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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 2:09 AM

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."... 8/29/2014 2:00 AM

Dethroned Myanmar beauty queen takes crown
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- The first Myanmar national to win an international pageant has been stripped of her title for being rude and dishonest, and has allegedly run off with the expensive crown and breast implants.... 8/29/2014 1:56 AM

Israel identifies body as missing American student
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli police say a recently found body has been identified after a forensic investigation as that of a U.S. religious student who disappeared while hiking in Jerusalem last week.... 8/29/2014 1:52 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 1:52 AM

UN says Syria refugees top 3 million mark
GENEVA (AP) -- The civil war in Syria has forced a record 3 million people out of the country as more than a million people fled in the past year alone and the increasingly complex and bloody conflict has shown no sign of letting up, the U.N. refugee agency said Friday.... 8/29/2014 1:49 AM

Papua New Guinea volcano erupts, locals evacuate
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- A volcanic eruption on Papua New Guinea has led to nearby communities being evacuated and some international flights being diverted.... 8/29/2014 1:49 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 1:37 AM

Fiji says 43 soldiers captured in Golan Heights
SUVA, Fiji (AP) -- Forty-four Fijian soldiers working as U.N. peacekeepers remained captive to a militant group in Syria Friday while 75 Philippine soldiers were in tense standoff with the rebels, according to the two Pacific nations.... 8/29/2014 1:19 AM

Quake rattles southern Greece, capital city
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- An earthquake has rattled southern Greece and was widely felt in the capital, Athens. There were no immediate reports of damage or injury and no tsunami warnings.... 8/29/2014 12:30 AM

Mexico operations thwart child, family migrants
CHAHUITES, Mexico (AP) -- The largest crackdown by Mexican authorities on illegal migration in decades has decreased the flow of Central American migrants 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 12:05 AM

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 12:02 AM

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

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