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India, Pakistan trade gunfire in Kashmir; 4 dead
SRINAGAR, India (AP) -- India and Pakistan traded gunfire in the disputed Kashmir region on Saturday, killing two villagers on each side and wounding several others, officials said.... 8/23/2014 7:15 AM

China shuts down Beijing Independent Film Festival
BEIJING (AP) -- Chinese authorities blocked an annual independent film festival from opening on Saturday, said organizers of an event that has become a rare and influential venue for the showing of films that could be critical of the government.... 8/23/2014 7:13 AM

Thousands gather in Nepal for human flag record
KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- Tens of thousands of people have gathered in Nepal's capital holding colored boards in an attempt to break the record for the largest human national flag.... 8/23/2014 7:10 AM

Spain busts Colombian cocaine-smuggling gang
MADRID (AP) -- Spanish police working in cooperation with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency say they have arrested six members of a Colombian-based drug-trafficking gang and seized 240 kilograms (530 pounds) of cocaine that had been hidden inside a yacht.... 8/23/2014 7:09 AM

Jihadists release video of Lebanese troops
BEIRUT (AP) -- Al-Qaida's Syrian affiliate released a video Saturday showing Lebanese policemen and a soldier captured by the group earlier this month during the most serious cross-border attack since Syria's conflict began more than three years ago.... 8/23/2014 6:43 AM

Russian aid trucks begin to leave Ukraine
DONETSK, Russia (AP) -- Hundreds of trucks from a bitterly disputed Russian aid convoy to rebel-held eastern Ukraine rolled back across the border into Russia on Saturday.... 8/23/2014 6:36 AM

Report: Iran opens uranium-conversion plant
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran inaugurated a new plant Saturday to convert a type of uranium into a material that cannot be used to make nuclear weapons as part of its interim atomic deal with world powers, its official news agency reported.... 8/23/2014 6:34 AM

Hamas backs International Criminal Court bid
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Hamas has signed a pledge to back any Palestinian bid to join the International Criminal Court, two senior officials in the group said Saturday. Palestinian acceptance of the court's jurisdiction could expose Israel - as well as Hamas - to war crimes investigations.... 8/23/2014 6:30 AM

Philippines to pull out of Golan Heights, Liberia
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- The Philippine government said Saturday that it would bring home its peacekeeping forces from the Golan Heights amid the deteriorating security in the region and withdraw its troops from Liberia because of the Ebola outbreak.... 8/23/2014 6:00 AM

Paris to celebrate end to Nazi rule 70 years later
PARIS (AP) -- Her code name was Rainer and she had a gun she called Oscar. Not yet 20, she aimed her weapon at a Nazi officer and shot him to death on a Paris bridge on a Sunday afternoon.... 8/23/2014 5:37 AM

Militia: Airstrikes in Libya's capital kill 15
CAIRO (AP) -- A senior Islamist militia leader says two airstrikes targeting its positions in Libya's capital, Tripoli, have killed 15 fighters and wounded 20.... 8/23/2014 5:34 AM

Iraq investigating Sunni mosque attack
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraq's parliament speaker says an investigation is underway into an attack on a Sunni mosque that killed more than 60 people and escalated sectarian tensions.... 8/23/2014 5:20 AM

Few details month after reporters detained in Iran
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- An Iranian-American correspondent for the Washington Post and his journalist wife have been held in custody for a month in Iran, suggesting a possible struggle between a new guard of moderates pushing for greater freedom and the old hard-line establishment.... 8/23/2014 5:12 AM

India police re-arrest fasting activist
GAUHATI, India (AP) -- Police re-arrested a frail Indian activist who has been on a hunger strike for nearly 14 years to protest alleged military brutality in India's remote northeast, her attorney said Saturday.... 8/23/2014 3:54 AM

Iraq family's flight reveals depth of Sunni grief
BAGHDAD (AP) -- For nearly a decade Abu Omar has been fleeing Iraq's many conflicts, but they always seem to catch up to him.... 8/23/2014 2:09 AM

Havana retro-Soviet restaurant a nod to nostalgia
HAVANA (AP) -- There's no rice, beans or fried plantains at Havana's newest private restaurant. You can order a minty mojito, but it'll come mixed with vodka instead of the traditional white rum.... 8/23/2014 1:42 AM

Spirits, prayers mark hunt for Myanmar's lost bell
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- Divers stand on the edge of a small wooden fishing boat gazing at the murky, choppy waters below. After receiving blessings from Buddhist monks, they lower their masks and plunge one-by-one into the mighty Yangon River, clinging to garden hoses that will act as primitive breathing devices during their dizzying descent into darkness.... 8/23/2014 1:32 AM

Interpol seeks clues to Thai 'baby factory'
BANGKOK (AP) -- Interpol said it has launched a multinational investigation into what Thailand has dubbed the "Baby Factory" case: a 24-year-old Japanese businessman who has 16 surrogate babies and an alleged desire to father hundreds more.... 8/22/2014 9:23 PM

Costa Rica to investigate US anti-Cuba program
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) -- The Costa Rican government will investigate undercover U.S. programs operated from the Central American country and using its citizens in a ploy to destabilize the government in Cuba, the director of intelligence and security said Friday.... 8/22/2014 8:57 PM

Argentina Grandmothers ID 115th 'dirty war' child
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Argentina's leading human rights group says tests have identified the granddaughter of one of the group's late founders, whose daughter gave birth while a prisoner of the 1976-83 military dictatorship and hasn't been seen since.... 8/22/2014 8:31 PM