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Amazon starts selling physical books in Brazil
SAO PAULO (AP) -- Online retailer Amazon has started selling physical books in Brazil, two years after it began selling books in digital format in Latin America's biggest country.... 8/21/2014 12:14 PM

Children used as child soldiers in South Sudan
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- The use of child soldiers - teenage boys dressed in military uniforms and carrying assault rifles - is commonplace in South Sudan and will be the subject of U.N. Security Council discussions next month, the top U.N. official for children and armed conflict said Thursday.... 8/21/2014 12:08 PM

Turkey's Davutoglu nominated new premier
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkey's ruling party has picked Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu to replace president-elect Recep Tayyip Erdogan as its new chairman and prime minister.... 8/21/2014 12:07 PM

Iraq museum inaugurates 2 halls of statues
BAGHDAD (AP) -- The Iraqi National Museum inaugurated two renovated halls adorned with life-size stone statues on Thursday, highlighting the rich history of a country once again shattered by war.... 8/21/2014 12:02 PM

Voice, image give clues in hunt for Foley's killer
LONDON (AP) -- The Islamic militant in a video showing the death of American journalist James Foley took great care to disguise his identity, dressing head-to-toe in black, with a mask leaving only his eyes visible.... 8/21/2014 11:59 AM

Indonesian court rejects election loser's appeal
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- Indonesia's top court on Thursday rejected an appeal by the losing candidate in last month's presidential election over alleged voting irregularities, removing any uncertainty around the victory of Jakarta Gov. Joko Widodo.... 8/21/2014 11:58 AM

Liberia gives food in slum sealed to stop Ebola
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- Hundreds of residents of a Liberian slum lined up to receive rice and water from government officials Thursday in their neighborhood which was sealed off from the rest of the capital in an attempt to halt the spread of Ebola.... 8/21/2014 11:52 AM

Kuwait questions 2 on US terror-funding list
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Kuwaiti police have briefly detained and questioned two men designated by the U.S. Treasury Department as financiers of terrorist groups in Iraq and Syria.... 8/21/2014 11:44 AM

SAfrican lawmakers protest presidential scandal
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Opposition lawmakers heckled South African President Jacob Zuma during a parliamentary session Thursday in which questions were raised about more than $20 million in state spending on his private home.... 8/21/2014 11:44 AM

Irish peacemaker, ex-premier Reynolds dies at 81
DUBLIN (AP) -- Albert Reynolds, the risk-taking 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 11:42 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 11:38 AM

Reports: At least 7 people stabbed in south China
BEIJING (AP) -- At least seven people were stabbed in an apparently random attack Thursday in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, state media reported.... 8/21/2014 11:21 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 11:18 AM

Fighting in Ukraine as aid convoy reaches customs
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Parts of eastern Ukraine were wracked by fierce fighting Thursday as government troops sought to snatch back territory from separatist rebels, while a Russian aid convoy to the hard-hit city of Luhansk began to make tentative steps toward its destination.... 8/21/2014 11:04 AM

Mongolia, China pledge $10 billion in annual trade
ULAN BATOR, Mongolia (AP) -- China and Mongolia pledged Thursday to almost double their annual two-way 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 11:01 AM

Israeli airstrike kills 3 senior Hamas leaders
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- An Israeli airstrike in Gaza killed three senior Hamas military commanders Thursday, delivering a likely blow to the organization's morale and highlighting the long reach of Israel's intelligence services.... 8/21/2014 10:53 AM

Sri Lankan activist: Gov't trying to hurt UN probe
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) -- Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa's decision to deny entry to U.N. investigators is intended to undermine the credibility of an ongoing war crimes inquiry, an activist said Thursday.... 8/21/2014 10:51 AM

Flooding in Nepal kills US tourist, capsizes boat
KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- An American tourist died trying to cross a flooded river in Nepal on Thursday, and two people were missing from a crowded boat that capsized on another river swollen by monsoon rains in the Himalayan country.... 8/21/2014 10:36 AM

Saudi court sentences 18 to prison for terrorism
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- A court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced 18 people to prison on charges of financing terrorism, collecting information about compounds where foreigners reside, providing hideouts for fugitives and possessing unlicensed weapons.... 8/21/2014 10:29 AM


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