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August 31, 2014 - 8:03am
7 min 5 sec ago

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military says it has shot down a drone that strayed into Israeli airspace from neighboring Syria.

The military said Sunday's incident occurred near Quneitra in the Golan Heights, the scene of heavy fighting between Syrian government troops and rebels. It says the aircraft was destroyed by a Patriot missile.

Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, a spokesman for the Israeli military, said the drone appeared to have belonged to the Syrian...

August 31, 2014 - 8:00am
7 min 5 sec ago

RAFAH, Gaza Strip (AP) — The first of August dawned as a day of promise for the Mahmoum clan and thousands of other Palestinians stuck in United Nations shelters in Rafah — thanks to a temporary cease-fire with Israel they could go home for three days.

But the expected respite quickly turned into one of the deadliest and most controversial episodes in the recent war between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip. After just two hours, amid fear that Hamas had captured an...

August 31, 2014 - 7:59am
7 min 4 sec ago

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo's government spokesman says a top general based in the country's volatile east has died.

Lambert Mende said Sunday that Gen. Lucien Bahuma, 57, died Saturday after being evacuated to South Africa from Uganda, where he had been attending a military meeting in the town of Kasese.

Mende said Bahuma died of an apparent cardiovascular problem and an autopsy will be conducted.

Bahuma was leading operations...

August 31, 2014 - 7:52am
7 min 4 sec ago

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A Lesotho official says the prime minister is in South Africa and will meet with the president of South Africa to discuss recent unrest in the mountainous kingdom.

Lesotho's Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohlabi Kenneth Tsekoa said that Prime Minister Thomas Thabane will meet on Sunday with President Jacob Zuma as well as Lesotho's Deputy Prime Minister and a third representative of the coalition government in South Africa's capital.

August 31, 2014 - 7:31am
7 min 4 sec ago

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin is calling on Ukraine to immediately start talks on a political solution to the crisis in eastern Ukraine, including discussing statehood.

In comments to the national TV network Channel 1, which were reported by Russian news agencies, Putin said the talks must have the goal of "safeguarding the legitimate interests of those people who live there."

Putin has previously called for talks between the...

August 31, 2014 - 7:17am
17 min 3 sec ago

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The World Health Organization says it is treating Senegal's first confirmed Ebola case "as a top priority emergency."

In a statement distributed Sunday, the WHO said it would address as quickly as possible Senegal's "urgent need" for support and supplies including personal protective equipment for health workers.

Senegal, a tourist and transportation hub, confirmed its first case of the deadly Ebola disease on Friday, becoming...

August 31, 2014 - 7:08am
17 min 3 sec ago

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — It's pretty hard to find a novel way to do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge by now, but two-time Grammy-winning rapper Pras Michel, a founding member of the Fugees, has done it — getting his dousing in the center of North Korea's capital on Sunday.

Pras had two buckets of ice water dumped on his head along Pyongyang's Taedong River, much to the surprise and bewilderment — and laughter — of North Koreans out for a stroll or some fishing on their...

August 31, 2014 - 7:04am
27 min 4 sec ago

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Three people have been killed and nearly 400 wounded in clashes between protesters and Pakistani police today.

The battles occurred as thousands of anti-government protesters tried to raid the official residence of Pakistan's prime minister.

The overnight violence has raised the stakes in the two-week sit-in to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif over allegations of voter fraud in the election that brought him into...

August 31, 2014 - 6:51am
27 min 4 sec ago

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A news agency in Iran is reporting that a car crash involving Afghan migrants has killed 14 people.

The semiofficial Mehr news agency reported Sunday that the crash between two cars happened late Saturday night on the outskirts of the town of Darab in southern Iran.

The agency identified 13 of the dead as Afghan migrants who illegally crossed the border into Iran, as well as an Iranian driver of one of the cars. It did not offer a...

August 31, 2014 - 6:43am
17 min 3 sec ago

PARIS (AP) — French authorities say a four-story apartment building in a northeastern Paris suburb has partially collapsed after an explosion, killing a child. More people are thought to be underneath the rubble.

Speaking on i-Tele, fire department spokesman Gabriel Plus said around 10 people were evacuated from the disaster in Rosny-sous-Bois that occurred early Sunday morning.

Plus said that around another 10 people could still be underneath the...

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