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Taliban attack kills 4 foreigners in Kabul compound

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A Taliban suicide attacker riding a motorbike killed at least four foreigners in a compound in Kabul on Tuesday, police said, in the latest blast to rock the capital during a prolonged impasse over presidential election results.


Working-class whites lose voting dominance in Ohio

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David Vernon, 18, takes a break while reading on his porch in Columbus, Ohio, on Monday, July 21, 2014. Both Republicans and Democrats are seeking voters like Vernon, a self-described moderate and an avid social media user who says he has seen a steady increase in tweets from both parties aimed at attracting younger African-American voters to get involved in political campaigns. (AP Photo)COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — For the first time, working-class whites make up less than half of Ohio's eligible voters, part of a demographic shift in a key Midwestern swing state that is pushing political parties to widen their appeal beyond the once-dominant bloc.


Israeli aircraft hit more than 70 targets in Gaza

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Smoke from an Israeli strike rises over Gaza City, Tuesday, July 22, 2014. A police spokesman said Israeli aircraft have hit dozens of targets in the Gaza Strip, including the home of the late leader of Hamas' military wing, several mosques and a football stadium. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israel bombed five mosques, a sports stadium and the home of the late Hamas military chief across the Gaza Strip early on Tuesday, a Gaza police official said, as the U.N. chief and the U.S. secretary of state launched a high-level effort to end two weeks of deadly fighting.


China probes meat scandal as foreign brands blasted

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China has shut OSI Group's meat factory in Shanghai which supplies US-giant KFC, due to food safety concernsChinese police are questioning staff of US food supplier OSI Group for selling expired meat, state media said Tuesday, as a newspaper blasted foreign brands for failing to adopt a "dedicated attitude" towards local consumers. Shanghai authorities on Sunday shut an OSI plant -- a supplier to McDonald's and KFC in China -- for mixing out-of-date meat with fresh product, re-labelling expired goods and other quality problems following an investigative report by a local television station. Police were questioning "several" employees of OSI subsidiary Shanghai Husi Food Co., the Shanghai Daily newspaper reported, while local television said those responsible had been placed "under control". The China Food and Drug Administration had ordered an investigation of OSI's factories nationwide, according to a statement.


Tibet tweeters are Chinese propagandists: rights group

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File photo of a Twitter accountBeijing has created at least 100 fake Twitter accounts to spread propaganda about Tibet and other Chinese concerns, a campaign group said. The social networking site is blocked within China, but Free Tibet said it had identified around 100 accounts -- many of them bearing Western names, usually a combination of two forenames -- as "undoubtedly fake", adding there could be "hundreds more". They are dedicated to circulating China's message on Tibet and other issues such as the restive region of Xinjiang, home to largely Muslim Uighurs, the London-based group said in a statement. The roughly 20 accounts it highlighted were suspended on Tuesday, but the US-based China Digital Times, which tracks Chinese Internet and media activity, posted images of tweets by one of them, tomhugo148.


Wave of migrant children threatens to swamp U.S. immigration courts

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File photo of Father Arias, an advocate with New Sanctuary Coalition of New York City, speaking with immigrants following their immigration hearings at the U.S. Federal Building in New YorkBy Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A deluge of Central American children pouring into the United States threatens to burst the seams of already overstuffed immigration courts, and President Barack Obama's steps to ease the crisis are likely to make matters worse rather than better for some, U.S. officials and immigration lawyers said. "We are reaching a point of implosion, if we have not already reached it," said Judge Dana Leigh Marks of San Francisco, who has been deciding immigration cases since 1987 and is president of the National Association of Immigration Judges. The problem, according to judges, lawyers and immigration groups, is the sheer number of cases clogging the courts, due in part to beefed-up law enforcement at the southwestern U.S. border with Mexico.


Better weather aiding Washington wildfire fight

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A firefighting plane drops water from Fishtrap Lake on a stubborn fire burning near the lake in Lincoln County, Sunday, July 20, 2014, near Cheney, Wash. The fire started Saturday afternoon and spread to several thousand acres, driven by high winds. (AP Photo/The Spokesman-Review, Jesse Tinsley) COEUR D'ALENE PRESS OUTSPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Calmer winds and cooler temperatures helped firefighters go on the offensive Monday against a destructive wildfire that has charred hundreds of square miles in Washington state and is the largest in state history.


US wants international push for Mideast cease-fire

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Secretary of State John Kerry speaks to reporters as he meets with U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, July 21, 2014. Kerry has returned to the Middle East as the Obama administration attempts to bolster regional efforts to reach a cease fire and sharpens its criticism of Hamas in its conflict with Israel. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, Pool)CAIRO (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is hoping to get international support as he pushes for a Mideast cease-fire, but he acknowledges the differences between Israel and Hamas run very deep and must be addressed in any long-term solution.


