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Merkel slams Russia over Ukraine convoy
BERLIN (AP) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel has accused Russia of risking a further escalation of the conflict in eastern Ukraine by sending an aid convoy into the region without Kiev's permission.... 8/22/2014 1:51 PM

Yemen's Shiite-rebel group escalate standoff
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Thousands of supporters of Yemen's powerful Shiite rebel group escalated their standoff with the government on Friday, setting up tents near three ministries to press for the replacement of a prime minister they depict as "manipulated" by their rival Islamist group, the Muslim Brotherhood.... 8/22/2014 1:38 PM

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 1:37 PM

Ebola spreads in Nigeria with 2 new cases
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) -- Two alarming new cases of Ebola have emerged in Nigeria, widening the circle of people sickened beyond the immediate group of caregivers who treated a dying airline passenger in one of Africa's largest cities.... 8/22/2014 1:36 PM

US, EU, NATO condemn Russian aid convoy move
LUHANSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Frustrated by a week of delays, Russia sent over 130 aid trucks rolling into rebel-held eastern Ukraine on Friday without the approval of the government in Kiev. Ukraine called the move a "direct invasion" that aimed to provoke an international incident.... 8/22/2014 1:33 PM

Sunnis pull out of Iraq talks after mosque attack
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Sunni lawmakers pulled out of talks on forming a new Iraqi government after militants attacked a Sunni mosque in a volatile province outside Baghdad during Friday prayers, killing at least 64 people.... 8/22/2014 1:22 PM

Amnesty: Mali holding children detainees as adults
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) -- Children accused of belonging to armed militias in Mali and participating in the country's ongoing unrest are languishing in jails and being held alongside adults, an international human rights group charged. .... 8/22/2014 1:16 PM

Gaza militants kill 18 alleged spies for Israel
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Gaza gunmen killed 18 alleged spies for Israel on Friday, including seven who were lined up behind a mosque with bags over their heads and shot in front of hundreds of people. The killings came in response to Israel's deadly airstrike against three top Hamas military commanders.... 8/22/2014 1:12 PM

Serbia says it won't impose sanctions on Russia
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) -- Despite pressure from the European Union, Serbia will not impose sanctions against Russia or curb its food exports to that country, Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said Friday.... 8/22/2014 12:50 PM

Canadian PM bans Chinese media from Arctic trip
TORONTO (AP) -- Canada says "past incidents and behaviors" are to blame for China's official news agency and the Communist Party newspaper being banned from an Arctic trip with Prime Minister Stephen Harper.... 8/22/2014 12:46 PM

German policeman on trial in dismemberment killing
BERLIN (AP) -- A German police officer went on trial Friday accused of strangling and chopping up a man he met in an Internet chat forum devoted to cannibalism.... 8/22/2014 12:36 PM

NATO criticizes Russian convoy sent into Ukraine
BRUSSELS (AP) -- NATO's secretary general has condemned Russia for sending a "so-called humanitarian convoy" into eastern Ukraine without the consent of the Ukrainian government.... 8/22/2014 12:26 PM

Pope's Iraq envoy: Minorities need to be defended
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis' envoy to Iraq says religious minorities being attacked by Islamic militants must be defended now and given international protection so they can return home, reinforcing the Vatican's position that military force is justified in this case.... 8/22/2014 12:22 PM

Rains raise search risk after Japan landslides
TOKYO (AP) -- Forecasts of 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 12:17 PM

Dead floppy drive: Kenya recycles global e-waste
MACHAKOS, Kenya (AP) -- In an industrial area outside Kenya's capital city, workers in hard hats and white masks take shiny new power drills to computer parts. This assembly line is not assembling, though. It is dismantling some of the estimated 50 million metric tons of hazardous electronic-waste the world generated last year.... 8/22/2014 11:57 AM

4 white lion cubs born at German circus
BERLIN (AP) -- A circus in Germany is celebrating the birth of four rare white lion cubs.... 8/22/2014 11:31 AM

AP Photos: Pakistani protesters sleep on streets
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- They swarmed into Pakistan's capital in their thousands, protesters calling for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's resignation and the dissolution of parliament.... 8/22/2014 11:08 AM

Costa Rica angered by Swedish comedy show
STOCKHOLM (AP) -- A Swedish TV network has apologized to Costa Rica for using the Central American country's national anthem to promote a comedy show.... 8/22/2014 10:20 AM

Germany sues Swiss bank for communist-era fortune
BERLIN (AP) -- Germany is suing a Swiss bank to reclaim millions of euros that once belonged to communist East Germany.... 8/22/2014 10:17 AM

Interpol seeks clues to Thai 'baby factory'
BANGKOK (AP) -- Interpol said Friday it has launched a multinational investigation into what Thailand has dubbed the "Baby Factory" case: a 24-year-old Japanese businessman who has 16 surrogate babies and an alleged desire to father hundreds more.... 8/22/2014 9:59 AM