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Germanwings pilots to go on strike Friday
BERLIN (AP) -- German airline pilots said they will go on strike after negotiations between the country's biggest airline Lufthansa and the union representing pilots collapsed Thursday over a long-running dispute regarding wages and early retirement benefits.... 8/28/2014 9:07 AM

France suggests Europe could help as Gaza monitor
PARIS (AP) -- France's president is calling on the international community to help enforce the cease-fire in Gaza, suggesting that Europe could play a role in monitoring the dismantling of tunnels dug by Hamas militants as well as helping to secure gateways between Gaza and Egypt and Israel.... 8/28/2014 8:56 AM

Germany readies volcano outbreak measures
BERLIN (AP) -- Germany has put a specialized aircraft and a network of laser measuring stations on stand-by in case Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano erupts.... 8/28/2014 8:55 AM

UN: Afghan election audit done around Sept. 10
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The United Nations representative for Afghanistan says an audit of the country's presidential election should be completed around Sept. 10 and that the inauguration could happen after that.... 8/28/2014 8:53 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 are now known, the World Health Organization said Thursday.... 8/28/2014 8:52 AM

Egypt's Morsi accused of leaking secrets to Qatar
CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's state prosecutor is investigating allegations that ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi leaked secret documents to Qatar via the Doha-based Al-Jazeera broadcaster, according to judicial officials.... 8/28/2014 8:49 AM

Islamic State group kills captured Syrian soldiers
BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian activists say the Islamic State group has killed dozens of government soldiers it captured after overrunning a military base this week.... 8/28/2014 8:44 AM

Philippine leader: Supreme Court meddling too much
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Philippine President Benigno Aquino III says the Supreme Court meddles too much in political issues, reiterating his openness to amend the constitution to clip judiciary power.... 8/28/2014 8:31 AM

France rules out Assad as partner in terror fight
PARIS (AP) -- French President Francois Hollande has ruled out an international partnership with Syria's leader to fight against the Islamic State group, saying any alliance with Bashar Assad would play into the militants' hands.... 8/28/2014 8:29 AM

2,000 in shelters as Kashmir border troops spar
SRINAGAR, India (AP) -- Thousands are sleeping in shelters near the de-facto border in Kashmir, as Indian and Pakistani border troops trade regular fire across the border of the disputed Himalayan territory.... 8/28/2014 8:25 AM

Turkey's Erdogan sworn in as president
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Recep Tayyip Erdogan was sworn in Thursday 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 8:23 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 8:16 AM

Ukraine, NATO, US: Russian forces inside Ukraine
NOVOAZOVSK, Ukraine (AP) -- "Russian forces have entered Ukraine," the country's president declared Thursday, cancelling a foreign trip and calling an emergency meeting of his security council. Reports from analysts to separatist rebels to NATO and U.S. officials backed up that assessment.... 8/28/2014 8:15 AM

Ukraine fears weigh on global stock markets
LONDON (AP) -- Fears of an escalation in the conflict in Ukraine weighed on global stocks markets Thursday, particularly in Russia, but sent the price of gold sharply higher as investors sought out what are considered to be safe places to park cash.... 8/28/2014 8:14 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 8:09 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 8:06 AM

Tim Hortons a big part of Canadian identity
TORONTO (AP) -- Few things unite Canadians the way Tim Hortons does. For half a century, they have warmed themselves on chilly mornings with the chain's coffee and Timbits - or doughnut holes to Americans.... 8/28/2014 7:56 AM

US fund in deal to build Myanmar solar plants
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- A U.S investment group 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 7:54 AM

Finland suspects Russian airspace violation
HELSINKI (AP) -- Finland's Defense Ministry says it suspects a Russian military aircraft has violated Finnish airspace in the third such incident in six days.... 8/28/2014 7:41 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 7:38 AM