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Hopes dim for return of Philippine troops to Golan
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Philippine President Benigno Aquino III says he's been told security threats on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights are not expected to ease soon, dimming hopes that U.N. peacekeepers can be deployed back to the region in the near future.... 9/21/2014 12:41 PM

Attacks kill 6 people in Iraq
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Authorities in Iraq say a bombing and mortar fire have killed six people in Shiite areas in and around the capital, Baghdad.... 9/21/2014 12:22 PM

Egyptian military helicopter crashes, 6 killed
CAIRO (AP) -- Egyptian state television says a military helicopter has crashed in an oasis province southwest of Cairo, killing six and wounding one.... 9/21/2014 12:21 PM

At Asian Games, rivalries not always about sports
INCHEON, South Korea (AP) -- On the one hand, you have China and India, which account for about a quarter of the world's population. On the other, the Maldives, population 345,000. There's Bhutan, which has been described as the happiest place on Earth, and Syria, which certainly isn't. And for good measure, why not throw in some of the most repressive regimes on the planet - North Korea, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan?... 9/21/2014 12:20 PM

Chinese destroyer docks in Iran, first such visit
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- A Chinese destroyer has docked in a southern Iranian port in the first such visit to the country by the Chinese navy, Iran's state television reported on Sunday.... 9/21/2014 12:19 PM

Wife of UK hostage issues plea to militants
LONDON (AP) -- The wife of a British aid worker held hostage by the Islamic State group has issued a statement pleading for the militants to release him and respond to her messages "before it is too late."... 9/21/2014 12:12 PM

Gang robs security guard outside Berlin Apple shop
BERLIN (AP) -- Police are hunting for a gang that robbed a security guard as he was picking up cash from Germany's biggest Apple's store.... 9/21/2014 12:11 PM

Turkey: We'll keep secret behind hostage release
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says his government will not reveal details of a covert operation that ensured the release of 49 people held hostage by the Islamic State group.... 9/21/2014 11:56 AM

German families to sue Ukraine over MH17 crash
BERLIN (AP) -- A German lawyer says he plans to sue Ukraine for negligence in the downing of Malaysia Airline Flight 17.... 9/21/2014 11:30 AM

Afghan presidential candidates sign unity deal
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Afghanistan's two presidential candidates signed a power-sharing deal on Sunday that makes one president and the other chief executive, ending months of political wrangling following a disputed runoff that threatened to plunge the country into turmoil and complicate the withdrawal of foreign troops.... 9/21/2014 11:27 AM

Pope denounces perversion of religion for violence
TIRANA, Albania (AP) -- Pope Francis denounced that extremists around the world are "perverting" religion to justify violence as he arrived Sunday in Albania, a Balkan nation where Christians and Muslims endured brutal religious oppression under communism but today live and work together peacefully.... 9/21/2014 11:21 AM

Egypt to host post-Gaza war talks this week
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- A Palestinian negotiator says Egypt will host indirect talks between Israelis and Palestinians on a sustained Gaza cease-fire deal, and negotiations between Palestinian rivals Hamas and Fatah on who should run the territory.... 9/21/2014 11:04 AM

Syria blasts coalition against Islamic State
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- Syria's parliament speaker says the U.S. should work with Damascus in assembling a coalition to battle the Islamic State extremist group rather than allying with nations that support terrorism.... 9/21/2014 10:52 AM

Ukraine says it won't pull back troops just yet
MOSCOW (AP) -- A Ukrainian official says Kiev won't pull back its troops until the previously agreed cease-fire is implemented.... 9/21/2014 10:50 AM

Spanish judge indicts 9 persons for cyber fraud
MADRID (AP) -- A Spanish judge charged nine people with fraud Sunday for allegedly participating in the theft of $45 million after a massive hacking of a bank's card payments system.... 9/21/2014 10:31 AM

Retiring Li Na has "no regrets" about retiring
BEIJING (AP) -- Two days after announcing the end of her momentous tennis career in an open letter to friends and fans, Li Na entered her farewell news conference with the appearance of somebody who had been crying.... 9/21/2014 10:23 AM

Turkish security forces clash with Kurds
KUCUK KENDIRCILER, Turkey (AP) -- Turkish security forces on Sunday fired tear gas, water and paint pellets on dozens of Kurds in a village on the border with Syria, which tens of thousands of refugees have crossed to escape the Islamic State group.... 9/21/2014 10:12 AM

Kenya marks 1 year since Westgate mall attack
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Kenya is marking one year since four gunmen stormed the upscale Westgate Mall in Nairobi, killing 67 people.... 9/21/2014 9:41 AM

UN: 70,000 Syrians escape fighting to Turkey
BERLIN (AP) -- The U.N. refugee agency says some 70,000 Syrians have crossed into Turkey in the past 24 hours to escape fighting between Kurdish forces and the Islamic State group.... 9/21/2014 8:47 AM

Last king of Nepal suffers heart attack
KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- The last king of Nepal is in stable condition in a hospital after suffering a heart attack, doctors said Sunday.... 9/21/2014 8:43 AM