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UN: death toll from Syrian civil war tops 191,000
GENEVA (AP) -- The death toll from three years of Syria's civil war has risen to more than 191,000 people, the United Nations reported Friday.... 8/22/2014 7:26 AM

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) -- Nigeria confirms first 2 Ebola cases beyond those who had direct contact with ill traveler .... 8/22/2014 7:24 AM

Sweden artist jailed for denigrating blacks, Roma
STOCKHOLM (AP) -- A Swedish artist has been sentenced to six months in prison for works that a court said depicted Gypsies and blacks in a racist manner.... 8/22/2014 7:14 AM

In Gaza, 7 more alleged Israel informants killed
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- A witness and Hamas media say that masked gunmen have killed seven suspected informants for Israel near a Gaza City mosque as worshippers were ending midday prayers.... 8/22/2014 7:12 AM

Ukraine: Russian aid convoy is a 'direct invasion'
URALO-KAVKAZ, Ukraine (AP) -- Russia sent dozens of aid trucks into rebel-held eastern Ukraine on Friday without Kiev's approval, saying its patience had worn out with the Ukrainian government's stalling tactics. Ukraine called the move a "direct invasion."... 8/22/2014 7:12 AM

Iraqi cleric urges leaders not to delay government
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraq's most influential Shiite cleric has called on the country's leaders to settle their differences in a "realistic and doable" manner and swiftly form a new government, badly needed in the face of a growing Sunni insurgency.... 8/22/2014 7:05 AM

China's Xi courts public opinion in Mongolia
ULAN BATOR, Mongolia (AP) -- With assurances of mutual development and good neighborliness, Chinese President Xi Jinping courted public opinion Friday in Mongolia, a country that has often been wary of domination by its massive southern neighbor.... 8/22/2014 7:05 AM

Philippines makes arrests in online extortion ring
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Philippine police have arrested eight suspected members of an online syndicate accused of blackmailing more than 1,000 Hong Kong and Singapore residents after luring them into exposing themselves in front of webcam, an official said Friday.... 8/22/2014 6:59 AM

Rains raise risk for search after Japan landslides
TOKYO (AP) -- Forecasts for more heavy rains in western Japan raised the risk Friday of further landslides in Hiroshima, hindering efforts to locate dozens of people still missing after hills around the city collapsed earlier this week.... 8/22/2014 6:56 AM

2 French teen girls probed as would-be jihadis
PARIS (AP) -- Two girls, aged 15 and 17, are under investigation in France for allegedly making plans to join jihadis in Syria.... 8/22/2014 6:20 AM

German man evicted for squeaky swing set sex prop
BERLIN (AP) -- A German court says a landlady was within her rights to evict a man for persistently using a squeaky swing set in his apartment late at night as a sex prop.... 8/22/2014 6:00 AM

Zimbabwe cautions citizens on travel over Ebola
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) -- Zimbabweans battered by economic problems have flocked to Nigeria to visit faith healers and collect lucky charms, but their government is urging them to stay away because of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.... 8/22/2014 5:41 AM

Ex-prosecutor in S. Korea admits public lewdness
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- The former chief prosecutor on a South Korean island admits to performing lewd acts on city streets and feels extremely shameful for his behavior, his lawyer said Friday.... 8/22/2014 5:35 AM

Tunisia crackdown raises fears of rights rollback
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) -- Mosques are being closed, local organizations banned and at least 1,000 people have been arrested as Tunisia cracks down on those suspected of sympathizing with radical Islamists.... 8/22/2014 5:12 AM

German policeman on trial in dismemberment killing
BERLIN (AP) -- A German police handwriting expert is on trial over accusations he killed and chopped up a man he met in an Internet cannibalism chat forum.... 8/22/2014 5:03 AM

Asia stocks rise, Europe flat ahead of Yellen talk
HONG KONG (AP) -- Most Asian stock markets pushed higher Friday after a record day on Wall Street powered by upbeat data that added to evidence the world's biggest economy is gaining strength. European shares were flat as investors awaited a meeting of central bankers that might shed light on the timing of U.S. interest rate hikes.... 8/22/2014 4:56 AM

India blocks film on Indira Gandhi assassination
NEW DELHI (AP) -- India has blocked the release of a film on the assassination of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, saying it glorifies her killers and could trigger violent protests, officials said Friday.... 8/22/2014 4:38 AM

India police take fasting activist back to clinic
NEW DELHI (AP) -- A frail Indian activist who has been on a hunger strike for nearly 14 years to protest alleged military brutality scuffled with police Friday as they took her back to the same government hospital where she had been force-fed.... 8/22/2014 4:23 AM

Quake hits northern Greece; no damage, injuries
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) -- Seismologists say an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.1 has struck the northern Greek region of Halkidiki, rattling the area but causing no damage or injuries.... 8/22/2014 3:58 AM

MH17 remains return home as govt battles fallout
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Carried by soldiers and draped in the national flag, coffins carrying Malaysian victims of Flight MH17 returned home Friday to a country still searching for those onboard another doomed jet and a government battling the political fallout of the twin tragedies.... 8/22/2014 3:38 AM