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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>>

UN panel: Crimes against humanity spread in Syria

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The Syrian government has likely used chlorine gas to attack civilians while the Islamic State group fighting them has committed crimes against humanity with attacks on civilians in two provinces, an independent U.N.... 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>>

IMF chief Lagarde under investigation in France

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Christine Lagarde, the chief of the International Monetary Fund, was placed under official investigation for negligence in a French corruption probe that dates back to her days as France's finance minister. 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Spanish fashion retailer Inditex said Wednesday it has withdrawn a children's shirt that triggered an outcry from people who said it was reminiscent of the clothes Jews were made to wear at Nazi concentration camps.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>>

3rd doctor dies from Ebola in Sierra Leone

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A third top doctor has died from Ebola in Sierra Leone, a government official said Wednesday, as health workers tried to determine how a fourth scientist also contracted the disease before being evacuated to Europe. More>>

Muslims react with outrage at UK sex abuse report

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Members of Britain's Pakistani community reacted with outrage Wednesday amid reports that officials failed to act on sex abuse cases because of concerns about racism in the northern English town of Rotherham. 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>>

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>>

Mayor: Rebels enter key southeast Ukrainian town

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Pro-Russian rebel forces entered a key town in southeastern Ukraine on Wednesday after three days of heavy shelling, the town's mayor said, capturing new territory far from most of their battles with government troops. 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>>

Amid Ebola fears, Air France urged to stop flights

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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. 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>>

Gaza cease-fire holds as sides weigh gains

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An open-ended cease-fire between Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip was holding Wednesday, as many people on both sides of the conflict wondered what was gained during 50 days of fighting. 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

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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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

French gov't reshuffle expels dissident ministers

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France's prime minister reshuffled his Cabinet on Tuesday to silence ministers who had openly criticized Socialist President Francois Hollande's economic policies as he tries to pull the nation out of stagnation... 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 giving extra $60M in military aid to Tunisia

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The U.S. has announced it will be giving Tunisia another $60 million in military aid next year. More>>

Afghan candidate threatens boycott of vote audit

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One of the two men vying to become Afghanistan's next president is threatening to boycott a ballot audit from the country's disputed presidential runoff, his adviser said Tuesday, a development that could further... More>>

Italy recovers 24 bodies in deadliest refugee days

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Another 24 bodies were recovered Tuesday from an overturned fishing boat off Italy's southern coast as would-be refugees fleeing increasing instability in Libya saw their deadliest few days this year with more than 300... More>>

UN helicopter shot down in South Sudan

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A rebel commander who warned the U.N. not to fly over his territory shot down a U.N. helicopter Tuesday in rural South Sudan, charged a spokesman for a state governor. 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>>

Secret US-Russia talks on Ukraine held in Finland

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The Finnish Foreign Ministry says that the United States and Russia held secret talks over Ukraine in Finland in June. More>>

Swedish city plays 'Schindler's List' to Nazis

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Neo-Nazis rallying in the Swedish city of Norrkoping have been greeted by the theme song from "Schindler's List" ringing from the bells of city hall. More>>

Nigeria soldiers who fled into Cameroon head home

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Nigerian government soldiers, who witnesses said fled into neighboring Cameroon during a clash with a large number of Islamic fighters of Boko Haram, handed over their weapons to Cameroonian authorities and were on their... More>>

Algerian president fires his a top adviser

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Algeria's president on Tuesday dismissed one of his main advisers - a former prime minister and powerful head of the ruling party - and banned him from state service. More>>

Death of opposition leader roils Botswana

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He was a former stalwart in Botswana's ruling party who defected to become a rising star in the political opposition ahead of elections in October. He was also a musical composer who performed with his choir in the... More>>

Iceland lowers aviation alert level from volcano

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Iceland lowered its aviation alert level to orange from red Sunday, saying there was no sign of an imminent eruption at the Bardarbunga volcano. And scientists at the Icelandic Meteorological Office said their announcement... More>>

Ancient shipwreck off Malta leaves 700 BC cargo

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Divers near a Maltese island have found an ancient ship's cargo that experts say is yielding what could be some of the oldest Phoenician artifacts. More>>

Dempsey in Afghanistan for transition talks

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The Pentagon has developed plans that would allow American forces to remain in Afghanistan beyond the end of the year if the contested presidential election drags on and a security agreement isn't signed soon, the top... More>>

