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Air Algerie jet’s black boxes to be sent to France

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — A French embassy spokesman says black boxes from the Air Algerie plane that crashed last week in northern Mali will be transferred to France for analysis.
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Carl Edwards leaving Roush at end of 2014 season

Driver Carl Edwards talks with owner Jack Roush during practice for the Brickyard 400 Sprint Cup series auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Friday, July 25, 2014. (AP Photo/R Brent Smith)INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Carl Edwards' 11-year run with Roush-Fenway Racing will end after this NASCAR season.



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Costa Concordia wreck reaches final destination

The wreck of the Costa Concordia cruise ship is towed by tugboats into Genoa's harbor, Italy, Sunday, July 27, 2014. The shipwrecked Costa Concordia cruise liner has completed its final journey. Pulled by tugboats and nudged by brisk winds, the wreck was eased Sunday into Genoa's port — where it will be scrapped. The luxury liner struck a reef when its captain sailed too close to Giglio Island off Tuscany's coast Jan. 13, 2012, and capsized, killing 32 people. A spectacular operation set the wreck upright in September 2013. On Wednesday, tugboats began the five-day journey to Genoa, headquarters of ship owner Costa Crociere Spa. The wreck will be searched in hopes of finding the remains of an Indian waiter, the only body never found. Ship captain Francesco Schettino is being tried for alleged manslaughter, causing the shipwreck and abandoning the boat with many passengers and crew still aboard. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)GENOA, Italy (AP) — The shipwrecked Costa Concordia cruise liner completed its final journey, reaching Genoa on Sunday where it will be scrapped.



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Gaza truce efforts go up in smoke

Palestinian medics help evacuate a survivor after an Israeli airstike on his home in Gaza City on July 27, 2014The Islamist Hamas movement continued firing rockets at Israel Sunday, despite claims it had accepted a UN request for a 24-hour extension of a humanitarian truce in war-torn Gaza. Hamas's belated acceptance of diplomatic calls for a temporary ceasefire was announced several hours after Israel resumed a devastating military assault on the enclave after a pause of more than 24 hours. Although Hamas said its militants would halt their fire from 1100 GMT in response to a request from the United Nations, there was no response from Israel.



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Fighting in Gaza abates, but truce hopes look fragile

Smoke rises during an Israeli offensive in the east of Gaza CityBy Nidal al-Mughrabi and Maayan Lubell GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Fighting subsided in Gaza on Sunday after Hamas Islamist militants said they backed a 24-hour humanitarian truce, but there was no sign of any comprehensive deal to end their conflict with Israel. Hamas said it had endorsed a call by the United Nations for a pause in the fighting in light of the upcoming Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr, expected to start in the next couple of days. Some firing had continued after the time that Hamas had announced it would put its guns aside and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu questioned the validity of the truce. "Hamas doesn't even accept its own ceasefire, it's continuing to fire at us as we speak," he said in an interview with CNN, adding that Israel would "take whatever action is necessary to protect our people".



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Israel’s Netanyahu says Hamas has violated its own cease-fire: CNN

By Eric Beech WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday the Palestinian militant group Hamas had violated its own offer of a 24-hour humanitarian truce in Gaza. Asked whether Israel would accept the truce offer, Netanyahu told CNN’s “State of the Union” program: “Hamas doesn’t even accept its own cease-fire, it’s continuing to fire at us as we speak.” Netanyahu added that Israel “will take what ever action is necessary to protect our people.” Hamas said it had offered a 24-hour “humanitarian calm” period that had been due to start at 2 p.m. local time (7.00 a.m. EDT) on Sunday. Some 1,060 Palestinians, mainly civilians and including many children, have been killed in the 20-day conflict in Gaza between Israel and Hamas.
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Palestinian says Israeli action extends conflict

WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior Palestinian official says Israeli aggression will not bring peace to the region.
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Ricciardo wins Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix

Daniel Ricciardo races in the Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix at the Hungaroring circuit in Budapest on July 27, 2014Budapest (AFP) – Australian Daniel Ricciardo won the Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday, his second triumph of the season, in a sensational race in which Lewis Hamilton ignored team orders to let championship leader Nico Rosberg go by.



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At 60, Newport Jazz Fest looks to the future

FILE - In this Aug. 8, 2010 file photo, trumpeter Wynton Marsalis plays at the Newport Jazz Festival in Newport, R.I. He will be among the featured performers returning to the festival on Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014. Marsalis' Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra are set to perform some of the signature pieces from Newport's storied past by Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane and Miles Davis, among others. (AP Photo/Joe Giblin, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Newport Jazz Festival founder George Wein is more interested in where jazz is going than in where it's been as he marks the 60th anniversary of the granddaddy of all outdoor jazz festivals.



