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Court flips US state's ban on same-sex marriage

A federal appeals court Monday struck down Virginia's ban on same‑sex marriage, in a landmark victory for the gay rights movement in the United...

Gaza death toll passes 1200 amid latest talk of truce

The Palestine Liberation Organisation expressed readiness for a Gaza truce and Washington said Israel had sought help Tuesday in calming a 22-day conflict...

Crews make headway against destructive wildfire

Crews make headway against destructive Northern California wildfire

US and EU expand economic sanctions on Russia

President Obama announces the U. S. has expanded sanctions against Russia over its support for rebels in eastern Ukraine, unveiling the steps after the EU...

Abbott, Obama in further MH17 talks

Barack Obama and Tony Abbott have held further talks on securing access for investigators to the MH17 air crash site in eastern Ukraine. The talks between...

East Ukraine rebels deny threat to ban OSCE from crash site

Rebels in eastern Ukraine on Tuesday denied they had threatened to ban the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) from the crash site...

Malaysia jet victims' bodies arrive in Netherlands

EINDHOVEN, Netherlands (AP) — Victims of the Malaysian jetliner shot down over Ukraine returned at last Wednesday to Dutch soil in 40 wooden coffins,...

MH17: How did the conflict in Ukraine start?

The region where Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down is at the heart of a conflict that has been raging for months.

 

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AP Top Stories

Here's the latest news for Tuesday, July 29th: John Kerry talks tough with Russia; Airstrikes kill Hamas leader; Girl dies after being hit by a small plane; Groundskeepers combat a rat infestation at...

Today in History

Highlights of this day in history: Britain's Prince Charles marries Lady Diana Spencer; Italy's fascist dictator Benito Mussolini born; President Dwight Eisenhower signs an act creating NASA;...

US slaps sanctions on Russian energy, arms and finance

President Barack Obama announces that the United States will join the European Union in slapping new sanctions on Russia's energy sector, arms...

 

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Pulitzer winning novel 'The Goldfinch' to hit big screen

Donna Tarrt's acclaimed novel "The Goldfinch" could be set for the big screen after Warner Bros. snapped up the film rights to the Pulitzer...

Artist Tracey Emin's 'My Bed' to return to Britain

British artist Tracey Emin's controversial "My Bed" is to be exhibited in Britain as part of a long‑term loan to the Tate group of...

Sarah Palin debuts online TV channel

Conservative gadfly Sarah Palin ramped up her Internet profile Monday with an online TV channel where fans can savor her homespun brand of American...

Gordon Ramsay's youngest daughter to get her own cooking show

A kinder, gentler, and arguably cuter Ramsay is reported to be getting her own cookery show at the...

 

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Russia-Ukraine tensions pose credit default risks - IMF

The International Monetary Fund warned Tuesday that an escalation of tensions between Russia and Ukraine would raise the risks for banks exposed to those...

Court orders Russia to pay $50b for seizing Yukos assets

An international arbitration court ruled on Monday that Russia must pay $50 billion (£29.44 billion) for expropriating the assets of Yukos, the...

Netflix agrees to pay AT&T for smooth video downloads

Video streaming service Netflix has agreed to pay US broadband provider AT&T Inc to ensure smooth delivery of Netflix content to Internet users, the...

VW set to overtake Toyota as global auto leader

Volkswagen is poised to overtake Toyota Motor Corp as the global leader in vehicle sales, with a rapid expansion drive in China - the world's biggest...

US vows strict monitoring of any Iran nuclear deal

US officials pledged Tuesday that any deal struck with Iran would include a strict monitoring regime to thwart any bid by Iranian leaders to covertly try...

US and EU expand economic sanctions on Russia

President Obama announces the U. S. has expanded sanctions against Russia over its support for rebels in eastern Ukraine, unveiling the steps after the EU...

US concerned at charges against ex-Georgia leader

Washington Tuesday voiced concerns about the filing of criminal charges against former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili.

Gaza death toll passes 1200 amid latest talk of truce

The Palestine Liberation Organisation expressed readiness for a Gaza truce and Washington said Israel had sought help Tuesday in calming a 22-day conflict...

 

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NYC uses food trucks to bring summer meals to kids

Food trucks are a way of life in New York City. But not just for foodies looking to sample some new ethnic cuisine.

Isolated indigenous communities of South America under threat

Indigenous people in the most remote regions of South America are under threat from development, a...

Guelaguetza festival keeps Mexican folklore alive

Aurelio Mendez has played the wooden chirimia flute, an instrument from pre‑Hispanic days, for 40 years at Mexico's Guelaguetza festival,...

Study shows quick, short runs pack health benefits

Going out for a quick, daily run may be just as effective as a long‑distance jaunt when it comes to prolonging your life, said a study out Monday.

