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Malaysia Airlines to cut 6,000 staff in overhaul
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Malaysia Airlines will cut 6,000 workers as part of an overhaul announced Friday to revive its damaged brand after being hit by double passenger jet disasters.... 8/29/2014 3:41 AM

Dozens of planes grounded in German pilot strike
BERLIN (AP) -- Thousands of passengers are feeling the impact of a pilots strike in Germany after negotiations between the country's biggest airline Lufthansa and the union representing pilots collapsed over a long-running dispute regarding wages and early retirement benefits.... 8/29/2014 3:41 AM

China military shows off newest choppers, tanks
BEIJING (AP) -- China is showing off the growing sophistication of its defense industries by featuring its newest attack helicopters and main battle tanks at a multinational live-firing military exercise in the country's north.... 8/29/2014 3:37 AM

Bahrain: No invitation to expelled US diplomat
MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) -- Bahrain has denied that it extended an invitation to a top U.S. diplomat who was earlier expelled after he met with a leading Shiite opposition group.... 8/29/2014 3:37 AM

UN says Syria refugees top 3 million mark
GENEVA (AP) -- The civil war in Syria has forced a record 3 million people out of the country as more than a million people fled in the past year, the U.N. refugee agency said Friday.... 8/29/2014 3:36 AM

Russia's Putin urges release of Ukrainian soldiers
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia's President Vladimir Putin on Friday called on pro-Russian separatists to release Ukrainian soldiers who have been surrounded by the rebels in eastern Ukraine.... 8/29/2014 3:35 AM

Democracy battle: Beijing set to dismay Hong Kong
HONG KONG (AP) -- Hong Kong's simmering summer of discontent gets even hotter Sunday when Beijing is expected to recommend restricting the first direct elections for the Chinese-controlled financial hub's leader, stepping up chances of a showdown with democracy groups.... 8/29/2014 3:30 AM

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Malaysia Airlines to cut 6,000 staff as part of recovery plan after disasters.... 8/29/2014 3:11 AM

44 Fijian soldiers held captive by rebels in Syria
SUVA, Fiji (AP) -- Forty-four Fijian soldiers working as U.N. peacekeepers remained captive to a militant group in Syria Friday while 75 Philippine soldiers were in tense standoff with the rebels, according to the two Pacific nations.... 8/29/2014 2:38 AM

Papua New Guinea volcano erupts, locals evacuate
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Several communities were evacuated and some international flights were diverted Friday after a volcanic eruption on Papua New Guinea.... 8/29/2014 2:21 AM

North Korea yanks cheerleaders for Asian Games
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North Korea said Friday it won't send cheerleaders to the upcoming Asian Games in rival South Korea, blaming what it called Seoul's hostility for reversing a decision to dispatch the women dubbed by South Korean media as a "squad of beauties."... 8/29/2014 2:00 AM

Dethroned Myanmar beauty queen takes crown
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- The first Myanmar national to win an international pageant has been stripped of her title for being rude and dishonest, and has allegedly run off with the expensive crown and breast implants.... 8/29/2014 1:56 AM

Israel identifies body as missing American student
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli police say a recently found body has been identified after a forensic investigation as that of a U.S. religious student who disappeared while hiking in Jerusalem last week.... 8/29/2014 1:52 AM

Actor arrested with Jackie Chan's son released
BEIJING (AP) -- A Taiwanese actor arrested on drug charges along with the son of Hong Kong film star Jackie Chan was released Friday after two weeks in detention, amid a broad anti-drug crackdown in China's capital that has ensnared several celebrities.... 8/29/2014 1:52 AM

With a splat, paintball fires into Afghanistan
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The hidden gunman, dressed in long green coveralls and a SWAT-team-style vest and helmet, looks ominous as he takes aim and fires off a short burst.... 8/29/2014 1:37 AM

Quake rattles southern Greece, capital city
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- An earthquake has rattled southern Greece and was widely felt in the capital, Athens. There were no immediate reports of damage or injury and no tsunami warnings.... 8/29/2014 12:30 AM

Mexico operations thwart child, family migrants
CHAHUITES, Mexico (AP) -- The largest crackdown by Mexican authorities on illegal migration in decades has decreased the flow of Central American migrants trying to reach the United States, and has dramatically cut the number of child migrants and families, according to officials and eyewitness accounts along the perilous route.... 8/29/2014 12:05 AM

Ecuador heralds 'digital currency' plans
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) -- Ecuador is planning to create the world's first government-issued digital currency, which some analysts believe could be a first step toward abandoning the country's existing currency, the U.S. dollar, which the government cannot control.... 8/29/2014 12:02 AM

Rescuers seek survivors of China landslide
BEIJING (AP) -- Hundreds of rescuers hunted Friday for survivors of a massive landslide in southwestern China that killed at least 14 people.... 8/28/2014 11:29 PM

Japan stocks lead Asian declines after weak data
HONG KONG (AP) -- Tokyo stocks led declines in most Asian markets on Friday after Japanese economic data showed that the region's second biggest economy is struggling to recover from a sales tax hike.... 8/28/2014 11:29 PM