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West condemns Russia over convoy to Ukraine
LUHANSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Tensions between Russia and Ukraine escalated sharply on Friday as Moscow sent more than 130 trucks rolling across the border in what it said was a mission to deliver humanitarian aid. Ukraine called it a "direct invasion," and the U.S. and NATO condemned it as well.... 8/22/2014 7:45 PM

Canadian PM bans Chinese media from Arctic trip
TORONTO (AP) -- Canada has banned journalists with China's official news agency and the Communist Party newspaper from joining Prime Minister Stephen Harper on an Arctic trip, prompting complaints by Chinese reporters who say they're being discriminated against.... 8/22/2014 7:27 PM

Hamas kills 18 suspected informers to deter leaks
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Gaza militants Friday gunned down 18 alleged spies for Israel in an apparent attempt to plug security breaches and deter others, a day after Israel killed three top Hamas military commanders in an airstrike likely guided by collaborators.... 8/22/2014 7:24 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 7:19 PM

Mexico creates special force for economic crime
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexico launched a special 5,000-strong police force Friday to combat industrial, farm and business crime that has extended throughout the country's economy, strangling commerce in some regions.... 8/22/2014 6:37 PM

A Brazil World Cup bonanza _ for other countries
SAO PAULO (AP) -- Brazil's Central Bank says spending by foreign tourists shot up 60 percent during the two months overlapped by its hosting of the World Cup, reaching nearly $1.59 billion.... 8/22/2014 6:35 PM

Storms dump heavy rain across northern Caribbean
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands braced for heavy rains and strong winds Friday as a cluster of storms swirled across the northern Caribbean.... 8/22/2014 6:30 PM

UN Security Council condemns James Foley's killing
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. Security Council condemned the "heinous and cowardly" killing of American journalist James Foley and said the Islamic State militant group "must be defeated."... 8/22/2014 6:26 PM

Colombia's military meets face-to-face with rebels
HAVANA (AP) -- Members of Colombia's military met face-to-face Friday with Marxist rebel leaders for the first time as talks aimed at ending a half-century war enter a decisive phase.... 8/22/2014 6:22 PM

Rights group asks Mexico probe into army slayings
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Human Rights Watch called Friday for the Mexican government to fully investigate a supposed shootout in which troops killed 22 suspects while suffering only one soldier wounded.... 8/22/2014 5:59 PM

Mosque attack kills 64 in Iraq, Sunnis halt talks
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Gunmen attacked a Sunni mosque during Friday prayers and killed at least 64 people, prompting Sunni lawmakers to withdraw from talks on forming a new, more inclusive government capable of confronting the Islamic extremists who have overrun large swaths of Iraq.... 8/22/2014 5:45 PM

2 French girls investigated as would-be jihadi
PARIS (AP) -- Two French girls, aged 15 and 17, have been captured by a security net that authorities are using to ferret out citizens who are considering traveling to other countries to join jihads.... 8/22/2014 3:57 PM

Ebola spreads in Nigeria; Liberia has 1,000 deaths
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) -- Two alarming new cases of Ebola have emerged in Nigeria, widening the circle of people sickened beyond the immediate group of caregivers who treated a dying airline passenger in one of Africa's largest cities.... 8/22/2014 3:43 PM

Morocco arrests suspected Islamic State members
RABAT, Morocco (AP) -- Morocco announced on Friday the arrest of two suspected militants seeking to join the Islamic State group as the country is in a heightened state of alert over fears of a terrorist attack.... 8/22/2014 3:36 PM

C. African Republic prime minister names cabinet
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) -- The prime minister of Central African Republic has named a 31-member cabinet, including representatives of two groups that have been involved in horrific violence for more than a year.... 8/22/2014 3:34 PM

Draghi: ECB can't do it all, governments must act
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- European Central Bank head Mario Draghi said Friday the bank is ready to do more to boost the shaky recovery in the 18 countries that use the euro - but warns governments must join in efforts to reduce stubbornly high unemployment.... 8/22/2014 2:35 PM

Deported Mexicans find new life at call centers
TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) -- Henry Monterroso is a foreigner in his own country. Raised in California from the age of 5, he was deported to Mexico in 2011 and found himself in a land he barely knew.... 8/22/2014 2:28 PM

Merkel slams Russia over Ukraine convoy
BERLIN (AP) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel has accused Russia of risking a further escalation of the conflict in eastern Ukraine by sending an aid convoy into the region without Kiev's permission.... 8/22/2014 1:51 PM

Yemen's Shiite-rebel group escalate standoff
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Thousands of supporters of Yemen's powerful Shiite rebel group escalated their standoff with the government on Friday, setting up tents near three ministries to press for the replacement of a prime minister they depict as "manipulated" by their rival Islamist group, the Muslim Brotherhood.... 8/22/2014 1:38 PM

UN: death toll from Syrian civil war tops 191,000
GENEVA (AP) -- The death toll from three years of Syria's civil war has risen to more than 191,000 people, the United Nations reported Friday.... 8/22/2014 1:37 PM