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  • With a splat, paintball fires into Afghanistan

    With a splat, paintball fires into Afghanistan

    Friday, August 29 2014 5:52 AM EDT2014-08-29 09:52:40 GMT
    The hidden gunman, dressed in long green coveralls and a SWAT-team-style vest and helmet, looks ominous as he takes aim and fires off a short burst.
    The hidden gunman, dressed in long green coveralls and a SWAT-team-style vest and helmet, looks ominous as he takes aim and fires off a short burst.
  • Russia's Putin urges release of Ukrainian soldiers

    Russia's Putin urges release of Ukrainian soldiers

    Friday, August 29 2014 5:50 AM EDT2014-08-29 09:50:39 GMT
    Russia's President Vladimir Putin has called on pro-Russian separatists fighting government troops in eastern Ukraine to release Ukrainian soldiers they took prisoner and allow them to return home.
    Russia's President Vladimir Putin on Friday called on pro-Russian separatists to release Ukrainian soldiers who have been surrounded by the rebels in eastern Ukraine.
  • India, Japan each seek deals during Modi's visit

    India, Japan each seek deals during Modi's visit

    Friday, August 29 2014 5:50 AM EDT2014-08-29 09:50:31 GMT
    Japan and India both have much to gain from a visit by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and more than a dozen Indian steel, energy and IT tycoons that begins Saturday in the ancient capital of Kyoto.
    Japan and India both have much to gain from a visit by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and more than a dozen Indian steel, energy and IT tycoons that begins Saturday in the ancient capital of Kyoto.
  • Iran confirms US Coast Guard fired at fishing boat

    Iran confirms US Coast Guard fired at fishing boat

    Friday, August 29 2014 5:50 AM EDT2014-08-29 09:50:26 GMT
    The chief of Iran's Revolutionary Guard navy has confirmed that a U.S. Coast Guard vessel fired on an Iranian fishing boat in the Persian Gulf but insists the incident was not a "clash."
    The chief of Iran's Revolutionary Guard navy confirmed in remarks published Friday that a U.S. Coast Guard vessel fired on an Iranian fishing boat in the Persian Gulf this week but insisted the incident was not a "clash."
  • Malaysia Airlines to cut 6,000 staff in overhaul

    Malaysia Airlines to cut 6,000 staff in overhaul

    Friday, August 29 2014 5:32 AM EDT2014-08-29 09:32:38 GMT
    Malaysia Airlines will cut 6,000 workers as part of an overhaul announced Friday to revive its damaged brand after being hit by double passenger jet disasters.
    Malaysia Airlines will cut 6,000 workers as part of a $1.9 billion overhaul announced Friday to revive its damaged brand after being hit by double passenger jet disasters.
  • Icelandic officials say eruption near Bardarbunga

    Icelandic officials say eruption near Bardarbunga

    Friday, August 29 2014 5:32 AM EDT2014-08-29 09:32:33 GMT
    Iceland authorities say there's been a fissure eruption near Bardarbunga volcano, but no volcanic ash has been detected in the radar system.
    Icelandic authorities raised the aviation warning code to red Friday after a small fissure eruption near Bardarbunga volcano, but no volcanic ash has been detected by the radar system.
  • Pakistani PM denies asking army to mediate

    Pakistani PM denies asking army to mediate

    Friday, August 29 2014 5:32 AM EDT2014-08-29 09:32:29 GMT
    Pakistan's prime minister has denied asking the country's military chief to mediate with opposition leaders and protesters who have camped outside parliament in Islamabad for two weeks, demanding his...
    Pakistan's prime minister has denied asking the country's military chief to mediate with opposition leaders and protesters who have camped outside parliament in Islamabad for two weeks, demanding his resignation...
  • German economic fears growing but Merkel strong

    German economic fears growing but Merkel strong

    Friday, August 29 2014 5:32 AM EDT2014-08-29 09:32:14 GMT
    Ordinary Germans are spooked about the future. Businesses are starting to see black clouds on the horizon. And an economy that has been the envy of Europe is showing cracks, shrinking unexpectedly last quarter amid...
    Ordinary Germans are spooked about the future. Businesses are starting to see black clouds on the horizon. And an economy that has been the envy of Europe is showing cracks, shrinking unexpectedly last quarter amid the...
  • EU weighs Ukraine policy, Russia sanctions

    EU weighs Ukraine policy, Russia sanctions

    Friday, August 29 2014 4:39 AM EDT2014-08-29 08:39:25 GMT
    European Union foreign ministers are weighing the 28-nation bloc's stance in the Ukraine crisis amid increasing calls to beef up economic sanctions against Russia.
    European Union foreign ministers are weighing the 28-nation bloc's stance in the Ukraine crisis amid increasing calls to beef up economic sanctions against Russia.
  • Bahrain: No invitation to expelled US diplomat

    Bahrain: No invitation to expelled US diplomat

    Friday, August 29 2014 4:31 AM EDT2014-08-29 08:31:03 GMT
    Bahrain has denied that it extended an invitation to a top U.S. diplomat who was earlier expelled after he met with a leading Shiite opposition group.
    Bahrain has denied that it offered an invitation to a top U.S. diplomat who was earlier expelled after he met with a leading Shiite opposition group, extending a rift between Washington and the tiny, strategic Gulf nation.
  • Libyan militia says it accepts UN call for truce

