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Hamas backs International Criminal Court bid
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Hamas has signed a pledge to back any Palestinian bid to join the International Criminal Court, two senior officials in the group said Saturday. Palestinian acceptance of the court's jurisdiction could expose Israel - as well as Hamas - to war crimes investigations.... 8/23/2014 6:30 AM

Report: Iran opens uranium-conversion plant
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's official news agency is reporting that the country has inaugurated a plant to convert a type of uranium into a material that can only be used in nuclear reactors.... 8/23/2014 6:12 AM

Philippines to pull out of Golan Heights, Liberia
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- The Philippine government said Saturday that it would bring home its peacekeeping forces from the Golan Heights amid the deteriorating security in the region and withdraw its troops from Liberia because of the Ebola outbreak.... 8/23/2014 6:00 AM

Paris to celebrate end to Nazi rule 70 years later
PARIS (AP) -- Her code name was Rainer and she had a gun she called Oscar. Not yet 20, she aimed her weapon at a Nazi officer and shot him to death on a Paris bridge on a Sunday afternoon.... 8/23/2014 5:37 AM

Jihadists release video of Lebanese troops
BEIRUT (AP) -- Al-Qaida's Syrian affiliate has released a video showing Lebanese soldiers and policemen recently captured by the group.... 8/23/2014 5:34 AM

Militia: Airstrikes in Libya's capital kill 15
CAIRO (AP) -- A senior Islamist militia leader says two airstrikes targeting its positions in Libya's capital, Tripoli, have killed 15 fighters and wounded 20.... 8/23/2014 5:34 AM

Iraq investigating Sunni mosque attack
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraq's parliament speaker says an investigation is underway into an attack on a Sunni mosque that killed more than 60 people and escalated sectarian tensions.... 8/23/2014 5:20 AM

Few details month after reporters detained in Iran
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- An Iranian-American correspondent for the Washington Post and his journalist wife have been held in custody for a month in Iran, suggesting a possible struggle between a new guard of moderates pushing for greater freedom and the old hard-line establishment.... 8/23/2014 5:12 AM

India, Pakistan trade gunfire in Kashmir; 4 dead
SRINAGAR, India (AP) -- India and Pakistan traded gunfire in the disputed Kashmir region on Saturday, killing two villagers on each side and wounding several others, officials said.... 8/23/2014 4:41 AM

Russian aid trucks begin to leave Ukraine
DONETSK, Russia (AP) -- Trucks marked as being from a bitterly disputed Russian aid convoy to Ukraine began returning to Russia on Saturday.... 8/23/2014 4:01 AM

India police re-arrest fasting activist
GAUHATI, India (AP) -- Police re-arrested a frail Indian activist who has been on a hunger strike for nearly 14 years to protest alleged military brutality in India's remote northeast, her attorney said Saturday.... 8/23/2014 3:54 AM

China shuts down Beijing Independent Film Festival
BEIJING (AP) -- Chinese authorities shut down an independent film festival on its opening day Saturday, a rare venue for the showing of films that may be critical of the government in a country with tight controls, organizers said.... 8/23/2014 2:37 AM

Iraq family's flight reveals depth of Sunni grief
BAGHDAD (AP) -- For nearly a decade Abu Omar has been fleeing Iraq's many conflicts, but they always seem to catch up to him.... 8/23/2014 2:09 AM

Havana retro-Soviet restaurant a nod to nostalgia
HAVANA (AP) -- There's no rice, beans or fried plantains at Havana's newest private restaurant. You can order a minty mojito, but it'll come mixed with vodka instead of the traditional white rum.... 8/23/2014 1:42 AM

Spirits, prayers mark hunt for Myanmar's lost bell
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- Divers stand on the edge of a small wooden fishing boat gazing at the murky, choppy waters below. After receiving blessings from Buddhist monks, they lower their masks and plunge one-by-one into the mighty Yangon River, clinging to garden hoses that will act as primitive breathing devices during their dizzying descent into darkness.... 8/23/2014 1:32 AM

Interpol seeks clues to Thai 'baby factory'
BANGKOK (AP) -- Interpol said 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 9:23 PM

Costa Rica to investigate US anti-Cuba program
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) -- The Costa Rican government will investigate undercover U.S. programs operated from the Central American country and using its citizens in a ploy to destabilize the government in Cuba, the director of intelligence and security said Friday.... 8/22/2014 8:57 PM

Argentina Grandmothers ID 115th 'dirty war' child
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Argentina's leading human rights group says tests have identified the granddaughter of one of the group's late founders, whose daughter gave birth while a prisoner of the 1976-83 military dictatorship and hasn't been seen since.... 8/22/2014 8:31 PM

Correction: Indonesia-US Woman Dead story
BALI, Indonesia (AP) -- In a story Aug. 21 about the investigation into the killing of a Chicago woman in Indonesia, The Associated Press erroneously reported the age of suspect Heather Mack, the slain woman's daughter. She is 18 years old. The story also erroneously referred to Chicago-based attorney Michael Elkin as the lawyer for both Mack and her boyfriend and fellow suspect Tommy Schaefer. Elkin is only representing Mack.... 8/22/2014 8:25 PM

Canadian PM bans Chinese media from Arctic trip
TORONTO (AP) -- Canada has banned journalists with China's official news agency and the Communist Party newspaper from joining Prime Minister Stephen Harper on an Arctic trip, prompting complaints by Chinese reporters who say they're being discriminated against.... 8/22/2014 7:27 PM