5 things to watch for at the Venice Film Festival

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It has Al Pacino and zombie girlfriends, Owen Wilson and Lars von Trier. More>>

UN envoy opposes foreign intervention in Libya

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The newly appointed U.N. envoy to Libya said Tuesday he doesn't believe foreign intervention can halt the North African country's slide deeper into turmoil after mysterious airstrikes against Islamist militias... More>>

Amid poverty, US surgeons saving lives in Uganda

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The American neurosurgeon leaned in to take a selfie with his patient, chuckling with excitement when she raised her hands. That was a good sign the day after Michael Haglund and his Duke University team opened the... More>>

UK police in appeal to block aspiring terrorists

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British police are appealing to the public to help identify aspiring terrorists after the murder of an American journalist focused attention on extremism in the U.K. More>>

AP PHOTOS: Cubans trek to beach to cool off

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In the long, sticky Cuban summer, keeping cool is serious business. More>>

Car bombing kills at least 11 people in Baghdad

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A car bomb exploded on Tuesday in a busy Shiite area in eastern Baghdad, killing at least 11 people, officials said, the latest in a series of attacks to shake the Iraqi capital as the Shiite-led government struggles to... More>>

Image of Asia: Anticipating fire across the border

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By The Associated Press In this photo by Channi Anand, villagers in Indian-controlled Kashmir take shelter inside an army bunker anticipating firing from the Pakistan side of the border. Indian and... More>>

Berlin mayor to resign by end of year

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Charismatic Berlin mayor Klaus Wowereit, whose reputation has taken a beating over struggles in the construction of the German capital's new international airport, said Tuesday he will step down by the end of the year. More>>

Correction: Ebola story

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In a story Aug. 22 about Ebola, The Associated Press erroneously reported that Nigeria's total of confirmed infections was 16. In fact, the number of Ebola cases confirmed by the WHO was 12. More>>

Experts: Torture common in East Africa, Congo

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Despite progress in five East African countries and Congo in ratifying the United Nations Convention against Torture, human rights abuse is still prevalent as governments are reluctant to draft and implement local laws,... More>>

Whisky's worries mirror economic fears in Scotland

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Carl Reavey plunged his nose into the glass, inhaled the amber liquid's scent, then sipped. Slowly. More>>

Syria warns US: No unilateral strikes on militants

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Syria said Monday it was ready to help confront the rising threat from the Islamic State group, but warned the United States against carrying out airstrikes without Damascus' consent, saying any such attack would be... More>>

France marks 70th anniversary of Paris Liberation

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Paris celebrated on Monday the 70th anniversary of its liberation after four years in the grip of the occupying Nazis, with President Francois Hollande saying France now has a moral obligation to answer the call of those... More>>

Vatican: Ex-envoy can be tried by Dominican court

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The Vatican said Monday that its former ambassador to the Dominican Republic, accused of sexually abusing young boys in the Caribbean country, had lost his diplomatic immunity and could be tried by Dominican or other courts. More>>

Troubled Libya now faces dueling governments

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Libya's past, Islamist-dominated parliament reconvened Monday and voted to disband the country's current interim government, defying voters who elected its opponents to take over amid ceaseless fighting by rival... More>>

American held in Syria freed after nearly 2 years

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As the U.S. mourned an American journalist beheaded by Islamic militants, the nation found something of a reprieve with the release of another freelance reporter who had been held hostage for nearly two years by an... More>>

Liberia: Doctor given experimental Ebola drug dies

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A Liberian doctor who received one of the last known doses of an experimental Ebola drug has died, officials said Monday. Separately, Canada said it has yet to send out an untested vaccine that the government is donating. More>>

Gaza attacks triggers Israeli exodus from border

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Hundreds of Israelis left their homes along the border with the Gaza Strip on Monday, reflecting growing frustration over the war with Hamas and the Palestinian mortar fire raining down on their communities. Tens of... More>>

Leaders clash in final debate before Scotland vote

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Scotland's leading politician vied with Britain's former treasury chief in a heated televised debate Monday, making a final push to capture wavering voters three weeks ahead of a historic referendum on Scottish... More>>

Ukrainian president dissolves parliament Video included

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Ukraine's president on Monday dissolved parliament and called for early elections in October as his country continues to battle a pro-Russian insurgency in its eastern regions. More>>

