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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

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 6:37 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

WHO: More Ebola cases in past week than any other
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- The World Health Organization says the past week has seen the highest increase of Ebola cases since the outbreak began, more evidence that the crisis is worsening.... 8/29/2014 6:28 AM

Eying China, Japan seeks record defense budget
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's Defense Ministry is requesting its biggest ever budget to bolster its military ability to defend remote southern islands amid China's growing activity in the area.... 8/29/2014 6:06 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

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 6:05 AM

Asia stocks drift, Tokyo steadies after weak data
HONG KONG (AP) -- Asian stock markets drifted Friday following Japanese data showing that the region's second biggest economy is struggling to recover from a sales tax hike. European shares were marginally higher even as a report said eurozone inflation slipped.... 8/29/2014 6:04 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

With a splat, paintball fires into Afghanistan
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The hidden gunman, dressed in long green coveralls and a SWAT-team-style vest and helmet, looks ominous as he takes aim and fires off a short burst.... 8/29/2014 5:45 AM

India, Japan each seek deals during Modi's visit
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan and India both have much to gain from a visit by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and more than a dozen Indian steel, energy and IT tycoons that begins Saturday in the ancient capital of Kyoto.... 8/29/2014 5:43 AM

Iran confirms US Coast Guard fired at fishing boat
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- The chief of Iran's Revolutionary Guard navy confirmed in remarks published Friday that a U.S. Coast Guard vessel fired on an Iranian fishing boat in the Persian Gulf this week but insisted the incident was not a "clash."... 8/29/2014 5:40 AM

German economic fears growing but Merkel strong
BERLIN (AP) -- Ordinary Germans are spooked about the future. Businesses are starting to see black clouds on the horizon. And an economy that has been the envy of Europe is showing cracks, shrinking unexpectedly last quarter amid the conflict in Ukraine.... 8/29/2014 5:29 AM

Pakistani PM denies asking army to mediate
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistan's prime minister has denied asking the country's military chief to mediate with opposition leaders and protesters who have camped outside parliament in Islamabad for two weeks, demanding his resignation over alleged voting fraud.... 8/29/2014 5:27 AM

Icelandic officials say eruption near Bardarbunga
REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) -- Icelandic authorities 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 5:19 AM

Arson attack interrupts Berlin public transport
BERLIN (AP) -- Police say a leftist group is claiming responsibility for an arson attack on Berlin's subway system that is causing delays for thousands of commuters.... 8/29/2014 4:39 AM

China military shows off newest helicopters, tanks
BEIJING (AP) -- China showed off the growing sophistication of its defense industries Friday by featuring its newest attack helicopters and main battle tanks at a multinational live-firing military exercise in the country's north.... 8/29/2014 4:35 AM

Ex-Myanmar beauty queen accused of stealing crown
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- A Myanmar beauty queen who was stripped of her title for allegedly being rude and dishonest has run off with the $100,000 jeweled crown, a South Korea-based pageant said Friday.... 8/29/2014 4:29 AM