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Shaun the shaggy Aussie sheep finally shorn smooth
SYDNEY (AP) -- Shaun the shaggy Australian sheep has at last been shorn smooth. But the woolly wanderer wasn't the wooliest of them all.... 8/28/2014 9:50 AM

Turkey's Erdogan sworn in as president
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Recep Tayyip Erdogan was sworn in as Turkey's first popularly elected president on Thursday, a position that will keep him in the nation's driving seat for at least another five years.... 8/28/2014 9:48 AM

Japanese lawmaker, ex-NFL lineman in North Korea
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- Led by a Japanese pro wrestler-turned-politician, about 20 mixed martial artists from around the world - including a former NFL lineman - arrived in North Korea on Thursday to put on a series of exhibition matches this weekend.... 8/28/2014 9:47 AM

Official: 2 tank columns from Russia enter Ukraine
NOVOAZOVSK, Ukraine (AP) -- A Ukraine security spokesman says two columns of tanks from Russia have entered a strategic town.... 8/28/2014 9:46 AM

Dutch police: Suspected jihad recruiters arrested
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- Dutch police say they have arrested two men suspected of recruiting people to fight in Syria and Iraq, the latest arrests in a long-running investigation into home-grown jihadis heading to the Middle East.... 8/28/2014 9:43 AM

NOVOAZOVSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Ukraine security spokesman says 2 columns of tanks from Russia have entered strategic town.... 8/28/2014 9:39 AM

Finland suspects Russian airspace violation
HELSINKI (AP) -- Finland's Defense Ministry said it suspects a Russian military aircraft on Thursday violated Finnish airspace - the third such incident in six days.... 8/28/2014 9:35 AM

2,000 in shelters as Kashmir border troops spar
SRINAGAR, India (AP) -- Thousands of Kashmiris stayed in shelters near the disputed region's de facto border on Thursday after Indian and Pakistani border troops traded gunfire and shelling overnight despite an attempt by their commanders to defuse escalating tensions.... 8/28/2014 9:28 AM

France suggests Europe could help as Gaza monitor
PARIS (AP) -- France's president called on the international community to help enforce the cease-fire in Gaza, suggesting Thursday that Europe could play a role in monitoring the dismantling of tunnels dug by Hamas militants as well as helping to secure gateways between Gaza and Egypt and Israel.... 8/28/2014 9:28 AM

South African court orders release of Zuma tapes
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeals has ordered the release of allegedly secretly recorded audio tapes about corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma.... 8/28/2014 9:23 AM

Islamic State group kills captured Syrian soldiers
BEIRUT (AP) -- The Islamic State group has killed dozens of Syrian soldiers it captured after overrunning a military base in northeastern Syria, shooting some and using knives on others in the latest brutal mass killing attributed to the extremists, activists said Thursday.... 8/28/2014 9:20 AM

Philippine leader: Supreme Court meddling too much
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Philippine President Benigno Aquino III said Thursday that the Supreme Court meddles too much in political issues, reiterating his openness to amend the constitution to clip the judiciary's power.... 8/28/2014 9:15 AM

Germanwings pilots to go on strike Friday
BERLIN (AP) -- German airline pilots said they will go on strike after negotiations between the country's biggest airline Lufthansa and the union representing pilots collapsed Thursday over a long-running dispute regarding wages and early retirement benefits.... 8/28/2014 9:07 AM

Germany readies volcano outbreak measures
BERLIN (AP) -- Germany has put a specialized aircraft and a network of laser measuring stations on stand-by in case Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano erupts.... 8/28/2014 8:55 AM

UN: Afghan election audit done around Sept. 10
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The United Nations representative for Afghanistan says an audit of the country's presidential election should be completed around Sept. 10 and that the inauguration could happen after that.... 8/28/2014 8:53 AM

UN: Ebola cases could eventually reach 20,000
GENEVA (AP) -- The Ebola outbreak in West Africa eventually could exceed 20,000 cases, more than six times as many as are now known, the World Health Organization said Thursday.... 8/28/2014 8:52 AM

Egypt's Morsi accused of leaking secrets to Qatar
CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's state prosecutor is investigating allegations that ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi leaked secret documents to Qatar via the Doha-based Al-Jazeera broadcaster, according to judicial officials.... 8/28/2014 8:49 AM

France rules out Assad as partner in terror fight
PARIS (AP) -- French President Francois Hollande has ruled out an international partnership with Syria's leader to fight against the Islamic State group, saying any alliance with Bashar Assad would play into the militants' hands.... 8/28/2014 8:29 AM

India urges millions of poor to open bank accounts
NEW DELHI (AP) -- India's state-owned banks are conducting a massive campaign to open millions of accounts for poor Indians who are off the financial grid and vulnerable to black market money lenders.... 8/28/2014 8:16 AM

Ukraine fears weigh on global stock markets
LONDON (AP) -- Fears of an escalation in the conflict in Ukraine weighed on global stocks markets Thursday, particularly in Russia, but sent the price of gold sharply higher as investors sought out what are considered to be safe places to park cash.... 8/28/2014 8:14 AM