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Icelandic officials say eruption near Bardarbunga
REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) -- Icelandic authorities raised the aviation warning code to red Friday after a small fissure eruption near Bardarbunga volcano, but no volcanic ash has been detected by the radar system.... 8/29/2014 5:19 AM

Worrying eurozone inflation sags again to 0.3 pct
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- Inflation has fallen to an annual 0.3 percent in August for the 18 countries that use the euro, underlining the shakiness of the continent's economic recovery.... 8/29/2014 5:12 AM

German economic fears growing but Merkel strong
BERLIN (AP) -- Ordinary Germans are spooked about the future. Businesses are starting to see black clouds on the horizon. And an economy that has been the envy of Europe is showing cracks, shrinking unexpectedly last quarter amid the conflict in Ukraine.... 8/29/2014 5:12 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