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Obama expected to announce US sanctions on Russia
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is expected to announce a new round of U.S. sanctions against Russia Tuesday....

Sources: EU adopts tough new sanctions on Russia
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Frustrated by the apparent ineffectiveness of previous sanctions and outraged by the deaths of 298 people aboard the Malaysia Airlines plane downed over eastern Ukraine, the European Union adopted tough new economic sanctions against Russia on Tuesday, EU officials and diplomats said....

Israel hits symbols of Hamas rule; scores killed
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Israel on Tuesday unleashed its heaviest bombardment in a 3-week-old war against Hamas, striking symbols of the militant group's control in Gaza and firing tank shells that Palestinian officials said shut down the strip's only power plant....

China: Ex-security czar Zhou under investigation
BEIJING (AP) -- China's ruling Communist Party announced an investigation into a feared ex-security chief on Tuesday, demonstrating President Xi Jinping's firm grip on power and breaking a longstanding taboo against publicly targeting the country's topmost leaders....

Shelling adds to mounting civilian toll in Ukraine
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Shells smashed into a residential neighborhood of Donetsk on Tuesday as Ukrainian forces intensified their campaign to encircle the rebel stronghold. The shelling killed at least two people, blew gaping holes in an apartment block and raised fears that the city is on the verge of severe bloodshed....

Hamas demands for cease-fire and Israel's concerns
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Hamas rulers have presented a list of demands to stop their fire on Israel in the Gaza war. Israel has said it doesn't want to reward Hamas for its rocket campaign, but has other reasons to oppose the demands - mostly based on security....

Top Sierra Leone doctor dies of Ebola
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) -- Authorities say the top doctor treating Ebola in Sierra Leone has died from the disease....

Argentina fights with debt holdouts; default nears
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Argentina risks financial default unless it reaches an agreement with a group of holdout bondholders by Wednesday. Here are the issues at stake:...

Elegant Louvre Garden in Paris infested with rats
PARIS (AP) -- Rats are on the rampage in the elegant garden of the Louvre Museum, so bold they romp on the grass in broad daylight, defying death threats from sanitation workers and scaring tourists....

Suicide bomber kills Afghan president's cousin
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- A powerful cousin of outgoing Afghan President Hamid Karzai was assassinated by a suicide bomber hiding explosives in his cap on Tuesday, a provincial official said. It was the latest attack targeting Afghan power brokers and government officials as insurgents and political factions struggle for power ahead of the withdrawal of foreign combat forces by the end of this year....

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Africa
Nigerian militants bomb bridge, killing 8 people

Asia
China: Ex-security czar Zhou under investigation

Europe
Shelling adds to mounting civilian toll in Ukraine

Latin America/Caribbean
Officials blame Colombia power outage on rebels

Middle East
Militia gunfire in Libya capital as inferno rages


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