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China anti-dissent playbook may fail in Hong Kong

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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... More>>

Moscow: Ukraine talks must back cease-fire now

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Diplomats at a new round of talks on easing the crisis in Ukraine must push for an immediate, unconditional cease-fire between Ukrainian government troops and pro-Russian separatists, Russia's foreign minister said... More>>

UN diplomats examine Islamic State alleged crimes

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Iraq's government asked the U.N.'s top human rights body Monday to investigate alleged crimes against civilians committed by the Islamic State group in its rampage across northeastern Syria and northern and western... More>>

Parents of UK boy with tumor face Spanish hearing

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The parents of a 5-year-old British boy with a severe brain tumor they took abroad against doctors' advice were at a Madrid courthouse awaiting the start of proceedings Monday on whether to extradite them to the U.K. More>>

Liberia extends stay-home order amid Ebola crisis

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Liberia's president ordered most civil servants to stay home another month in an effort to stop the spread of the deadly Ebola virus, according to a statement released Monday. More>>

UN says Iraq deaths drop to 1,420 in August

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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. More>>

Syrian rebels, government clash in Golan Heights

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Syrian rebels clashed with government troops on Monday in the Golan Heights, where al-Qaida-linked insurgents abducted U.N. peacekeepers last week, activist said. More>>

Americans detained in North Korea call for US help

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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 representative to... More>>

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

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Poland's prime minister says the anniversary of World War II makes it crucial to put an end to the war in Ukraine. More>>

Military action leaves Lesotho power vacuum

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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. More>>

Iran president urges clerics to tolerate Internet

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Iran's president Monday urged the country's clerics 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. More>>

Protesters clash with Pakistan police, storm TV

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Pakistani anti-government protesters stormed the state TV building on Monday, forcing the channel briefly off the air as they clashed with police and pushed further into a sprawling government complex in the capital,... More>>

Paris suburb building blast death toll reaches 7

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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. More>>

Turkey issues warrants for police in alleged plot

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Turkish authorities have issued arrest warrants for 33 police officers accused of plotting against the government. More>>

Beijing faces defiance in Hong Kong on vote reform

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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. More>>

Merkel aide downplays anti-euro party's success

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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. More>>

Islamic State group becomes target of Arab satire

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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. More>>

Cuba cracks down on goods in travelers' luggage

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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 consumer... More>>

Islamist militia now guards US Embassy in Libya

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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... More>>

Cuba cracks down on goods in flyers' luggage

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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. More>>

Image of Asia: The blur of the crowd in Tokyo

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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... More>>

Shaun the shaggy Aussie sheep finally shorn smooth

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Shaun the shaggy Australian sheep has at last been shorn smooth. But the woolly wanderer wasn't the wooliest of them all. More>>

Philippine troops pull 'greatest escape' in Golan

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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... More>>

Ukraine: rebels fire on border guard vessel

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Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday called on Ukraine to immediately start talks on a political solution to the crisis in eastern Ukraine. More>>

Iraqi forces break militant siege of Shiite town

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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... More>>

Police, protesters clash in Pakistani capital

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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... More>>

Germany to send rifles, tank busters to aid Kurds

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Germany will send high-end rifles, tank-busting weapons and armored vehicles to aid Kurdish fighters battling Islamic extremists in Iraq, officials said Sunday. More>>

German anti-euro party enters 1st state assembly

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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. More>>

Israel calls on region to rebuild, disarm Gaza

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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. More>>

Lesotho prime minister in S. Africa for safety

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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. More>>

Lava eruption prompts Iceland aviation alert

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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... More>>

WHO: Senegal Ebola case 'a top priority emergency'

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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... More>>

Somalia: 12 killed as army repels attack on prison

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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,... More>>

Ebola takes big toll on already poor health care

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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... More>>

China: No open nominations for Hong Kong leader

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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... More>>

Partial building collapse in Paris suburb kills 2

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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. More>>

Al-Qaida-linked group releases 5 Lebanese troops

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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. More>>

Israeli fire on Gaza town raises war crimes claim

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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... More>>

Congo: Top general active in volatile east dies

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Congo's government spokesman says a top general based in the country's volatile east has died. More>>

Boat carrying 100 migrants capsizes off Libya

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A boat carrying more than 100 migrants capsized off the coast near the Libyan capital, a coast guard official said Sunday. More>>

