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Mosque attack kills 64 in Iraq, Sunnis halt talks
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Gunmen attacked a Sunni mosque during Friday prayers, killing at least 64 people and prompting Sunni lawmakers to freeze talks on forming a new government - a move that presents a major challenge to efforts to create an administration that can confront Islamic extremists who have seized large swaths of Iraqi territory.... 8/22/2014 5:27 PM

West condemns Russia over convoy to Ukraine
LUHANSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Tensions between Russia and Ukraine escalated sharply on Friday as Moscow sent more than 130 trucks rolling across the border in what it said was a mission to deliver humanitarian aid. Ukraine called it a "direct invasion," and the U.S. and NATO condemned it as well.... 8/22/2014 5:15 PM

Colombia's military meets face-to-face with rebels
HAVANA (AP) -- Members of Colombia's military met face-to-face Friday with Marxist rebels for the first time as talks aimed at ending a half-century war enter a decisive phase.... 8/22/2014 5:14 PM

Mexico creates special economic-crime force
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexico launched a special 5,000-strong police force Friday to combat industrial, farm and business crime that has extended throughout the country's economy, strangling commerce in some regions.... 8/22/2014 5:07 PM

Hamas kills 18 suspected informers to deter leaks
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Gaza militants Friday gunned down 18 alleged spies for Israel in an apparent attempt to plug security breaches and deter others, a day after Israel killed three top Hamas military commanders in an airstrike likely guided by collaborators.... 8/22/2014 4:44 PM

Rights group asks Mexico probe into army slayings
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- The New York-based group Human Rights Watch is calling on the Mexican government to fully investigate a supposed shootout in which soldiers killed 22 suspects while suffering only one soldier wounded.... 8/22/2014 4:43 PM

2 French girls investigated as would-be jihadi
PARIS (AP) -- Two French girls, aged 15 and 17, have been captured by a security net that authorities are using to ferret out citizens who are considering traveling to other countries to join jihads.... 8/22/2014 3:57 PM

Canadian PM bans Chinese media from Arctic trip
TORONTO (AP) -- Canada has banned journalists with China's official news agency and the Communist Party newspaper from joining Prime Minister Stephen Harper on an Arctic trip. Chinese reporters claimed they're being discriminated against.... 8/22/2014 3:55 PM

Ebola spreads in Nigeria; Liberia has 1,000 deaths
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) -- Two alarming new cases of Ebola have emerged in Nigeria, widening the circle of people sickened beyond the immediate group of caregivers who treated a dying airline passenger in one of Africa's largest cities.... 8/22/2014 3:43 PM

Morocco arrests suspected Islamic State members
RABAT, Morocco (AP) -- Morocco announced on Friday the arrest of two suspected militants seeking to join the Islamic State group as the country is in a heightened state of alert over fears of a terrorist attack.... 8/22/2014 3:36 PM

C. African Republic prime minister names cabinet
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) -- The prime minister of Central African Republic has named a 31-member cabinet, including representatives of two groups that have been involved in horrific violence for more than a year.... 8/22/2014 3:34 PM

Draghi: ECB can't do it all, governments must act
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- European Central Bank head Mario Draghi said Friday the bank is ready to do more to boost the shaky recovery in the 18 countries that use the euro - but warns governments must join in efforts to reduce stubbornly high unemployment.... 8/22/2014 2:35 PM

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 2:28 PM

Merkel slams Russia over Ukraine convoy
BERLIN (AP) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel has accused Russia of risking a further escalation of the conflict in eastern Ukraine by sending an aid convoy into the region without Kiev's permission.... 8/22/2014 1:51 PM

Yemen's Shiite-rebel group escalate standoff
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Thousands of supporters of Yemen's powerful Shiite rebel group escalated their standoff with the government on Friday, setting up tents near three ministries to press for the replacement of a prime minister they depict as "manipulated" by their rival Islamist group, the Muslim Brotherhood.... 8/22/2014 1:38 PM

UN: death toll from Syrian civil war tops 191,000
GENEVA (AP) -- The death toll from three years of Syria's civil war has risen to more than 191,000 people, the United Nations reported Friday.... 8/22/2014 1:37 PM

Amnesty: Mali holding children detainees as adults
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) -- Children accused of belonging to armed militias in Mali and participating in the country's ongoing unrest are languishing in jails and being held alongside adults, an international human rights group charged. .... 8/22/2014 1:16 PM

Serbia says it won't impose sanctions on Russia
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) -- Despite pressure from the European Union, Serbia will not impose sanctions against Russia or curb its food exports to that country, Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said Friday.... 8/22/2014 12:50 PM

German policeman on trial in dismemberment killing
BERLIN (AP) -- A German police officer went on trial Friday accused of strangling and chopping up a man he met in an Internet chat forum devoted to cannibalism.... 8/22/2014 12:36 PM

NATO criticizes Russian convoy sent into Ukraine
BRUSSELS (AP) -- NATO's secretary general has condemned Russia for sending a "so-called humanitarian convoy" into eastern Ukraine without the consent of the Ukrainian government.... 8/22/2014 12:26 PM