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  • Acid victims' photo shoot draws attention in India

    Acid victims' photo shoot draws attention in India

    Monday, September 1 2014 9:01 PM EDT2014-09-02 01:01:09 GMT
    A fashion photo shoot featuring five victims of acid attacks is drawing wide attention in India. While the country keeps no official statistics on acid attacks, there are regular reports in the media of attackers...
    A fashion photo shoot featuring five victims of acid attacks is drawing wide attention in India. While the country keeps no official statistics on acid attacks, there are regular reports in the media of attackers targeting...
  • Australian dad accused of abusing Thai-born twins

    Australian dad accused of abusing Thai-born twins

    Monday, September 1 2014 8:51 PM EDT2014-09-02 00:51:28 GMT
    An Australian man has been charged with sexually abusing twin girls he fathered several years ago to a Thai surrogate mother.
    An Australian man has been charged with sexually abusing twin girls he fathered several years ago to a Thai surrogate mother, media reported late Monday.
  • Americans detained in North Korea call for US help

    Americans detained in North Korea call for US help

    Monday, September 1 2014 6:03 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:03:47 GMT
    North Korea has given foreign media access to three detained Americans who said they have been able to contact their families and - watched by officials as they spoke - called for Washington to send a...
    North Korea gave foreign media access on Monday to three detained Americans who said they have been able to contact their families and - watched by officials as they spoke - called for Washington to send a high-ranking...
  • Austerity debate flares as Europe recovery fades

    Austerity debate flares as Europe recovery fades

    Monday, September 1 2014 5:40 PM EDT2014-09-01 21:40:56 GMT
    Europe's recovery is in danger. Governments are under pressure to save it, but struggling with political obstacles and disagreement among themselves over what to do.
    Europe's economic recovery is in danger. Governments are under pressure to save it, but struggling with political obstacles and disagreement among themselves over what to do.
  • Regional body to help restore stability in Lesotho

    Regional body to help restore stability in Lesotho

    Monday, September 1 2014 3:51 PM EDT2014-09-01 19:51:08 GMT
    The king of Lesotho must fill a power vacuum after the military's actions over the weekend caused the prime minister of the mountainous African country to flee.
    Southern Africa's regional body said Monday it will send an envoy and an observer team to Lesotho to help restore stability and security in the mountainous kingdom where military actions over the weekend caused the...
  • Parents of ill UK boy fight extradition from Spain

    Parents of ill UK boy fight extradition from Spain

    Monday, September 1 2014 2:52 PM EDT2014-09-01 18:52:42 GMT
    A Spanish judge will open proceedings on whether to extradite to Britain the parents of a 5-year-old boy with a brain tumor they took abroad against doctors' advice.
    The parents say they want to give their 5 year-old-boy with a brain tumor the best chance to live with a revolutionary new treatment they learned about on the Internet. Their British hospital says the boy has a 70 percent...
  • Cuba cracks down on goods in travelers' luggage

    Cuba cracks down on goods in travelers' luggage

    Monday, September 1 2014 2:52 PM EDT2014-09-01 18:52:37 GMT
    Cubans braced Monday for a clampdown on the flow of car tires, flat-screen televisions, blue jeans and shampoo in the bags of travelers who haul eye-popping amounts of foreign-bought merchandise to an island where...
    Lugging duffel bags crammed with soap, socks, toys and other hard-to-obtain consumer goods, travelers arriving in Cuba on Monday complained that new government restrictions on their imports would leave their families wanting.
  • Iraqi prime minister pledges to root out militants

    Iraqi prime minister pledges to root out militants

    Monday, September 1 2014 2:52 PM EDT2014-09-01 18:52:34 GMT
    The United Nations says the number of Iraqis reported killed in violence has ebbed slightly in August compared to the previous month, with some 1,420 killed.
    Iraq's outgoing prime minster pledged Monday to turn his country into "a big grave" for Sunni militants from the Islamic State group and commended security forces who achieved a rare victory over insurgents by ending...
  • Study claims cave art made by Neanderthals

    Study claims cave art made by Neanderthals

    Monday, September 1 2014 2:41 PM EDT2014-09-01 18:41:11 GMT
    A series of lines scratched into rock in a cave near the southwestern tip of Europe could be proof that Neanderthals were more intelligent and creative than previously thought.
    A series of lines scratched into rock in a cave near the southwestern tip of Europe could be proof that Neanderthals were more intelligent and creative than previously thought.
  • Nigerian forces clash with Boko Haram fighters

    Nigerian forces clash with Boko Haram fighters

    Monday, September 1 2014 2:33 PM EDT2014-09-01 18:33:40 GMT
    Nigerian military officials say they killed about 70 Boko Haram fighters when the Islamic extremists attacked the northeastern town of Bama Monday morning.
    Nigerian military officials say they killed about 70 Boko Haram fighters when the Islamic extremists attacked the northeastern town of Bama Monday morning.
  • Pakistan's premier challenged by raging protests

    Pakistan's premier challenged by raging protests

    Monday, September 1 2014 2:31 PM EDT2014-09-01 18:31:14 GMT
    Anti-government protesters and Pakistani police have clashed once again as the demonstrators pushed into a sprawling government complex in the country's capital in an effort to try to reach the prime...
    Ahead of a joint session of parliament, Pakistan's prime minister and army chief held marathon meetings Monday over violent anti-government protests that could force the premier of this nuclear-armed country to resign.
  • Paris suburb building blast death toll reaches 8

    Paris suburb building blast death toll reaches 8

    Monday, September 1 2014 2:01 PM EDT2014-09-01 18:01:07 GMT
    The death toll in the partial collapse of a four-story apartment building has risen to seven in a northeastern Paris suburb after emergency crews pulled the body of an elderly woman from the rubble.
    The death toll in the partial collapse of a four-story apartment building in a Paris suburb has risen to eight after emergency crews pulled the bodies of a man and a woman from the rubble.
  • Senegal monitors contacts of 1st Ebola patient

    Senegal monitors contacts of 1st Ebola patient

    Monday, September 1 2014 2:01 PM EDT2014-09-01 18:01:03 GMT
    Liberia's president is ordering most civil servants to stay home another month in an effort to stop the spread of the deadly Ebola virus ravaging the country.
    Senegalese authorities on Monday were monitoring everyone who was in contact with a student infected with Ebola who crossed into the country, and who has lost three family members to the disease.
  • Merkel: Arming Kurds in Germany's interest

    Merkel: Arming Kurds in Germany's interest

    Monday, September 1 2014 1:31 PM EDT2014-09-01 17:31:07 GMT
    Chancellor Angela Merkel has told German lawmakers that arming Kurdish fighters battling Islamic extremists in Iraq wasn't an easy decision but is in her country's interest.
    Chancellor Angela Merkel has told lawmakers that it's in Germany's interests to arm the Kurdish fighters who are battling Islamic extremists in Iraq.
  • VENICE WATCH: McDormand hails female stories

    VENICE WATCH: McDormand hails female stories

    Monday, September 1 2014 1:30 PM EDT2014-09-01 17:30:55 GMT
    The Venice Film Festival is bringing 11 days of red carpet premieres, innovative movies and Hollywood glamour to the Italian city. Here's what has been catching the eye of The Associated Press:
    The Venice Film Festival is bringing 11 days of red carpet premieres, innovative movies and Hollywood glamour to the Italian city. Here's what has been catching the eye of The Associated Press:
  • Albanian main opposition party boycotts Parliament

    Albanian main opposition party boycotts Parliament

    Monday, September 1 2014 1:21 PM EDT2014-09-01 17:21:47 GMT
    Albania's main opposition Democrats are boycotting Parliament, complaining that the socialist-led governing coalition pays no attention to its views.
    Albania's main opposition Democrats are boycotting Parliament, complaining that the socialist-led governing coalition pays no attention to its views.
  • Scottish zoo: 'Bad news' for pregnant giant panda

    Scottish zoo: 'Bad news' for pregnant giant panda

    Monday, September 1 2014 1:21 PM EDT2014-09-01 17:21:46 GMT
    A Scottish zoo has sounded warnings that a female giant panda may have lost her cub.
    Edinburgh Zoo warned Monday that its female giant panda, Tian Tian, may have lost her cub.
  • Ebola takes big toll on already poor health care

    Ebola takes big toll on already poor health care

    Monday, September 1 2014 1:21 PM EDT2014-09-01 17:21:45 GMT
    When the dreaded Ebola virus began infecting people in the Sierra Leone town of Kenema, Dr. Sheik Humarr Khan and his team were on the front lines. After stepping out of his protective suit following hours on a...
    When the dreaded Ebola virus began infecting people in the Sierra Leone town of Kenema, Dr. Sheik Humarr Khan and his team were on the front lines. After stepping out of his protective suit following hours on a sweltering...
  • UK: Passports could be seized to fight terrorism

    UK: Passports could be seized to fight terrorism

    Monday, September 1 2014 1:00 PM EDT2014-09-01 17:00:52 GMT
    Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday proposed new laws that would give police the power to seize the passports of Britons suspected of having traveled abroad to fight with terrorist groups.
    Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday proposed new laws that would give police the power to seize the passports of Britons suspected of having traveled abroad to fight with terrorist groups.
  • Poland's PM: Ukraine's war must be stopped now

    Poland's PM: Ukraine's war must be stopped now

    Monday, September 1 2014 12:53 PM EDT2014-09-01 16:53:05 GMT
    Poland's prime minister says the anniversary of World War II makes it crucial to put an end to the war in Ukraine.
    The outbreak of World War II 75 years ago shows why Europe must put an end to the war in Ukraine now, Poland's prime minister said Monday.
  • UN backs inquiry of IS group's alleged crimes

    UN backs inquiry of IS group's alleged crimes

    Monday, September 1 2014 12:52 PM EDT2014-09-01 16:52:54 GMT
    The U.N.'s top human rights body is being asked to investigate the alleged crimes against civilians committed by the Islamic State group in its rampage across northeastern Syria and northern and western Iraq.
    The U.N.'s top human rights body on Monday overwhelmingly approved the Iraqi government's request for an investigation into alleged crimes against civilians committed by the Islamic State group in its rampage...
  • Euro weighed down by soft economic data, Ukraine

    Euro weighed down by soft economic data, Ukraine

    Monday, September 1 2014 12:30 PM EDT2014-09-01 16:30:45 GMT
    The euro fell to a near one-year low against the dollar in the wake of soft European economic data and uncertainty over the crisis in Ukraine.
    The euro fell to a near one-year low against the dollar in the wake of soft European economic data and uncertainty over the crisis in Ukraine.
  • Belfast bomb alert snarls roads on IRA anniversary

