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Mongolia, China pledge $10 billion in annual trade
ULAN BATOR, Mongolia (AP) -- China and Mongolia pledged Thursday to almost double their annual two-way trade to $10 billion by 2020 as President Xi Jinping became the first Chinese head of state in more than a decade to visit this sprawling resource-rich nation sandwiched between China and Russia.... 8/21/2014 11:01 AM

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 10:53 AM

Sri Lankan activist: Gov't trying to hurt UN probe
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) -- Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa's decision to deny entry to U.N. investigators is intended to undermine the credibility of an ongoing war crimes inquiry, an activist said Thursday.... 8/21/2014 10:51 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 lingering uncertainty around the victory of former Jakarta Gov. Joko Widodo.... 8/21/2014 10:38 AM

Flooding in Nepal kills US tourist, capsizes boat
KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- An American tourist died trying to cross a flooded river in Nepal on Thursday, and two people were missing from a crowded boat that capsized on another river swollen by monsoon rains in the Himalayan country.... 8/21/2014 10:36 AM

Saudi court sentences 18 to prison for terrorism
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- A court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced 18 people to prison on charges of financing terrorism, collecting information about compounds where foreigners reside, providing hideouts for fugitives and possessing unlicensed weapons.... 8/21/2014 10:29 AM

Ukraine: Some Russian aid trucks clearing customs
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Some Russian trucks in a massive aid convoy began the process of clearing customs Thursday at a rebel-held border crossing in eastern Ukraine, the Ukrainian border guard service said.... 8/21/2014 10:06 AM

Greek mound excavators: No tours please, too busy
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Archaeologists excavating a large burial mound in northern Greece have asked politicians and others seeking guided tours of the site to leave them in peace.... 8/21/2014 10:02 AM

Children used as child soldiers in South Sudan
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- The U.N.'s top official for children and armed conflicts says the use of child soldiers and violence against children is commonplace in South Sudan's year of warfare.... 8/21/2014 9:54 AM

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- Indonesia's top court rejects appeal by losing presidential candidate over alleged poll fraud.... 8/21/2014 9:50 AM

Voice, image give clues in hunt for Foley's killer
LONDON (AP) -- Police and intelligence services are using image analysis and voice-recognition software, studying social media postings and seeking human tips as they scramble to identify the militant recorded on a video showing the killing of American journalist James Foley.... 8/21/2014 9:46 AM

South Africa: man dead after orange pelting
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Two men in rural South Africa are suspected of killing a farmworker with oranges, police said Thursday.... 8/21/2014 9:43 AM

SAfrican lawmakers protest presidential scandal
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Opposition lawmakers have heckled South African President Jacob Zuma during a parliamentary session in which questions were raised about more than $20 million in state spending on the president's private home.... 8/21/2014 9:42 AM

Pakistan protest leader backs out of talks
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistani opposition leader Imran Khan suspended talks with the government Thursday after it appointed a new police chief in the capital ahead of a possible crackdown on thousands of anti-government protesters who have besieged parliament.... 8/21/2014 9:30 AM

Russia checks more McDonald's after closing 4
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia's food safety agency will conduct checks on McDonald's restaurants in the Ural region following food safety complaints, local news agencies reported Thursday, a day after four branches of the chain were shuttered in Moscow.... 8/21/2014 9:29 AM

With Erdogan at helm, Turkey to choose premier
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Recep Tayyip Erdogan prepared to choose his successor as prime minister 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 9:12 AM

39 dead, dozens missing after Japan landslides
TOKYO (AP) -- Japanese police said the death toll from rain-triggered landslides on the outskirts of Hiroshima city rose to 39 on Thursday with 51 people still missing, as search efforts continued in the devastated area.... 8/21/2014 9:09 AM

Swedish town celebrates link to the Bronx
STOCKHOLM (AP) -- Nearly four centuries after Jonas Bronck set foot in America, his birthplace in southern Sweden is finally recognizing its historical link to the New York borough that bears his name.... 8/21/2014 9:09 AM

Noodles: Friend or foe? S. Koreans defend diet
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Kim Min-koo has an easy reply to new American research that hits South Korea where it hurts - in the noodles. Drunk and hungry just after dawn, he rips the lid off a bowl of his beloved fast food, wobbling on his feet but still defiant over a report that links instant noodles to health hazards.... 8/21/2014 9:06 AM

Hunt for German neo-Nazis was 'complete disaster'
BERLIN (AP) -- An official inquiry has concluded that police and security services in Germany bungled the hunt for three neo-Nazis who years later turned out to be the main suspects in a far-right murder spree.... 8/21/2014 8:54 AM