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China announces probe into ex-security czar Zhou Yongkang over alleged discipline violationsBEIJING (AP) — China announces probe into ex-security czar Zhou Yongkang over alleged discipline violations.22 civilians reported killed in east UkraineKIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Local authorities in eastern Ukraine say at least 22 civilians have been killed in one day by shelling.Nigerian weightlifting winner fails doping test

Gold medalist Chika Amalaha of Nigeria, wraps herself in the national flag of Nigeria as she stands on the winners podium during the medal ceremony for the women's 53 kg weightlifting competition at the Commonwealth Games Glasgow 2014, in Glasgow, Scotland, Friday, July, 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — The Commonwealth Games Federation says Nigerian female weightlifting gold medalist Chika Amalaha has failed a doping test.


Relieved evacuees return after California wildfire

Cal Fire crew members mop up embers of the Sand Fire in the rugged foothills of El Dorado county near Plymouth, Calif., on Monday, July 28, 2014, 2014. (AP Photo/Steve Yeater)SHINGLE SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) — Most of the 1,200 people driven to evacuate by a Northern California wildfire that destroyed 13 homes have been told they can safely return after a series of steady gains in the firefight.


China probes Microsoft for 'monopoly'

File photo of Microsoft tablet computers and Windows 8 software in ShanghaiChina confirmed Tuesday it is investigating US software giant Microsoft for operating a monopoly in its market.


BP warns of impact of Russia sanctions on profits

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, left, attend a meeting at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Monday, July 28, 2014. Putin chairs a government meeting that focused on replacing imported weapons components with local production. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service)LONDON (AP) — Energy company BP warned Tuesday that further international sanctions on Russia could hurt its profits because of its stake in the country's oil giant, Rosneft.


Kosovo prosecutor suspects some killed for organsBRUSSELS (AP) — A special European Union prosecutor says there are "compelling indications" that up to 10 captives were killed to have their organs harvested for illegal trafficking during the 1998-99 Kosovo war.Russia says latest U.N. human rights report 'hypocritical'Russia said on Tuesday the latest U.N. human rights report on fighting between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine was "hypocritical". "The report is unobjective and even hypocritical," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement, adding the report had failed to mention the detentions of Russian journalists in eastern Ukraine and the reported use of heavy rockets by the Ukrainian army against civilians.EU envoys meeting on tougher Russia sanctionsBRUSSELS (AP) — The United States and the European Union are preparing a powerful one-two punch against the Russian economy, with EU ambassadors meeting Tuesday to discuss a dramatic escalation in the trade bloc's sanctions on Russia.Abuse suspect dead; 2 marshals, NY policeman hurt

A police officer stands near a crime scene on Monday, July 28, 2014 in New York. Authorities say a sex-assault suspect got in a shootout with law enforcement in New York City that wounded the suspect, two federal marshals and a police officer. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK (AP) — A California man who skipped town after being accused of molesting a boy was killed and three law enforcement officers trying to arrest him were wounded in a daytime shootout inside a small smoke shop in one of New York's most bustling neighborhoods, officials said.


Asia stocks up, Europe subdued before US data

Trader Glenn Kessler works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Monday, July 28, 2014. The stock market is opening mixed at the start of a busy week as a batch of merger announcements lift shares in Family Dollar and other companies. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Asian stocks extended gains Tuesday ahead of U.S. and Chinese economic reports later this week while European markets were subdued amid the possibility of new sanctions against Russia. The South Korean stock market closed at a three-year high.


Deutsche Bank posts 29 percent drop in profit

FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2012 file photo the headquarters of Deutsche Bank is photographed in Frankfurt, Germany. Deutsche Bank AG has posted a 29 percent drop in second-quarter net profit, hit by what it described as higher taxes, declining revenue and political instability affecting the markets. Germany’s largest bank says Tuesday July 29, 2014 its net profit in the April-June period fell to 238 million euros (US$320 million), down from 335 million euros in the comparable period in 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, File)BERLIN (AP) — Deutsche Bank AG posted a 29 percent drop in second-quarter net profit Tuesday, hit by higher taxes, declining revenue and political instability affecting financial markets.


