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US evacuates embassy in Libya amid clashes
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The United States shut down its embassy in Libya on Saturday and evacuated its diplomats to neighboring Tunisia under U.S. military escort amid a significant deterioration in security in Tripoli as fighting intensified between rival militias, the State Department said....

EU hits Russian intelligence chiefs with sanctions
BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Union on Friday extended its Ukraine-related sanctions to target top Russian intelligence officials and leaders of the pro-Russia revolt in eastern Ukraine, official documents showed....

Diplomats call for extension of Gaza cease-fire
PARIS (AP) -- Foreign Ministers from seven nations are calling for an extension of the 12-hour humanitarian cease-fire in the Gaza Strip....

Parents of Australian victim visit crash site
HRABOVE, Urkaine (AP) -- The parents of a woman who died on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 travelled from Perth, Australia to honor their daughter at the crash site in eastern Ukraine....

In Gaza lull, residents return to destroyed areas
BEIT HANOUN, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Thousands of Gaza residents who had fled Israel-Hamas fighting streamed back to devastated border areas during a lull Saturday to find large-scale destruction: scores of homes were pulverized, wreckage blocked roads and power cables dangled in the streets....

AP Essay: Air tragedies bring grief without order
LONDON (AP) -- When air travel goes wrong, the modern world has given us a script to follow....

What happened? The day Flight 17 was downed
SNIZHNE, Ukraine (AP) -- It was lunchtime when a tracked launcher with four SA-11 surface-to-air missiles rolled into town and parked on Karapetyan Street. Fifteen hundred miles (2,400 kilometers) to the west, passengers were checking in for Malaysia Airlines Flight 17....

AP ANALYSIS: Old story, new twists in Gaza war
CAIRO (AP) -- The third Gaza war is playing out much like the first one more than five years ago: The harrowing civilian toll in Gaza is now at the center of the discourse, eclipsing the rocket attacks by Hamas militants that were the stated reason for the Israeli assault....

In Chinese shadow, Hong Kong fights for its future
HONG KONG (AP) -- As skyscrapers around Hong Kong harbor erupted into a reverie of laser beams and giant digital displays during their synchronized nightly light show, one innocuous 28-story building near the water's edge had stayed dark for months, clad in bamboo scaffolding for a face-lift....

In Gaza, pediatrics wing crowded with war wounded
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- The pediatrics wing of the largest hospital in the Gaza Strip is filled with the youngest victims of more than two weeks of Israel-Hamas fighting....

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