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August 23, 2014 - 5:34am
9 min 34 sec ago

BEIRUT (AP) — Al-Qaida's Syrian affiliate has released a video showing Lebanese soldiers and policemen recently captured by the group.

The soldiers and policemen say they will be killed if Lebanon's militant Hezbollah movement, which is backing Syrian President Bashar Assad, does not withdraw its fighters from Syria.

The al-Qaida branch, known as the Nusra Front, captured the men on Aug. 2 during an attack on the Lebanese border town of Arsal, which...

August 23, 2014 - 5:33am
9 min 34 sec ago

CAIRO (AP) — A senior Islamist militia leader says two airstrikes targeting its positions in Libya's capital, Tripoli, have killed 15 fighters and wounded 20.

The official from the Islamist-allied Misrata militia said the two airstrikes by unidentified warplanes early Saturday also targeted the Interior Ministry's building and several militia positions. He said the airstrikes also set fire to a warehouse.

He said two sons of the head of the military...

August 23, 2014 - 5:20am
9 min 34 sec ago

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's parliament speaker says an investigation is underway into an attack on a Sunni mosque that killed more than 60 people and escalated sectarian tensions.

In a press conference on Saturday, Salim al-Jabouri said a committee of security officials and lawmakers will announce its findings in two days. Al-Jabouri, a Sunni, described Friday's attack northeast of Baghdad as "carnage."

It was not clear whether Shiite militiamen or the...

August 23, 2014 - 5:12am
9 min 34 sec ago

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine government said Saturday that it would bring home its peacekeeping forces from the Golan Heights amid the deteriorating security in the region and withdraw its troops from Liberia because of the Ebola outbreak.

The 331 Filipino U.N. troops in the Golan Heights will be sent home after their tour of duty ends in October and the 115 peacekeepers in Liberia will be "repatriated as soon as possible," Department of National Defense...

August 23, 2014 - 5:11am
9 min 34 sec ago

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An Iranian-American correspondent for the Washington Post and his journalist wife have been held in custody for a month in Iran, suggesting a possible struggle between a new guard of moderates pushing for greater freedom and the old hard-line establishment.

Jason Rezaian, his wife Yeganeh Salehi and two unnamed Iranian-American photojournalists were detained a month ago this past Friday. One of the photojournalists was released shortly...

August 23, 2014 - 4:13am
9 min 34 sec ago

PARIS (AP) — Her code name was Rainer and she had a gun she called Oscar. Not yet 20, she aimed her weapon at a Nazi officer and shot him to death on a Paris bridge on a Sunday afternoon.

That deed on July 23, 1944, was Madeleine Riffaud's summons to Parisians to rise up.

"Everyone saw that a young girl on a bicycle can do this," she recalled in an interview with The Associated Press.

Riffaud's solitary act represented an opening...

August 23, 2014 - 3:28am
39 min 33 sec ago

GAUHATI, India (AP) — Police re-arrested a frail Indian activist who has been on a hunger strike for nearly 14 years to protest alleged military brutality in India's remote northeast, her attorney said Saturday.

Police again charged 42-year-old Irom Sharmila with attempted suicide on Friday, two days after she was released from detention by a court order and the charge against her dropped, said attorney Khaidam Mani.

Attempted suicide is a crime in...

August 23, 2014 - 2:55am
29 min 36 sec ago

DONETSK, Russia (AP) — Trucks marked as being from a bitterly disputed Russian aid convoy to Ukraine began returning to Russia on Saturday.

An Associated Press reporter counted 67 trucks entering the border crossing in the Russian city of Donetsk before noon Saturday. Another AP reporter on the Ukrainian side of the border said a line of trucks about 3 kilometers (2 miles) long was waiting to cross. The checkpoint on the Ukrainian side was being operated by separatist...

August 23, 2014 - 2:09am
2 hours 29 min ago

BAGHDAD (AP) — For nearly a decade Abu Omar has been fleeing Iraq's many conflicts, but they always seem to catch up to him.

In his Sunni family's ancestral home in Fallujah it was the heavy shelling — first by the Americans in 2004 and then again this past January, when the walls shook and the roof caved in over their heads. In the Baghdad neighborhood where they have twice sought refuge, it is the persistent fear of a late-night knock on the door by shadowy sectarian...

August 23, 2014 - 1:38am
2 hours 9 min ago

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities shut down an independent film festival on its opening day Saturday, a rare venue for the showing of films that may be critical of the government in a country with tight controls, organizers said.

Festival artistic director Wang Hongwei and executive director Fan Rong, both of Li Xianting Film Fund that has organized the 11th Beijing Independent Film Festival, said that the event was forced to close.

Li Xianting,...

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