Swiss bank UBS reports rise in profit

FILE - The April 24, 2014 file photo shows the logo of Swiss bank UBS and the Swiss flag in Zurich, Switzerland. Swiss banking giant UBS AG reported a 15 percent jump Tuesday July 29, 2014 in second-quarter net profit from a year ago, driven by strong results from its core wealth management and trimmed-down investment banking franchises despite a tough market environment. Switzerland's biggest bank said its net profit for the April-June period rose to 792 million Swiss francs (US$ 876 million), up from 690 million francs in the comparable period from 2013. (AP Photo/Keystone, Steffen Schmidt,File)GENEVA (AP) — Switzerland's biggest bank, UBS, reported Tuesday a 15 percent rise in second-quarter profit, driven by strong results from its core wealth management business and trimmed-down investment banking franchises despite a tough market environment.


Indian senior community part of growing niche

In this June 25, 2014 photo, Ranu and Arvind Patel, right, check the their 'chariot' in their home covered with religious symbols that will take part in a Hindu religious celebration at ShantiNiketan, a retirement community for people from India, in Tavares, Fla. ShantiNiketan is one of a growing number of niche retirement communities aimed at people of specific ethnic backgrounds, hobbies or collegiate allegiances. (AP Photo/John Raoux)TAVARES, Fla. (AP) — When Arun and Usha Pancholi were deciding where to spend their retirement years, they wanted a place that combined the culture and camaraderie of life in India with the comforts and conveniences they had grown accustomed to after nearly five decades in Minnesota and Ohio.


Lonely Londoners looking to open up to strangers

In this Thursday, July 17, 2014 photo, Polly Akhurst, right, and David Blackwell, co-founders of Talk To Me London, pose during an interview with the Associated Press, in London. It’s a typical urban routine: Sit on the subway, headphones in, fiddling with the smartphone to avoid eye contact with fellow passengers. Now a new campaign called Talk To Me wants to change London’s image as one of the loneliest places in Britain. Volunteers are handing out special badges with the message “Talk to me, I’ll talk to you” - an invitation to strike up a conversation with the wearer, anywhere. (AP Photo/Bogdan Maran)LONDON (AP) — It's a typical urban routine: Sit on the subway, headphones in, fiddling with the smartphone to avoid eye contact with fellow passengers.


Gold, diamonds feed Central African religious violence

Seleka fighter holds his machine gun near the town of KuangoBy Daniel Flynn NDASSIMA Central African Republic (Reuters) - Three young rebels, their AK47s propped against wooden stools in the afternoon heat, guard the entrance to the giant Ndassima goldmine carved deep into a forested hilltop in Central African Republic. The mine, owned by Canada's Axmin, was overrun by the mainly Muslim Seleka rebels more than year ago. Months of killing and looting provoked vicious reprisals by Christian militia, known as "anti-balaka", that pushed the rebels back, splitting the landlocked country of 4.5 million people into a Muslim north and the Christian south. If there is a problem there, we intervene," said Seleka's local commander Colonel Oumar Garba, sipping tea outside a villa in Axmin's abandoned compound.


Gaza's sole power plant knocked out by Israeli strike: officialIsraeli tank fire hit the fuel depot of the Gaza Strip's only power plant on Tuesday, witnesses said, cutting electricity to Gaza City and many other parts of the Palestinian enclave of 1.8 million people. "The power plant is finished," said its director, Mohammed al-Sharif. He said the local fire brigade was not equipped to extinguish the blaze. The plant had already been hit last week and was working at a reduced capacity of about 20 percent, allowing only a few hours of electricity a day for Gaza's residents.South Africa metals workers start returning to work after 4-week strike

Members of the National Union of Metal Workers of South Africa (NUMSA) protest on the streets of DurbanBy Xola Potelwa and Wendell Roelf JOHANNESBURG/CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - South African metal workers started returning to work on Tuesday after accepting a wage deal from employers, ending a four-week strike that dealt a blow to growth in Africa's most advanced economy. NUMSA, the country's largest union, accepted a 10 percent annual pay increase fixed for three years for its lowest-paid workers on Monday. The strike by over 200,000 NUMSA members had halted production at automakers and disrupted construction of new power plants in a country with a tight electricity supply. "We are not sure whether we have full attendance yet, but there are sufficient volumes to resume production at my two plants," said Ken Manners, chief executive of SP Metal Forgings, a supplier of component parts to the auto industry.


