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China announces war games starting Tuesday

|Monday, Jul. 28, 2014

China says it has set up alternative flight routes to minimize delays related to military exercises along its southeastern coast that start Tuesday.

China profits boost Asian stock markets

| |Sunday, Jul. 27, 2014

Asian stock markets were mostly higher Monday, shrugging off jitters about stiffer Western sanctions against Russia, after China reported strong corporate profits.

Relative lull in Gaza as UN calls for cease-fire

|Monday, Jul. 28, 2014

Israel and Hamas have lowered the pace of the fighting in the three-week-old Gaza war as international efforts intensify to end the conflict that has already killed 1,030 Palestinians and 43 Israeli soldiers.

Filipino extremists kill at least 16 villagers

|Monday, Jul. 28, 2014

Philippine military officials say Abu Sayyaf gunmen have killed at least 16 villagers, including women and children, in a road attack as the civilians traveled in two vans to visit relatives at the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan in the south of the country.

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 Security Council calls for Gaza cease-fire

| |Sunday, Jul. 27, 2014

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.

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.

Police in China remove church's cross

|Sunday, Jul. 27, 2014

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.

UN council agrees on demand for Gaza cease-fire

| |Sunday, Jul. 27, 2014

The U.N. Security Council agreed on a statement Sunday calling for "an immediate and unconditional humanitarian cease-fire" in the Gaza war between Israel and Hamas and scheduled a meeting at midnight to adopt it.

Israel, Hamas hold out for more gains in Gaza war

| |Sunday, Jul. 27, 2014

Israel and Hamas are holding out for bigger gains in the Gaza war, helping explain the failure of the world's most influential diplomats to broker even a precursor to a lasting cease-fire.

Aruba releases Venezuelan diplomat sought by US

| |Sunday, Jul. 27, 2014

Aruba's government released a former Venezuelan general who was detained on U.S. drug charges when he arrived to serve as his country's consul on the Dutch Caribbean island, sending him home Sunday night and defusing a diplomatic fight with its neighbor.

Hurricane Hernan in Pacific moves away from Mexico

|Sunday, Jul. 27, 2014

Hurricane Hernan spun deeper into the open Pacific on Sunday night after forming earlier in the day far off Mexico's western coast. It posed no threat to land.

In strife-torn Ukraine, soccer is more than just a game

| |Sunday, Jul. 27, 2014

Sergey Sapsay showed up early at Olympic Stadium Sunday to hang a banner honoring the owner of the soccer club he supports, Oleg Babaev.

Israel acknowledges mortar shell hit UN school

| |Sunday, Jul. 27, 2014

Israel acknowledged Sunday that troops fired a mortar shell that hit the courtyard of a U.N. school in Gaza last week, but said aerial footage shows the yard was empty at the time and that the shell could not have killed anyone.

Islamic militants destroy historic mosque in Mosul

| |Sunday, Jul. 27, 2014

Militants from the Islamic State group blew up a mosque and shrine dating back to the 14th century in Mosul on Sunday, local residents said, the latest casualty in a week that has seen a half dozen of the Iraqi city's most revered holy places destroyed.

Italy's Vincenzo Nibali wins Tour de France

| |Sunday, Jul. 27, 2014

Vincenzo Nibali put his lungs and legs to work one last time, marching up to the winner's podium of the Tour de France and sighing deeply before the Italian anthem echoed over the Champs-Elysees.

EU, US seek Putin Achilles' heel on Ukraine

| |Sunday, Jul. 27, 2014

Months after Russia annexed Crimea and stepped up support for separatists in eastern Ukraine, Europe and the United States are still searching for a way to persuade Russian President Vladimir Putin to change course.

Key World War I battle re-enacted in Poland

|Sunday, Jul. 27, 2014

About 200 history enthusiasts from across Europe have gathered on a hilly area in Poland to reconstruct the Battle of Tannenberg, an engagement between the Russian and German Empires in the first days of World War I.