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Taliban say no peace with 'occupation,' want US talks

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 18th - 12:11am

The leader of the Taliban says there will be no peace in Afghanistan as long as the foreign "occupation" continues, reiterating the group's position that the 17-year war can only be brought to an end through direct talks with the United States.

Pakistan's cricket star-turned-politician Imran Khan is sworn in as prime minister

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 17th - 11:26pm

Pakistan's cricket star-turned-politician Imran Khan is sworn in as prime minister.

US criticizes Vietnam for jailing peaceful activists

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 17th - 8:54pm

The United States said it was deeply concerned over Vietnam's conviction and sentencing of an activist this week, calling the trend of increased arrests and harsh sentences of government critics "troubling."

Taiwan improves missiles to counter China military expansion

Ralph Jennings, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 17th - 8:33pm

Taiwan is responding to China's arms buildup by developing missiles and interceptors of its own that could reduce Beijing's military advantage over the self-ruled island, defense experts say.

Mexico says major drug lab busted with 50 tons of synthetics

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 17th - 7:59pm

Mexican authorities say they have busted a major narcotics lab in the northern state of Sinaloa with about 50 tons of synthetic drugs.

6.1 quake shakes Costa Rica near Panama; no major damage

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 17th - 5:57pm

A strong earthquake shook southern Costa Rica near the border with Panama on Friday evening, toppling items from store shelves and knocking out power in places, but authorities said there was no major damage or reports of serious injuries.

Chile: Man angry over suitcase behind wave of bomb threats

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 17th - 5:41pm

A Chilean man angry over an airline not returning his suitcase made false bomb threats that caused up to 11 commercial flights to take emergency measures in Chile, Argentina and Peru, authorities charged Friday.

UN chief: 1 option to protect Palestinians is a new force

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 17th - 5:09pm

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in a new report that options to protect Palestinian civilians under Israeli occupation range from establishing an armed military or police force to deploying civilian observers or beefing up the U.N. presence on the ground.

Anger engulfs families as Italy buries its bridge victims

Colleen Barry, Frances D'Emilio and Paolo Santalucia, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 17th - 3:01pm

With anger and grief, Italians began burying some of their dead Friday from the Genoa highway bridge collapse, holding funerals in the victims' hometowns. Several angry families rebuffed the offer of a state funeral and the cardinal of Naples was merciless in his condemnation of negligence by Italian officials.

Armenia's new PM marks 100 days in office with giant rally

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 17th - 1:34pm

Armenia's new prime minister has marked his first 100 days in office by calling a rally that has attracted about 100,000 enthusiastic supporters.

Al-Qaida bomb master killed in US strike, officials say

Maggie Michael and Ahmed Al-Haj, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 17th - 12:50pm

Al-Qaida's chief bomb maker, Ibrahim al-Asiri, who was behind the 2009 Christmas Day plot to down an airliner over Detroit and other foiled aviation-related terror attacks, was killed in a U.S. drone strike, Yemeni officials and a tribal leader said Friday.

Mali opposition leader rejects presidential runoff result

Baba Ahmed, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 17th - 12:19pm

Mali's opposition leader on Friday rejected the announcement that President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita was the winner of a presidential runoff in this West African nation, saying he would be filing a fraud complaint to the Constitutional Court.

Romanian PM tells EU: Force against protesters was justified

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 17th - 12:07pm

Romania's prime minister on Friday defended the use of force by riot police during a violent anti-government protest that left more than 450 people injured earlier this month.

Yemeni official says rebels storm WFP warehouse in port city

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 17th - 11:57am

A Yemeni minister has accused rival Houthi rebels of storming a warehouse used by the World Food Program to store humanitarian aid in the war-torn Red Sea port city of Hodeida.

Al-Qaida in Yemen denies AP report on secret deals with UAE

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 17th - 11:28am

Yemen's al-Qaida branch denied on Friday an Associated Press report saying it struck secret deals over territories it controls with the Saudi-led coalition fighting Shiite rebels in the country.

'Disruptive' man in Tinkerbell dress ousted from Ryanair jet

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 17th - 10:45am

Authorities say a man dressed as Tinkerbell has been removed from a plane at London's Stansted Airport for disruptive behavior.

Strong, deep earthquake shakes area off Indonesia; no damage

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 17th - 10:43am

A strong earthquake located far below the Earth's surface shook an area in Indonesia's Flores Sea, causing shaking on land but no damage, officials said.

Palestinians say 2 killed by Israel fire at Gaza border

Fares Akram, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 17th - 10:15am

Two Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire and another 60 injured at a protest along the Gaza border amid ongoing Egyptian efforts to broker a cease-fire, Gaza's Health Ministry said Friday.

Turkey: 2 dead, 5 hurt in shooting at local cleric's office

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 17th - 9:52am

Turkey's state-run news agency says an employee at the office of a local Muslim cleric in eastern Turkey has opened fire at his colleagues, before turning the gun on himself in a failed suicide attempt. Two people were killed and five others — including the gunman — were wounded in the incident.