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EU poises new Russia sanctions; fighting blocks MH17 probe 29-Jul-14, 4:47 PM | Agence France-Presse

Pilots of Air Algerie jet asked to turn back: France 29-Jul-14, 6:09 AM | Marianne Barriaux, Agence France-Presse

Ebola can spread like 'forest fire,' US warns 29-Jul-14, 5:41 AM | Kerry Sheridan, Agence France-Presse

Clash in China's restive Xinjiang leaves dozens dead, wounded 1:37 pm | A clash in China's far western region of Xinjiang, home to the country's mostly Muslim Uighur minority, left nearly 100 people dead and wounded, an exile group said Wednesday. Chinese state media reported dozens of casualties in what it described as a 'terrorist attack.'

Religious persecution displaced millions in 2013 - US Religious persecution displaced millions in 2013 - US 1:12 pm | Reuters More members of religious communities around the world were forced to flee their homes last…

\ 'STATE-SANCTIONED ABUSE' | Churches blast Australia’s treatment of child asylum-seekers 12:27 pm | Agence France-Presse The report by a coalition of leaders from Christian churches criticizes how unaccompanied asylum-seeker children…

Women from Madagascar lured to Middle East \ Women from Madagascar lured to Middle East 'slavery' 11:35 am | Gaelle Borgia, Agence France-Presse Malagasy mother Solange left the island in 2013 eager to work as a domestic servant…

FARC attacks could end peace talks, Colombian president warns FARC attacks could end peace talks, Colombian president warns 10:44 am | Reuters Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos said continuing attacks perpetrated by leftist FARC guerrillas, many of…

BUSINESS NEWS

Cebu Pacific June passenger traffic slows down after May peak Cebu Pacific June passenger traffic slows down after May peak Cebu Pacific’s passenger traffic nearly breached a double-digit growth in June after peaking in May, based on data from the Gokongwei-led budget airline.

Meralco mulls conversion of Atimonan natural gas project to coal Meralco mulls conversion of Atimonan natural gas project to coal Meralco Powergen Corp is mulling the conversion of the company's liquefied natural gas project in Atimonan, Quezon to a coal-fired power facility.

Century Property secures court order against scrapping of Okada deal Century Property secures court order against scrapping of Okada deal Century Properties Group Inc has obtained a new a court order preventing the Okada Group of Japan from ending their agreement for the $2-billion Manila…

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In 'Land of the Free,' opinion of Arabs, Muslims getting worse - poll 10:26 am | Mary Wisniewski, Reuters In \How Americans view Arabs and Muslims has gotten worse in recent years, with negative feelings strongest among Republicans and senior citizens, according to a poll.

Last surviving crewmember of plane that dropped first A-bomb dies 9:48 am | Agence France-Presse Last surviving crewmember of plane that dropped first A-bomb diesThe lone remaining crewman of the Enola Gay - which dropped the first atomic bomb on Japan near the end of WWII - has died in Georgia, US media reported Tuesday.

DESCENT INTO CHAOS | Islamists capture Libyan army base; more than 20 dead as migrants' boat sinks 9:30 am | Agence France-Presse DESCENT INTO CHAOS | Islamists capture Libyan army base; more than 20 dead as migrants\(UPDATE - 10:41 a.m.) Islamist groups seized the headquarters of the Libyan army's special forces in Libya's second city Benghazi after days of fighting, as a huge blaze raged at a fuel depot near the capital's airport.

#FreePalestine tweet of One Direction's Zayn Malik, plus other celebs stir Gaza passions 9:25 am | Robert Macpherson, Agence France-Presse #FreePalestine tweet of One Direction\Pop idols and professional athletes are going public with strong views about Gaza, putting their relations with fans on the line while stirring up a social media frenzy.

US plans largest ever sale of Hellfire missiles to Iraq 9:03 am | Agence France-Presse US plans largest ever sale of Hellfire missiles to IraqThe United States plans to sell 5,000 Hellfire missiles to Iraq in a $700 million deal, officials said Tuesday, as Washington tries to help Baghdad retake ground captured by Sunni militants.

Scientist Richard Dawkins in 'hate tsunami' over rape tweets 8:07 am | Agence France-Presse Scientist Richard Dawkins in \Scientist Richard Dawkins said he suffered a "tsunami of hate" after he tried to make a point by describing some instances of rape as worse than others on Tuesday.

Paraguay senator's sex tape creates scandal 7:25 am | Agence France-Presse Paraguay senator\An influential politician's sex tape with three young women has caused a scandal in Paraguay, where prosecutors have opened an investigation into whether one of the participants was a minor.

GUESS | How many solo child migrants were given asylum in US in 2014? 7:05 am | Agence France-Presse GUESS | How many solo child migrants were given asylum in US in 2014?In a process that often takes more than a year, how many of the thousands of unaccompanied minors illegally crossing the US border have been granted asylum in 2014?

Philippines to propose no action to raise tension in sea disputes 5:31 am | Manuel Mogato, Reuters Philippines to propose no action to raise tension in sea disputesThe Philippines will propose a freeze on all activity that raises tension in disputed waters in the South China Sea as part of a three-part plan at a regional security meeting next month, Manila's foreign minister said on Tuesday.

Shelling kills 20 at UN school as Israel intensifies Gaza assault, Egyptians revise truce plan 4:43 am | Agence France-Presse | Reuters Shelling kills 20 at UN school as Israel intensifies Gaza assault, Egyptians revise truce plan(UPDATE 3 - 11:48 a.m.) Israeli shelling killed 20 people sheltering at a UN school Wednesday and knocked out Gaza's only power plant Tuesday while Egyptian mediators prepared a revised proposal for halting its war with Islamist guerrillas in the enclave.

Sex website seizure spurs San Francisco bid to decriminalize prostitution 4:16 am | Mary Papenfuss, Reuters Sex website seizure spurs San Francisco bid to decriminalize prostitutionThe head of San Francisco’s Erotic Service Providers Union has been a sex worker for 24 years — and "I hope to be doing it for another 24," says Maxine Doogan.

EU and US announce new sanctions on Russia over Ukraine 3:09 am | Justyna Pawlak and Eric Beech, Reuters EU and US announce new sanctions on Russia over UkraineThe European Union and the United States on Tuesday announced further sanctions against Russia, targeting its energy, banking and defense sectors in the strongest international action yet over Moscow's support for rebels in eastern Ukraine.