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Strike kills 15 seeking safety at Gaza school

Subscriber onlyGAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- A United Nations school in Gaza crowded with hundreds of Palestinians seeking refuge from fierce fighting came under fire Thursday, leaving at least 15 civilians dead. Continue reading...

Algeria jetliner vanishes; wreckage spotted in Mali

Plane carried 116; no survivors found

Subscriber onlyOUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso -- An Air Algerie jetliner carrying 116 people crashed early Thursday in a rainstorm over restive Mali, and its wreckage was found near the border of neighboring Burkina Faso, officials said. Continue reading...

Court: Poland violated rights

European ruling cites complicity in CIA torture of two

Subscriber onlyWARSAW, Poland -- Europe's top human-rights court ruled Thursday that Poland violated the rights of two terror suspects by allowing the CIA to secretly imprison them on Polish soil in 2002-03 and by facilitating the conditions under which they were subjected to torture. Continue reading...

Dutch receive more crash remains

Yatsenyuk, Ukraine’s premier, to exit, citing parliament strife

Subscriber onlyTwo more military aircraft carrying remains of victims from the Malaysian plane disaster arrived Thursday in the Netherlands, while Australian and Dutch diplomats joined to promote a plan for a United Nations team to secure the crash site. Continue reading...

Iraq parliament elects Kurd president

Subscriber onlyBAGHDAD -- Iraqi lawmakers elected a veteran Kurdish politician Thursday to replace long-serving Jalal Talabani as the country's new president in the latest step toward forming a new government. Continue reading...

U.N. reports inequality worsening across globe

Subscriber onlyTOKYO -- Improvements in life spans, education and incomes are slowing because of natural disasters, misguided government policies and worsening inequality in a world where the 85 richest people have as much wealth as the 3.5 billion poorest, the United Nations said Thursday in its annual human-development report. Continue reading...

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Gaza ground fight rages

Pushing cease-fire, Kerry cites progress

Subscriber onlyGAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- Israeli troops battled Hamas militants on Wednesday near a southern Gaza Strip city as the top U.S. diplomat reported progress in efforts to end the fighting that has so far killed more than 700 Palestinians and 34 Israelis. Continue reading...

India school official arrested after outcry over girl's rape

Subscriber onlyNEW DELHI -- Three weeks after a skating instructor was accused of raping a 6-year-old student in southern India, police arrested the chairman of her school Wednesday. Continue reading...

Indonesian vote loser to appeal, cites fraud

Subscriber onlyJAKARTA, Indonesia -- Prabowo Subianto, the retired army general who was declared the loser in Indonesia's presidential election, will appeal the results to the country's Constitutional Court, claiming there were widespread irregularities in the voting, senior advisers to his campaign said Wednesday. Continue reading...

Taiwanese airplane crashes into village; 48 killed

Subscriber onlyTAIPEI, Taiwan -- A plane attempting to land in stormy weather crashed on a small Taiwanese island late Wednesday, killing 48 people and wrecking houses and cars on the ground. Continue reading...

40 bodies from crash back on Dutch soil

Rebels down 2 Ukrainian fighter jets 20 miles from Malaysian plane wreckage

Subscriber onlyEINDHOVEN, Netherlands -- Victims of the Malaysian jetliner shot down over Ukraine returned to the Netherlands on Wednesday in 40 wooden coffins, carried to 40 identical hearses, as flags at half-staff flapped in the wind. Continue reading...

AP photographer's killer sentenced to die

Subscriber onlyKABUL, Afghanistan -- A Kabul court announced Wednesday that the Afghan police officer charged with killing Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus and wounding veteran AP correspondent Kathy Gannon was convicted and sentenced to death. Continue reading...

New interim charter empowers Thai junta

Critics: Army aims to weaken parties

Subscriber onlyBANGKOK -- Thailand's temporary constitution, which gives the military government sweeping powers in the run-up to a planned October 2015 election, also allows the leader of the current ruling junta to become interim prime minister, a senior army official said Wednesday. Continue reading...

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