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Argentina defaults as 'vulture fund' talks fail
Argentina's Economy Minister Axel Kicillof speaks during a press conference at the Argentina Consulate July 30, 2014 in New YorkArgentina was in default Thursday for the second time in 13 years after the failure of last ditch talks with US hedge funds it has branded "vultures." After hours of meetings Wednesday in New York, Economy Minister Axel Kicillof emerged to confirm that no deal had been reached. "Unfortunately, no agreement was reached and the Republic of Argentina will imminently be in default," said Daniel Pollack, the lawyer appointed by a US court to oversee the talks. Ratings agency Standard and Poor's had already placed Argentina in "selective default" when the talks ended.

Dutch, Australian experts attempt to reach Ukraine crash site
Experts from the Netherlands and Australia tried on Thursday to reach the crash site in eastern Ukraine of downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 after several failed attempts this week. Members of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) were also part of a team that was trying to navigate a safe route to the area where the plane went down on July 17, killing all 298 passengers and crew.

19 swimmers drown off Pakistan beaches
KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Rescuers say at least 19 people have drowned off southern Pakistan beaches because of heavy waves and strong currents.

AB InBev earnings rise, sees US improving
AMSTERDAM (AP) — Budweiser brewer AB InBev SA, the world's largest beer maker, says sales and underlying earnings grew in the second quarter, with 7.2 percent growth in Brazil, thanks in part to the World Cup, and it sees an improving economic outlook in the U.S.

Obama cracks down on labor breaches by contractors
President Barack Obama waves after stepping off Marine One helicopter on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, July 30, 2014, as he returns from Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is pushing government contractors to stop violating labor laws if they want to keep taking federal money.

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Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone prepares for his trial framed by his his lawyers Sven Thomas, left, and Norbert Scharf, right, in the regional court in Munich, southern Germany, Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Ecclestone is charged with bribery and incitement to breach of trust "in an especially grave case" over a US $44 million payment to a German banker, that prosecutors allege was meant to facilitate the sale of the Formula One Group to a buyer of Ecclestone's liking. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader,Pool)Your Top Plays for Today: AP's Sports Guide

State Dept: 'No American is proud' of CIA tactics
FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2004, file photo, then-Secretary of State Colin Powell speaks at a news conference in Washington at the State Department. A document circulating among White House staff says a Senate report on the CIA's interrogation and detention practices after the 9/11 attacks concludes that the agency initially kept Powell and some U.S. ambassadors in the dark about harsh techniques and secret prisons. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department has endorsed the broad conclusions of a harshly critical Senate report on the CIA's interrogation and detention practices after the 9/11 attacks, a report that accuses the agency of brutally treating terror suspects and misleading Congress, according to a White House document.

Nigeria finds 10-year-old girl with bomb strapped to her
ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigerian forces have arrested two Boko Haram suspects who were travelling with a 10-year-old girl with explosives strapped to her, the government said on Wednesday. Government spokesman Mike Omeri said the suspects had been intercepted in a Honda CRV car travelling along a road in the north's Katsina state. "Ten-year old Hadiza was discovered to have been strapped with an explosive belt and, immediately, Iliya and Zainab made attempt to escape with the car, but were later blocked by other concerned Nigerians and subsequently arrested," he said.

Gaza toll soars as Israel 'days' from completing tunnel hunt
Palestinians mourn outside a morgue in Gaza CityBy Nidal al-Mughrabi and Ori Lewis GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel pressed ahead with its Gaza offensive saying it was days from achieving its core goal of destroying all Islamist guerrilla cross-border attack tunnels, but a soaring Palestinian civilian toll has triggered international alarm. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's security cabinet on Wednesday approved continuing the assault launched on July 8 in response to a surge of rocket attacks by Gaza's dominant Hamas Islamists. Israel also sent a delegation to Egypt, which has been trying, with Washington's blessing, to broker a ceasefire. Fifty-six Israeli soldiers have been killed in Gaza clashes and more than 400 wounded.

Facebook mobile app to offer free, limited Internet in Zambia
A smartphone user shows the Facebook application on his phone in Zenica, in this photo illustrationBy Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc is launching a mobile app that gives users in Zambia free access to a handful of online services on mobile phones, broadening an effort to boost Internet usage in underdeveloped countries. The Internet.org app will offer, in partnership with wireless operator Airtel , more than a dozen services including online encyclopedia Wikipedia, websites devoted to weather, job listings and health information, as well as Facebook's own social network and messaging service.

Landslide buries Indian village; at least 24 dead
Rescue workers carry the body of a victim at the site of a landslide in Malin village, in the western Indian state of Maharashtra, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. Torrential rains triggered a massive landslide that buried a remote village in western India on Wednesday, killing more than a dozen people as it swept away scores of houses and possibly trapping many more people under debris, officials said. (AP Photo)MALIN, India (AP) — Rescue workers and desperate villagers dug through deep mud, rocks and the debris of shattered homes Thursday after a massive landslide buried a remote village in western India, killing at least 24 people and trapping more than 150, authorities said.

Samsung profit falls as smartphone sales slow
A Samsung Electronics' Galaxy S5 smartphone is displayed at the company's showroom in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, July 31, 2014. Samsung Electronics Co. reported a bigger-than-expected fall in second quarter profit on Thursday and said it was uncertain if earnings from its handset business would improve in the current quarter.(AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung Electronics Co. reported a bigger-than-expected fall in second quarter profit on Thursday and said it was uncertain if earnings from its handset business would improve in the current quarter.

Congress races to finish veterans, highway bills
House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio strides to the House chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 30, 2014, as lawmakers prepare to move on legislation authorizing an election-year lawsuit against President Barack Obama that accuses him of exceeding his powers in enforcing his health care law. Democrats have branded the effort a political charade aimed at stirring up Republican voters for the fall congressional elections. They say it's also an effort by top Republicans to mollify conservatives who want Obama to be impeached — something Boehner said Tuesday he has no plans to do. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is racing to wrap up legislation addressing chronic problems at the Veterans Affairs Department and a shortfall in highway money ahead of its five-week summer break. Deep divisions cast doubt on any resolution to the surge of immigrants at the border.

Portland settles suit by officer who honored Nazis
In this image from video, date not known, Mark Kruger. a Portland police officer speaks in Portland, Ore. Once-forgotten plaques placed by Kruger in a city park to honor five Nazi-era German soldiers have come back to haunt the city. The officer, Capt. Mark Kruger, threatened to sue the city last year over texts sent by a top police official to an officer characterizing him as a Nazi sympathizer. Instead of going to court, the city settled, agreeing to give Kruger 80 hours of vacation and $5,000. (AP Photo/The Oregonian, Michael Lloyd)PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Once-forgotten plaques placed by a Portland police officer in a city park to honor five Nazi-era German soldiers have come back to haunt the city.

Pipe that spewed 20M gallons near UCLA shut off
The site of a water main break is shown near UCLA Wednesday July 30, 2014, in Los Angeles. A ruptured 93-year-old water main on Tuesday left the UCLA campus awash in 8 million gallons of water in the middle of California's worst drought in decades, stranding people in parking garages and flooding the school's storied basketball court less than two years after a major renovation. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Work crews have stopped the last of the water gushing from a 30-inch pipe near the University of California, Los Angeles some 30 hours after it burst.

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