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UK embassy convoy hit by gunfire in Libya, no injuries: official

A British embassy convoy was hit by gunfire during an attempted hijacking outside the capital Tripoli on the way to the Tunisian border, but no-one was injured in the incident, an embassy official said on Sunday. The British embassy in Tripoli has been reducing staff since an escalation of clashes between rival militias in the Libyan capital two weeks ago in the worst violence since the 2011 civil war that ousted veteran leader Muammar Gaddafi. “It was an attempted hijack as the convoy was on its way to the Tunisian border,” the official said.
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Fighting complicates Ukraine crash probe, U.S., EU prepare Russia sanctions

A woman takes a photograph of wreckage at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 near the village of Hrabove (Grabovo)By Aleksandar Vasovic DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) – A Ukrainian push to dislodge pro-Russian rebels from the site of the downed Malaysian airliner further complicated plans for an investigation on Sunday as Europe and the United States prepared economic sanctions on Russia over the conflict. Russia dismissed U.S. allegations it was about to hand over more missiles to the separatists, who Western leaders say almost certainly shot the airliner down by mistake with a Russian-supplied surface-to-air missile. The separatists deny any involvement and Moscow says it has not supplied them, suggesting Ukrainian forces were to blame. Washington said on Friday another transfer from Russia to Ukrainian separatists, this time of heavy-caliber multiple-launch rocket systems, appeared to be imminent and that Russian forces were slowly building up along the Ukrainian border.



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Boko Haram kidnaps top official’s wife in Cameroon

YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — A government spokesman says Boko Haram fighters kidnapped the wife of Cameroon’s vice prime minister in an attack that also resulted in multiple deaths.
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Judge strikes down DC ban on handguns outside home

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that the District of Columbia’s ban on carrying handguns outside the home is unconstitutional.
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Police visit to MH17 disaster site canceled

Ukrainian Ministry Emergency officer, left, Donetsk People's Republic fighter, 2nd left, and members of the OSCE mission in Ukraine examine a map as they discuss the situation around the site of the crashed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in the city of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine Sunday, July 27, 2014. A team of international police officers that had been due to visit the site of the Malaysian plane disaster in eastern Ukraine cancelled the trip Sunday after receiving reports of fighting in the area. Alexander Hug, the deputy head of a monitoring team from the OSCE in Europe, said it would be too dangerous for the unarmed mission to travel to the site from its current location in the rebel-held city of Donetsk. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — A team of international police officers that had planned to start searching for evidence and the remaining bodies at the site of the Malaysian plane disaster in eastern Ukraine canceled their trip Sunday after receiving reports of fighting in the area.



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Scandal-hit China food firm withdrawing all products, U.S. parent says

Security guards stand inside the Husi Food factory in ShanghaiThe parent company of a scandal-hit Chinese food supplier said it is withdrawing all products made by the subsidiary. Shanghai Husi Food Co Ltd, owned by Illinois-based OSI Group LLC, is at the center of a major food safety scandal, which has spread from China to Hong Kong and Japan, over allegations it mixed fresh and expired meat. In a statement posted on its website late Saturday, OSI Group said it would "withdraw from the marketplace" all products made by Shanghai Husi, and that it was conducting an internal investigation into current and former senior management. It vowed to take "swift and decisive action" including legal measures against those responsible for the scandal, and said a new management team would be brought to China.



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AP PHOTOS: North Korea marks war anniversary

North Korean war veterans express varying degrees of emotion as they watch a parade celebrating the anniversary of the Korean War, Sunday, July 27, 2014, in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Koreans gathered at Kim Il Sung Square as part of celebrations for the 61st anniversary of the armistice that ended the Korean War. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — The 1950-53 Korean War ended in an armistice, meaning the two Koreas remain technically at war. But in North Korea, the anniversary of the agreement ending the hostilities is commemorated as "Victory in the Fatherland Liberation War," a major national holiday.



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Netanyahu: Israel can lose on PR but not security

WASHINGTON (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he realizes world opinion might be shifting away from his nation with every Palestinian civilian’s death, but adds that the public relations battle cannot supersede Israel’s security.
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Startup offers elderly an Internet key to family links

Stephane Lucon demonstrates on July 3, 2014 at his house in Croitori, the app for his start-up Hubert developped to help the elderly use the Internet and break their digital isolationThe system — the work of a startup called Hubert — began operating in the United States and in Europe on crowd-funding website Indiegogo this month. "Everything started after one of my grandmothers died in a home for dependent seniors in France," Stephane Lucon, a Frenchman who co-founded Hubert, told AFP. "I was living with my wife and children 2,000 kilometres (1,250 miles) away from her, in Romania. I went to visit her whenever I could but I would have liked her to be able to see her grandchildren every day via Skype or any video conference application."



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Plan to simplify 2015 health renewals may backfire

FILE - This Dec. 19, 2013, file photo shows Avalere Health Vice President Caroline Pearson, a researcher who follows the health law, as she poses for a photo in her office in Washington. If you have health insurance on your job, you probably don't give much thought to each year's renewal. But make the same assumption in one of the new health law plans, and it could lead to costly surprises. Insurance exchange customers who opt for convenience by automatically renewing their coverage for 2015 are likely to receive dated and inaccurate financial aid amounts from the government, say industry officials, advocates and other experts. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — If you have health insurance on your job, you probably don't give much thought to each year's renewal. But make the same assumption in one of the new health law plans, and it could lead to costly surprises.