    Belfast bomb alert snarls roads on IRA anniversary

    Monday, September 1 2014 12:10 PM EDT2014-09-01 16:10:44 GMT
    A security alert over a suspected bomb has shut down the main motorway through Belfast, triggering traffic chaos on the 20th anniversary of the Irish Republican Army's cease-fire.
    Police say a bomb alert that shut down Belfast's main motorway on the 20th anniversary of the Irish Republican Army cease-fire was the result of an "elaborate hoax."
  • 240 rebels depart Central African Republic capital

    240 rebels depart Central African Republic capital

    Monday, September 1 2014 12:10 PM EDT2014-09-01 16:10:42 GMT
    Witnesses say several hundred Muslim rebels have left the capital of Central African Republic and are now heading back to the country's north about eight months after they were forced from power.
    Witnesses say several hundred Muslim rebels have left the capital of Central African Republic and are now heading back to the country's north about eight months after they were forced from power.
  • NATO plans high-readiness force to counter Russia

    NATO plans high-readiness force to counter Russia

    Monday, September 1 2014 11:52 AM EDT2014-09-01 15:52:01 GMT
    NATO's chief says the alliance's leaders will be asked this week to approve the creation of a high-readiness force and the stockpiling of military equipment in Eastern Europe to help protect member nations...
    NATO leaders this week will be asked to approve creation of a high-readiness force and the stockpiling of military equipment and supplies in Eastern Europe to help protect member nations there against potential Russian...
  • Iran president urges clerics to tolerate Internet

    Iran president urges clerics to tolerate Internet

    Monday, September 1 2014 11:51 AM EDT2014-09-01 15:51:47 GMT
    Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has urged the country's clerics to be more tolerant of the Internet and new technologies, saying Iran cannot "close the gates to the world."
    Iran's president urged the country's clerics Monday to be more tolerant of the Internet and new technologies, which are often the target of criticism by influential hard-liners in the Islamic Republic.
  • Pro-Russian rebels lower demands in peace talks

    Pro-Russian rebels lower demands in peace talks

    Monday, September 1 2014 11:33 AM EDT2014-09-01 15:33:37 GMT
    With a new round of talks on easing the crisis in Ukraine about to start, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has called on the participants to push for a cease-fire between Ukrainian government troops and...
    Pro-Russian rebels softened their demand for full independence Monday, saying they would respect Ukraine's sovereignty in exchange for autonomy - a shift that reflects Moscow's desire to strike a deal at a new...
  • Battle-hit Ukraine village picks up the pieces

    Battle-hit Ukraine village picks up the pieces

    Monday, September 1 2014 10:31 AM EDT2014-09-01 14:31:35 GMT
    Alexander Bespalko and his son lifted parts from a burned-out Ukrainian armored personnel carrier in a village ravaged by the past week's battles. With homes destroyed and livelihoods lost, residents in the...
    Alexander Bespalko and his son lifted parts from a burned-out Ukrainian armored personnel carrier in a village ravaged by the past week's battles. With homes destroyed and livelihoods lost, residents in the village of...
  • Syrian rebels, government clash in Golan Heights

    Syrian rebels, government clash in Golan Heights

    Monday, September 1 2014 9:30 AM EDT2014-09-01 13:30:48 GMT
    Activists say Syrian rebels are clashing with government troops in the Golan Heights near the border with Israel, where al-Qaida-linked insurgents abducted U.N. peacekeepers last week.
    Syrian rebels clashed with government troops on Monday in the Golan Heights, where al-Qaida-linked insurgents abducted U.N. peacekeepers last week, activists said.
  • Turkey summons US diplomat over spying report

    Turkey summons US diplomat over spying report

    Monday, September 1 2014 8:21 AM EDT2014-09-01 12:21:30 GMT
    The Turkish foreign ministry has summoned the most senior U.S. diplomat in the country for clarification of a report about American and British spying in Turkey.
    The Turkish foreign ministry has summoned the most senior U.S. diplomat in the country for clarification of a report about American and British spying in Turkey.
  • Israeli children return to school after Gaza war

    Israeli children return to school after Gaza war

    Monday, September 1 2014 8:11 AM EDT2014-09-01 12:11:15 GMT
    Thousands of Israeli children in areas near the Gaza Strip went back to school Monday after spending the summer in bomb shelters as rockets and mortars rained on their communities during the 50-day Israel-Hamas...
    Thousands of Israeli children in areas near the Gaza Strip went back to school Monday after spending the summer in bomb shelters as rockets and mortars rained on their communities during the 50-day Israel-Hamas war, while...
  • US to begin safety testing Ebola vaccine next week

    US to begin safety testing Ebola vaccine next week

    Monday, September 1 2014 7:40 AM EDT2014-09-01 11:40:51 GMT
    Federal researchers next week will start testing humans with an experimental vaccine to prevent the deadly Ebola virus.
    Federal researchers next week will start testing humans with an experimental vaccine to prevent the deadly Ebola virus.
  • Scientists dig into Ebola's deadly genes for clues

    Scientists dig into Ebola's deadly genes for clues

    Monday, September 1 2014 7:40 AM EDT2014-09-01 11:40:46 GMT
    A single funeral caused many.
    A single funeral caused many.
  • Anti-euro party's success poses dilemma for Merkel

    Anti-euro party's success poses dilemma for Merkel

    Monday, September 1 2014 7:30 AM EDT2014-09-01 11:30:52 GMT
    A top aide to German Chancellor Angela Merkel is downplaying a new anti-euro party's strong showing in a state election, arguing that it's too early to say its long-term success is assured.
    The success of a new anti-euro party in a German state election intensifies a dilemma for Chancellor Angela Merkel: how to handle a rival whose rise could make it more difficult for her party to form coalition governments...
  • China anti-dissent playbook may fail in Hong Kong

    China anti-dissent playbook may fail in Hong Kong

    Monday, September 1 2014 7:11 AM EDT2014-09-01 11:11:19 GMT
    China's Communist leaders have pulled out their usual playbook to suppress resistance to their plans to tightly limit the first direct election of Hong Kong's leader, but are likely to find that the results...
    China's Communist leaders have pulled out their usual playbook to suppress resistance to their plans to tightly limit the first direct election of Hong Kong's leader, but are likely to find that the results are...
  • Turkey issues warrants for police in alleged plot

    Turkey issues warrants for police in alleged plot

    Monday, September 1 2014 5:00 AM EDT2014-09-01 09:00:33 GMT
    Turkish authorities have issued arrests warrants for 33 police officers accused of plotting against the government.
    Turkish authorities have issued arrest warrants for 33 police officers accused of plotting against the government.
  • Beijing faces defiance in Hong Kong on vote reform

    Beijing faces defiance in Hong Kong on vote reform

    Monday, September 1 2014 4:43 AM EDT2014-09-01 08:43:25 GMT
    Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmakers disrupted a Beijing official's speech Monday as he sought to explain a decision announced over the weekend to tightly limit voting reforms for the southern Chinese financial hub.
    Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmakers disrupted a Beijing official's speech Monday as he sought to explain a decision announced over the weekend to tightly limit voting reforms for the southern Chinese financial hub.
  • Islamic State group becomes target of Arab satire

    Islamic State group becomes target of Arab satire

    Monday, September 1 2014 2:21 AM EDT2014-09-01 06:21:31 GMT
    The bumbling young militant first drops the rocket launcher on the toes of his boss before taking aim and firing toward a military checkpoint outside of an Iraqi town - not realizing he's fired it backward at...
    The bumbling young militant first drops the rocket launcher on the toes of his boss before taking aim and firing toward a military checkpoint outside of an Iraqi town - not realizing he's fired it backward at his leader.
  • Islamist militia now guards US Embassy in Libya

    Islamist militia now guards US Embassy in Libya

    Sunday, August 31 2014 9:10 PM EDT2014-09-01 01:10:16 GMT
    An Islamist-allied militia group says it has "secured" a U.S. Embassy compound in Libya's capital, more than a month after American personnel evacuated from the country over ongoing fighting.
    An Islamist-allied militia group in control of Libya's capital now guards the U.S. Embassy and its residential compound, a commander said Sunday, as onlookers toured the abandoned homes of diplomats who fled the...
  • Cuba cracks down on goods in flyers' luggage

    Cuba cracks down on goods in flyers' luggage

    Sunday, August 31 2014 8:51 PM EDT2014-09-01 00:51:06 GMT
    A carload of burly nephews and grandsons greeted Martha and Alfredo Gonzalez when they stepped out of Havana's international airport into the blazing heat of an August afternoon.
    A carload of burly nephews and grandsons greeted Martha and Alfredo Gonzalez when they stepped out of Havana's international airport into the blazing heat of an August afternoon.
  • Image of Asia: The blur of the crowd in Tokyo

    Image of Asia: The blur of the crowd in Tokyo

    Sunday, August 31 2014 8:30 PM EDT2014-09-01 00:30:36 GMT
    By The Associated Press In this photo by Koji Sasahara, people walk across the scramble crossing outside Shibuya Station in Tokyo on Friday afternoon. The Shibuya district is popular with young...
    By The Associated Press In this photo by Koji Sasahara, people walk across the scramble crossing outside Shibuya Station in Tokyo on Friday afternoon. The Shibuya district is popular with young people...
  • Shaun the shaggy Aussie sheep finally shorn smooth

    Shaun the shaggy Aussie sheep finally shorn smooth

    Sunday, August 31 2014 8:30 PM EDT2014-09-01 00:30:35 GMT
    Shaun the shaggy Australian sheep has at last been shorn smooth. But the woolly wanderer wasn't the wooliest of all.
    Shaun the shaggy Australian sheep has at last been shorn smooth. But the woolly wanderer wasn't the wooliest of them all.
  • Philippine troops pull 'greatest escape' in Golan

    Philippine troops pull 'greatest escape' in Golan

    Sunday, August 31 2014 8:20 PM EDT2014-09-01 00:20:56 GMT
    Under cover of darkness, 40 Filipino peacekeepers made a daring escape after being surrounded and under fire for seven hours by Syrian rebels in the Golan Heights, Philippine officials said Sunday, leaving 44...
    Under cover of darkness, 40 Filipino peacekeepers escaped their besieged outpost in the Golan Heights after a seven-hour gunbattle with Syrian rebels, Philippine officials said Sunday. Al-Qaida-linked insurgents still hold...
  • Ukraine: rebels fire on border guard vessel

    Ukraine: rebels fire on border guard vessel

    Sunday, August 31 2014 7:11 PM EDT2014-08-31 23:11:25 GMT
    Russian President Vladimir Putin is calling on Ukraine to immediately start talks on a political solution to the crisis in eastern Ukraine, including discussing statehood.
    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday called on Ukraine to immediately start talks on a political solution to the crisis in eastern Ukraine.
  • Iraqi forces break militant siege of Shiite town