Russia's Putin, Dutch PM discuss probe into plane crash: Kremlin

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Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke to Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte on the phone in the early hours of Tuesday to discuss an international investigation into the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in Ukraine, the Kremlin said. It was the second time in three days that Putin has spoken to Rutte about the crash, in which 298 people died, of which 193 were Dutch citizens. The Kremlin said the "direct and full access of experts to the tragedy site" for further investigation by the United Nation's International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) was discussed.

Friend is first convicted in Boston Marathon probe

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In this courtroom sketch, defendant Azamat Tazhayakov, foreground center, a college friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, is stands between his attorneys as the verdict is read in his federal trial, Monday, July 21, 2014 in Boston. Tazhayakov, of Kazakhstan, was convicted of obstruction of justice and conspiracy, impeding the investigation into the bombing. Prosecutors said he agreed with a plan by another friend, Dias Kadyrbayev, to remove Tsarnaev's backpack containing altered fireworks from his dorm room a few days after the 2013 bombings. (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins)BOSTON (AP) — The conviction of a friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev for impeding the investigation into the bombings has his lawyers wondering if anyone else who faces charges connected to the 2013 attack stands a chance of acquittal.


Russia says MH17 probe should be done by 'international community', not Ukraine

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Russia has called for the investigation into the downing of Malaysia Airlines MH17 to be led by the "international community" and not Ukraine, its ambassador to Malaysia said on Tuesday. I think the international community should be flexible about that and act in a way acceptable to all sides," Russian ambassador to Malaysia Lyudmila Vorobyeva said in a news conference on Tuesday. "Russia has been calling for a fair, thorough and full investigation led by ICAO since the beginning," she said.

Pastry pranks: Vandals smear cars with baked goods

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HILLSBORO, Ore. (AP) — There's mischief afoot in one suburban Portland neighborhood, but police say it doesn't involve the typical spray paint or broken windows. No, we're talking pastry here — maple bars smeared on cars, doughnuts left atop windshield wipers, pastries littering a yard.

China orders nationwide probe of meat supplier

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In this photo taken Saturday, May 21, 2011, a giant logo of fast food restaurant McDonald's is displayed at a train station in Shenyang in northern China's Liaoning province. McDonald’s and KFC in China faced a new food safety scare Monday, July 21, 2014 after a Shanghai television station reported a supplier sold them expired beef and chicken. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)BEIJING (AP) — China's food safety agency on Tuesday announced a nationwide inspection of processing factories and meat suppliers used by a company accused of selling expired beef and chicken to McDonald's and KFC.


Thomas Berger, 'Little Big Man' author, dead at 89

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NEW YORK (AP) — Thomas Berger, the witty and eclectic novelist who reimagined the American West in the historical yarn "Little Big Man" and mastered genres ranging from detective stories to domestic farce, has died at age 89.

Israel keeps up Gaza assaults, Kerry presses for truce

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Israeli police officers detain a protester suspected of throwing stones during a protest by Israeli Arabs in the northern city of Nazareth, against Israel's offensive in the Gaza StripBy Nidal al-Mughrabi and Allyn Fisher-Ilan GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel kept up its assaults in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, killing three Palestinians in as many air strikes, as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in the region with a mission to seek a ceasefire in the 14-day-old conflict "as soon as possible." The deaths in Khan Younis, Beit Hanoun and Beit Lahiya raised the Palestinian toll to 539 killed, including nearly 100 children and many other civilians, since the offensive was launched on July 8, Gaza health officials said. Israel's death toll also rose to 29, with two soldiers killed in the past day of fighting, the Israeli military said. Israel said a Palestinian shot at a car and seriously wounded an Israeli in the Nablus area on Tuesday. Kerry arrived in Cairo on Monday and, during talks with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, said the United States would provide $47 million in humanitarian aid for Gaza.


Malaysia Airlines plane diverts from Ukraine to Syria

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An alleged member of the ISIS militant group parading a long-range missile in Raqa, Syria in this image released by Jihadist media outlet Welayat Raqa on June 30, 2014Malaysia Airlines has defended itself after confirming that it diverted a London to Kuala Lumpur flight over Syrian airspace when its usual route over Ukraine was closed in the wake of Thursday's MH17 crash. The flag carrier said in a statement late Monday that MH4's flight path was in accordance with routes approved by the United Nations' aviation agency International Civil Aviation Organisation's (ICAO). "As per the notice to airmen (NOTAM) issued by the Syrian Civil Aviation Authority, the Syrian airspace was not subject to restrictions. At all times, MH004 was in airspace approved by ICAO," it said.


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