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July 17, 2014

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WEST-RUSSIA SANCTIONS

WASHINGTON — The United States and Europe sought to maintain a united front against Russia with coordinated announcements of new economic sanctions, but divisions persist over how aggressive the West should be in punishing Moscow for its threatening moves in Ukraine. By Julie Pace and John-Thor Dahlburg.

UNITED STATES-MYANMAR-JAILED JOURNALISTS

WASHINGTON — The U.S. State Department’s top human rights official accuses Myanmar authorities of resorting to police state tactics after five journalists from a weekly magazine got 10 years of hard labor for a disputed story about a weapons factory. By Matthew Pennington.

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REPUBLICAN 2016-CHRISTIE

DES MOINES, Iowa — Gov. Chris Christie’s high-profile swing this week through Iowa, the site of the first Republican presidential nominating contest in 2016, is sure to send a message that he’s politically alive and well.

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BOLIVIA-CHILD LABOR

EL ALTO, Bolivia — While most of the world is trying to diminish child labor, Bolivia is on the verge of becoming the first nation to legalize it from age 10. Sponsors of legislation awaiting President Evo Morales’ signature say lowering the minimum work age from 14 simply acknowledges a reality: Many poor families in Bolivia have no other choice. By Paola Flores.

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GUANTANAMO-URUGUAY

WASHINGTON — U.S. officials say the Pentagon has notified Congress of its intent to transfer six Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detainees to Uruguay. By Robert Burns.

MISSOURI EXECUTION-MIDDLETON

BONNE TERRE, Missouri — A former methamphetamine dealer is executed for killing three people in remote northern Missouri out of fear that they would report his drug activity to police. By Jim Salter.

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ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS-FLORIDA

TAMPA, Florida — The Palestinian-American teenager who relatives allege was beaten by Israeli authorities returned home to Florida, saying he will never think of freedom in the same way again. By Jared Leone.

MEXICO-CHILDREN RESCUED

ZAMORA, Mexico — Parents and relatives of children rescued by police from a refuse-strewn group home where employees allegedly beat and raped residents tell of trying to get their loved ones out, only to be met with demands for thousands of dollars for their release. By Olga R. Rodriguez.

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SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urges Dominican legislators to find a humanitarian solution to a fiercely debated court decision that could render thousands of people of Haitian descent stateless. By Ezequiel Abiu Lopez.

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WIKILEAKS-ASSANGE

STOCKHOLM — A Swedish court upholds its detention order on Julian Assange, reaffirming the legal basis for an international warrant for the WikiLeaks founder that has kept him hiding in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London for two years. By Karl Ritter.

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CURACAO-AIRPORT SHOOTING

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Police in Curacao scour the arid Dutch Caribbean island hunting for gunmen who sprayed bullets at the arrivals area of the international airport, killing two people and wounding six. By David McFadden.

BUSINESS & FINANCE

TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY FOX-TIME WARNER-BID

LOS ANGELES — Even though Rupert Murdoch’s $76 billion bid for rival media giant Time Warner Inc. has been rejected, that doesn’t mean how you watch TV shows and movies will stop changing any time soon. By Ryan Nakashima.

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COLOMBIA-STARBUCKS OPENING

BOGOTA, Colombia — Make room Juan Valdez, it’s time to meet the green-aproned barista. Starbucks makes its much-anticipated debut in the country synonymous with coffee after decades of roasting Colombia’s Arabica beans for billions of java lovers the world over. By Joshua Goodman.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT:

JENNIFER LOPEZ-WATER MITE

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Pop singer Jennifer Lopez may be thinking life is funny now that a group of scientists has named a water mite in her honor after discovering a new species near Puerto Rico. By Danica Coto.

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