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Lesotho military says it has disarmed police
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Lesotho defense forces say that one soldier and four police were injured in an exchange of gunfire when military forces disarmed two police stations in the country.... 8/30/2014 6:21 AM

Housing group: 20 years to rebuild Gaza
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- An international organization involved in assessing post-conflict reconstruction says it will take 20 years for Gaza's battered and neglected housing stock to be rebuilt following the war between Hamas and Israel.... 8/30/2014 6:20 AM

EU leaders to pick new foreign policy chief
BRUSSELS (AP) -- European Union leaders are set to decide who will be the 28-nation bloc's foreign policy chief for the next five years, with Italy's top diplomat Federica Mogherini widely seen as the front-runner for the prestigious job.... 8/30/2014 6:17 AM

Ukrainian civilian plane crashes in Algeria
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) -- Algeria's state news service is reporting that a Ukrainian civilian cargo plane has crashed in the mountains near the southern city of Tamanrasset.... 8/30/2014 6:11 AM

Somalia launches offensive against extremists
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- Military officials say the Somali army, backed by African Union forces, has launched a long-awaited operation against al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab fighters in southern Somalia.... 8/30/2014 6:02 AM

Liberia reopens slum barricaded to fight Ebola
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- Crowds celebrated in the streets of Liberia's capital on Saturday after authorities reopened a slum where tens of thousands of people had been barricaded for more than a week to contain the country's Ebola outbreak.... 8/30/2014 5:53 AM

Suicide attack kills 9 in Iraq
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi officials say a suicide car bomb attack on an army checkpoint has killed nine people, including four soldiers, south of Baghdad.... 8/30/2014 5:47 AM

Syrian rebels attack peacekeepers in Golan Heights
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Syrian rebels holding dozens of Fijian U.N. peacekeepers hostage attacked Filipino troops in the Golan Heights on Saturday, Philippine officials said.... 8/30/2014 5:21 AM

EU set to slap new sanctions on Russia
BRUSSELS (AP) -- European Union leaders are poised to slap additional sanctions on Russia because of what they condemn as a continued destabilization of Ukraine and a deepening military involvement by Moscow.... 8/30/2014 5:02 AM

Iran president condemns US sanctions 'invasion'
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's President Hassan Rouhani called Western sanctions an "invasion" on Saturday after Washington imposed penalties on 25 businesses, banks and individuals.... 8/30/2014 4:04 AM

Ukraine says fighter jet shot down
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Ukrainian forces say one of their fighter jets has been shot down by a Russian missile in combat against Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine.... 8/30/2014 3:45 AM

Taliban attack intel office in eastern Afghanistan
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- A suicide bomber in a truck blew himself up at an intelligence headquarters in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday, killing at least two people and setting off an intense firefight with security forces, officials said.... 8/30/2014 2:26 AM

China warns against foreign meddling in Hong Kong
BEIJING (AP) -- China warned against foreign meddling in Hong Kong's politics Saturday ahead of an expected announcement to recommend highly contentious restrictions on the first direct elections for the leader of the Chinese-controlled financial hub.... 8/30/2014 2:01 AM

What dispute? India and China ignore land squabble
NEW DELHI (AP) -- For more than 50 years, it has pitted India against China - a smoldering dispute over who should control a swath of land larger than Austria. Two militaries have skirmished. A brief, bloody war has been fought. And today, thousands of soldiers from both countries sit deployed along their shared frontier, doing little but watching each other.... 8/30/2014 1:41 AM

11 of 24 trapped gold miners rescued in Nicaragua
BONANZA, Nicaragua (AP) -- The first 11 of 24 freelance gold miners trapped by a collapse in a mine in northern Nicaragua have been rescued and crews were working early Saturday to free more, officials said.... 8/30/2014 1:29 AM


BONANZA, Nicaragua (AP) -- Nicaraguan official: 11 of 24 miners trapped in gold mine have been rescued.... 8/30/2014 12:43 AM

New Zealand justice minister resigns amid scandal
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- New Zealand's Justice Minister Judith Collins resigned Saturday from her portfolios amid a scandal about her ties to a controversial blogger.... 8/30/2014 12:27 AM

Mexico operations thwart child, family migrants
CHAHUITES, Mexico (AP) -- Mexico is making a big effort to stop the flow of Central Americans trying to reach the United States, and has dramatically cut the number of child migrants. But it is unclear for how long federal officials will keep up the raids.... 8/30/2014 12:03 AM

Iceland raises volcano aviation alert briefly
REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) -- Icelandic authorities briefly raised the aviation warning code to red Friday after a small fissure eruption near Bardarbunga volcano, but no volcanic ash was detected by the radar system.... 8/29/2014 10:59 PM

Members of Jewish sect leave Guatemala village
GUATEMALA (AP) -- Members of an ultra-Orthodox Jewish group were forced out of a village in western Guatemala after disputes with indigenous residents over cultural and religious differences.... 8/29/2014 8:21 PM