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China factory index at 18-month high in July

| |Wednesday, Jul. 23, 2014

China's manufacturing rose in July to its highest level in 18 months, in a sign that mini-stimulus measures to shore up growth in the world's No. 2 economy have taken hold.

UN humanitarian chief calls for aid revamp

|Wednesday, Jul. 23, 2014

The U.N.'s top humanitarian official called Thursday for major changes in the delivery of relief, as funding falls short because of a growing number of conflicts and disasters.

South Korea unveils stimulus after ferry sinking

| |Wednesday, Jul. 23, 2014

South Korea's government unveiled stimulus plans Thursday after the shock of a deadly ferry sinking slowed economic growth to the lowest level in three quarters.

Japan trade deficit at record $75B in first half

| |Wednesday, Jul. 23, 2014

Japan's trade deficit surged to a record 7.6 trillion yen ($74.9 billion) in the first half of the year as exports failed to keep pace with surging imports, the Finance Ministry reported Thursday.

Venezuelan network Telesur expands into English

| |Wednesday, Jul. 23, 2014

The Spanish-language television network started by the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez as a vehicle for promoting in Latin America his leftist brand of political change will now reach audiences in English.

As airliner dead are honored, Germany chides Russia for inaction

| |Wednesday, Jul. 23, 2014

As about 1,000 relatives of the dead from Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 gathered Wednesday to meet the first bodies returned to the Netherlands, European anger at Russia’s involvement in the months-long conflict in eastern Ukraine appeared to grow and the pro-Russian separatists in the region reportedly shot down two more military jets.

Patriotic parade at big Peru psychiatric hospital

|Wednesday, Jul. 23, 2014

Patients and staff at Peru's largest psychiatric hospital put on a patriotic parade at the facility Wednesday to celebrate the 193rd anniversary of the country's independence from Spain.

Bad back? Acetaminophen may not work, try exercise

| |Wednesday, Jul. 23, 2014

Acetaminophen isn't any better at relieving back pain than a fake pill, despite almost universal recommendations to take the drug, according to the first big trial to test it.

Fans hop aboard exclusive train to Comic-Con

|Wednesday, Jul. 23, 2014

For a lucky fellowship of fans, Comic-Con is beginning early on a private train car trekking to the pop-culture convention.

Cuba, US begin 5-game exhibition baseball series

|Wednesday, Jul. 23, 2014

Cuba is hoping to use a five-game baseball exhibition against a team of U.S. college players to bounce back from recent disappointing international results in a sport that's considered the island's national pastime.

Iraq delays picking president as Kurds struggle to unite behind a candidate

| |Wednesday, Jul. 23, 2014

Iraq’s Parliament on Wednesday agreed to a 24-hour postponement of its vote for the country’s next president after its Kurdish bloc failed to agree on a single candidate for the post traditionally reserved for a Kurd.

Casualty numbers raise questions about Gaza war

| |Wednesday, Jul. 23, 2014

Shopkeepers say they were sitting outside their shuttered businesses Wednesday, catching a break from being cooped up during wartime, when an Israeli missile struck a nearby mosque, killing a truck driver and wounding 45 people.

Puerto Rico to pay for chikungunya virus testing

|Wednesday, Jul. 23, 2014

Puerto Rico's health department is paying for laboratory tests that determine whether someone has the chikungunya virus amid an epidemic in the U.S. territory.

Quebec police try to prevent auction of locomotive

|Wednesday, Jul. 23, 2014

Quebec provincial police say they've taken steps to prevent the U.S. auction of the locomotive from the runaway oil train that derailed and exploded in the town of Lac-Megantic, killing 47 people.

Jamaica police arrest 41 suspected scammers

|Wednesday, Jul. 23, 2014

More than three dozen Jamaicans have been arrested as suspected lottery scammers, police on the Caribbean island said Wednesday.

Rockets found at UN Gaza school went missing

|Wednesday, Jul. 23, 2014

The U.N. secretary-general on Wednesday said he was "alarmed" to hear that rockets were placed in a U.N.-run school in Gaza and now "have gone missing," and he demanded a full review of such incidents.

Argentina's embattled vice president back in court

|Wednesday, Jul. 23, 2014

Argentina's embattled Vice President was back in court Wednesday, this time over false data in documents for an old car that he bought about 20 years ago.

Officials: U.S. knew 3 days before Mosul fell that Islamic State was moving forces

| |Wednesday, Jul. 23, 2014

The Obama administration knew an attack was in the works three days in advance of the Islamic State’s offensive in northern Iraq, but U.S. efforts to mount a response were hampered by the Iraqi government’s insistence that it could handle the threat, two top U.S. architects of Iraq policy said Wednesday.

Canadian man faces terror charge

|Wednesday, Jul. 23, 2014

A Canadian man has been charged under a new anti-terrorism law for allegedly leaving the country to join Islamist fighters in Syria.

Egypt judge: Al-Jazeera team did "devil's" work

| |Wednesday, Jul. 23, 2014

An Egyptian judge released his reasoning for harsh sentences issued against three Al-Jazeera journalists, saying they were brought together "by the devil" to destabilize the country.