Weapons convoys seen rolling in eastern Ukraine

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For several evenings this month, convoys of military weaponry passed with clockwork-like regularity through Krasnodon, a rebel-held town in eastern Ukraine near the porous border with Russia. More>>

Iraq premier-designate: militias must follow state

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Iraq's prime minister-designate called Monday on the country's numerous Shiite militias and tribes to come under government control and stop acting independently, as violence killed at least 58 people in areas... More>>

Weapons convoys seen rolling in eastern Ukraine

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AP reporters say convoys of military weaponry and supplies have been coming from the direction of Russia into rebel-held Ukraine. More>>

Dempsey: We will act if Islamic group threatens US

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Gen. Martin Dempsey says that once he determines the Islamic State militants in Iraq have become a direct threat to the U.S. homeland, he will recommend the U.S. military move directly against the group in Syria. More>>

Fire in Greece abates after threatening 4 villages

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Greek authorities have brought under partial control a large forest fire that threatened villages near a major archaeological site in the south of the country. More>>

South Sudan war monitor dies while held by rebels

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An East African regional bloc says one of its officials monitoring a cease-fire in South Sudan died while being held by rebel fighters. More>>

Nigeria: Boko Haram claims it is Islamic Caliphate

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Boko Haram, Nigeria's Islamic extremist rebel group, said it controls the northeastern city of Gwoza and has added it to an Islamic state that it claims it has established in Nigeria. More>>

French government dissolves over economic policy

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President Francois Hollande is weighing his options after dissolving the government on Monday over open feuding in the Cabinet about how much cutting - or spending - will revive the country's stagnant economy. More>>

Slovenia's parliament approves newcomer as premier

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Slovenia's parliament has approved political newcomer Miro Cerar as the crisis-stricken eurozone country's next prime minister. More>>

Iran airs TV footage of purported Israeli drone

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A crash scene aired on Iranian state television Monday purported to show the wreckage of an Israeli drone shot down near an Iranian nuclear site, prompting questions about how a plane with limited range could have... More>>

Correction: Britain-Obit-Richard Attenborough

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In an obituary Aug. 24 on actor-director Richard Attenborough, The Associated Press erroneously reported that "In Which We Serve," a movie starring Attenborough, won an Oscar for Best Picture in 1942. The film did not win... More>>

Former New York judge appointed to UN Gaza inquiry

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The president of the United Nations' top human rights body has appointed a former New York Supreme Court judge to serve as the third member of a commission investigating possible violations of the rules of war in Gaza. More>>

Pakistan cleric at rally warns of 48-hour deadline

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A Pakistani cleric leading a mass anti-government rally in front of parliament issued a 48-hour deadline Monday for the country's prime minister to step down, saying he's prepared to die to see it happen. More>>

Ireland unites for funeral of ex-premier Reynolds

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Generations of Irish leaders united Monday at the Dublin funeral of Ireland's peacemaking former prime minister, Albert Reynolds, in a ceremony leavened with wit, raw emotions and barnstorming performances from... More>>

Image of Asia: Playing games in the Philippines

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By The Associated Press In this photo by Aaron Favila, a boy aims a coin at his opponents' coins during a game in suburban Malabon, Philippines. The game locally called pastra uses coins, but its... More>>

UN rights chief: Crimes against humanity in Iraq

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Islamic State fighters reportedly killed up to 670 prisoners in Mosul and committed other horrific abuses in Iraq that amount to crimes against humanity, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Monday. More>>

AP Photos: Spirits roam during HK ghost festival

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Countless hungry and restless ghosts are roaming Hong Kong, and the world, to visit their living descendants, at least according to Chinese convention. More>>

Thai junta leader assumes prime minister post

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Thailand's junta leader, who seized power in a military coup three months ago, officially assumed his new post as prime minister on Monday following an endorsement from the country's monarch. More>>

Girls from Brazil's favelas find escape in ballet

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Past the graffiti-covered overpass and subway tracks, in a slum penned in by high-rises, 8-year-old Gabriela Aparecida fixes her curly hair into a bun as she waits for a ride to her new favorite activity: ballet. Peeling... More>>

China shuts down Beijing Independent Film Festival

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Chinese authorities blocked an annual independent film festival from opening Saturday, seizing documents and films from organizers and hauling away two event officials in a sign that Beijing is stepping up its already... More>>