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Hamas agrees to 24-hour holiday truce in Gaza war

Palestinian Ibrahim Imtawak, 30, holds his son Muhammed, 4, at the Kamal Adwan hospital in Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza Strip, Sunday, July 27, 2014. According to the father, Muhammed broke his left leg Thursday from falling debris at the family house after an Israeli strike close by. Israel resumed its Gaza strikes on Sunday, calling off a unilateral extension of a humanitarian cease-fire after Palestinian militants from inside Gaza fired several rockets at southern Israel. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Hamas on Sunday agreed to observe a 24-hour truce in Gaza after initially rejecting a similar Israeli offer, as fighting resumed and the two sides wrangled over the terms of a lull that international diplomats had hoped could be expanded into a more sustainable truce.



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Official: Ebola kills senior doctor in Liberia

In this 2014 photo provided by the Samaritan's Purse aid organization, Dr. Kent Brantly, left, treats an Ebola patient at the Samaritan's Purse Ebola Case Management Center in Monrovia, Liberia. On Saturday, July 26, 2014, the North Carolina-based aid organization said Brantly tested positive for the disease and was being treated at a hospital in Monrovia. (AP Photo/Samaritan's Purse)MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — One of Liberia's most high-profile doctors has died of Ebola, a government official said Sunday, highlighting the risks facing health workers trying to combat the deadly disease.



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Boy, 3, shot on Chicago

Gun violence flared again in Chicago when a shooter sprayed bullets outside a convenience store on the city’s west side, killing a 13-year-old boy and wounding six others.


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10-month-old girl dies in hot car

The death of a 10-month-old girl left in a hot car in Wichita, Kanas — the latest in a string of hot-car child deaths in the United States — triggered the quick arrest of the girl’s foster father and on Friday prompted state officials to launch home inspections of adoptive and foster families.


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More than 50 killed in Benghazi, Tripoli clashes

Black plumes of smoke is seen in the vicinity of Camp Thunderbolt, after clashes between militants, former rebel fighters and government forces in BenghaziBENGHAZI, Libya, July 27 (Reuters) At least 36 people were killed in Libya's eastern city of Benghazi, many of them civilians, in clashes between Libyan Special Forces and Islamist militants on Saturday night and Sunday morning, medical and security sources said. Another 23 people, all Egyptian workers, were killed in the capital Tripoli when a rocket hit their home on Saturday during clashes between rival militias battling over the city's main airport, the Egyptian state news agency reported. In the last two weeks, Libya has descended into its deadliest violence since the 2011 war that ousted Muammar Gaddafi, prompting the United States, the United Nations and Turkey to pull diplomats out of the North African country.



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Runaway Sierra Leone Ebola patient dies in ambulance

A health worker with disinfectant spray walks down a street outside the government hospital in KenemaBy Umaru Fofana FREETOWN (Reuters) – A Sierra Leone Ebola patient whose family sparked a nationwide hunt when they forcefully removed her from a treatment centre and took her to a traditional healer, died in an ambulance on the way to hospital, a health official said. Health officials say fear and mistrust of health workers in Sierra Leone, where many have more faith in traditional medicine, are hindering efforts to contain an Ebola outbreak which has killed more than 450 people in the country. Amadu Sisi, a senior doctor at King Harman hospital in the capital Freetown, from which the patient was taken, said on Saturday that police found her in the house of a healer. Her family refused to hand her over and a struggle ensued with police, who finally retrieved her and sent her to hospital, he said.



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Boko Haram militants seize Cameroon vice PM’s wife – Cameroon military commander

Boko Haram militants attacked Kolofata, a town in Cameroon’s Far North Region near Nigeria, on Sunday and seized several people including the wife of Cameroon’s Vice Prime Minister Amadou Ali, a military commander in the region said. “The situation is very critical here now, and as I am talking to you the Boko Haram elements are still in Kolofata town in a clash with our soldiers,” said Colonel Felix Nji Formekong, the second commander of Cameroon’s third inter-army military region (RMIA3) based in the regional headquarters Maroua.
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‘Please stop!’, Pope Francis makes plea for peace

Pope Francis made an emotional plea for peace on Sunday in an impromptu addition to comments delivered at his weekly Angelus address in Saint Peter’s Square. As the Argentinian-born pontiff wrapped up his regular address to the faithful, he spoke of the upcoming centenary of the outbreak of World War One and said his thoughts were on the Middle East, Iraq and Ukraine in particular.
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Peace before economy for Russia sanctions, German Fin Min tells paper

Germans must put peace before economic considerations and accept tougher sanctions against Russia if necessary, Germany’s finance minister told the Bild am Sonntag newspaper on Sunday. The European Union reached an outline agreement on Friday to impose the first economic sanctions on Moscow following the crash of a Malaysian airliner and the deaths of 298 people onboard in an area of eastern Ukraine held by Russian-backed separatists. Germany, Europe’s biggest economy, sold about 36 billion euros of goods to Russia last year, or almost one-third of the EU’s total. German exports to Russia dropped by 14 percent in the first four months of this year and some business groups have warned that the decline in trade endangers some 25,000 jobs in Germany.
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