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Airlines ban flights to Israel after rocket strike

JERUSALEM (AP) -- A Hamas rocket exploded Tuesday near Israel's main airport, prompting a ban on all flights from the U.S. and many from Europe and Canada as aviation authorities responded to the shock of seeing a civilian jetliner shot down over Ukraine....

Gaza blockade key to any Israel-Hamas truce deal

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Ibrahim Zain was driven from his home by Israeli tank fire this week, but says he'd rather endure more Israel-Hamas fighting than accept an unconditional cease-fire he fears will leave in place the blockade of the Gaza Strip....

Plane crash bodies removed from war zone

KHARKIV, Ukraine (AP) -- A train bearing the dead from the downed Malaysian airliner finally reached Ukrainian government-held territory Tuesday, but the pro-Russian separatists in control of the crash site showed little willingness to allow the full-scale investigation demanded by world leaders....

US: Russia 'created the conditions' for shoot-down

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senior U.S. intelligence officials said Tuesday that Russia was responsible for "creating the conditions" that led to the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, but they offered no evidence of direct Russian government involvement....

Lax security at crash site hampers investigations

HRABOVE, Ukraine (AP) -- When international monitors and Malaysian aviation experts arrived Tuesday at the two main sites where the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 smashed into the undulating countryside of eastern Ukraine, there was almost no perimeter tape....

UK announces inquiry for Russian spy death

LONDON (AP) -- The British government announced plans Tuesday for a wide-ranging public inquiry into the mysterious 2006 death of poisoned former Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko....

11 parents of Nigeria's abducted girls die

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) -- In the three months since Islamic extremists kidnapped more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls, 11 of their parents have died, town residents say....

NY judge orders 24-7 Argentina debt talks

NEW YORK (AP) -- A federal judge Tuesday ordered around-the-clock negotiations aimed at averting a second debt default by Argentina in 13 years, saying a default would hurt "real people."...

End comes for notorious Venezuelan vertical slum

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- The beginning of the end came for the world's tallest slum Tuesday as officials began evicting thousands of squatters from a haphazard community inside the half-built Caracas skyscraper known as the Tower of David....

At least 21 dead in Iraq checkpoint car bombing

BAGHDAD (AP) -- A suicide driver rammed his explosive-laden car into a police checkpoint at the entrance to Baghdad's Khazimiyah district killing 21 people, including seven policemen manning the post....