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Iraq: at least 40 killed in Sunni mosque attack
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Officials in Iraq's Diyala province say militants have opened fire on worshippers at a Sunni mosque during Friday prayers, killing at least 40 people.... 8/22/2014 8:29 AM

Stocks dip on Ukraine, ahead of Yellen talk
HONG KONG (AP) -- European stock markets turned lower on Friday, while Wall Street was expected to open flat, amid concerns of an escalation in the Ukrainian crisis after a Russian aid convoy entered the country.... 8/22/2014 8:17 AM

Nigeria confirms 2 new Ebola cases
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) -- Two new cases of Ebola have emerged in Nigeria and, in an alarming development, they are outside the group of caregivers who treated an airline passenger who arrived with Ebola and died, Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu said Friday.... 8/22/2014 8:15 AM

Kenya: Man says he is wanted Somali terror suspect
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- A Somali man in Kenyan police custody has admitted that he is Hassan Hanafi, who is wanted in Somalia for the killing of journalists, a senior Kenya police official said Friday.... 8/22/2014 8:12 AM

Russian ban on Polish apples sparks cider debate
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Poland's Economy Ministry wants the nation of beer and vodka lovers to drink more cider.... 8/22/2014 8:09 AM

Gaza militants kill 18 alleged spies for Israel
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Gaza gunmen killed 18 alleged spies for Israel on Friday, including seven who were lined up behind a mosque and shot after midday prayers, in response to Israel's deadly airstrikes against top Hamas leaders.... 8/22/2014 8:05 AM

Pakistani cricket hero's party quits parliament
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Lawmakers from the party of Pakistani cricketer-turned politician, Imran Khan, have resigned from parliament to pressure the country's prime minister to step down over what they describe as fraud in last year's election.... 8/22/2014 8:03 AM

MH17 bodies returned as Malaysia battles fallout
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Carried by soldiers and draped in the national flag, coffins carrying Malaysian victims of Flight MH17 returned home Friday to a country still searching for those onboard another doomed jet and a government battling the political fallout of both tragedies.... 8/22/2014 7:54 AM

In rare move, Chinese man acquitted of murder
BEIJING (AP) -- A Chinese court on Friday acquitted a death-row inmate who spent eight years behind bars for double murder in a high-profile case that observers say may be a rare exception in a court system riddled with wrongful convictions.... 8/22/2014 7:51 AM

Germany backpedals on claim Qatar funds extremists
BERLIN (AP) -- Germany is seeking to calm a diplomatic spat with Qatar after the Gulf nation took umbrage at a German official's claim that it is funding the extremist Islamic State group.... 8/22/2014 7:50 AM

UN: death toll from Syrian civil war tops 191,000
GENEVA (AP) -- The death toll from three years of Syria's civil war has risen to more than 191,000 people, the United Nations reported Friday.... 8/22/2014 7:26 AM

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) -- Nigeria confirms first 2 Ebola cases beyond those who had direct contact with ill traveler .... 8/22/2014 7:24 AM

Sweden artist jailed for denigrating blacks, Roma
STOCKHOLM (AP) -- A Swedish artist has been sentenced to six months in prison for works that a court said depicted Gypsies and blacks in a racist manner.... 8/22/2014 7:14 AM

Ukraine: Russian aid convoy is a 'direct invasion'
URALO-KAVKAZ, Ukraine (AP) -- Russia sent dozens of aid trucks into rebel-held eastern Ukraine on Friday without Kiev's approval, saying its patience had worn out with the Ukrainian government's stalling tactics. Ukraine called the move a "direct invasion."... 8/22/2014 7:12 AM

China's Xi courts public opinion in Mongolia
ULAN BATOR, Mongolia (AP) -- With assurances of mutual development and good neighborliness, Chinese President Xi Jinping courted public opinion Friday in Mongolia, a country that has often been wary of domination by its massive southern neighbor.... 8/22/2014 7:05 AM

Philippines makes arrests in online extortion ring
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Philippine police have arrested eight suspected members of an online syndicate accused of blackmailing more than 1,000 Hong Kong and Singapore residents after luring them into exposing themselves in front of webcam, an official said Friday.... 8/22/2014 6:59 AM

Rains raise risk for search after Japan landslides
TOKYO (AP) -- Forecasts for more heavy rains in western Japan raised the risk Friday of further landslides in Hiroshima, hindering efforts to locate dozens of people still missing after hills around the city collapsed earlier this week.... 8/22/2014 6:56 AM

2 French teen girls probed as would-be jihadis
PARIS (AP) -- Two girls, aged 15 and 17, are under investigation in France for allegedly making plans to join jihadis in Syria.... 8/22/2014 6:20 AM

German man evicted for squeaky swing set sex prop
BERLIN (AP) -- A German court says a landlady was within her rights to evict a man for persistently using a squeaky swing set in his apartment late at night as a sex prop.... 8/22/2014 6:00 AM

Zimbabwe cautions citizens on travel over Ebola
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) -- Zimbabweans battered by economic problems have flocked to Nigeria to visit faith healers and collect lucky charms, but their government is urging them to stay away because of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.... 8/22/2014 5:41 AM