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Pope's Iraq envoy: Minorities need to be defended
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis' envoy to Iraq says religious minorities being attacked by Islamic militants must be defended now and given international protection so they can return home, reinforcing the Vatican's position that military force is justified in this case.... 8/22/2014 12:22 PM

Russian aid convoy reaches war-torn Luhansk
LUHANSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Declaring it had lost patience with Ukraine's stalling tactics, Russia sent at least 130 aid trucks rolling into rebel-held eastern Ukraine on Friday without the approval of the government in Kiev. Ukraine called the move a "direct invasion" that aimed to provoke an international incident.... 8/22/2014 12:20 PM

Rains raise search risk after Japan landslides
TOKYO (AP) -- Forecasts of more heavy rains in western Japan raised the risk Friday of further landslides in Hiroshima, hindering efforts to locate dozens of people still missing after hills around the city collapsed earlier this week.... 8/22/2014 12:17 PM

Iraq militants kill 64 in attack on Sunni mosque
BAGHDAD (AP) -- A suicide bomber and several gunmen attacked a Sunni mosque in a volatile province outside Baghdad during Friday prayers, killing at least 64 people and wounding more than 60, officials said.... 8/22/2014 11:59 AM

Dead floppy drive: Kenya recycles global e-waste
MACHAKOS, Kenya (AP) -- In an industrial area outside Kenya's capital city, workers in hard hats and white masks take shiny new power drills to computer parts. This assembly line is not assembling, though. It is dismantling some of the estimated 50 million metric tons of hazardous electronic-waste the world generated last year.... 8/22/2014 11:57 AM

Israeli boy killed in Palestinian mortar attack
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli rescue officials say a 4-year-old boy has been killed in a mortar attack near the border with the Gaza Strip.... 8/22/2014 11:47 AM

Amnesty: Mali holding children detainees as adults
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) -- An international human rights group says children accused of belonging to armed militias in Mali and participating in the country's ongoing unrest are languishing in jails and being held alongside adults.... 8/22/2014 11:46 AM

Nigeria confirms 2 new Ebola cases
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) -- Two new cases of Ebola have emerged in Nigeria and, in an alarming development, they are outside the group of caregivers who treated an airline passenger who arrived with Ebola and died, Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu said Friday.... 8/22/2014 11:34 AM

4 white lion cubs born at German circus
BERLIN (AP) -- A circus in Germany is celebrating the birth of four rare white lion cubs.... 8/22/2014 11:31 AM

AP Photos: Pakistani protesters sleep on streets
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- They swarmed into Pakistan's capital in their thousands, protesters calling for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's resignation and the dissolution of parliament.... 8/22/2014 11:08 AM

Yemen's Shiite-rebel group escalate standoff
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Thousands of supporters of Yemen's powerful, armed Shiite rebel group have escalated their standoff with the government, setting up tents near three ministries to press for a Cabinet reshuffle and reversal of a recent fuel subsidy cut.... 8/22/2014 10:47 AM

Costa Rica angered by Swedish comedy show
STOCKHOLM (AP) -- A Swedish TV network has apologized to Costa Rica for using the Central American country's national anthem to promote a comedy show.... 8/22/2014 10:20 AM

Germany sues Swiss bank for communist-era fortune
BERLIN (AP) -- Germany is suing a Swiss bank to reclaim millions of euros that once belonged to communist East Germany.... 8/22/2014 10:17 AM

Interpol seeks clues to Thai 'baby factory'
BANGKOK (AP) -- Interpol said Friday it has launched a multinational investigation into what Thailand has dubbed the "Baby Factory" case: a 24-year-old Japanese businessman who has 16 surrogate babies and an alleged desire to father hundreds more.... 8/22/2014 9:59 AM

Pakistan cricket hero's party quits parliament
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- The party of Pakistan's famed cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan, who has led a week of anti-government protests in the capital, resigned from parliament on Friday in its latest bid to drive Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from power over alleged election fraud.... 8/22/2014 9:30 AM

MH17 bodies returned as Malaysia battles fallout
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Carried by soldiers and draped in the national flag, coffins carrying Malaysian victims of Flight MH17 returned home Friday to a country still searching for those onboard another doomed jet and a government battling the political fallout of both tragedies.... 8/22/2014 9:29 AM

Armed woman stopped at Philippine president's home
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- A woman armed with a pistol tried to enter the Philippine presidential palace Friday and demanded to see President Benigno Aquino III, security officials said.... 8/22/2014 9:15 AM

India blocks film on Indira Gandhi assassination
NEW DELHI (AP) -- India has blocked the release of a film on the assassination of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, saying it glorifies her killers and could trigger violent protests, officials said Friday.... 8/22/2014 9:13 AM

Deported Mexicans find new life at call centers
TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) -- Henry Monterroso is a foreigner in his own country. Raised in California from the age of 5, he was deported to Mexico in 2011 and found himself in a land he barely knew.... 8/22/2014 9:04 AM

Russian ban on Polish apples sparks cider debate
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Poland's Economy Ministry wants the nation of beer and vodka lovers to drink more cider.... 8/22/2014 8:53 AM