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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....

US: Russia is firing across border into Ukraine
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Russia is launching artillery attacks from its soil on Ukrainian troops and preparing to move heavier weaponry across the border, the U.S. and Ukraine charged Friday in what appeared to be an ominous escalation of the crisis....

Gazans survey destruction as 12-hour lull begins
BEIT HANOUN, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Gaza residents used a 12-hour humanitarian cease-fire on Saturday to stock up on supplies and survey the devastation from nearly three weeks of fighting, as they braced for a resumption of Israel's war on Hamas amid stalled efforts to secure a longer truce....

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....

Holy month of Ramadan is a big boon for retailers
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Glitzy billboards in the Middle East and postage stamps in the U.S. Advertisements for lingerie and sales on modest skirts. Lavish buffets and cellphone apps....

Teams converge on remote site to probe plane crash
PARIS (AP) -- Aviation experts, criminal investigators and soldiers began converging Friday on an isolated patch of restive Mali to search for clues that might explain why an Air Algerie jetliner fell from the sky in a storm and apparently disintegrated on impact....

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