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Heavy clashes in Syria's Golan Heights
BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian activists say government warplanes are targeting rebels near the country's frontier with Israel in the Golan Heights, a day after opposition fighters captured a crossing point there.... 8/28/2014 7:32 AM

Turkey's Erdogan sworn in as president
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Recep Tayyip Erdogan has taken the oath of office as Turkey's first popularly elected president, a position that will keep him in the nation's driving seat for at least another five years.... 8/28/2014 7:21 AM

Phone call data may alter Malaysia jet search area
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Just weeks before the hunt for the missing Malaysian airliner is set to resume, an Australian official said Thursday that the sprawling search area in the southern Indian Ocean may be extended farther south based on a new analysis of a failed attempt to call the plane by satellite phone.... 8/28/2014 7:20 AM

US fund in deal to build Myanmar solar plants
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- A U.S investment fund has signed a $480 million deal to build two solar energy plants in central Myanmar, one of the largest investments by an American firm since the easing of U.S. sanctions.... 8/28/2014 7:20 AM

HK graft cops raid pro-democracy media boss's home
HONG KONG (AP) -- Hong Kong anti-corruption police on Thursday searched the homes of a media magnate who is an outspoken critic of Beijing and a pro-democracy legislator after receiving a complaint alleging that lawmakers had taken bribes.... 8/28/2014 7:10 AM

Shaun the shaggy Aussie sheep finally shorn smooth
SYDNEY (AP) -- Shaun the shaggy Australian sheep has at last been shorn smooth. But the woolly wanderer wasn't the wooliest of all.... 8/28/2014 7:08 AM

Strategic Ukraine town under rebel control
NOVOAZOVSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Ukraine's president called an emergency meeting of the nation's security council and canceled a foreign trip Thursday, declaring that "Russian forces have entered Ukraine," as concerns grew about the opening of a new front in the conflict.... 8/28/2014 6:56 AM

UN: Ebola cases could eventually reach 20,000
GENEVA (AP) -- The Ebola outbreak in West Africa eventually could exceed 20,000 cases, more than six times as many as doctors know about now, the World Health Organization said Thursday.... 8/28/2014 6:48 AM

India urges millions of poor to open bank accounts
NEW DELHI (AP) -- India's state-owned banks are conducting a massive campaign to open millions of accounts for poor Indians who are off the financial grid and vulnerable to black market money lenders.... 8/28/2014 6:39 AM

China vows to respond to US surveillance flights
BEIJING (AP) -- China said Thursday it will continue responding to U.S. military surveillance flights off its coast, rejecting American accusations that one of Beijing's fighter jets acted recklessly in intercepting a U.S. Navy plane last week.... 8/28/2014 6:38 AM

Business leaders offer support for independence
LONDON (AP) -- Some 200 business leaders have offered support for the idea of Scottish independence from Britain, hitting back after a similar letter from other companies argued there are too many uncertainties surrounding the Sept. 18 vote.... 8/28/2014 6:37 AM

French leader banks on free market to save economy
PARIS (AP) -- Facing pitiful poll numbers, Francois Hollande has cast his lot: The French president who once decried global finance and vowed a 75-percent tax on millionaires has quashed dissent from his Socialist government's left flank and appointed a well-heeled former investment banker as his new point man on the economy.... 8/28/2014 6:34 AM

Indonesia, Australia sign new security agreement
BALI, Indonesia (AP) -- Often-testy neighbors Indonesia and Australia signed a new security agreement on Thursday to mend a relationship badly damaged by allegations last year that Australia was listening to the telephone conversations of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and his wife.... 8/28/2014 6:34 AM

Egypt raises new charge against ex-president Morsi
CAIRO (AP) -- Judicial officials say Egypt's state prosecutor has raised new charges against the country's ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, accusing him of leaking secret documents to Qatar, an ally of the Muslim Brotherhood group.... 8/28/2014 6:25 AM

Israelis skeptical of PM's Gaza victory claim
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's claim that Israel achieved a "great military and political" victory over Hamas in the latest round of fighting in the Gaza Strip has met with skepticism from many Israelis, according to a poll published Thursday.... 8/28/2014 6:21 AM

Filipino bishops to counter Islamic State group
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Leaders of the Philippine Roman Catholic Church, Asia's largest, vowed Thursday to counter extremist religions such as that espoused by Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq.... 8/28/2014 6:17 AM

Japanese lawmaker, ex-NFL lineman in North Korea
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- A Japanese pro-wrestler-turned-politician arrived in North Korea with a former NFL lineman and more than a dozen martial artists on Thursday for the first big sports event featuring well-known foreigners since Dennis Rodman's controversial basketball game earlier this year.... 8/28/2014 5:56 AM

Pakistani cleric says talks with government failed
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- A fiery Pakistani cleric who has been leading a mass rally outside parliament demanding Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's resignation said on Thursday that he has "shut the door" on further talks with the government.... 8/28/2014 5:55 AM

Thai court drops murder case against ex-PM
BANGKOK (AP) -- A Thai court on Thursday dismissed a murder case against ex-premier Abhisit Vejjajiva and his former deputy, who were both indicted for their role in ordering a deadly crackdown on anti-government protesters in 2010.... 8/28/2014 5:43 AM

EU struggles with dearth of women in top jobs
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Don't be fooled by Angela Merkel. The German chancellor may be the most powerful leader in the European Union, but she hardly paints a true picture of the place of women in EU politics.... 8/28/2014 5:41 AM