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BRIC wall: Brazil's economy slips into a recession
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Brazil's economy, once an emerging-market darling, fell into recession, according to government data released Friday, as millions of new middle class citizens tightened their belts and further dampened a credit-driven spending spree.... 8/29/2014 8:15 PM

Rescuers locate 20 of 24 trapped in Nicaragua mine
BONANZA, Nicaragua (AP) -- Rescuers in Nicaragua raced Friday to reach at least 24 freelance gold miners trapped by a landslide, including 20 who have been located and have communicated with emergency crews.... 8/29/2014 8:11 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 7:23 PM

Members of Jewish sect leave Guatemala village
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) -- Members of an ultra-Orthodox Jewish group have been forced out of a village in western Guatemala after disputes with indigenous residents over cultural and religious differences.... 8/29/2014 7:21 PM

Jamaican ends legal challenge to anti-sodomy law
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) -- A young Jamaican gay rights activist who brought an unprecedented legal challenge to the Caribbean island's anti-sodomy law has withdrawn the claim after growing fearful about violent backlashes, advocacy groups and colleagues said Friday.... 8/29/2014 6:03 PM

Mexico's Pemex says production to increase in 2015
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexico's state-owned oil company Petroleos Mexicanos estimates its crude production will increase to 2.4 million barrels per day in 2015, compared with the 2.35 million barrels per day it expects to produce this year, a company official said Friday.... 8/29/2014 5:31 PM

Colombian accused in 5,000-plus killings arrested
PANAMA CITY, Panama (AP) -- Panamanian authorities say they have arrested a fugitive Colombian right-wing militia leader accused in more than 5,000 murders who officials say was posing as a construction company owner.... 8/29/2014 5:06 PM

Mexico authorities stage midnight migrant raid
SAN RAMON, Mexico (AP) -- The lumbering freight train known as "The Beast," a key part of the route for migrants heading north to the United States, rolled to an abrupt, unscheduled stop in the black of midnight.... 8/29/2014 4:59 PM

Liberia to unseal slum cordoned off to stop Ebola
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- Liberia says it will open up a slum in its capital where thousands of people were barricaded to contain the spread of Ebola.... 8/29/2014 4:26 PM

Ecuador heralds digital currency plans
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) -- Ecuador is planning to create what it calls the world's first digital currency issued by a central bank, which some analysts believe could be a first step toward abandoning the country's existing currency, the U.S. dollar.... 8/29/2014 4:18 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