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EU holds largest-ever cyber security exercise
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- A European Union cyber-security agency was in Athens to conduct the largest exercise ever held on the continent to prevent attacks on Europe's public utilities and communications networks.... 10/30/2014 3:27 PM

US condemns renewed violence in South Sudan
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- The United States on Thursday condemned a recent outbreak of violence around an oil-rich town in South Sudan, as experts predicted a return to mass violence in the coming weeks.... 10/30/2014 3:21 PM

Bodies of 48 Sunni tribal fighters found in Iraq
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi authorities on Thursday found the bodies of 48 Sunni tribesmen killed by the Islamic State group in the restive western province of Anbar, an official said.... 10/30/2014 3:19 PM

Sweden recognizes Palestinian state; Israel upset
STOCKHOLM (AP) -- Sweden's new left-leaning government on Thursday recognized a Palestinian state - a move that comes during increased tensions between Arabs and Jews over Israel's plans to build about 1,000 housing units in east Jerusalem.... 10/30/2014 3:15 PM

N. Korea cracking down on a distant threat: Ebola
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- North Korea announced Thursday it will quarantine foreigners for 21 days over fears of the spread of the Ebola virus, even though no cases of the disease have been reported in the reclusive country, or anywhere in Asia, and very few foreigners are allowed to enter.... 10/30/2014 3:15 PM

Israeli police kill suspected Palestinian shooter
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli authorities closed off all access to a sensitive Jerusalem holy site Thursday, after police killed a Palestinian man suspected of trying to assassinate a hard-line Jewish activist well known for his efforts to promote increased Jewish access to the site.... 10/30/2014 3:14 PM

Larson named AP's West Africa bureau chief
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Krista Larson, who has covered the Ebola outbreak and the deadly conflict in Central African Republic for The Associated Press, has been named bureau chief for West Africa for the news cooperative.... 10/30/2014 3:07 PM

South Africans mourn sport deaths
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Singing hymns and blowing vuvuzelas, South African sporting fans on Thursday paid final respects to three sporting figures who died within three days of each other.... 10/30/2014 3:06 PM

Syrian official slams Turkey 'aggression'
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- Syrian President Bashar Assad's political adviser accused Turkey on Thursday of committing "aggression" against the country by allowing rebels to cross into the Syrian Kurdish border town of Kobani to battle the Islamic State group.... 10/30/2014 3:03 PM

Protesters storm Burkina Faso parliament, set fire
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) -- Protesters stormed Burkina Faso's parliament Thursday, dragging furniture and computers onto the street and setting the main chamber ablaze, in the most significant challenge to the president's rule during his 27 years in power.... 10/30/2014 3:03 PM

NATO chief sees spike in Russian flights on border
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- NATO is increasing its readiness and air policing following a spike in Russian air force activity in Eastern Europe, the alliance's new chief said Thursday.... 10/30/2014 3:02 PM

Sri Lanka says no hope finding mudslide survivors
KOSLANDA, Sri Lanka (AP) -- Hundreds of desperate Sri Lankan villagers dug with bare hands through the broken red earth of a deadly landslide Thursday, defying police orders after a top disaster official said there was no chance of finding more survivors at the high-elevation tea plantation.... 10/30/2014 3:02 PM

Latvian musical on Nazi collaborator stirs anger
RIGA, Latvia (AP) -- A famous Latvian aviator who joined a Nazi killing squad during World War II is being brought to life in a musical that has outraged Jews in the Baltic country and beyond.... 10/30/2014 3:00 PM

New UN envoy on Syria briefs Security Council
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The outspoken new U.N. envoy on Syria is briefing the Security Council for the first time after visiting key countries with influence on any possible solution to the deeply entrenched conflict.... 10/30/2014 2:53 PM

Amnesty: Libyan militias committing war crimes
CAIRO (AP) -- Amnesty International said rival militias and armed groups in Western Libya are committing "mounting war crimes" with impunity.... 10/30/2014 2:49 PM

Group says militants killed 600 Iraqi prisoners
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Militants from the Islamic State carried out a mass killing of hundreds of Iraqi prison inmates when they seized the country's second-largest city of Mosul in June, an international rights group said on Thursday.... 10/30/2014 2:38 PM

Ebola: Danger in Sierra Leone, progress in Liberia
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) -- Liberia is making some progress in containing the Ebola outbreak while Sierra Leone is "in a crisis situation which is going to get worse," the top anti-Ebola officials in the two countries said.... 10/30/2014 2:37 PM

Peshmerga troops start entering Syrian border town
SURUC, Turkey (AP) -- Ten Iraqi peshmerga fighters entered the embattled Syrian border town of Kobani via Turkey on Thursday, the first from among a group of 150 Kurdish troops headed there, activists said.... 10/30/2014 2:29 PM

Survey: Asia finds money brings happiness
SINGAPORE (AP) -- Emerging Asian nations are finding out what developed ones did years ago: money - and the stuff it buys - brings happiness.... 10/30/2014 2:05 PM

Zambia: President's body to return Saturday
LUSAKA, Zambia (AP) -- The body of President Michael Sata, who died in London after a long illness, will be flown to Zambia on Saturday, the Zambian government said.... 10/30/2014 2:01 PM