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WHO officials to visit Liberian Ebola clinics
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- Officials from the World Health Organization are visiting two hospitals treating Ebola patients in Liberia, where authorities have sealed off entire neighborhoods in an effort to stop the outbreak.... 8/21/2014 6:27 AM

Report: Russia conducts checks at McDonalds
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian news agencies reported Thursday that the country's food safety agency will conduct checks on McDonald's restaurants in the Urals following food safety complaints, a day after four branches of the chain were shuttered in Moscow.... 8/21/2014 6:26 AM

Cambodian floods kill 45 people since last month
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) -- Flooding in Cambodia has killed at least 45 people since last month, officials said Thursday.... 8/21/2014 6:20 AM

Group: Justice elusive year after Syria gas attack
BEIRUT (AP) -- One year after the deadly chemical attack on rebel-held areas outside Damascus, the victims and their families have yet to see those behind the mass killings held responsible, a human rights group said Thursday.... 8/21/2014 6:16 AM

Israeli airstrike kills 3 senior Hamas leaders
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- An Israeli airstrike in Gaza killed three senior commanders of the Hamas military wing Thursday, delivering a likely blow to the organization's morale and highlighting the long reach of Israel's intelligence services.... 8/21/2014 6:14 AM

With Erdogan at helm, Turkey to choose premier
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his ruling party were poised Thursday to choose his successor as party chairman and prime minister, with expectations high that the man who has dominated Turkish politics for more than a decade will keep charge as president.... 8/21/2014 5:46 AM

Irish peacemaker, ex-premier Reynolds dies at 81
DUBLIN (AP) -- Albert Reynolds, the straight-talking Irish prime minister who played a key role in delivering peace to Northern Ireland, has died after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. He was 81.... 8/21/2014 5:38 AM

Pakistan holds talks with opposition protesters
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistani officials held "initial" talks before dawn Thursday with representatives from two opposition groups whose supporters have been besieging the parliament for a second day demanding the prime minister resign over alleged election fraud, the government said.... 8/21/2014 5:36 AM

Police: Room disagreement preceded Bali killing
BALI, Indonesia (AP) -- Police investigating an American couple suspected of killing the woman's mother at a resort hotel on Indonesia's Bali island said Thursday the three had a disagreement over who was paying for the rooms, but that a motive for the crime has not been established.... 8/21/2014 4:58 AM

China manufacturing drags on Asia, but Europe up
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Asian stock markets were dampened by a weak China manufacturing survey Thursday, but European stocks opened higher. Japan gained on the prospect of a stronger dollar after Fed minutes showed policymakers are leaning toward their first rate hike since the 2008 financial crisis.... 8/21/2014 4:34 AM

Mongolia hosts China's leader, seeks port access
ULAN BATOR, Mongolia (AP) -- Landlocked Mongolia is hoping to secure better access to Chinese ports as President Xi Jinping becomes the first Chinese head of state in more than a decade to visit this sprawling resource-rich nation sandwiched between China and Russia.... 8/21/2014 4:34 AM

Interpol urges world response to Iraq extremists
PARIS (AP) -- Interpol says the killing of an American journalist kidnapped in Syria shows the need for a coordinated international effort against the stream of foreign fighters joining extremists in the Middle East.... 8/21/2014 4:20 AM

Indonesian police fire tear gas at poll protesters
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- Indonesian police fired tear gas Thursday to disperse protesters trying to get close to a court set to rule on a challenge to the legality of last month's elections.... 8/21/2014 4:15 AM

Australia cites reporter's killing in law reforms
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Thursday used the killing of American journalist James Foley to bolster his government's case for contentious counterterrorism reforms that have been rejected by some Islamic leaders.... 8/21/2014 3:46 AM

Noodles: Friend or foe? S. Koreans defend diet
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Kim Min-koo has an easy reply to new American research that hits South Korea where it hurts - in the noodles. Drunk and hungry just after dawn, he rips the lid off a bowl of his beloved fast food, wobbling on his feet but still defiant over a report that links instant noodles to health hazards.... 8/21/2014 3:43 AM

Some see Qatar's hand in collapse of Gaza talks
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- The explosions rocking the Gaza Strip may seem far removed from the flashy cars and skyscrapers of ultra-rich Qatar, but efforts to end fighting between Hamas and Israel could hinge on how the tiny Gulf Arab state wields its influence over a Palestinian militant group with few friends left.... 8/21/2014 2:37 AM

Thai army ruler nominated as next prime minister
BANGKOK (AP) -- Three months after overthrowing Thailand's last elected government, this Southeast Asian nation's junta leader is stepping out of his army uniform for good - to take up the post of prime minister in a move critics say will only extend his time at the helm and consolidate the military's grip on power.... 8/21/2014 2:20 AM

China tries 5 cult members for murder
BEIJING (AP) -- Five people went on trial Thursday for allegedly beating a woman to death in a McDonald's outlet in eastern China after they unsuccessfully tried to recruit her into their cult, a court said.... 8/21/2014 12:59 AM

Tibet group says 3 more dead after police shooting
BEIJING (AP) -- Three more Tibetan protesters shot and detained by Chinese authorities died in jail after being denied medical treatment, bringing the death toll from recent violence to five, according to overseas Tibetan rights groups and a U.S.-backed broadcaster.... 8/21/2014 12:53 AM

Brazil expands labor rights for domestic workers
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Nivea dos Santos got her first job as a live-in maid at age 12, dusting, vacuuming, ironing and polishing the silver of a wealthy Rio de Janeiro family from dawn until she'd fall, exhausted, into bed. More than two decades later, Brazil has passed legislation aimed at preventing such abuses.... 8/21/2014 12:01 AM