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US: Too soon evaluate Pakistan offensive
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- U.S. military leaders say it's too soon to tell if Pakistan's offensive against militants in North Waziristan has been effective or simply symbolic.... 8/29/2014 3:15 PM

EU ministers call for new sanctions against Russia
MILAN (AP) -- Several European Union foreign ministers on Friday accused Russia of invading eastern Ukraine and said Moscow should be punished with additional economic sanctions.... 8/29/2014 3:12 PM

Police seek missing 5-year-old British boy
PARIS (AP) -- Police are searching for a 5-year-old British boy with a severe brain tumor whose parents took him out of a British hospital and were last seen in France.... 8/29/2014 2:54 PM

Palestinian leader says Hamas caused prolonged war
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas blamed Hamas on Friday for extending fighting with Israel in the Gaza Strip, casting doubt on the future of the Palestinian unity government that the Islamic militant group backs, while Israel's premier said the end of the war could mark resumption of peace talks with Abbas.... 8/29/2014 2:32 PM

French girl investigated over alleged jihad plan
PARIS (AP) -- A 14-year-old French girl has been placed under investigation for allegedly planning to carry out jihad, the third in a group of teenage girls caught before they left home.... 8/29/2014 2:31 PM

Poland bars Russian plane from its airspace
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Poland prevented a plane carrying Russia's defense minister from traveling through its airspace Friday, leading to a complaint from Moscow.... 8/29/2014 2:28 PM

Zimbabwe 1st lady roils political scene with entry
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) -- She has expensive tastes, owns a lot of land in Zimbabwe and is now entering politics, a move that is roiling this southern African nation that has known only one leader since independence: President Robert Mugabe, who is 90 years old.... 8/29/2014 2:21 PM

UN: 'Very fluid' situation on held peacekeepers
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The plight of dozens of U.N. peacekeepers in Syria remained "very, very fluid" Friday, the secretary-general's spokesman said, as talks aimed at their release stretched into a second day.... 8/29/2014 2:09 PM

Ex-Myanmar beauty queen accused of stealing crown
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- Myanmar's first international beauty queen has absconded with her $100,000 crown after being stripped of her title for being rude and dishonest, organizers said Friday.... 8/29/2014 2:06 PM

At least 24 trapped in mine landslide in Nicaragua
MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) -- Rescuers worked Friday to reach at least 24 gold miners trapped by a landslide in northern Nicaragua.... 8/29/2014 1:58 PM

Cameron promises tough action to fight militants
LONDON (AP) -- Prime Minister David Cameron pledged Friday to plug gaps in Britain's armory to combat terror, describing the extremist threat posed by the Islamic State group as being more dangerous than even that of al-Qaida.... 8/29/2014 1:51 PM

Greek lawmaker gets jail leave for city seat
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- The jailed spokesman of Greece's extreme right Golden Party was been granted a brief leave from prison on Friday to take up his seat on Athens' new city council, after the party won 16 percent of the capital's vote capital in May municipal elections.... 8/29/2014 1:19 PM

Dutch prosecutor in Ukraine for crash inquiry
AMSTERDAM (AP) -- The Netherlands has assigned a prosecutor to work in Kiev on the criminal investigation into the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.... 8/29/2014 1:02 PM

Mexico operations thwart child, family migrants
CHAHUITES, Mexico (AP) -- Mexico's largest crackdown in decades on illegal migration has decreased the flow of Central Americans 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 12:47 PM

Iraqi town holds out against militant juggernaut
BAGHDAD (AP) -- As Islamic militants rampaged across northern Iraq in June, seizing vast swaths of territory and driving hundreds of thousands of people from their homes, the Shiite Turkmens living in the hardscrabble town of Amirli decided to stay and fight.... 8/29/2014 12:26 PM

US delivers military aid to Lebanese army
BEIRUT (AP) -- The United States has delivered an emergency shipment of weapons to Lebanon's military, officials said Friday, part of a broader regional effort to combat the growing threat posed by Islamic extremists.... 8/29/2014 12:25 PM

Ebola arrives in Senegal as outbreak accelerates
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- A man infected with Ebola traveled to Senegal, bringing to the country the first confirmed case of the dreaded disease that has hit four other West African nations and killed more than 1,500 people, the Ministry of Health said Friday.... 8/29/2014 12:22 PM

BRIC wall: Brazil's economy slips into a recession
SAO PAULO (AP) -- Brazil has slipped into recession, with government figures released Friday showing gross domestic product contracting for a second consecutive quarter.... 8/29/2014 12:12 PM

Boat flips near Dominican coast; at least 1 death
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) -- Authorities in the Dominican Republic searched Friday for survivors after a small boat carrying about 20 migrants capsized off the eastern tip of the country as they apparently tried to reach Puerto Rico.... 8/29/2014 12:04 PM

UN says Syria refugees top 3 million mark
GENEVA (AP) -- The civil war in Syria has forced 3 million people out of the country, including more than a million people who fled in the past year, creating a crisis that the U.N. refugee agency said requires the biggest operation in its 64-year history.... 8/29/2014 11:56 AM