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EU leaders pick Italian as bloc's new top diplomat
BRUSSELS (AP) -- European Union leaders picked Italy's top diplomat to become the 28-nation bloc's new foreign policy chief for the next five years.... 8/30/2014 2:23 PM

Somali troops oust militants from southern town
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- Somali government troops fighting alongside African Union troops ousted Islamic militants from a southern town they have been controlling, an official said Saturday.... 8/30/2014 1:58 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 1:54 PM

Pro-Russia rebels confident after making gains
STAROBESHEVE, Ukraine (AP) -- As the survivor of a tank attack on a Ukrainian army truck was being carried into an ambulance, he was showered with verbal abuse by a rebel fighter.... 8/30/2014 1:51 PM

Rebuilding Gaza will take 20 years, group says
JERUSALEM (AP) -- An international organization involved in assessing post-conflict reconstruction says it will take 20 years under current levels of restrictions to rebuild the Gaza Strip's battered and neglected housing stock following the war between Hamas and Israel.... 8/30/2014 1:51 PM

Pakistani protesters head toward premier's house
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistani police are firing tear gas at thousands of protesters led by a cricket-legend-turned politician and an anti-government cleric as they march toward the prime minister's home in the capital.... 8/30/2014 1:42 PM

Yemen clash kills 4 troops, 13 suspected militants
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Clashes in Yemen between the army and al-Qaida's local branch killed at least 13 suspected militants and four troops Saturday, military officials said.... 8/30/2014 1:08 PM

EU inches toward new sanctions on Russia
BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Union on Saturday warned that the apparent incursion of Russian troops on Ukrainian soil pushes the conflict closer to a point of no return, with new economic sanctions being drawn up to make Moscow reconsider its position.... 8/30/2014 12:59 PM

Iran's president dodges question on held reporter
CAIRO (AP) -- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani declined to specifically discuss the case of a detained Washington Post journalist during a nationally televised news conference Saturday.... 8/30/2014 12:56 PM

VENICE WATCH: Director's praise for Robin Williams
VENICE, Italy (AP) -- VENICE, Italy - The Venice Film Festival is bringing 11 days of red carpet premieres, innovative movies and Hollywood glamour to the Italian city. Here's what has been catching the eye of The Associated Press:... 8/30/2014 12:46 PM

'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' draft released
LONDON (AP) -- An unused chapter of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" has been released - 50 years after Roald Dahl's much-loved children's novel was first published.... 8/30/2014 12:39 PM

Bahraini activist detained on arrival to kingdom
MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) -- Police detained Bahraini human rights campaigner Maryam al-Khawaja after her arrival in the Gulf country on Saturday, her mother said.... 8/30/2014 12:06 PM

Clashes at Stockholm protest against neo-Nazis
STOCKHOLM (AP) -- Swedish riot police briefly clashed with thousands of people protesting against a neo-Nazi political party's election rally in Stockholm about two weeks before a parliamentary vote.... 8/30/2014 12:01 PM

Saudi king warns of terrorist threat to Europe, US
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- The king of Saudi Arabia has warned that extremists could attack Europe and the U.S. if there is not a strong international response to terrorism after the Islamic State group seized a wide territory across Iraq and Syria.... 8/30/2014 11:59 AM

Hundreds protest in Wales before NATO summit
LONDON (AP) -- Hundreds of anti-war protesters have marched through the Welsh city of Newport before a major NATO summit there next week.... 8/30/2014 11:53 AM

Pro wrestling returns to the ring in North Korea
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- North Koreans got their first look at pro wrestling in about 20 years on Saturday when an ex-NFL lineman and 20 other grapplers from around the world took to the ring for an exhibition put together by a charismatic former Japanese pro-wrestler who is now a member of parliament.... 8/30/2014 11:52 AM

Pacino does double duty at Venice Film Festival
VENICE, Italy (AP) -- Al Pacino is making 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 11:50 AM

Ebola takes big toll on already poor health care
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) -- When the dreaded Ebola virus began infecting people in the Sierra Leone town of Kenema, Dr. Sheik Humarr Khan and his team were on the front lines. After stepping out of his protective suit following hours on a sweltering ward, he would jump on the phone to coordinate with the Ministry of Health, to deal with personnel issues and tend to hospital business.... 8/30/2014 11:19 AM

Liberian Ebola survivor praises experimental drug
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- A Liberian health worker who recovered from Ebola after receiving an experimental drug urged the manufacturer to speed up its production and send it to Africa, while crowds celebrated in the streets Saturday after authorities reopened a slum that had been barricaded for more than a week to try to contain the disease.... 8/30/2014 11:13 AM

Lesotho military says it has disarmed police
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Lesotho's military seized two police stations Saturday as gunfire rang out in the capital of the mountainous kingdom. The country's prime minister said the actions amounted to a coup, though an army spokesman said the soldiers were only securing the country.... 8/30/2014 11:04 AM