Jihadis capture major Syrian air base in northeast

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Islamic State fighters captured a major military air base in northeastern Syria on Sunday, eliminating the last government-held outpost in a province otherwise dominated by the jihadi group, activists and state media said. More>>

Cristobal's pelting rains lash southeast Bahamas

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Slow-moving Tropical Storm Cristobal lashed parts of the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands with heavy rainfall on Sunday, and one man died and two other people were earlier left missing when they were caught up by... More>>

Palestinian president prepares new UN appeal

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Aides to the Palestinian president said Sunday that he will soon appeal to the international community to set a deadline for Israel to end its occupation of lands captured in the 1967 Mideast war and make way for an... More>>

Official: British Ebola patient to be evacuated

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The first British citizen confirmed to be infected with the deadly Ebola disease is being evacuated from Sierra Leone on a jet sent by the Royal Air Force, a Sierra Leone official said Sunday. More>>

Israel leader tries to link Hamas, Iraq extremists

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Israel's prime minister is trying to capitalize on the gruesome video of an American journalist's beheading by the Islamic State extremist group, saying Hamas is an equally vicious foe as he tries to rally... More>>

Rebels parade captured Ukrainian soldiers in east

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To shouts of "Fascists!" and "Hang them from a tree!" captured Ukrainian soldiers were paraded through the streets of the rebel stronghold of Donetsk on Sunday as bystanders pelted them with eggs, water bottles and tomatoes. More>>

De Rothschild, grande dame of wine, dies at 80

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Philippine de Rothschild, an energetic and self-certain grande dame of Bordeaux wine who halted an acting career to run vineyards owned by the family dynasty, has died, her company said Sunday. She was 80. More>>

Libya's Islamist militias claim control of capital

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Libya's Islamist militias said Sunday they have consolidated their hold on Tripoli and its international airport, driving out rival militias to the outskirts of the capital following a weekslong battle for control of... More>>

Islamic authority: Extremists no 'Islamic State'

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The top Islamic authority in Egypt, revered by many Muslims worldwide, launched an Internet-based campaign Sunday challenging an extremist group in Syria and Iraq by saying it should not be called an "Islamic State." More>>

Iran says it downs Israeli drone near nuclear site

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Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards said Sunday its forces shot down an Israeli drone as it approached an Iranian nuclear site, recovering major parts of what it described as an advanced aircraft. Israeli officials could... More>>

Ambassador: UK close to Identifying Foley killer

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Police and spy agencies are close to identifying the English-accented militant depicted on video showing the killing of U.S. journalist James Foley, Britain's ambassador to the United States said Sunday. More>>

Protesters against brown coal form human chain

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Several thousand people have formed a human chain across the German-Polish border to protest the expansion of open-cast mining for brown coal in the region. More>>

Germany: no Iraq combat troops or weapons to PKK

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Chancellor Angela Merkel has ruled out sending German combat troops to Iraq and is dismissing suggestions her country could send weapons to the separatist Kurdish PKK movement. More>>

Iran says Iraq able to fight militants alone

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Iran sees no need to send fighters to help the Iraqi government battle the Islamic State group, even as Sunni militants inch closer to the Iraq-Iran border, its top diplomat said Sunday. More>>

18 bodies found as Italy rescues 3,500 migrants

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Italian authorities discovered 18 bodies in a boat of migrants Sunday as rescue operations went into overdrive this weekend, picking up some 3,500 would-be refugees at sea. More>>

UK appoints security envoy to Iraqi Kurdistan

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Britain has appointed a security envoy to Iraq's Kurdistan region as part of efforts to defeat militants of the Islamic State group. More>>

Qatar denies funding extremist Islamic State group

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The Gulf nation of Qatar is hitting back at suggestions that it supports the Islamic State extremist group, saying that "determined, collective action" is needed to end sectarian violence gripping Iraq and Syria. More>>

Nigeria says 35 policemen missing after attack

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Nigeria's police say they're searching for 35 missing policemen after two attacks on police training camps in northeastern Borno state, which is battling a five-year insurgency by the Boko Haram militant group. More>>

Niger: Minister held in baby-trafficking scandal

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A relative says Niger's agriculture minister has been arrested over his alleged involvement in a baby-trafficking scandal that has shaken the country's political class. More>>

