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North Korea yanks cheerleaders for Asian Games
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North Korea said Friday it won't send cheerleaders to the upcoming Asian Games in rival South Korea, blaming what it called Seoul's hostility for reversing a decision to dispatch the women dubbed by South Korean media as a "squad of beauties."... 8/28/2014 11:41 PM

Rescuers seek survivors of China landslide
BEIJING (AP) -- Hundreds of rescuers hunted Friday for survivors of a massive landslide in southwestern China that killed at least 14 people.... 8/28/2014 11:29 PM

Japan stocks lead Asian declines after weak data
HONG KONG (AP) -- Tokyo stocks led declines in most Asian markets on Friday after Japanese economic data showed that the region's second biggest economy is struggling to recover from a sales tax hike.... 8/28/2014 11:29 PM

Fiji says 43 soldiers captured in Golan Heights
SUVA, Fiji (AP) -- Fiji's military confirmed Friday that 43 of its soldiers, working as U.N. peacekeepers, have been captured by a militant group on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights.... 8/28/2014 11:16 PM

Ukraine accuses Russia of sending in tanks, armor
NOVOAZOVSK, Ukraine (AP) -- 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.... 8/28/2014 11:09 PM

UN: Ebola disease caseload could reach 20,000
GENEVA (AP) -- 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 containing the virus, and scientists are fast-tracking efforts to find a treatment or vaccine.... 8/28/2014 11:07 PM

Japan economy stalls as incomes, spending languish
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's vital signs remained weak in July as wages fell further and household spending dropped, signaling continued weakness in the world's third-largest economy.... 8/28/2014 10:59 PM

Philippine man sentenced to death in Vietnam
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) -- State media say a court in Hanoi has sentenced a Philippine man to death for cocaine trafficking.... 8/28/2014 10:22 PM

UN: Armed group detains 43 peacekeepers in Syria
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- An armed group detained 43 U.N. peacekeepers during fighting in Syria early Thursday and another 81 peacekeepers are trapped, the United Nations said.... 8/28/2014 9:37 PM

Colombia allows lesbian couple to adopt child
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- Colombia has taken a major step recognizing the rights of same-sex couples after the country's constitutional court allowed a lesbian couple to adopt a child born to one of its members.... 8/28/2014 9:23 PM

Virgin Australia airline posts $333 million loss
SYDNEY (AP) -- Australia's second largest airline, Virgin Australia Holdings Ltd., said on Friday it lost 356 million Australian dollars ($333 million) in its last fiscal year, a three-fold increase over the previous year.... 8/28/2014 9:04 PM

Asian tourists injured in Canada bus crash
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- Police say a bus carrying Asian tourists has rolled over on a mountain highway in British Columbia and dozens of people have been injured, six of them critically.... 8/28/2014 9:02 PM

Russia replies to Canada's colorful map tweet
TORONTO (AP) -- 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."... 8/28/2014 8:41 PM

UN: Islamic State group threatens Syria aid access
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The Islamic State group is taking violence against civilians in Syria "to a new level," threatening the cross-border humanitarian aid operations recently approved by the Security Council, a top U.N. aid official said Thursday.... 8/28/2014 8:34 PM

Official: Bidders compete for Uruguay pot business
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) -- Uruguay's new market for legalized marijuana has attracted at least 20 companies bidding for the right to supply pot to the country's pharmacies, a government official said Thursday.... 8/28/2014 7:45 PM

Doubts surround plane in Brazil campaign
SAO PAULO (AP) -- Doubts surrounding the legality of the purchase of a small private plane used by the Brazilian Socialist Party have placed the campaign of presidential hopeful Marina Silva under scrutiny this week.... 8/28/2014 7:41 PM

Ranger in Africa's oldest park wounded by grenade
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- A ranger in Africa's oldest national park has been seriously wounded by a grenade during a confrontation with poachers.... 8/28/2014 7:24 PM

Attempt to call missing jet may alter search area
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- 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 flight path.... 8/28/2014 7:21 PM

Dominican legal status still elusive for migrants
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) -- The Dominican Republic will soon issue the first residency and work permits for migrants under a new program that will enable them to avoid the risk of deportation, officials said Thursday, conceding that so far few have managed to qualify.... 8/28/2014 6:43 PM

Jamaica agriculture minister dies in Florida
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) -- Roger Clarke, a Jamaican government minister whose affable personality often bridged the Caribbean island's deep political divide, died Thursday in Florida. He was 74.... 8/28/2014 6:22 PM