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Associated Press
2014-07-06 02:42 PM

ASIA:

UNGREENING AUSTRALIA

CANBERRA, Australia -- In 2007, Australians were ready to do something to combat climate change, even if it was expensive. More than two-thirds of them said so in a poll, and both major political parties vowed to make industries pay for greenhouse-gas emissions. The undoing of that perspective will likely be complete after a new Senate is sworn in Monday. It's expected to give Prime Minister Tony Abbott the votes he needs to repeal a 2-year-old tax charged to around 350 of Australia's biggest carbon polluters. Three top political leaders lost their jobs over the issue as support for climate-change measures plummeted. By Rod Mcguirk. SENT: 1,450 words, photos.

INDIA-BUILDING COLLAPSE

CHENNAI, India -- Eleven construction workers have been killed after the boundary wall of a warehouse collapsed in southern India in the country's latest building disaster. SENT: 140 words.

CHINA-MINERS TRAPPED

BEIJING -- Rescuers work to free 17 miners trapped following a gas explosion at a coal mine in western China, the country's official news agency reports. SENT: 170 words.

U.S. AND INTERNATIONAL:

ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS

RAMALLAH, West Bank -- The Israeli military says it has carried out airstrikes on 10 militant sites in the Gaza Strip, including rocket launchers and a weapons manufacturing site. SENT: 130 words.

-- TOP VIDEO: -- mideastus_teen_beat -- Video broadcast on Palestinian TV allegedly shows the American cousin of slain teenager Mohammed Abu Khdeir being beaten and kicked by Israeli police: http://apne.ws/1qYFtZo

-- TOP PHOTO: DV106 -- The mother of Tariq Abu Khdeir, the 15-year-old U.S. citizen beaten and arrested by Israeli police, shows a photo of him in the hospital.

KENYA-VIOLENCE

NAIROBI, Kenya -- Thirteen people have been killed in overnight attacks by gunmen in two counties on the Kenyan coast, where last month al-Qaida-linked militants claimed responsibility for killing 65 people, the Kenya Red Cross says. By Tom Odula. SENT: 140 words.

UKRAINE

SLOVYANSK, Ukraine -- Ukraine's forces claim a significant success against pro-Russian insurgents, chasing them from a key stronghold in the country's embattled east. The troops were in control of rebel headquarters in Slovyansk, a city that has been a center of the fighting between Kiev's troops and the pro-Russian insurgents. Rebels fleeing from the city vow to regroup elsewhere and fight on. By Dmitry Lovetsky and Yuras Karmanau. SENT: 1,020 words, photos, video.

-- TOP PHOTO: MOSB115 -- People clear debris from of an apartment building damaged by shelling in Mykolaivka, in eastern Ukraine.

IRAQ

BAGHDAD -- A man purporting to be the leader of the Sunni extremist group that has declared an Islamic state in territory it controls straddling Iraq and Syria has made what would be his first official appearance, delivering a sermon at a mosque in Iraq's second-largest city, according to an online video. The move comes as the group moves to consolidate its hold over the area of its self-declared caliphate. By Ryan Lucas and Diaa Hadid. SENT: 820 words, photos. SENT: 1,070 words, photos. UPCOMING: video, timing uncertain.

NATO-EXPANSION ON HOLD

BRUSSELS -- Faced with a newly aggressive Russia, NATO has been mulling how to react, but it is ruling out one option: rapid expansion. Four would-be members, including the former Soviet republic of Georgia, have been informed that admission to NATO isn't in the cards anytime soon. For some, that means dashed hopes. Macedonia's foreign minister told The Associated Press it was a "step backward." By John Thor-Dahlburg. SENT: 930 words, photos, graphic.

MISSING NEYMAR

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil -- A somber mood spreads over Brazil as soccer fans come to grips with the loss of star striker Neymar, whose fractured vertebra knocked him out of the World Cup. Brazil's top newspapers featured front-page spreads of Neymar on the turf after he took a knee to the back during the 2-1 quarterfinal win over Colombia, crying out in pain. The host nation's hopes for a sixth World Cup title had rested mostly on the shoulders of the 22-year-old forward. By Bradley Brooks. SENT: 790 words, photos.

-- JOHN LEICESTER -- Column: Targeted and unprotected like Pele, Neymar thrown under the wheels of World Cup show. SENT: 920 words, photos.

-- ARGENTINA-BELGIUM --Higuain's goal gives Argentina 1-0 win to reach World Cup semifinals for first time since 1990. SENT: 680 words, photos.

-- NETHERLANDS-COSTA RICA -- Louis van Gaal made the call, and Tim Krul made the saves. In another move that will only add to his reputation as a tactical mastermind, the Netherlands coach led his team into the World Cup semifinals after bringing on Krul with seconds remaining in extra time. SENT: 505 words, photos.

ARTHUR

KILL DEVIL HILLS, N.C. -- North Carolina's popular beach towns begin returning to the business of recreation Saturday, after Arthur lashed the state's coast with forceful winds and heavy rain and then churned northward without leaving a trail of significant damage. The only road onto two of the state's barrier islands reopened, and businesses hoped to salvage part of the holiday weekend. Arthur was downgraded to a tropical storm early Saturday before passing over Canada. By Emery Dalesio. SENT: 700 words, photos, video, graphic, interactive.

-- CANADA-ARTHUR -- Arthur hits Canada's Maritime provinces, causes power outages, flight delays. SENT: 330 words, photos.

FAREWELL VIDEOS

SCARSDALE, N.Y. -- Carolyn Ngbokoli can no longer remember the sound of her mother's voice. She died when Ngbokoli was 19, and there are no tapes or videos. Now Ngbokoli, too, faces the possibility of an early death, from breast cancer. But she's making sure that if the worst happens, her sons, now 4 and 6, can see how she loved them, hear how she spoke to them and be reminded of her advice to them long after she's gone. With the no-cost help of organizations like Thru My Eyes and Memories Live, people with a terminal diagnosis get emotional as well as technical support with their videos. By Jim Fitzgerald. SENT: 880 words, photos.

GETTING ATTENTION

-- GREAT WHITE SHARK ATTACK -- A 7-foot great white shark hooked by a fisherman bites a man swimming off Manhattan Beach, Calif., leaving him with moderate injuries. SENT: 240 words. UPCOMING: Pursuing photos.

-- MUSIC-COUNTRY RAP -- Country rap still faces radio resistance even as artists, fans embrace blended style. SENT: 660 words, photos.

-- WIMBLEDON -- Czech Republic's Petra Kvitova overwhelms Canada's Eugenie Bouchard to win Wimbledon. SENT: 800 words, photos.

-- EGYPT -- Cairo defends a steep rise in fuel prices as necessary move to shore up the treasury as long lines form at gas stations. SENT: 640 words, photos.

-- OBIT-LOUIS-BROWN-JR -- Louis Brown, father of O.J. Simpson's ex-wife Nicole, domestic violence foundation founder, dies. SENT: 230 words, photo.

-- SOMALIA-VIOLENCE -- Police: Four people killed when car laden with explosives blows up near the parliamentary building in Somali capital. SENT: 310 words, photos, video.

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