German security official warns of terror threat

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Germany's domestic intelligence agency expects that Islamic extremists who have traveled to Syria and Iraq will return and commit terror attacks. More>>

US to begin safety testing Ebola vaccine next week

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Federal researchers next week will start testing humans with an experimental vaccine to prevent the deadly Ebola virus. More>>

Scientists dig into Ebola's deadly genes for clues

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A single funeral caused many. More>>

Algeria soccer death seen part of a wider ills

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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... More>>

Iran FM says ready to meet Saudi counterpart

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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. More>>

Afghanistan crash kills 23

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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. More>>

All Filipino peacekeepers escape Golan standoff

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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... More>>

Pakistan protesters march on PM's residence

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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... More>>

Tunisia recovers bodies of Syrian boat migrants

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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. More>>

EU threatens Russia with more sanctions

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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. More>>

Syrian rebels attack peacekeepers in Golan Heights

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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... More>>

Trapped miners rescued in Nicaragua; 5 remain

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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... More>>

Silva surges ahead of Brazil's presidential vote

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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... More>>

Saudi king warns of terrorist threat to Europe, US

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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. More>>

Pro-Russia rebels confident after making gains

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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. More>>

Somali troops oust militants from southern town

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Somali government troops fighting alongside African Union troops ousted Islamic militants from a southern town they have been controlling, an official said Saturday. More>>

EU leaders pick Italian as bloc's new top diplomat

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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. More>>

Liberian Ebola survivor praises experimental drug

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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... More>>

Rebuilding Gaza will take 20 years, group says

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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... More>>

Hundreds protest in Wales before NATO summit

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Hundreds of anti-war protesters have marched through the Welsh city of Newport before a major NATO summit there next week. More>>

Pro wrestling returns to the ring in North Korea

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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... More>>

Lesotho military says it has disarmed police

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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... More>>

Algeria says 2 abducted diplomats have been freed

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Algeria's state news agency says two Algerian diplomats taken hostage in northern Mali more than two years ago have been released. More>>

Iran president calls US sanctions an 'invasion'

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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... More>>

Taliban attack intel office in eastern Afghanistan

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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. More>>

Ukrainian civilian plane crashes in Algeria

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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. More>>

EU set to slap new sanctions on Russia

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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. More>>

Obama cautions against using force to solve crises

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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. More>>

Mexico operations thwart child, family migrants

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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... More>>

Rescuers race to reach trapped miners in Nicaragua

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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. More>>

Economic sanctions spare Western-tied Russian fund

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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... More>>

Mexico authorities stage midnight migrant raid

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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. More>>

Liberia to unseal slum cordoned off to stop Ebola

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Liberia says it will open up a slum in its capital where thousands of people were barricaded to contain the spread of Ebola. More>>

UN health agency urges crackdown on e-cigarettes

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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. More>>

Poland bars Russian plane from its airspace

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Poland prevented a plane carrying Russia's defense minister from traveling through its airspace Friday, drawing an angry response from Moscow. More>>

Iraqi town holds out against militant onslaught

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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... More>>

Russian-backed rebels aim to push west along coast

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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... More>>

Iceland raises volcano aviation alert briefly

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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. More>>

Families of Russian troops in Ukraine want answers

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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. More>>

EU ministers call for new sanctions against Russia

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Several European Union foreign ministers on Friday accused Russia of invading eastern Ukraine and said Moscow should be punished with additional economic sanctions. More>>

Palestinian leader says Hamas caused prolonged war

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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... More>>

Cameron promises tough action to fight militants

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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. More>>

Zimbabwe 1st lady roils political scene with entry

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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... More>>

US delivers military aid to Lebanese army

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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. More>>

UN says Syria refugees top 3 million mark

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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... More>>

Pakistani premier denies asking army to mediate

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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... More>>

SAfrica: 4 guilty in murder try on Rwandan general

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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. More>>

Iran confirms US Coast Guard fired at fishing boat

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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." More>>

Israel identifies body as missing American student

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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... More>>

Libyan interim government submits resignation

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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... More>>

2 Rwandan army officers charged over incitement

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Two Rwandan army officers have been charged with inciting the public against the government of President Paul Kagame. More>>

4 Iraqi soldiers killed in clashes with militants

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Iraqi police officials say that clashes between Iraqi soldiers and militants with the Islamic State group south of Baghdad have killed four soldiers. More>>

