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Pope to Koreas: Work for peace, avoid 'fruitless' shows of force, as North fires projectiles

08/14/2014 2:20am
Pope to Koreas: Work for peace, avoid 'fruitless' shows of force, as North fires projectiles.

Roadside bomb kills 3 Afghan policemen

08/14/2014 2:20am
An Afghan official says a roadside bomb has stuck a police car in eastern Laghman province, killing three officers.

Migrants rush Spanish border 3rd day in a row

08/14/2014 3:20am
Hundreds of sub-Saharan migrants have tried to scale six-meter (20-foot) barbed-wire fences to enter Spain's northwest African enclave city of Melilla from Morocco for the third day in a row.

US military chief visits Vietnam, 1st since 1971

08/14/2014 3:50am
U.S. Gen. Martin Dempsey on Thursday became the first chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to visit Vietnam since 1971, seeking to boost military ties between the former foes at a time when Hanoi is embroiled in territorial disputes with China.

Morocco dismantles recruitment cell for Iraq

08/14/2014 5:30am
Moroccan police dismantled a nine-person cell recruiting volunteers to fight with the radical Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq, the Interior Ministry said in a statement Thursday.

US to deliver more weapons to Lebanese military

08/14/2014 5:40am
The United States will soon deliver additional weaponry to help bolster the Lebanese military as it faces a growing threat from Islamic militants amid the fallout from the civil war in neighboring Syria, the U.S. ambassador said Thursday.

Life in prison for killer of India's Bandit Queen

08/14/2014 7:11am
The upper-caste killer of India's "Bandit Queen" was sentenced Thursday to life in prison for gunning down the outlaw-turned-legislator who was idolized as a champion of the lower castes.

AP PHOTOS: Swimming to school in western India

08/14/2014 7:30am
It's a long, wet journey to school for 61 teenagers in part of western India. If they want to learn, they have no choice but to swim.

Hunt starts for massive bell in Myanmar river

08/14/2014 8:20am
Divers attached to safety ropes have plunged into waters south of Myanmar's old capital as part of renewed efforts to retrieve a bronze bell that has been lying for centuries at the confluence of three rivers.

Egypt Islamists mark anniversary of mass killing

08/14/2014 9:00am
At least three people were killed Thursday as Egyptian security forces quashed small, scattered demonstrations by Islamist supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi marking the anniversary of the killing of hundreds of protesters.

Amsterdam mayor: Black Pete figure to change

08/14/2014 9:31am
Amsterdam's mayor and the organizers of a large children's winter festival have unveiled plans to overhaul the image of "Black Pete" — the sidekick to the Dutch Santa Claus — after protests that the character exhibited racist elements.

Pilot's artificial arm detaches while landing

08/14/2014 9:40am
A British air accident report has recounted how a pilot briefly lost control of a passenger plane after his artificial arm became detached from the control yoke during landing.

Syrian troops seize contested Damascus suburb

08/14/2014 9:51am
Syrian government troops captured a fiercely contested suburb of the capital Thursday after five months of heavy fighting, flushing rebels from their last hideouts and quickly moving to crush pockets of resistance in the surrounding countryside, activists and state media said.

Nationalist gets punched in Ukrainian parliament

08/14/2014 10:20am
A Ukrainian parliament member who cultivates the image of a fighter against separatists didn't fare well against one of his legislative colleagues, taking a punch in the face and staggering into the arms of spectators.

Liberia now has last doses of Ebola drug

08/14/2014 10:31am
The last known doses of an experimental Ebola drug are now in the West African country of Liberia. And health officials there are facing an excruciating choice, as they try to decide which few Ebola patients will get the drug.

500 guns seized: Somalia tries to disarm Mogadishu

08/14/2014 10:40am
Somalia's government has launched a new disarmament campaign that has netted some 500 guns and sparked gun battles in a capital that is awash with weapons, said officials who want to get rid of the weapons before they fall into the hands of al-Qaeda-linked fighters

UK police search singer Cliff Richard's home

08/14/2014 10:41am
Veteran British rock star Cliff Richard is denying the sexual allegations that prompted British police to search a house he owns today.

New study explores sinister side of meerkats

08/14/2014 10:50am
One of the most captivating sights of African wildlife is that of dark-eyed meerkats standing side-by-side on their hind legs, as though posing for a group photograph. They look cuddly and endearing. But a new study says they have a dark side.

UN: Over 100,000 migrants reach Italy this year

08/14/2014 11:21am
The U.N. refugee agency says over 100,000 migrants — more than half of them refugees from war or persecution — have reached Italy by sea this year.

Germany to fly humanitarian aid to Iraq

08/14/2014 11:21am
Germany's defense minister says her country plans to fly 35 tons of humanitarian aid to northern Iraq and is still considering what military help it could send.

Subtle voices of dissent surface in war-torn Gaza

08/14/2014 12:41pm
The group of neighbors surveyed the destruction wreaked on their residential complex by Israeli bombardment, with building after building flattened or punctured by shells. The men then began to voice something almost never heard out loud in Gaza: criticism of its Hamas rulers.

