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US to seek more security on international flights
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Homeland Security Department is set to announce new security measures Wednesday for international flights bound to the United States, which could lead to a lifting of a ban on laptops and other electronics from passenger cabins from certain airports....

Venezuela: Helicopter strafes court in 'terrorist attack'
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- A police helicopter fired on Venezuela's Supreme Court and Interior Ministry in what President Nicolas Maduro said was a thwarted terrorist attack aimed at ousting him from power....

UK charges 6 in Hillsborough stadium tragedy that killed 96
LONDON (AP) -- British prosecutors charged a former senior police officer with manslaughter Wednesday as they announced the first criminal cases in the 1989 Hillsborough stadium disaster that left 96 people dead - many of them crushed against metal fences - and changed English soccer forever....

Cluster bombs kill at least 15 in eastern Syria
BEIRUT (AP) -- A cluster bomb attack on an Islamic State-held village in eastern Syria killed at least 15 people on Wednesday, activists said, the latest in a series of devastating airstrikes along the Euphrates River Valley...

One Hong Kong, two sentiments after 20 years of Chinese rule
HONG KONG (AP) -- Hong Kong is planning a big party as it marks 20 years under Chinese rule. But many people in the former British colony are not in the mood to celebrate....

China frees 3 activists who probed Ivanka Trump supplier
GANZHOU, China (AP) -- Chinese authorities have released on bail three activists who had been detained after investigating labor conditions at a factory that produced shoes for Ivanka Trump and other brands....

Companies weigh cyberattack cost, with Ukraine hit hard
PARIS (AP) -- Companies and governments around the world on Wednesday counted the cost of a software epidemic that has disrupted ports, hospitals, and banks. Ukraine, which was hardest hit and where the attack likely originated, said it had secured critical state assets - though everyday life remained affected, with cash machines out of order....

Hamas to create buffer zone with Egypt to improve ties
RAFAH, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Hamas has begun work on a buffer zone along Gaza's border with Egypt, the Islamic militant group said Wednesday, as part of an effort to assure Cairo that it's serious about preventing the cross-border flow of weapons and militants....

Blame game in Portugal over wildfire that killed 64 people
LISBON, Portugal (AP) -- Portugal's prime minister appeared to lose his patience with journalists' questions Wednesday as accusations flew about who might be to blame for the deaths of 64 people in a raging forest fire....

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