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Liberia gives food in slum sealed to stop Ebola
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- Government officials handed out bags of rice and sachets of drinking water Thursday to residents of an impoverished slum in Liberia's capital where tens of thousands of people have been barricaded in an effort to stop the spread of Ebola.... 8/21/2014 6:08 PM

Airlines, cruise ships monitoring Caribbean system
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) -- Airlines and cruise ship companies are monitoring the progress of a tropical disturbance approaching the Lesser Antilles at the eastern end of the Caribbean.... 8/21/2014 6:05 PM

US inspector finds Beyonce, Jay-Z Cuba trip legal
HAVANA (AP) -- The U.S. Treasury Department's inspector general has determined Jay-Z and Beyonce's fifth-anniversary trip to Cuba last year was legal under rules allowing educational travel to the island.... 8/21/2014 6:01 PM

Mexico arrests 13 at water-rate protest by Mayas
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Police on Mexico's Caribbean coast arrested 13 activists during a demonstration by Maya Indians against water rate hikes.... 8/21/2014 5:30 PM

Puerto Rico drug ring accused of selling meth
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- The U.S. Attorney's Office in Puerto Rico is for the first time prosecuting a suspected drug-trafficking organization on charges of distributing methamphetamine in the U.S. territory.... 8/21/2014 5:14 PM

Venezuela proposes fingerprinting grocery shoppers
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Venezuelans could soon have to scan their fingerprints to buy bread.... 8/21/2014 5:09 PM

Israel kills 3 Hamas military commanders in Gaza
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Israel stepped up its campaign against Gaza's ruling Hamas on Thursday, killing three of the group's senior military commanders in an airstrike that pulverized a four-story home, the second such attack targeting top leaders in two days.... 8/21/2014 4:58 PM

Hamas admits kidnapping Israeli teens
JERUSALEM (AP) -- A senior Hamas leader has said the group carried out the kidnapping and killing of three Israeli teens in the West Bank in June - the first time anyone from the Islamic militant group has said it was behind an attack that helped spark the current war in the Gaza Strip.... 8/21/2014 4:38 PM

Mexican mining firm complains about probe of spill
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A mining conglomerate charged Thursday that it is being subjected to "punitive" legal actions by Mexican officials because one of its mines spilled acid-laced copper sulfate and heavy metals into two rivers.... 8/21/2014 4:29 PM

Correction: Emirates-Terrorism Law story
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- In a story Aug. 20 about a new counter-terrorism law in the United Arab Emirates, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Gulf researcher Nicholas McGeehan works for Amnesty International. He works for Human Rights Watch.... 8/21/2014 4:22 PM

Russian aid convoy advances toward Ukraine
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Fierce fighting raged in eastern Ukraine on Thursday in what appeared to be a last-gasp attempt by government troops to snatch back territory from pro-Russian separatists before the arrival of a Russian aid convoy overseen by the Red Cross.... 8/21/2014 4:12 PM

Reports: Syria troops kill scores of jihadis
BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian troops killed dozens of jihadi fighters, including a prominent media activist, in heavy clashes on Thursday around a sprawling northern air base that the Islamic State group is trying to seize, activists and state media said.... 8/21/2014 4:01 PM

Thai army ruler named prime minister
BANGKOK (AP) -- Three months after overthrowing an elected government, Thailand's junta leader is stepping out of his army uniform to take up the post of prime minister in a move critics say will prolong his rule and bolster the military's grip on power.... 8/21/2014 3:54 PM

Pakistan parliament rejects calls for PM to quit
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistan's parliament on Thursday rejected calls for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's resignation as unconstitutional despite massive anti-government protests just outside the assembly in the capital Islamabad.... 8/21/2014 3:46 PM

Puerto Rico priest pleads guilty in abuse case
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- A Roman Catholic priest in Puerto Rico has pleaded guilty to transporting a minor with the intent to engage in criminal sexual conduct, the U.S. Attorney's Office said Thursday.... 8/21/2014 3:38 PM

Syria opposition: Deadly chemical attack forgotten
BEIRUT (AP) -- The year since a chemical attack that killed hundreds near Damascus has been a strikingly good one for President Bashar Assad.... 8/21/2014 3:00 PM

Romania: Ex-PM imprisoned for corruption released
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- A former Romanian prime minister who was imprisoned on corruption charges has been released early from prison.... 8/21/2014 2:49 PM

Mento performer Joseph 'Powda' Bennett dies at 76
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) -- Jamaican folk musician Joseph Bennett, who played a rollicking genre of traditional dance music with the long-running Jolly Boys, has died in his Caribbean homeland. He was 76.... 8/21/2014 2:15 PM

Saudi court sentences 18 more on terror charges
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- A court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced 18 more people on terrorism charges, wrapping up a week of verdicts on nearly every person in an alleged 50-member cell charged with launching attacks aimed at toppling the monarchy around a decade ago.... 8/21/2014 2:07 PM

Libya flights canceled amid militia fighting
CAIRO (AP) -- Tunisia and Egypt on Thursday canceled flights to neighboring Libya citing security concerns, as militias battle in the capital Tripoli and the eastern city of Benghazi, where a renegade general has launched airstrikes on Islamist militia barracks.... 8/21/2014 1:45 PM