    Iraqi forces break militant siege of Shiite town

    Sunday, August 31 2014 5:21 PM EDT2014-08-31 21:21:08 GMT
    A military spokesman and a lawmaker say Iraqi security forces and Shiite militiamen have broken a two-month siege imposed by the Islamic State extremist group on the northern Shiite Turkmen town of Amirli.
    Iraqi security forces and Shiite militiamen on Sunday broke a six-week siege imposed by the Islamic State extremist group on the northern Shiite Turkmen town of Amirli, as a suicide bombing killed 14 people in Anbar...
  • Police, protesters clash in Pakistani capital

    Police, protesters clash in Pakistani capital

    Sunday, August 31 2014 5:01 PM EDT2014-08-31 21:01:44 GMT
    Pakistani police are clashing with scattered pockets of anti-government protesters trying to advance on the prime minister's residence after a night of violence that saw hundreds wounded and the first death in...
    Anti-government protesters armed with slingshots and hammers clashed repeatedly with police Sunday in the Pakistani capital, and the powerful military cautioned the prime minister against further use of force in the crisis...
  • Germany to send rifles, tank busters to aid Kurds

    Germany to send rifles, tank busters to aid Kurds

    Sunday, August 31 2014 4:51 PM EDT2014-08-31 20:51:45 GMT
    The German government says it will send high-end rifles, tank-busting weapons and armored vehicles to aid Kurdish fighters battling Islamic extremists in Iraq.
    Germany will send high-end rifles, tank-busting weapons and armored vehicles to aid Kurdish fighters battling Islamic extremists in Iraq, officials said Sunday.
  • German anti-euro party enters 1st state assembly

    German anti-euro party enters 1st state assembly

    Sunday, August 31 2014 4:51 PM EDT2014-08-31 20:51:20 GMT
    A party that wants to ditch the euro currency in its current form was elected to one of Germany's state assemblies for the first time Sunday.
    A party that wants to ditch the euro currency in its current form was elected to one of Germany's state assemblies for the first time Sunday.
  • Israel calls on region to rebuild, disarm Gaza

    Israel calls on region to rebuild, disarm Gaza

    Sunday, August 31 2014 1:53 PM EDT2014-08-31 17:53:47 GMT
    The Israeli military says a soldier wounded in fighting in the Gaza Strip has died, bringing the Israeli military toll in the recently concluded conflict to 66.
    Israel and several Arab countries should work together to rebuild the Gaza Strip while disarming Hamas militants who rule the territory, Israel's finance minister said Sunday.
  • Lesotho prime minister in S. Africa for safety

    Lesotho prime minister in S. Africa for safety

    Sunday, August 31 2014 1:50 PM EDT2014-08-31 17:50:58 GMT
    A Lesotho official says the prime minister is in South Africa and will meet with the president of South Africa to discuss recent unrest in the mountainous kingdom.
    Lesotho's prime minister fled to South Africa in fear for his safety and will now meet with leaders of the region there to seek peace, he said Sunday.
  • Lava eruption prompts Iceland aviation alert

    Lava eruption prompts Iceland aviation alert

    Sunday, August 31 2014 1:43 PM EDT2014-08-31 17:43:47 GMT
    Iceland's authorities have raised the aviation warning code for a region close to the subglacial Bardarbunga volcano after a small fissure eruption in the area.
    Lava fountains danced along a lengthy volcanic fissure near Iceland's subglacial Bardarbunga volcano Sunday, prompting authorities to raise the aviation warning code to the highest level and close the surrounding...
  • WHO: Senegal Ebola case 'a top priority emergency'

    WHO: Senegal Ebola case 'a top priority emergency'

    Sunday, August 31 2014 1:11 PM EDT2014-08-31 17:11:04 GMT
    The World Health Organization says it is treating Senegal's first confirmed Ebola case "as a top priority emergency."
    The effort to contain Ebola in Senegal is "a top priority emergency," the World Health Organization said Sunday, as the government continued tracing everyone who came in contact with a Guinean student who has tested...
  • Somalia: 12 killed as army repels attack on prison

    Somalia: 12 killed as army repels attack on prison

    Sunday, August 31 2014 12:21 PM EDT2014-08-31 16:21:14 GMT
    A Somali police officer says heavily armed suspected Islamic militants have attacked a high security prison in the Somali capital.
    Somalia's government forces regained control of a high security prison in the capital that was attacked Sunday by seven heavily armed suspected Islamic militants who attempted to free other extremists held there,...
  • China: No open nominations for Hong Kong leader

    China: No open nominations for Hong Kong leader

    Sunday, August 31 2014 11:33 AM EDT2014-08-31 15:33:44 GMT
    China's legislature has ruled out open nominations in elections for Hong Kong's leader.
    China's legislature on Sunday ruled out allowing open nominations in the inaugural election for Hong Kong's leader, saying they would create a "chaotic society." Democracy activists in the Asian financial hub...
  • Partial building collapse in Paris suburb kills 2

    Partial building collapse in Paris suburb kills 2

    Sunday, August 31 2014 9:30 AM EDT2014-08-31 13:30:46 GMT
    French authorities say a four-story building in a northeastern Paris suburb has collapsed after an explosion, killing a child. More people are thought to underneath the rubble.
    A four-story apartment building in a northeastern Paris suburb partially collapsed after an explosion Sunday, killing a child and an elderly person, authorities said. Six more people were thought to be underneath the rubble.
  • Al-Qaida-linked group releases 5 Lebanese troops

    Al-Qaida-linked group releases 5 Lebanese troops

    Sunday, August 31 2014 8:50 AM EDT2014-08-31 12:50:46 GMT
    Lebanon's official news agency says an al-Qaida-linked Syrian rebel group has released five Lebanese soldiers captured earlier this month in a cross-border raid.
    An al-Qaida-linked Syrian rebel group has released five members of the Lebanese security forces captured earlier this month in a cross-border raid, Lebanon's military said Sunday.
  • Israeli fire on Gaza town raises war crimes claim

    Israeli fire on Gaza town raises war crimes claim

    Sunday, August 31 2014 8:12 AM EDT2014-08-31 12:12:56 GMT
    The first of August dawned as a day of promise for the Mahmoum clan and thousands of other Palestinians stuck in United Nations shelters in Rafah - thanks to a temporary cease-fire with Israel they could go home...
    The first of August dawned as a day of promise for the Mahmoum clan and thousands of other Palestinians stuck in United Nations shelters in Rafah - thanks to a temporary cease-fire with Israel they could go home for three...
  • Congo: Top general active in volatile east dies

    Congo: Top general active in volatile east dies

    Sunday, August 31 2014 8:12 AM EDT2014-08-31 12:12:49 GMT
    Congo's government spokesman says a top general based in the country's volatile east has died.
    Congo's government spokesman says a top general based in the country's volatile east has died.
  • Boat carrying 100 migrants capsizes off Libya

    Boat carrying 100 migrants capsizes off Libya

    Sunday, August 31 2014 8:12 AM EDT2014-08-31 12:12:40 GMT
    A Libyan coast guard official says a boat carrying more than 100 migrants has capsized off the coast near the capital.
    A boat carrying more than 100 migrants capsized off the coast near the Libyan capital, a coast guard official said Sunday.
  • German security official warns of terror threat

    German security official warns of terror threat

    Sunday, August 31 2014 8:00 AM EDT2014-08-31 12:00:41 GMT
    Germany's domestic intelligence chief says he expects Islamic extremists who have traveled to Syria and Iraq will return and commit terror attacks.
    Germany's domestic intelligence agency expects that Islamic extremists who have traveled to Syria and Iraq will return and commit terror attacks.
  • Algeria soccer death seen part of a wider ills

    Algeria soccer death seen part of a wider ills

    Sunday, August 31 2014 6:43 AM EDT2014-08-31 10:43:44 GMT
    The rocks came raining down after the final whistle of the Algerian soccer match, an increasingly common ritual in stadiums across the country. This time, the violence ended in tragedy: Hit in the head, Albert...
    The rocks came raining down after the final whistle of the Algerian soccer match, an increasingly common ritual in stadiums across the country. This time, the violence ended in tragedy: Hit in the head, Albert Ebosse, the...
  • Iran FM says ready to meet Saudi counterpart

    Iran FM says ready to meet Saudi counterpart

    Sunday, August 31 2014 5:20 AM EDT2014-08-31 09:20:51 GMT
    Iran's foreign minister says he is ready to meet his Saudi Arabian counterpart on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in September and to visit the Gulf powerhouse later this year.
    Iran's foreign minister said Sunday he is ready to meet his Saudi Arabian counterpart on the sidelines of next month's UN General Assembly and to visit the Gulf powerhouse later this year.
  • Afghanistan crash kills 23

    Afghanistan crash kills 23

    Sunday, August 31 2014 2:52 AM EDT2014-08-31 06:52:13 GMT
    An Afghan spokesman says 23 people were killed when a passenger van and a fuel tanker collided in western Afghanistan.
    A van slammed into a fuel tanker in western Afghanistan on Sunday, killing 23 people in the latest horrific accident in a country with poorly maintained roads and often reckless driving.
  • All Filipino peacekeepers escape Golan standoff

    All Filipino peacekeepers escape Golan standoff

    Sunday, August 31 2014 12:13 AM EDT2014-08-31 04:13:25 GMT
    The Philippine military chief says more than 70 Filipino peacekeepers have escaped from two areas in the Golan Heights that came under attack by Syrian rebels.
    Under cover of darkness, 40 Filipino peacekeepers made a daring escape after being surrounded and coming under fire by Syrian rebels in the Golan Heights, the Philippine military chief said Sunday, while 44 Fijian troops...
  • Pakistan protesters march on PM's residence

    Pakistan protesters march on PM's residence

    Saturday, August 30 2014 10:30 PM EDT2014-08-31 02:30:40 GMT
    Pakistani police fired tear gas at thousands of protesters as they tried to march toward the prime minister's home in the capital on Saturday, blanketing the route with clouds of white smoke and scattering...
    Hundreds of people were injured as Pakistani police battled throngs of protesters demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif with tear gas, batons and rubber bullets outside the prime minister's official...
  • Tunisia recovers bodies of Syrian boat migrants

    Tunisia recovers bodies of Syrian boat migrants

    Saturday, August 30 2014 10:30 PM EDT2014-08-31 02:30:37 GMT
    Tunisian authorities say the country's coast guard has recovered at least 41 bodies of migrants, mostly Syrians, who drowned trying to sail to Europe.
    The Tunisian Coast Guard has recovered at least 41 bodies of migrants, mostly Syrians, who drowned trying to sail to Europe, a local official said Saturday.
  • EU threatens Russia with more sanctions

