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New Zealand justice minister resigns amid scandal
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- New Zealand's Justice Minister Judith Collins resigned Saturday from her portfolios amid a scandal about her ties to a controversial blogger.... 8/30/2014 12:27 AM

Russian-backed rebels aim to push west along coast
NOVOAZOVSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Their tanks bearing the flag of their would-be state, Russian-backed separatists held control Friday over this coastal town on the new front in the Ukraine conflict and announced their intention to keep pushing west toward a major port city.... 8/30/2014 12:07 AM

24 Nicaraguan miners still trapped in gold mine
BONANZA, Nicaragua (AP) -- Rescuers using long ladders tried to get food and water to freelance miners trapped in a Nicaraguan gold mine, as the effort to reach the 24 men entered its second day.... 8/30/2014 12:06 AM

Mexico operations thwart child, family migrants
CHAHUITES, Mexico (AP) -- Mexico is making a big effort to stop the flow of Central Americans trying to reach the United States, and has dramatically cut the number of child migrants. But it is unclear for how long federal officials will keep up the raids.... 8/30/2014 12:03 AM

China warns against foreign meddling in Hong Kong
BEIJING (AP) -- China warned against foreign meddling in Hong Kong's politics Saturday ahead of an expected announcement to recommend highly contentious restrictions on the first direct elections for the leader of the Chinese-controlled financial hub.... 8/29/2014 11:59 PM

Iceland raises volcano aviation alert briefly
REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) -- Icelandic authorities briefly raised the aviation warning code to red Friday after a small fissure eruption near Bardarbunga volcano, but no volcanic ash was detected by the radar system.... 8/29/2014 10:59 PM

Members of Jewish sect leave Guatemala village
GUATEMALA (AP) -- Members of an ultra-Orthodox Jewish group were forced out of a village in western Guatemala after disputes with indigenous residents over cultural and religious differences.... 8/29/2014 8:21 PM

BRIC wall: Brazil's economy slips into a recession
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Brazil's economy, once an emerging-market darling, fell into recession, according to government data released Friday, as millions of new middle class citizens tightened their belts and further dampened a credit-driven spending spree.... 8/29/2014 8:15 PM

UN: 'Very fluid' situation on held peacekeepers
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The plight of dozens of U.N. peacekeepers in Syria remained "very, very fluid" Friday, the secretary-general's spokesman said, as talks aimed at their release stretched into a second day.... 8/29/2014 7:23 PM

Jamaican ends legal challenge to anti-sodomy law
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) -- A young Jamaican gay rights activist who brought an unprecedented legal challenge to the Caribbean island's anti-sodomy law has withdrawn the claim after growing fearful about violent backlashes, advocacy groups and colleagues said Friday.... 8/29/2014 6:03 PM

Mexico's Pemex says production to increase in 2015
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexico's state-owned oil company Petroleos Mexicanos estimates its crude production will increase to 2.4 million barrels per day in 2015, compared with the 2.35 million barrels per day it expects to produce this year, a company official said Friday.... 8/29/2014 5:31 PM

Colombian accused in 5,000-plus killings arrested
PANAMA CITY, Panama (AP) -- Panamanian authorities say they have arrested a fugitive Colombian right-wing militia leader accused in more than 5,000 murders who officials say was posing as a construction company owner.... 8/29/2014 5:06 PM

Mexico authorities stage midnight migrant raid
SAN RAMON, Mexico (AP) -- The lumbering freight train known as "The Beast," a key part of the route for migrants heading north to the United States, rolled to an abrupt, unscheduled stop in the black of midnight.... 8/29/2014 4:59 PM

Liberia to unseal slum cordoned off to stop Ebola
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- Liberia says it will open up a slum in its capital where thousands of people were barricaded to contain the spread of Ebola.... 8/29/2014 4:26 PM

Ecuador heralds digital currency plans
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) -- Ecuador is planning to create what it calls the world's first digital currency issued by a central bank, which some analysts believe could be a first step toward abandoning the country's existing currency, the U.S. dollar.... 8/29/2014 4:18 PM

Poland bars Russian plane from its airspace
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Poland prevented a plane carrying Russia's defense minister from traveling through its airspace Friday, drawing an angry response from Moscow.... 8/29/2014 3:42 PM

Iraqi town holds out against militant onslaught
BAGHDAD (AP) -- As Islamic militants rampage across northern Iraq, seizing vast swaths of territory and driving hundreds of thousands of people from their homes, the Shiite Turkmens living in the hardscrabble town of Amirli have decided to stay and fight.... 8/29/2014 3:38 PM

US: Too soon to evaluate Pakistan offensive
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- U.S. military leaders say it's too soon to tell if Pakistan's offensive against militants in North Waziristan has been effective or simply symbolic, but they say the operations have temporarily disrupted the enemy and sent insurgents fleeing into Afghanistan.... 8/29/2014 3:30 PM

Families of Russian troops in Ukraine want answers
MOSCOW (AP) -- The last time Valeria Sokolova saw her husband, the 25-year-old paratrooper told her that he and his fellow soldiers were heading for military exercises in southern Russia, near the Ukrainian border.... 8/29/2014 3:26 PM

US: Too soon evaluate Pakistan offensive
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- U.S. military leaders say it's too soon to tell if Pakistan's offensive against militants in North Waziristan has been effective or simply symbolic, but they say the operations have temporarily disrupted the enemy and sent insurgents fleeing into Afghanistan.... 8/29/2014 3:21 PM