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FILE - In this Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014 file photo, Palestinian top Hamas leader in Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh, gives a speech during a rally in Gaza City. Israel and the Gaza Strip are bound by much more than enmity: Israel controls nearly everything that comes in and out of the territory, including food and energy, and sometimes allows Gazans to enter the country for medical care. But following a bloody 50-day war over the summer, a decision to allow the young daughter of a top Hamas official to receive care at an Israeli hospital is proving to be too much for some Israelis. The treatment of Ismail Haniyeh’s  daughter in October, 2014 has sparked a debate over whether Israel’s stated commitment to providing humanitarian aid should be extended to its bitterest enemies. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra, File)

Israelis question care of Hamas leader’s daughter

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

JERUSALEM — Israel and the Gaza Strip are bound by much more than enmity: Israel controls nearly everything that comes in and out of the territory, including food and energy, and sometimes allows Gazans to enter the country for medical care. But following a bloody 50-day war over the summer, a decision to allow the daughter of a top Hamas … 0

IS fighters seize weapons cache meant for Kurds

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

BEIRUT — Islamic State group fighters seized at least one cache of weapons airdropped by U.S.-led coalition forces that were meant to supply Kurdish militiamen battling the extremist group in a border town, activists said Tuesday. The cache of weapons included hand grenades, ammunition and rocket-propelled grenade launchers, according to a video uploaded … 0

American released from N. Korea

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

WASHINGTON — American detainee Jeffrey Fowle has been released from North Korea, nearly six months after he was taken into custody on charges of leaving a Bible in a nightclub, the State Department said Tuesday. Two other Americans who have been tried and convicted of crimes in North Korea are still being held. … 0

Anger sparks in Hong Kong

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

HONG KONG — Riot police moving against activists sparked outrage after officers were seen kicking a handcuffed protester and dragging dozens of others away Wednesday in the worst violence against the pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong since they … 0

Taking out the trash?

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

KIEV, Ukraine — In Ukraine, trashing a politician isn’t a metaphor. It’s literal: Find a suspected shady official, grab him and throw him into a dumpster. Online videos of several public figures receiving the treatment from gangs of … 0

US deficit drops lowest since 2008

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

WASHINGTON — The deficit for the just completed 2014 budget year was $483 billion, the lowest of President Barack Obama’s six years in office, the government reported Wednesday. It’s the lowest since 2008 and, when measured against the … 0

Spacecraft to attempt comet landing next month

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

BERLIN — The European Space Agency has confirmed the time and place it will attempt to land the first spacecraft on a comet. The agency said Wednesday its unmanned probe Rosetta will release the 100-kilogram (220-pound) lander at … 0

Legislator exchanges gunshots with would-be robber

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. — A Pennsylvania state legislator exchanged gunfire with a would-be robber near the state Capitol in Harrisburg, city police said Wednesday. Rep. Marty Flynn and another lawmaker were walking to their residence after a late dinner with other legislators when two males accosted them and demanded … 0

US man killed by camel at Mexican wildlife park

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

MEXICO CITY — The American owner of a wildlife park in the Mexican resort of Tulum died after being kicked, bitten and sat on by a camel, and authorities seized the private facility’s animals pending an investigation. Rescuers had to use a rope tied to a pickup truck … 0

Feminist speaker questions Utah’s campus gun laws

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah’s campus gun laws are in the spotlight after a feminist speaker canceled a speech at Utah State University once she learned the school would allow concealed firearms despite an anonymous threat to kill … 0

US charity helps NKorea fight drug-resistant TB

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

WASHINGTON — Despite worsening U.S.-North Korean relations, an American charity is ramping up efforts against an epidemic of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis in the isolated country, where it says it is making inroads in fighting the deadly disease. The Eugene … 0

N. Korea praises own rights record in draft resolution

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

UNITED NATIONS — North Korea on Wednesday circulated a draft U.N. resolution praising its own human rights record in a rare effort to counter the international community’s growing condemnation of the way it treats its people. In a closed meeting, dozens of diplomats sat in silence after the … 0

Record number of black candidates seeking office

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

WASHINGTON — More than 100 black candidates will be on the ballot in statewide and congressional races next month, a post-Reconstruction record that some observers say is a byproduct of Barack Obama’s historic presidency. At least 83 black … 0