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EU leaders to pick new foreign policy chief
BRUSSELS (AP) -- European Union leaders will pick the 28-nation bloc's foreign policy chief for the next five years at a summit Saturday, with Italy's top diplomat Federica Mogherini widely seen as the front-runner for the prestigious job.... 8/30/2014 10:39 AM

Spanish fashion designer Pertegaz dies at 96
MADRID (AP) -- Manuel Pertegaz, one of Spain's most admired fashion designers who dressed Audrey Hepburn, Jacqueline Kennedy and Ava Gardner, has died. He was 96.... 8/30/2014 10:36 AM

Algeria says 2 abducted diplomats have been freed
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) -- Algeria's state news agency says two Algerian diplomats taken hostage in northern Mali more than two years ago have been released.... 8/30/2014 10:32 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 10:27 AM

Iran's president dodges question on held reporter
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has declined to answer a question about a detained Washington Post journalist.... 8/30/2014 10:21 AM

Iran president calls US sanctions an 'invasion'
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called Western sanctions an "invasion" Saturday after Washington imposed new penalties over the country's contested nuclear program, though he promised negotiations with world powers would go on.... 8/30/2014 10:18 AM

EU to slap new sanctions on Russia over Ukraine
BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Union on Saturday was poised to impose new sanctions against Russia as Ukraine's president warned the conflict with Moscow threatens peace and stability for Europe as a whole.... 8/30/2014 10:18 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, with two movies about aging, regret and letting go. But the actor says he's not about to lower the curtain on his own career.... 8/30/2014 9:26 AM

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 for Gaza's battered and neglected housing stock to be rebuilt following the war between Hamas and Israel.... 8/30/2014 9:21 AM

22 of 26 trapped gold miners rescued in Nicaragua
BONANZA, Nicaragua (AP) -- Nicaraguan rescuers have saved 22 of at least 26 workers trapped in a mine collapse and were working Saturday to free the rest, officials said.... 8/30/2014 9:17 AM

Syrian rebels attack peacekeepers in Golan Heights
BEIRUT (AP) -- Clashes erupted between al-Qaida-linked Syrian rebels and U.N. peacekeepers in the Golan Heights on Saturday after the militants surrounded their encampment, activists and officials said, as the international organization risked being sucked further into the conflict.... 8/30/2014 9:03 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 8:58 AM

Taliban attack intel office in eastern Afghanistan
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- A suicide bomber in a truck blew himself up at an intelligence headquarters in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday, killing at least two people and setting off an intense firefight with security forces, officials said.... 8/30/2014 8:46 AM

Yemen clash kills 4 troops, 13 suspected militants
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Clashes in Yemen between the army and al-Qaida's local branch there killed at least 13 suspected militants and four troops Saturday, military officials said.... 8/30/2014 8:44 AM

Egypt court gives 8 Islamists life sentences
CAIRO (AP) -- An Egyptian court sentenced Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader Mohammed Badie and seven others to life in prison Saturday on charges of planning riots, murder and sabotage, state news agency MENA reported.... 8/30/2014 8:27 AM

Computer hitch causes flight delays at Spain hub
MADRID (AP) -- Spain's airport authority says a computer glitch in its automated air traffic control system has caused flight delays during one of the busiest travel weekends of the year.... 8/30/2014 7:58 AM

Bombings kills 13 in Iraq
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Two bombings targeting the Iraqi military killed 13 people, including six soldiers, south of Baghdad on Saturday, officials said.... 8/30/2014 7:24 AM

Ukrainian civilian plane crashes in Algeria
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) -- A Ukrainian civilian cargo plane crashed in the mountains near the far southern desert city of Tamanrasset in the early hours of the morning Saturday, reported the state news agency.... 8/30/2014 7:03 AM

Somalia launches offensive against extremists
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- Military officials say the Somali army, backed by African Union forces, has launched a long-awaited operation against al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab fighters in southern Somalia.... 8/30/2014 6:02 AM

EU set to slap new sanctions on Russia
BRUSSELS (AP) -- European Union leaders are poised to slap additional sanctions on Russia because of what they condemn as a continued destabilization of Ukraine and a deepening military involvement by Moscow.... 8/30/2014 5:02 AM