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40 bodies from jet solemnly returned to Dutch soil
EINDHOVEN, Netherlands (AP) -- Victims of the Malaysian jetliner shot down over Ukraine returned at last Wednesday to Dutch soil in 40 wooden coffins, solemnly and gently carried to 40 identical hearses, flags at half-staff flapping in the wind....

Casualty numbers raise questions about Gaza war
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Shopkeepers say they were sitting outside their shuttered businesses Wednesday, catching a break from being cooped up during wartime, when an Israeli missile struck a nearby mosque, killing a truck driver and wounding 45 people....

US pushes for truce as Gaza battle rages
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- The United States announced signs of progress in cease-fire talks Wednesday, but prospects for a quick end to the fighting were dim as Palestinian families fled fierce battles in southern Gaza and the death toll rose to more than 700 Palestinians and 34 Israelis....

A kiss, a prayer: The last hours of MH17's victims
In a bedroom in a townhouse near Amsterdam, Miguel Panduwinata reached out for his mother. "Mama, may I hug you?"...

Taiwan airline suspects bad weather caused crash
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) -- An airline said Thursday it suspected typhoon weather caused one of its planes to crash land on a small Taiwanese island, killing 48 people....

Cuba looks to mangroves to fend off rising seas
HAVANA (AP) -- Many people in this tiny hamlet on the southern coast of Cuba remember when the shore lay about 100 meters (yards) farther out. That was four decades ago....

Death sentence given in AP photographer's killing
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- 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 has been convicted and sentenced to death....

Egypt judge: Al-Jazeera team did "devil's" work
CAIRO (AP) -- An Egyptian judge released his reasoning for harsh sentences issued against three Al-Jazeera journalists, saying they were brought together "by the devil" to destabilize the country....

UN rights chief warns of possible Gaza war crimes
GENEVA (AP) -- The U.N.'s top human rights official demanded Wednesday that all sides in the two-week war in the Gaza Strip refrain from indiscriminate attacks on civilians, warning that violations may amount to war crimes....

Honduran families deported back to a bleak future
TOCOA, Honduras (AP) -- Elsa Ramirez already had lost two brothers to violence in this remote Caribbean region when co-workers handling clandestine cocaine flights from South America murdered her husband four months ago....

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Africa
2 bombs kill at least 39 in Kaduna, north Nigeria

Asia
UN humanitarian chief calls for aid revamp

Europe
European carriers suspend more Tel Aviv flights

Latin America/Caribbean
Jailed Venezuelan opposition leader goes on trial

Middle East
Casualty numbers raise questions about Gaza war