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Ukraine claims wins over rebels but progress slow
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Ukraine's armed forces say they have caused heavy casualties among pro-Russian separatist forces, although their overall advance quelling the rebel resistance remains haphazard and faltering.... 8/22/2014 3:42 AM

MH17 remains return home as govt battles fallout
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Carried by soldiers and draped in the national flag, coffins carrying Malaysian victims of Flight MH17 returned home Friday to a country still searching for those onboard another doomed jet and a government battling the political fallout of the twin tragedies.... 8/22/2014 3:38 AM

In rare move, Chinese man acquitted of murder
BEIJING (AP) -- A Chinese court on Friday acquitted a death-row inmate who spent eight years behind bars for double murder in a high-profile case that observers say may be a rare exception in a court system riddled with wrongful convictions.... 8/22/2014 3:36 AM

Israel, Palestinians trade fire; 2 killed in Gaza
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- An Israeli airstrike on a Gaza farm killed two Palestinians on Friday, a Gaza health official said, as fighting continued for a third day after the collapse of Egyptian-led cease-fire talks.... 8/22/2014 3:36 AM

Coal gas boom in China holds climate change risks
HEXIGTEN, China (AP) -- Deep in the hilly grasslands of remote Inner Mongolia, twin smoke stacks rise more than 200 feet into the sky, their steam and sulfur billowing over herds of sheep and cattle. Both day and night, the rumble of this power plant echoes across the ancient steppe, and its acrid stench travels dozens of miles away.... 8/22/2014 3:19 AM

Fasting India activist forced to take medical test
NEW DELHI (AP) -- India's most famous prisoner of conscience has been forcibly taken for a medical test by police Friday, days after she was freed after nearly 14 years in prison for fasting to protest against an Indian law that suspends many human rights protections in areas of conflict, activists said.... 8/22/2014 3:03 AM

India blocks film on Indira Gandhi assassination
NEW DELHI (AP) -- India has blocked the release of a film on the assassination of former Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, saying it glorifies her killers and could trigger violent protests.... 8/22/2014 2:40 AM

After big win, India's new leader faces backlash
NEW DELHI (AP) -- When Prime Minister Narendra Modi swept to power in India's most resounding election victory in decades, he promised to revive the sluggish economy, rein in rising food prices, tackle corruption and overhaul his predecessor's lackluster foreign policy.... 8/22/2014 1:51 AM

Most Asia stocks inch higher ahead of Yellen talk
HONG KONG (AP) -- Most Asian stock markets inched higher Friday after a record day on Wall Street powered by upbeat data that adds to evidence the world's biggest economy is gaining strength. Gains were tempered as investors awaited a meeting of central bankers that might shed light on the timing of U.S. interest rate hikes.... 8/22/2014 1:43 AM

Deported Mexicans find new life at call centers
TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) -- Henry Monterroso is a foreigner in his own country. Raised in California from the age of 5, he was deported to Mexico in 2011 and found himself in a land he barely knew.... 8/22/2014 12:33 AM

Mexico increases number of missing to 22,322
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- The Mexican government has increased its calculation of the number of people who have disappeared since the start of the country's drug war in 2006 and now lists 22,322 as missing, officials said Thursday. It had said in May that 8,000 people were missing.... 8/21/2014 9:59 PM

Mexican mining firm complains about probe of spill
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A mining conglomerate charged Thursday that it is being subjected to "punitive" legal actions by Mexican officials because one of its mines spilled acid-laced copper sulfate and heavy metals into two rivers.... 8/21/2014 8:50 PM

Mexico nabs suspects with 10,000 sea turtle eggs
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Environmental prosecutors in Mexico say three suspects have been detained in the southern Pacific coast state of Oaxaca with more than 10,000 illegally harvested eggs from protected sea turtles.... 8/21/2014 8:28 PM

Europe, US mull UN resolution on Gaza truce
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- With Egyptian efforts to end the Gaza war collapsing, the United States, Britain, France and Germany are discussing a possible Security Council resolution calling for a sustainable cease-fire and an international monitoring mission to ensure its implementation, U.N. diplomats said Thursday.... 8/21/2014 8:20 PM

Dominican Republic bans Miley Cyrus concert
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) -- The Dominican Republic government commission that oversees public performances is banning a Sept. 13 concert by Miley Cyrus on morality grounds.... 8/21/2014 8:09 PM

Police tear gas, water cannons at Chilean protest
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) -- Student protesters fled a tear gas truck and police water cannons used during a march through the Chilean capital Thursday, but no injuries or arrests were reported.... 8/21/2014 8:06 PM

Irish peacemaker, ex-premier Reynolds dies at 81
DUBLIN (AP) -- Albert Reynolds, the risk-taking Irish prime minister who played a key role in delivering peace to Northern Ireland but struggled to keep his own governments intact, died Thursday after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. He was 81.... 8/21/2014 7:33 PM

Charges dropped against Venezuelan protesters
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Venezuelan courts have dropped all charges against hundreds of demonstrators detained during anti-government protests that wracked the South American country this spring.... 8/21/2014 7:28 PM

Drought hits food supplies in Central America
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) -- Central America is having one of its worst droughts in decades, and experts warned Thursday that major farm losses and the deaths of hundreds of cattle in the region could leave hundreds of thousands of families without food.... 8/21/2014 7:09 PM

Liberia gives food in slum sealed to stop Ebola
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- Government officials handed out bags of rice and sachets of drinking water Thursday to residents of an impoverished slum in Liberia's capital where tens of thousands of people have been barricaded in an effort to stop the spread of Ebola.... 8/21/2014 6:08 PM