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Extremists kill 28 in villages in northeastern Nigeria
BAUCHI, Nigeria (AP) -- Boko Haram extremists killed 28 people during attacks on remote villages in northeast Nigeria, members of a civilian defense group said on Friday.... 8/28/2015 10:58 PM

Tropical Storm Erika to lose steam, but death toll rising
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) -- Tropical Storm Erika began to lose steam Friday as it skirted along the southern coast of the Dominican Republic, but it left behind a trail of destruction that included at least a dozen people killed on the small eastern Caribbean island of Dominica, authorities said.... 8/28/2015 10:46 PM

African superstars, Bono in campaign to empower women
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) -- African stars joined U2 frontman Bono on Friday in a campaign to use music to help empower women around the world.... 8/28/2015 10:32 PM

Brazil's GDP posts second consecutive contraction
SAO PAULO (AP) -- The Brazilian government says gross domestic product contracted for the second consecutive quarter, sending the economy of Latin America's biggest country into a technical recession.... 8/28/2015 10:00 PM

Mexico adoption-for-cash scheme took babies from mothers
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A child welfare official in northern Mexico took at least nine babies from poor or drug-addicted mothers and offered them to adoptive parents in exchange for payments ranging from $5,000 to $9,000, authorities said Friday.... 8/28/2015 9:45 PM

Venezuela extends border closure despite Colombia's protests
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro announced Friday that he would extend the week-old partial closure of the border with Colombia to four more cities and send an additional 3,000 troops to the area, doubling down on a policy has drawn rebuke by Colombian leaders.... 8/28/2015 9:45 PM

UN warns South Sudan of sanctions if peace deal isn't kept
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. Security Council warned South Sudan's feuding president and ex-vice president that it is ready to impose an arms embargo and sanctions if they don't immediately stop fighting and implement a new peace agreement.... 8/28/2015 9:41 PM

Lebanon: Shiny on the outside, rotting from the inside
BEIRUT (AP) -- To the casual visitor, Lebanon may seem like a tiny slice of Mediterranean modernity and coexistence in a turbulent region plagued by violence and extremism.... 8/28/2015 9:22 PM

Explosion in Bahrain kills police officer, wounds 7 others
MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) -- An explosion in Bahrain has killed one police officer and wounded seven other people, among them a child, the country's Interior Ministry said late Friday.... 8/28/2015 9:10 PM

Air guitarists strum out for the world title in Finland
OULU, Finland (AP) -- Zac "The Magnet" Monro opened the final of the Air Guitar World Championships Friday with a neat mime of playing an electric guitar to rock music that shook the ground beneath the feet of a few hundred gathered in a rainy small city square in northern Finland.... 8/28/2015 8:29 PM

Europe's migrant crisis brings new death by land and sea
VIENNA (AP) -- Death and desperation mounted in Europe's migrant crisis Friday as Austrian police said 71 people appeared to have suffocated in the back of an abandoned truck, while an estimated 200 people were feared drowned off Libya when two overloaded boats capsized.... 8/28/2015 8:23 PM

Former PM Tsipras' popularity tanks ahead of Greek elections
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece's former governing radical-left party is unlikely to win an outright majority in a crucial national election next month, and its lead over the opposition conservatives has narrowed, early opinion polls showed Friday.... 8/28/2015 8:09 PM

The Latest: UN chief 'horrified' by latest refugee deaths
GENEVA (AP) -- Here are the latest developments Friday regarding the tens of thousands of migrants trying to reach Europe.... 8/28/2015 8:02 PM

Vatican gets embroiled in Italy's 'banned books' fray
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Vatican has gotten embroiled in a modern-day, secular version of the Index of Banned Books.... 8/28/2015 7:41 PM

Turkish President Erdogan approves interim government
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday approved an interim government that will lead Turkey into a new election in November, paving the way for two legislators from Turkey's pro-Kurdish party to take up ministerial posts for the first time.... 8/28/2015 7:15 PM

Radar detects object believed to be missing Nazi gold train
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- A Polish official said Friday he has seen an image made by ground-penetrating radar that seemed to prove the discovery of an armored Nazi train missing in southwestern Poland since World War II.... 8/28/2015 7:09 PM

Bodies of 71 migrants who died in truck taken to morgue
NICKELSDORF, Austria (AP) -- An overpowering stench of death came from the truck on Austria's border with Hungary as workers unloaded the bodies of some of the 71 migrants who perished trapped inside the vehicle they hoped would take them to a better life.... 8/28/2015 7:05 PM

Attack draws new scrutiny to railways linking open Europe
PARIS (AP) -- Europe's rail system is at the heart of its open borders, a way for passengers to travel on some of the world's fastest and most sophisticated mass transit with no need for passports or even ID.... 8/28/2015 6:42 PM

Mali militia refuses to leave town after peace deal broken
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) -- A government-allied militia in Mali said Friday it won't follow demands by an international peace monitoring group to leave a northern town that it took from separatists last week.... 8/28/2015 6:35 PM

German authorities brace for protests at refugee shelter
BERLIN (AP) -- German authorities braced for possible far-right violence in the eastern state of Saxony at the weekend, with Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday promising federal support for local police seeking to prevent anti-refugee riots of the kind seen in the town of Heidenau last week.... 8/28/2015 6:25 PM

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