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Gaza militants kill 18 alleged spies for Israel
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Gaza gunmen killed 18 alleged spies for Israel on Friday, including seven who were lined up behind a mosque with bags over their heads and shot in front of hundreds of people. The killings came in response to Israel's deadly airstrike against three top Hamas military commanders.... 8/22/2014 11:00 AM

Ukraine: Russia's convoy a set-up for provocation
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Ukraine's prime minister says Russia has sent a large aid convoy into war-torn eastern Ukraine to arrange a provocation.... 8/22/2014 10:49 AM

Pope's Iraq envoy: Minorities need to be defended
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis' envoy to Iraq says religious minorities being attacked by Islamic militants need to be defended and protected so they can return home in security, reinforcing the Vatican's position that military force is justified in this case.... 8/22/2014 10:48 AM

Yemen's Shiite-rebel group escalate standoff
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Thousands of supporters of Yemen's powerful, armed Shiite rebel group have escalated their standoff with the government, setting up tents near three ministries to press for a Cabinet reshuffle and reversal of a recent fuel subsidy cut.... 8/22/2014 10:47 AM

Costa Rica angered by Swedish comedy show
STOCKHOLM (AP) -- A Swedish TV network has apologized to Costa Rica for using the Central American country's national anthem to promote a comedy show.... 8/22/2014 10:20 AM

Germany sues Swiss bank for communist-era fortune
BERLIN (AP) -- Germany is suing a Swiss bank to reclaim millions of euros that once belonged to communist East Germany.... 8/22/2014 10:17 AM

Interpol seeks clues to Thai 'baby factory'
BANGKOK (AP) -- Interpol said Friday it has launched a multinational investigation into what Thailand has dubbed the "Baby Factory" case: a 24-year-old Japanese businessman who has 16 surrogate babies and an alleged desire to father hundreds more.... 8/22/2014 9:59 AM

Pakistan cricket hero's party quits parliament
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- The party of Pakistan's famed cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan, who has led a week of anti-government protests in the capital, resigned from parliament on Friday in its latest bid to drive Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from power over alleged election fraud.... 8/22/2014 9:30 AM

MH17 bodies returned as Malaysia battles fallout
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Carried by soldiers and draped in the national flag, coffins carrying Malaysian victims of Flight MH17 returned home Friday to a country still searching for those onboard another doomed jet and a government battling the political fallout of both tragedies.... 8/22/2014 9:29 AM

Rains raise search risk after Japan landslides
TOKYO (AP) -- Forecasts of more heavy rains in western Japan raised the risk Friday of further landslides in Hiroshima, hindering efforts to locate dozens of people still missing after hills around the city collapsed earlier this week.... 8/22/2014 9:26 AM

Nigeria confirms 2 new Ebola cases
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) -- Two new cases of Ebola have emerged in Nigeria and, in an alarming development, they are outside the group of caregivers who treated an airline passenger who arrived with Ebola and died, Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu said Friday.... 8/22/2014 9:20 AM

Armed woman stopped at Philippine president's home
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- A woman armed with a pistol tried to enter the Philippine presidential palace Friday and demanded to see President Benigno Aquino III, security officials said.... 8/22/2014 9:15 AM

India blocks film on Indira Gandhi assassination
NEW DELHI (AP) -- India has blocked the release of a film on the assassination of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, saying it glorifies her killers and could trigger violent protests, officials said Friday.... 8/22/2014 9:13 AM

Deported Mexicans find new life at call centers
TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) -- Henry Monterroso is a foreigner in his own country. Raised in California from the age of 5, he was deported to Mexico in 2011 and found himself in a land he barely knew.... 8/22/2014 9:04 AM

Iraq militants kill 46 in attack on Sunni mosque
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Militants targeted a Sunni mosque in a province next to the Iraqi capital during weekly prayers on Friday, killing at least 46 people and wounding over 50 as members of the Islamic State group continue to push through the area, officials said.... 8/22/2014 8:57 AM

Russian ban on Polish apples sparks cider debate
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Poland's Economy Ministry wants the nation of beer and vodka lovers to drink more cider.... 8/22/2014 8:53 AM

Serbia says it won't impose sanctions on Russia
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) -- Despite pressure from the European Union, Serbia will not impose sanctions against Russia or curb its food exports to that country, Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said Friday.... 8/22/2014 8:46 AM

Kenya: Man says he is wanted Somali terror suspect
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- A Somali man in Kenyan police custody has admitted that he is Hassan Hanafi, who is wanted in Somalia for the killing of journalists, a senior Kenya police official said Friday.... 8/22/2014 8:12 AM

In rare move, Chinese man acquitted of murder
BEIJING (AP) -- A Chinese court on Friday acquitted a death-row inmate who spent eight years behind bars for double murder in a high-profile case that observers say may be a rare exception in a court system riddled with wrongful convictions.... 8/22/2014 7:51 AM

Germany backpedals on claim Qatar funds extremists
BERLIN (AP) -- Germany is seeking to calm a diplomatic spat with Qatar after the Gulf nation took umbrage at a German official's claim that it is funding the extremist Islamic State group.... 8/22/2014 7:50 AM