    Libyan militia says it accepts UN call for truce

    Friday, August 29 2014 4:31 AM EDT2014-08-29 08:31:02 GMT
    The Islamist militia in control of Libya's capital, Tripoli, says it agrees with a U.N. call for a cease-fire in this North African country but vows to resist any foreign interference in Libyan affairs.
    The Islamist militia in control of Libya's capital, Tripoli, says it agrees with a U.N. call for a cease-fire in this North African country but vows to resist any foreign interference in Libyan affairs.
  • Obama cautions against using force to solve crises

    Obama cautions against using force to solve crises

    Friday, August 29 2014 3:42 AM EDT2014-08-29 07:42:47 GMT
    Faced with deepening crises in the Middle East and Ukraine, President Barack Obama is putting the brakes on the notion that American military power can solve either conflict.
    Faced with deepening crises in the Middle East and Ukraine, President Barack Obama is putting the brakes on the notion that American military power can solve either conflict.
  • A flavor out of favor: Dog meat fades in S. Korea

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

    Friday, August 29 2014 3:33 AM EDT2014-08-29 07:33:30 GMT
    For more than 30 years, chef and restaurant owner Oh Keum-il built her expertise in cooking one traditional South Korean delicacy: dog meat.
    For more than 30 years, chef and restaurant owner Oh Keum-il built her expertise in cooking one traditional South Korean delicacy: dog meat.
  • Russian fund with US advisers eludes sanctions

    Russian fund with US advisers eludes sanctions

    Friday, August 29 2014 3:32 AM EDT2014-08-29 07:32:48 GMT
    As President Barack Obama warns of stepped-up economic punishments against Russia for its military incursions inside Ukraine, U.S. sanctions have so far avoided one prominent financial institution: the $10 billion...
    As President Barack Obama warns of stepped-up economic punishments against Russia for its military incursions inside Ukraine, U.S. sanctions have so far avoided one prominent financial institution: the $10 billion Russian...
  • UN says Syria refugees top 3 million mark

    UN says Syria refugees top 3 million mark

    Friday, August 29 2014 3:32 AM EDT2014-08-29 07:32:35 GMT
    The United Nations refugee agency says the civil war in Syria has forced a record 3 million people out of the country, an increase of 1 million from almost exactly a year ago.
    The civil war in Syria has forced a record 3 million people out of the country as more than a million people fled in the past year, the U.N. refugee agency said Friday.
  • A look at the Islamic State militants in Syria

    A look at the Islamic State militants in Syria

    Friday, August 29 2014 2:49 AM EDT2014-08-29 06:49:51 GMT
    As the U.S. strikes Islamic State targets in Iraq, extremists belonging to the same militant group across the border in Syria are capturing new territory and becoming bolder by the day.
    As the U.S. strikes Islamic State targets in Iraq, extremists belonging to the same militant group across the border in Syria are capturing new territory and becoming bolder by the day.
  • Israel identifies body as missing American student

    Israel identifies body as missing American student

    Friday, August 29 2014 2:00 AM EDT2014-08-29 06:00:03 GMT
    Israeli police say a recently found body has been identified after a forensic investigation as that of a U.S. religious student who disappeared while hiking in Jerusalem last week.
    Israeli police say a recently found body has been identified after a forensic investigation as that of a U.S. religious student who disappeared while hiking in Jerusalem last week.
  • Ukraine accuses Russia of sending in tanks, armor

    Ukraine accuses Russia of sending in tanks, armor

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

    UN: Armed group detains 43 peacekeepers in Syria

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

    Russia replies to Canada's colorful map tweet

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

    UN: Ebola disease caseload could reach 20,000

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

    Attempt to call missing jet may alter search area

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

    UN panel: Global warming human-caused, dangerous

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

    UN Security Council members lament Ukraine crisis

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

    A brother seeks answers in 'The Look of Silence'

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

    Jihadists kill dozens of captured Syrian soldiers

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

    Pakistan army to mediate between PM, protesters

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

    Europe seeks role in postwar Gaza

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

    Turkey's Erdogan sworn in as president

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

    Scientists dig into Ebola's deadly genes for clues

    Thursday, August 28 2014 3:40 PM EDT2014-08-28 19:40:38 GMT
    A single funeral caused many.
    A single funeral caused many.
  • France rules out Assad as partner in terror fight

    France rules out Assad as partner in terror fight

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

    Hundreds mourn famed Egyptian rights advocate

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

    Egypt militants post beheading video

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

    VENICE WATCH: Iranian tales; vampire takes a break

    Thursday, August 28 2014 3:19 PM EDT2014-08-28 19:19:39 GMT
    The Venice Film Festival is bringing 11 days of red carpet premieres, innovative movies and Hollywood glamour to the Italian city. Here's what has been catching the eye of The Associated Press:
    The Venice Film Festival is bringing 11 days of red carpet premieres, innovative movies and Hollywood glamour to the Italian city. Here's what has been catching the eye of The Associated Press:
  • UN health agency urges crackdown on e-cigarettes

    UN health agency urges crackdown on e-cigarettes

    Thursday, August 28 2014 2:39 PM EDT2014-08-28 18:39:44 GMT
    The U.N. health agency says electronic cigarettes should be regulated and banned from use indoors until the exhaled vapor is proven not to harm bystanders.
    Governments should have tougher rules for electronic cigarettes - banning their use indoors and putting them off limits for minors - until more evidence can be gathered about their risks, the U.N. health agency said Tuesday.
  • Pope removes key Benedict XVI protege