Putin tones down rhetoric on Ukraine

08/14/2014 1:01pm
Russian President Vladimir Putin traveled to a much-hyped meeting in Crimea amid expectations of more saber-rattling over Ukraine, but he instead struck a conciliatory note and called for peace in a speech Thursday that received surprisingly brief coverage on Russian television.

Gaza truce extension fans hopes of lasting deal

08/14/2014 1:01pm
A cease-fire that continues in the Gaza Strip is now the longest one since the war between Israel and Hamas broke out last month. The five-day extension of a three-day cease-fire is due to run through Monday.

Palestinians voice optimism as Gaza truce holds

08/14/2014 1:21pm
Palestinian officials voiced cautious optimism Thursday, hinting at progress in Egyptian-mediated negotiations with Israel to bring an end to the fighting in Gaza and secure new arrangements for the war-battered territory.

Candidate's sudden death transforms Brazil race

08/14/2014 2:41pm
Brazil's political landscape was being redrawn Thursday, a day after a small plane crash killed a top presidential candidate, possibly complicating President Dilma Rousseff's effort to win re-election in October.

Iraq's al-Maliki says he will not stand for prime minister; supports candidacy of al-Abadi

08/14/2014 2:41pm
Iraq's al-Maliki says he will not stand for prime minister; supports candidacy of al-Abadi.

Thousands on the road in Pakistan opposition rally

08/14/2014 2:41pm
Thousands of opposition protesters on Thursday joined large convoys headed to Pakistan's capital Islamabad for a mass rally to demand the ouster of the prime minister over allegations of vote fraud, as police foiled a possible attack on an airport in the southwest.

Ukraine, Russia parry over Russian aid convoy

08/14/2014 3:10pm
Raising the stakes in Ukraine's conflict, a Russian aid convoy of more than 200 trucks pushed up to the border on Thursday but then stopped, provocatively poised to cross into rebel-held territory.

UN to vote on measure to combat al-Qaida fighters

08/14/2014 4:01pm
U.N. Security Council members have reached agreement on a draft resolution that would punish the recruitment and financing of foreign fighters in Iraq and Syria and demand that all al-Qaida-linked groups disarm and disband immediately, diplomats said Thursday.

Haiti tense after summons issued for ex-president

08/14/2014 4:50pm
Supporters of former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide clashed with U.N. peacekeepers Thursday as the popular former leader faced possible arrest for not providing court-ordered testimony in a criminal investigation.

WHO: Ebola toll may 'vastly underestimate' crisis

08/14/2014 4:52pm
There is evidence the numbers of dead and sickened by Ebola in West Africa may "vastly underestimate the magnitude of the outbreak," the World Health Organization said Thursday. The U.N. health agency said it was prepared for the crisis to continue for months.

UN chief urges meeting on nuclear-free Mideast

08/14/2014 5:01pm
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned that the failure to hold a conference on establishing a nuclear-weapons-free-zone in the Middle East this year could jeopardize the success of next year's review of the landmark 1970 agreement aimed at stopping the spread of nuclear arms.

Santos endorses medical marijuana for Colombia

08/14/2014 5:31pm
President Juan Manuel Santos on Thursday endorsed newly introduced legislation that would legalize marijuana for medicinal and therapeutic use in this drug war-afflicted Andean nation.

Hitchhiking robot travels across Canada

08/14/2014 5:40pm
Going my way? A talking robot that's been hitchhiking rides from strangers to travel from Canada's east to west coast is nearing the end of its journey.

Iraq's al-Maliki gives up post to rival

08/14/2014 7:11pm
Embattled Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki announced late Thursday that he was relinquishing his post to his nominated replacement, ending a political deadlock that has plunged the country into uncertainty as it fights a Sunni militant insurgency.

Mexican mayor detained for alleged links to cartel

08/14/2014 7:41pm
A mayor in the western state of Michoacan was detained for allegedly ordering the killing of a friend and extorting her employees and street vendors in her city on behalf of a drug cartel, authorities said Thursday.

US military takes 1st step in relocation in Japan

08/14/2014 9:21pm
Workers began placing buoys off Okinawa as part of a long-planned and highly contentious relocation of an American military base, which a U.S. official said Thursday was a critical step toward the realignment of U.S. forces in Japan.

Thai building collapse death toll rises to 14

08/14/2014 9:30pm
The death toll from the collapse of a six-story building under construction on the outskirts of Thailand's capital has risen to 14, as rescue teams ended their search Friday, four days after the cave-in, police said.

6 sentenced to death in Vietnam for heroin

08/14/2014 10:11pm
An official says a court in northern Vietnam has sentenced six people to death for trafficking heroin from Laos to be sold to China.

Japan criticized as 2 ministers visit war shrine

08/14/2014 10:23pm
Two Japanese Cabinet ministers paid respects Friday at a Tokyo shrine that honors the war dead including convicted criminals, a move that drew immediate criticism from South Korea, although Japan's prime minister stayed away.

Second jihad suspect leaves Australia in bungle

08/14/2014 11:30pm
Australia's prime minister conceded on Friday the nation's border security was not good enough after a second suspected jihadist flew to the Middle East using a brother's passport.