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China data drags on Asian stocks, but Europe gains
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Asian stocks were dampened by a weak China manufacturing survey on Thursday, but European markets rose and Wall Street was expected to open higher.... 8/21/2014 8:09 AM

Authorities analyze voice in hunt for Foley killer
LONDON (AP) -- Experts say police and security services are using voice-recognition software and other technology, as well as human tips, as they scramble to identify the militant recorded on a video showing the killing of American journalist James Foley.... 8/21/2014 8:02 AM

39 dead, dozens missing after Japan landslides
TOKYO (AP) -- Japanese police said the death toll from rain-triggered landslides on the outskirts of Hiroshima city rose to 39 on Thursday with 51 people still missing, as search efforts continued in the devastated area.... 8/21/2014 7:55 AM

South Africa: man dead after orange pelting
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- South African police say two men are suspected of killing a farmworker by pelting him with oranges.... 8/21/2014 7:55 AM

Liberia slum calm; American recovers from Ebola
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- Calm returned Thursday to the slum of West Point in Liberia's capital that was sealed off in the government's attempt to halt the spread of Ebola, a day after clashes erupted between residents and security forces enforcing the quarantine. In the United States, an aid worker who was infected in Liberia has recovered and was to be discharged from a hospital.... 8/21/2014 7:47 AM

Israeli airstrike kills 3 senior Hamas leaders
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- An Israeli airstrike in Gaza killed three senior commanders of the Hamas military wing Thursday, delivering a likely blow to the organization's morale and highlighting the long reach of Israel's intelligence services.... 8/21/2014 7:43 AM

Cambodian floods kill 45 people since last month
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) -- Flooding in Cambodia has killed at least 45 people since last month, officials said Thursday.... 8/21/2014 7:41 AM

German arbitration panel rejects looted art claim
BERLIN (AP) -- A German expert panel says the heirs of a Jewish woman persecuted by the Nazis aren't entitled to reclaim a valuable painting she once owned.... 8/21/2014 7:38 AM

Freed activist won't stop 14-year hunger strike
NEW DELHI (AP) -- India's most famous prisoner of conscience has walked free after nearly 14 years in jail but vowed to continue the hunger strike that landed her in prison for attempted suicide, her brother said Thursday.... 8/21/2014 7:15 AM

5 Ukrainian troops killed; fierce battles reported
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Five troops were killed and two civilians died in the past 24 hours in rebel-held areas of eastern Ukraine as government troops pressed to recapture more territory from pro-Russian separatists.... 8/21/2014 7:13 AM

Bus falls down gorge in northern India, killing 22
NEW DELHI (AP) -- A crowded minibus veered off a mountain road and fell into a gorge Thursday, killing at least 22 people in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, a district official said.... 8/21/2014 7:06 AM

Poland protests joke at swimming event in Berlin
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Polish officials have complained to the organizers of the European Swimming Championships in Berlin after an announcer introduced the Polish team by joking that they would return home with stolen cars.... 8/21/2014 7:02 AM

Irish peacemaker, ex-premier Reynolds dies at 81
DUBLIN (AP) -- Albert Reynolds, the straight-talking Irish prime minister who played a key role in delivering peace to Northern Ireland but struggled to keep his own governments intact, died Thursday after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. He was 81.... 8/21/2014 6:50 AM

China tries 5 accused cult members for murder
BEIJING (AP) -- Five people stood trial Thursday in the beating death of a woman at a McDonald's restaurant in eastern China who reportedly refused to join their anti-Communist Christian sect - a high-profile crime that led to a wave of arrests of cult suspects.... 8/21/2014 6:47 AM

Indonesian police fire tear gas at poll protesters
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- Supporters of losing Indonesian presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto clashed with police Thursday as the country's top judges began reading a verdict on his petition to overturn the election results.... 8/21/2014 6:45 AM

German doctor accused of drugging, abusing women
BERLIN (AP) -- Authorities in Germany have arrested a hospital doctor on suspicion he drugged and sexually abused female patients participating in a fake clinical study he set up.... 8/21/2014 6:38 AM

Report: Russia conducts checks at McDonalds
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian news agencies reported Thursday that the country's food safety agency will conduct checks on McDonald's restaurants in the Urals following food safety complaints, a day after four branches of the chain were shuttered in Moscow.... 8/21/2014 6:26 AM

Group: Justice elusive year after Syria gas attack
BEIRUT (AP) -- One year after the deadly chemical attack on rebel-held areas outside Damascus, the victims and their families have yet to see those behind the mass killings held responsible, a human rights group said Thursday.... 8/21/2014 6:16 AM

With Erdogan at helm, Turkey to choose premier
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his ruling party were poised Thursday to choose his successor as party chairman and prime minister, with expectations high that the man who has dominated Turkish politics for more than a decade will keep charge as president.... 8/21/2014 5:46 AM

Pakistan holds talks with opposition protesters
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistani officials held "initial" talks before dawn Thursday with representatives from two opposition groups whose supporters have been besieging the parliament for a second day demanding the prime minister resign over alleged election fraud, the government said.... 8/21/2014 5:36 AM