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Rescuers locate 20 of 24 trapped in Nicaragua mine
MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) -- Rescuers on Friday located 20 of at least 24 gold miners trapped by a landslide in northern Nicaragua, but were not immediately able to bring them to safety.... 8/29/2014 3:54 PM

Student evades monitors, spreads Ebola to Senegal
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- A university student infected with Ebola evaded health surveillance for weeks as he slipped into Senegal, carrying the deadly virus to a fifth West African nation showing how quarantines, border closures and flight bans have failed to contain the outbreak.... 8/29/2014 3:52 PM

Poland bars Russian plane from its airspace
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Poland prevented a plane carrying Russia's defense minister from traveling through its airspace Friday, drawing an angry response from Moscow.... 8/29/2014 3:42 PM

Iraqi town holds out against militant onslaught
BAGHDAD (AP) -- As Islamic militants rampage across northern Iraq, seizing vast swaths of territory and driving hundreds of thousands of people from their homes, the Shiite Turkmens living in the hardscrabble town of Amirli have decided to stay and fight.... 8/29/2014 3:38 PM

Russian-backed rebels aim to push west along coast
NOVOAZOVSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Their tanks bearing the flag of their would-be state, Russian-backed separatists held control Friday over this coastal town on the new front in the Ukraine conflict and announced their intention to keep pushing west toward a major port city.... 8/29/2014 3:31 PM

US: Too soon to evaluate Pakistan offensive
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- U.S. military leaders say it's too soon to tell if Pakistan's offensive against militants in North Waziristan has been effective or simply symbolic, but they say the operations have temporarily disrupted the enemy and sent insurgents fleeing into Afghanistan.... 8/29/2014 3:30 PM

Iceland raises volcano aviation alert briefly
REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) -- Icelandic authorities briefly raised the aviation warning code to red Friday after a small fissure eruption near Bardarbunga volcano, but no volcanic ash was detected by the radar system.... 8/29/2014 3:28 PM

Families of Russian troops in Ukraine want answers
MOSCOW (AP) -- The last time Valeria Sokolova saw her husband, the 25-year-old paratrooper told her that he and his fellow soldiers were heading for military exercises in southern Russia, near the Ukrainian border.... 8/29/2014 3:26 PM

US: Too soon evaluate Pakistan offensive
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- U.S. military leaders say it's too soon to tell if Pakistan's offensive against militants in North Waziristan has been effective or simply symbolic, but they say the operations have temporarily disrupted the enemy and sent insurgents fleeing into Afghanistan.... 8/29/2014 3:21 PM

EU ministers call for new sanctions against Russia
MILAN (AP) -- Several European Union foreign ministers on Friday accused Russia of invading eastern Ukraine and said Moscow should be punished with additional economic sanctions.... 8/29/2014 3:12 PM

Police seek missing 5-year-old British boy
PARIS (AP) -- Police are searching for a 5-year-old British boy with a severe brain tumor whose parents took him out of a British hospital and were last seen in France.... 8/29/2014 2:54 PM

Palestinian leader says Hamas caused prolonged war
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas blamed Hamas on Friday for extending fighting with Israel in the Gaza Strip, casting doubt on the future of the Palestinian unity government that the Islamic militant group backs, while Israel's premier said the end of the war could mark resumption of peace talks with Abbas.... 8/29/2014 2:32 PM

French girl investigated over alleged jihad plan
PARIS (AP) -- A 14-year-old French girl has been placed under investigation for allegedly planning to carry out jihad, the third in a group of teenage girls caught before they left home.... 8/29/2014 2:31 PM

Zimbabwe 1st lady roils political scene with entry
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) -- She has expensive tastes, owns a lot of land in Zimbabwe and is now entering politics, a move that is roiling this southern African nation that has known only one leader since independence: President Robert Mugabe, who is 90 years old.... 8/29/2014 2:21 PM

UN: 'Very fluid' situation on held peacekeepers
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The plight of dozens of U.N. peacekeepers in Syria remained "very, very fluid" Friday, the secretary-general's spokesman said, as talks aimed at their release stretched into a second day.... 8/29/2014 2:09 PM

Ex-Myanmar beauty queen accused of stealing crown
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- Myanmar's first international beauty queen has absconded with her $100,000 crown after being stripped of her title for being rude and dishonest, organizers said Friday.... 8/29/2014 2:06 PM

Cameron promises tough action to fight militants
LONDON (AP) -- Prime Minister David Cameron pledged Friday to plug gaps in Britain's armory to combat terror, describing the extremist threat posed by the Islamic State group as being more dangerous than even that of al-Qaida.... 8/29/2014 1:51 PM

Greek lawmaker gets jail leave for city seat
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- The jailed spokesman of Greece's extreme right Golden Party was been granted a brief leave from prison on Friday to take up his seat on Athens' new city council, after the party won 16 percent of the capital's vote capital in May municipal elections.... 8/29/2014 1:19 PM

Dutch prosecutor in Ukraine for crash inquiry
AMSTERDAM (AP) -- The Netherlands has assigned a prosecutor to work in Kiev on the criminal investigation into the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.... 8/29/2014 1:02 PM

Mexico operations thwart child, family migrants
CHAHUITES, Mexico (AP) -- Mexico's largest crackdown in decades on illegal migration has decreased the flow of Central Americans trying to reach the United States, and has dramatically cut the number of child migrants and families, according to officials and eyewitness accounts along the perilous route.... 8/29/2014 12:47 PM