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Shakhtar's stadium damaged by shelling in Donetsk
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Ukrainian soccer champion Shakhtar Donetsk's stadium was damaged by shelling Saturday during the conflict between government troops and pro-Russian separatists.... 8/23/2014 11:39 AM

Protesters against brown coal form human chain
BERLIN (AP) -- Several thousand people have formed a human chain across the German-Polish border to protest the expansion of open-cast mining for brown coal in the region.... 8/23/2014 11:36 AM

Subglacial volcanic eruption begins in Iceland
REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) -- Iceland raised its aviation alert to red Saturday as a subglacial eruption began at the restless Bardarbunga volcano, which has been rattled by thousands of earthquakes in the past week, the country's Meteorological Office said.... 8/23/2014 11:27 AM

Jihadis release video of captured Lebanese troops
BEIRUT (AP) -- Al-Qaida's Syrian affiliate released a video Saturday showing Lebanese policemen and a soldier captured by the group earlier this month during the most serious cross-border attack since Syria's conflict began more than three years ago.... 8/23/2014 11:22 AM

China says 8 convicted terrorists executed in west
BEIJING (AP) -- Chinese state media said Saturday that eight convicted terrorists were executed in the far western region of Xinjiang, where ethnic conflicts have left dozens of people dead this year.... 8/23/2014 11:20 AM

Iran says no need for UN to revisit military site
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's defense minister on Saturday said there was no need for U.N. nuclear inspectors to pay another visit to the Parchin military site, where the country is suspected of having tested components used in nuclear weapons.... 8/23/2014 11:19 AM

2 Europe navigation satellites in the wrong orbits
PARIS (AP) -- European space officials say they're investigating whether the inaccurate deployment of two satellites will complicate their efforts to develop a new Galileo satellite navigation system that would rival America's GPS network.... 8/23/2014 11:05 AM

Sweden: Protesters injured by mounted police
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- Swedish police say several people were injured, including one seriously, when mounted police charged demonstrators in the southern part of the country.... 8/23/2014 11:04 AM

Mali releases ex-judge of extremist tribunal
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) -- A Malian activist says an al-Qaida-appointed judge from the Islamic tribunal that meted out harsh punishments while much of the country was under Islamist rule has been released for lack of evidence.... 8/23/2014 11:02 AM

Egypt calls for open-ended Gaza cease-fire
CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt on Saturday called for an open-ended cease-fire in the Gaza Strip, urging Israel and Hamas to return to indirect talks after seven weeks of fighting punctuated by a number of failed truce attempts.... 8/23/2014 10:47 AM

China shuts down Beijing Independent Film Festival
BEIJING (AP) -- Chinese authorities on Saturday blocked an annual independent film festival from opening, seized documents and films from its organizers' office and hauled away two event officials. The move against a rare venue where films critical of the government could be screened is seen as a sign that Beijing is stepping up its already tight ideological controls.... 8/23/2014 10:34 AM

Russian aid trucks leave; Merkel seeks cease-fire
DONETSK, Russia (AP) -- Hundreds of trucks from a bitterly disputed Russian aid convoy to rebel-held eastern Ukraine rolled back across the border Saturday into Russia but questions about alleged Russian artillery in Ukraine still remained.... 8/23/2014 10:20 AM

Migrant boat carrying 250 capsizes off Libya
TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) -- A boat carrying over 250 migrants capsized off the Libyan coast near the capital Tripoli, a coast guard official said Saturday.... 8/23/2014 9:53 AM

Iraq suicide bomber kills at least 11 in Baghdad
BAGHDAD (AP) -- A suicide bomber hit an Interior Ministry building in central Baghdad on Saturday, killing at least 11 people, as an investigation was underway into a deadly attack on a Sunni mosque that has heightened sectarian tension amid a fragile political transition.... 8/23/2014 9:41 AM

Sierra Leone makes hiding Ebola patients illegal
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) -- Sierra Leone voted to pass a new amendment to its health act, imposing possible jail time for anyone caught hiding an Ebola patient, a practice the World Health Organization believes has contributed to a major underestimation of the current outbreak.... 8/23/2014 9:29 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 9:27 AM

Thousands gather in Nepal for human flag record
KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- Tens of thousands of people holding colored boards gathered in Nepal's capital on Saturday in an attempt to break the record for the largest human national flag.... 8/23/2014 9:26 AM

Militia: Airstrikes in Libya's capital kill 15
CAIRO (AP) -- Two airstrikes targeting Islamist militia positions in Libya's capital on Saturday killed 15 fighters and wounded 30 others, a senior Islamist militia leader and a militia spokesman said.... 8/23/2014 8:11 AM

Debaters hope to sway undecided in Scotland vote
GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) -- Scotland's long debate over whether the country should become independent has proved a bonanza for printers of bumper stickers, posters, balloons and even umbrellas.... 8/23/2014 7:35 AM

Spain busts Colombian cocaine-smuggling gang
MADRID (AP) -- Spanish police working in cooperation with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency say they have arrested six members of a Colombian-based drug-trafficking gang and seized 240 kilograms (530 pounds) of cocaine that had been hidden inside a yacht.... 8/23/2014 7:09 AM