Muslims celebrate Eid El-Fitr around the world

Muslims around the world gather for the three‑day celebration of Eid el‑Fitr with food, community events and presents marking the end of the...

Ex-wrestler Ventura wins big in defamation suit

A US jury decided Tuesday that former wrestler Jesse Ventura was defamed in a best‑selling book's description of a bar fight and awarded him...

Islamists take main military base in Benghazi: Libyan army, Islamists

Islamist groups seized the headquarters of the Libyan army's special forces in Benghazi after...

Player gets nearly $1m in Offerman bat attack case

A lawyer says a Connecticut minor league baseball player hit by former major leaguer Jose Offerman in a 2007 baseball bat attack has won nearly $1 million...

Shelling hits two residential buildings in Donetsk

Shelling in the eastern city of Donetsk strikes multi‑storey residential buildings, sending locals rushing out onto the street and many preparing to...

Facebook to shut down Gifts service in latest e-commerce shift

Facebook Inc will shut its two‑year‑old Gifts shop on August 12, as the world's...

India's Bharti reports 61% profit jump

India's top mobile phone firm, Bharti Airtel, on Tuesday reported a nearly 61 percent jump in quarterly profit from a year earlier, helped by easing...

Smartphone app promises medical pot delivery

Startup Eaze on Tuesday released a smartphone application promising prompt, professional delivery of medical marijuana at the doors of patients in San...

Apple unveils updated MacBook Pro notebooks

As anticipated, the iPhone maker has boosted both the memory and processing power of its professional laptop range and has also cut the price of its one...

Wildlife volunteer pleads in deaths of 300 animals

A longtime volunteer with a local animal protection organization in New Jersey has pleaded guilty to animal cruelty charges.

Fruit and veg: Five-a-day is OK, says study

British nutritionists threw down the gauntlet to dietary guidelines in April by declaring seven daily portions of fresh fruit and vegetables, rather than...

US GMO crop companies double down on anti-labeling efforts

One year after the launch of a social media effort to allay consumers' concerns about the safety of foods made from genetically modified crops, U. S....

Bees provide a sweet solition to Airbus' pollution problem

Beehives are placed near an airport runway in Hamburg to measure pollution levels on behalf of aircraft manufacturing giant Airbus. Elly Park reports.

 

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Passengers stuck in Hawaii for three nights get cash

A group of Air New Zealand passengers has been stranded for three nights after being repeatedly told their plane was delayed due to mechanical problems.

Paris suffering rat problem at tourist sites

On a summer's day in central Paris, hundreds of tourists are enjoying a picnic in the city's Tuileries garden.

Old Beijing gets a new lease of life

A Guangzhou‑born businesswoman has stumbled on a vast network of underground tunnels in a historic part of Beijing still in tact.

Britons seen abroad as boozy with bad diets

Young foreigners are drawn to Britain by its rich culture and good manners but are put off by its weather and passion for binge‑drinking and lousy...

Eurostar to launch London-Marseille service

High‑speed cross‑Channel train operator Eurostar said Tuesday it will launch direct services from London to the southern French port city of...

Avoiding plane crashes as air traffic doubles

More travelers are flying than ever before, creating a daunting challenge for airlines: keep passengers safe in an ever more crowded airspace.

 

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Open champion McIlroy not one to rest on his laurels

Rory McIlroy embellished his status as one of the game's best players with his wire‑to‑wire win at the British Open nine days ago, but has...

Ex-Rangers defender Berg plotting Celtic downfall

Former Rangers defender Henning Berg is aiming to claim the scalp of Celtic when his Legia Warsaw side take on the Scottish champions in the first leg of...

PGA Tour commissioner and Woods hope for big 2014 finish

Tiger Woods, battling back from a back injury, still drives fan interest and TV ratings and PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem is as keen as the former...

Lionheart McPherson takes 400 gold in Jamaica clean sweep

Stephanie McPherson needed the heart of a lion and every ounce of effort to lead a Jamaican clean sweep of the medals in the women's 400 metres at the...

Cat fans lap up feline film festival

A traveling film festival which focuses solely on felines is prowling dozens of cities across the United States. (July 22)

Giant ketchup bottle draws tourists in Illinois

For tourist Bruce Pasarow of Buena Park, California, leaving Illinois before seeing what's billed as the "World's Largest Bottle of...

Police puzzled by dolls left on porches in California city

Police said on Thursday they were investigating porcelain dolls that had been left on the doorsteps of at least eight homes in a Southern California beach...

Giant anteaters kill two hunters in Brazil

Giant anteaters in Brazil have killed two hunters in separate incidents, raising concerns about the animals' loss of habitat and the growing risk of...