    Pope removes key Benedict XVI protege

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

    UN: Afghan election audit done around Sept. 10

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

    Somalia asks UN court to set maritime boundary

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

    EU struggles with dearth of women in top jobs

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

    Pope to honor dead on both sides of WWI next month

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

    US to begin safety testing Ebola vaccine next week

    Thursday, August 28 2014 12:19 PM EDT2014-08-28 16:19:59 GMT
    Federal researchers next week will start testing humans with an experimental vaccine to prevent the deadly Ebola virus.
    Federal researchers next week will start testing humans with an experimental vaccine to prevent the deadly Ebola virus.
  • Israel finds body where US student disappeared

    Israel finds body where US student disappeared

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

    Amid Ebola, some airlines have canceled flights

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

    Egypt's Morsi accused of leaking secrets to Qatar

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

    South African court orders release of tapes

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

    UN scientist with Ebola in Germany for treatment

    Thursday, August 28 2014 10:19 AM EDT2014-08-28 14:19:47 GMT
    Officials say an epidemiologist who was infected with Ebola while working for the World Health Organization in Sierra Leone has arrived in Germany for treatment.
    A scientist who was infected with Ebola while working for the World Health Organization in Sierra Leone began receiving treatment Wednesday in a Hamburg hospital after being flown overnight to Germany.
  • Shaun the shaggy Aussie sheep finally shorn smooth

    Shaun the shaggy Aussie sheep finally shorn smooth

    Thursday, August 28 2014 10:09 AM EDT2014-08-28 14:09:38 GMT
    Shaun the shaggy Australian sheep has at last been shorn smooth. But the woolly wanderer wasn't the wooliest of all.
    Shaun the shaggy Australian sheep has at last been shorn smooth. But the woolly wanderer wasn't the wooliest of them all.
  • Image of Asia: A healthy trio of panda cubs

    Image of Asia: A healthy trio of panda cubs

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

    France suggests Europe could help as Gaza monitor

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

    India urges millions of poor to open bank accounts

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

    French leader banks on free market to save economy

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

    Tim Hortons a big part of Canadian identity

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

    Undersea search for Malaysian plane refined

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

    Mother of US reporter in Syria begs for his life

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

    Minister: 2 people have died of Ebola in Congo

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

    UK sex abuse report prompts outrage, reflection

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

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

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

    Battle for Ukraine's southeast coast heats up

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

    Israeli premier, Hamas declare victory in Gaza war

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

    Greek archaeologists enter large underground tomb

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

    US official warns Ebola outbreak will get worse

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

    EU to beef up border agency to deal with migrants

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

    IMF chief Lagarde under investigation in France

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

    Kenya rangers murder ivory poachers: report

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

    VENICE WATCH: Fest supports imprisoned filmmakers

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

    Citing Ebola, Air France suspends flights

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

    Another group splits from Pakistani Taliban

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

    Keaton hailed in Venice Film Fest opener 'Birdman'

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

    Image of Asia: Starting the hajj in Kashmir

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

    Spanish chain pulls kids' shirt after outcry

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

    Alarm as Nicaragua starts canal route survey

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

    3 playful lion cubs debut at Johannesburg Zoo

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

    Erdogan rules out obedient role for successor

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

    Syrian rebels seize border crossing with Israel

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

    2 Europe navigation satellites in the wrong orbits

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

    Finland, Sweden increase ties to NATO

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

    Afghan presidential candidates pull out of audit

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

    Bulgarian poet Valeri Petrov dies

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

    Germany plans to tighten EU migration rules

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

    Earthquakes rock Iceland volcano

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

    Colombian kingpin's former hit man leaves prison

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 8:38 AM EDT2014-08-27 12:38:31 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • Libya ministers resign over militia fighting

    Libya ministers resign over militia fighting

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 8:28 AM EDT2014-08-27 12:28:07 GMT
    The official Libyan news agency says six ministers have resigned after accusing the government of taking sides in escalating battles among rival militias.
    The official Libyan news agency says six ministers have resigned after accusing the government of taking sides in escalating battles among rival militias.
  • Experts find 283 DNA samples from MH17 site

    Experts find 283 DNA samples from MH17 site

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 8:20 AM EDT2014-08-27 12:20:58 GMT
    Experts working to identify the victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 say they have gathered DNA samples from 283 different people and have positively identified 173 of them.
    Experts working to identify the victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 have gathered DNA samples from 283 people and have positively identified 173.
  • Pakistan minister urges opposition to ease demands

    Pakistan minister urges opposition to ease demands

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 7:48 AM EDT2014-08-27 11:48:06 GMT
    A Cabinet minister has 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.
    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.
  • Malaysia Airlines set for shakeup after disasters

    Malaysia Airlines set for shakeup after disasters

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 6:38 AM EDT2014-08-27 10:38:06 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • Annual tomato battle leaves Spanish town red

    Annual tomato battle leaves Spanish town red

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 6:28 AM EDT2014-08-27 10:28:04 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • Even if attacked, airline could be liable in crash

    Even if attacked, airline could be liable in crash

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 5:38 AM EDT2014-08-27 09:38:13 GMT
    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...
    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.
  • West Africans get creative with Ebola awareness

    West Africans get creative with Ebola awareness

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 5:18 AM EDT2014-08-27 09:18:36 GMT
    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 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...
  • Afghanistan's one-time booming war economy slows

    Afghanistan's one-time booming war economy slows

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 1:31 AM EDT2014-08-27 05:31:20 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • Venezuela battles obesity amid dearth of good food

    Venezuela battles obesity amid dearth of good food

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 12:18 AM EDT2014-08-27 04:18:46 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • Ebola has 'upper hand' says US health official