    EU threatens Russia with more sanctions

    Saturday, August 30 2014 8:30 PM EDT2014-08-31 00:30:58 GMT
    Ukrainian forces say one of their fighter jets has been shot down by a Russian missile in combat against Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine.
    Despite tough rhetoric decrying Russia's increasing military involvement in Ukraine, European Union leaders on Sunday stopped short of imposing new sanctions against Moscow right away.
  • Syrian rebels attack peacekeepers in Golan Heights

    Syrian rebels attack peacekeepers in Golan Heights

    Saturday, August 30 2014 8:10 PM EDT2014-08-31 00:10:59 GMT
    Australia's foreign minister has criticized the detention of 44 Fijian peacekeepers by Syrian rebels and is calling for their unconditional release.
    Clashes erupted between al-Qaida-linked Syrian rebels and U.N. peacekeepers in the Golan Heights on Saturday after the militants surrounded their encampment, activists and officials said, as the international organization...
  • Trapped miners rescued in Nicaragua; 5 remain

    Trapped miners rescued in Nicaragua; 5 remain

    Saturday, August 30 2014 7:01 PM EDT2014-08-30 23:01:06 GMT
    Rescuers using long ladders tried to get food and water to freelance miners trapped in a Nicaraguan gold mine, as the effort to reach the 24 men entered its second day.
    Rescue workers and trapped miners alike frantically dug away at opposite sides of rock and mud that blocked a Nicaragua gold mine, finally succeeding in freeing at least 20 men. Efforts to reach five miners still missing...
  • Silva surges ahead of Brazil's presidential vote

    Silva surges ahead of Brazil's presidential vote

    Saturday, August 30 2014 6:00 PM EDT2014-08-30 22:00:43 GMT
    Brazil's once humdrum presidential race now resembles one of the country's famed soap operas, with a newcomer thrust into the spotlight by a plane crash and the longtime favorite reeling from a one-two...
    Brazil's once humdrum presidential race now resembles one of the country's famed soap operas, with a newcomer thrust into the spotlight by a plane crash and the longtime favorite reeling from a one-two punch of bad...
  • Saudi king warns of terrorist threat to Europe, US

    Saudi king warns of terrorist threat to Europe, US

    Saturday, August 30 2014 3:21 PM EDT2014-08-30 19:21:36 GMT
    Iraqi officials say a suicide car bomb attack on an army checkpoint has killed nine people, including four soldiers, south of Baghdad.
    The king of Saudi Arabia has warned that extremists could attack Europe and the U.S. if there is not a strong international response to terrorism after the Islamic State group seized a wide territory across Iraq and Syria.
  • Pro-Russia rebels confident after making gains

    Pro-Russia rebels confident after making gains

    Saturday, August 30 2014 3:21 PM EDT2014-08-30 19:21:33 GMT
    As the survivor of a tank attack on a Ukrainian army truck was being carried into an ambulance, he was showered with verbal abuse by a rebel fighter.
    As the survivor of a tank attack on a Ukrainian army truck was being carried into an ambulance, he was showered with verbal abuse by a rebel fighter.
  • Somali troops oust militants from southern town

    Somali troops oust militants from southern town

    Saturday, August 30 2014 3:21 PM EDT2014-08-30 19:21:22 GMT
    Military officials say the Somali army, backed by African Union forces, has launched a long-awaited operation against al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab fighters in southern Somalia.
    Somali government troops fighting alongside African Union troops ousted Islamic militants from a southern town they have been controlling, an official said Saturday.
  • EU leaders pick Italian as bloc's new top diplomat

    EU leaders pick Italian as bloc's new top diplomat

    Saturday, August 30 2014 3:10 PM EDT2014-08-30 19:10:25 GMT
    European Union leaders are set to decide who will get the prestigious job as the 28-nation bloc's foreign policy chief for the next five years.
    European Union leaders on Saturday picked Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini, to become the 28-nation bloc's top diplomat for the next five years.
  • Liberian Ebola survivor praises experimental drug

    Liberian Ebola survivor praises experimental drug

    Saturday, August 30 2014 2:30 PM EDT2014-08-30 18:30:37 GMT
    Crowds are cheering and celebrating in the streets after Liberian authorities reopened a slum where tens of thousands of people were barricaded amid the country's Ebola outbreak.
    A Liberian health worker who recovered from Ebola after receiving an experimental drug urged the manufacturer to speed up its production and send it to Africa, while crowds celebrated in the streets Saturday after...
  • Rebuilding Gaza will take 20 years, group says

    Rebuilding Gaza will take 20 years, group says

    Saturday, August 30 2014 2:01 PM EDT2014-08-30 18:01:38 GMT
    An international organization involved in assessing post-conflict reconstruction says it will take 20 years for Gaza's battered and neglected housing stock to be rebuilt following the war between Hamas and Israel.
    An international organization involved in assessing post-conflict reconstruction says it will take 20 years under current levels of restrictions to rebuild the Gaza Strip's battered and neglected housing stock...
  • Hundreds protest in Wales before NATO summit

    Hundreds protest in Wales before NATO summit

    Saturday, August 30 2014 12:00 PM EDT2014-08-30 16:00:54 GMT
    Hundreds of anti-war protesters have marched through the Welsh city of Newport before a major NATO summit there next week.
    Hundreds of anti-war protesters have marched through the Welsh city of Newport before a major NATO summit there next week.
  • Pro wrestling returns to the ring in North Korea

    Pro wrestling returns to the ring in North Korea

    Saturday, August 30 2014 12:00 PM EDT2014-08-30 16:00:52 GMT
    North Koreans got their first look at pro wrestling in about 20 years on Saturday when an ex-NFL lineman and 20 other grapplers from around the world took to the ring for an exhibition put together by a charismatic...
    North Koreans got their first look at pro wrestling in about 20 years on Saturday when an ex-NFL lineman and 20 other grapplers from around the world took to the ring for an exhibition put together by a charismatic former...
  • Lesotho military says it has disarmed police

    Lesotho military says it has disarmed police

    Saturday, August 30 2014 11:10 AM EDT2014-08-30 15:10:34 GMT
    A security guard in the capital of Lesotho says the military has occupied police stations there and are moving to other districts.
    Lesotho's military seized two police stations Saturday as gunfire rang out in the capital of the mountainous kingdom. The country's prime minister said the actions amounted to a coup, though an army spokesman said...
  • Algeria says 2 abducted diplomats have been freed

    Algeria says 2 abducted diplomats have been freed

    Saturday, August 30 2014 10:41 AM EDT2014-08-30 14:41:54 GMT
    Algeria's state news agency says two Algerian diplomats taken hostage in northern Mali more than two years ago have been released.
    Algeria's state news agency says two Algerian diplomats taken hostage in northern Mali more than two years ago have been released.
  • Iran president calls US sanctions an 'invasion'

    Iran president calls US sanctions an 'invasion'

    Saturday, August 30 2014 10:30 AM EDT2014-08-30 14:30:08 GMT
    Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has called Western sanctions an "invasion" after Washington imposed penalties on 25 businesses, banks and individuals.
    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called Western sanctions an "invasion" Saturday after Washington imposed new penalties over the country's contested nuclear program, though he promised negotiations with world powers...
  • Taliban attack intel office in eastern Afghanistan

    Taliban attack intel office in eastern Afghanistan

    Saturday, August 30 2014 8:50 AM EDT2014-08-30 12:50:32 GMT
    An official says a suicide bomber targeting an intelligence office in eastern Afghanistan killed at least two people.
    A suicide bomber in a truck blew himself up at an intelligence headquarters in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday, killing at least two people and setting off an intense firefight with security forces, officials said.
  • Ukrainian civilian plane crashes in Algeria

    Ukrainian civilian plane crashes in Algeria

    Saturday, August 30 2014 7:09 AM EDT2014-08-30 11:09:59 GMT
    Algeria's state news service is reporting that a Ukrainian civilian cargo plane has crashed in the mountains near the southern city of Tamanrasset.
    A Ukrainian civilian cargo plane crashed in the mountains near the far southern desert city of Tamanrasset in the early hours of the morning Saturday, reported the state news agency.
  • EU set to slap new sanctions on Russia

    EU set to slap new sanctions on Russia

    Saturday, August 30 2014 5:10 AM EDT2014-08-30 09:10:26 GMT
    European Union leaders are poised to slap additional sanctions on Russia because of what they condemn as a continued destabilization of Ukraine and a deepening military involvement by Moscow.
    European Union leaders are poised to slap additional sanctions on Russia because of what they condemn as a continued destabilization of Ukraine and a deepening military involvement by Moscow.
  • Obama cautions against using force to solve crises

    Obama cautions against using force to solve crises

    Saturday, August 30 2014 3:50 AM EDT2014-08-30 07:50:23 GMT
    Faced with deepening crises in the Middle East and Ukraine, President Barack Obama is putting the brakes on the notion that American military power can solve either conflict.
    Faced with deepening crises in the Middle East and Ukraine, President Barack Obama is putting the brakes on the notion that American military power can solve either conflict.
  • Mexico operations thwart child, family migrants

    Mexico operations thwart child, family migrants

    Saturday, August 30 2014 12:10 AM EDT2014-08-30 04:10:27 GMT
    Mexico is making a big effort to stop the flow of Central Americans trying to reach the United States, and has dramatically cut the number of child migrants. But it is unclear for how long federal officials will...
    Mexico is making a big effort to stop the flow of Central Americans trying to reach the United States, and has dramatically cut the number of child migrants. But it is unclear for how long federal officials will keep up...
  • Rescuers race to reach trapped miners in Nicaragua

    Rescuers race to reach trapped miners in Nicaragua

    Friday, August 29 2014 10:20 PM EDT2014-08-30 02:20:04 GMT
    Rescuers on Friday located 20 of at least 24 freelance gold miners trapped underground by a landslide in northern Nicaragua, but were not immediately able to bring them to safety.
    Rescuers in Nicaragua raced Friday to reach at least 24 freelance gold miners trapped by a landslide, including 20 who have been located and have managed to communicate with emergency crews.
  • Economic sanctions spare Western-tied Russian fund

    Economic sanctions spare Western-tied Russian fund

    Friday, August 29 2014 5:34 PM EDT2014-08-29 21:34:52 GMT
    As President Barack Obama warns of stepped-up economic punishments against Russia for its military incursions inside Ukraine, U.S. sanctions have so far avoided one prominent financial institution: the $10 billion...
    Western business connections are complicating efforts to bring economic sanctions against executives and companies closely aligned with Russian President Vladimir Putin's inner circle. A prime example: the Russian...
  • Mexico authorities stage midnight migrant raid