EU readies new Russia sanctions as fighting blocks MH17 probe

A resident of the eastern city of Lisichansk walks past the wreckage of a miltary vehicle that was destroyed in clashes between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian militants, on July 28, 2014The EU was set to approve punishing sanctions against Russia Tuesday over its role in the Ukraine crisis, as fighting in the strife-torn east again prevented international experts from reaching the crash site of Malaysian flight MH17. For the third day running, an unarmed team of Dutch and Australian police ditched plans to travel to the scene of the disaster as "there is currently too much fighting on and around the road to the crash site," said the Dutch justice ministry. The fresh conflict came a day after rebels admitted Kiev had regained control over part of the vast site, where the remains of some of the 298 victims from the MH17 crash still lie 12 days after the disaster. Someone who has control of it now may not have control in a few hours," said Michael Bociurkiw, a spokesman for monitors from the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in rebel-held Donetsk about 60 kilometres (35 miles) away from the site.


Civilians killed in eastern Ukraine amid fierce fighting

Armed pro-Russian separatists stand guard on the suburbs of ShakhtarskKIEV/DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) - Intense fighting between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine killed at least 19 civilians, local officials said on Tuesday, as Kiev pressed an offensive to close in on the separatists. Ukrainian forces have been pushing rebel units back towards their two main urban strongholds of Donetsk and Luhansk and have sought to encircle them in several places, including in the wider area where a Malaysian airliner crashed on July 17. In the city of Luhansk, officials said five civilians were killed when shelling hit a retirement home. "The enemy is throwing everything it has into the battle to complete encirclement of the DNR," rebel commander Igor Strelkov told journalists in Donetsk on Monday evening, referring to the self-proclaimed "Donetsk People's Republic".


Israel hits symbols of Hamas power in Gaza war

In this image taken from video an explosion hits the media complex that houses the offices of Hamas-run Al Aqsa television and radio in central Gaza City early on Tuesday, July 29, 2014. The building also houses offices of a number of Arab satellite television news channels. (AP Photo/APTN)GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israel struck symbols of Hamas' control of Gaza and the strip's only power plant on Tuesday, escalating its military campaign against the Islamic militant group with the heaviest bombardment in the fighting so far.


Federal court: Virginia marriage is for all

FILE- In this Feb. 4, 2014 file photo, plaintiff in the Bostic v. Rainey case, Tony London, waves to the crowd as he and his partner, Tim Bostic, right, leave Federal Court after a hearing on Virginia's ban on gay marriage in Norfolk, Va. Virginia's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional, a federal appeals court ruled Monday, July 28, 2014 in a decision that could overturn similar prohibitions in the Carolinas and West Virginia. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — An appeals courts' decision to strike down Virginia's same-sex marriage ban adds to the growing list of decrees on a hot-button issue that will likely end up being decided by the U.S. Supreme Court.


BP warns more sanctions on Russia could hit business

A sign at a BP filling station in central London on October 30, 2012Oil giant BP warned on Tuesday that more sanctions on Russia over the Ukraine crisis could "adversely impact" its activities, and posted a quarterly profit leap aided by its stake in Rosneft. BP said that it had been unaffected so far by US sanctions imposed on Russia, reporting a two-thirds boost to second-quarter net profits from the equivalent figure last year. The British energy major owns almost 20 percent of Rosneft following a 2012 deal in which it sold the Russian state oil firm its 50-percent stake in joint venture TNK-BP. "If further international sanctions are imposed on Rosneft or new sanctions are imposed on Russia or other Russian individuals or entities, this could have a material adverse impact on our relationship with and investment in Rosneft, our business and strategic objectives in Russia and our financial position and results of operations," BP said.


NYC uses food trucks to bring summer meals to kids

In this July 23, 2014 photo, young adults and small children accompanied by parents receive free lunches at the Get Ready 2 Go truck in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York. The city’s Department of Education has turned to food trucks as part of its summer meals program. The program tries to make sure the children who qualify for reduced-price or free meals during the academic year don’t lose out just because school’s closed. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)NEW YORK (AP) — Within minutes, the line at the food truck parked on a busy Queens thoroughfare extended several people deep. Hipster foodies looking to sample vegan pizzas or fusion tacos?


Immigration debate roils politics in ... Maine?

