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Turkey's Erdogan to be sworn in as president
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Recep Tayyip Erdogan is set to take the oath of office as Turkey's first popularly elected president on Thursday, a position that will keep him in the nation's driving seat for at least another five years.... 8/28/2014 5:08 AM

Thai court drops murder case against ex-PM
BANGKOK (AP) -- A Thai court has dismissed a murder case against former premier Abhisit Vejjajiva and his deputy, who were indicted for their role in ordering a deadly crackdown on anti-government protesters in 2010.... 8/28/2014 5:07 AM

India urges millions of poor to open bank accounts
NEW DELHI (AP) -- India's state-owned banks are conducting a massive campaign to open millions of accounts for poor Indians who are off the financial grid and vulnerable to black market money lenders.... 8/28/2014 5:06 AM

Israelis skeptical of PM's Gaza victory claim
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's claim that Israel achieved a "great military and political" victory over Hamas in the latest round of fighting in the Gaza Strip has met with skepticism from many Israelis, according to a poll published Thursday.... 8/28/2014 5:00 AM

HK graft cops raid pro-democracy media boss's home
HONG KONG (AP) -- Hong Kong anti-corruption police have searched the home of a media magnate who owns a popular pro-democracy newspaper and is known as a critic of Beijing.... 8/28/2014 4:58 AM

Undersea search for Malaysian plane refined
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- The massive undersea search area for a missing Malaysian airliner in the southern Indian Ocean could be extended farther south based on new satellite analysis, only weeks before the multimillion dollar, yearlong sonar hunt for wreckage is due to begin, officials said Thursday.... 8/28/2014 4:58 AM

6 dead, 21 missing in landslide in southwest China
BEIJING (AP) -- Six people died and 21 others were missing after a landslide hit a village in southwestern China, Chinese state media reported Thursday.... 8/28/2014 4:56 AM

German unemployment ticks up slightly in August
BERLIN (AP) -- Germany's Federal Labor Office says the country's jobless rate ticked up slightly to 6.7 percent in August as 30,000 more people joined the ranks of the unemployed.... 8/28/2014 4:51 AM

Filipino bishops to counter Islamic State group
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Leaders of the Philippine Roman Catholic Church, Asia's largest, have vowed to counter extremist religions such as that espoused by Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq.... 8/28/2014 4:46 AM

Nigeria Ebola patient hid from government
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) -- Nigerian Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu says two more Ebola cases exist in the country, raising the number of confirmed cases to 15.... 8/28/2014 4:40 AM

Strategic Ukraine town under rebel control
NOVOAZOVSK, Ukraine (AP) -- The strategically positioned southeastern Ukraine town of Novoazovsk appears firmly under the control of Russia-backed separatists as concerns grow about the opening of a new front in the Ukraine conflict.... 8/28/2014 4:36 AM

Global stock markets muted, Qantas surges
TOKYO (AP) -- Global stock markets were muted Thursday ahead of U.S. economic data and possible policy announcements from Japan.... 8/28/2014 4:34 AM

France rules out Assad as partner in terror fight
PARIS (AP) -- French President Francois Hollande has ruled out an international partnership with Syria's leader to fight against the Islamic State group, saying any alliance with Bashar Assad would play into the militants' hands.... 8/28/2014 4:28 AM

Dubai port operator H1 profits up 26 percent
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Dubai-based port operator DP World said Thursday its profit rose 26 percent in the first half of the year as it was able to process more cargo thanks to new capacity and a pick-up in global trade.... 8/28/2014 4:21 AM

A flavor out of favor: Dog meat fades in S. Korea
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- For more than 30 years, chef and restaurant owner Oh Keum-il built her expertise in cooking one traditional South Korean delicacy: dog meat.... 8/28/2014 4:05 AM

Pakistani cleric says talks with government failed
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- A fiery Pakistani cleric who has been leading a mass rally outside parliament demanding Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's resignation says he has "shut the door" on further talks with the government.... 8/28/2014 3:58 AM

Correction: Thailand-Six-Legged Livestock story
THANON NANG KLARN, Thailand (AP) -- In a story Aug. 25 about insects being raised for food around the world, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the first cricket farm in the United States will open this year in Youngstown, Pennsylvania. The farm is in Youngstown, Ohio, and is now operating.... 8/28/2014 3:44 AM

Tim Hortons a big part of Canadian identity
TORONTO (AP) -- Few things unite Canadians the way Tim Hortons does. For half a century, they have warmed themselves on chilly mornings with the chain's coffee and Timbits - or doughnut holes to Americans.... 8/28/2014 3:12 AM

Germanwings pilots union plans strike for Friday
BERLIN (AP) -- A German union representing pilots says it is planning a new round of strikes in a long-running dispute over wages and early retirement benefits.... 8/28/2014 2:28 AM

Neighbors urge Japan to stick to history
TOKYO (AP) -- China and South Korea on Thursday urged Japan to stick to history and reflect on its wartime aggression after Tokyo confirmed that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a note earlier this year to a ceremony honoring more than a thousand World War II-era war criminals praising their contributions.... 8/28/2014 2:16 AM