    Mexico authorities stage midnight migrant raid

    Friday, August 29 2014 5:12 PM EDT2014-08-29 21:12:35 GMT
    The lumbering freight train known as "The Beast," a key part of the route for migrants heading north to the United States, rolled to an abrupt, unscheduled stop in the black of midnight.
    The lumbering freight train known as "The Beast," a key part of the route for migrants heading north to the United States, rolled to an abrupt, unscheduled stop in the black of midnight.
  • Liberia to unseal slum cordoned off to stop Ebola

    Liberia to unseal slum cordoned off to stop Ebola

    Friday, August 29 2014 5:10 PM EDT2014-08-29 21:10:28 GMT
    The World Health Organization says the past week has seen the highest increase of Ebola cases since the outbreak began, more evidence that the crisis is worsening.
    Liberia says it will open up a slum in its capital where thousands of people were barricaded to contain the spread of Ebola.
  • UN health agency urges crackdown on e-cigarettes

    UN health agency urges crackdown on e-cigarettes

    Friday, August 29 2014 5:10 PM EDT2014-08-29 21:10:12 GMT
    The U.N. health agency says electronic cigarettes should be regulated and banned from use indoors until the exhaled vapor is proven not to harm bystanders.
    Governments should have tougher rules for electronic cigarettes - banning their use indoors and putting them off limits for minors - until more evidence can be gathered about their risks, the U.N. health agency said Tuesday.
  • Poland bars Russian plane from its airspace

    Poland bars Russian plane from its airspace

    Friday, August 29 2014 4:01 PM EDT2014-08-29 20:01:30 GMT
    Poland has prevented a plane carrying Russia's defense minister from traveling through its airspace, leading to a complaint from Moscow.
    Poland prevented a plane carrying Russia's defense minister from traveling through its airspace Friday, drawing an angry response from Moscow.
  • Iraqi town holds out against militant onslaught

    Iraqi town holds out against militant onslaught

    Friday, August 29 2014 3:49 PM EDT2014-08-29 19:49:59 GMT
    As Islamic militants rampaged across northern Iraq in June, seizing vast swaths of territory and driving hundreds of thousands of people from their homes, the Shiite Turkmens living in the hardscrabble town of...
    As Islamic militants rampage across northern Iraq, seizing vast swaths of territory and driving hundreds of thousands of people from their homes, the Shiite Turkmens living in the hardscrabble town of Amirli have decided...
  • Russian-backed rebels aim to push west along coast

    Russian-backed rebels aim to push west along coast

    Friday, August 29 2014 3:40 PM EDT2014-08-29 19:40:36 GMT
    Russia's President Vladimir Putin has called on pro-Russian separatists fighting government troops in eastern Ukraine to release Ukrainian soldiers they took prisoner and allow them to return home.
    Their tanks bearing the flag of their would-be state, Russian-backed separatists held control Friday over this coastal town on the new front in the Ukraine conflict and announced their intention to keep pushing west toward...
  • Iceland raises volcano aviation alert briefly

    Iceland raises volcano aviation alert briefly

    Friday, August 29 2014 3:40 PM EDT2014-08-29 19:40:28 GMT
    Iceland authorities say there's been a fissure eruption near Bardarbunga volcano, but no volcanic ash has been detected in the radar system.
    Icelandic authorities briefly raised the aviation warning code to red Friday after a small fissure eruption near Bardarbunga volcano, but no volcanic ash was detected by the radar system.
  • Families of Russian troops in Ukraine want answers

    Families of Russian troops in Ukraine want answers

    Friday, August 29 2014 3:31 PM EDT2014-08-29 19:31:43 GMT
    The last time Valeria Sokolova saw her husband, the 25-year-old paratrooper told her that he and his fellow soldiers were heading for military exercises in southern Russia, near the Ukrainian border.
    The last time Valeria Sokolova saw her husband, the 25-year-old paratrooper told her that he and his fellow soldiers were heading for military exercises in southern Russia, near the Ukrainian border.
  • EU ministers call for new sanctions against Russia

    EU ministers call for new sanctions against Russia

    Friday, August 29 2014 3:19 PM EDT2014-08-29 19:19:55 GMT
    European Union foreign ministers are weighing the 28-nation bloc's stance in the Ukraine crisis amid increasing calls to beef up economic sanctions against Russia.
    Several European Union foreign ministers on Friday accused Russia of invading eastern Ukraine and said Moscow should be punished with additional economic sanctions.
  • Palestinian leader says Hamas caused prolonged war

    Palestinian leader says Hamas caused prolonged war

    Friday, August 29 2014 2:39 PM EDT2014-08-29 18:39:35 GMT
    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has accused Hamas of needlessly extending fighting in the Gaza Strip, causing a high death toll.
    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas blamed Hamas on Friday for extending fighting with Israel in the Gaza Strip, casting doubt on the future of the Palestinian unity government that the Islamic militant group backs, while...
  • Cameron promises tough action to fight militants

    Cameron promises tough action to fight militants

    Friday, August 29 2014 2:00 PM EDT2014-08-29 18:00:39 GMT
    Britain's Home Secretary Theresa May says the country has raised the terror threat level from substantial to severe, but says there is no specific threat.
    Prime Minister David Cameron pledged Friday to plug gaps in Britain's armory to combat terror, describing the extremist threat posed by the Islamic State group as being more dangerous than even that of al-Qaida.
  • Zimbabwe 1st lady roils political scene with entry

    Zimbabwe 1st lady roils political scene with entry

    Friday, August 29 2014 1:00 PM EDT2014-08-29 17:00:20 GMT
    She has expensive tastes, owns a lot of land in Zimbabwe and is now entering politics, a move that is roiling this southern African nation that has known only one leader since independence: President Robert Mugabe,...
    She has expensive tastes, owns a lot of land in Zimbabwe and is now entering politics, a move that is roiling this southern African nation that has known only one leader since independence: President Robert Mugabe, who is...
  • US delivers military aid to Lebanese army

    US delivers military aid to Lebanese army

    Friday, August 29 2014 12:30 PM EDT2014-08-29 16:30:34 GMT
    The United States has delivered the first shipment of weapons to Lebanon to help bolster its military as it faces a growing threat from Islamic militants amid the fallout from neighboring Syria's civil war.
    The United States has delivered an emergency shipment of weapons to Lebanon's military, officials said Friday, part of a broader regional effort to combat the growing threat posed by Islamic extremists.
  • UN says Syria refugees top 3 million mark

    UN says Syria refugees top 3 million mark

    Friday, August 29 2014 12:03 PM EDT2014-08-29 16:03:02 GMT
    The United Nations refugee agency says the civil war in Syria has forced a record 3 million people out of the country, an increase of 1 million from almost exactly a year ago.
    The civil war in Syria has forced 3 million people out of the country, including more than a million people who fled in the past year, creating a crisis that the U.N. refugee agency said requires the biggest operation in...
  • Pakistani premier denies asking army to mediate

    Pakistani premier denies asking army to mediate

    Friday, August 29 2014 11:40 AM EDT2014-08-29 15:40:03 GMT
    Pakistan's prime minister has denied asking the country's military chief to mediate with opposition leaders and protesters who have camped outside parliament in Islamabad for two weeks, demanding his...
    Pakistan's prime minister on Friday denied asking the country's military chief to mediate with opposition leaders and protesters who have camped for two weeks outside parliament in the capital, Islamabad, demanding...
  • SAfrica: 4 guilty in murder try on Rwandan general

    SAfrica: 4 guilty in murder try on Rwandan general

    Friday, August 29 2014 11:19 AM EDT2014-08-29 15:19:44 GMT
    A South African court found four men guilty Friday of an attempt to murder an exiled former Rwandan general in front of his home in Johannesburg, an attack that the general said was ordered by Rwandan President...
    A South African court found four men guilty Friday of an attempt to murder an exiled former Rwandan general in front of his home in Johannesburg, an attack that the general said was ordered by Rwandan President Paul Kagame.
  • Iran confirms US Coast Guard fired at fishing boat

    Iran confirms US Coast Guard fired at fishing boat

    Friday, August 29 2014 10:39 AM EDT2014-08-29 14:39:34 GMT
    The chief of Iran's Revolutionary Guard navy has confirmed that a U.S. Coast Guard vessel fired on an Iranian fishing boat in the Persian Gulf but insists the incident was not a "clash."
    The chief of Iran's Revolutionary Guard navy confirmed in remarks published Friday that a U.S. Coast Guard vessel fired on an Iranian fishing boat in the Persian Gulf this week but insisted the incident was not a "clash."
  • Israel identifies body as missing American student

    Israel identifies body as missing American student

    Friday, August 29 2014 10:02 AM EDT2014-08-29 14:02:23 GMT
    Israeli police say a recently found body has been identified after a forensic investigation as that of a U.S. religious student who disappeared while hiking in Jerusalem last week.
    Israeli forensic investigators on Friday identified a recently found body as that of a U.S. religious student who disappeared while hiking in Jerusalem last week, Israeli police said, adding that he had been buried near...
  • Libyan interim government submits resignation

    Libyan interim government submits resignation

    Friday, August 29 2014 9:31 AM EDT2014-08-29 13:31:15 GMT
    The Islamist militia in control of Libya's capital, Tripoli, says it agrees with a U.N. call for a cease-fire in this North African country but vows to resist any foreign interference in Libyan affairs.
    Libya's interim government submitted its resignation to the newly elected parliament it said on Friday, raising the possibility that a more inclusive government will be formed, while militias in the capital accepted a...
  • 2 Rwandan army officers charged over incitement

    2 Rwandan army officers charged over incitement

    Friday, August 29 2014 9:19 AM EDT2014-08-29 13:19:41 GMT
    Two Rwandan army officers have been charged with inciting the public against the government of President Paul Kagame.
    Two Rwandan army officers have been charged with inciting the public against the government of President Paul Kagame.
  • 4 Iraqi soldiers killed in clashes with militants

    4 Iraqi soldiers killed in clashes with militants

    Friday, August 29 2014 8:19 AM EDT2014-08-29 12:19:53 GMT
    Iraqi police officials say that clashes between Iraqi soldiers and militants with the Islamic State group south of Baghdad have killed four soldiers.
    Iraqi police officials say that clashes between Iraqi soldiers and militants with the Islamic State group south of Baghdad have killed four soldiers.
  • With a splat, paintball fires into Afghanistan

