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Russian aid convoy advances toward Ukraine
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Fierce fighting raged in eastern Ukraine on Thursday in what appeared to be a last-gasp attempt by government troops to snatch back territory from pro-Russian separatists before the arrival of a Russian aid convoy overseen by the Red Cross.... 8/21/2014 4:12 PM

Israel kills 3 Hamas military commanders in Gaza
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Israel stepped up its campaign against Gaza's ruling Hamas on Thursday, killing three of the group's senior military commanders in an airstrike that pulverized a four-story home, the second such attack targeting top leaders in two days.... 8/21/2014 4:11 PM

Reports: Syria troops kill scores of jihadis
BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian troops killed dozens of jihadi fighters, including a prominent media activist, in heavy clashes on Thursday around a sprawling northern air base that the Islamic State group is trying to seize, activists and state media said.... 8/21/2014 4:01 PM

Thai army ruler named prime minister
BANGKOK (AP) -- Three months after overthrowing an elected government, Thailand's junta leader is stepping out of his army uniform to take up the post of prime minister in a move critics say will prolong his rule and bolster the military's grip on power.... 8/21/2014 3:54 PM

Pakistan parliament rejects calls for PM to quit
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistan's parliament on Thursday rejected calls for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's resignation as unconstitutional despite massive anti-government protests just outside the assembly in the capital Islamabad.... 8/21/2014 3:46 PM

Puerto Rico priest pleads guilty in abuse case
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- A Roman Catholic priest in Puerto Rico has pleaded guilty to transporting a minor with the intent to engage in criminal sexual conduct, the U.S. Attorney's Office said Thursday.... 8/21/2014 3:38 PM

Venezuela proposes fingerprinting shoppers
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Venezuelans soon may need to have their fingerprints scanned before they can buy bread.... 8/21/2014 3:16 PM

Hamas admits kidnapping Israeli teens
JERUSALEM (AP) -- A senior Hamas leader has said the group carried out the kidnapping and killing of three Israeli teens in the West Bank in June - the first time anyone from the Islamic militant group has said it was behind an attack that helped spark the current war in the Gaza Strip.... 8/21/2014 3:09 PM

Syria opposition: Deadly chemical attack forgotten
BEIRUT (AP) -- The year since a chemical attack that killed hundreds near Damascus has been a strikingly good one for President Bashar Assad.... 8/21/2014 3:00 PM

Romania: Ex-PM imprisoned for corruption released
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- A former Romanian prime minister who was imprisoned on corruption charges has been released early from prison.... 8/21/2014 2:49 PM

Liberia gives food in slum sealed to stop Ebola
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- Government officials handed out bags of rice and sachets of drinking water Thursday to residents of an impoverished slum in Liberia's capital where tens of thousands of people have been barricaded in an effort to stop the spread of Ebola.... 8/21/2014 2:38 PM

Mento performer Joseph 'Powda' Bennett dies at 76
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) -- Jamaican folk musician Joseph Bennett, who played a rollicking genre of traditional dance music with the long-running Jolly Boys, has died in his Caribbean homeland. He was 76.... 8/21/2014 2:15 PM

Saudi court sentences 18 more on terror charges
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- A court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced 18 more people on terrorism charges, wrapping up a week of verdicts on nearly every person in an alleged 50-member cell charged with launching attacks aimed at toppling the monarchy around a decade ago.... 8/21/2014 2:07 PM

Libya flights canceled amid militia fighting
CAIRO (AP) -- Tunisia and Egypt on Thursday canceled flights to neighboring Libya citing security concerns, as militias battle in the capital Tripoli and the eastern city of Benghazi, where a renegade general has launched airstrikes on Islamist militia barracks.... 8/21/2014 1:45 PM

Hunt for German neo-Nazis was 'complete disaster'
BERLIN (AP) -- Police and security services in Germany's eastern state of Thuringia bungled the hunt for three neo-Nazis, who years later turned out to be the main suspects in a far-right murder spree, according to an official report published Thursday.... 8/21/2014 1:38 PM

Turkey's Davutoglu named new premier
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Recep Tayyip Erdogan named Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu as his successor as prime minister on 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 1:35 PM

Iraq museum inaugurates 2 halls of statues
BAGHDAD (AP) -- The Iraqi National Museum inaugurated two renovated halls adorned with life-size stone statues on Thursday, highlighting the rich history of a country once again shattered by war.... 8/21/2014 1:30 PM

Irish peacemaker, ex-premier Reynolds dies at 81
DUBLIN (AP) -- Albert Reynolds, the risk-taking Irish prime minister who played a key role in delivering peace to Northern Ireland but struggled to keep his own governments intact, died Thursday after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. He was 81.... 8/21/2014 1:21 PM

Russia checks more McDonald's after closing 3
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia's food safety agency said Thursday that it was checking McDonald's restaurants around the country, a day after several branches of the chain were shuttered in Moscow.... 8/21/2014 1:13 PM

Turkey's Davutoglu expected to be a docile premier
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, hand-picked by president-elect Recep Tayyip Erdogan to succeed him as prime minister, is expected to accept a largely backseat role as his boss strives to make his new job the most powerful position in the land.... 8/21/2014 1:06 PM