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Ukraine: Some Russian aid trucks clearing customs
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Some Russian trucks in a massive aid convoy began the process of clearing customs Thursday at a rebel-held border crossing in eastern Ukraine, the Ukrainian border guard service said.... 8/21/2014 10:06 AM

Greek mound excavators: No tours please, too busy
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Archaeologists excavating a large burial mound in northern Greece have asked politicians and others seeking guided tours of the site to leave them in peace.... 8/21/2014 10:02 AM

Indonesia court rejects election loser's appeal
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- Indonesia's top court has rejected an appeal by losing presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto over alleged fraud in last month's polls.... 8/21/2014 10:00 AM

Mongolia, China pledge $10 billion in annual trade
ULAN BATOR, Mongolia (AP) -- China and Mongolia pledged Thursday to almost double their annual bilateral trade to $10 billion by 2020 as President Xi Jinping became the first Chinese head of state in more than a decade to visit this sprawling resource-rich nation sandwiched between China and Russia.... 8/21/2014 9:56 AM

Children used as child soldiers in South Sudan
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- The U.N.'s top official for children and armed conflicts says the use of child soldiers and violence against children is commonplace in South Sudan's year of warfare.... 8/21/2014 9:54 AM


JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- Indonesia's top court rejects appeal by losing presidential candidate over alleged poll fraud.... 8/21/2014 9:50 AM

Voice, image give clues in hunt for Foley's killer
LONDON (AP) -- Police and intelligence services are using image analysis and voice-recognition software, studying social media postings and seeking human tips as they scramble to identify the militant recorded on a video showing the killing of American journalist James Foley.... 8/21/2014 9:46 AM

South Africa: man dead after orange pelting
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Two men in rural South Africa are suspected of killing a farmworker with oranges, police said Thursday.... 8/21/2014 9:43 AM

SAfrican lawmakers protest presidential scandal
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Opposition lawmakers have heckled South African President Jacob Zuma during a parliamentary session in which questions were raised about more than $20 million in state spending on the president's private home.... 8/21/2014 9:42 AM

Pakistan protest leader backs out of talks
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistani opposition leader Imran Khan suspended talks with the government Thursday after it appointed a new police chief in the capital ahead of a possible crackdown on thousands of anti-government protesters who have besieged parliament.... 8/21/2014 9:30 AM

Russia checks more McDonald's after closing 4
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia's food safety agency will conduct checks on McDonald's restaurants in the Ural region following food safety complaints, local news agencies reported Thursday, a day after four branches of the chain were shuttered in Moscow.... 8/21/2014 9:29 AM

With Erdogan at helm, Turkey to choose premier
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Recep Tayyip Erdogan prepared to choose his successor as prime minister Thursday, with expectations high that the man who has dominated Turkish politics for more than a decade will stay in charge once he is president.... 8/21/2014 9:12 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 9:09 AM

Swedish town celebrates link to the Bronx
STOCKHOLM (AP) -- Nearly four centuries after Jonas Bronck set foot in America, his birthplace in southern Sweden is finally recognizing its historical link to the New York borough that bears his name.... 8/21/2014 9:09 AM

Noodles: Friend or foe? S. Koreans defend diet
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Kim Min-koo has an easy reply to new American research that hits South Korea where it hurts - in the noodles. Drunk and hungry just after dawn, he rips the lid off a bowl of his beloved fast food, wobbling on his feet but still defiant over a report that links instant noodles to health hazards.... 8/21/2014 9:06 AM

Hunt for German neo-Nazis was 'complete disaster'
BERLIN (AP) -- An official inquiry has concluded that police and security services in Germany bungled the hunt for three neo-Nazis who years later turned out to be the main suspects in a far-right murder spree.... 8/21/2014 8:54 AM

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 8:46 AM

Sealed off Liberia slum calm amid Ebola outbreak
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- Calm returned Thursday to a slum in the Liberian 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, but now the tens of thousands of residents worried about getting food.... 8/21/2014 8:41 AM

Reporter's death galvanizes anger, little action
PARIS (AP) -- The killing of an American reporter is galvanizing international anger at Islamic State extremists and fueling fears about the flow of foreign fighters joining their ranks. But governments from the Mideast to Europe and even Washington appear uncertain about how to stop them.... 8/21/2014 8:12 AM

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