History in flames: Belgium recalls Leuven's ruins

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A century after German forces burned down the Leuven University library, Marie Legrand still has visions of the horrid scene. Even the scent of smoke she smelled as a 3-year-old stings in her mind to this day. More>>

Cliff Richard rejects sexual assault allegation

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British pop star Cliff Richard says police have questioned him about a sexual assault allegation. More>>

Pakistan's largest city thirsts for a water supply

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On the outskirts of the slums of Pakistan's biggest city, protesters burning tires and throwing stones have what sounds like a simple demand: They want water at least once a week. More>>

Iran unveils new short-range missiles, drones

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Iran unveiled a new generation of short-range marine missiles and aerial drones on Sunday, as President Hassan Rouhani said its military doctrine was based on deterring and countering threats from unnamed foreign powers. More>>

China defends intercepting US Navy plane

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China's Defense Ministry rejected U.S. accusations that a Chinese fighter jet's intercept of a U.S. Navy surveillance aircraft off the southern Chinese coast was dangerous, and blamed Washington for mounting... More>>

China defends intercepting US Navy plane

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China's Defense Ministry rejected U.S. accusations that a Chinese fighter jet conducted a "dangerous intercept" of a U.S. Navy surveillance aircraft off the southern Chinese coast. More>>

Sweden: 3 protesters injured by mounted police

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At least three people were seriously injured Saturday when mounted riot police charged demonstrators in southern Sweden, authorities said. More>>

Airlines on alert as eruption begins in Iceland

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Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano burst forth with a small eruption Saturday under the ice of Europe's largest glacier, scientists said, prompting the country to close airspace over the area. More>>

Bombings kill 42 in Iraq after Sunni mosque attack

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Bombings in Baghdad and the northern city of Kirkuk killed at least 42 people in Iraq on Saturday as the government investigated a deadly attack on a Sunni mosque the day before that has heightened sectarian tensions amid... More>>

Kurds protest in Paris against Islamic State group

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Hundreds of ethnic Kurds marched in Paris on Saturday to demand more international support for civilians in Iraq facing assaults by Islamic State militants. More>>

Russian aid trucks leave; highlight dire needs Video included

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Hundreds of Russian aid trucks returned home from rebel-held eastern Ukraine on Saturday, highlighting a dire need for long-term assistance to the region where homes and livelihoods have been destroyed by months of fighting. More>>

Sierra Leone makes hiding Ebola patients illegal

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Sierra Leone has passed a new law imposing possible jail time for anyone caught hiding an Ebola patient - a common practice that the World Health Organization believes has contributed to a major underestimation of the... More>>

Libyan militia accuses Egypt, UAE of airstrikes

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Two unidentified airstrikes targeting Islamist militia positions in Libya's capital killed 15 fighters and wounded 30 on Saturday. A senior militia leader accused Egypt and the United Arab Emirates of being behind the... More>>

Israeli airstrike collapses Gaza apartment tower

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Israel bombed an apartment tower in downtown Gaza City on Saturday, collapsing the 12-story building in an unprecedented strike, while Hamas kept up heavy rocket fire that sent more Israelis fleeing border areas close to... More>>

Jihadis release video of captured Lebanese troops

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Al-Qaida's Syrian affiliate released a video Saturday showing Lebanese policemen and a soldier captured by the group earlier this month during the most serious cross-border attack since Syria's conflict began more... More>>

Mali releases ex-judge of extremist tribunal

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A Malian activist says an al-Qaida-appointed judge from the Islamic tribunal that meted out harsh punishments while much of the country was under Islamist rule has been released for lack of evidence. More>>

Migrant boat carrying 250 capsizes off Libya

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A boat carrying over 250 migrants capsized off the Libyan coast near the capital Tripoli, a coast guard official said Saturday. More>>

Social media pushes back at militant propaganda

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The extremists of the Islamic State group have turned their social media into a theater of horror, broadcasting a stomach-turning stream of battles, bombings and beheadings to a global audience. More>>

Tourists evacuated amid Iceland volcano concerns

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Authorities have evacuated tourists from an area north of Iceland's largest glacier amid increased seismic activity around a volcano in the past few days. More>>

Neanderthals and humans had 'ample time' to mix

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Humans and Neanderthals may have coexisted in Europe for more than 5,000 years, providing ample time for the two species to meet and mix, according to new research. More>>

