• Factory blast in east China kills at least 65: state TV

    A factory blast in China's eastern industrial province of Jiangsu has killed at least 65 people and injured more than 100 others, Chinese state media said on Saturday, citing government sources. State news agency Xinhua said the blast occurred around 7:30 a.m. on Saturday in the city of Kunshan in…

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  • African leaders agree steps to fight runaway Ebola outbreak

    By Saliou Samb CONAKRY (Reuters) - West African leaders agreed on Friday to take stronger measures to try to bring the worst outbreak of Ebola under control and prevent it spreading outside the region, including steps to isolate rural communities ravaged by the disease. The World Health…

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  • Argentina debt talks must continue after default: U.S. Judge

    By Joseph Ax, Nicholas Brown and Sarah Marsh NEW YORK/BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Argentina cannot turn its back on negotiations with holdout creditors after defaulting on its sovereign debt, a U.S. judge instructed on Friday, just as the country's failure to service a June interest payment was…

  • Immigration: Obama unloads on House Republicans, warning he’ll act on his own

    President Obama unloaded on House Republicans Friday, accusing them of trying to pass “the most extreme and unworkable versions” of a border-crisis bill just to send a message as they prepared to leave for August recess. “They’re not even trying to actually solve the problem,” Mr. Obama said in a…

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  • Amid national debate, Colorado issues driver's licenses to illegal immigrants

    In what’s become something of a national trend, Colorado began issuing driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants on Friday. State and national conservatives have already lambasted the plan, saying it will encourage more illegal immigration and intensify the wave of Central American migrants flooding…

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  • Judge gives Florida Legislature two weeks to redraw congressional districts

    A state judge on Friday gave lawmakers and officials in Florida two weeks to draft new congressional districts to comply with his July 10 ruling invalidating voting boundaries that he found had been drawn to advance Republican partisan interests. Circuit Judge Terry Lewis instructed the Florida…

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  • House GOP patches family feud on border bill: what that means for future deals

    It looks as if the new GOP leadership team in the House may redeem itself later Friday when it plans to offer – for a second time – legislation to address the child-migrant crisis on the border. On Thursday, acrimony and chaos ruled as House Speaker Boehner (R) of Ohio and the new majority leader,…

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  • Hamas: Missing soldier likely killed in strike

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The Hamas military on Saturday distanced itself from the disappearance of a soldier Israel says is suspected to have been captured by Hamas fighters in Gaza.

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  • 2 Americans detained in North Korea seek US help

    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Two American tourists charged with "anti-state" crimes in North Korea said Friday they expect to be tried soon and pleaded for help from the U.S. government to secure their release from what they say could be long prison terms.

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  • In brief lull, Gaza's displaced survey devastation

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Bassem Abul Qumbus looked in despair at the wreck of his home. Shells had punched holes in an upper-floor bedroom. A wall had collapsed into the kitchen. The dozens of baby chicks he'd been raising on the roof were dead, except for three tiny survivors and a slightly…

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  • Car factory blast in China kills more than 40

    BEIJING (AP) — An explosion at an automotive parts factory in eastern China on Saturday morning killed between 40 and 65 people, state media reported.

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  • Ukraine: Body parts retrieved at jet crash site

    HRABOVE, Ukraine (AP) — Wearing gloves and carrying blue plastic buckets, international investigators finally began gathering up body parts and victims' belongings Friday in the fields where Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 came down.

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  • A look at Israeli soldiers who have been captured

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli officer Hadar Goldin, a 23-year-old second lieutenant from the central Israeli city of Kfar Saba, was apparently captured on Friday in the mayhem that followed a surprise attack on Israeli troops by militants in the Gaza Strip.

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  • Top Asian News at 4:00 a.m. GMT

    BEIJING (AP) — An explosion at an automotive parts factory in eastern China on Saturday morning killed between 40 and 65 people, state media reported. State broadcaster CCTV said in a brief report that the blast in Kunshan city in Jiangsu province left 65 people dead. The official Xinhua News…

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  • Puerto Rico braces for rain from tropical storm

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Tropical Storm Bertha spun toward Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic early Saturday after dumping heavy rain across the eastern Caribbean and causing several power outages in the region.

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  • House passes border crisis bill as Obama vows to act alone

    The US House of Representatives passed a bill to fund the child migrant crisis on the southwest US border hours after President Barack Obama vowed to act alone to tackle the problem. Since October, more than 57,000 unaccompanied minors have been apprehended crossing the US-Mexico border, about…

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  • Philippines urges workers in Libya to leave while they can

    The Philippines urged its thousands of workers in Libya on Saturday to leave the strife-torn nation now while they still can, warning that the remaining exit routes were closing fast. A ship chartered by Manila is set to sail from Malta in the coming days to pick up Filipinos from the ports of…

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  • Australia sends 157 Tamil Sri Lankans to Nauru

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — More than 150 Sri Lanka asylum seekers have been flown from an Australian immigration detention camp to the Pacific island nation of Nauru after they refused to consider returning to India, an Australian official said on Saturday.

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  • Car workshop blast in China kills more than 40

    BEIJING (AP) — An explosion at a car workshop in eastern China on Saturday morning killed between 40 and 65 people, state media reported.

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  • Explosion at factory in eastern China kills 65

    An explosion at a factory in eastern China on Saturday killed 65 people, a government broadcaster said, while more than 100 were injured in what appeared to be an industrial accident. The explosion in Kunshan, a city in the eastern province of Jiangsu, "has resulted in 65 deaths",…

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