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Merkel: arming Kurds in Germany's interest
BERLIN (AP) -- Chancellor Angela Merkel has told German lawmakers that arming Kurdish fighters battling Islamic extremists in Iraq wasn't an easy decision but is in her country's interest.... 9/1/2014 9:46 AM

Protesters briefly storm Pakistan state TV station
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Anti-government protesters stormed Pakistan's state television building Monday, forcing the channel briefly off the air as they clashed with police and pushed closer to the prime minister's residence.... 9/1/2014 9:38 AM

Belfast bomb alert snarls roads on IRA anniversary
BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) -- A security alert over a suspected bomb has shut down the main motorway through Belfast, triggering traffic chaos on the 20th anniversary of the Irish Republican Army's cease-fire.... 9/1/2014 9:36 AM

Report: Former Iran vice president convicted
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's former vice president has been convicted of a charge that includes a prison term and a cash fine, a spokesman for the Islamic Republic's judiciary said Monday, though details about the case were not announced.... 9/1/2014 9:36 AM

Spain orders custody for parents of ill UK boy
LONDON (AP) -- The grandmother of a 5-year-old British boy with a severe brain tumor accused U.K. authorities on Monday of cruelty for seeking an arrest warrant and pursuing the family abroad after his parents removed him from a British hospital against medical advice.... 9/1/2014 9:28 AM

Filipino force defied UN commander in Golan crisis
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- The Philippine military said Monday that a U.N. peacekeeping commander in the Golan Heights should be investigated for allegedly asking Filipino troops to surrender to Syrian rebels who had attacked and surrounded their camp.... 9/1/2014 9:26 AM

Syrian rebels, government clash in Golan Heights
BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian rebels clashed with government troops on Monday in the Golan Heights, where al-Qaida-linked insurgents abducted U.N. peacekeepers last week, activists said.... 9/1/2014 9:19 AM

Aid flows into Iraq Shiite town after siege broken
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Aid began to flow to a small northern Shiite town in Iraq on Monday, a day after security forces backed by Iran-allied Shiite militias and U.S. airstrikes broke a two-month siege by Sunni militants.... 9/1/2014 9:02 AM

Ex-Romanian foreign minister under communism dies
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- Stefan Andrei, a foreign minister under communism who decreased Romania's dependency on the Soviet Union, has died. He was 83.... 9/1/2014 8:52 AM

Oslo police suspect base jumping death at ski jump
HELSINKI (AP) -- Norwegian police say they suspect that a base jumper was killed at the Holmenkollen ski jump in the capital, Oslo.... 9/1/2014 8:51 AM

NATO plans high-readiness force to counter Russia
BRUSSELS (AP) -- NATO leaders this week will be asked to approve creation of a high-readiness force and the stockpiling of military equipment and supplies in Eastern Europe to help protect member nations there against potential Russian aggression, the alliance's secretary general said Monday.... 9/1/2014 8:44 AM

UN diplomats examine Islamic State alleged crimes
GENEVA (AP) -- Iraq's government asked the U.N.'s top human rights body Monday to investigate alleged crimes against civilians committed by the Islamic State group in its rampage across northeastern Syria and northern and western Iraq.... 9/1/2014 8:41 AM

3 children killed in knife attack at China school
BEIJING (AP) -- A 40-year-old man stabbed students and teachers with a fruit knife at an elementary school in central China on Monday, killing three children and injuring six other people before jumping to his death, officials said.... 9/1/2014 8:32 AM

Greece rules out new cuts ahead of bailout talks
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece's government says it won't enact further austerity measures ahead of talks later this week with bailout creditors.... 9/1/2014 8:20 AM

Libya parliament asks ex-premier to form Cabinet
CAIRO (AP) -- Libya's official news agency says the country's elected parliament has tasked the recently resigned prime minister with forming a new government.... 9/1/2014 8:16 AM

Turkey summons US diplomat over spying report
ISTANBUL (AP) -- The Turkish foreign ministry has summoned the most senior U.S. diplomat in the country for clarification of a report about American and British spying in Turkey.... 9/1/2014 8:10 AM

Poland's PM: Ukraine's war must be stopped now
GDANSK, Poland (AP) -- The outbreak of World War II 75 years ago shows why Europe must put an end to the war in Ukraine now, Poland's prime minister said Monday.... 9/1/2014 8:04 AM

Israeli children return to school after Gaza war
KIBBUTZ SAAD, Israel (AP) -- Thousands of Israeli children in areas near the Gaza Strip went back to school Monday after spending the summer in bomb shelters as rockets and mortars rained on their communities during the 50-day Israel-Hamas war, while schools in Gaza remained shuttered as the territory recovered from the fighting.... 9/1/2014 8:01 AM

Americans detained in North Korea call for US help
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- North Korea gave foreign media access on Monday to three detained Americans who said they have been able to contact their families and - watched by officials as they spoke - called for Washington to send a high-ranking representative to negotiate for their freedom.... 9/1/2014 7:53 AM

Military action leaves Lesotho in power vacuum
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- The king of Lesotho is taking action to fill a power vacuum after the military's actions over the weekend caused the prime minister to flee the mountainous African country.... 9/1/2014 7:27 AM