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August 21, 2014 - 1:06pm
1 day 18 hours ago

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, hand-picked by president-elect Recep Tayyip Erdogan to succeed him as prime minister, is expected to accept a largely backseat role as his boss strives to make his new job the most powerful position in the land.

But Davutoglu is known to be ambitious — and Turkey has seen cases in the past where presidents have tried and failed to control their prime ministers.

Erdogan, who nominated...

August 21, 2014 - 1:02pm
1 day 19 hours ago

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Fierce fighting continues in eastern Ukraine as government troops try to snatch back territory from separatist rebels.

Ukrainian troops have made significant gains this week in a conflict that has claimed more than 2,000 lives and forced over 340,000 people to flee their homes.

Meanwhile, a Russian aid convoy is making tentative steps toward Luhansk. The city has been under siege for 19 days, lacking basic amenities like running...

August 21, 2014 - 12:50pm
1 day 19 hours ago

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is praising the "superior intelligence" of the Shin Bet security service and the military's "precise execution" following an Israeli airstrike in Gaza that killed three senior Hamas military commanders today.

The pre-dawn strike leveled a four-story house in a densely populated neighborhood of the southern town of Rafah, killing at total of six people. Israel said the three commanders had played a key...

August 21, 2014 - 12:29pm
1 day 18 hours ago

CAIRO (AP) — Tunisia and Egypt on Thursday canceled flights to neighboring Libya citing security concerns, as militias battle in the capital Tripoli and the eastern city of Benghazi, where a renegade general has launched airstrikes on Islamist militia barracks.

Tunisia's Transportation Ministry on Thursday said flights coming from Libya were canceled, citing the need to ensure travelers' safety in accordance with international standards. Egyptian airport officials said...

August 21, 2014 - 12:14pm
1 day 18 hours ago

SAO PAULO (AP) — Online retailer Amazon has started selling physical books in Brazil, two years after it began selling books in digital format in Latin America's biggest country.

In a statement posted on the company's website, CEO Jeff Bezos says Amazon's new service will offer more than 150,000 titles in Portuguese starting Thursday.

Amazon started selling e-books in early 2012, with a catalog of 13,000 titles. Today more than 35,000 titles are...

August 21, 2014 - 12:01pm
1 day 18 hours ago

BAGHDAD (AP) — The Iraqi National Museum inaugurated two renovated halls adorned with life-size stone statues on Thursday, highlighting the rich history of a country once again shattered by war.

The newly renovated halls feature more than 500 artifacts that mainly date back to the Hellenistic period (312-139 B.C.), some of which were retrieved and renovated after the looting of the museum following the 2003 U.S.-led invasion, said Qais Rashid, who head the state-run...

August 21, 2014 - 11:44am
1 day 19 hours ago

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Kuwaiti police briefly detained and questioned two men designated by the U.S. Treasury Department as financiers of terror groups operating in Iraq and Syria, a lawyer and a security official said Thursday, amid mounting pressure from Washington on its Gulf ally to curb the flow of such funds.

U.S. Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence David Cohen has described Kuwait as the "epicenter" of fundraising for terrorist...

August 21, 2014 - 11:21am
1 day 21 hours ago

BEIJING (AP) — At least seven people were stabbed in an apparently random attack Thursday in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, state media reported.

The official Xinhua News Agency said seven people were slashed in the city's Tianhe district in the evening attack. The Sina news website put the number of those hurt at eight.

The reports said the assailant was also injured and taken to a hospital.

There was no immediate word...

August 21, 2014 - 10:51am
1 day 22 hours ago

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa's decision to deny entry to U.N. investigators is intended to undermine the credibility of an ongoing war crimes inquiry, an activist said Thursday.

Paikiyasothy Saravanamuttu, chief of the independent Sri Lankan think tank Center for Policy Alternatives, said he believes the inquiry can still be conducted effectively because much evidence is available outside Sri Lanka and testimony can be gathered from...

August 21, 2014 - 10:29am
1 day 17 hours ago

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — A court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced 18 more people on terrorism charges, wrapping up a week of verdicts on nearly every person in an alleged 50-member cell charged with launching attacks aimed at toppling the monarchy around a decade ago.

In recent months Saudi authorities have tightened laws to ban fighting in foreign conflicts, fearing a repeat of the 2003-2006 violence, when Saudis and others who had been radicalized in battlefields...

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