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August 28, 2014 - 4:15pm
1 day 19 hours ago

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia's U.N. ambassador is defending his country's actions in Ukraine, saying the government there is "waging war against its own people."

He spoke at a meeting of the U.N. Security Council, following reports from NATO and Ukrainian officials that Russian troops had invaded Ukraine.

A U.N. official told the council that the latest violence in Ukraine marked a dangerous escalation, but that the U.N. has no way of verifying the...

August 28, 2014 - 4:08pm
1 day 15 hours ago

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — The Dominican Republic will soon issue the first residency and work permits for migrants under a new program that will enable them to avoid the risk of deportation, officials said Thursday, conceding that so far few have managed to qualify.

Since the year-long application period opened on June 2, more than 115,000 people have applied for legal status in the country, according to Deputy Interior Minister Washington Gonzalez....

August 28, 2014 - 2:34pm
1 day 21 hours ago

CAIRO (AP) — An al-Qaida-inspired militant group in Egypt has posted an online video showing the beheading of four men in the Sinai Peninsula accused of spying for Israel, whose bodies were found earlier this month.

The Ansar Beit al-Maqdis group, whose name means Champions of Jerusalem in Arabic, posted a 30-minute video showing detailed confessions of the four men. The four said that in exchange for money they helped Israel target the group's members with drone strikes...

August 28, 2014 - 2:26pm
1 day 21 hours ago

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has removed a key protege of Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI from the Vatican's liturgy office and sent him back to his native Spain.

In 2008, Benedict appointed Cardinal Antonio Canizares Llovera as prefect of the Congregation for the Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments. The office is in charge of regulating how Masses and other sacraments are celebrated, and under Benedict's papacy took on a more conservative and traditional...

August 28, 2014 - 1:56pm
1 day 21 hours ago

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Somalia has asked the United Nations' highest court to determine the maritime boundary it shares in the Indian Ocean with east African neighbor Kenya.

Somalia filed the case Thursday with the International Court of Justice, contending that both countries recognize its jurisdiction to settle the disputed border.

Somalia's application to the court says the two countries "disagree about the location of the maritime boundary...

August 28, 2014 - 1:23pm
1 day 13 hours ago

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Islamic State group is taking violence against civilians in Syria "to a new level," threatening the cross-border humanitarian aid operations recently approved by the Security Council, a top U.N. aid official said Thursday.

The U.N.'s deputy humanitarian chief, Kyung-wha Kang, told the council that both the extremists and the al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front are advancing on border crossings with Turkey "and could hinder additional cross-border...

August 28, 2014 - 1:11pm
1 day 22 hours ago

VENICE, Italy (AP) — The Venice Film Festival is bringing 11 days of red carpet premieres, innovative movies and Hollywood glamour to the Italian city. Here's what has been catching the eye of The Associated Press:

IRANIAN DIRECTOR SEEKS SANCTIONS END

Times are tough for the characters in "Tales," a Venice Film Festival entry from Iranian director Rakhshan Bani-Etemad. Jobs are scarce, prices are high and drug addiction claims too many young people...

August 28, 2014 - 12:12pm
1 day 21 hours ago

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian authorities are probing allegations of police abuse after a video circulated online showing three policemen taunting a nearly naked corpse, a senior police official said on Thursday.

Maj. Gen. Mahmoud Yousseri, police chief of the Nile Delta governorate of Qalubiya, said the video is authentic. He identified the slain man as a fugitive named Mohammed Sultan, who escaped after being detained on charges of murder and theft. He also confirmed the...

August 28, 2014 - 12:07pm
1 day 21 hours ago

TORONTO (AP) — Toronto Mayor Rob Ford once made players on a high school football team roll in geese droppings, according to newly released documents.

The scandal-plagued mayor was fired by a Toronto Catholic school last year as a volunteer coach after he made disparaging remarks to a TV network about parents and their children.

The documents from Toronto's Catholic School Board come as Ford seeks re-election Oct. 27. His brother and campaign manager...

August 28, 2014 - 11:59am
1 day 18 hours ago

VENICE, Italy (AP) — What is it like to look into the eyes of the men who killed your brother and went unpunished?

It's almost impossible to imagine, but "The Look of Silence" provides a glimpse at an answer.

Joshua Oppenheimer's haunting documentary follows Adi Rukun, whose brother died in mass killings in Indonesia in the 1960s, as he tracks down the perpetrators - seeking not revenge, but understanding.

His quest is both...

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