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AP Top International News At 4:43 p.m. EDT

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

Israel hits symbols of Hamas rule; scores killed
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Israel unleashed its heaviest bombardment in a 3-week-old war against Hamas on Tuesday, 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....

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....

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....

US, Europe impose tough new sanctions on Russia
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Spurred to action by the downing of the Malaysian airliner, the European Union approved dramatically tougher economic sanctions Tuesday against Russia, followed swiftly by a new round of U.S. penalties targeting key sectors of the Russian economy....

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....

Top doctor dies from Ebola after treating dozens
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) -- A leading doctor who risked his own life to treat dozens of Ebola patients died Tuesday from the disease, officials said, as a major regional airline announced it was suspending flights to the cities hardest hit by an outbreak that has killed more than 670 people....

China reports deadly attack in northwest
BEIJING (AP) -- A mob armed with knives rampaged through part of China's volatile northwestern region of Xinjiang and police responded with gunfire, leaving dozens of people dead in the latest violence blamed on Islamic militants, state media reported Tuesday....

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....

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Israel hits symbols of Hamas rule; scores killed