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Fiji says Syrian rebels issue demands for captives
SUVA, Fiji (AP) -- Fiji's military commander said Tuesday that Syrian rebels have issued three demands for the release of 45 Fijian peacekeepers they've held captive for five days.... 9/1/2014 9:50 PM

Regional body to help restore stability in Lesotho
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Southern Africa's regional body said Monday it will send an envoy and an observer team to Lesotho to help restore stability and security in the mountainous kingdom where military actions over the weekend caused the prime minister to flee.... 9/1/2014 9:46 PM

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 9:31 PM

Mexico rescues 15 Cubans adrift deep in Gulf
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- The Mexican Navy says it has rescued 13 badly dehydrated Cubans who were drifting in a makeshift boat far offshore in the Gulf of Mexico.... 9/1/2014 9:26 PM

Acid victims' photo shoot draws attention in India
NEW DELHI (AP) -- A fashion photo shoot featuring five victims of acid attacks is drawing wide attention in India. While the country keeps no official statistics on acid attacks, there are regular reports in the media of attackers targeting victims to disfigure or blind them, often because of spurned sexual advances.... 9/1/2014 8:51 PM

Australian dad accused of abusing Thai-born twins
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- An Australian man has been charged with sexually abusing twin girls he fathered several years ago to a Thai surrogate mother, media reported late Monday.... 9/1/2014 8:48 PM

New Zealand gunman kills 2; suspect faces charges
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- A man suspected of killing two unemployment-office workers and seriously wounding a third in a South Island town was charged Tuesday with murder.... 9/1/2014 7:24 PM

Peru police display record 7.7-ton cocaine haul
LIMA, Peru (AP) -- Peruvian police displayed in a Lima airport police hangar on Monday what officials called the largest cocaine haul ever in the Andean nation, 7.7 metric tons (8.5 tons).... 9/1/2014 6:52 PM

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 5:55 PM

Uruguay: Guantanamo prisoner transfer not imminent
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) -- A plan to resettle six men held at the U.S. Navy base in Guantanamo in Uruguay is still being negotiated and is unlikely to occur before upcoming elections in the South American country, an official said Monday.... 9/1/2014 5:40 PM

Austerity debate flares as Europe recovery fades
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- Europe's economic recovery is in danger. Governments are under pressure to save it, but struggling with political obstacles and disagreement among themselves over what to do.... 9/1/2014 5:33 PM

Turkish president seeks 2-state deal in Cyprus
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) -- Turkey's new president says his country will only approve of a deal to reunify Cyprus if it enshrines breakaway Turkish Cypriots as equal partners in a federation with the internationally recognized Greek Cypriot government.... 9/1/2014 5:03 PM

Mexico sees massive fish die-off at lake
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexican authorities say a mass die-off of fish at a lake in western Mexico was not due to natural causes, but the causes are still being investigated and one research said that low water levels could have been responsible.... 9/1/2014 4:34 PM

Cuba cracks down on goods in travelers' luggage
HAVANA (AP) -- Lugging duffel bags crammed with soap, socks, toys and other hard-to-obtain consumer goods, travelers arriving in Cuba on Monday complained that new government restrictions on their imports would leave their families wanting.... 9/1/2014 4:08 PM

Parents of ill UK boy fight extradition from Spain
LONDON (AP) -- The parents say they want to give their 5 year-old-boy with a brain tumor the best chance to live with a revolutionary new treatment they learned about on the Internet. Their British hospital says the boy has a 70 percent to 80 percent chance of survival with the treatment it offers, and it's the parents who are putting the child at risk.... 9/1/2014 3:36 PM

Study claims cave art made by Neanderthals
BERLIN (AP) -- A series of lines scratched into rock in a cave near the southwestern tip of Europe could be proof that Neanderthals were more intelligent and creative than previously thought.... 9/1/2014 3:31 PM

Iraqi prime minister pledges to root out militants
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraq's outgoing prime minster pledged Monday to turn his country into "a big grave" for Sunni militants from the Islamic State group and commended security forces who achieved a rare victory over insurgents by ending the siege of a Shiite town.... 9/1/2014 2:44 PM

Nigerian forces clash with Boko Haram fighters
BAUCHI, Nigeria (AP) -- Nigerian military officials say they killed about 70 Boko Haram fighters when the Islamic extremists attacked the northeastern town of Bama Monday morning.... 9/1/2014 2:27 PM

Pakistan's premier challenged by raging protests
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Ahead of a joint session of parliament, Pakistan's prime minister and army chief held marathon meetings Monday over violent anti-government protests that could force the premier of this nuclear-armed country to resign.... 9/1/2014 2:22 PM

Rights group: Witness for report on Egypt detained
CAIRO (AP) -- Human Rights Watch said Monday one of the witnesses for its investigation into mass killings in Egypt last summer was detained, calling for his release.... 9/1/2014 2:13 PM