With a splat, paintball fires into Afghanistan

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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. More>>

India, Japan each seek deals during Modi's visit

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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. More>>

Malaysia Airlines to cut 6,000 staff in overhaul

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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. More>>

German economic fears growing but Merkel strong

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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... More>>

Bahrain: No invitation to expelled US diplomat

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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. More>>

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

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For more than 30 years, chef and restaurant owner Oh Keum-il built her expertise in cooking one traditional South Korean delicacy: dog meat. More>>

A look at the Islamic State militants in Syria

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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. More>>

Ukraine accuses Russia of sending in tanks, armor

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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. More>>

UN: Armed group detains 43 peacekeepers in Syria

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An armed group detained 43 U.N. peacekeepers during fighting in Syria early Thursday and another 81 peacekeepers are trapped, the United Nations said. More>>

Russia replies to Canada's colorful map tweet

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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." More>>

UN: Ebola disease caseload could reach 20,000

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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... More>>

Attempt to call missing jet may alter search area

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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... More>>

UN panel: Global warming human-caused, dangerous

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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. More>>

UN Security Council members lament Ukraine crisis

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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... More>>

A brother seeks answers in 'The Look of Silence'

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What is it like to look into the eyes of the men who killed your brother and went unpunished? More>>

Jihadists kill dozens of captured Syrian soldiers

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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... More>>

Pakistan army to mediate between PM, protesters

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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... More>>

Europe seeks role in postwar Gaza Video included

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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... More>>

Turkey's Erdogan sworn in as president

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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... More>>

France rules out Assad as partner in terror fight

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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... More>>

Hundreds mourn famed Egyptian rights advocate

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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... More>>

Egypt militants post beheading video

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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. More>>

VENICE WATCH: Iranian tales; vampire takes a break

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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: More>>

Pope removes key Benedict XVI protege

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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. More>>

UN: Afghan election audit done around Sept. 10

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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. More>>

Somalia asks UN court to set maritime boundary

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Somalia has asked the United Nations' highest court to determine the maritime boundary it shares in the Indian Ocean with east African neighbor Kenya. More>>

EU struggles with dearth of women in top jobs

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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. More>>

Pope to honor dead on both sides of WWI next month

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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. More>>

Israel finds body where US student disappeared

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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. More>>

Amid Ebola, some airlines have canceled flights

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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... More>>

Egypt's Morsi accused of leaking secrets to Qatar

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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... More>>

South African court orders release of tapes

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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... More>>

UN scientist with Ebola in Germany for treatment

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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. More>>

Image of Asia: A healthy trio of panda cubs

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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... More>>

France suggests Europe could help as Gaza monitor

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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... More>>

India urges millions of poor to open bank accounts

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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. More>>

French leader banks on free market to save economy

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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... More>>

Tim Hortons a big part of Canadian identity

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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. More>>

Undersea search for Malaysian plane refined

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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... More>>

Mother of US reporter in Syria begs for his life

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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... More>>

Minister: 2 people have died of Ebola in Congo

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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... More>>

UK sex abuse report prompts outrage, reflection

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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... More>>

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

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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... More>>

Battle for Ukraine's southeast coast heats up

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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. More>>

Israeli premier, Hamas declare victory in Gaza war Video included

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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. More>>

Greek archaeologists enter large underground tomb

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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. More>>

US official warns Ebola outbreak will get worse

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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. More>>

EU to beef up border agency to deal with migrants

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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. More>>

IMF chief Lagarde under investigation in France

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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. More>>

Kenya rangers murder ivory poachers: report

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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. More>>

VENICE WATCH: Fest supports imprisoned filmmakers

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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: More>>

Citing Ebola, Air France suspends flights

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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. More>>

Another group splits from Pakistani Taliban

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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... More>>

Keaton hailed in Venice Film Fest opener 'Birdman'

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Well before the turn of the millennium, Michael Keaton was the first 21st-century superhero. More>>

Image of Asia: Starting the hajj in Kashmir

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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... More>>

Spanish chain pulls kids' shirt after outcry

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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. More>>

Alarm as Nicaragua starts canal route survey

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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... More>>

3 playful lion cubs debut at Johannesburg Zoo

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Three playful lion cubs made their public debut Wednesday, pouncing their way into a large enclosure at the Johannesburg Zoo. More>>

Erdogan rules out obedient role for successor

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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... More>>