    Ebola has 'upper hand' says US health official

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 12:08 AM EDT2014-08-27 04:08:37 GMT
    Liberia's president has fired all Cabinet ministers and other top officials who defied her order to return to the country as it struggles with an unprecedented Ebola outbreak.
    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.
  • No sign of quick end to Ukraine conflict

    No sign of quick end to Ukraine conflict

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 8:20 PM EDT2014-08-27 00:20:49 GMT
    Ukraine is claiming that its forces have captured 10 Russian soldiers in an eastern region where the Ukrainian troops are fighting pro-Russia separatists.
    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.
  • 2 new Maya civilization centers studied in Mexico

    2 new Maya civilization centers studied in Mexico

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 7:57 PM EDT2014-08-26 23:57:58 GMT
    Archaeologists in Mexico have found an ancient Maya city in the state of Campeche and rediscovered another forest-covered site that first was stumbled upon in the 1970s.
    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...
  • Report finds 1,400 children exploited in UK town

    Report finds 1,400 children exploited in UK town

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 6:18 PM EDT2014-08-26 22:18:31 GMT
    A new report has concluded that some 1,400 children were sexually exploited in one northern England town- a damming account of the collective failure by authorities to prevent children as young as 11 from being...
    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...
  • Possible airstrikes in Syria raise more questions

    Possible airstrikes in Syria raise more questions

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 6:08 PM EDT2014-08-26 22:08:38 GMT
    The top U.S. military officer said Tuesday that the U.S. has some insights into the activities of Islamic State militants within Syria, and certainly wants to have more, but he declined to comment on the Obama...
    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...
  • Gaza truce open-ended, but puts off tough issues

    Gaza truce open-ended, but puts off tough issues

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 5:48 PM EDT2014-08-26 21:48:23 GMT
    Gaza police says Israel has bombed two large high-rise buildings in Gaza City, with dozens of homes and shops - an escalation in the seven weeks of fighting with Hamas.
    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...
  • Dutch to commemorate Flight 17 victims on Nov. 10

    Dutch to commemorate Flight 17 victims on Nov. 10

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 4:28 PM EDT2014-08-26 20:28:08 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • French gov't reshuffle expels dissident ministers

    French gov't reshuffle expels dissident ministers

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 4:18 PM EDT2014-08-26 20:18:27 GMT
    France has reshuffled its government to silence dissidents that had openly criticized Socialist President Francois Hollande's economic policy as he tries to pull the nation out of stagnation and steer it toward...
    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...
  • US giving extra $60M in military aid to Tunisia

    US giving extra $60M in military aid to Tunisia

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 2:27 PM EDT2014-08-26 18:27:59 GMT
    The U.S. has announced it will be giving Tunisia another $60 million in military aid next year.
    The U.S. has announced it will be giving Tunisia another $60 million in military aid next year.
  • Afghan candidate threatens boycott of vote audit

    Afghan candidate threatens boycott of vote audit

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 2:18 PM EDT2014-08-26 18:18:41 GMT
    An adviser to a leading Afghan presidential contender, Abdullah Abdullah, says the candidate is threatening to boycott the country's ballot audit, which has been mired in obstacles.
    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...
  • Italy recovers 24 bodies in deadliest refugee days

    Italy recovers 24 bodies in deadliest refugee days

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 1:48 PM EDT2014-08-26 17:48:12 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • UN helicopter shot down in South Sudan

    UN helicopter shot down in South Sudan

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 1:29 PM EDT2014-08-26 17:29:01 GMT
    The U.N. mission in South Sudan says one of its helicopters has crashed, and a U.N. official told The Associated Press that it appears the aircraft was shot down.
    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.
  • Secret US-Russia talks on Ukraine held in Finland

    Secret US-Russia talks on Ukraine held in Finland

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 12:57 PM EDT2014-08-26 16:57:56 GMT
    The Finnish Foreign Ministry says that the United States and Russia held secret talks over Ukraine in Finland in June.
    The Finnish Foreign Ministry says that the United States and Russia held secret talks over Ukraine in Finland in June.
  • Swedish city plays 'Schindler's List' to Nazis

    Swedish city plays 'Schindler's List' to Nazis

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 12:38 PM EDT2014-08-26 16:38:42 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • Nigeria soldiers who fled into Cameroon head home

    Nigeria soldiers who fled into Cameroon head home

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 12:38 PM EDT2014-08-26 16:38:21 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • Algerian president fires his a top adviser

    Algerian president fires his a top adviser

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 12:38 PM EDT2014-08-26 16:38:09 GMT
    Algeria's president has dismissed one of his main advisers, a former prime minister and powerful head of the ruling party, banning him from further state service.
    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.
  • Death of opposition leader roils Botswana

    Death of opposition leader roils Botswana

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 12:18 PM EDT2014-08-26 16:18:23 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • Iceland lowers aviation alert level from volcano

    Iceland lowers aviation alert level from volcano

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 11:58 AM EDT2014-08-26 15:58:40 GMT
    Two earthquakes measuring over 5 in magnitude - the biggest yet - have shaken Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano after the country issued an aviation red alert warning that an ash-emitting eruption may be imminent.
    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...
  • Ancient shipwreck off Malta leaves 700 BC cargo

    Ancient shipwreck off Malta leaves 700 BC cargo

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 11:58 AM EDT2014-08-26 15:58:28 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • Dempsey in Afghanistan for transition talks

