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In razing homes of Palestinian attackers, Israel revives punishment it once deemed ineffective
JERUSALEM (AP) -- In razing family homes of Palestinian attackers, Israel is reviving a draconian punishment it largely halted a decade ago as ineffective and counterproductive....

Iran negotiators fail to reach final deal, talks to be extended until July, 2015
VIENNA (AP) -- Facing still significant differences between the U.S. and Iran, negotiators gave up on last-minute efforts to get a nuclear deal by the Monday deadline and extended their talks for another seven months....

Afghan bombings kill 2 NATO troops, 6 civilians; death toll rises in year's deadliest attack
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Bombings across Afghanistan killed two NATO troops and six civilians Monday, authorities said, as the death toll in the country's deadliest insurgent attack this year rose to at least 50....

Swiss museum accepts huge, priceless Gurlitt art trove; Germany publishes Nazi-era art ledgers
BERLIN (AP) -- A Swiss museum accepted a massive, priceless trove of long-hidden art from the late German collector Cornelius Gurlitt on Monday, promising to work with Germany to make sure that any Nazi-looted pieces in it are returned to Jewish heirs....

Turkey's Erdogan declares women unequal to men, unable to take on the same work as men
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan set off a new controversy on Monday, declaring that women are not equal to men and accusing feminists of not understanding the special status that Islam attributes to mothers....

Israeli police say Arab assailant stabs Jewish man in Jerusalem, call it a terror attack
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli police say an Arab assailant has stabbed a Jewish man in Jerusalem....

Deal gives Russia greater control over Abkhazia, breakaway Georgian region on Black Sea
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia further tightened its control over Georgia's breakaway province of Abkhazia on Monday with a new treaty envisaging closer military and economic ties, a move that has drawn outrage in Georgia....

Mayor gets thumbs-down from Romans sick of traffic chaos; unpaid tickets haven't helped
ROME (AP) -- Pigs root through garbage piling up in a working class neighborhood. City buses improvise routes on streets clogged with triple-parked cars. On rainy days, muck-choked sewers make crossing the road a Herculean labor....

Fire damages 750-year-old oak tree, believed to be the oldest in Poland; police suspect arson
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- A suspected arson fire in southwestern Poland has damaged a 750-year-old oak tree believed to be the country's oldest....

Heavy rains and floods kill 32 in southern Morocco, cutting off roads and sweeping away homes
RABAT, Morocco (AP) -- Days of unusually heavy rain pounded Morocco's south and unleashed deadly floods that killed 32 people, the Interior Ministry said Monday....

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