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AP EXCLUSIVE: Early silence on CIA interrogations

AP EXCLUSIVE: Some US ambassadors who knew of brutal CIA interrogations told not to discuss it
Ken Dilanian And Eileen Sullivan, The Associated Press

WASHINGTON - A Senate report on the CIA's interrogation and detention practices after the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks on the U.S. concludes that the agency initially kept the secretary of state and some American ambassadors uninformed about harsh techniques and secret prisons, according to a document circulating among White House staff.

Militia gunfire in Libya capital as inferno rages

Militia gunfire prevents firefighters from battling massive blaze raging in Libya's capital
Maggie Michael, The Associated Press

CAIRO - Heavy gunfire between warring militias prevented firefighters from battling a massive inferno in Libya's capital Tuesday, despite calls for a cease-fire to end the worst violence in the capital since the country's 2011 civil war.

US: No sign Russia helping to ease Ukraine fight

Kerry: No shred of evidence that Russia is urging Ukraine separatists to quell violence
Lara Jakes, The Associated Press

WASHINGTON - The United States on Tuesday said Russia has "not shown a shred of evidence" that it is willing to help end the violence between the Ukraine separatists backed by Moscow and the government that is trying to maintain its sovereignty.

Be ready for 'prolonged' Gaza war, Netanyahu says

Netanyahu tells Israelis to be ready for 'prolonged' Gaza war, army urges Gaza evacuations
Karin Laub And Tia Goldenberg, The Associated Press

GAZA, Palestinian Territories - Signalling an escalation of Israel's Gaza operation, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Israelis Monday to be ready for a "prolonged" war, and the military warned Palestinians in three large neighbourhoods to leave their homes and head immediately for Gaza City.

US fuming over Israeli criticism of Kerry

US fuming over Israeli criticism of Kerry bid to secure cease-fire with Hamas in Gaza
Matthew Lee And Julie Pace, The Associated Press

WASHINGTON - The Obama administration pushed back strongly Monday at a torrent of Israeli criticism over Secretary of State John Kerry's latest bid to secure a cease-fire with Hamas, accusing some in Israel of launching a "misinformation campaign" against the top American diplomat.

"It's simply not the way partners and allies treat each other," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.

Oil depot ablaze amid clashes in Libyan capital

Oil depot catches fire amid clashes in Libyan capital as government appeals to world for help
Maamoun Youssef, The Associated Press

CAIRO - A fire at the oil depot for the airport in Libya's capital raged out of control Monday after being struck in the crossfire of warring militias battling for control of the airfield, the latest violence to plague the country as foreigners flee the chaos.

UN chief reinforces call for Gaza cease-fire

UN chief reinforces Security Council call for Gaza cease-fire 'in the name of humanity'
Edith M. Lederer, The Associated Press

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reinforced the Security Council's call for an immediate and unconditional humanitarian cease-fire in the Gaza war on Monday and demanded that Israel and Hamas end the violence "in the name of humanity."

UN finds second black box of Air Algerie jet

UN finds second black box of Air Algerie jet among scattered debris in northern Mali
Elaine Ganley And Brahima Ouadraogo, The Associated Press

PARIS - French President Francois Hollande said Saturday he wants the remains of all passengers on the Air Algerie plane that fell from the sky and disintegrated to be brought to France and the site of this week's catastrophe marked with a memorial to the 118 who died.

US evacuates embassy in Libya amid clashes

US shutters embassy in Libya, evacuates staff to Tunisia as security deteriorates in Tripoli
Matthew Lee And Lara Jakes, The Associated Press

WASHINGTON - The United States shuttered its embassy in Libya on Saturday and evacuated its diplomats to neighbouring Tunisia under U.S. military escort as fighting intensified between rival militias. Secretary of State John Kerry said "free-wheeling militia violence" prompted the move.

Diplomats call for extension of Gaza cease-fire

Foreign ministers call for an extension of the Gaza Strip 12-hour cease-fire
Lara Jakes, The Associated Press

PARIS - Foreign Ministers from seven nations are calling for an extension of the 12-hour humanitarian cease-fire in the Gaza Strip.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius (loh-RAHN' FAH'-bee-yus) on Saturday also urged world leaders to negotiate a long-term truce that addresses Israel's concerns about security while also trying to accommodate Palestinian demands to open borders to more people living in Gaza and spurring economic development there.

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