Debaters hope to sway undecided in Scotland vote

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Scotland's long debate over whether the country should become independent has proved a bonanza for printers of bumper stickers, posters, balloons and even umbrellas. More>>

Spain busts Colombian cocaine-smuggling gang

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Spanish police working in cooperation with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency say they have arrested six members of a Colombian-based drug-trafficking gang and seized 240 kilograms (530 pounds) of cocaine that had been... More>>

Paris to celebrate end to Nazi rule 70 years later

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Her code name was Rainer and she had a gun she called Oscar. Not yet 20, she aimed her weapon at a Nazi officer and shot him to death on a Paris bridge on a Sunday afternoon. More>>

Few details month after reporters detained in Iran

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An Iranian-American correspondent for the Washington Post and his journalist wife have been held in custody for a month in Iran, suggesting a possible struggle between a new guard of moderates pushing for greater freedom... More>>

Coal gas boom in China holds climate change risks

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Deep in the hilly grasslands of remote Inner Mongolia, twin smoke stacks rise more than 200 feet into the sky, their steam and sulfur billowing over herds of sheep and cattle. Both day and night, the rumble of this power... More>>

Iraq family's flight reveals depth of Sunni grief

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For nearly a decade Abu Omar has been fleeing Iraq's many conflicts, but they always seem to catch up to him. More>>

Interpol seeks clues to Thai 'baby factory'

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Interpol said it has launched a multinational investigation into what Thailand has dubbed the "Baby Factory" case: a 24-year-old Japanese businessman who has 16 surrogate babies and an alleged desire to father hundreds more. More>>

Costa Rica to investigate US anti-Cuba program

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The Costa Rican government will investigate undercover U.S. programs operated from the Central American country and using its citizens in a ploy to destabilize the government in Cuba, the director of intelligence and... More>>

West condemns Russia over convoy to Ukraine Video included

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Tensions between Russia and Ukraine escalated sharply on Friday as Moscow sent more than 130 trucks rolling across the border in what it said was a mission to deliver humanitarian aid. Ukraine called it a "direct... More>>

Hamas kills 18 suspected informers to deter leaks

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Gaza militants Friday gunned down 18 alleged spies for Israel in an apparent attempt to plug security breaches and deter others, a day after Israel killed three top Hamas military commanders in an airstrike likely guided... More>>

Colombia's military meets face-to-face with rebels

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Members of Colombia's military met face-to-face Friday with Marxist rebel leaders for the first time as talks aimed at ending a half-century war enter a decisive phase. More>>

Mosque attack kills 64 in Iraq, Sunnis halt talks

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Gunmen attacked a Sunni mosque during Friday prayers and killed at least 64 people, prompting Sunni lawmakers to withdraw from talks on forming a new, more inclusive government capable of confronting the Islamic extremists... More>>

Mexico creates special economic-crime force

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Mexico launched a special 5,000-strong police force Friday to combat industrial, farm and business crime that has extended throughout the country's economy, strangling commerce in some regions. More>>

2 French girls investigated as would-be jihadi

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Two French girls, aged 15 and 17, have been captured by a security net that authorities are using to ferret out citizens who are considering traveling to other countries to join jihads. More>>

Morocco arrests suspected Islamic State members

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Morocco announced on Friday the arrest of two suspected militants seeking to join the Islamic State group as the country is in a heightened state of alert over fears of a terrorist attack. More>>

C. African Republic prime minister names cabinet

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The prime minister of Central African Republic has named a 31-member cabinet, including representatives of two groups that have been involved in horrific violence for more than a year. More>>

Draghi: ECB can't do it all, governments must act

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European Central Bank head Mario Draghi said Friday the bank is ready to do more to boost the shaky recovery in the 18 countries that use the euro - but warns governments must join in efforts to reduce stubbornly high... More>>

Yemen's Shiite-rebel group escalate standoff

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Thousands of supporters of Yemen's powerful Shiite rebel group escalated their standoff with the government on Friday, setting up tents near three ministries to press for the replacement of a prime minister they depict... More>>

Amnesty: Mali holding children detainees as adults

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Children accused of belonging to armed militias in Mali and participating in the country's ongoing unrest are languishing in jails and being held alongside adults, an international human rights group charged. . More>>

