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Icelandic officials say eruption near Bardarbunga
REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) -- Iceland authorities say there's been a small fissure eruption near Bardarbunga volcano, but no volcanic ash has been detected by the radar system.... 8/29/2014 4:53 AM

Iran confirms US Coast Guard fired at fishing boat
TEHRA, Iran (AP) -- The chief of Iran's Revolutionary Guard navy has confirmed that a U.S. Coast Guard vessel fired on an Iranian fishing boat in the Persian Gulf but insists the incident was not a "clash."... 8/29/2014 4:52 AM

Arson attack interrupts Berlin public transport
BERLIN (AP) -- Police say a leftist group is claiming responsibility for an arson attack on Berlin's subway system that is causing delays for thousands of commuters.... 8/29/2014 4:39 AM

China military shows off newest helicopters, tanks
BEIJING (AP) -- China showed off the growing sophistication of its defense industries Friday by featuring its newest attack helicopters and main battle tanks at a multinational live-firing military exercise in the country's north.... 8/29/2014 4:35 AM

EU weighs Ukraine policy, Russia sanctions
MILAN (AP) -- European Union foreign ministers are weighing the 28-nation bloc's stance in the Ukraine crisis amid increasing calls to beef up economic sanctions against Russia.... 8/29/2014 4:32 AM

Ex-Myanmar beauty queen accused of stealing crown
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- A Myanmar beauty queen who was stripped of her title for allegedly being rude and dishonest has run off with the $100,000 jeweled crown, a South Korea-based pageant said Friday.... 8/29/2014 4:29 AM

Libyan militia says it accepts UN call for truce
TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) -- The Islamist militia in control of Libya's capital, Tripoli, says it agrees with a U.N. call for a cease-fire in this North African country but vows to resist any foreign interference in Libyan affairs.... 8/29/2014 4:25 AM

Bahrain: No invitation to expelled US diplomat
MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) -- Bahrain has denied that it offered an invitation to a top U.S. diplomat who was earlier expelled after he met with a leading Shiite opposition group, extending a rift between Washington and the tiny, strategic Gulf nation.... 8/29/2014 4:22 AM

REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) -- Iceland authorities say small volcanic eruption overnight; no ash yet detected.... 8/29/2014 4:19 AM

Malaysia Airlines to cut 6,000 staff in overhaul
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Malaysia Airlines will cut 6,000 workers as part of a $1.9 billion overhaul announced Friday to revive its damaged brand after being hit by double passenger jet disasters.... 8/29/2014 4:16 AM

Japan economy stalls as incomes, spending languish
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's vital signs remained weak in July as wages fell further and household spending dropped, signaling continued weakness in the world's third-largest economy.... 8/29/2014 3:58 AM

Dozens of planes grounded in German pilot strike
BERLIN (AP) -- Thousands of passengers are feeling the impact of a pilots strike in Germany after negotiations between the country's biggest airline Lufthansa and the union representing pilots collapsed over a long-running dispute regarding wages and early retirement benefits.... 8/29/2014 3:41 AM

UN says Syria refugees top 3 million mark
GENEVA (AP) -- The civil war in Syria has forced a record 3 million people out of the country as more than a million people fled in the past year, the U.N. refugee agency said Friday.... 8/29/2014 3:36 AM

Russia's Putin urges release of Ukrainian soldiers
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia's President Vladimir Putin on Friday called on pro-Russian separatists to release Ukrainian soldiers who have been surrounded by the rebels in eastern Ukraine.... 8/29/2014 3:35 AM

Democracy battle: Beijing set to dismay Hong Kong
HONG KONG (AP) -- Hong Kong's simmering summer of discontent gets even hotter Sunday when Beijing is expected to recommend restricting the first direct elections for the Chinese-controlled financial hub's leader, stepping up chances of a showdown with democracy groups.... 8/29/2014 3:30 AM

44 Fijian soldiers held captive by rebels in Syria
SUVA, Fiji (AP) -- Forty-four Fijian soldiers working as U.N. peacekeepers remained captive to a militant group in Syria Friday while 75 Philippine soldiers were in tense standoff with the rebels, according to the two Pacific nations.... 8/29/2014 2:38 AM

Papua New Guinea volcano erupts, locals evacuate
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Several communities were evacuated and some international flights were diverted Friday after a volcanic eruption on Papua New Guinea.... 8/29/2014 2:21 AM

North Korea yanks cheerleaders for Asian Games
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North Korea said Friday it won't send cheerleaders to the upcoming Asian Games in rival South Korea, blaming what it called Seoul's hostility for reversing a decision to dispatch the women dubbed by South Korean media as a "squad of beauties."... 8/29/2014 2:00 AM

Israel identifies body as missing American student
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli police say a recently found body has been identified after a forensic investigation as that of a U.S. religious student who disappeared while hiking in Jerusalem last week.... 8/29/2014 1:52 AM

Actor arrested with Jackie Chan's son released
BEIJING (AP) -- A Taiwanese actor arrested on drug charges along with the son of Hong Kong film star Jackie Chan was released Friday after two weeks in detention, amid a broad anti-drug crackdown in China's capital that has ensnared several celebrities.... 8/29/2014 1:52 AM