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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

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 7:22 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

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 6:16 PM

UN Security Council members lament Ukraine crisis
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations on Thursday accused Moscow of having "outright lied" about its role in Ukraine, as alarmed members of the Security Council demanded that Russia remove its fighters from a new front in the unfolding crisis and threatened sanctions.... 8/28/2014 6:00 PM

Jihadists kill dozens of captured Syrian soldiers
BEIRUT (AP) -- The Islamic State group killed more than 160 Syrian government troops seized in recent fighting, posting pictures Thursday of terrified young conscripts stripped down to their underwear before meeting their deaths in the arid Syrian countryside.... 8/28/2014 5:53 PM

A brother seeks answers in 'The Look of Silence'
VENICE, Italy (AP) -- What is it like to look into the eyes of the men who killed your brother and went unpunished?... 8/28/2014 5:49 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 5:36 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 5:33 PM

Pakistan army to mediate between PM, protesters
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistan's powerful military returned to the political arena on Thursday, agreeing to mediate between the government and protesters who have camped out in the capital for two weeks demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif over alleged voting fraud.... 8/28/2014 5:20 PM

Brazil dismantles large deforestation gang
SAO PAULO (AP) -- The "largest deforestation gang" active in Brazil's Amazon rain forest has been dismantled, authorities said Thursday.... 8/28/2014 4:45 PM

Opposition strike has mixed results in Argentina
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Labor groups opposed to Argentine President Cristina Fernandez staged their second general strike of the year Thursday, disrupting life in the capital and other parts of the country as many people stayed away from work and union demonstrators blocked streets to call for higher wages and lower taxes.... 8/28/2014 4:43 PM

Turkey's Erdogan sworn in as president
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Recep Tayyip Erdogan took the oath office as Turkey's first popularly elected president on Thursday, a position that will keep him in the nation's driving seat for at least another five years, and promptly appointed his close ally to form a new government.... 8/28/2014 3:43 PM

Europe seeks role in postwar Gaza
JERUSALEM (AP) -- European nations are offering to help enforce the cease-fire in the Gaza Strip, a scenario that could provide key international backing for maintaining the peace and step up the pressure on Hamas militants to relinquish power.... 8/28/2014 3:41 PM

France rules out Assad as partner in terror fight
PARIS (AP) -- French President Francois Hollande on Thursday ruled out an international partnership with Syria's leader to fight against the Islamic State group, saying any alliance with Bashar Assad would play into the militants' hands.... 8/28/2014 3:37 PM

Hundreds mourn famed Egyptian rights advocate
CAIRO (AP) -- Hundreds of activists, lawyers and other admirers gathered on Thursday to pay a final farewell to one of Egypt's leading civil rights advocates, a lawyer who defended Islamists, atheists and homosexuals alike and worked to hold Egypt's decades-old police state accountable for torture and abuse.... 8/28/2014 3:17 PM