Hamas backs International Criminal Court bid
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Hamas has signed a pledge to back any Palestinian bid to join the International Criminal Court, two senior officials in the group said Saturday. Such a step could expose Israel — as well as Hamas — to war crimes investigations.
Russian aid trucks begin to leave Ukraine
DONETSK, Russia (AP) — Trucks marked as being from a bitterly disputed Russian aid convoy to Ukraine began returning to Russia on Saturday.
Gov't warns US retailers about hacking software
WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 1,000 U.S. retailers could be infected with malicious software lurking in their cash register computers, allowing hackers to steal customer financial data, the Homeland Security Department said Friday.
Streets of Ferguson stay calm after violent nights
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Ferguson's streets were peaceful for a third night as tensions between police and protesters continued to subside after nights of violence and unrest erupted when a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old.
Iraq family's flight reveals depth of Sunni grief
BAGHDAD (AP) — For nearly a decade Abu Omar has been fleeing Iraq's many conflicts, but they always seem to catch up to him.
Clinton shadow in Iowa no threat to some Democrats
ALTOONA, Iowa (AP) — Democrats with presidential dreams are coming to Iowa with little fanfare, entourage or recognition.
Spirits, prayers mark hunt for Myanmar's lost bell
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Divers stand on the edge of a small wooden fishing boat gazing at the murky, choppy waters below. After receiving blessings from Buddhist monks, they lower their masks and plunge one-by-one into the mighty Yangon River, clinging to garden hoses that will act as primitive breahing devices during their dizzying descent into darkness.
Havana retro-Soviet restaurant a nod to nostalgia
HAVANA (AP) — There's no rice, beans or fried plantains at Havana's newest private restaurant. You can order a minty mojito, but it'll come mixed with vodka instead of the traditional white rum.
Interpol seeks clues to Thai 'baby factory'
BANGKOK (AP) — Interpol said it has launched a multinational investigation into what Thailand has dubbed the "Baby Factory" case: a 24-year-old Japanese businessman who has 16 surrogate babies and an alleged desire to father hundreds more.
Police officer accused of sex assaults on patrol
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma City police officer arrested on charges of serial sexual assault preyed on women in the rundown neighborhoods he was assigned to patrol — picking some up off the street, pulling others over at traffic stops and in one case taking a woman to a nearby school, police dcuments show.
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