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7 killed, 2 injured in China paper mill accident
BEIJING (AP) -- Seven workers were killed and two injured after exposure to poisonous gasses at a paper mill in central China, authorities said Saturday, in the latest in a spate of deadly accidents to strike the country involving dangerous chemicals.... 8/29/2015 2:47 AM

Barge tips, vehicles fall into Victoria harbor
VICTORIA, British Columbia (AP) -- British Columbia's Ministry of Environment says a barge has tipped in Victoria's harbor, dumping as many as 20 vehicles into the water.... 8/29/2015 1:49 AM

Dominica prime minister says 20 dead following 'Erika'
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) -- Tropical Storm Erika began to lose steam Friday over Haiti and the Dominican Republic, but it caused a trail of destruction that killed at least 20 people and left another 31 missing on the small eastern Caribbean island of Dominica, authorities said.... 8/29/2015 1:37 AM

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ROSEAU, Dominica (AP) -- Dominica prime minister says 20 killed, island set back 20 years by damage from TS Erika.... 8/29/2015 12:35 AM

Venezuela extends border closure despite Colombia's protests
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro on Friday broadened a crackdown on Colombian migrants and border smugglers that has drawn strong rebuke by Colombian leaders and international organizations.... 8/29/2015 12:26 AM

Money laundering probe in case of Argentine prosecutor
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- An Argentine judge on Friday authorized a money laundering probe involving the prosecutor who died mysteriously while investigating the bombing of a Jewish center.... 8/29/2015 12:17 AM

Parliament group regrets Russian speaker's no show
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The Inter-Parliamentary Union expressed regret Friday that the speaker of Russia's upper house of Parliament will not be attending a world congress at the United Nations next week, apparently because of issues with her visa to the United States.... 8/29/2015 12:17 AM

Brazil recession: GDP plunges 1.9 percent in second quarter
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- The bottom seems to have fallen out of Brazil's economy, with the government reporting Friday that the gross domestic product plunged 1.9 percent in the second quarter alone, once again throwing the nation into a technical recession.... 8/29/2015 12:09 AM

Extremists kill 28 in villages in northeastern Nigeria
BAUCHI, Nigeria (AP) -- Boko Haram extremists killed 28 people during attacks on remote villages in northeast Nigeria, members of a civilian defense group said on Friday.... 8/28/2015 10:58 PM

African superstars, Bono in campaign to empower women
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) -- African stars joined U2 frontman Bono on Friday in a campaign to use music to help empower women around the world.... 8/28/2015 10:32 PM

Mexico adoption-for-cash scheme took babies from mothers
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A child welfare official in northern Mexico took at least nine babies from poor or drug-addicted mothers and offered them to adoptive parents in exchange for payments ranging from $5,000 to $9,000, authorities said Friday.... 8/28/2015 9:45 PM

UN warns South Sudan of sanctions if peace deal isn't kept
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. Security Council warned South Sudan's feuding president and ex-vice president that it is ready to impose an arms embargo and sanctions if they don't immediately stop fighting and implement a new peace agreement.... 8/28/2015 9:41 PM

Lebanon: Shiny on the outside, rotting from the inside
BEIRUT (AP) -- To the casual visitor, Lebanon may seem like a tiny slice of Mediterranean modernity and coexistence in a turbulent region plagued by violence and extremism.... 8/28/2015 9:22 PM

Explosion in Bahrain kills police officer, wounds 7 others
MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) -- An explosion in Bahrain has killed one police officer and wounded seven other people, among them a child, the country's Interior Ministry said late Friday.... 8/28/2015 9:10 PM

Air guitarists strum out for the world title in Finland
OULU, Finland (AP) -- Zac "The Magnet" Monro opened the final of the Air Guitar World Championships Friday with a neat mime of playing an electric guitar to rock music that shook the ground beneath the feet of a few hundred gathered in a rainy small city square in northern Finland.... 8/28/2015 8:29 PM

Europe's migrant crisis brings new death by land and sea
VIENNA (AP) -- Death and desperation mounted in Europe's migrant crisis Friday as Austrian police said 71 people appeared to have suffocated in the back of an abandoned truck, while an estimated 200 people were feared drowned off Libya when two overloaded boats capsized.... 8/28/2015 8:23 PM

Former PM Tsipras' popularity tanks ahead of Greek elections
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece's former governing radical-left party is unlikely to win an outright majority in a crucial national election next month, and its lead over the opposition conservatives has narrowed, early opinion polls showed Friday.... 8/28/2015 8:09 PM

The Latest: UN chief 'horrified' by latest refugee deaths
GENEVA (AP) -- Here are the latest developments Friday regarding the tens of thousands of migrants trying to reach Europe.... 8/28/2015 8:02 PM

Vatican gets embroiled in Italy's 'banned books' fray
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Vatican has gotten embroiled in a modern-day, secular version of the Index of Banned Books.... 8/28/2015 7:41 PM

Turkish President Erdogan approves interim government
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday approved an interim government that will lead Turkey into a new election in November, paving the way for two legislators from Turkey's pro-Kurdish party to take up ministerial posts for the first time.... 8/28/2015 7:15 PM

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