Maine Gov. Paul LePage speaks to the media at a homeless shelter Monday, July 28, 2014, in Lewiston, Maine. LePage, the governor of the state with the largest percentage of white people, placed thousands of miles from the southern border, has thrust the issue of immigration to the forefront with his criticism over the federal government's placement of eight immigrants in the state. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — In the whitest U.S. state, thousands of miles from the Mexican border, the debate over immigration is quickly becoming a central issue in one of the nation's most closely watched governor's races.


Karzai's cousin and Ghani ally killed in Afghan suicide attackPresident Hamid Karzai's powerful cousin, a close ally of presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani, was killed on Tuesday in a suicide bomb attack at his home, the governor's office in the southern province of Kandahar said. Hashmat Karzai was hosting an event for the Eid al-Fitr holiday at his home in the province when a man posing as a guest set off hidden explosives as Karzai greeted him, the governor's office said. The attack comes as the country is caught in a political deadlock over a disputed election to replace Hamid Karzai as president. "His style was very modern, everything was new, and when he came to talk with Hashmat Khalil and wish him a happy Eid, he blew himself up," the spokesman said.U.S. judge signs order to seize Kurdish oil from tanker off TexasBy Terry Wade and Supriya Kurane HOUSTON (Reuters) - Acting on a request from the central government in Iraq, a U.S. judge has signed an order telling the U.S. Marshals Service to seize a cargo of oil from Iraqi Kurdistan aboard a tanker off the Texas coast, court filings showed on Tuesday. The United Kalavrvta tanker, carrying some 1 million barrels of crude worth about $100 million, arrived near Galveston Bay on Saturday but has yet to unload its disputed cargo. The ship, which is too large to enter ports near Houston and dock, was given clearance by the U.S. Coast Guard on Sunday to transfer its cargo offshore to smaller boats that would deliver it to the U.S. mainland.Suicide bomber kills Afghan president's cousinKABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says a suicide bomber, his explosives hidden inside his turban, has assassinated the cousin of President Hamid Karzai.Huge blaze out of control in Tripoli battle as Libya slides into chaos

A damaged building is pictured after clashes between rival militias, in an area at Alswani road in TripoliBy Patrick Markey and Aziz El Yaakoubi TRIPOLI (Reuters) - A huge fuel depot in Libya's capital burned out of control on Monday, set ablaze in fighting between rival militias that has driven the country to chaos three years after the NATO-backed revolt that toppled Muammar Gaddafi. Combat over control of the nearby airport forced firefighters to withdraw, abandoning their attempts to extinguish the blaze ignited by a missile strike that hit millions of litres of fuel. Western countries have urged their nationals to leave, shut their embassies and pulled diplomats out, after two weeks of clashes among rival factions of former rebels killed nearly 160 people in Tripoli and the eastern city of Benghazi. The Netherlands, the Philippines and Austria on Monday prepared to evacuate diplomatic staff.


Senate Democrats seek to split GOP on export bank

In this Nov. 28, 2010, photo, the American flag is illuminated by the late afternoon sun as it is displayed at the entrance of the U.S. Export Import Bank in Washington. Familiar with the Export-Import Bank? In all likelihood, most voters in Louisiana and Virginia aren’t either. And yet Democratic Sen. Mark Warner is talking about the bank on the campaign trail, portraying it as a job creator that must be protected against tea party ideologues. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Familiar with the Export-Import Bank? In all likelihood, most voters in Louisiana and Virginia aren't either.


Female bombers target Nigeria trade show, petrol station, three deadTwo female suicide bombers blew themselves up at a trade show and a petrol station in northern Nigeria's biggest city of Kano on Monday, killing one other person and injuring at least six others, police and a military source said. The other suicide bomber at the petrol station killed herself and another person, the military source said, without giving further details of that blast. They were the latest bomb attacks to hit Kano, the commercial hub of mainly Muslim northern Nigeria, in 24 hours.Senate Dems seek to split GOP on export bankWASHINGTON (AP) — Familiar with the Export-Import Bank? Most voters in Louisiana and Virginia probably aren't either.Deutsche Bank posts 29 percent net profit drop

FILE - In this Oct. 25, 2011 file picture the headquarters of Deutsche Bank is photographed in Frankfurt, Germany. Deutsche Bank AG has posted a 29 percent drop in second-quarter net profit, hit by what it described as higher taxes, declining revenue and political instability affecting the markets. Germany’s largest bank says Tuesday July 29, 2014 its net profit in the April-June period fell to 238 million euros (US$320 million), down from 335 million euros in the comparable period in 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)BERLIN (AP) — Deutsche Bank AG posted a 29 percent drop in second-quarter net profit Tuesday, hit by what it described as higher taxes, declining revenue and political instability affecting the markets.


