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German anti-euro party could enter state assembly
BERLIN (AP) -- A party that wants Germany to ditch the euro currency is tipped to win its first seat in a state assembly Sunday.... 8/31/2014 2:09 AM

Official: 23 people killed in Afghanistan crash
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- An Afghan spokesman says 23 people were killed when a passenger van and a fuel tanker collided in western Afghanistan.... 8/31/2014 1:54 AM

It's not just Hello Kitty: Japan's character craze
TOKYO (AP) -- Hello Kitty, whom many learned last week is a girl and not a cat, may be the queen of Japan's cute characters, but she's hardly the only one.... 8/31/2014 1:49 AM

Pakistan protester dies in clashes with police
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistani police are clashing with scattered pockets of anti-government protesters trying to advance on the prime minister's residence after a night of violence that saw hundreds wounded and the first death in more than two weeks of demonstrations.... 8/31/2014 1:43 AM

All Filipino peacekeepers escape Golan standoff
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Under cover of darkness, 40 Filipino peacekeepers made a daring escape after being surrounded and coming under fire by Syrian rebels in the Golan Heights, the Philippine military chief said Sunday, while 44 Fijian troops remained in the hands of the al-Qaida-linked insurgents.... 8/31/2014 12:01 AM

Tunisia recovers bodies of Syrian boat migrants
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) -- The Tunisian Coast Guard has recovered at least 41 bodies of migrants, mostly Syrians, who drowned trying to sail to Europe, a local official said Saturday.... 8/30/2014 10:18 PM

EU threatens Russia with more sanctions
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Despite tough rhetoric decrying Russia's increasing military involvement in Ukraine, European Union leaders on Sunday stopped short of imposing new sanctions against Moscow right away.... 8/30/2014 8:24 PM

Silva surges ahead in Brazil's presidential vote
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Brazil's once humdrum presidential race now resembles one of the country's famed soap operas, with a newcomer thrust into the spotlight by a plane crash and the longtime favorite reeling from a one-two punch of bad news.... 8/30/2014 7:51 PM

Australia to fly guns and ammunition into Iraq
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Australian military aircraft will fly guns and ammunition into Iraq to help fight Islamic State militants, Australia's prime minister said on Sunday.... 8/30/2014 7:37 PM

Cuba gives US swimmer Diana Nyad sporting medal
HAVANA (AP) -- One year after becoming the first person confirmed to have swum from Havana to Key West, Florida without a shark cage, U.S. endurance swimmer Diana Nyad was back in Cuba to receive that country's Order of Sporting Merit award.... 8/30/2014 7:33 PM

8 foreigners among 10 killed in Bolivia bus crash
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) -- Bolivian police say eight foreign tourists are among the 10 people killed when a bus returning to La Paz from the Salar de Uyuni salt flats ran off the highway and crashed.... 8/30/2014 7:26 PM

Trapped miners rescued in Nicaragua; 5 remain
BONANZA, Nicaragua (AP) -- Rescue workers and trapped miners alike frantically dug away at opposite sides of rock and mud that blocked a Nicaragua gold mine, finally succeeding in freeing at least 20 men. Efforts to reach five miners still missing continued Saturday.... 8/30/2014 6:50 PM

AP PHOTOS: Fairy-tale night for girls in Rio slum
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Dressed in long evening gowns, girls from Rio de Janeiro's Santa Marta "favela" slum have celebrated a fairy-tale evening in a debutante ball sponsored by local police.... 8/30/2014 6:24 PM

Missing British boy with tumor found in Spain
LONDON (AP) -- A critically ill 5-year-old boy who was taken out of a British hospital against doctors' advice has been found in Spain, police said Saturday.... 8/30/2014 6:16 PM

Pacino does double duty at Venice Film Festival
VENICE, Italy (AP) -- Al Pacino made two trips up the red carpet at the Venice Film Festival on Saturday, with a pair of movies about aging, regret, giving up and letting go.... 8/30/2014 3:37 PM

Gulf meeting ends without clear end to Qatar spat
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- A meeting of Gulf foreign ministers ended on Saturday without a clear way out of a monthslong diplomatic spat with Qatar, although some envoys signaled that progress had been made.... 8/30/2014 3:31 PM

Rebuilding Gaza will take 20 years, group says
JERUSALEM (AP) -- An international organization involved in assessing post-conflict reconstruction says it will take 20 years under current levels of restrictions to rebuild the Gaza Strip's battered and neglected housing stock following the war between Hamas and Israel.... 8/30/2014 3:29 PM

Somali troops oust militants from southern town
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- Somali government troops fighting alongside African Union troops ousted Islamic militants from a southern town they have been controlling, an official said Saturday.... 8/30/2014 3:14 PM

Pro-Russia rebels confident after making gains
STAROBESHEVE, Ukraine (AP) -- As the survivor of a tank attack on a Ukrainian army truck was being carried into an ambulance, he was showered with verbal abuse by a rebel fighter.... 8/30/2014 3:11 PM

EU leaders pick Italian as bloc's new top diplomat
BRUSSELS (AP) -- European Union leaders on Saturday picked Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini, to become the 28-nation bloc's top diplomat for the next five years.... 8/30/2014 3:06 PM