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BRIC wall: Brazil's economy slips into a recession
SAO PAULO (AP) -- Brazil has slipped into recession, with government figures released Friday showing gross domestic product contracting for a second consecutive quarter.... 8/29/2014 12:12 PM

Palestinian leader says Hamas caused prolonged war
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas blamed Hamas on Friday for needlessly extending fighting with Israel in the Gaza Strip, casting doubt on the future of the Palestinian unity government that the Islamic militant group backs.... 8/29/2014 12:11 PM

Boat flips near Dominican coast; at least 1 death
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) -- Authorities in the Dominican Republic searched Friday for survivors after a small boat carrying about 20 migrants capsized off the eastern tip of the country as they apparently tried to reach Puerto Rico.... 8/29/2014 12:04 PM

EU ministers call for new sanctions against Russia
MILAN (AP) -- Several European Union foreign ministers on Friday accused Russia of invading eastern Ukraine and said Moscow should be punished with additional biting economic sanctions.... 8/29/2014 12:03 PM

Ebola arrives in Senegal as outbreak accelerates
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- A man infected with Ebola traveled to Senegal, bringing the disease to that country for the first time in an outbreak that has hit four other West African nations and killed more than 1,500 people, the Ministry of Health said Friday.... 8/29/2014 12:02 PM

UN says Syria refugees top 3 million mark
GENEVA (AP) -- The civil war in Syria has forced 3 million people out of the country, including more than a million people who fled in the past year, creating a crisis that the U.N. refugee agency said requires the biggest operation in its 64-year history.... 8/29/2014 11:56 AM

Mass demonstrations in Yemen against Shiite rebels
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Hundreds of thousands of Yemenis rallied on Friday in the capital and across the country against an armed Shiite rebel group which has been holding its own sit-in demanding a new government and the reinstatement of fuel subsidies.... 8/29/2014 11:54 AM

Iraqi town holds out against militant juggernaut
BAGHDAD (AP) -- As Islamic militants rampaged across northern Iraq in June, seizing vast swaths of territory and driving hundreds of thousands of people from their homes, the Shiite Turkmens living in the hardscrabble town of Amirli decided to stay and fight.... 8/29/2014 11:46 AM

Pro-Russia separatists in control of coastal town
NOVOAZOVSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Pro-Russia separatists, relaxed and well-equipped, held firm control on Friday of the strategic coastal town of Novoazovsk, a day after Ukraine claimed tanks and armored vehicles had invaded from Russia.... 8/29/2014 11:42 AM

Owen Wilson in Venice with 'She's Funny That Way'
VENICE, Italy (AP) -- Movies - they don't make `em like they used to. Well, Peter Bogdanovich does.... 8/29/2014 11:34 AM

'99 Homes' brings US subprime crisis to Venice
VENICE, Italy (AP) -- Florida's realtors and tourism authorities will probably not be using "99 Homes" in their promotional material.... 8/29/2014 11:31 AM

Pakistani premier denies asking army to mediate
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistan's prime minister on Friday denied asking the country's military chief to mediate with opposition leaders and protesters who have camped for two weeks outside parliament in the capital, Islamabad, demanding his resignation over alleged voting fraud.... 8/29/2014 11:30 AM

Mexico operations thwart child, family migrants
CHAHUITES, Mexico (AP) -- Mexico's largest crackdown in decades on illegal migration has decreased the flow of Central Americans trying to reach the United States, and has dramatically cut the number of child migrants and families, according to officials and eyewitness accounts along the perilous route.... 8/29/2014 11:27 AM

SAfrica: 4 guilty in murder try on Rwandan general
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- A South African court found four men guilty Friday of an attempt to murder an exiled former Rwandan general in front of his home in Johannesburg, an attack that the general said was ordered by Rwandan President Paul Kagame.... 8/29/2014 11:17 AM

Myanmar discovers it has only 51 million people
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- Myanmar has discovered it has only 51 million people - far less than the previously estimated 60 million.... 8/29/2014 11:16 AM

Cameron promises tough action to fight militants
LONDON (AP) -- Prime Minister David Cameron says he'll introduce new laws to combat terror suspects, pledging to seize passports to fight what he described as an extremist threat more dangerous than any previously seen.... 8/29/2014 11:00 AM

Dutch government clamps down on radicalization
AMSTERDAM (AP) -- The Dutch government unveiled a package of measures Friday aimed at countering radicalization of Muslims in the country, a day after police announced the arrest of two men suspected of recruiting people to fight in conflicts in Syria and Iraq.... 8/29/2014 10:53 AM

US delivers military aid to Lebanese army
BEIRUT (AP) -- The United States has delivered its first emergency shipment of weapons to Lebanon, officials said Friday, to help bolster military forces as part of a broader regional response to combat the growing threat posed by Islamic extremists.... 8/29/2014 10:38 AM

Iran confirms US Coast Guard fired at fishing boat
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- The chief of Iran's Revolutionary Guard navy confirmed in remarks published Friday that a U.S. Coast Guard vessel fired on an Iranian fishing boat in the Persian Gulf this week but insisted the incident was not a "clash."... 8/29/2014 10:34 AM

Worrying eurozone inflation sags again to 0.3 pct
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- Inflation in the 18 countries that use the euro sank to an annual 0.3 percent in August, a sign of economic weakness that is putting pressure on the European Central Bank to take drastic steps to save a stalling recovery.... 8/29/2014 10:26 AM