Syrian rebels seize border crossing with Israel

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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... More>>

2 Europe navigation satellites in the wrong orbits

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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... More>>

Finland, Sweden increase ties to NATO

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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. More>>

Afghan presidential candidates pull out of audit

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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... More>>

Bulgarian poet Valeri Petrov dies

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Valeri Petrov, Bulgaria's most prominent contemporary poet, who translated the complete works of Shakespeare, has died at age 94. More>>

Germany plans to tighten EU migration rules

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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. More>>

Earthquakes rock Iceland volcano

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Earthquakes are rocking Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano, adding to concerns that magma movements may trigger an eruption that could hinder air traffic. More>>

Colombian kingpin's former hit man leaves prison

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A man who confessed to hundreds of murders as head of drug kingpin Pablo Escobar's army of assassins has been freed from a maximum security prison under heavy police guard. More>>

Libya ministers resign over militia fighting

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The official Libyan news agency says six ministers have resigned after accusing the government of taking sides in escalating battles among rival militias. More>>

Experts find 283 DNA samples from MH17 site

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Experts working to identify the victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 have gathered DNA samples from 283 people and have positively identified 173. More>>

Pakistan minister urges opposition to ease demands

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A Cabinet minister on Wednesday urged Pakistan's two key opposition figures leading mass rallies outside parliament to back off their demand for the prime minister's resignation in ongoing talks with the government. More>>

Malaysia Airlines set for shakeup after disasters

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Malaysia is preparing to unveil the latest overhaul of its beleaguered state-owned airline, which is reeling from twin disasters months apart that killed hundreds of passengers. More>>

Annual tomato battle leaves Spanish town red

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The streets of an eastern Spanish town are awash with red pulp as thousands of people pelt each other with tomatoes in the annual "Tomatina" battle that has become a major tourist attraction. More>>

Even if attacked, airline could be liable in crash

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By DAVID KOENIG AP Airlines Writer Families of passengers who were on the Malaysia Airlines plane shot down over Ukraine are starting to sort through the long process of gaining compensation for their loss. More>>

West Africans get creative with Ebola awareness

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A young man on camera names the person who's challenged him to dump the contents of a bucket over his head. But in a twist on the ice bucket challenge, this man is soon drenched in frothy, soapy water - part of a... More>>

Afghanistan's one-time booming war economy slows

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Rows of dusty trucks and used cars sit unsold in Afghanistan's capital, where real estate agents bemoan a lack of sales and international businessmen no longer frequent top hotels. Even government employees nervously... More>>

Venezuela battles obesity amid dearth of good food

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Venezuela's socialist government is sounding the alarm about growing waistlines in a country where record food shortages are making it harder to put healthy meals on the table, prompting many people to fill up on empty... More>>

Ebola has 'upper hand' says US health official

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Ebola still has the "upper hand" in the outbreak that has killed more than 1,400 people in West Africa, but experts have the means to stop it, a top American health official said during a visit to the hardest-hit countries. More>>

No sign of quick end to Ukraine conflict

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Ukraine's president said Wednesday that Vladimir Putin accepts the principles of a peace plan for Ukraine but the Russian leader insisted that only Kiev can reach a cease-fire deal with the pro-Moscow separatists. More>>

2 new Maya civilization centers studied in Mexico

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Two lost Maya cities recently uncovered by an international team of scientists in Mexico could help decipher the story of the empire's early capitals to the south that were eventually abandoned for large cities on the... More>>

Report finds 1,400 children exploited in UK town

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About 1,400 children were sexually exploited in a northern England town, a report concluded Tuesday in a damning account of "collective failures" by authorities to prevent victims as young as 11 from being beaten, raped... More>>

Possible airstrikes in Syria raise more questions

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The intelligence gathered by U.S. military surveillance flights over Syria could support a broad bombing campaign against the Islamic State militant group, but current and former U.S. officials differ on whether air power... More>>

Gaza truce open-ended, but puts off tough issues Video included

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Israel and Gaza's ruling Hamas agreed Tuesday to an open-ended cease-fire after seven weeks of fighting - an uneasy deal that halts the deadliest war the sides have fought in years, with more than 2,200 killed, but... More>>

Dutch to commemorate Flight 17 victims on Nov. 10

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Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte says a national commemoration event will be held on Nov. 10 for those who died when Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over Ukraine. More>>

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