Serbia says it won't impose sanctions on Russia

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Despite pressure from the European Union, Serbia will not impose sanctions against Russia or curb its food exports to that country, Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said Friday. More>>

NATO criticizes Russian convoy sent into Ukraine Video included

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NATO's secretary general has condemned Russia for sending a "so-called humanitarian convoy" into eastern Ukraine without the consent of the Ukrainian government. More>>

Pope's Iraq envoy: Minorities need to be defended

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Pope Francis' envoy to Iraq says religious minorities being attacked by Islamic militants must be defended now and given international protection so they can return home, reinforcing the Vatican's position that... More>>

Dead floppy drive: Kenya recycles global e-waste

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In an industrial area outside Kenya's capital city, workers in hard hats and white masks take shiny new power drills to computer parts. This assembly line is not assembling, though. It is dismantling some of the... More>>

4 white lion cubs born at German circus

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A circus in Germany is celebrating the birth of four rare white lion cubs. More>>

AP Photos: Pakistani protesters sleep on streets

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They swarmed into Pakistan's capital in their thousands, protesters calling for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's resignation and the dissolution of parliament. More>>

Germany sues Swiss bank for communist-era fortune

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Germany is suing a Swiss bank to reclaim millions of euros that once belonged to communist East Germany. More>>

MH17 bodies returned as Malaysia battles fallout

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Carried by soldiers and draped in the national flag, coffins carrying Malaysian victims of Flight MH17 returned home Friday to a country still searching for those onboard another doomed jet and a government battling the... More>>

Pakistan cricket hero's party quits parliament

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The party of Pakistan's famed cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan, who has led a week of anti-government protests in the capital, resigned from parliament on Friday in its latest bid to drive Prime Minister Nawaz... More>>

India blocks film on Indira Gandhi assassination

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India has blocked the release of a film on the assassination of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, saying it glorifies her killers and could trigger violent protests, officials said Friday. More>>

Kenya: Man says he is wanted Somali terror suspect

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A Somali man in Kenyan police custody has admitted that he is Hassan Hanafi, who is wanted in Somalia for the killing of journalists, a senior Kenya police official said Friday. More>>

Dempsey hits Islamic militant 'end-of-days' vision

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America's top-ranked military officer says the surging Islamic State group has an "apocalyptic, end-of-days strategic vision" in the Middle East and cannot be defeated unless the United States and a coalition of... More>>

UN: death toll from Syrian civil war tops 191,000

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The death toll from three years of Syria's civil war has risen to more than 191,000 people, the United Nations reported Friday. More>>

Tunisia crackdown raises fears of rights rollback

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Mosques are being closed, local organizations banned and at least 1,000 people have been arrested as Tunisia cracks down on those suspected of sympathizing with radical Islamists. More>>

Obama faces options in Iraq and Syria

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At the heart of President Barack Obama's quandary over the Islamic State militants is their haven in Syria. More>>

Malaysia receives bodies from Flight 17 crash

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The bodies and ashes of 20 Malaysians killed when Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over Ukraine in July arrived home on Friday, the first day of national mourning in the country's history. More>>

Irish peacemaker, ex-premier Reynolds dies at 81

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Albert Reynolds, the risk-taking Irish prime minister who played a key role in delivering peace to Northern Ireland but struggled to keep his own governments intact, died Thursday after a long battle with Alzheimer's... More>>

Liberia gives food in slum sealed to stop Ebola

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Government officials handed out bags of rice and sachets of drinking water Thursday to residents of an impoverished slum in Liberia's capital where tens of thousands of people have been barricaded in an effort to stop... More>>

Israel kills 3 Hamas military commanders in Gaza Video included

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Israel stepped up its campaign against Gaza's ruling Hamas on Thursday, killing three of the group's senior military commanders in an airstrike that pulverized a four-story home, the second such attack targeting... More>>

US 'concerned' by arrest of American in Israel

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The U.S. government has raised concerns about Israel's arrest of a Palestinian teenager with American citizenship whose cousin was burned to death by Israeli extremists earlier this summer. More>>

Russian aid convoy advances toward Ukraine Video included

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Fierce fighting raged in eastern Ukraine on Thursday in what appeared to be a last-gasp attempt by government troops to snatch back territory from pro-Russian separatists before the arrival of a Russian aid convoy overseen... More>>