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Iraq to vote on president after deadly bombing
2014-07-23: BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's parliament convened to vote for a new president on Wednesday as the extremist Islamic State group claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing in Baghdad the night before that killed 31 people, mainly civilians.
Son of British singer Adele wins privacy case
2014-07-23: LONDON (AP) — British singer Adele's toddler son has won a five-figure sum in damages after paparazzi photographed private family moments.
Sierra Leone's chief Ebola doctor contracts the virus
2014-07-23: The head doctor fighting the deadly tropical virus Ebola in Sierra Leone has himself caught the disease, the government said. The 39-year-old Sheik Umar Khan, hailed as a "national hero" by the health ministry, was leading the fight to control an outbreak that has killed 206 people in the West African country. Ebola kills up to 90 percent of those infected and there is no cure or vaccine. Across Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, more than 600 people have died from the illness, according to the World Health Organisation, placing great strain on the health systems of some of Africa's poorest countries.
US pushes for truce as Gaza battle rages
2014-07-23: GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli troops battled Hamas militants on Wednesday near a southern Gaza Strip town as the U.S. secretary of state flew into Israel to press top-gear efforts for a truce in the conflict that has so far killed at least 657 Palestinians and 31 Israelis.
Kerry pushes truce as Gaza conflict hits Israel air traffic
2014-07-23: US Secretary of State John Kerry took his truce mission to Israel Wednesday as the conflict in Gaza entered its 16th day and world airlines suspended flights over rocket fears. As air traffic thinned over Tel Aviv airport, Kerry flew in from Cairo for whirlwind talks in Jerusalem and Ramallah, despite a US aviation warning on flights into Israel after a rocket struck near the runway a day earlier.
Costa Concordia wreck begins final voyage
2014-07-23: Italy's once-luxurious Costa Concordia cruise ship embarked on its last voyage on Wednesday, as tug boats began towing it from its island wreckage site to a scrapyard grave in one of the biggest salvage operations in maritime history. Hundreds of onlookers on the Mediterranean island of Giglio, including survivors from the nighttime disaster two and a half years ago that left 32 people dead, watched from shore as the crippled giant began its crawl up the coast. 'This is a big day for Giglio but we'll only be able to relax once it reaches Genoa', Nick Sloane, the South African salvage master in charge of the operation, was quoted by Italian news agency Ansa as saying. The rusting liner, roughly twice the size of the Titanic and now hoisted afloat by massive air chambers, will be tugged to the port of Genoa in northwest Italy, where it will be dismantled and scrapped.
Shipwrecked Concordia making final voyage off isle
2014-07-23: GIGLIO ISLAND, Italy (AP) — The Costa Concordia cruise liner began its final voyage Wednesday, slowly being towed away from the tiny Italian island where it capsized more than two years ago, killing 32 people.
Bank of England: rates to rise only gradually
2014-07-23: LONDON (AP) — Bank of England policymakers are signaling that interest rates are likely to go up only gradually — though debate on the matter seems to be getting hotter.
Americans aplenty as UK's Booker Prize goes global
2014-07-23: LONDON (AP) — The Americans have arrived in force for Britain's Booker literary prize.
Bank of England eyes wage puzzle as it mulls when to raise rates
2014-07-23: By David Milliken and William Schomberg LONDON (Reuters) - Bank of England officials discussed in July whether there was a case for an early rate rise to cool Britain's economy, but were held back in part by strikingly low wage growth and signs of weakness abroad. The nine members of the Monetary Policy Committee were unanimous when they voted to keep interest rates on hold at their July 9-10 meeting, as forecast by a Reuters poll. Sterling fell and British government bonds underperformed German debt after the release of the minutes, which offered little to bolster expectations among many in the market that a rate rise will come later this year. The Bank also said there were signs, most clearly in the housing market, that Britain's growth - which has been the fastest among the world's big rich economies - would slow a bit in the second half of 2014.
Women business owners face gender gap, report says
2014-07-23: NEW YORK (AP) — Women who own small business are still far behind their male counterparts when it comes to getting loans and government contracts, a congressional report said Wednesday.
US-bound migrants 'face abuses in Mexico'
2014-07-23: Human rights groups on Tuesday said that US-bound migrants passing through Mexico routinely face abuses, discrimination and even torture. With the United States gearing efforts to curb a surge of unaccompanied minors mostly from Central America, human rights groups here aired concerns about bad treatment migrants young and old alike face in Mexico.
Afghanistan criticizes Pakistan; policeman killed
2014-07-23: KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Afghan intelligence service accused Pakistan on Wednesday of stoking instability in the country by backing militants who stage attacks in Afghanistan.
Ukraine says EU reverse gas flows lower after Gazprom's 'threats'
2014-07-23: MOSCOW (Reuters) - Ukrainian Energy Minister Yuri Prodan said on Wednesday reverse gas flows from the European Union to Ukraine had fallen because of threats by Russian gas producer Gazprom. 'Reverse gas supplies are reduced at present. This is linked to certain actions by Gazprom,' Prodan told reporters, adding Ukraine first saw the decrease two weeks ago. 'You heard the threats Gazprom made to European energy companies that this reverse is illegal.' He said reverse supplies stood at 7 million cubic meters daily on Wednesday versus a possible 18 million. ...