Four Ethiopian athletes missing in U.S. after track meetFour members of an Ethiopian track team competing at an international event in Oregon were missing in what officials said on Monday might be an attempt to seek asylum or otherwise stay in the United States. The athletes, who were not believed to be victims of foul play, traveled to the University of Oregon in Eugene last week to compete in the International Association of Athletics Federations World Junior Championships, a university spokeswoman said. "It is being handled like a missing persons case," school spokeswoman Julie Brown said, adding that investigators were looking into the possibility the four had left willingly to try to seek asylum. "But we can't confirm yet if it's an attempt to claim asylum." Ethiopia is one of the world's poorest countries and has been accused by rights campaigners and the political opposition of stifling dissent and torturing political detainees.Honda's quarterly profit up on Asian sales growth

A visitor checks out a N-ONE Premium compact car displayed at a Honda showroom in Tokyo, Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Honda said quarterly profit surged nearly 20 percent on strong demand for remodeled cars in Japan and elsewhere in Asia. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)TOKYO (AP) — Honda's quarterly profit surged nearly 20 percent on demand for remodeled cars in Japan and elsewhere in Asia. The Japanese automaker also raised its full-year profit and sales forecasts.


Libya is paying for legal defense of al Qaeda suspect al-Liby -filings

A courtroom sketch shows Nazih al-Ragye known by the alias Abu Anas al-Liby as he appears in Manhattan Federal Court for an arraignment in New YorkBy Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Libyan government is paying to defend alleged senior al Qaeda figure Anas al-Liby against U.S. terrorism charges, according to court filings unsealed on Monday. Al-Liby, whose real name is Nazih al-Ragye, was seized by U.S. forces in October in Libya and brought to the United States to face criminal charges in connection with the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. During a court hearing last week, Al-Liby’s lawyer, Bernard Kleinman, told U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan that a foreign government was paying his fees but declined to identify the country. Kaplan also released a note from Kleinman listing the individuals associated with the Libya government with whom he has been in contact about payment.


U.S. says Russia violated nuclear treaty, urges immediate talks

Obama meets with Vladimir Putin during the G8 Summit at Lough Erne in EnniskillenBy Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In another sign of deteriorating relations between the United States and Russia, the U.S. government said on Monday that Moscow had violated the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces treaty, and urged immediate bilateral talks on the issue. "This is a very serious matter which we have attempted to address with Russia for some time now," an administration official said in a statement. "We encourage Russia to return to compliance with its obligations under the treaty and to eliminate any prohibited items in a verifiable manner," the official said. The official did not describe how Russia violated the treaty.


2 tank shells hit fuel tank at Gaza power plant

In this image taken from video an explosion hits the media complex that houses the offices of Hamas-run Al Aqsa television and radio in central Gaza City early on Tuesday, July 29, 2014. The building also houses offices of a number of Arab satellite television news channels. (AP Photo/APTN)GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli tank shells hit a fuel tank of the Gaza Strip's only power plant on Tuesday, forcing the plant to shut down, a spokesman for Gaza's electricity distribution company said. A huge cloud of black smoke rose over the coastal city.


Miller faces sales job on $17B VA health care bill

House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., joined by Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., left, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill, in Washington, Monday, July 28, 2014, about a bipartisan deal to improve veterans' health care that would authorize at least $17 billion to fix the health program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up delays. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON (AP) — Before being elected to Congress, Rep. Jeff Miller was a real estate broker. His background in sales will come in handy as the Florida Republican tries to a sell a $17 billion deal to improve veterans health care to a GOP caucus that includes tea party members and other conservatives dead set against raising the deficit.


Obama going to dinner as clock ticks toward recess

President Barack Obama awards the 2013 National Humanities Medal to Ellen Dunlap of the American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, Mass., during a ceremony in the East Room at the White House in Washington, Monday, July 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is taking four Kansas City residents out to dinner to chew over the concerns of heartland Americans, with little time remaining for action on pressing issues before Congress begins its August recess.


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