    Dempsey in Afghanistan for transition talks

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 11:37 AM EDT2014-08-26 15:37:45 GMT
    The top U.S. military officer says the Pentagon has developed plans that will allow American forces to stay in Afghanistan a bit beyond the end of the year if the contested presidential election drags on and no...
    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...
  • 5 things to watch for at the Venice Film Festival

    5 things to watch for at the Venice Film Festival

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 11:20 AM EDT2014-08-26 15:20:44 GMT
    It has Al Pacino and zombie girlfriends, Owen Wilson and Lars von Trier.
    It has Al Pacino and zombie girlfriends, Owen Wilson and Lars von Trier.
  • UN envoy opposes foreign intervention in Libya

    UN envoy opposes foreign intervention in Libya

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 11:08 AM EDT2014-08-26 15:08:38 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • Amid poverty, US surgeons saving lives in Uganda

    Amid poverty, US surgeons saving lives in Uganda

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 11:08 AM EDT2014-08-26 15:08:35 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • UK police in appeal to block aspiring terrorists

    UK police in appeal to block aspiring terrorists

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 11:08 AM EDT2014-08-26 15:08:21 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • AP PHOTOS: Cubans trek to beach to cool off

    AP PHOTOS: Cubans trek to beach to cool off

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 11:08 AM EDT2014-08-26 15:08:01 GMT
    In the long, sticky Cuban summer, keeping cool is serious business.
    In the long, sticky Cuban summer, keeping cool is serious business.
  • Car bombing kills at least 11 people in Baghdad

    Car bombing kills at least 11 people in Baghdad

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 10:37 AM EDT2014-08-26 14:37:50 GMT
    Iraqi officials say a car bomb in a busy Shiite area in eastern Baghdad has killed at least eight people and wounded 26.
    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...
  • Image of Asia: Anticipating fire across the border

    Image of Asia: Anticipating fire across the border

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 9:48 AM EDT2014-08-26 13:48:37 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • Berlin mayor to resign by end of year

    Berlin mayor to resign by end of year

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 9:37 AM EDT2014-08-26 13:37:37 GMT
    Charismatic Berlin mayor Klaus Wowereit, whose reputation has taken a beating in recent years by delays and cost overruns in the construction of the German capital's new international airport, says he will step...
    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.
  • Correction: Ebola story

    Correction: Ebola story

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 9:37 AM EDT2014-08-26 13:37:29 GMT
    Nigerian Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu says the country has confirmed two new Ebola cases, the first two to have spread beyond those who had direct contact with the ill traveler from Liberia who brought the...
    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.
  • Experts: Torture common in East Africa, Congo

    Experts: Torture common in East Africa, Congo

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 9:28 AM EDT2014-08-26 13:28:08 GMT
    Human rights experts from five East African countries and Congo say despite progress in their countries in ratifying the United Nations Convention against Torture, human rights abuse is still prevalent as...
    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,...
  • Whisky's worries mirror economic fears in Scotland

    Whisky's worries mirror economic fears in Scotland

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 5:37 AM EDT2014-08-26 09:37:45 GMT
    Carl Reavey plunged his nose into the glass, inhaled the amber liquid's scent, then sipped. Slowly.
    Carl Reavey plunged his nose into the glass, inhaled the amber liquid's scent, then sipped. Slowly.
  • Syria warns US: No unilateral strikes on militants

    Syria warns US: No unilateral strikes on militants

    Monday, August 25 2014 10:29 PM EDT2014-08-26 02:29:15 GMT
    Syria's foreign minister has warned the U.S. not to conduct airstrikes inside Syria against the Islamic State group without Damascus' consent.
    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...
  • France marks 70th anniversary of Paris Liberation

    France marks 70th anniversary of Paris Liberation

    Monday, August 25 2014 8:27 PM EDT2014-08-26 00:27:48 GMT
    President Francois Hollande has kicked off a day of commemorations for the 70th anniversary of the liberation of France in World War II.
    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...
  • Vatican: Ex-envoy can be tried by Dominican court

    Vatican: Ex-envoy can be tried by Dominican court

    Monday, August 25 2014 7:47 PM EDT2014-08-25 23:47:10 GMT
    The Vatican says its former ambassador to the Dominican Republic, who has been accused of sexually abusing young boys in the Caribbean country, has lost his diplomatic immunity and could be tried by Dominican courts.
    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.
  • Troubled Libya now faces dueling governments

    Troubled Libya now faces dueling governments

    Monday, August 25 2014 7:07 PM EDT2014-08-25 23:07:41 GMT
    Egypt's foreign minister has called for an international push to disband militias in neighboring Libya, where weeks of inter-militia fighting has wreaked havoc in the country.
    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...
  • American held in Syria freed after nearly 2 years

    American held in Syria freed after nearly 2 years

    Monday, August 25 2014 6:18 PM EDT2014-08-25 22:18:36 GMT
    As the U.S. mourned an American journalist executed 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...
    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...
  • Liberia: Doctor given experimental Ebola drug dies

    Liberia: Doctor given experimental Ebola drug dies

    Monday, August 25 2014 6:10 PM EDT2014-08-25 22:10:39 GMT
    A Liberian doctor who was among three Africans to receive an experimental Ebola drug has died, the country's information minister said Monday.
    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.
  • Gaza attacks triggers Israeli exodus from border

    Gaza attacks triggers Israeli exodus from border

    Monday, August 25 2014 5:57 PM EDT2014-08-25 21:57:40 GMT
    Gaza officials say Israel has carried out a new round of airstrikes and opened tank fire on the coastal strip, killing two Palestinians.
    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...
  • Leaders clash in final debate before Scotland vote

