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Egypt court sentences 5 to death on terror charges
CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's state news agency says a Cairo court has convicted and sentenced five people to death on charges of forming a terrorist group and attacking a church, killing one policeman.... 9/20/2014 5:15 PM

Diplomats: Iran receptive to new nuke proposal
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Diplomats say Iran and six world powers have started discussing a new proposal that would leave much of Tehran's uranium enriching machines in place but disconnected from feeds of uranium.... 9/20/2014 5:14 PM

AP Interview: El-Sissi ready to back anti-IS fight
CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi told The Associated Press on Saturday he is prepared to give whatever support is needed in the fight against the Islamic State group but called for a "comprehensive strategy" to tackle the roots of extremism across the region.... 9/20/2014 4:55 PM

Sierra Leone into massive Ebola isolation effort
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) -- Some residents ran from their homes in Sierra Leone to avoid being trapped during a three-day lockdown to contain the Ebola outbreak, a health worker said Saturday, a minor setback on the second day of a massive effort to confine 6 million people to their homes.... 9/20/2014 4:55 PM

NATO chief: Ukraine has cease-fire 'in name only'
VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) -- NATO's top general said Saturday the two-week-old truce between Ukraine and pro-Russian militants fighting in the country's east is a "cease-fire in name only," and he said that by enabling a free flow of weapons and fighters across the border Russia has made it nearly impossible for outsiders to determine how many of its troops are operating inside Ukraine.... 9/20/2014 4:48 PM

Lack of trust keeps Iran, US away from coalition
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran and the United States share a common enemy in the Islamic State militant group, but a deep-seated lack of trust has so far kept the longtime foes from publicly joining hands in a coalition to defeat the extremists.... 9/20/2014 4:37 PM

10 activists, officers killed in Libya
CAIRO (AP) -- Libyan security officials say apparently targeted killings over two days have left 10 rights activists, journalists, and army and police officers dead in the country's east.... 9/20/2014 4:36 PM

Rescuers save 50,000 as floods hit south Pakistan
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistan's disaster management agency said Saturday that rescuers with boats and helicopters had evacuated about 50,000 people from the country's south after raging floods inundated more villages there.... 9/20/2014 4:36 PM

Kenya police chief warns residents to be vigilant
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Kenya's police chief asked residents Saturday to be "extra vigilant" of attacks in the week following Sunday's anniversary of the Westgate Mall attack.... 9/20/2014 4:24 PM

Kurdish fighters head to Syria to fight militants
BEIRUT (AP) -- Hundreds of Kurdish fighters have crossed from Turkey and Iraq into neighboring Syria to defend a Kurdish area under attack by Islamic State militants, as leaders of the ethnic group appealed for international assistance in their battle against the extremists.... 9/20/2014 4:04 PM


CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt: el-Sissi tells AP he can't interfere with courts in case of jailed Al-Jazeera reporters.... 9/20/2014 4:04 PM

Turkish hostages freed, but questions linger
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkish authorities say they have freed 49 hostages from one of the world's most ruthless militant groups without firing a shot, paying a ransom or offering a quid pro quo.... 9/20/2014 3:48 PM

Afghan presidential vote result to come Sunday
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Afghanistan's drawn-out presidential election may finally be coming to an end.... 9/20/2014 2:08 PM

S. Sudan mediators condemns renewed fighting
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) -- Mediators of the conflict in South Sudan say there is renewed fighting there between government and rebel troops.... 9/20/2014 1:55 PM

Scottish teens proud, passionate about voting
EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) -- They arrived before polling stations even opened, dressed for the school day in striped ties and blazers, dress slacks and tartan skirts, book bags over their shoulders - and for the first time in British history, ballot cards in hand.... 9/20/2014 1:41 PM

Jailed Venezuelan police chief freed
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- A former Caracas police chief whose decade-long imprisonment had rallied Venezuela's opposition has been released from jail to serve the remainder of his sentence at home.... 9/20/2014 1:37 PM

New Zealand prime minister wins 3rd term in office
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- Prime Minister John Key won an emphatic victory Saturday in New Zealand's general election to return for a third term, a result that will be seen as an endorsement of the way his National Party has handled the economy.... 9/20/2014 1:29 PM

Renewed Yemen clashes kill 4 civilians
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- A third day of fighting in Yemen's capital pitting Shiite rebels against Sunni militiamen and army units killed at least four civilians and three fighters on Saturday, security and health officials said.... 9/20/2014 1:18 PM

Buffer zone agreed on in Ukrainian peace talks
MINSK, Belarus (AP) -- Negotiators in Ukrainian peace talks agreed early Saturday to create a buffer zone between government troops and pro-Russian militants by halting their advances, pulling back heavy weapons and withdrawing foreign fighters in order to ensure a stable truce in eastern Ukraine.... 9/20/2014 12:42 PM

Quakes destroy or damage 83 houses in Philippines
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- A series of earthquakes destroyed 17 houses and damaged 66 others Saturday in a southern Philippine town, slightly injuring three people, officials said.... 9/20/2014 12:42 PM