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Havana retro-Soviet restaurant a nod to nostalgia
HAVANA (AP) -- There's no rice, beans or fried plantains at Havana's newest private restaurant. You can order a minty mojito, but it'll come mixed with vodka instead of the traditional white rum.... 8/23/2014 3:02 PM

Airlines on alert as eruption begins in Iceland
REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) -- Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano began erupting Saturday under the ice of Europe's largest glacier, prompting the country to close the airspace over the volcano.... 8/23/2014 2:46 PM

Bombings kill 30 in Iraq after Sunni mosque attack
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Bombings in Baghdad and the northern city of Kirkuk killed at least 30 people in Iraq on Saturday as the government investigated a deadly attack on a Sunni mosque the day before that has heightened sectarian tensions amid a fragile political transition.... 8/23/2014 2:30 PM

Israeli airstrike collapses Gaza apartment tower
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Israeli aircraft fired two missiles at a 12-story apartment tower in downtown Gaza City on Saturday, collapsing the building, sending a huge fireball into the sky and wounding at least 22 people, including 11 children, witnesses and Palestinian officials said.... 8/23/2014 2:26 PM

Libyan militia says airstrikes in capital kill 15
CAIRO (AP) -- Two airstrikes targeting Islamist militia positions in Libya's capital killed 15 fighters and wounded 30 on Saturday, a senior Islamist militia leader and a militia spokesman said.... 8/23/2014 2:23 PM

Sierra Leone makes hiding Ebola patients illegal
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) -- Sierra Leone has passed a new law imposing possible jail time for anyone caught hiding an Ebola patient - a common practice that the World Health Organization believes has contributed to a major underestimation of the current outbreak.... 8/23/2014 1:46 PM

Russian aid trucks leave; highlight dire needs
DONETSK, Russia (AP) -- Hundreds of Russian aid trucks returned home from rebel-held eastern Ukraine on Saturday, highlighting a dire need for long-term assistance to the region where homes and livelihoods have been destroyed by months of fighting.... 8/23/2014 1:21 PM

Kurds protest in Paris against Islamic State group
PARIS (AP) -- Hundreds of ethnic Kurds are marching in Paris to demand more international support for civilians in Iraq facing assaults by Islamic State militants.... 8/23/2014 1:10 PM

Sweden: 3 protesters injured by mounted police
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- At least three people were seriously injured Saturday when mounted riot police charged demonstrators in southern Sweden, authorities said.... 8/23/2014 11:59 AM

China says 8 convicted terrorists executed in west
BEIJING (AP) -- Chinese state media said Saturday that eight convicted terrorists were executed in the far western region of Xinjiang, where ethnic conflicts have left dozens of people dead this year.... 8/23/2014 11:50 AM

Shakhtar's stadium damaged by shelling in Donetsk
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Ukrainian soccer champion Shakhtar Donetsk's stadium was damaged by shelling Saturday during the conflict between government troops and pro-Russian separatists.... 8/23/2014 11:39 AM

Protesters against brown coal form human chain
BERLIN (AP) -- Several thousand people have formed a human chain across the German-Polish border to protest the expansion of open-cast mining for brown coal in the region.... 8/23/2014 11:36 AM

Jihadis release video of captured Lebanese troops
BEIRUT (AP) -- Al-Qaida's Syrian affiliate released a video Saturday showing Lebanese policemen and a soldier captured by the group earlier this month during the most serious cross-border attack since Syria's conflict began more than three years ago.... 8/23/2014 11:22 AM

Iran says no need for UN to revisit military site
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's defense minister on Saturday said there was no need for U.N. nuclear inspectors to pay another visit to the Parchin military site, where the country is suspected of having tested components used in nuclear weapons.... 8/23/2014 11:19 AM

2 Europe navigation satellites in the wrong orbits
PARIS (AP) -- European space officials say they're investigating whether the inaccurate deployment of two satellites will complicate their efforts to develop a new Galileo satellite navigation system that would rival America's GPS network.... 8/23/2014 11:05 AM

Mali releases ex-judge of extremist tribunal
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) -- A Malian activist says an al-Qaida-appointed judge from the Islamic tribunal that meted out harsh punishments while much of the country was under Islamist rule has been released for lack of evidence.... 8/23/2014 11:02 AM

China shuts down Beijing Independent Film Festival
BEIJING (AP) -- Chinese authorities on Saturday blocked an annual independent film festival from opening, seized documents and films from its organizers' office and hauled away two event officials. The move against a rare venue where films critical of the government could be screened is seen as a sign that Beijing is stepping up its already tight ideological controls.... 8/23/2014 10:34 AM

Migrant boat carrying 250 capsizes off Libya
TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) -- A boat carrying over 250 migrants capsized off the Libyan coast near the capital Tripoli, a coast guard official said Saturday.... 8/23/2014 9:53 AM

India, Pakistan trade gunfire in Kashmir; 4 dead
SRINAGAR, India (AP) -- India and Pakistan traded gunfire in the disputed Kashmir region on Saturday, killing two villagers on each side and wounding several others, officials said.... 8/23/2014 9:27 AM

Thousands gather in Nepal for human flag record
KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- Tens of thousands of people holding colored boards gathered in Nepal's capital on Saturday in an attempt to break the record for the largest human national flag.... 8/23/2014 9:26 AM