    With a splat, paintball fires into Afghanistan

    Friday, August 29 2014 5:52 AM EDT2014-08-29 09:52:40 GMT
    The hidden gunman, dressed in long green coveralls and a SWAT-team-style vest and helmet, looks ominous as he takes aim and fires off a short burst.
    The hidden gunman, dressed in long green coveralls and a SWAT-team-style vest and helmet, looks ominous as he takes aim and fires off a short burst.
  • India, Japan each seek deals during Modi's visit

    India, Japan each seek deals during Modi's visit

    Friday, August 29 2014 5:50 AM EDT2014-08-29 09:50:31 GMT
    Japan and India both have much to gain from a visit by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and more than a dozen Indian steel, energy and IT tycoons that begins Saturday in the ancient capital of Kyoto.
    Japan and India both have much to gain from a visit by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and more than a dozen Indian steel, energy and IT tycoons that begins Saturday in the ancient capital of Kyoto.
  • Malaysia Airlines to cut 6,000 staff in overhaul

    Malaysia Airlines to cut 6,000 staff in overhaul

    Friday, August 29 2014 5:32 AM EDT2014-08-29 09:32:38 GMT
    Malaysia Airlines will cut 6,000 workers as part of an overhaul announced Friday to revive its damaged brand after being hit by double passenger jet disasters.
    Malaysia Airlines will cut 6,000 workers as part of a $1.9 billion overhaul announced Friday to revive its damaged brand after being hit by double passenger jet disasters.
  • German economic fears growing but Merkel strong

    German economic fears growing but Merkel strong

    Friday, August 29 2014 5:32 AM EDT2014-08-29 09:32:14 GMT
    Ordinary Germans are spooked about the future. Businesses are starting to see black clouds on the horizon. And an economy that has been the envy of Europe is showing cracks, shrinking unexpectedly last quarter amid...
    Ordinary Germans are spooked about the future. Businesses are starting to see black clouds on the horizon. And an economy that has been the envy of Europe is showing cracks, shrinking unexpectedly last quarter amid the...
  • Bahrain: No invitation to expelled US diplomat

    Bahrain: No invitation to expelled US diplomat

    Friday, August 29 2014 4:31 AM EDT2014-08-29 08:31:03 GMT
    Bahrain has denied that it extended an invitation to a top U.S. diplomat who was earlier expelled after he met with a leading Shiite opposition group.
    Bahrain has denied that it offered an invitation to a top U.S. diplomat who was earlier expelled after he met with a leading Shiite opposition group, extending a rift between Washington and the tiny, strategic Gulf nation.
  • A flavor out of favor: Dog meat fades in S. Korea

    A flavor out of favor: Dog meat fades in S. Korea

    Friday, August 29 2014 3:33 AM EDT2014-08-29 07:33:30 GMT
    For more than 30 years, chef and restaurant owner Oh Keum-il built her expertise in cooking one traditional South Korean delicacy: dog meat.
    For more than 30 years, chef and restaurant owner Oh Keum-il built her expertise in cooking one traditional South Korean delicacy: dog meat.
  • A look at the Islamic State militants in Syria

    A look at the Islamic State militants in Syria

    Friday, August 29 2014 2:49 AM EDT2014-08-29 06:49:51 GMT
    As the U.S. strikes Islamic State targets in Iraq, extremists belonging to the same militant group across the border in Syria are capturing new territory and becoming bolder by the day.
    As the U.S. strikes Islamic State targets in Iraq, extremists belonging to the same militant group across the border in Syria are capturing new territory and becoming bolder by the day.
  • Ukraine accuses Russia of sending in tanks, armor

    Ukraine accuses Russia of sending in tanks, armor

    Thursday, August 28 2014 10:30 PM EDT2014-08-29 02:30:53 GMT
    The strategically positioned southeastern Ukraine town of Novoazovsk appears firmly under the control of Russia-backed separatists as concerns grow about the opening of a new front in the Ukraine conflict.
    Ukraine accused Russia on Thursday of entering its territory with tanks, artillery and troops, and Western powers said Moscow had "outright lied" about its role and dangerously escalated the conflict.
  • UN: Armed group detains 43 peacekeepers in Syria

    UN: Armed group detains 43 peacekeepers in Syria

    Thursday, August 28 2014 9:49 PM EDT2014-08-29 01:49:39 GMT
    An armed group detained 43 U.N. peacekeepers during fighting in Syria early Thursday and another 81 peacekeepers are trapped, the United Nations said.
    An armed group detained 43 U.N. peacekeepers during fighting in Syria early Thursday and another 81 peacekeepers are trapped, the United Nations said.
  • Russia replies to Canada's colorful map tweet

    Russia replies to Canada's colorful map tweet

    Thursday, August 28 2014 8:51 PM EDT2014-08-29 00:51:58 GMT
    It began with Canada tweeting some not-so-friendly travel tips for the Russian military: a map showing Russia and labeling Ukraine as "not Russia."
    It began with Canada tweeting some not-so-friendly travel tips for the Russian military: a map showing Russia and labeling Ukraine as "not Russia."
  • UN: Ebola disease caseload could reach 20,000

    UN: Ebola disease caseload could reach 20,000

    Thursday, August 28 2014 7:30 PM EDT2014-08-28 23:30:18 GMT
    Nigerian Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu says two more Ebola cases exist in the country, raising the number of confirmed cases to 15.
    The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is accelerating and could grow six times larger to infect as many as 20,000 people, the World Health Organization said Thursday. The U.N. health agency unveiled a new road map for...
  • Attempt to call missing jet may alter search area

    Attempt to call missing jet may alter search area

    Thursday, August 28 2014 7:30 PM EDT2014-08-28 23:30:10 GMT
    The search area for a missing Malaysian airliner in the southern Indian Ocean has been refined based on the latest analysis, while the investigation into how the plane came to crash cannot proceed until the...
    Shortly after the missing Malaysian airliner disappeared from radar, airline officials on the ground tried repeatedly to call the crew of the Boeing 777 using a satellite phone that might have left clues to the jet's...
  • UN panel: Global warming human-caused, dangerous

    UN panel: Global warming human-caused, dangerous

    Thursday, August 28 2014 6:32 PM EDT2014-08-28 22:32:57 GMT
    A new international draft report says global warming is here, human-caused and can already be considered dangerous. The report warns that it is increasingly likely that climate change could be irreversible.
    Global warming is here, human-caused and probably already dangerous - and it's increasingly likely that the heating trend could be irreversible, a draft of a new international science report says.
  • UN Security Council members lament Ukraine crisis

    UN Security Council members lament Ukraine crisis

    Thursday, August 28 2014 6:09 PM EDT2014-08-28 22:09:49 GMT
    The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations on Thursday accused Moscow of having "outright lied" about its role in Ukraine, as alarmed members of the Security Council demanded that Russia remove its fighters from a...
    The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations on Thursday accused Moscow of having "outright lied" about its role in Ukraine, as alarmed members of the Security Council demanded that Russia remove its fighters from a new front...
  • A brother seeks answers in 'The Look of Silence'

    A brother seeks answers in 'The Look of Silence'

    Thursday, August 28 2014 6:00 PM EDT2014-08-28 22:00:51 GMT
    What is it like to look into the eyes of the men who killed your brother and went unpunished?
    What is it like to look into the eyes of the men who killed your brother and went unpunished?
  • Jihadists kill dozens of captured Syrian soldiers

    Jihadists kill dozens of captured Syrian soldiers

    Thursday, August 28 2014 6:00 PM EDT2014-08-28 22:00:46 GMT
    Syrian activists say government warplanes are targeting rebels near the country's frontier with Israel in the Golan Heights, a day after opposition fighters captured a crossing point there.
    The Islamic State group killed more than 160 Syrian government troops seized in recent fighting, posting pictures Thursday of terrified young conscripts stripped down to their underwear before meeting their deaths in the...
  • Pakistan army to mediate between PM, protesters

    Pakistan army to mediate between PM, protesters

    Thursday, August 28 2014 5:33 PM EDT2014-08-28 21:33:45 GMT
    A fiery Pakistani cleric who has been leading a mass rally outside parliament demanding Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's resignation says he has "shut the door" on further talks with the government.
    Pakistan's powerful military returned to the political arena on Thursday, agreeing to mediate between the government and protesters who have camped out in the capital for two weeks demanding the resignation of Prime...
  • Europe seeks role in postwar Gaza

    Europe seeks role in postwar Gaza

    Thursday, August 28 2014 3:49 PM EDT2014-08-28 19:49:59 GMT
    A new poll has shown that a majority of Israelis are skeptical of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's claim that Israel achieved a "great military and political" victory over Hamas in the latest round of...
    European nations are offering to help enforce the cease-fire in the Gaza Strip, a scenario that could provide key international backing for maintaining the peace and step up the pressure on Hamas militants to relinquish...
  • Turkey's Erdogan sworn in as president

    Turkey's Erdogan sworn in as president

    Thursday, August 28 2014 3:49 PM EDT2014-08-28 19:49:46 GMT
    Recep Tayyip Erdogan is set to take the oath of office as Turkey's first popularly elected president on Thursday, a position that will keep him in the nation's driving seat for at least another five years.
    Recep Tayyip Erdogan took the oath office as Turkey's first popularly elected president on Thursday, a position that will keep him in the nation's driving seat for at least another five years, and promptly...
  • France rules out Assad as partner in terror fight

    France rules out Assad as partner in terror fight

    Thursday, August 28 2014 3:39 PM EDT2014-08-28 19:39:40 GMT
    French President Francois Hollande has ruled out an international partnership with Syria's leader to fight against the Islamic State group, saying any alliance with Bashar Assad would play into the...
    French President Francois Hollande on Thursday ruled out an international partnership with Syria's leader to fight against the Islamic State group, saying any alliance with Bashar Assad would play into the...
  • Hundreds mourn famed Egyptian rights advocate

    Hundreds mourn famed Egyptian rights advocate

    Thursday, August 28 2014 3:30 PM EDT2014-08-28 19:30:34 GMT
    Hundreds of Egyptian activists, lawyers and other admirers are gathering to pay a final farewell to one of the country's leading civil rights advocates, a lawyer who represented Islamists, atheists and...
    Hundreds of activists, lawyers and other admirers gathered on Thursday to pay a final farewell to one of Egypt's leading civil rights advocates, a lawyer who defended Islamists, atheists and homosexuals alike and...
  • Egypt militants post beheading video