    Leaders clash in final debate before Scotland vote

    Monday, August 25 2014 5:37 PM EDT2014-08-25 21:37:11 GMT
    Scotland's leading politician is set to face off with Britain's former treasury chief in a live television debate on Scotland's future less than three weeks ahead of an independence referendum.
    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...
  • Ukrainian president dissolves parliament

    Ukrainian president dissolves parliament

    Monday, August 25 2014 4:47 PM EDT2014-08-25 20:47:22 GMT
    Russia has announced plans to send a second aid convoy to rebel-held eastern Ukraine, where months of fighting have left many residential buildings in ruins.
    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.
  • Weapons convoys seen rolling in eastern Ukraine

    Weapons convoys seen rolling in eastern Ukraine

    Monday, August 25 2014 4:39 PM EDT2014-08-25 20:39:19 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • Iraq premier-designate: militias must follow state

    Iraq premier-designate: militias must follow state

    Monday, August 25 2014 4:39 PM EDT2014-08-25 20:39:14 GMT
    Iraqi officials say a suicide bomber hit a Shiite mosque in eastern Baghdad, killing at least 12 people.
    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...
  • Weapons convoys seen rolling in eastern Ukraine

    Weapons convoys seen rolling in eastern Ukraine

    Monday, August 25 2014 3:57 PM EDT2014-08-25 19:57:27 GMT
    AP reporters say convoys of military weaponry and supplies have been coming from the direction of Russia into rebel-held Ukraine.
    AP reporters say convoys of military weaponry and supplies have been coming from the direction of Russia into rebel-held Ukraine.
  • Dempsey: We will act if Islamic group threatens US

    Dempsey: We will act if Islamic group threatens US

    Monday, August 25 2014 3:38 PM EDT2014-08-25 19:38:02 GMT
    Gen. Martin Dempsey says he will recommend the U.S. military move directly against Islamic State militants in Syria if and when he determines they have become a direct threat to the U.S. homeland or Europe.
    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.
  • Fire in Greece abates after threatening 4 villages

    Fire in Greece abates after threatening 4 villages

    Monday, August 25 2014 2:47 PM EDT2014-08-25 18:47:08 GMT
    Greek authorities have partially evacuated a southern village near a major archaeological site due to a large wildfire that is being swept on by strong winds.
    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.
  • South Sudan war monitor dies while held by rebels

    South Sudan war monitor dies while held by rebels

    Monday, August 25 2014 2:20 PM EDT2014-08-25 18:20:06 GMT
    An East African regional bloc says one of its officials monitoring a cease-fire in South Sudan died while being held by rebel fighters.
    An East African regional bloc says one of its officials monitoring a cease-fire in South Sudan died while being held by rebel fighters.
  • Nigeria: Boko Haram claims it is Islamic Caliphate

    Nigeria: Boko Haram claims it is Islamic Caliphate

    Monday, August 25 2014 2:17 PM EDT2014-08-25 18:17:31 GMT
    Boko Haram, the Islamic extremist group, claims it has added the city of Gwoza to an Islamic state that it has established in northeastern Nigeria.
    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.
  • French government dissolves over economic policy

    French government dissolves over economic policy

    Monday, August 25 2014 1:19 PM EDT2014-08-25 17:19:47 GMT
    French President Francois Hollande is dissolving the government after an open feud in his Cabinet over the country's economy.
    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.
  • Slovenia's parliament approves newcomer as premier

    Slovenia's parliament approves newcomer as premier

    Monday, August 25 2014 12:57 PM EDT2014-08-25 16:57:34 GMT
    Slovenia's parliament has approved political newcomer Miro Cerar as the crisis-stricken eurozone country's next prime minister.
    Slovenia's parliament has approved political newcomer Miro Cerar as the crisis-stricken eurozone country's next prime minister.
  • Iran airs TV footage of purported Israeli drone

    Iran airs TV footage of purported Israeli drone

    Monday, August 25 2014 12:49 PM EDT2014-08-25 16:49:53 GMT
    Iran's state TV has broadcast footage purported to show an Israeli drone the country's Revolutionary Guard claimed it shot down near an Iranian nuclear site.
    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...
  • Correction: Britain-Obit-Richard Attenborough

    Correction: Britain-Obit-Richard Attenborough

    Monday, August 25 2014 12:36 PM EDT2014-08-25 16:36:55 GMT
    Acclaimed actor and Oscar-winning director Richard Attenborough, whose film career on both sides of the camera spanned 60 years, has died. He was 90.
    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...
  • Former New York judge appointed to UN Gaza inquiry

    Former New York judge appointed to UN Gaza inquiry

    Monday, August 25 2014 11:17 AM EDT2014-08-25 15:17:03 GMT
    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...
    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.
  • Pakistan cleric at rally warns of 48-hour deadline

    Pakistan cleric at rally warns of 48-hour deadline

    Monday, August 25 2014 10:49 AM EDT2014-08-25 14:49:45 GMT
    A Pakistani cleric leading a mass anti-government rally in front of parliament has issued a 48-hour deadline for the country's prime minister to step down or he says he's prepared to die.
    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.
  • Ireland unites for funeral of ex-premier Reynolds

    Ireland unites for funeral of ex-premier Reynolds

    Monday, August 25 2014 10:28 AM EDT2014-08-25 14:28:14 GMT
    Generations of Irish leaders have united at the Dublin funeral of Ireland's peacemaking former prime minister, Albert Reynolds.
    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...
  • Image of Asia: Playing games in the Philippines

