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A Hamas rocket exploded Tuesday near Israel's main airport, prompting a ban on all flights from the U.S. and many from Europe and Canada as aviation authorities responded to the shock of seeing a civilian jetliner shot down over Ukraine.
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Puerto Rico police probe deaths of 16 cats, dogs

Danica Coto, Associated Press  |  posted 41 minutes ago
Police launched an investigation Tuesday into the deaths of at least 16 cats and dogs found near a bridge where dozens of animals were thrown to their deaths seven years ago in a case that sparked international outrage.
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Mexico's circuses caught up in animal rights spat

Mark Stevenson, Associated Press  |  posted Jul 22nd - 4:41pm
Mexico's "circus wars" are heating up, with a growing movement to ban circus animals meeting rising anger from circus workers.
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Physician detained for defaming Ecuador president

The Associated Press  |  posted Jul 22nd - 4:20pm
Authorities in Ecuador say prominent physician Carlos Figueroa has been detained near Quito and sent to prison to serve a six-month sentence for defaming President Rafael Correa.
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End comes for notorious Venezuelan vertical slum

Hannah Dreier, Associated Press  |  posted Jul 22nd - 4:11pm
The beginning of the end came for the world's tallest slum Tuesday as officials began evicting thousands of squatters from a haphazard community inside the half-built Caracas skyscraper known as the Tower of David.
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Plane crash bodies removed from war zone

Sergei Chuzavkov, Juergen Baetz, Associated Press  |  posted Jul 22nd - 3:50pm
A train bearing the dead from the downed Malaysian airliner finally reached Ukrainian government-held territory Tuesday, but the pro-Russian separatists in control of the crash site showed little willingness to allow the full-scale investigation demanded by world leaders.
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At least 21 dead in Iraq checkpoint car bombing

Sameer N. Yacoub, Associated Press  |  posted Jul 22nd - 3:40pm
A suicide driver rammed his explosive-laden car into a police checkpoint in the Iraqi capital killing 21 people, including more than a dozen civilians en route to a Shiite shrine in the final days of the Islamic holy month.
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UN chief believes Gaza fighting will end soon

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  posted Jul 22nd - 3:40pm
The U.N. secretary-general said Tuesday it is his "hope and belief" that his emergency mission to the Middle East will lead to an end to the fighting between Hamas and Israel "in the very near future."
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Jakarta governor wins Indonesian presidency

Niniek Karmini, Ali Kotarumalos, Associated Press  |  posted Jul 22nd - 3:11pm
Jakarta Gov. Joko Widodo, who captured the hearts of millions of Indonesians with his common man image, was declared the winner Tuesday of the country's presidential election, calling it a victory for all of the nation's people.
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Lax security at crash site hampers investigations

Mike Corder, Lucian Kim, Associated Press  |  posted Jul 22nd - 2:51pm
When international monitors and Malaysian aviation experts arrived Tuesday at the two main sites where the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 smashed into the undulating countryside of eastern Ukraine, there was almost no perimeter tape.
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11 parents of Nigeria's abducted girls die

Michelle Faul, Associated Press  |  posted Jul 22nd - 2:51pm
In the three months since Islamic extremists kidnapped more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls, 11 of their parents have died, town residents say.
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U.S. bans Israel flights, citing rocket attack

Marnie Hunter, Katia Hetter and Jason Hanna, CNN  |  posted Jul 22nd - 2:42pm
The Federal Aviation Administration has told U.S. airlines that they are prohibited from flying to or from Israel's Ben Gurion Airport for up to 24 hours.
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Nigerian president meets with parents of abducted girls

The Associated Press  |  posted Jul 22nd - 2:41pm
Nigeria's president has met today for the first time with parents of 219 kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls, and with dozens of their classmates who managed to escape from Islamic extremists.
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Israel tells airlines not to cancel flights

The Associated Press  |  posted Jul 22nd - 2:41pm
Israeli officials are urging foreign airlines to reverse their decision to cancel flights into Israel's main airport.
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US cracks down on Caribbean drug trafficking ring

The Associated Press  |  posted Jul 22nd - 2:41pm
Ten suspected members of a multimillion-dollar drug trafficking ring that distributed huge amounts of cocaine throughout Puerto Rico and on the U.S. mainland have been indicted, authorities said Tuesday.
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Crash scene still not secure

The Associated Press  |  posted Jul 22nd - 2:31pm
Although the remains of victims from the downed Malaysia Airlines jetliner are on their way to the Netherlands, and the black box recorders are being turned over to the airline, similar progress isn't being seen at the crash site itself.
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Peace talks eyed after Israel, Hamas cease-fire

The Associated Press  |  posted Jul 22nd - 1:51pm
The U.S. and Egypt sought Tuesday to find an end to two weeks of bloodshed in the Gaza Strip, and officials raised the possibility of restarting stalled peace talks between Israel and Palestinian authorities as a necessary step to avoid sustained violence.
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Teen mother of newborn buried in NC yard arrested

The Associated Press  |  posted Jul 22nd - 1:30pm
A North Carolina teenager whose newborn baby died and was buried in her family's suburban yard faces a felony charge of concealing the birth.
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Canada deports members of human trafficking ring

The Associated Press  |  posted Jul 22nd - 1:01pm
Twenty members of a Hungarian human trafficking ring that brought people to Canada from eastern Europe have been deported.
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UK announces inquiry for Russian spy death

Sylvia Hui, Gregory Katz, Associated Press  |  posted Jul 22nd - 1:01pm
The British government announced plans Tuesday for a wide-ranging public inquiry into the mysterious 2006 death of poisoned former Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko.
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American Samoa warns about illness outbreak

The Associated Press  |  posted Jul 22nd - 12:50pm
American Samoa is issuing a health alert after about 100 people went to the territory's only hospital with symptoms similar to Dengue fever.
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Infighting as split emerges among Syrian rebels

Diaa Hadid, Associated Press  |  posted Jul 22nd - 12:31pm
Fighters of an al-Qaida affiliate seized a northern border town in Syria from rival rebels, activists reported Tuesday, as new infighting threatened opposition gains.
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Iraq Christians flee with little more than clothes

Mehmet Guzel, Sameer N. Yacoub, Associated Press  |  posted Jul 22nd - 12:21pm
Iraqi Christians who fled the northern city of Mosul rather than convert to Islam by a deadline imposed by extremist militants said they had to leave most of their belongings behind and gunmen stole much of what they did manage to take along.
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