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China bladder trade sending porpoise to extinction

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Gillnet fishing in the upper Sea of Cortez has pushed the vaquita marina, the world's smallest porpoise, to the brink of extinction, according to an environmental report published Friday which states fewer than 100 of them are believed left. (...)
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Moody's upgrades Greece's credit rating

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Moody's ratings agency late Friday upgraded Greece's government bond rating, predicting a gradual decline of its massive national debt. (...)
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Israel pushes deeper in Gaza after soldier seized

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Backed by tank fire and airstrikes, Israeli forces pushed deep into southern Gaza on Friday, searching for an Israeli army officer believed to be captured by Hamas fighters during deadly clashes that shattered an internationally brokered cease-fire. (...)
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Uruguayan pot marketplace may go up in smoke

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Uruguay's plan to create the world's first national, government-regulated marketplace for legal pot may be going up in smoke. (...)
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China bladder trade sending porpoise to extinction

MEXICO CITY (AP) — An environmental panel says fewer than 100 of Mexico's vaquita marina porpoises are left and they are in imminent danger of extinction. (...)
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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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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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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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Remains of Air Algerie crash victims now in Paris

PARIS (AP) — France's foreign and transport ministries say the first traces of passenger remains from the site where the Air Algerie plane went down in Mali last month have been brought to Paris for identification. (...)
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Tunisia closes borders with Libya after violence

RAS AJDIR, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia closed its main border crossing with Libya on Friday after thousands of stranded Egyptian and foreign nationals, fleeing militias' fighting and violence in Libya, tried to break through the passage, the Tunisian news agency said. (...)
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Poland marks 70th anniversary of Warsaw Uprising

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Sirens let out a long and mournful wail and people and traffic stood still on the streets of Warsaw on Friday as Poland commemorated the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising, a revolt against Nazi Germany that ended tragically for the Poles. (...)
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Evacuees return after Taiwan gas explosions

KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan (AP) — Hundreds of people who fled from gas pipeline explosions in Taiwan's second-largest city returned to their homes Friday after authorities said there was no more risk of blasts like the series that ripped apart streets overnight, killing 26 people and injuring 267. (...)
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Ugandan court invalidates anti-gay law

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A Ugandan court on Friday invalidated an anti-gay bill signed into law earlier this year, pleasing activists and watchdog groups who called the measure draconian and wanted it repealed. (...)
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Saudi king condemns Gaza war but not Israel

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah condemned the war in Gaza Friday as a "collective massacre" and a crime against humanity, but stopped short of directly condemning Israel for its ground campaign against Hamas. (...)
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Italy, Poland vie for top EU foreign policy job

BRUSSELS (AP) — As the European Union struggles to respond to what it perceives as Russia's aggressive meddling in Ukraine, Italy and Poland are staking their claims to provide the bloc's new foreign-policy chief — kicking off a race in which the candidates' views of Moscow will likely be decisive. (...)
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China bladder trade sending porpoise to extinction

AP-heads-latest-minute-world - 14 min 26 sec ago
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Gillnet fishing in the upper Sea of Cortez has pushed the vaquita marina, the world's smallest porpoise, to the brink of extinction, according to an environmental report published Friday which states fewer than 100 of them are believed left. (...)
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Moody's upgrades Greece's credit rating

AP-heads-latest-minute-world - 14 min 26 sec ago
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Moody's ratings agency late Friday upgraded Greece's government bond rating, predicting a gradual decline of its massive national debt. (...)
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TS Bertha dumps heavy rain in eastern Caribbean

AP-heads-latest-minute-world - 14 min 26 sec ago
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Tropical Storm Bertha swirled through the eastern Caribbean on Friday as it unleashed heavy rains and strong winds in the region. (...)
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NKorea seeks UN meeting on US-SKorea drills

AP-heads-latest-minute-world - 14 min 26 sec ago
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — North Korea asked Friday for an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council to protest upcoming U.S.-South Korean military exercises, saying they increase the danger of war on the Korean peninsula. (...)
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Israel pushes deeper in Gaza after soldier seized

AP-heads-latest-minute-world - 14 min 26 sec ago
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Backed by tank fire and airstrikes, Israeli forces pushed deep into southern Gaza on Friday, searching for an Israeli army officer believed to be captured by Hamas fighters during deadly clashes that shattered an internationally brokered cease-fire. (...)
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