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Hamas admits kidnapping Israeli teens
JERUSALEM (AP) -- A senior Hamas leader has said the group carried out the kidnapping and killing of three Israeli teens in the West Bank in June - the first time anyone from the Islamic militant group has said it was behind an attack that helped spark the current war in the Gaza Strip.... 8/21/2014 2:22 PM

Mento performer Joseph 'Powda' Bennett dies at 76
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) -- Jamaican folk musician Joseph Bennett, who played a rollicking genre of traditional dance music with the long-running Jolly Boys, has died in his Caribbean homeland. He was 76.... 8/21/2014 2:15 PM

Saudi court sentences 18 more on terror charges
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- A court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced 18 more people on terrorism charges, wrapping up a week of verdicts on nearly every person in an alleged 50-member cell charged with launching attacks aimed at toppling the monarchy around a decade ago.... 8/21/2014 2:07 PM

Libya flights canceled amid militia fighting
CAIRO (AP) -- Tunisia and Egypt on Thursday canceled flights to neighboring Libya citing security concerns, as militias battle in the capital Tripoli and the eastern city of Benghazi, where a renegade general has launched airstrikes on Islamist militia barracks.... 8/21/2014 1:45 PM

Hunt for German neo-Nazis was 'complete disaster'
BERLIN (AP) -- Police and security services in Germany's eastern state of Thuringia bungled the hunt for three neo-Nazis, who years later turned out to be the main suspects in a far-right murder spree, according to an official report published Thursday.... 8/21/2014 1:38 PM

Turkey's Davutoglu named new premier
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Recep Tayyip Erdogan named Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu as his successor as prime minister on Thursday, with expectations high that the man who has dominated Turkish politics for more than a decade will stay in charge once he is president.... 8/21/2014 1:35 PM

Iraq museum inaugurates 2 halls of statues
BAGHDAD (AP) -- The Iraqi National Museum inaugurated two renovated halls adorned with life-size stone statues on Thursday, highlighting the rich history of a country once again shattered by war.... 8/21/2014 1:30 PM

Irish peacemaker, ex-premier Reynolds dies at 81
DUBLIN (AP) -- Albert Reynolds, the risk-taking Irish prime minister who played a key role in delivering peace to Northern Ireland but struggled to keep his own governments intact, died Thursday after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. He was 81.... 8/21/2014 1:21 PM

Russia checks more McDonald's after closing 3
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia's food safety agency said Thursday that it was checking McDonald's restaurants around the country, a day after several branches of the chain were shuttered in Moscow.... 8/21/2014 1:13 PM

Turkey's Davutoglu expected to be a docile premier
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, hand-picked by president-elect Recep Tayyip Erdogan to succeed him as prime minister, is expected to accept a largely backseat role as his boss strives to make his new job the most powerful position in the land.... 8/21/2014 1:06 PM

Amazon starts selling physical books in Brazil
SAO PAULO (AP) -- Online retailer Amazon has started selling physical books in Brazil, two years after it began selling books in digital format in Latin America's biggest country.... 8/21/2014 1:06 PM

Greek archaeology site sparks intense interest
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Archaeologists excavating a large burial mound in northern Greece that has captivated the public's imagination have asked politicians and others seeking guided tours of the site to leave them in peace.... 8/21/2014 1:02 PM

Kuwait questions 2 on US terror-funding list
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Kuwaiti police briefly detained and questioned two men designated by the U.S. Treasury Department as financiers of terror groups operating in Iraq and Syria, a lawyer and a security official said Thursday, amid mounting pressure from Washington on its Gulf ally to curb the flow of such funds.... 8/21/2014 1:00 PM

Reporter's death galvanizes anger, little action
PARIS (AP) -- The killing of an American reporter is galvanizing international anger at Islamic State extremists and fueling fears about the flow of foreign fighters joining their ranks. But governments from the Mideast to Europe and even Washington appear uncertain about how to stop them.... 8/21/2014 12:41 PM

Israeli airstrike kills 3 senior Hamas leaders
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- An Israeli airstrike in Gaza killed three senior Hamas military commanders Thursday, delivering a likely blow to the organization's morale and highlighting the long reach of Israel's intelligence services.... 8/21/2014 12:39 PM

Children used as child soldiers in South Sudan
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- The use of child soldiers - teenage boys dressed in military uniforms and carrying assault rifles - is commonplace in South Sudan and will be the subject of U.N. Security Council discussions next month, the top U.N. official for children and armed conflict said Thursday.... 8/21/2014 12:08 PM

Voice, image give clues in hunt for Foley's killer
LONDON (AP) -- The Islamic militant in a video showing the death of American journalist James Foley took great care to disguise his identity, dressing head-to-toe in black, with a mask leaving only his eyes visible.... 8/21/2014 11:59 AM

Indonesian court rejects election loser's appeal
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- Indonesia's top court on Thursday rejected an appeal by the losing candidate in last month's presidential election over alleged voting irregularities, removing any uncertainty around the victory of Jakarta Gov. Joko Widodo.... 8/21/2014 11:58 AM

Liberia gives food in slum sealed to stop Ebola
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- Hundreds of residents of a Liberian slum lined up to receive rice and water from government officials Thursday in their neighborhood which was sealed off from the rest of the capital in an attempt to halt the spread of Ebola.... 8/21/2014 11:52 AM

SAfrican lawmakers protest presidential scandal
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Opposition lawmakers heckled South African President Jacob Zuma during a parliamentary session Thursday in which questions were raised about more than $20 million in state spending on his private home.... 8/21/2014 11:44 AM