    Egypt militants post beheading video

    Thursday, August 28 2014 3:20 PM EDT2014-08-28 19:20:00 GMT
    An al-Qaida-inspired militant group in Egypt has posted an online video showing the beheading of four men in the Sinai Peninsula accused of spying for Israel, whose bodies were found earlier this month.
    An al-Qaida-inspired militant group in Egypt has posted an online video showing the beheading of four men in the Sinai Peninsula accused of spying for Israel, whose bodies were found earlier this month.
  • VENICE WATCH: Iranian tales; vampire takes a break

    VENICE WATCH: Iranian tales; vampire takes a break

    Thursday, August 28 2014 3:19 PM EDT2014-08-28 19:19:39 GMT
    The Venice Film Festival is bringing 11 days of red carpet premieres, innovative movies and Hollywood glamour to the Italian city. Here's what has been catching the eye of The Associated Press:
    The Venice Film Festival is bringing 11 days of red carpet premieres, innovative movies and Hollywood glamour to the Italian city. Here's what has been catching the eye of The Associated Press:
  • Pope removes key Benedict XVI protege

    Pope removes key Benedict XVI protege

    Thursday, August 28 2014 2:29 PM EDT2014-08-28 18:29:19 GMT
    Pope Francis has removed a key protege of Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI from the Vatican's liturgy office and sent him back to his native Spain.
    Pope Francis has removed a key protege of Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI from the Vatican's liturgy office and sent him back to his native Spain.
  • UN: Afghan election audit done around Sept. 10

    UN: Afghan election audit done around Sept. 10

    Thursday, August 28 2014 2:19 PM EDT2014-08-28 18:19:33 GMT
    The United Nations representative for Afghanistan says an audit of the country's presidential election should be completed around Sept. 10 and that the inauguration could happen after that.
    A massive audit of Afghanistan's disputed presidential election won't be done until around Sept. 10, the U.N. said Thursday, quashing hopes the new president would be determined before an upcoming NATO summit.
  • Somalia asks UN court to set maritime boundary

    Somalia asks UN court to set maritime boundary

    Thursday, August 28 2014 1:59 PM EDT2014-08-28 17:59:20 GMT
    Somalia has asked the United Nations' highest court to determine the maritime boundary it shares in the Indian Ocean with east African neighbor Kenya.
    Somalia has asked the United Nations' highest court to determine the maritime boundary it shares in the Indian Ocean with east African neighbor Kenya.
  • EU struggles with dearth of women in top jobs

    EU struggles with dearth of women in top jobs

    Thursday, August 28 2014 1:28 PM EDT2014-08-28 17:28:58 GMT
    Don't be fooled by Angela Merkel. The German chancellor may be the most powerful leader in the European Union, but she hardly paints a true picture of the place of women in EU politics.
    Don't be fooled by Angela Merkel. The German chancellor may be the most powerful leader in the European Union, but she hardly paints a true picture of the place of women in EU politics.
  • Pope to honor dead on both sides of WWI next month

    Pope to honor dead on both sides of WWI next month

    Thursday, August 28 2014 1:28 PM EDT2014-08-28 17:28:55 GMT
    Pope Francis will honor the dead from both sides of World War I during a visit next month to northern Italy that witnessed some of the decisive final battles of the conflict.
    Pope Francis will honor the dead from both sides of World War I during a visit next month to northern Italy that witnessed some of the decisive final battles of the conflict - and where his own grandfather battled.
  • Israel finds body where US student disappeared

    Israel finds body where US student disappeared

    Thursday, August 28 2014 11:59 AM EDT2014-08-28 15:59:23 GMT
    Israeli police say a body has been found in the same area where a U.S. religious student disappeared last week.
    Israeli police said Thursday "there is a strong possibility" they have found the body of an American seminary student who disappeared while hiking in Jerusalem last week.
  • Amid Ebola, some airlines have canceled flights

    Amid Ebola, some airlines have canceled flights

    Thursday, August 28 2014 11:50 AM EDT2014-08-28 15:50:18 GMT
    The World Health Organization's assistant director-general for emergency operations is urging airlines to lift most of their restrictions about flying to Ebola-hit nations because a predictable "air link" is...
    The World Health Organization's assistant director-general for emergency operations is urging airlines to lift most of their restrictions about flying to Ebola-hit nations because a predictable "air link" is needed to...
  • Egypt's Morsi accused of leaking secrets to Qatar

    Egypt's Morsi accused of leaking secrets to Qatar

    Thursday, August 28 2014 11:38 AM EDT2014-08-28 15:38:58 GMT
    Judicial officials say Egypt's state prosecutor has raised new charges against the country's ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, accusing him of leaking secret documents to Qatar, an ally of the...
    Egypt's ousted and jailed Islamist President Mohammed Morsi refused to answer a prosecutor's questions about allegations that he leaked classified documents - some related to the army's budget- to Qatar via the...
  • South African court orders release of tapes

    South African court orders release of tapes

    Thursday, August 28 2014 10:28 AM EDT2014-08-28 14:28:50 GMT
    South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeals has ordered the release of allegedly secretly recorded audio tapes about corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma.
    South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeals on Thursday ordered the release of taped phone conversations about corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma, a move that could resurrect a case that has dogged the leader...
  • UN scientist with Ebola in Germany for treatment

    UN scientist with Ebola in Germany for treatment

    Thursday, August 28 2014 10:19 AM EDT2014-08-28 14:19:47 GMT
    Officials say an epidemiologist who was infected with Ebola while working for the World Health Organization in Sierra Leone has arrived in Germany for treatment.
    A scientist who was infected with Ebola while working for the World Health Organization in Sierra Leone began receiving treatment Wednesday in a Hamburg hospital after being flown overnight to Germany.
  • Image of Asia: A healthy trio of panda cubs

    Image of Asia: A healthy trio of panda cubs

    Thursday, August 28 2014 9:49 AM EDT2014-08-28 13:49:44 GMT
    By The Associated Press In this photo by Kin Cheung, panda triplets are examined at their 1-month medical checkup at the Chimelong Safari Park in Guangzhou, China. The official Xinhua News Agency...
    By The Associated Press In this photo by Kin Cheung, panda triplets are examined at their 1-month medical checkup at the Chimelong Safari Park in Guangzhou, China. The official Xinhua News Agency says...
  • France suggests Europe could help as Gaza monitor

    France suggests Europe could help as Gaza monitor

    Thursday, August 28 2014 9:41 AM EDT2014-08-28 13:41:37 GMT
    France's president is calling on the international community to help enforce the cease-fire in Gaza, suggesting that Europe could play a role in monitoring the dismantling of tunnels dug by Hamas militants as...
    France's president called on the international community to help enforce the cease-fire in Gaza, suggesting Thursday that Europe could play a role in monitoring the dismantling of tunnels dug by Hamas militants as well...
  • India urges millions of poor to open bank accounts

    India urges millions of poor to open bank accounts

    Thursday, August 28 2014 8:28 AM EDT2014-08-28 12:28:43 GMT
    India's state-owned banks are conducting a massive campaign to open millions of accounts for poor Indians who are off the financial grid and vulnerable to black market money lenders.
    India's state-owned banks are conducting a massive campaign to open millions of accounts for poor Indians who are off the financial grid and vulnerable to black market money lenders.
  • French leader banks on free market to save economy

    French leader banks on free market to save economy

    Thursday, August 28 2014 6:39 AM EDT2014-08-28 10:39:22 GMT
    Facing pitiful poll numbers, Francois Hollande has cast his lot: The French president who once decried global finance and vowed a 75-percent tax on millionaires has quashed dissent from his Socialist...
    Facing pitiful poll numbers, Francois Hollande has cast his lot: The French president who once decried global finance and vowed a 75-percent tax on millionaires has quashed dissent from his Socialist government's left...
  • Tim Hortons a big part of Canadian identity

    Tim Hortons a big part of Canadian identity

    Thursday, August 28 2014 4:28 AM EDT2014-08-28 08:28:35 GMT
    Few things unite Canadians the way Tim Hortons does. For half a century, they have warmed themselves on chilly mornings with the chain's coffee and Timbits - or doughnut holes to Americans.
    Few things unite Canadians the way Tim Hortons does. For half a century, they have warmed themselves on chilly mornings with the chain's coffee and Timbits - or doughnut holes to Americans.
  • Undersea search for Malaysian plane refined

    Undersea search for Malaysian plane refined

    Thursday, August 28 2014 2:58 AM EDT2014-08-28 06:58:51 GMT
    The search area for a missing Malaysian airliner in the southern Indian Ocean has been refined based on the latest analysis, while the investigation into how the plane came to crash cannot proceed until the...
    The search area for a missing Malaysian airliner in the southern Indian Ocean has been refined based on the latest analysis, while the investigation into how the plane came to crash cannot proceed until the wreckage and...
  • Mother of US reporter in Syria begs for his life

    Mother of US reporter in Syria begs for his life

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 7:59 PM EDT2014-08-27 23:59:07 GMT
    The independent U.N. commission on Syrian war crimes says the Islamic State group has committed crimes against humanity with its attacks on civilians in two cities in the country's north and west.
    The mother of a hostage American journalist pleaded for his release Wednesday in a video directed at the Islamic State group, while new images emerged of mass killings, including masked militants shooting kneeling men...
  • Minister: 2 people have died of Ebola in Congo

    Minister: 2 people have died of Ebola in Congo

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 6:08 PM EDT2014-08-27 22:08:56 GMT
    Congo's health minister says two Ebola deaths have been confirmed in the Central African country.
    Two Ebola-related deaths have been confirmed in Congo, the country's health minister said Sunday, though local officials believe the cases are unrelated to the outbreak in West Africa that has killed more than 1,400...
  • UK sex abuse report prompts outrage, reflection

    UK sex abuse report prompts outrage, reflection

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 4:59 PM EDT2014-08-27 20:59:22 GMT
    Members of Britain's Pakistani community have expressed outrage after an independent inquiry found that police and government agencies failed to act on sex abuse cases because of concerns about racism in the...
    Rotherham is a working-class town that is remarkable in its ordinariness - a collection of charmless discount stores, betting shops and kebab counters, surrounded by sleepy residential streets lined with brick houses that...
  • AP ANALYSIS: A grim stalemate at war's end in Gaza

    AP ANALYSIS: A grim stalemate at war's end in Gaza

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 4:33 PM EDT2014-08-27 20:33:49 GMT
    The third Gaza War in six years appears to have ended in another sort of tie, with both Israel and Hamas claiming the upper hand. Their questionable achievements have come at a big price, especially to...
    The third Gaza War in six years appears to have ended in another sort of tie, with both Israel and Hamas claiming the upper hand. Their questionable achievements have come at a big price, especially to long-suffering...
  • Battle for Ukraine's southeast coast heats up

