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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

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 7:32 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

Police tear gas, water cannons at Chilean protest
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) -- Student protesters have fled a tear gas truck and police water cannons during a march through the Chilean capital, but no injuries or arrests have been reported.... 8/21/2014 7:01 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

Airlines, cruise ships monitoring Caribbean system
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) -- Airlines and cruise ship companies are monitoring the progress of a tropical disturbance approaching the Lesser Antilles at the eastern end of the Caribbean.... 8/21/2014 6:05 PM

US inspector finds Beyonce, Jay-Z Cuba trip legal
HAVANA (AP) -- The U.S. Treasury Department's inspector general has determined Jay-Z and Beyonce's fifth-anniversary trip to Cuba last year was legal under rules allowing educational travel to the island.... 8/21/2014 6:01 PM

Mexico arrests 13 at water-rate protest by Mayas
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Police on Mexico's Caribbean coast arrested 13 activists during a demonstration by Maya Indians against water rate hikes.... 8/21/2014 5:30 PM

Puerto Rico drug ring accused of selling meth
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- The U.S. Attorney's Office in Puerto Rico is for the first time prosecuting a suspected drug-trafficking organization on charges of distributing methamphetamine in the U.S. territory.... 8/21/2014 5:14 PM

Venezuela proposes fingerprinting grocery shoppers
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Venezuelans could soon have to scan their fingerprints to buy bread.... 8/21/2014 5:09 PM

Israel kills 3 Hamas military commanders in Gaza
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Israel stepped up its campaign against Gaza's ruling Hamas on Thursday, killing three of the group's senior military commanders in an airstrike that pulverized a four-story home, the second such attack targeting top leaders in two days.... 8/21/2014 4:58 PM

Hamas admits kidnapping Israeli teens
JERUSALEM (AP) -- A senior Hamas leader has said the group carried out the kidnapping and killing of three Israeli teens in the West Bank in June - the first time anyone from the Islamic militant group has said it was behind an attack that helped spark the current war in the Gaza Strip.... 8/21/2014 4:38 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 4:29 PM

Correction: Emirates-Terrorism Law story
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- In a story Aug. 20 about a new counter-terrorism law in the United Arab Emirates, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Gulf researcher Nicholas McGeehan works for Amnesty International. He works for Human Rights Watch.... 8/21/2014 4:22 PM

Russian aid convoy advances toward Ukraine
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Fierce fighting raged in eastern Ukraine on Thursday in what appeared to be a last-gasp attempt by government troops to snatch back territory from pro-Russian separatists before the arrival of a Russian aid convoy overseen by the Red Cross.... 8/21/2014 4:12 PM

Reports: Syria troops kill scores of jihadis
BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian troops killed dozens of jihadi fighters, including a prominent media activist, in heavy clashes on Thursday around a sprawling northern air base that the Islamic State group is trying to seize, activists and state media said.... 8/21/2014 4:01 PM

Thai army ruler named prime minister
BANGKOK (AP) -- Three months after overthrowing an elected government, Thailand's junta leader is stepping out of his army uniform to take up the post of prime minister in a move critics say will prolong his rule and bolster the military's grip on power.... 8/21/2014 3:54 PM

Pakistan parliament rejects calls for PM to quit
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistan's parliament on Thursday rejected calls for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's resignation as unconstitutional despite massive anti-government protests just outside the assembly in the capital Islamabad.... 8/21/2014 3:46 PM

Puerto Rico priest pleads guilty in abuse case
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- A Roman Catholic priest in Puerto Rico has pleaded guilty to transporting a minor with the intent to engage in criminal sexual conduct, the U.S. Attorney's Office said Thursday.... 8/21/2014 3:38 PM