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2 Americans detained in North Korea seek US help
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- Two American tourists charged with "anti-state" crimes in North Korea said Friday they expect to be tried soon and pleaded for help from the U.S. government to secure their release from what they say could be long prison terms.... 8/1/2014 11:05 AM

China says 9 suspects killed in Xinjiang raid
BEIJING (AP) -- China said nine suspects were killed Friday and another captured in a police action in the restive northwestern region of Xinjiang that follows a wave of militant violence.... 8/1/2014 11:02 AM

Tunisia closes borders with Libya after violence
RAS AJDIR, Tunisia (AP) -- Tunisia closed its main border crossing with Libya on Friday after thousands of stranded Egyptian and foreign nationals, fleeing militias' fighting and violence in Libya, tried to break through the passage, the Tunisian news agency said.... 8/1/2014 10:59 AM

Gunmen kill another Somali lawmaker in Mogadishu
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- A Somali police officer says gunmen have shot and killed a Somali lawmaker in Mogadishu.... 8/1/2014 10:58 AM

WHO: Ebola moving faster than control efforts
CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) -- An Ebola outbreak that has killed more than 700 people in West Africa is moving faster than the efforts to control the disease, the head of the World Health Organization warned as presidents from the affected countries met Friday in Guinea's capital.... 8/1/2014 10:55 AM

Ukraine: Investigators start jet crash site search
HRABOVE, Ukraine (AP) -- With the sound of artillery blasts at a distance, dozens of international investigators arrived Friday at the eastern Ukraine site where Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crashed and began a painstaking search for the remains of as many as 80 victims.... 8/1/2014 10:50 AM

Italy, Poland vie for top EU foreign policy job
BRUSSELS (AP) -- As the European Union struggles to respond to what it perceives as Russia's aggressive meddling in Ukraine, Italy and Poland are staking their claims to provide the bloc's new foreign-policy chief - kicking off a race in which the candidates' views of Moscow will likely be decisive.... 8/1/2014 10:37 AM

Japan names 5 disputed islets in East China Sea
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan on Friday gave names to five uninhabited islets in an island group at the center of a territorial dispute with China as part of efforts to reinforce its claim, sparking quick condemnation from Beijing.... 8/1/2014 10:35 AM

35 killed in Gaza; Israeli soldier feared captured
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- A Gaza cease-fire quickly unraveled on Friday as violence erupted in and around a southern town in the war-ravaged strip, with at least 40 Palestinians killed in Israeli shelling while the military said two soldiers were killed and an infantry officer was feared captured during fighting there.... 8/1/2014 10:35 AM

Ugandan court invalidates anti-gay law
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) -- A Ugandan court on Friday invalidated an anti-gay bill signed into law earlier this year, saying the measure is illegal because it was passed during a parliamentary session that lacked a quorum.... 8/1/2014 9:58 AM

In brief lull, Gaza's displaced survey devastation
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Bassem Abul Qumbus looked in despair at the wreck of his home. Shells had punched holes in an upper-floor bedroom. A wall had collapsed into the kitchen. The dozens of baby chicks he'd been raising on the roof were dead, except for three tiny survivors and a slightly injured white duck.... 8/1/2014 9:46 AM

6 dead following earthquake in Algeria
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) -- Algerian officials say six people are dead and 420 injured following an earthquake that shook Algiers Friday morning.... 8/1/2014 9:44 AM

12,000 evacuees return after Taiwan gas explosions
KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan (AP) -- The 12,000 people who fled in fear of more gas pipeline explosions in Taiwan's second-largest city returned to their homes Friday after authorities said there was no more risk of blasts like the series that ripped apart streets overnight, killing 26 people and injuring 267.... 8/1/2014 9:42 AM

Slovenia ex-premier gets brief prison furlough
LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) -- Slovenian ex-Prime Minister Janez Jansa was granted a brief prison furlough on Friday to attend the country's first parliamentary session after he won a seat in last month's election.... 8/1/2014 9:17 AM

Pamela Anderson wants Faeroes to stop whale drive
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- A more than four century-old pilot whales drive in the Faeroe Islands is a "barbaric, psychotic frenzy" which should cease, actress and animal rights activist Pamela Anderson said Friday.... 8/1/2014 9:16 AM

5 suspected rebels killed in clash in Indonesia
JAYAPURA, Indonesia (AP) -- Five suspected rebels were killed Friday in a clash with Indonesian soldiers in restive Papua province, the military said.... 8/1/2014 8:55 AM

Poland marks 70th anniversary of Warsaw Uprising
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Poland on Friday honored the fighters and victims of a 1944 rebellion against Nazi Germans by laying wreaths, lighting candles and singing insurgent tunes to mark the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising.... 8/1/2014 8:52 AM

Saudi King: Gaza war is "crime against humanity"
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah says the Gaza war is a "collective massacre" that has spared no Palestinian living there and describes it as a "crime against humanity."... 8/1/2014 8:40 AM

Iraq's top Shiite cleric urges peaceful transition
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraq's most influential Shiite cleric appealed to Iraqi politicians on Friday not to make themselves "an obstacle" in the country's transition as the deadline looms for selecting the next prime minister.... 8/1/2014 8:35 AM

Global trade deal goes back to drawing board
GENEVA (AP) -- The World Trade Organization began regrouping Friday to see whether it is still possible to finalize a major deal to boost global trade after a deadline passed to formally adopt it.... 8/1/2014 8:28 AM