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China: No open nominations for Hong Kong leader
BEIJING (AP) -- China's legislature on Sunday ruled against allowing open nominations in elections for Hong Kong's chief executive, a decision that promises to ignite political tensions in the Asian financial hub.... 8/31/2014 4:28 AM

Al-Qaida-linked group releases 5 Lebanese soldiers
BEIRUT (AP) -- Lebanon's official news agency says an al-Qaida-linked Syrian rebel group has released five Lebanese soldiers captured earlier this month in a cross-border raid.... 8/31/2014 4:01 AM

Filipino troops pull `greatest escape' from Syria
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Under cover of darkness, 40 Filipino peacekeepers made a daring escape after being surrounded and under fire for seven hours by Syrian rebels in the Golan Heights, Philippine officials said Sunday, leaving 44 Fijian troops still in the hands of the al-Qaida-linked insurgents.... 8/31/2014 3:38 AM

Australia to fly guns and ammunition into Iraq
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- An Australian military aircraft will soon fly guns and ammunition to the northern Iraqi city of Irbil to help Kurds fight Islamic State militants as part of a U.S.-led multination mission, Australia's prime minister said on Sunday.... 8/31/2014 2:47 AM

Afghanistan crash kills 23
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- A van slammed into a fuel tanker in western Afghanistan on Sunday, killing 23 people in the latest horrific accident in a country with poorly maintained roads and often reckless driving.... 8/31/2014 2:43 AM

Pakistani protester dies in clashes with police
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistani police on Sunday clashed with scattered pockets of anti-government protesters trying to advance on the prime minister's residence after a night of violence that saw hundreds wounded and the first death in more than two weeks of demonstrations.... 8/31/2014 2:33 AM

German security official warns of terror threat
BERLIN (AP) -- Germany's domestic intelligence chief says he expects Islamic extremists who have traveled to Syria and Iraq will return and commit terror attacks.... 8/31/2014 2:30 AM

German anti-euro party could enter state assembly
BERLIN (AP) -- A party that wants Germany to ditch the euro currency is tipped to win its first seat in a state assembly Sunday.... 8/31/2014 2:09 AM

It's not just Hello Kitty: Japan's character craze
TOKYO (AP) -- Hello Kitty, whom many learned last week is a girl and not a cat, may be the queen of Japan's cute characters, but she's hardly the only one.... 8/31/2014 1:49 AM

Pakistan protester dies in clashes with police
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistani police are clashing with scattered pockets of anti-government protesters trying to advance on the prime minister's residence after a night of violence that saw hundreds wounded and the first death in more than two weeks of demonstrations.... 8/31/2014 1:43 AM

Tunisia recovers bodies of Syrian boat migrants
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) -- The Tunisian Coast Guard has recovered at least 41 bodies of migrants, mostly Syrians, who drowned trying to sail to Europe, a local official said Saturday.... 8/30/2014 10:18 PM

EU threatens Russia with more sanctions
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Despite tough rhetoric decrying Russia's increasing military involvement in Ukraine, European Union leaders on Sunday stopped short of imposing new sanctions against Moscow right away.... 8/30/2014 8:24 PM

Silva surges ahead in Brazil's presidential vote
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Brazil's once humdrum presidential race now resembles one of the country's famed soap operas, with a newcomer thrust into the spotlight by a plane crash and the longtime favorite reeling from a one-two punch of bad news.... 8/30/2014 7:51 PM

Cuba gives US swimmer Diana Nyad sporting medal
HAVANA (AP) -- One year after becoming the first person confirmed to have swum from Havana to Key West, Florida without a shark cage, U.S. endurance swimmer Diana Nyad was back in Cuba to receive that country's Order of Sporting Merit award.... 8/30/2014 7:33 PM

8 foreigners among 10 killed in Bolivia bus crash
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) -- Bolivian police say eight foreign tourists are among the 10 people killed when a bus returning to La Paz from the Salar de Uyuni salt flats ran off the highway and crashed.... 8/30/2014 7:26 PM

Trapped miners rescued in Nicaragua; 5 remain
BONANZA, Nicaragua (AP) -- Rescue workers and trapped miners alike frantically dug away at opposite sides of rock and mud that blocked a Nicaragua gold mine, finally succeeding in freeing at least 20 men. Efforts to reach five miners still missing continued Saturday.... 8/30/2014 6:50 PM

AP PHOTOS: Fairy-tale night for girls in Rio slum
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Dressed in long evening gowns, girls from Rio de Janeiro's Santa Marta "favela" slum have celebrated a fairy-tale evening in a debutante ball sponsored by local police.... 8/30/2014 6:24 PM

Missing British boy with tumor found in Spain
LONDON (AP) -- A critically ill 5-year-old boy who was taken out of a British hospital against doctors' advice has been found in Spain, police said Saturday.... 8/30/2014 6:16 PM

Pacino does double duty at Venice Film Festival
VENICE, Italy (AP) -- Al Pacino made two trips up the red carpet at the Venice Film Festival on Saturday, with a pair of movies about aging, regret, giving up and letting go.... 8/30/2014 3:37 PM

Gulf meeting ends without clear end to Qatar spat
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- A meeting of Gulf foreign ministers ended on Saturday without a clear way out of a monthslong diplomatic spat with Qatar, although some envoys signaled that progress had been made.... 8/30/2014 3:31 PM