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2 French journalists accused of blackmailing Morocco's king
PARIS (AP) -- Two French journalists known for their critical writings about Moroccan King Mohammed VI have been arrested in France for allegedly trying to blackmail the monarch, according to his lawyer and the prosecutor's office.... 8/28/2015 6:07 PM

Bodies of 71 migrants who died in truck taken to morgue
NICKELSDORF, Austria (AP) -- Death was in the air Friday, its stench overpowering as workers on Austria's border with Hungary unloaded the bodies of some of the 71 migrants who perished trapped in a truck they hoped would take them to a better life.... 8/28/2015 5:50 PM

Air guitarists strum out for the world title in Finland
OULU, Finland (AP) -- In a sweaty, dark, clubhouse in northern Finland, people were jerking, jumping and screaming into the early hours Friday while moving their fingers with precision through the air.... 8/28/2015 5:48 PM

Iraq's top cleric says government must genuinely seek change
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraq's top Shiite cleric said on Friday the government must show it was seeking genuine change to combat corruption and improve services and not just introduce temporary measures to placate the embattled nation.... 8/28/2015 5:42 PM

Turkish President Erdogan approves interim government
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday approved an interim government that will lead Turkey into a new election in November, paving the way for two legislators from Turkey's pro-Kurdish party to take up ministerial posts for the first time.... 8/28/2015 6:08 PM

Europe's migrant crisis brings new death by land and sea
VIENNA (AP) -- Death and desperation mounted in Europe's migrant crisis Friday as Austrian police said 71 people appeared to have suffocated in the back of an abandoned truck, while an estimated 200 people were feared drowned off Libya when two overloaded boats capsized.... 8/28/2015 5:30 PM

Dominican death toll rises as 'Erika' reaches Hispaniola
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) -- Heavy rain and strong winds from Tropical Storm Erika began to bear down Friday on the Dominican Republic as authorities on the eastern Caribbean island of Dominica warned that the death toll would rise from mudslides and flooding unleashed by the system.... 8/28/2015 6:09 PM

Mexican ambassador-designate downplays Donald Trump comments
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexico's ambassador-designate to Washington sought to downplay Donald Trump's comments on Mexico, telling a Senate confirmation hearing on Friday that Trump is simply playing politics.... 8/28/2015 5:09 PM

Correction: Iran-Nuclear story
VIENNA (AP) -- In a story Aug. 19 about an arrangement over alleged past nuclear weapons work between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency, The Associated Press reported erroneously referred to Parchin as a "nuclear site." In fact, it is a military site where some believe nuclear weapons work may have occurred.... 8/28/2015 5:04 PM

The Latest: Over 332,000 migrants reach Europe this year
GENEVA (AP) -- Here are the latest developments Friday regarding the tens of thousands of migrants trying to reach Europe.... 8/28/2015 4:55 PM

Exhausted migrants scuffle at Greek-Macedonian border
IDOMENI, Greece (AP) -- Scuffles and limited fights broke out Friday among more than 1,000 people at Greece's northern border with Macedonia as exhausted, thirsty migrants jostled to get into position to cross.... 8/28/2015 4:27 PM

Venezuelans to rally in support of closing Colombian border
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- A sea of protesters in red shirts rallied in Caracas on Friday to support a crackdown on migrants, smugglers and paramilitary groups that has triggered an increasingly bitter dispute between Colombia and Venezuela and led the neighboring countries to recall ambassadors for consultations.... 8/28/2015 4:16 PM

Senegal activist: Release 7 men convicted of gay acts
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- A Senegalese activist and a rights group on Friday called for the release of seven men arrested in July and sentenced to six months in prison for homosexual acts.... 8/28/2015 4:16 PM

British journalists detained in Turkey
DIYARBAKIR, Turkey (AP) -- Two British journalists were detained along with their fixer while reporting from the main city in Turkey's mostly Kurdish southeast, where renewed fighting between the security forces and Kurdish rebels has killed scores of people, officials and reports said Friday.... 8/28/2015 4:09 PM

Sicily detains 10 smugglers in deaths of 52 migrants
ROME (AP) -- Prosecutors in Sicily detained 10 people on suspicion of smuggling and murder Friday for having allegedly crammed dozens of migrants into the airless hold of a boat where 52 bodies were found this week.... 8/28/2015 4:00 PM

Fahmy hopes to get life back with Al-Jazeera English verdict
TORONTO (AP) -- Former Al-Jazeera English journalist Mohamed Fahmy, who remains in Egypt awaiting a verdict in his terror trial, is hoping his ordeal will be over this weekend.... 8/28/2015 3:40 PM

Al-Jazeera English defendants await verdict in Egypt trial
CAIRO (AP) -- Three journalists on trial in an Egyptian court on terrorism-related charges are awaiting its verdict, hopeful that they will be acquitted after lengthy proceedings criticized worldwide by press freedom advocates and human rights activists.... 8/28/2015 3:34 PM

Greece's caretaker cabinet sworn in ahead of early vote
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece's new caretaker government, led by the nation's first female prime minister, was sworn in Friday and headed straight into a cabinet meeting as the country faces an election next month.... 8/28/2015 3:23 PM

Mali militia refuses to leave town after peace deal broken
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) -- A government-allied militia in Mali says it won't follow demands by an international peace monitoring group to leave a northern town that it took from separatists last week.... 8/28/2015 3:20 PM

UN envoy says Libya talks must end in 2 weeks
SKHIRAT, Morocco (AP) -- Talks to form a national unity government in Libya moved forward Friday without one of the main negotiating partners as the U.N. envoy said an agreement must be reached in the next two weeks.... 8/28/2015 3:19 PM

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