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Hamas backs International Criminal Court bid
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Hamas has signed a pledge to back any Palestinian bid to join the International Criminal Court, two senior officials in the group said Saturday. Such a step could expose Israel - as well as Hamas - to war crimes investigations.... 8/23/2014 3:38 AM

India police re-arrest fasting activist
GAUHATI, India (AP) -- A lawyer says police have re-arrested a frail Indian activist who has been on a hunger strike for nearly 14 years to protest alleged military brutality in India's remote northeast.... 8/23/2014 3:28 AM

Russian aid trucks begin to leave Ukraine
DONETSK, Russia (AP) -- Some of the trucks in a Russian aid convoy that entered Ukraine in a move denounced by Kiev as an invasion are returning to Russia.... 8/23/2014 2:55 AM

China shuts down Beijing Independent Film Festival
BEIJING (AP) -- Chinese authorities shut down an independent film festival on its opening day Saturday, a rare venue for the showing of films that may be critical of the government in a country with tight controls, organizers said.... 8/23/2014 2:37 AM

India, Pakistan trade gunfire in Kashmir; 4 dead
SRINAGAR, India (AP) -- India and Pakistan traded gunfire in the disputed Kashmir region early Saturday, killing two villagers on each side and wounding several others, officials said.... 8/23/2014 2:20 AM

Iraq family's flight reveals depth of Sunni grief
BAGHDAD (AP) -- For nearly a decade Abu Omar has been fleeing Iraq's many conflicts, but they always seem to catch up to him.... 8/23/2014 2:09 AM

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 1:42 AM

Spirits, prayers mark hunt for Myanmar's lost bell
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- Divers stand on the edge of a small wooden fishing boat gazing at the murky, choppy waters below. After receiving blessings from Buddhist monks, they lower their masks and plunge one-by-one into the mighty Yangon River, clinging to garden hoses that will act as primitive breathing devices during their dizzying descent into darkness.... 8/23/2014 1:32 AM

Interpol seeks clues to Thai 'baby factory'
BANGKOK (AP) -- Interpol said it has launched a multinational investigation into what Thailand has dubbed the "Baby Factory" case: a 24-year-old Japanese businessman who has 16 surrogate babies and an alleged desire to father hundreds more.... 8/22/2014 9:23 PM

Costa Rica to investigate US anti-Cuba program
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) -- The Costa Rican government will investigate undercover U.S. programs operated from the Central American country and using its citizens in a ploy to destabilize the government in Cuba, the director of intelligence and security said Friday.... 8/22/2014 8:57 PM

Argentina Grandmothers ID 115th 'dirty war' child
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Argentina's leading human rights group says tests have identified the granddaughter of one of the group's late founders, whose daughter gave birth while a prisoner of the 1976-83 military dictatorship and hasn't been seen since.... 8/22/2014 8:31 PM

Correction: Indonesia-US Woman Dead story
BALI, Indonesia (AP) -- In a story Aug. 21 about the investigation into the killing of a Chicago woman in Indonesia, The Associated Press erroneously reported the age of suspect Heather Mack, the slain woman's daughter. She is 18 years old. The story also erroneously referred to Chicago-based attorney Michael Elkin as the lawyer for both Mack and her boyfriend and fellow suspect Tommy Schaefer. Elkin is only representing Mack.... 8/22/2014 8:25 PM

Canadian PM bans Chinese media from Arctic trip
TORONTO (AP) -- Canada has banned journalists with China's official news agency and the Communist Party newspaper from joining Prime Minister Stephen Harper on an Arctic trip, prompting complaints by Chinese reporters who say they're being discriminated against.... 8/22/2014 7:27 PM

Mexico creates special force for economic crime
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexico launched a special 5,000-strong police force Friday to combat industrial, farm and business crime that has extended throughout the country's economy, strangling commerce in some regions.... 8/22/2014 6:37 PM

A Brazil World Cup bonanza _ for other countries
SAO PAULO (AP) -- Brazil's Central Bank says spending by foreign tourists shot up 60 percent during the two months overlapped by its hosting of the World Cup, reaching nearly $1.59 billion.... 8/22/2014 6:35 PM

Storms dump heavy rain across northern Caribbean
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands braced for heavy rains and strong winds Friday as a cluster of storms swirled across the northern Caribbean.... 8/22/2014 6:30 PM

UN Security Council condemns James Foley's killing
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. Security Council condemned the "heinous and cowardly" killing of American journalist James Foley and said the Islamic State militant group "must be defeated."... 8/22/2014 6:26 PM

Colombia's military meets face-to-face with rebels
HAVANA (AP) -- Members of Colombia's military met face-to-face Friday with Marxist rebel leaders for the first time as talks aimed at ending a half-century war enter a decisive phase.... 8/22/2014 6:22 PM

Rights group asks Mexico probe into army slayings
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Human Rights Watch called Friday for the Mexican government to fully investigate a supposed shootout in which troops killed 22 suspects while suffering only one soldier wounded.... 8/22/2014 5:59 PM

Mosque attack kills 64 in Iraq, Sunnis halt talks
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Gunmen attacked a Sunni mosque during Friday prayers and killed at least 64 people, prompting Sunni lawmakers to withdraw from talks on forming a new, more inclusive government capable of confronting the Islamic extremists who have overrun large swaths of Iraq.... 8/22/2014 5:45 PM