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PLO offers 24-hour truce, says it speaks for Hamas
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- .A senior PLO official has called for a 24-hour humanitarian cease-fire in the Gaza war, saying he is also speaking in the name of Hamas....

Shelling adds to mounting civilian toll in Ukraine
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Shelling in at least three cities in eastern Ukraine has hit a home for the elderly, a school and multiple homes, adding to a rapidly growing civilian death toll Tuesday....

US, EU preparing new sanctions against Russia
BRUSSELS (AP) -- The United States and the European Union, finally in synch on how to deal with Russian President Vladimir Putin, are preparing a powerful one-two punch against Russia's economy, with EU ambassadors meeting on Tuesday to discuss a dramatic escalation in the trade bloc's sanctions....

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 grip on power and breaking a longstanding taboo against publicly targeting the country's topmost leaders....

AP PHOTOS: NKorea opens summer camp for kids
WONSAN, North Korea (AP) -- Summer camp in North Korea? It's got one - and it's got everything from giant water slides and a private beach to video games and volleyball courts. Oh, and, of course, a big bronze statue of the late leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il surrounded by adoring children....

Strong quake shakes Mexico's Gulf coast
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A strong earthquake shook much of eastern Mexico on Tuesday, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injury....

Suicide bomber kills Afghan president's cousin
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- A cousin and close associate of outgoing Afghan President Hamid Karzai was assassinated on Tuesday by a suicide bomber who hid his explosives under his turban, a provincial official said....

Kosovo prosecutor suspects some killed for organs
BRUSSELS (AP) -- A special European Union prosecutor says there are "compelling indications" that up to ten captives were killed to have their organs harvested for illegal trafficking during the 1998-99 Kosovo war....

St. Petersburg airport briefly evacuated
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) -- The Pulkovo airport in Russia's St. Petersburg was briefly evacuated on Tuesday because of a bomb threat....

Lonely Londoners looking to open up to strangers
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....

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Asia
Europe, Asia stocks up ahead of US data

Europe
UBS sees profits rise, probed over trading system

Latin America/Caribbean
Strong quake shakes Mexico's Gulf coast

Middle East