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AP Top International News At 3:50 a.m. EDT

Greece: Referendum campaigns squeezed to deadline
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Rival campaigns in Greece's bailout referendum end Friday, with rallies planned in Athens for "Yes" and "No" supporters - at the same time....

The Latest: Poll finds Greeks overwhelmingly back euro
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- The latest news on Greece's financial woes (all times local):...

AP Exclusive: North Korean farmers face dry fields, drought
UNPHA, North Korea (AP) -- North Korean farmers work to pump underground water into parched fields. Instead of rice seedlings standing in flooded paddies, the baked earth is cracked. A big lake that used to supply surrounding farmland with water is almost completely dry....

Let's make a deal: mega-mergers drive M&A frenzy
NEW YORK (AP) -- Deal makers from New York to London had a busy first half of the year, and mega-mergers drove the frenzy....

AP Exclusive: China Ministry posted bootleg 'Liar's Poker'
SHANGHAI (AP) -- A complete bootlegged copy of Michael Lewis' bestselling book about Wall Street, "Liar's Poker," was hosted on the official website of the Chinese Commerce Ministry, the agency responsible for intellectual property protection in China, The Associated Press has found....

Iraqi musicians play ancient oud to soften din of war
BAGHDAD (AP) -- In a Baghdad workshop plastered with black-and-white photos from a more peaceful time, Mahmoud Abdulnabi hand-carves a wooden oud, a string instrument with ancient roots that has fallen silent in much of the war-torn country....

Palestinian Authority arrests 100 Hamas members in West Bank
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- Palestinian Authority forces arrested 100 Hamas members in the West Bank in the biggest raid of its kind in years....

Palestinian killed after throwing rocks at Israeli vehicle
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's military says troops opened fire and killed a Palestinian among a group that threw large rocks at their vehicle....

Capsized Philippine ferry death toll rises to 38; 15 missing
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- MANILA, Philippines (AP) - At least three more bodies have been recovered from a ferry that capsized in choppy waters in the central Philippines, raising the death toll in the accident to 38 with 15 others missing, the coast guard said Friday....

AP PHOTOS: Surfing takes Brazilian kids out of Rio slum
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- It's dawn and barefoot boys are hustling down the inclined alleys of Rio de Janeiro slums, surfboards under their arms. They're heading to nearby Sao Conrado and Arpoador beaches, where they catch waves and momentarily leave their impoverished lives behind....

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World Video
Up to the Minute
Africa
Attack on UN convoy in Mali kills 6 peacekeepers, wounds 5

Asia
AP Exclusive: North Korean farmers face dry fields, drought

Europe
The Latest: Poll finds Greeks overwhelmingly back euro

Latin America/Caribbean
AP PHOTOS: Surfing takes Brazilian kids out of Rio slum

Middle East
A year after Gaza war, southern Israel slowly recovers