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Thai army ruler named prime minister
BANGKOK (AP) -- Three months after overthrowing an elected government, Thailand's junta leader is stepping out of his army uniform to take up the post of prime minister in a move critics say will prolong his rule and bolster the military's grip on power.... 8/21/2014 8:46 AM

Sealed off Liberia slum calm amid Ebola outbreak
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- Calm returned Thursday to a slum in the Liberian capital that was sealed off in the government's attempt to halt the spread of Ebola, a day after clashes erupted between residents and security forces, but now the tens of thousands of residents worried about getting food.... 8/21/2014 8:41 AM

2 Red Cross jeeps pass into Ukraine from Russia
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Two Red Cross jeeps have crossed into Ukraine from Russia and are heading inside the war-torn region of Luhansk.... 8/21/2014 8:39 AM

With Erdogan at helm, Turkey to choose premier
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Recep Tayyip Erdogan prepared Thursday to choose his successor as prime minister, with expectations high that the man who has dominated Turkish politics for more than a decade will keep charge as president.... 8/21/2014 8:26 AM

Pakistan protest leader backs out of talks
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistan's famous cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan says he has suspended talks with the government after it appointed a new police chief in the capital Islamabad for an expected crackdown on anti-government protesters.... 8/21/2014 8:20 AM

Report: Russia conducts checks at McDonald's
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian news agencies reported Thursday that the country's food safety agency will conduct checks on McDonald's restaurants in the Urals following food safety complaints, a day after four branches of the chain were shuttered in Moscow.... 8/21/2014 8:14 AM

Reporter's death galvanizes anger, little action
PARIS (AP) -- The killing of an American reporter is galvanizing international anger at Islamic State extremists and fueling fears about the flow of foreign fighters joining their ranks. But governments from the Mideast to Europe and even Washington appear uncertain about how to stop them.... 8/21/2014 8:12 AM

China data drags on Asian stocks, but Europe gains
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Asian stocks were dampened by a weak China manufacturing survey on Thursday, but European markets rose and Wall Street was expected to open higher.... 8/21/2014 8:09 AM

Authorities analyze voice in hunt for Foley killer
LONDON (AP) -- Experts say police and security services are using voice-recognition software and other technology, as well as human tips, as they scramble to identify the militant recorded on a video showing the killing of American journalist James Foley.... 8/21/2014 8:02 AM

39 dead, dozens missing after Japan landslides
TOKYO (AP) -- Japanese police said the death toll from rain-triggered landslides on the outskirts of Hiroshima city rose to 39 on Thursday with 51 people still missing, as search efforts continued in the devastated area.... 8/21/2014 7:55 AM

South Africa: man dead after orange pelting
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- South African police say two men are suspected of killing a farmworker by pelting him with oranges.... 8/21/2014 7:55 AM

Israeli airstrike kills 3 senior Hamas leaders
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- An Israeli airstrike in Gaza killed three senior commanders of the Hamas military wing Thursday, delivering a likely blow to the organization's morale and highlighting the long reach of Israel's intelligence services.... 8/21/2014 7:43 AM

Cambodian floods kill 45 people since last month
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) -- Flooding in Cambodia has killed at least 45 people since last month, officials said Thursday.... 8/21/2014 7:41 AM

German arbitration panel rejects looted art claim
BERLIN (AP) -- A German expert panel says the heirs of a Jewish woman persecuted by the Nazis aren't entitled to reclaim a valuable painting she once owned.... 8/21/2014 7:38 AM

Freed activist won't stop 14-year hunger strike
NEW DELHI (AP) -- India's most famous prisoner of conscience has walked free after nearly 14 years in jail but vowed to continue the hunger strike that landed her in prison for attempted suicide, her brother said Thursday.... 8/21/2014 7:15 AM

Bus falls down gorge in northern India, killing 22
NEW DELHI (AP) -- A crowded minibus veered off a mountain road and fell into a gorge Thursday, killing at least 22 people in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, a district official said.... 8/21/2014 7:06 AM

Poland protests joke at swimming event in Berlin
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Polish officials have complained to the organizers of the European Swimming Championships in Berlin after an announcer introduced the Polish team by joking that they would return home with stolen cars.... 8/21/2014 7:02 AM

Irish peacemaker, ex-premier Reynolds dies at 81
DUBLIN (AP) -- Albert Reynolds, the straight-talking Irish prime minister who played a key role in delivering peace to Northern Ireland but struggled to keep his own governments intact, died Thursday after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. He was 81.... 8/21/2014 6:50 AM

China tries 5 accused cult members for murder
BEIJING (AP) -- Five people stood trial Thursday in the beating death of a woman at a McDonald's restaurant in eastern China who reportedly refused to join their anti-Communist Christian sect - a high-profile crime that led to a wave of arrests of cult suspects.... 8/21/2014 6:47 AM

Indonesian police fire tear gas at poll protesters
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- Supporters of losing Indonesian presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto clashed with police Thursday as the country's top judges began reading a verdict on his petition to overturn the election results.... 8/21/2014 6:45 AM