    Image of Asia: Playing games in the Philippines

    Monday, August 25 2014 9:16 AM EDT2014-08-25 13:16:51 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • UN rights chief: Crimes against humanity in Iraq

    UN rights chief: Crimes against humanity in Iraq

    Monday, August 25 2014 8:36 AM EDT2014-08-25 12:36:58 GMT
    U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay says Islamic State fighters reportedly killed up to 670 prisoners in Mosul and committed other horrific abuses in Iraq that amount to crimes against humanity.
    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.
  • AP Photos: Spirits roam during HK ghost festival

    AP Photos: Spirits roam during HK ghost festival

    Monday, August 25 2014 6:36 AM EDT2014-08-25 10:36:53 GMT
    Countless hungry and restless ghosts are roaming Hong Kong, and the world, to visit their living descendants, at least according to Chinese convention.
    Countless hungry and restless ghosts are roaming Hong Kong, and the world, to visit their living descendants, at least according to Chinese convention.
  • Thai junta leader assumes prime minister post

    Thai junta leader assumes prime minister post

    Monday, August 25 2014 1:27 AM EDT2014-08-25 05:27:06 GMT
    Thailand's junta leader has officially become the new prime minister following a royal endorsement from the country's monarch.
    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.
  • Girls from Brazil's favelas find escape in ballet

    Girls from Brazil's favelas find escape in ballet

    Monday, August 25 2014 12:19 AM EDT2014-08-25 04:19:40 GMT
    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....
    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...
  • China shuts down Beijing Independent Film Festival

    China shuts down Beijing Independent Film Festival

    Sunday, August 24 2014 10:46 PM EDT2014-08-25 02:46:55 GMT
    Organizers say Chinese authorities have shut down an independent film festival, a rare venue for the showing of independent films that may be critical of the government in a country with tight controls.
    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...
  • Jihadis capture major Syrian air base in northeast

    Jihadis capture major Syrian air base in northeast

    Sunday, August 24 2014 7:57 PM EDT2014-08-24 23:57:05 GMT
    Syrian activists say Islamic State fighters have broken through defenses and taken over at least part of a military air base that is the last government-held outpost in a northeastern province dominated by the...
    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.
  • Cristobal's pelting rains lash southeast Bahamas

    Cristobal's pelting rains lash southeast Bahamas

    Sunday, August 24 2014 5:48 PM EDT2014-08-24 21:48:12 GMT
    A strengthening tropical depression that dumped heavy rains on parts of Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic was upgraded early Sunday to Tropical Storm Cristobal as it passed closer to the Bahamas, the U.S....
    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...
  • Palestinian president prepares new UN appeal

    Palestinian president prepares new UN appeal

    Sunday, August 24 2014 5:47 PM EDT2014-08-24 21:47:46 GMT
    Gaza police say Israeli airstrikes have leveled a seven-floor office building and severely damaged a two-story commercial building with dozens of shops in the southern town of Rafah.
    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...
  • Official: British Ebola patient to be evacuated

    Official: British Ebola patient to be evacuated

    Sunday, August 24 2014 3:57 PM EDT2014-08-24 19:57:17 GMT
    The Nigerian Medical Association says it has suspended a public sector doctors strike to help efforts to contain Ebola in the country.
    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.
  • Israel leader tries to link Hamas, Iraq extremists

    Israel leader tries to link Hamas, Iraq extremists

    Sunday, August 24 2014 3:46 PM EDT2014-08-24 19:46:57 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • Rebels parade captured Ukrainian soldiers in east

    Rebels parade captured Ukrainian soldiers in east

    Sunday, August 24 2014 3:37 PM EDT2014-08-24 19:37:48 GMT
    Ukraine's president has vowed to boost military spending by 40 billion hryvnia ($3 billion) in the next three years as government forces seek to overpower pro-Russian separatists in the east.
    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.
  • De Rothschild, grande dame of wine, dies at 80

    De Rothschild, grande dame of wine, dies at 80

    Sunday, August 24 2014 3:06 PM EDT2014-08-24 19:06:23 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • Libya's Islamist militias claim control of capital

    Libya's Islamist militias claim control of capital

    Sunday, August 24 2014 2:16 PM EDT2014-08-24 18:16:36 GMT
    Egypt's president denied Sunday any military involvement in neighboring Libya, a day after Islamist militias accused Cairo of bombing their posts in Tripoli, Egypt's state news agency reported.
    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...
  • Islamic authority: Extremists no 'Islamic State'

    Islamic authority: Extremists no 'Islamic State'

    Sunday, August 24 2014 12:46 PM EDT2014-08-24 16:46:59 GMT
    The top Islamic authority in Egypt, revered by many Muslims worldwide, has launched a campaign against an extremist group in Syria and Iraq, saying it is not an "Islamic State."
    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."
  • Iran says it downs Israeli drone near nuclear site

    Iran says it downs Israeli drone near nuclear site

    Sunday, August 24 2014 12:46 PM EDT2014-08-24 16:46:55 GMT
    Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards is saying its forces have shot down an Israeli drone as it approached an Iranian nuclear site.
    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...
  • Ambassador: UK close to Identifying Foley killer

    Ambassador: UK close to Identifying Foley killer

    Sunday, August 24 2014 12:46 PM EDT2014-08-24 16:46:42 GMT
    Britain's ambassador to the United States says police and spy agencies are close to identifying the English-accented militant depicted on video showing the killing of U.S. journalist James Foley.
    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.
  • Protesters against brown coal form human chain

