gaza war rages despite Hamas, Israel truce pledges

| |Sunday, Jul. 27, 2014

Israel and Hamas launched new attacks Sunday in the raging Gaza war, despite going back and forth over proposals for a temporary halt to nearly three weeks of fighting ahead of a major Muslim holiday.

UN chief reinforces call for Gaza cease-fire

| |Sunday, Jul. 27, 2014

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reinforced the Security Council's call for an immediate and unconditional humanitarian cease-fire in the Gaza war on Monday and demanded that Israel and Hamas end the violence "in the name of humanity."

Girls killed, hurt in attack in Thailand's south

|Sunday, Jul. 27, 2014

A 12-year-old girl was killed and seven people, including two other girls, were wounded in a roadside bomb attack near an army base in Thailand's insurgency-plagued south, police said Monday.