Ukraine says pro-Russia rebels pull back from Donetsk outskirts
2014-07-23: Pro-Russian separatists are leaving their positions on the outskirts of Donetsk and retreating towards the center of the eastern Ukrainian city, Ukrainian military officials said on Wednesday. Residents said the rebels, who rose up in April demanding independence from Kiev in the mainly Russian-speaking east, had dug trenches in downtown Donetsk outside the main university, where they have been living in student dormitories. Ukrainian government forces have pushed the armed rebels back to their two main strongholds, in Donetsk and nearby Luhansk, taking back control of villages and suburbs around them. Heavy fighting raged in the Luhansk region for a second day on Wednesday, said officials in Kiev and the rebels.
Kerry cites progress in Gaza cease-fire talks
2014-07-23: JERUSALEM (AP) — Offering the first glimmer of hope for a Gaza cease-fire, the United States on Wednesday said negotiations to broker a truce between Israel and Hamas militants are making some progress even if an end to more than two weeks of bloodshed is nowhere near.
Defense Ministry: 2 Ukrainian military fighter jets shot down in the east of cou
2014-07-23: KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Defense Ministry: 2 Ukrainian military fighter jets shot down in the east of country.
Coroner: Heroin overdose killed Peaches Geldof
2014-07-23: LONDON (AP) — A British coroner has concluded that model and TV personality Peaches Geldof died from a heroin overdose.
Dutch mourn as first MH17 bodies flown to Netherlands
2014-07-23: By Thomas Escritt AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Bells pealed and flags flew at half mast across the Netherlands on Wednesday on a day of grief tinged with anger ahead of the arrival of the first bodies of victims from a Malaysian airliner downed over Ukraine last week on a flight from Amsterdam. Prime Minister Mark Rutte led the first National Day of Mourning since the death of wartime Queen Wilhelmina in 1962 in memory of the 298 people killed when flight MH17 crashed in an area of eastern Ukraine held by Russian-backed separatists. Amid U.S. ...
Pro-Russian rebels shoot down two Ukrainian fighter jets: Kiev
2014-07-23: KIEV (Reuters) - Pro-Russian rebels have shot down two Ukrainian fighter jets, a spokesman for Ukraine's military operations said on Wednesday. The spokesman said the two were downed near Savur Mogila in eastern Ukraine. No details were known about the pilots. (Reporting by Natalia Zinets, writing by Elizabeth Piper, editing by Gabriela Baczynska)
Lithuania to adopt euro currency in January
2014-07-23: BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is giving Lithuania the green light to adopt the euro currency starting next year.
2 Ukrainian military fighter jets shot down
2014-07-23: KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Two Ukrainian military fighter jets have been shot down in the east, according to the country's Defense Ministry.
PepsiCo 2Q profit drops but tops estimates
2014-07-23: PURCHASE, N.Y. (AP) — PepsiCo Inc. (PEP) on Wednesday reported earnings that decreased by 2 percent in its second quarter, but beat analysts' expectations.
Two Ukrainian fighter jets shot down over rebel-held territory
2014-07-23: Kiev (AFP) - Two Ukrainian military jets were shot down Wednesday over rebel-held territory in eastern Ukraine, a Ukrainian military spokesman told AFP.
Oil stays above $102 amid Gaza peace efforts
2014-07-23: The price of oil inched further above $102 a barrel Wednesday amid a new push for a cease-fire between Israel and Palestine and after Europe imposed additional sanctions on Russia that fell short of a heavy hit.
3 NYC students get recording contract approval
2014-07-23: NEW YORK (AP) — Three middle school students in a heavy metal band have gotten permission from a Manhattan judge to sign a multi-year recording contract with Sony.
New constitution gives Thai junta sweeping powers
2014-07-23: BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's new temporary constitution allows the leader of the ruling junta to become interim prime minister and gives the military government sweeping powers in the run-up to a planned October 2015 election, a senior army official said Wednesday.
Germany promises change as arms sales draw scrutiny
2014-07-23: By Alexandra Hudson and Sabine Siebold BERLIN (Reuters) - For lawmaker Jan van Aken, little symbolizes more potently all that he finds indefensible about Germany's arms exports than the German and French-made anti-tank missile that he was shown in northern Syria. From its serial number, he believes the 1970s MILAN rocket was sold legitimately by France to then Syrian leader Hafez al-Assad. After decades in a depot, it fell into the hands of al Qaeda-linked militants in the uprising against Assad's son Bashar. ...
LeBron James wows fans in Hong Kong
2014-07-23: HONG KONG (AP) — LeBron James put on a demonstration of his basketball skills in Hong Kong, the midway stop on his tour through China.
PepsiCo quarterly profit falls 2 percent
2014-07-23: (Reuters) - PepsiCo Inc reported a 2 percent fall in second-quarter profit as carbonated soft drink volumes declined 2 percent in North America.