    Protesters against brown coal form human chain

    Sunday, August 24 2014 12:16 PM EDT2014-08-24 16:16:00 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • Germany: no Iraq combat troops or weapons to PKK

    Germany: no Iraq combat troops or weapons to PKK

    Sunday, August 24 2014 10:26 AM EDT2014-08-24 14:26:59 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • Iran says Iraq able to fight militants alone

    Iran says Iraq able to fight militants alone

    Sunday, August 24 2014 10:18 AM EDT2014-08-24 14:18:55 GMT
    Iran's foreign minister says his country 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.
    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.
  • 18 bodies found as Italy rescues 3,500 migrants

    18 bodies found as Italy rescues 3,500 migrants

    Sunday, August 24 2014 10:06 AM EDT2014-08-24 14:06:23 GMT
    Italian authorities have discovered 18 bodies in a boat of migrants as rescue operations went into overdrive this weekend, with 3,500 would-be refugees picked up at sea.
    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.
  • UK appoints security envoy to Iraqi Kurdistan

    UK appoints security envoy to Iraqi Kurdistan

    Sunday, August 24 2014 9:46 AM EDT2014-08-24 13:46:08 GMT
    Britain has appointed a security envoy to Iraq's Kurdistan region as part of efforts to defeat militants of the Islamic State group.
    Britain has appointed a security envoy to Iraq's Kurdistan region as part of efforts to defeat militants of the Islamic State group.
  • Qatar denies funding extremist Islamic State group

    Qatar denies funding extremist Islamic State group

    Sunday, August 24 2014 9:38 AM EDT2014-08-24 13:38:54 GMT
    The Gulf nation of Qatar is hitting back at suggestions that it supports the Islamic State or other extremist groups, and is calling for "determined, collective action" to end sectarian violence gripping Iraq and...
    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.
  • Nigeria says 35 policemen missing after attack

    Nigeria says 35 policemen missing after attack

    Sunday, August 24 2014 9:26 AM EDT2014-08-24 13:26:49 GMT
    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...
    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.
  • Niger: Minister held in baby-trafficking scandal

    Niger: Minister held in baby-trafficking scandal

    Sunday, August 24 2014 7:57 AM EDT2014-08-24 11:57:13 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • History in flames: Belgium recalls Leuven's ruins

    History in flames: Belgium recalls Leuven's ruins

    Sunday, August 24 2014 7:09 AM EDT2014-08-24 11:09:33 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • Cliff Richard rejects sexual assault allegation

    Cliff Richard rejects sexual assault allegation

    Sunday, August 24 2014 6:18 AM EDT2014-08-24 10:18:47 GMT
    British pop star Cliff Richard says police have questioned him about a sexual assault allegation.
    British pop star Cliff Richard says police have questioned him about a sexual assault allegation.
  • Pakistan's largest city thirsts for a water supply

    Pakistan's largest city thirsts for a water supply

    Sunday, August 24 2014 5:38 AM EDT2014-08-24 09:38:54 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • Iran unveils new short-range missiles, drones

    Iran unveils new short-range missiles, drones

    Sunday, August 24 2014 4:56 AM EDT2014-08-24 08:56:59 GMT
    Iran's official news agency says the country has produced a new generation of short-range marine missiles and aerial drones.
    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.
  • China defends intercepting US Navy plane

    China defends intercepting US Navy plane

    Sunday, August 24 2014 2:08 AM EDT2014-08-24 06:08:40 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • China defends intercepting US Navy plane

    China defends intercepting US Navy plane

    Sunday, August 24 2014 12:15 AM EDT2014-08-24 04:15:55 GMT
    China's Defense Ministry has rejected U.S. accusations that a Chinese fighter jet conducted a "dangerous intercept" of a U.S. Navy surveillance aircraft off the coast of China in international airspace.
    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.
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  • Military: Pilot was killed in Virginia F-15 crash

    Military: Pilot was killed in Virginia F-15 crash

    Friday, August 29 2014 5:39 AM EDT2014-08-29 09:39:35 GMT
    The pilot of an F-15 jet that crashed earlier this week in remote Virginia mountains was killed, military officials now say, bringing a sad end to an exhaustive two-day search involving more than 100 local, state...
    The pilot of an F-15 jet that crashed earlier this week in remote Virginia mountains was killed, military officials now say, bringing a sad end to an exhaustive two-day search involving more than 100 local, state and...
  • Shelly Sterling talks about husband, Clippers sale

    Shelly Sterling talks about husband, Clippers sale

    Friday, August 29 2014 5:33 AM EDT2014-08-29 09:33:01 GMT
    When Shelly Sterling was approached by former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer about buying the Los Angeles Clippers, the wife of disgraced NBA team owner Donald Sterling did not know who he was. But in before long she...
    When Shelly Sterling was approached by former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer about buying the Los Angeles Clippers, the wife of disgraced NBA team owner Donald Sterling did not know who he was. But in before long she wound up...
  • Manatees may soon lose endangered species status

    Manatees may soon lose endangered species status

    Friday, August 29 2014 5:20 AM EDT2014-08-29 09:20:26 GMT
    As they do whenever they visit Florida, Greg Groff and his young daughter stopped by the manatee pool at Miami Seaquarium, where the speed bump-shaped marine mammals placidly swim in circles.
    As they do whenever they visit Florida, Greg Groff and his young daughter stopped by the manatee pool at Miami Seaquarium, where the speed bump-shaped marine mammals placidly swim in circles.
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