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Thousands of Palestinians flee northern Gaza

Thousands of Palestinian residents of the northern Gaza Strip fled their homes on Sunday and sought safety in U.N. shelters, heeding warnings from the Israeli military about impending plans to bomb the area in the sixth day of an offensive against Hamas that has killed more than 160 people.

Chinese firm buys UK's Pizza Express chain

Pizza Express, one of Britain's best-known chain restaurants, has been sold to a Chinese private equity firm for about 900 million pounds ($1.5 billion.)

Retired teacher goes on trial in wife's cliff push

Charles and Lisa Black moved to Maine after careers as teachers in Kansas, pursuing an idyllic retirement that prosecutors say was destroyed by arguments over money and infidelity before both plummeted off a cliff.

C. African Republic: Ex-president named rebel head

A spokesman says Central African Republic's former president has been reinstated as head of a rebel movement notorious for human rights abuses.

Foster children become focus of California schools

California is embarking on a first-of-its-kind attempt to improve the academic lives of foster youth by giving schools more money to meet their special learning and emotional needs and holding educators and administrators accountable.

US, Germany vow cooperation despite espionage spat

The United States and Germany put a brave face on an escalating espionage dispute, stressing on Sunday the importance of their cooperation to solving several global crises but offering little indication they've fully mended ties.

Bomb kills 7 security forces in western Algeria

Algerian authorities say a remote-controlled homemade bomb exploded and killed seven security officers in the northwest of the North African country.

Dejected Argentine fans, elated Germans in Brazil

Thousands of Argentine football fans gathered on the golden sands of Copacabana beach gasped and then fell into silence when Germany scored a stunning extra-time goal to claim the World Cup title on Sunday.

Sheriff: Bus was hit by stolen car going wrong way

A car that collided with a Greyhound bus on an Indiana highway, killing the car's driver and injuring 19 people on the bus, had just been stolen and was headed in the wrong direction, authorities said.

Violence mars Argentina's World Cup celebration

Riot police fired tear gas and rubber bullets late Sunday to restrain a group of vandals who disturbed a peaceful rally celebrating Argentina's gutsy performance in a 1-0 loss to Germany in the World Cup finals.

Former Georgian president Shevardnadze buried

Georgia ex-President Eduard Shevardnadze was buried Sunday in Tbilisi after his death at age 86.

Public, industry weigh in on oil train safety

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is drafting regulations to improve the safety of rail shipments of crude oil following a series derailments, explosions and fires. With billions of dollars at stake, the railroad, oil, ethanol and chemical industries have been trying to shape the rules to their advantage in a series of meetings with the White House and PHMSA. A key issue is tougher standards for tank cars used to ship oil. The public has weighed in primarily through letters, emails and phone calls to the agency.

Search for body to follow Costa Concordia removal

An Italian official has promised that a search will be conducted for the only unrecovered body of the 32 Costa Concordia shipwreck victims as soon as the wrecked cruise liner is towed away from the island where it struck a reef in 2012.

N.J. mayor: Cop killer lay in wait for police to arrive (VIDEO)

A man who fatally shot a rookie officer responding to a report of an armed robbery call early Sunday never tried to rob the drugstore and instead lay in wait for police to arrive, telling a witness to watch the news because he was "going to be famous," authorities said.

German police megaphone used in anti-Israel rant

German police allowed an anti-Israel protester to climb inside a police car and shout slogans including "child murderer Israel" and "Allahu akbar!" — Arabic for "God is Great!" — through a police megaphone, a spokeswoman for Frankfurt's police said Sunday.

Terrific World Cup ends with marquee final (VIDEO)

The World Cup ends Sunday with a marquee match-up, Argentina against Germany, and host Brazil rushing to be ready for an even bigger logistical challenge: the 2016 Olympics.

Indian villagers protest as 4 missing found dead

Police on Sunday fired rubber bullets and used batons to disperse hundreds of villagers protesting the abductions and killings of four Muslim traders in India's remote northeast, where ethnic tensions run high.

Pope leads crowd in silent prayer for Mideast

Pope Francis has led tens of thousands of people in St. Peter's Square in unannounced, silent prayer for an end to the warfare in the Mideast.

Annual Protestant march in Belfast mostly peaceful

Police in Northern Ireland say an annual Protestant parade that typically sparks riots and disorder has taken place peacefully.

Aide to ex-Romanian leader Nicolae Ceausescu dies

A devoted aide of ex-Romanian leader Nicolae Ceausescu who was sent to quell protests that sparked the 1989 revolution has died. He was 87.

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