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August 22, 2014 - 5:14pm
23 min 53 sec ago

HAVANA (AP) — Members of Colombia's military met face-to-face Friday with Marxist rebels for the first time as talks aimed at ending a half-century war enter a decisive phase.

Peace negotiations with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia taking place in Cuba's capital the past two years still face a number of obstacles.

But reflecting mounting optimism a deal is within reach, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos decided to send some of the...

August 22, 2014 - 4:42pm
23 min 53 sec ago

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Human Rights Watch called Friday for the Mexican government to fully investigate a supposed shootout in which troops killed 22 suspects while suffering only one soldier wounded.

It is unclear whether there has been any investigation of the June 30 bloodshed at the federal level.

In a statement, the New York-based Human Rights Watch said that nearly two months after the deaths, "there are more questions than answers about what...

August 22, 2014 - 3:34pm
1 hour 53 min ago

BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — The prime minister of Central African Republic has named a 31-member cabinet, including representatives of two groups that have been involved in horrific violence for more than a year.

Mahamat Kamoun announced the cabinet Friday just hours after interim President Catherine Samba-Panza reiterated confidence in his ability to lead the country to elections next year.

The cabinet includes three Seleka and two anti-...

August 22, 2014 - 3:13pm
2 hours 43 min ago

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Gunmen in Gaza have shot to death 18 people suspected of spying for Israel, a day after three top Hamas military commanders were killed in an Israeli airstrike.

Hamas media says today's shootings signal the start of a crackdown on "collaborators." A website close to the Hamas security services says suspected informants will now be dealt with "in the field" rather than in the courts.

Eleven alleged collaborators were shot...

August 22, 2014 - 3:10pm
23 min 53 sec ago

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico launched a special 5,000-strong police force Friday to combat industrial, farm and business crime that has extended throughout the country's economy, strangling commerce in some regions.

Drug gangs have long penetrated some Mexican mining and agricultural sectors, but officials now reveal that everyone from fishermen to tourist resorts to banana growers have been hit by the wave of extortion, kidnapping and thefts by the gangs....

August 22, 2014 - 2:39pm
1 hour 53 min ago

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Morocco announced on Friday the arrest of two suspected militants seeking to join the Islamic State group as the country is in a heightened state of alert over fears of a terrorist attack.

The statement Friday from the Interior Ministry said that the men arrested had contacts with foreign extremists and were seeking to train in IS camps before returning to Morocco to carry out attacks.

On July 16, the government announced a...

August 22, 2014 - 2:35pm
2 hours 53 min ago

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — European Central Bank head Mario Draghi said Friday the bank is ready to do more to boost the shaky recovery in the 18 countries that use the euro — but warns governments must join in efforts to reduce stubbornly high unemployment.

"We stand ready to adjust our policy stance further" if needed to help the weak recovery, Draghi said in the text of a speech at the U.S. Federal Reserve conference in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.


August 22, 2014 - 2:17pm
2 hours 53 min ago

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico is now launching a special 5,000-strong police force to combat industrial, farm and business crime.

Extortions, kidnapping and theft have extended far throughout Mexico's economy, strangling commerce in some regions.

President Enrique Pena Nieto said Friday the new police agency "is prepared to serve and protect Mexicans in areas where it is needed, or where institutions are weak."

The force known as the...

August 22, 2014 - 1:50pm
2 hours 53 min ago

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel has accused Russia of risking a further escalation of the conflict in eastern Ukraine by sending an aid convoy into the region without Kiev's permission.

Merkel's office says she called Putin on Friday afternoon to express her "deep concern" about the fact that the convoy had crossed the Russian-Ukrainian border. She also spoke to Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko about the incident, praising his government's cool-headed...

August 22, 2014 - 1:05pm
4 hours 3 min ago

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — The World Health Organization is expressing concern that "an invisible caseload" of Ebola patients is going undetected by government surveillance measures in West Africa.

In a situation assessment issued today, the WHO notes that treatment centers opened over the past two weeks in Liberia were immediately overwhelmed by patients that had not been identified previously. That situation, it says, has "never before been seen in an Ebola outbreak" and...

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