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Iraqi prime minister pledges to root out militants
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraq's outgoing prime minster pledged Monday to turn his country into "a big grave" for Sunni militants from the Islamic State group and commended security forces who achieved a rare victory over insurgents by ending the siege of a Shiite town.... 9/1/2014 2:44 PM

Parents of ill UK boy fight extradition from Spain
LONDON (AP) -- The parents say they want to give their 5 year-old-boy with a brain tumor the best chance to live with a revolutionary new treatment they learned about on the Internet. Their British hospital says the boy has a 70 percent to 80 percent chance of survival with the treatment it offers, and it's the parents who are putting the child at risk.... 9/1/2014 2:42 PM

Study claims cave art made by Neanderthals
BERLIN (AP) -- A series of lines scratched into rock in a cave near the southwestern tip of Europe could be proof that Neanderthals were more intelligent and creative than previously thought.... 9/1/2014 2:30 PM

Nigerian forces clash with Boko Haram fighters
BAUCHI, Nigeria (AP) -- Nigerian military officials say they killed about 70 Boko Haram fighters when the Islamic extremists attacked the northeastern town of Bama Monday morning.... 9/1/2014 2:27 PM

Pakistan's premier challenged by raging protests
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Ahead of a joint session of parliament, Pakistan's prime minister and army chief held marathon meetings Monday over violent anti-government protests that could force the premier of this nuclear-armed country to resign.... 9/1/2014 2:22 PM

Rights group: Witness for report on Egypt detained
CAIRO (AP) -- Human Rights Watch said Monday one of the witnesses for its investigation into mass killings in Egypt last summer was detained, calling for his release.... 9/1/2014 2:13 PM

Senegal monitors contacts of 1st Ebola patient
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- Senegalese authorities on Monday were monitoring everyone who was in contact with a student infected with Ebola who crossed into the country, and who has lost three family members to the disease.... 9/1/2014 1:56 PM

Paris suburb building blast death toll reaches 8
PARIS (AP) -- The death toll in the partial collapse of a four-story apartment building in a Paris suburb has risen to eight after emergency crews pulled the bodies of a man and a woman from the rubble.... 9/1/2014 1:50 PM

Last-minute effort to end crisis with Yemen rebels
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- A Yemeni presidential envoy traveled Monday to the northern stronghold of powerful Shiite rebels for a last-minute effort to end a standoff with the government, an official and a rebel representative said.... 9/1/2014 1:42 PM

Merkel: Arming Kurds in Germany's interest
BERLIN (AP) -- Chancellor Angela Merkel has told lawmakers that it's in Germany's interests to arm the Kurdish fighters who are battling Islamic extremists in Iraq.... 9/1/2014 1:26 PM

VENICE WATCH: McDormand hails female stories
VENICE, Italy (AP) -- The Venice Film Festival is bringing 11 days of red carpet premieres, innovative movies and Hollywood glamour to the Italian city. Here's what has been catching the eye of The Associated Press:... 9/1/2014 1:20 PM

Scottish zoo: 'Bad news' for pregnant giant panda
LONDON (AP) -- Edinburgh Zoo warned Monday that its female giant panda, Tian Tian, may have lost her cub.... 9/1/2014 1:19 PM

Albanian main opposition party boycotts Parliament
TIRANA, Albania (AP) -- Albania's main opposition Democrats are boycotting Parliament, complaining that the socialist-led governing coalition pays no attention to its views.... 9/1/2014 1:17 PM

UK: Passports could be seized to fight terrorism
LONDON (AP) -- Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday proposed new laws that would give police the power to seize the passports of Britons suspected of having traveled abroad to fight with terrorist groups.... 9/1/2014 12:52 PM

Cuba cracks down on goods in travelers' luggage
HAVANA (AP) -- Lugging duffel bags crammed with soap, socks, toys and toiletries, travelers arriving in Cuba on Monday carried loads of hard-to-obtain consumer goods but complained that new government restrictions on their imports would leave their families wanting.... 9/1/2014 12:46 PM

Americans detained in North Korea call for US help
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- North Korea gave foreign media access on Monday to three detained Americans who said they have been able to contact their families and - watched by officials as they spoke - called for Washington to send a high-ranking representative to negotiate for their freedom.... 9/1/2014 12:45 PM

UN backs inquiry of IS group's alleged crimes
GENEVA (AP) -- The U.N.'s top human rights body on Monday overwhelmingly approved the Iraqi government's request for an investigation into alleged crimes against civilians committed by the Islamic State group in its rampage across northeastern Syria and parts of Iraq.... 9/1/2014 12:45 PM

Poland's PM: Ukraine's war must be stopped now
GDANSK, Poland (AP) -- The outbreak of World War II 75 years ago shows why Europe must put an end to the war in Ukraine now, Poland's prime minister said Monday.... 9/1/2014 12:42 PM

Markets drift as Wall Street has day off
LONDON (AP) -- Ahead of a raft of economic developments this week, financial markets started the week on a lackluster note Monday as Wall Street was closed for the Labor Day holiday.... 9/1/2014 12:34 PM

Modi visit draws pledges of support from Japan
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan and India agreed Monday to step up their economic and security cooperation as visiting Prime Minister Narendra Modi won pledges of support for his effort to revitalize the lagging Indian economy.... 9/1/2014 12:32 PM