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Syrian rebels attack peacekeepers in Golan Heights
BEIRUT (AP) -- Clashes erupted between al-Qaida-linked Syrian rebels and U.N. peacekeepers in the Golan Heights on Saturday after the militants surrounded their encampment, activists and officials said, as the international organization risked being sucked further into the conflict.... 8/30/2014 8:32 AM

Egypt court gives 8 Islamists life sentences
CAIRO (AP) -- An Egyptian court sentenced Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader Mohammed Badie and seven others to life in prison Saturday on charges of planning riots, murder and sabotage, state news agency MENA reported.... 8/30/2014 8:27 AM

EU to slap new sanctions on Russia over Ukraine
BRUSSELS (AP) -- European Union leaders on Saturday were poised to impose new sanctions against Russia as Ukraine's president warned the conflict with Moscow threatens peace and stability for Europe as a whole.... 8/30/2014 8:22 AM

Computer hitch causes flight delays at Spain hub
MADRID (AP) -- Spain's airport authority says a computer glitch in its automated air traffic control system has caused flight delays during one of the busiest travel weekends of the year.... 8/30/2014 7:58 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 7:55 AM

Yemen clash kills 4 troops, 13 suspected militants
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Military officials in Yemen say clashes between the army and al-Qaida's local branch there have killed at least 13 suspected militants and four troops.... 8/30/2014 7:34 AM

Lesotho military says it has disarmed police
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Lesotho's military seized and disarmed two police stations in the mountainous kingdom Saturday in an effort to secure the country, the defense force spokesman said.... 8/30/2014 7:26 AM

Bombings kills 13 in Iraq
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Two bombings targeting the Iraqi military killed 13 people, including six soldiers, south of Baghdad on Saturday, officials said.... 8/30/2014 7:24 AM

Ukrainian civilian plane crashes in Algeria
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) -- A Ukrainian civilian cargo plane crashed in the mountains near the far southern desert city of Tamanrasset in the early hours of the morning Saturday, reported the state news agency.... 8/30/2014 7:03 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 6:28 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

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

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

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

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