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Americans detained in North Korea call for US help
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- North Korea gave foreign media access on Monday to three detained Americans who said they have been able to contact their families and - watched by officials as they spoke - called for Washington to send a high-ranking representative to negotiate for their freedom.... 9/1/2014 11:17 AM

Body of slain soldier returned to Lebanese army
BEIRUT (AP) -- Lebanon's military received the remains of a soldier Monday who was held by Islamic militants, the state-run news agency said. The soldier, Sgt. Ali Sayid, was believed decapitated.... 9/1/2014 10:58 AM

Barnes, Heigl in tune in romance 'Jackie and Ryan'
VENICE, Italy (AP) -- "Jackie and Ryan" takes viewers into an America of tough times, train-hopping and old-time fiddle music.... 9/1/2014 10:47 AM

Battle-hit Ukraine village picks up the pieces
HRABSKE, Ukraine (AP) -- Alexander Bespalko and his son lifted parts from a burned-out Ukrainian armored personnel carrier in a village ravaged by the past week's battles. With homes destroyed and livelihoods lost, residents in the village of Hrabske must scrape for a living and at least scrap metal is reliable - with wrecked tanks, cars and APCs everywhere.... 9/1/2014 10:23 AM

Aid flows into Iraq Shiite town after siege broken
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraq's outgoing prime minister travelled to a small northern Shiite town Monday, praising its residents for fending off attacks by Sunni militants who had besieged them for more than two months until security forces backed by Iran-allied Shiite militias and U.S. airstrikes broke the siege a day earlier.... 9/1/2014 10:18 AM

Modi visit draws pledges of support from Japan
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan and India agreed Monday to step up their economic and security cooperation as visiting Prime Minister Narendra Modi won pledges of support for his effort to revitalize the lagging Indian economy.... 9/1/2014 10:17 AM

Libya parliament asks ex-premier to form Cabinet
CAIRO (AP) -- Libya's elected parliament tasked Monday the recently resigned prime minister with forming a new government as the outgoing Cabinet acknowledged it had lost control of the capital to Islamist-allied militias.... 9/1/2014 10:03 AM

Merkel: arming Kurds in Germany's interest
BERLIN (AP) -- Chancellor Angela Merkel has told German lawmakers that arming Kurdish fighters battling Islamic extremists in Iraq wasn't an easy decision but is in her country's interest.... 9/1/2014 9:46 AM

Protesters briefly storm Pakistan state TV station
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Anti-government protesters stormed Pakistan's state television building Monday, forcing the channel briefly off the air as they clashed with police and pushed closer to the prime minister's residence.... 9/1/2014 9:38 AM

Belfast bomb alert snarls roads on IRA anniversary
BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) -- A security alert over a suspected bomb has shut down the main motorway through Belfast, triggering traffic chaos on the 20th anniversary of the Irish Republican Army's cease-fire.... 9/1/2014 9:36 AM

Report: Former Iran vice president convicted
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's former vice president has been convicted of a charge that includes a prison term and a cash fine, a spokesman for the Islamic Republic's judiciary said Monday, though details about the case were not announced.... 9/1/2014 9:36 AM

Spain orders custody for parents of ill UK boy
LONDON (AP) -- The grandmother of a 5-year-old British boy with a severe brain tumor accused U.K. authorities on Monday of cruelty for seeking an arrest warrant and pursuing the family abroad after his parents removed him from a British hospital against medical advice.... 9/1/2014 9:28 AM

Filipino force defied UN commander in Golan crisis
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- The Philippine military said Monday that a U.N. peacekeeping commander in the Golan Heights should be investigated for allegedly asking Filipino troops to surrender to Syrian rebels who had attacked and surrounded their camp.... 9/1/2014 9:26 AM

Syrian rebels, government clash in Golan Heights
BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian rebels clashed with government troops on Monday in the Golan Heights, where al-Qaida-linked insurgents abducted U.N. peacekeepers last week, activists said.... 9/1/2014 9:19 AM

Ex-Romanian foreign minister under communism dies
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- Stefan Andrei, a foreign minister under communism who decreased Romania's dependency on the Soviet Union, has died. He was 83.... 9/1/2014 8:52 AM

Oslo police suspect base jumping death at ski jump
HELSINKI (AP) -- Norwegian police say they suspect that a base jumper was killed at the Holmenkollen ski jump in the capital, Oslo.... 9/1/2014 8:51 AM

NATO plans high-readiness force to counter Russia
BRUSSELS (AP) -- NATO leaders this week will be asked to approve creation of a high-readiness force and the stockpiling of military equipment and supplies in Eastern Europe to help protect member nations there against potential Russian aggression, the alliance's secretary general said Monday.... 9/1/2014 8:44 AM

UN diplomats examine Islamic State alleged crimes
GENEVA (AP) -- Iraq's government asked the U.N.'s top human rights body Monday to investigate alleged crimes against civilians committed by the Islamic State group in its rampage across northeastern Syria and northern and western Iraq.... 9/1/2014 8:41 AM

3 children killed in knife attack at China school
BEIJING (AP) -- A 40-year-old man stabbed students and teachers with a fruit knife at an elementary school in central China on Monday, killing three children and injuring six other people before jumping to his death, officials said.... 9/1/2014 8:32 AM

Greece rules out new cuts ahead of bailout talks
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece's government says it won't enact further austerity measures ahead of talks later this week with bailout creditors.... 9/1/2014 8:20 AM