France: Air Algerie flight vanishes over N Mali
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) -- An Air Algerie flight carrying 116 people from Burkina Faso to Algeria's capital disappeared from radar early Thursday over northern Mali after heavy rains were reported, according to the plane's owner and government officials in France and Burkina Faso....
Israeli fire hits UN facility in Gaza, killing 15
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Israeli tank shells hit a compound housing a U.N. school in the northern Gaza Strip on Thursday, killing at least 15 people and wounding dozens who were seeking shelter from fierce clashes on the streets outside....
Israeli border towns empty, adjust to new threats
NIR AM, Israel (AP) -- With deadly fighting raging next door in the Gaza Strip, southern Israeli towns along the border have turned into mini army bases as most residents have fled....
Ukraine accused of targeting civilians in east
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- War literally came to Alexander Litvinenko's living room, when a missile punched a gaping hole into the wall of his ninth-floor apartment. The 53-year-old college philosophy teacher had just stepped into his study to check the news online, barely escaping death....
Planes with Malaysia Airlines bodies leave Ukraine
KHARKIV, Ukraine (AP) -- Two military aircraft carrying remains of victims from the Malaysian plane disaster departed for the Netherlands Thursday, while Australian and Dutch diplomats joined to promote a plan for a U.N. team to secure the crash scene which has been controlled by pro-Russian rebels....
2 Finnish aid workers killed in Afghanistan
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Gunmen riding on a motorcycle opened fire and killed two Finnish women aid workers in the western Afghan city of Herat on Thursday, officials said, the latest in a series of attacks on foreign civilians that has rattled aid workers, contractors and journalists....
Pope meets Christian sentenced to death for faith
ROME (AP) -- Pope Francis met privately Thursday with a Sudanese woman who refused to recant her Christian faith in the face of a death sentence, blessing the woman as she cradled her infant born just weeks ago in prison....
Iraq elects Kurdish politician as president
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi lawmakers elected a veteran Kurdish politician as the nation's new president on Thursday, hours after an attack on a prison convoy killed dozens of people, brutally underscoring the challenges faced by the country's leaders as they struggle to form a new government....
Cuba looks to mangroves to fend off rising seas
SURGIDERO DE BATABANO, Cuba. (AP) -- Many people in this hamlet on the southern coast of Cuba remember when the shore lay about 100 meters (yards) farther out. That was four decades ago....
China's love and dating scene laid out on stage
BEIJING (AP) -- For many of today's Chinese youth looking for a partner, love takes second place to parental pressure, moving up the social ladder and a heavy dose of fear drummed into women that they will end up as "leftover."...
A Florida jury handed down a $23.6 billion verdict against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company. The lawsuit was filed in Pensacola, Florida, by Cynthia Robinson, the widow of a smoker who died of lung cancer in 1996. In addition to the $23.6 billion in punitive damages, the jury awarded Robinson $16.8 million in compensatory damages.
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