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Mongolia hosts China's leader, seeks port access
ULAN BATOR, Mongolia (AP) -- Landlocked Mongolia is hoping to secure better access to Chinese ports as President Xi Jinping becomes the first Chinese head of state in more than a decade to visit this sprawling nation sandwiched between China and Russia.... 8/21/2014 2:40 AM

Some see Qatar's hand in collapse of Gaza talks
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- The explosions rocking the Gaza Strip may seem far removed from the flashy cars and skyscrapers of ultra-rich Qatar, but efforts to end fighting between Hamas and Israel could hinge on how the tiny Gulf Arab state wields its influence over a Palestinian militant group with few friends left.... 8/21/2014 2:37 AM

Thai army ruler nominated as next prime minister
BANGKOK (AP) -- Three months after overthrowing Thailand's last elected government, this Southeast Asian nation's junta leader is stepping out of his army uniform for good - to take up the post of prime minister in a move critics say will only extend his time at the helm and consolidate the military's grip on power.... 8/21/2014 2:20 AM

Hamas says 3 senior leaders killed in Gaza strike
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- The Islamic militant group Hamas says three of its senior military leaders have been killed in an Israeli airstrike in the Gaza Strip.... 8/21/2014 2:02 AM

Australia cites reporter's killing in law reforms
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Thursday used the killing of American journalist James Foley to bolster his government's case for contentious counterterrorism reforms that have been rejected by some Islamic leaders.... 8/21/2014 1:22 AM

China tries 5 cult members for murder
BEIJING (AP) -- Five people went on trial Thursday for allegedly beating a woman to death in a McDonald's outlet in eastern China after they unsuccessfully tried to recruit her into their cult, a court said.... 8/21/2014 12:59 AM

Tibet group says 3 more dead after police shooting
BEIJING (AP) -- Three more Tibetan protesters shot and detained by Chinese authorities died in jail after being denied medical treatment, bringing the death toll from recent violence to five, according to overseas Tibetan rights groups and a U.S.-backed broadcaster.... 8/21/2014 12:53 AM

2 Americans arrested in Bali under suicide watch
BALI, Indonesia (AP) -- An American couple arrested in Indonesia on suspicion of murdering the woman's mother and stuffing her body into a suitcase at a resort hotel are being held under a suicide watch, their appointed lawyer said Wednesday.... 8/21/2014 12:11 AM

Brazil expands labor rights for domestic workers
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Nivea dos Santos got her first job as a live-in maid at age 12, dusting, vacuuming, ironing and polishing the silver of a wealthy Rio de Janeiro family from dawn until she'd fall, exhausted, into bed. More than two decades later, Brazil has passed legislation aimed at preventing such abuses.... 8/21/2014 12:01 AM

China manufacturing drags on Asian stock markets
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Asian stock markets were dampened by a weak China manufacturing survey Thursday, but Japan gained on the prospect of a stronger dollar after Fed minutes showed policymakers are leaning toward their first rate hike since the 2008 financial crisis.... 8/20/2014 11:50 PM

Growth in China manufacturing weakens in August
HONG KONG (AP) -- Growth in China's vast manufacturing industry weakened in August, suggesting that the recovery in the world No. 2 economy is losing momentum and Beijing may need to spoon out more stimulus.... 8/20/2014 11:32 PM

Venezuela's president pays visit to Fidel Castro
HAVANA (AP) -- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro made a belated birthday visit to Fidel Castro, the former Cuban leader revealed in one of his regular columns.... 8/20/2014 10:13 PM

Brazil Socialists name Silva as new candidate
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Environmentalist Marina Silva announced Wednesday that she will be the new presidential candidate for Brazil's Socialist Party a week after its previous candidate was killed in a plane crash.... 8/20/2014 8:59 PM

Main subway line blacked out in Chile's capital
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) -- A power failure has knocked out the main subway line in Chile's capital, trapping thousands of riders and throwing Santiago's evening rush hour into chaos.... 8/20/2014 8:57 PM

Argentina defends plan to pay creditors outside US
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Argentina will make its next round of scheduled debt payments, the economy minister said Wednesday as he defended a new plan to pay creditors locally and avoid the jurisdiction of a U.S. court that forced the country into default last month.... 8/20/2014 8:17 PM

UN Council members reject NKorea meeting request
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- United Nations Security Council members are rejecting North Korea's request for a meeting to protest joint U.S.-South Korean military exercises.... 8/20/2014 7:44 PM

UN agency: Iran abiding with terms of nuke deal
VIENNA (AP) -- The U.N. nuclear agency says that Iran is keeping commitments it agreed to with six world powers in a pact that temporarily caps its nuclear activities and eliminates material that could be most easily used to make nuclear weapons.... 8/20/2014 6:45 PM

Social media pushes back at militant propaganda
BEIRUT (AP) -- The extremists of the Islamic State group have turned their social media into a theater of horror, broadcasting a stomach-turning stream of battles, bombings and beheadings to a global audience.... 8/20/2014 6:37 PM

Mexico: 14 police on trial for US SUV shooting
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Fourteen former federal police officers have gone on trial on charges of using excessive force in a 2012 shooting attack that wounded two CIA agents, Mexico's national security commissioner said Wednesday.... 8/20/2014 6:25 PM

Bahamas identifies victims of small plane crash
NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) -- The four men who died in a small plane crash in the Bahamas were from Florida, police said Wednesday.... 8/20/2014 6:19 PM