    Battle for Ukraine's southeast coast heats up

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 4:29 PM EDT2014-08-27 20:29:32 GMT
    A town in east Ukraine has come under shellfire amid fears that pro-Russian rebels in the region are advancing on government-held areas.
    Pushing west in a new offensive along Ukraine's strategic coastline, heavily armed Russian-backed separatist forces captured new territory Wednesday far from their previous battles with government troops.
  • Israeli premier, Hamas declare victory in Gaza war

    Israeli premier, Hamas declare victory in Gaza war

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 4:09 PM EDT2014-08-27 20:09:17 GMT
    An open-ended cease-fire between Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip is holding, as many wonder what was gained during 50 days of fighting.
    Both Israel's prime minister and Hamas declared victory Wednesday in the Gaza war, though their competing claims left questions over future terms of their uneasy peace still lingering.
  • Greek archaeologists enter large underground tomb

    Greek archaeologists enter large underground tomb

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 3:49 PM EDT2014-08-27 19:49:14 GMT
    Archaeologists excavating an ancient tomb under a massive burial mound in northern Greece have entered the underground structure, which appears to have been looted in antiquity.
    Archaeologists excavating an ancient tomb under a massive burial mound in northern Greece have entered the underground structure, which appears to have been looted in antiquity.
  • US official warns Ebola outbreak will get worse

    US official warns Ebola outbreak will get worse

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 3:29 PM EDT2014-08-27 19:29:15 GMT
    A senior adviser to Sierra Leone's president says a third doctor has died from Ebola, marking a setback in the country's fight against the virulent disease.
    A third top doctor has died from Ebola in Sierra Leone, a government official said Wednesday, as a leading American health official warned that the outbreak sweeping West Africa would get worse.
  • EU to beef up border agency to deal with migrants

    EU to beef up border agency to deal with migrants

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 2:49 PM EDT2014-08-27 18:49:34 GMT
    The European Commission has agreed to Italian demands to replace Rome's politically unpopular emergency operation for rescuing would-be refugees crossing the Mediterranean with an EU-wide project.
    The European Commission agreed Wednesday to Italian demands to replace Rome's politically unpopular emergency operation for rescuing would-be refugees crossing the Mediterranean with an EU-wide project.
  • IMF chief Lagarde under investigation in France

    IMF chief Lagarde under investigation in France

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 2:29 PM EDT2014-08-27 18:29:11 GMT
    IMF chief Christine Lagarde says she is under official investigation for negligence in a French corruption probe that dates back to her days as finance minister.
    Christine Lagarde, the chief of the International Monetary Fund, was put under official investigation for negligence in a French corruption probe that dates back to her days as France's finance minister.
  • Kenya rangers murder ivory poachers: report

    Kenya rangers murder ivory poachers: report

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 1:58 PM EDT2014-08-27 17:58:29 GMT
    A rights group alleges that corrupt Kenyan wildlife rangers are killing poachers to cover up the officers' collusion with the gangs slaughtering the country's elephants.
    Corrupt Kenyan wildlife rangers are killing poachers to cover up the officers' collusion with the criminals slaughtering the country's elephants, a rights group alleges.
  • VENICE WATCH: Fest supports imprisoned filmmakers

    VENICE WATCH: Fest supports imprisoned filmmakers

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 1:18 PM EDT2014-08-27 17:18:48 GMT
    VENICE, Italy - The Venice Film Festival is bringing 11 days of red-carpet premieres, innovative movies and Hollywood glamour to the Italian city. Here's what has been catching the eye of The Associated Press:
    VENICE, Italy - The Venice Film Festival is bringing 11 days of red-carpet premieres, innovative movies and Hollywood glamour to the Italian city. Here's what has been catching the eye of The Associated Press:
  • Citing Ebola, Air France suspends flights

    Citing Ebola, Air France suspends flights

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 12:18 PM EDT2014-08-27 16:18:24 GMT
    France's government is asking Air France to suspend flights to the largest city in Sierra Leone in response to the Ebola epidemic in the region that has killed more than 1,400 people.
    France on Wednesday recommended that its citizens leave the African countries of Sierra Leone and Liberia because of the outbreak of Ebola there, and Air France temporarily suspended its three flights a week to Sierra Leone.
  • Another group splits from Pakistani Taliban

    Another group splits from Pakistani Taliban

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 11:08 AM EDT2014-08-27 15:08:57 GMT
    A senior Pakistani militant figure says he and several of his associates have split from the Pakistani Taliban and formed their own group, inspired by the Afghan Taliban and their fight against U.S. troops in...
    Several militant commanders and their followers have split from the Pakistani Taliban, the second group this year to part ways with the umbrella organization in a move that analysts said Wednesday would further weaken the...
  • Keaton hailed in Venice Film Fest opener 'Birdman'

    Keaton hailed in Venice Film Fest opener 'Birdman'

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 10:58 AM EDT2014-08-27 14:58:20 GMT
    A film in which art and fame battle it out in the streets and skies of Manhattan has kicked off the 71st Venice Film Festival, where high-art aspirations mix with Hollywood hopes.
    Well before the turn of the millennium, Michael Keaton was the first 21st-century superhero.
  • Image of Asia: Starting the hajj in Kashmir

    Image of Asia: Starting the hajj in Kashmir

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 10:48 AM EDT2014-08-27 14:48:54 GMT
    By The Associated Press In this photo by Dar Yasin, a Muslim in Indian-ruled Kashmir is hugged by her relative before leaving on the hajj to Mecca. Governments of many countries help arrange...
    By The Associated Press In this photo by Dar Yasin, a Muslim in Indian-ruled Kashmir is hugged by her relative before leaving on the hajj to Mecca. Governments of many countries help arrange travel for...
  • Spanish chain pulls kids' shirt after outcry

    Spanish chain pulls kids' shirt after outcry

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 10:38 AM EDT2014-08-27 14:38:58 GMT
    Spanish fashion retailer Inditex says it has withdrawn a children's shirt which triggered an outcry from people who said it was reminiscent of the clothes Jews were made to wear at Nazi concentration camps.
    Spanish fashion retailer Inditex said Wednesday it has withdrawn a children's shirt that triggered an outcry from people who said it was reminiscent of the clothes Jews were made to wear at Nazi concentration camps.
  • Alarm as Nicaragua starts canal route survey

    Alarm as Nicaragua starts canal route survey

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 10:38 AM EDT2014-08-27 14:38:55 GMT
    Teams of assessors accompanied by soldiers and police have begun surveying properties along the route of Nicaragua's planned interoceanic canal, taking quick steps toward the start of a vast project the country...
    Teams of assessors accompanied by soldiers and police have begun surveying properties along the route of Nicaragua's planned interoceanic canal, taking quick steps toward the start of a vast project the country has...
  • 3 playful lion cubs debut at Johannesburg Zoo

    3 playful lion cubs debut at Johannesburg Zoo

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 10:28 AM EDT2014-08-27 14:28:23 GMT
    Three lion cubs have made their debut, pouncing their way into a large enclosure at the Johannesburg Zoo.
    Three playful lion cubs made their public debut Wednesday, pouncing their way into a large enclosure at the Johannesburg Zoo.
  • Erdogan rules out obedient role for successor

    Erdogan rules out obedient role for successor

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 10:19 AM EDT2014-08-27 14:19:08 GMT
    Turkey's ruling party is holding a congress to confirm Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu as its new chairman and prime minister-designate, to replace president-elect Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
    Turkish President-elect Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday rejected claims that Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, who is set to replace him as prime minister, would merely do his bidding as he continues to rule Turkey from...
  • Syrian rebels seize border crossing with Israel

    Syrian rebels seize border crossing with Israel

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 10:08 AM EDT2014-08-27 14:08:19 GMT
    The Israeli military says an officer in the Golan Heights has been moderately wounded by errant fire from neighboring Syria.
    Syrian rebels, including fighters from an al-Qaida-linked group, seized control of a frontier crossing with Israel in the Golan Heights on Wednesday after heavy clashes with President Bashar Assad's forces, activists...
  • 2 Europe navigation satellites in the wrong orbits

    2 Europe navigation satellites in the wrong orbits

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 9:59 AM EDT2014-08-27 13:59:18 GMT
    European space officials say they're investigating whether the inaccurate deployment of two satellites will complicate their efforts to develop a new Galileo satellite navigation system that would rival...
    European space officials say they're investigating whether the inaccurate deployment of two satellites will complicate their efforts to develop a new Galileo satellite navigation system that would rival America's...
  • Finland, Sweden increase ties to NATO

    Finland, Sweden increase ties to NATO

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 9:49 AM EDT2014-08-27 13:49:42 GMT
    Finland and Sweden plan to work more closely with NATO by signing a pact that allows assistance from alliance troops in the Nordic countries in emergency situations, officials said Wednesday.
    Finland and Sweden plan to work more closely with NATO by signing a pact that allows assistance from alliance troops in the Nordic countries in emergency situations, officials said Wednesday.
  • Afghan presidential candidates pull out of audit

    Afghan presidential candidates pull out of audit

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 9:49 AM EDT2014-08-27 13:49:38 GMT
    A spokesman for Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah says he has pulled his observers from an audit of the country's disputed election over concerns of widespread fraud.
    Afghanistan's troubled presidential election was rocked by more turmoil on Wednesday as both candidates vying to succeed Hamed Karzai pulled their observers out of a ballot audit meant to determine the winner of a June...
  • Bulgarian poet Valeri Petrov dies

    Bulgarian poet Valeri Petrov dies

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 9:18 AM EDT2014-08-27 13:18:16 GMT
    Valeri Petrov, Bulgaria's most prominent contemporary poet and a former Nobel Prize nominee who translated the complete works of Shakespeare in verse, has died at age 94.
    Valeri Petrov, Bulgaria's most prominent contemporary poet, who translated the complete works of Shakespeare, has died at age 94.
  • Germany plans to tighten EU migration rules

    Germany plans to tighten EU migration rules

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 9:08 AM EDT2014-08-27 13:08:37 GMT
    The German government says it's proposing measures to tighten migration regulations for citizens from elsewhere in the European Union amid accusations of welfare abuse by poor immigrants from Bulgaria and Romania.
    The German government proposed measures Wednesday to tighten migration regulations for citizens from elsewhere in the European Union amid accusations of welfare abuse by poor immigrants from Bulgaria and Romania.
  • Earthquakes rock Iceland volcano

    Earthquakes rock Iceland volcano

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 8:38 AM EDT2014-08-27 12:38:39 GMT
    Earthquakes are rocking Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano, adding to concerns that magma movements may trigger an eruption that could hinder air traffic.
    Earthquakes are rocking Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano, adding to concerns that magma movements may trigger an eruption that could hinder air traffic.
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