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Ecuador heralds digital currency plans
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) -- Ecuador is planning to create the world's first government-issued digital currency, which some analysts believe could be a first step toward abandoning the country's existing currency, the U.S. dollar, which the government cannot control.... 8/29/2014 8:28 AM

Pakistani PM denies asking army to mediate
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistan's prime minister on Friday denied asking the country's military chief to mediate with opposition leaders and protesters who have camped for two weeks outside parliament in the capital, Islamabad, demanding his resignation over alleged voting fraud.... 8/29/2014 8:17 AM

Mexico operations thwart child, family migrants
CHAHUITES, Mexico (AP) -- Mexico's largest crackdown in decades on illegal migration has decreased the flow of Central Americans trying to reach the United States, and has dramatically cut the number of child migrants and families, according to officials and eyewitness accounts along the perilous route.... 8/29/2014 8:15 AM

Icelandic officials say eruption near Bardarbunga
REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) -- Icelandic authorities briefly 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.... 8/29/2014 8:08 AM

4 Iraqi soldiers killed in clashes with militants
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi police officials say that clashes between Iraqi soldiers and militants with the Islamic State group south of Baghdad have killed four soldiers.... 8/29/2014 8:08 AM

Austrian SWAT team raids wrong apartment
VIENNA (AP) -- The drug bust was perfectly planned. Unfortunately, Austrian police broke down the wrong door.... 8/29/2014 8:07 AM

Stock markets subdued after weak economic data
HONG KONG (AP) -- European and Asian stock markets were subdued Friday after data showed Japan's economy is struggling to recover from a sales tax hike and that inflation in the eurozone slipped again, a sign the recovery remains weak.... 8/29/2014 8:07 AM

Pro wrestlers take antics to streets in Pyongyang
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- Former NFL player Bob "The Beast" Sapp and a group of brawny pro wrestlers led by a Japanese politician took their oddball attempt at sports diplomacy to the streets of Pyongyang on Friday, staging a tug-of-war and arm wrestling competition with local children before a large and somewhat bewildered crowd of spectators.... 8/29/2014 8:05 AM

Israel identifies body as missing American student
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli forensic investigators on Friday identified a recently found body as that of a U.S. religious student who disappeared while hiking in Jerusalem last week, Israeli police said.... 8/29/2014 7:30 AM

WHO: More Ebola cases in past week than any other
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- The past week has seen the highest increase of Ebola cases since the outbreak in West Africa began, the World Health Organization said Friday, offering more evidence that the crisis is worsening.... 8/29/2014 7:25 AM

Worrying eurozone inflation sags again to 0.3 pct
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- Inflation in the 18 countries that use the euro sank to 0.3 percent in August, a worrying sign of economic weakness that is putting pressure on the European Central Bank to take drastic steps to save a stalling recovery.... 8/29/2014 7:24 AM

Eying China, Japan seeks record defense budget
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's Defense Ministry on Friday requested money for F-35 stealth fighter jets as part of its biggest ever budget to bolster its ability to defend remote southern islands amid China's growing assertiveness in the area.... 8/29/2014 7:23 AM

US delivers military aid to Lebanon
BEIRUT (AP) -- The United States has delivered the first shipment of weapons to Lebanon to help bolster its military as it faces a growing threat from Islamic militants amid the fallout from neighboring Syria's civil war.... 8/29/2014 7:19 AM

Turkey's Davutoglu announces new government
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkey's new Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Thursday reappointed all key ministers who served under the new president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, setting a course of continuity for the new government.... 8/29/2014 7:02 AM

Russia's Putin urges release of Ukrainian soldiers
MOSCOW (AP) -- 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.... 8/29/2014 6:55 AM

Malaysia Airlines to cut 6,000 staff in overhaul
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- 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.... 8/29/2014 6:51 AM

Actor arrested with Jackie Chan's son released
BEIJING (AP) -- A Taiwanese actor arrested on drug charges along with the son of Hong Kong film star Jackie Chan was released Friday after two weeks in detention, amid a broad anti-drug crackdown in China's capital that has ensnared several celebrities.... 8/29/2014 6:43 AM

EU weighs Ukraine policy, Russia sanctions
MILAN (AP) -- European Union foreign ministers on Friday were set to weigh adopting a tougher stance on the Ukraine crisis amid increasing calls to beef up economic sanctions against Russia.... 8/29/2014 6:32 AM

Key events in the history of Malaysia Airlines
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Key dates in the history of Malaysia Airlines from its start as a one route airline until its almost unfathomable double passenger jet disasters in 2014.... 8/29/2014 6:06 AM

UN: Pro-Russian rebels, Ukraine target civilians
GENEVA (AP) -- Around three dozen people a day are being killed in eastern Ukraine where both sides target civilians in violation of international law and the death toll has risen to at least 2,220, the U.N. human rights office said Friday.... 8/29/2014 5:52 AM