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Iraq: Attack on prisoner convoy kills 60 people
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Gunmen attacked a prisoner convoy north of Baghdad on Thursday, setting off a gunbattle with troops in which 52 prisoners and eight soldiers were killed, officials said....

Israeli border towns empty, adjust to new threats
NIR AM, Israel (AP) -- With deadly fighting raging next door in the Gaza Strip, southern Israeli towns along the border have turned into mini army bases as most residents have fled....

Gaza fighting rages amid cease-fire efforts
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Israeli tanks and warplanes bombarded the Gaza Strip on Thursday, as Hamas militants stuck to their demand for the lifting of an Israeli and Egyptian blockade amid U.S. efforts to reach a cease-fire....

2 planes with more crash victims to leave Ukraine
KHARKIV, Ukraine (AP) -- Dozens of containers holding remains of victims of the Malaysia Airlines crash were loaded aboard two military transports to go to the Netherlands Thursday on the second day of the airlift, while Australia's government dispatched 50 police officers to London to prepare to join a proposed U.N. team to secure the crash site....

China's love and dating scene laid out on stage
BEIJING (AP) -- For many of today's Chinese youth looking for a partner, love takes second place to parental pressure, moving up the social ladder and a heavy dose of fear drummed into women that they will end up as "leftover."...

Taiwan airline suspects bad weather caused crash
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) -- Stormy weather trailing behind a typhoon was the likely cause of a plane crash on a Taiwanese island that killed 48 people on board and injured 10 on the plane and five on the ground, the airline said Thursday....

Cuba looks to mangroves to fend off rising seas
HAVANA (AP) -- Many people in this tiny hamlet on the southern coast of Cuba remember when the shore lay about 100 meters (yards) farther out. That was four decades ago....

UN human development report faults inequality
TOKYO (AP) -- Improvements in life spans, education and incomes are slowing due to natural disasters, misguided government policies and worsening inequality in a world where the 85 richest people have as much wealth as the 3.5 billion poorest people, the United Nations said Thursday in its annual human development report....

12 children, man die in train-bus crash in India
NEW DELHI (AP) -- Twelve children were killed Thursday when a train crashed into their school bus at an unmanned railroad crossing in southern India, police said....

Death sentence given in AP photographer's killing
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- A Kabul court announced Wednesday that the Afghan police officer charged with killing Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus and wounding veteran AP correspondent Kathy Gannon has been convicted and sentenced to death....

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Africa
Malawi corruption suspect faces charges

Asia
3 patients at Chinese nursing home castrated

Europe
2 planes with more crash victims to leave Ukraine

Latin America/Caribbean
Jailed Venezuelan opposition leader goes on trial

Middle East
Gaza fighting rages amid cease-fire efforts


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